ShapeshifterShapeshifter Productions is a not for profit arts organisation, founded in March 2007, gaining charitable status in May 2011. The charity was formed to provide a platform from which to develop and produce an outdoor, large-scale combined arts show called WILDFIRE! which attracted research and development funding from Arts Council England over a two year period. The show was then commissioned by Homecoming Scotland and Creative Scotland in 2009 to showcase an abridged version in St Andrews. The charity has since grown from strength to strength, creating new projects, reaching new audiences across East London.

Based in London Borough Waltham Forest, our aim is to take high quality art to the community, encouraging people to not only support performances, but to roll their sleeves up and get involved, no matter what their age! Our vision is to reach out and touch the hearts of children and adults of all ages and cultures through delivering original, world class, spectacular combined arts productions; participatory quality music & story-telling experiences for the elderly and to actively engage communities in group activities that enhance confidence and self-esteem through learning or re-visiting new musical skills.

–  Original, world class, theatrical arts productions
–  Participatory quality music sessions for the elderly
–  Instrumental group activities that enhance confidence and self-esteem through learning and re-visiting new musical skills

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

MS LORRAINE COX

Senior Policy Officer at Arts Council England

MS ALISON LESLEY JONES

Artistic Director at Shapeshifter Productions

MR MARK WILLIAM KENDRICK

Partner at Goodman Derrick LLP, solicitors

MS JOANNA NOLAN

MD/Producer at Screen South

MR DAVID PAYNE

(TREASURER) Partner at Baker Tilly chartered accountants

MS. MILICA ROBSON

Diversity Officer at Arts Council England

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With over 30 years experience as a professional musician, composer and arts practitioner, Alison has participated in, devised and led many large scale events. Her extensive work includes performing internationally for 2 years as featured solo violinist with Irish dance spectacular Spirit of the Dance and 7 years with The Well Oiled Sisters, whose popular schedule included touring with Morrissey.

Born in Yorkshire and raised in Scotland, Alison made her debut as a professional musician at the age of 16, shortly after winning a place with The National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, and thereafter being offered a place at The Royal Northern College of Music and Drama. However, Alison was also intrigued by art and rock n’ roll, and she followed this route until, a few years later, she was accepted by Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, to study dramatic arts. Graduating in 1991, Alison moved to London, having been offered session work on the composer Steve Martland’s latest recording, aptly titled, ‘Crossing the Border’. Alison has since worked as an actress, musician, arranger, composer and producer with many artists in the studio and on stage.

However, the main part of the 90’s decade was devoted to The Well Oiled Sisters, an all-girl band, as their lead fiddle player, which involved live and recorded TV, radio and CD recordings. During this period, she worked with artists such as Morrissey, Fish, Hamish Stewart, Lily Savage, Hank Wangford, Mark McGann, Rhona Cameron, and Australia’s Paul Kelly and Archie Roach; toured throughout the UK, Eire, Europe and Australia, and made regular appearances at The Edinburgh Festival, Pride, Adelaide Arts Festival and WOMAD music festivals worldwide.

In December 1998, Alison was invited to join a world tour with Irish Dance Troupe, Spirit of the Dance as their featured on stage ‘funky’ fiddle player. Twice around the world and two years later, she had started writing a show of her own to perform in that could tour nationally and internationally, using many art forms to tell the story. She decided that Granada, in Andalucia, was the perfect location for writing the music for WILDFIRE! which was to become an outdoor combined arts spectacular.

Alison was short listed as Composer-in- Residence for the BBC Radio Play Bursary Award in 2007, when she also founded her own performing arts company Shapeshifter Productions Ltd, which has since received many funding awards including Arts Council England, Comic Relief, Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation and The National Lottery Fund, gaining charitable status in 2011.

In 2009, WILDFIRE! was commissioned by The Scottish Arts Council to premiere at St Andrews as part of Homecoming Scotland Finale. With Alison as producer and performer, over 1500 people were led by a torchlit procession to a mystery venue to see the magical spectacle. In June 2010, Alison presented WILDFIRE! and performed at The Arts Olympus debut on The Queen Mary I, Long Beach Harbour, CA.

She was also invited to sit on the panel for The National Association for Women in the Arts (USA).

As Artistic Director of Shapeshifter Productions, Alison is passionate about bringing communities together through music and promoting the aims of the charity, whose work includes creating a National Lottery Awards finalist project singing with the elderly, called ‘The Smiling Sessions’, the emergence of Strung Out violin group for adults and subsequently co-founding Walthamstow Acoustic Massive, a collaboration of local community music groups consisting of banjos, ukuleles, violins and singers, ranging from 18-80 years, whose motto is “It’s never too late!”. Alison was nominated Citizen of the Year in the “Love Your Borough Awards” Waltham Forest, 2014 and was invited to become a Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts in 2015.

After devoting the last 6 years to growing the charity and sharing her experience with the local communities of Waltham Forest, Alison feels she would like to re-visit developing her own craft and skills, that of violinist, composer and creator, for her own artistic development. Her first desire is to re-position the music of WILDFIRE! so that it can be performed in; its’ own right at indoor venues across the U.K. and as a large-scale community event in 2018. Alison also works as a freelance musician and teacher.

bckup_clive-rowe-at-walthamstow-garden-party-dsc_5132-low-res-300x200Clive is the recipient of an Oliver Award, Best Performance in a Supporting Role in a Musical, for Guys and Dolls, and an Olivier nomination, Best Supporting Performance for Carousel (both at The National). He was also nominated for the 2009 Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre for his role as the Dame in Hackney Empire’s production of Mother Goose.

Clive Rowe’s theatre credits include Carmen Jones (The Old Vic); The Ladykillers, The Fantasticks, Chicago (West End); The Wiz (Birmingham Rep/ West Yorkshire Playhouse). Company (Donmar); Twelfth Night, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Troilus and Cressida (Regent’s Park Open Air); The Light Princess, Caroline or Change, The Villains’ Opera, Candide, Peter Pan, Guys and Dolls, Carousel, Fuente Ovejuna, The Trackers of Oxyrhynchus (National); As You Like It (Ambassador Theatre Group); Simply Heavenly (Young Vic/ West End); Sondheim Tonight (Barbican); The Magic Flute (NI Opera); Zenobia, Measure for Measure, Twelfth Night (RSC); Little Shop of Horrors (Everyman Cheltenham/Menier Chocolate Factory); Once on This Island (Birmingham Rep).
Television includes The Fun Police, All the Small Things, Doctor Who, The Story of Tracy Beaker, Dalziel and Pascoe, American Voices, Harry Hill, Casualty, Spatz, Blood Rights, The Bill, Paper Mask, Snakes and Ladders, After the War, Say It With Music, Entertaining Angels Unaware. Film includes Manderlay, Crime Strike.

WAM & CLIVE ROWE

AT WALTHAMSTOW GARDEN PARTY 2015

We were delighted and honoured that Clive joined WAM at The Stow Festival in 2014 as our special mystery guest to sing Everybody Needs Someone to Love. He since agreed to be our patron and sang with WAM again in 2015 at Walthamstow Garden Party.
Take a look at this video of Clive Rowe at the Walthamstow Garden Party, recorded by a member of the audience.

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CONTACT INFO

For general information, or if you would like to make a donation, please contact:

Studio Office The Quaker Meeting House 1a Jewel Road, LONDON, E17 4QU

+44 20 7018 2927

info@shapeshifter-productions.com

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