Meet the team behind Feelgood Theatre Productions

Caroline Clegg - Artistic Director

                                     

Caroline, a successful actor and award-winning theatre and opera director founded Feelgood in 1994, producing all their shows to date. 

 

in 2004 she was delighted when Feelgood were given a Civic Reception by the Lord Mayor of Manchester in recognition of the company’s work. In 2005 she was named Lancashire Woman of the Year, in 2006 she was awarded the Angel Award for Excellence and the John Thaw Fellowship by Manchester University and in 2007 she was awarded the Manchester Evening News Horniman Award for her ‘outstanding contribution to live theatre’.

Caroline continues to relish creating hugely varied and exciting challenges and would also like to work in traditional spaces with building based companies to extend the possibilities not only of site specific work but of creating innovative collaborations.

Thomas D Hopkinson - Associate Musical Director

                                     

Thomas is a freelance Bass Opera Singer and Vocal Animateur and Musical Director. As a Musical Director Thomas has worked with Feelgood Theatre Productions (Midsummer Night’s Dream 2017 and Romeo & Juliet 2018), RNCM Young Company (AMD Singin’ in the Rain 2017), The Academy Singers (2015 – present), Xaverian College (Chamber Choir 2015) and Nottinghamshire Scouts (Gang Shows 2010, 2012 & 2015).

As a Vocal Animateur he has worked with RNCM Young Company, Leeds Youth Opera, Xaverian College and Bishop Grosseteste University. Thomas is the Vocal Animateur in Residence for The Piccadilly Symphony Orchestra projects include; Friday Afternoons (Vocal Animateur & Chorus Master 2018), Collyhurst Sings (Vocal Animateur & Chorus Master 2016), The Planets (Chorus Master 2016) and Jason Manford Christmas Carol Concert (Chorus Master 2015).

Thomas has sung with Opera North, Longborough Festival Opera, Wexford Festival Opera, Westminster Opera, Opera on Location, The Halle, The Philharmonia and multiple choral societies.

 
Our Board of Trustees

Jeremy is a chartered accountant, a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA), with over 35 years’ experience in local government. His career has covered roles in all aspects of local authority finance, and the management of a local authority property service. He is a Past President of the North West and North Wales Region of CIPFA, and a member of CIPFA’s North West Regional Council. 


He also serves on the boards of a range of other voluntary and charity sector organisations, in the heritage transport, community buildings, faith and wild animal conservation, and is treasurer of a number of these including his local parish church. 

Jeremy Valentine
Chairman

Peter was born in Birkenhead and is a retired solicitor. After training in Liverpool, he qualified in 1971. During his career he was a Partner in two major Manchester firms, Addleshaw, Sons and Latham (now Addleshaw Goddard) and DWF. He specialised in commercial litigation and was a Member of both the Chartered Institute of Architects and the Association of Partnership Practitioners. He also sat as a Deputy District Judge.  

Outside the legal profession, Peter was a Trustee of the Waterman Railway Heritage Trust.

Peter is married with two grown up children. He and his wife have been supporters of the Theatre industry for many years and encouraged their children to share their enjoyment, sending both to Oldham Theatre Workshop. His daughter, Jessica, works as Executive Director of Corporate Responsibility for Warner Bros and is a Playwright. His son, Oliver, is an Environmental Consultant and now lives in Sydney.  Peter played both tennis and hockey but now confines his sporting activities to playing golf very badly, watching Rugby Union and to being a supporter of Everton.

Having retired, he and his wife now spend part of every year in the family holiday apartment on the island of Menorca.

Peter Moore, Trustee

John Arnold is Emeritus Professor of Accounting and Financial Management at Manchester Business School.  He was director and dean of Manchester Business School from 1 July 1994 to 31 December 2006, dean of the Faculty of Economic and Social Studies in The University of Manchester between 1987 and 1989 and pro-vice-chancellor from 1990 to 1994 and 2003 to 2004.  He was president of the Manchester Society of Chartered Accountants in 1991-1992, director of research at the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales from 1987 to 1994 and chairman of pro.manchester in 2007-2008.  He was a (non-executive) director of PZ Cussons plc from 2008 to 2017.  He is chairman of Feelgood Theatre Productions.

