Chris Lynch

Chris has been involved in theatre for over six years and is the current Artistic Director of C&D Productions Kettering. He has directed or produced seventeen plays with credits including Frankenstein, Macbeth, Dorian Gray and Sherlock Holmes. His playwriting debut was Three Blinks For…, which was performed in London in August 2014. TBF was a stroke awareness piece which follows the challenges faced by Tom, a Locked-in Syndrome sufferer, and the challenges faced by his family in caring for him.

Based in Kettering, Chris provides the impetus behind much of the theatre company’s activity locally and heads up Future-Proof, a scheme which provides valuable work experience opportunities for those wishing to pursue a theatrical career. He has adapted many of the theatre company’s productions from the original works and runs New Voices, which encourages creative writing and playwriting.

In the summer of 2015 he co-founded Onyx Performing Arts Academy, which has a dual focus of high-quality classes and providing production experience through musicals and dance shows. Chris runs Allstars Talent Group, founded with Simeon Hockley, providing a platform for performance artists to record and release music and which also serves as a film production house. He is also one of the founders of KettFest, a community wide arts and music festival which takes place in Kettering every year.

Chris can be contacted directly by email to discuss Future-Proof, New Voices or other ways of becoming involved with the company via chris@cd-productions.co.uk

Dan Pothecary

A co-founder of the company, Dan played principal roles in the first two productions of C&D's ever increasing back catalogue, firstly playing the role of Torvald Helmer in Ibsen's "A Doll's House", before playing the title role of Victor in the Autumn 2014 production of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, which to this day he recalls as his biggest challenge and on-stage achievement.

Additionally part of both 2014 Camden Fringe casts, Dan embraced his villainous streak as Sam in "Three Blinks For" before attaining his first directing credit in his adaptation of "The Game" at the Etcetera Theatre.

Dan relocated to Cheshire in late 2014 and has since turned his hand towards learning the arts of scriptwriting and stage management, returning to Kettering in April 2015 to lead the backstage team for A Study in Scarlet, which equally heralded the first performance of one of his full length adaptations. Since then he has forged strong links with the Garrick Theatre, the eldest of England's 'Little Theatres' and recently joined the Stage Management team for their 2015 performance of Noel Coward's 'Private Lives', and will take on the same role in April 2016 for Edward Albee's 'Three Tall Women'. Dan's partnership with the Garrick is key to gaining further experience in Scriptwriting, Stage Management and Direction, and will allow him to return to the stage in March 2016 as Demetrius in 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'.

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