Special Guests

We are delighted to have so many amazing people involved with the Bath Theatre Matters Conference. Below you can find out a bit more info about all of them.


The Bath Theatre Matters Conference will be hosted by:

Jon Monie

Jon-Monie-August-2013Jon Monie is a hugely experienced and versatile Presenter, Actor and Writer. Not only a familiar face on ITV West for more than a decade, Jon has also worked extensively in most genres of television – and across most networks. Religion for BBC1, live light-entertainment for BBC3, quiz shows for Endemol, pseudo-sports programmes for Sky… Throw in some radio, voiceovers and emceeing too… It’s a diverse CV. The one constant is Jon’s unique brand of banter and quick-witted humour. As a result of his projects, Jon has grappled with a multitude of activities including tank-driving and fire-walking, and has interviewed celebrities ranging from Shirley McClaine to Miss Piggy, Gene Wilder to the Spice Girls and Dame Edna Everage to Lord Richard Attenborough. On the acting front, over the past 15 years Jon has won great acclaim for his regular performances as the comic lead in Bath’s Theatre Royal’s highly regarded pantomimes, alongside panto legend Chris Harris. His typically varied roles include Wishee Washee in Aladdin, Simple Simon inJack and the Beanstalk and Ugly Sister in Cinderella.  Jon also performs as one half of the comedy double-act ‘Avent & Monie’ (playing at many comedy festivals and venues throughout the country including London’s Hackney Empire) and is a regular performer with comedy improv troupe Instant Wit. For more information please visitwww.jonmonie.co.uk or www.aventandmonie.com




Keynote Speakers Include:



Westendproducer, or WEP, is thrilled to be speaking at the Theatre Matters – Bath Theatre Conference, indeed he loves nothing more than talking about theatre. Although he is not a fan of people talking during his theatre shows, unless of course they are the actors, in which case it should be expected that they talk when delivering their lines. Unless they are particularly bad. In which case they should just be quiet and jump up and down for a bit.
Westendproducer has been involved in theatre and entertainment all his life. His work has taken him all over the world, and he has been lucky enough to work with, and learn from many of today’s top actors, entertainers, and creatives – including both of The Krankies. Recently he ran the first ever online talent contest – ‘search for a twitter star’ – which had it’s live final at the Lyric Theatre. Following from this he ran ‘search for a twitter composer’ at the Soho Theatre – which aimed to find and help develop new composer’s work. He is a big supporter of emerging artists and believes that new talent needs a new audience, and new audiences need the new talent.
WEP will be discussing, amongst other things, west end musicals, and the state of the west end in general, producing shows in today’s climate, and how collaboration could be a key factor in the future of theatre.
He hopes sincerely that you will all join him for a glass of Dom after the proceedings, dear.

Martin Brown

Equity – Assistant General Secretary Communications and Membership Support



Local Speakers Include:

Andy BurdenAndy Burden
Keynote Speech: The Artist, The Organisation and The Industry
Andy Burden is a freelance director and recently appointed development director at The Natural Theatre Company. Andy has worked in theatre for 20 years primarily as a director, but also as a performer, lighting designer, writer and producer.




Ian McGlynn

Ian is a writer, director, erstwhile performer and is currently the Artistic Director of The Rondo Theatre in Bath.

Ian studied theatre at the University of Warwick and Mountview Theatre School, before going on to act and direct professionally. In 2007, Ian was appointed as Artistic Director of The Rondo. Ian is also the founder and Artistic Director of Provocation, a theatre company devoted to witty, vivid and literate new writing. He began his writing career creating comedy sketches for the West End cabaret, Ism. His first full-length play, the comedy-drama Reunion, was produced at The Rondo in November 2005. This was followed by a second full-length piece, the relationship/thriller Presence, in March 2007. An Act of Twisting, the first piece produced by Provocation, combined humour, drama and shocking action to explore the morality of captivity and torture, as well as raise important questions about the treatment of prisoners.

2009 saw the production of Love Bites, the history of a couple’s romances, while 2010’s Shelter was a coruscating examination of the mechanics of homelessness and 2011’s Life & Soul explored the issues of teenage alcohol abuse.

Ian has recently directed Players and Gentlemen for Butterfly Psyche Theatre, and in 2012 directed Dougie Blaxland’s Bursary Boy, both of which toured the South West.

Ian also co-authored War Cry, a BBC Radio 2 documentary for Al Murray, which was broadcast in the summer of this year.


Cllr Ben Stevens
Cabinet Member for Sustainable Development



Claire Seymour and Phoebe Kemp
Disability in the Arts

Phoebe Kemp is a professional actor based just outside Bath, having grown up in the area and deciding to return after her training. Since graduating she has worked with Bath companies Just Enough Theatre Company and The Ruffled Umbrella Company.  One of her main achievements as been to co-founding of Natural Diversions, a  new branch of The Natural Theatre Company, with all disabled performers. Phoebe , who herself is a part-time wheelchair user, has performed with this new company at a variety of festivals over the summer – including both Bath Fringe and Bath Comedy festivals, Devises Street Festival, and Glastonbury Festival.  The company received a Grant for the Arts in March 2013, and is now preparing to submit another application for phase two of the project. Phoebe has also recently been elected to the Equity Members with Disabilities Committee, and continues to pursue acting work both locally and further afield.


Steve Henwood & Wendy Matthews
Bath Fringe Festival & How You Can Become Involved


Greg Ingham
Creative Catalysts

Greg began his career as a journalist. He worked at Future for 18 years, the latter 13 as MD/CEO during which it peaked at nearly 2,000 employees. He is CEO of publisher and agency MediaClash, which he has run jointly with his wife Jane since they founded it in 2006. He additionally chairs three companies: the Theatre Royal Bath since 2005; Creative Bath since founding it in 2008; and international web business Gamer Network since 2007.


John Hector – Business Advisor

John Hector is a freelance business advisor specialising in the arts and creative industries. John helps individuals and companies clarify their creative and business goals. Clients have included the Colston Hall, Bath Spa University, Arts Matrix, Bath Cultural Forum and Spike Island.

Book a free one-to-one consultation with John to discuss your own individual practice or ideas for a new business or venture.
Sessions will last 45 mins in length and are limited in availability. To book a session with John please email: info@theatrebath.co.uk with your name and if applicable your company and we will book you a slot.

Slots will be on a first-come-first-served basis.

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