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Gemma Colclough, The Hunting of the Snark Musical

Gemma Colclough



Gemma is the creative lead of Alice House Theatre, and co-creator of this new adaptation of The Hunting of The Snark.  Gemma has directed in theatres across the UK, from classical to sketch comedy, with sell out shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2009 and 2015.


Credits include: Edward II (Stanwix Theatre, Cumbria), As You Like It (Pendley Shakespeare Festival), The Last Great Lady (Strawberry Hill House), The Beat My Time Machine Skipped (Soho Theatre), several productions at the Rose Theatre, Bankside, and NewsRevue at the Canal Cafe Theatre.

'Gemma Colclough’s direction is bursting with imagination and a contagious silliness.' - CHILDREN'S THEATRE REVIEW on The Hunting of the Snark.

'Expertly directed' THE RICHMOND TIMES on The Last Great Lady.

Gareth Cooper, The Hunting of the Snark Musical

Gareth Cooper

MD, Music & Lyrics

Gareth is a writer and performer, specializing in musical comedy (with some stand-up, sketch and poetry thrown in for good measure). From 2008-13, he wrote and performed with award winning, critically acclaimed sketch group, Delete the Banjax, and now splits his time between acting, writing and stand-up. His recent acting work includes Three Keepers, Dracula and the award-winning short film, The Three of Us, for which he also wrote the title track.

'Daft, deft and hugely inventive' THE INDEPENDENT on Delete The Banjax.

THE GUARDIAN has described Delete The Banjax as 'Gloriously daft… at all times, they’ve got a sure feeling for where the funny is, and they knowhow to deliver it too.'

Justin Nardella, The Hunting of the Snark Musical

Justin Nardella


A graduate of NIDA, Justin has been on many international adventures – down a well, battling monkeys, slaying dragons, releasing birds, and riding on buses!  Recent productions:  In the Depths of Dead Love (The Print Room), Mr Incredible and Where Do Little Birds Go? (Longsight), Legends! (Gordon Frost Organisation) , Hansel and Gretel (Opera in Space), Tender Napalm (Brisbane Festival), and Orfeo (Brandenburg Orchestra).  He was associate set designer to Anish Kapoor on Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde (ENO), Glenda Jackson’s King Lear (Old Vic) and various productions of Priscilla Queen of the Desert.  Winner of BMW Young Artists award and William Fletcher Grant. 


He hopes that both children and adults enjoy Snark, and remember, the impossible is possible with a little imagination.

The Annabel Wigoder, Hunting of the Snark Musical

Annabel Wigoder


Annabel works across TV, theatre and film. She writes regular episodes of an animated series for children, was shortlisted as a screenwriter for the Red Planet Prize, and her short plays have been staged at Theatre 503, Southwark Playhouse, Riverside Studios, Soho Theatre, and The Old Red Lion. She has produced scripted shorts and branded content, and has worked on the development of feature films including 'The Invisible Woman' and Dustin Hoffman's 'Quartet'. She has a diploma in Script Development from the NFTS / Script Factory, an MA in Creative Writing, and is a graduate of the Royal Court Young Writers programme and Studio Group. She is currently Development and Production Executive at Salon Pictures.


Formed by Garry McQuinn to produce The Hunting of the Snark.


Garry has had a distinguished career in theatre spanning forty years, almost 25 as a producer. He has mounted, produced and/or managed large-scale musicals such as Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, The Boy from Oz and Showboat, and toured international shows including Tap Dogs, Slava’s Snowshow, Mums the Word, Gumboots, Fosse, Shaolin Monks of China, Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake, Jerry Seinfeld, and Circus Oz.  Most notably, Garry is lead producer and managing partner for Priscilla Queen of the Desert, The Musical, the Broadway and West End show which was launched in Australia in 2006 and went on to play two seasons in Sydney, Melbourne and Auckland.  Priscilla has since become Australia’s most successful theatrical export of all time and will return to Oz in 2018.


The show ran for three years in London’s West End and was seen by over 600,000 people on Broadway.  There have been seasons in Milan and Rome, Sao Paulo, Stockholm, Athens, Buenos Aires, Seoul, Amsterdam, Manila, Madrid, Singapore, Tokyo and tours of North America, UK and Italy. New productions are planned in Copenhagen, Munich, Paris, Cape Town and Johannesburg, Bangkok and Hong Kong.  


Through RGM Productions, Garry has produced the world premiere of Ingmar Bergman’s Academy Award-winning film Through A Glass Darkly at the Almeida Theatre in London (with Ruth Wilson), and the Atlantic Theatre Company in New York (with Carey Mulligan).  He produced the UK tour and Canadian premiere of The Two Worlds of Charlie F.


RGM currently books and/or manages the Australian disco-circus cabaret Velvet internationally, and John Water’s Lennon: Through a Glass Onion in the UK, Ireland and Europe.


Garry headed the Production course at NIDA for a decade and has enjoyed an unbroken relationship with the school extending for almost 4 decades including two terms as a member of the Board.

General Manager & Original Co-Producer

Founded by Garry McQuinn and Rina Gill, previous credits for the company include Through A Glass Darkly (Almeida Theatre, Atlantic theatre New York) and The Two Worlds of Charlie F (UK Tour). RGM is also developing a number of new productions including the fully updated re-launch of the international hit, Gumboots, Midnight in Havana a musical set in Cuba on the eve of the revolution; and a musical adaptation of the iconic Australian film Starstruck. Independently, McQuinn has had a career spanning 40 years with credits including Disney's Beauty and the Beast, The Boy from Oz, Fosse and Showboat. He has produced, managed and toured international shows including Tap Dogs, Slava's Snowshow, Mums the Word, Gumboots, Shaolin Monks of China, Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake and Circus Oz. Most notably, McQuinn is lead producer and managing partner for Priscilla Queen of the Desert the Musical, the West End and Broadway show which has played extensively around the world.




Alice House was formed in 2013 by Director Gemma Colclough and then-Producer, Annie Biddlecombe.  The companies aim is to produce high quality work for the whole family, utilising a network of creatives with backgrounds ranging from comedy to music and film.

The company’s lead creative is Gemma Colclough.  Gemma has spent 10 years working in London and regionally in UK, specialising in classical work for new audiences. Annie Biddlecomble is the Creative Associate of Alice House who began her career at the Battersea Arts Centre before moving to the world record breaking NewsRevue team at the Canal Cafe Theatre, where she and Gemma met.  Annie now works with the Ambassador Theatre group as a programmer.  


Rachel O'Riordan - Artistic Supervisor

Cited by The Stage as one of the Top 100 most influential theatre makers in the UK Rachel is the Artistic Director of the Sherman Theatre, for whom she has directed The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, A Doll’s House, Iphigenia in Splott Romeo & Juliet, and Arabian Nights. She won the CATS Award for Best Director for The Seafarer and Best Director at the First Irish Theatre Festival Awards for Absolution.

After seeing The Hunting of the Snark in Edinburgh, She collaborated with the original creative team to develop the show to a main stage Production.

Sherman Cymru - Original Co-Producer

Sherman Theatre makes excellent work with eclectic appeal, champions Welsh artists, and promotes new Welsh work nationally and internationally.

They make and curate exciting theatre for audiences. They develop and nurture the work of Welsh and Wales based artists. Sherman Theatre generates opportunities for the citizens of Cardiff to connect with theatre through relevant, inspiring and visionary engagement.

Sherman Theatre is a producing house in Wales, working in both English and Welsh with a particular remit for the development and presentation of new writing. Sherman Theatre also runs a significant outreach and participation programme.

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