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The People Behind MADEafterDARK Creations

Mitchell James Bridgewater

Artistic Director









Mitch's childhood ambition was always to become a grizzled, gun slinging, wild western cowboy. But with absence of saloons and outlaws in the small Midland town he grew up in, Mitch opted instead for a career in the arts with dreams of becoming the next Clint Eastwood or John Wayne. At the age of six, Mitch first tred the boards as Philemon from Ovid's Greek fable and he hasn't left them since. Mitch studied performing arts at the University of Cumbria and trained with the Royal Associated Board of Music. Mitch has over twenty years experience of acting, singing, writing, tutoring, directing & producing for both stage and screen. MADEafterDARK Creations is Mitch's fourth producing company, following success with Dark Night Theatre Company, Realize Youth Theatre & Motive Mysteries (a company specializing in murder mysteries). Alongside MADEafterDARK Creations, Mitch facilitates monthly workshops for Lakeside Castings, continues to act professionally for film & T.V and works with corporate clients.



Directing Credits Include;

Sunshine Wine (Music video, Lady Cluck Productions/MistyPop music), The Best Christmas Present in The World (Film, Dark Night Theatre Company), Merrily Breaking My Heart (Theatre, MADEafterDARK Theatre), Journey's End (Theatre, Realize Youth Theatre), Art (Theatre, Hinkley Theatre Guild), End Game (Theatre, Dark Night Theatre Company), Someone to Watch Over Me (Theatre, Dark Night Theatre Company), Les Misanthrope (theatre, Dark Night Theatre Company), Blood Brothers (Theatre, Genesis/Dark NightTheatre Company), Realize Youth Cabarets (Theatre, Realize Youth Theatre), Roald Dahl in China (Theatre, Mad dogs and Englishmen), The Unicorn in the Lion's Keep (Theatre, Carlisle City Pageant, Carlisle City Council)



Performance Credits Include;

Acting - M is for Matriarch (Film; 'Malcolm', Freed Spirit Productions), Chair!!! (Film; 'Brian', Freed Spirit Productions), Arcadia (Theatre; Valentine, Carlisle Winter Theatre Festival), End Game (Theatre; 'Hamm', Dark Night Theatre Company), Art (Theatre; 'Serge', Hinkley Theatre Guild)

Musical Theatre - Little Shop Of Horrors (Theatre; 'Mushnick/Audrey 2', Dark NightTheatre Company), Blood Brothers (Theatre; 'Mickey/Eddie', Genesis/Dark Night Theatre Company), The Sound Of Music (Theatre; 'Rolf', The Hills Theatre Company), Les Miserables (Theatre; 'Les Gles', Genesis), Honk! (Theatre; 'Drake', Goodluck Production)

Danielle Atkins
Associate Artistic Director







Danielle Atkins has a long list of qualifications and experience in performance, production and technical theatre. She studied at the University of Cumbria alongside other members of Creative Team. She has twelve years experience of writing, directing and performing. Because of her wealth of experience in the arts and her methodical nature, Danielle holds the position of Associate Artistic Director with MADEafterDARK Creations.




Performance credits include -

The Crucible (Theatre; Abington & Witney productions), That Thursday (Theatre; Knife & Fork productions), Dystopia (Theatre; Knife & Fork productions), ANA (Theatre; Knife & Fork productions), Charcoal (Theatre; G&T productions), Queen Coal (Theatre; Dir. Rob Cameron), Godspell (Music Theatre; Knife & Fork productions), Nine (Music Theatre; Dir. John Topping).
For the Old Fire Station Theatre group – Annie (Music Theatre), Little Shop of Horrors (Music Theatre), The Boyfriend (Music Theatre), Blood Brothers (Music Theatre), Noah (Music Theatre), Best of Broadway 2005 (Cabaret)
Undermilk Wood (Radio play; Abington & Witney productions), "Sleeping with the light on'/"You said no"/"Who's David" (Music videos; Island records)




Six years as resident dancer at Max Rhythm
For Explosive Productions – Swinging Christmas (Cabaret), New York, New York (Cabaret)

Production credits include –




Writing & Directing:
That Thursday (Theatre; Knife & Fork productions), Dystopia (Theatre; Knife & Fork productions), ANA (Theatre; Knife & Fork productions), Midsummer Night Dream, Reworked! (T.I.E, date/company?)