He has held academic appointments at the London School of Economics and the University of Kent, visiting professorships at the Universities of Washington and Cincinnati in the USA and has been Price Waterhouse faculty fellow in the firms US national office.  He is the author of 17 books and monographs and of numerous articles in edited collections and journals.

He plays golf, more in hope than expectation!

John Arnold, Trustee

Kath was an elected member of Manchester City Council from May 1979 until June 2004 when she decided to stand down having served 25 years, during which she had held several positions of responsibility. Kath now works as a consultant to a number of companies offering support & advice on local government, training & re-generation issues. She was one of two Deputy Leaders on the City Council for 12 years and was instrumental in securing the successful bid by the City Council to host the City of Drama 1994, during which she was heavily involved in a hectic schedule of events, performances, ceremonies and functions which ensued throughout the year.

 

She also served on a number of other Boards and bodies, including Manchester Airport, MOSI and MIDAS (Manchester Inward Development Agency. On a personal level, she is involved with Central and South Manchester MENCAP and Gateway Clubs, was a founder member of South Manchester Mencap in 1974 & served on the Executive Committee for over 20 years.

Kath Robinson, Trustee

Andy is a Wild man from Borneo by birth, a Wandering Minstrel by profession, much travelled due to parentage, profession and inclination. Born in Kuching-Sarawak, educated at a boarding school in Bradford, graduated from Loughborough University, he has lived and toured in England, Wales, Scotland, Germany, Belgium, Sweden and Finland as actor/performer/director.

As well as theatre, Andy has a passion for cricket, rugby union, golf, sailing, swimming and skiing, films, concerts, music and adventures with his daughters! He also loves food and wine and can never say no to a challenge, hence his association with Feelgood, famed for theatre with challenges!

 

Andy was an actor for 17 years and employed as director, writer, singer/songwriter and compere. He holds a BA (Hons) Degree in Drama, FHEA, PGCE and has been lecturing in Drama in the Northwest and Europe for 20 years to 4 to 64 year olds and has performed before 2 - 2,000 people.  He is currently Curriculum Director of Music and Performing Arts at Bury College and is an Edexcel Standards Verifier.

Andy Tomlinson, Trustee

From a chippy opposite Heaton Park and still in Heaton Park twice a day !
Noreen was the first Shirley Valentine. She went on to direct Coronation Street (for which she won a BAFTA), Emmerdale, Heartbeat, Shameless, Scott and Bailey, Transitions for the poet Owen Lowery, Our Girl, Moving On and Broken (for which she received an RTS North Craft Nomination).

All the while, she has also directed Theatre at, amongst others ... Bolton Octagon, Oldham Coliseum and Scarborough plus .. Withering Looks for Lip Service (which won 'The Critics Award for Comedy' at The Edinburgh Festival and 'The Manchester Evening News Best Touring Show' Award). 

Noreen has been a friend and supporter of Feelgood for decades, Associate Director since 2004 and is, in her own words, "very proud to be associated with Feelgood!"

Noreen Kershaw

Associate Director

With a successful career in Marketing and Business Development behind her, Mia decided to feed the more creative side of her nature and, at the tender age of 30, undertook a degree at the Arden School of Theatre. It was there Mia first met Caroline in 1997 and she hasn’t been able to get away since! Mia has been involved in numerous productions, including Wind in the Willows (in Park Bridge, Castlefield and deepest Yorkshire), the Millennium Eve Bug Show and Crystal Clear. However, a move to West Yorkshire and subsequent motherhood kept Mia out of the Feelgood camp for a few years until 2009 when fortune threw her and Caroline back together on a train to London one February morning. Mia was supposed to be going to a job interview but instead decided to rejoin Feelgood - Caroline can be VERY persuasive. . .  

In ‘real life’, Mia is now a full-time Funeral Celebrant with her own business, Your Perfect Goodbye, and relishes the opportunity and privilege of sharing others’ stories.

Mia Creely

Artistic Administration

© 2019 Feelgood Theatre Productions Ltd.

Feelgood is a Registered Charity No. 1092907

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