That Thursday (Theatre; Knife & Fork productions), Dystopia (Theatre; Knife & Fork productions), ANA (Theatre; Knife & Fork productions), Charcoal (Theatre; G&T productions), Queen Coal (Theatre; Dir. Rob Cameron)

Matthew Wood
Head of Dance & Director for the Committee











For Matthew, a love of the arts was hereditary. As the son of a successful T.V actor, he traces his love of all things performance throughout his family tree.
Matthew has always had a passion for dance & musical theatre startingwithin his local youth theatre.
Matthew soon attracted attention from Scream Theatre School's casting agency, where he experienced training from industry professionals. Matthew later trained at The Grand Theatre Academy at Blackpool's prestigious Grand Theatre where he started to work with local media.
Matthew went on to act for Channel 4 Films, appear in several weekly soap operas and danced at Saddler's Wells Theatre on London's West End & Disneyland Paris.
Following this, Matthew studied performing arts at the University of Cumbria.
Matthew has twenty years of experience in choreography, directing and performance within his impressive list of achievements. He has trained under many professionals, including Paul-David Gough, Kym Marsh and Dominic Colenso. Before studying at University of Cumbria, Matthew has worked in the West End and throughout Europe. Matthew is now excited to be taking on the Head of Dance position at MADEafterDARK Creations. As one of our founding members, Matt also holds the role of Director for the Committee.



Performance Credits Include:

Acting - Duets (Theatre ; 'Jonathan/Toby', Pimms productions), Small Mind (Television ; 'David Hawes', Channel 4), Hollyoaks (Television; 'son', Channel 4), C&H (Theatre; 'Heathcliff', G&T productions)



Dance - Rhythm Of Life (Theatre ; Dancer, Big Shadow Theatre Company), Music Magic Days (Theatre; Dancer, Disneyland Paris), I can dance (Theatre; Dancer, Saddler's Wells), Six years as resident dancer with Phyllis Davis School of Dancing.



Musical Theatre - Jungle Book (Theatre ; 'Kaa', Grand Theatre Academy), Fiddler On The Roof (Theatre ; 'Sasha', Thornton-Clevelys Operatic Society)

Theatre in Education/Community Theatre - Till' Death Do Us Part ( TIE ; 'Murrey Wilson')



Production Credits Include:

Choreography - Evita (Theatre ; Choreographer, MADEafterDark Theatre), School Dance Hits (Theatre ; Choreographer, Priestly Dance), Spend Spend Spend (Theatre ; Choreographer, Maryport Musical Society), Four years as resident choreographer at Phyllis Davis School of Dancing.



Directing - Dracula (Theatre ; Director, Grand Theatre Academy), A Night In Blackpool (Theatre ; Director/Writer, LSA productions)


Grace Bridgewater 

Head Of New Writing, Resident Writer 




Grace has over twenty years experience working as a dramatist, performer and producer. She trained in performing arts at Clwyd Theatre Cymru and the University of Cumbria, before studying for an Mphil in playwriting at the University of Birmingham.



Writing Credits Include:


Theatre - With New Eyes (Dir.Rob Cameron, George Cadbury Hall), Burning (Dir.Chris O'Connell, Theatre Absoloute), Charcoal (Dir.G Tanswell, G&T productions), C&H (Dir.G Tanswell, G&T productions), Rehearsal (Dir.Ian Floodgate, G&T productions), Border (Dir.Mitchell James Bridgewater, MADEafterDARK Theatre), Merrily Breaking My Heart (Dir. Mitchell James Bridgewater, MADEafterDARK Theatre).


Film and radio - Forget Me Not (Film, Dir.Lynsey Walker, Freed Spirit Productions), Value (Radio play, MADEafterDARK Theatre), Hamlet is Burning (Radio Play, MADEafterDARK Theatre). 


Theatre in Education/Community Theatre - I Can't Be Arsed (Theatre, Dir.G Baker, Careers Wales), Alice's Story (Theatre, Dir.G Baker, Wrexham County Council). 


Performance Credits Include:


A Christmas Carol (Theatre; 'Belle/Mrs.Fezziwig', Emma Lucia/Clwyd Theatre Cymru), The Bell Pool (Film; 'Kay', Boiler House Media), Forget Me Not (Film; 'Ophelia', Freed Spirit Productions), Chair!!! (Film; 'Meredeth', Freed Spirit Productions), The Handyman (Film; 'Rose', Jonny Carswell), Hamlet is Burning (Radio Play; 'Ophelia', MADEafterDARK Theatre), Sunshine Wine (Music video; 'Misty', Lady Cluck Productions/MistyPop music) Return To Kings (Theatre; 'Miss Berenger', Emma Lucia). 


Producing Credits Include:


Forget Me Not (Film, Freed Spirit Productions), Children of Oedipus (Theatre, Indigo Entertainments), Merrily Breaking My Heart (Theatre, MADEafterDARK Theatre), Sunshine Wine (Music video, MADEafterDARK Theatre), Hamlet is Burning (Radio Play, MADEafterDARK Theatre), I Can't Be Arsed (Theatre, Careers Wales), Alice's Story (Theatre, Wrexham County Council), Charcoal (Theatre, G&T productions), C&H (Theatre, G&T productions).



 Sebastian Coombe

Head Of Marketing  

 Sebastian’s first acting role was as ‘2nd shepherd’ in the primary school nativity, he has never looked back since. He went on to study Drama at school, before finding his professional calling at University - studying English, Publishing and Marketing. Even after choosing a career in marketing, Sebastian has never given up treading the boards. Since graduating from his studies in Oxford and moving to Cumbria, Sebastian has maintained and developed his skills in marketing; enjoying a successful role as the Marketing Manager for a local, independent business. Alongside his professional skills, Sebastian has been involved with numerous theatre companies in North-West & Borders - staring in productions ranging from the dramatic to the farcical. Additionally, he has taken part in several short films.

Sebastian found his way to MADEafterDARK Creations as a performer but now looks forward to combining his profession and his passion as Head of Marketing for the company.

  Performance credits include: 

Theatre –Midsummer Night’s Dream (Demetrius – Ruddy Amateurs), Arcadia (Septimus Hodge – Ruddy Amateurs), Merry Wives of Windsor (Slender – Ruddy Amateurs), A Man for All Seasons (Richard Rich – Fat Headed Chunks Theatre Company), Puss in Boots (King Bernard – West Walls Theatre Company), Men in a Boat (George – Fat Headed Chunks Theatre Company), Twelfth Night (Sebastian – Ruddy Amateurs), Every Other Evening (Paul – West Walls Theatre Company), A Christmas Carol (Young Scrooge – Fat Headed Chunks Theatre Company), Look Back in Anger (Jimmy Porter – The Electric Theatre Company), The Real Thing (Billy – West Walls Theatre Company), Wind in the Willows (Ratty – Ruddy Amateurs), Boeing Boeing (Bernard the butler – West Walls Theatre Company), Dick Whittington & his Cat (King Rat – West Walls Theatre Company), Big Burns Supper (Spiegeltent Usher – Electric Theatre Company)

Film -Punchbag  (Mugger – Soundzshop Media), Forget-me-not (Hamlet – Walk Free Films), Stuffed (Jack – Soundzshop Media), White Lies (Dave – Gingerbread Film), River (Eric – MOTR Productions), Toxic (Sam – Gingerbread Film)


Jack Lester

Community Outreach Liaison







Jack Lester is currently studying Performing Arts at the University of Cumbria. Due to the strength of his performances during his training and his impressive work ethic and enthusiasm, he was asked to join the MADEafterDARK creative team. Working with MADEafterDARK has provided Jack with an outlet for his creativity and ambition as well the chance to gain skills and experience. Jack’s passion and meticulous approach have made him an invaluable member of the team and he will be working as Community Outreach Liaison for the Company.


Performance Credits Include: Showtime (Spotlight Performing Arts; Musical Theatre), Ship Ahoy (Spotlight Performing Arts; Musical Theatre), The Rocky Monster Show (Spotlight Performing Arts; Musical Theatre), Easter Funnies 2 (Writer’s Block/ARC Sketch Group; Sketch Comedy), Summer Loliday (Writer’s Block/ARC Sketch Group; Sketch Comedy), Annie (Nunthorpe Production; Musical Theatre), Then Came Death (Dir. Ben Samuels; Theatre), Pericles (Dir. Chris Hill; Theatre in Education), Witches of Eastwick (Dir. Antony Law; Musical Theatre), Peter Pan (Middlesborough Theatre; Pantomime)


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