Who are we? Our Associates…
(The folk you can play with)
Bright Productions is technically Ilona, but theatre just can’t happen with one. Even the one woman shows. Read on to learn about the team that is very much our company.
Cliched but true, Ilona always loved theatre from a very young age. She started ballet at age three, and acting soon followed. Although Ilona was a gentle sort, she went for what she wanted, and in Primary 1, she bagged Cinderella and Virgin Mary. Somehow, via a degree in Russian, and living in the former Soviet Union and London, Ilona came to do more and more youth and community theatre projects, while developing her playwrighting. Her “big break” came when Eden Court first employed her in 1996 to kick start their now famous Highland wide outreach programme “Creative”. She was Eden Court’s drama worker for Lochaber from 2000-2014, and it taught her so very much. The sheer range of projects that grew was an amazing learning experience, and she found that she loved Kinlochleven (where her Granny brought up her Dad, and where her Dad wooed her Mum). Ilona has two children, and is happy being creative in such an inspiring area.
Chaz is probably best known for being the guitarist with The Donny Munro band, but has played with many other groups, including the Gaelic “Cliar”, and the Zydecho Ceilidh band. Ilona and Chaz first worked together on a production for the Edinburgh Fringe, “The Garden” and found a happy, off kilter creative union with new music for new writing. Chaz also works as a photographer (who wouldn’t want to around here!), and last year he and Paul made their first online teaser film. A Ballahooligan (via Partick) Chaz often destroys rehearsals with his bonkers lyrics and dramatic outbursts. Ask him to sing the beautiful love song: “I Love You So Much I Cannae Eat My Mince”. Apologies in advance for his response.
Listen to Chaz’s track “Castaway” from his album “The Angel Falls”.
Pauley Paul. What can we say about him? Tons. Most of it to his face as he is a bit of a tech wonderkind. Paul was the founder of the Sound Production and Music Technology course at the Fort William campus of the UHI. He was also the manager at Rara tua arts centre in New Zealand. Paul is famous for wanting things done right…whether that is in lighting and sound, music or performance. It looks like he and Chaz are really enjoying new digital film forays. Paul has a great Lancashire accent, well, because he is from Lancashire! He bides just fine now in Kinlochleven.
Bill Strachan hails from Ayrshire and is a die hard Burns affionado. A bizarre mix of astute businessman, hiker, writer and performer, he made his mark playing alluring dames but now seems to enjoy playing men. Especially Burns.
David Ogg is the manager at Nevis Radio and presenter of the Breakfast Show. Past life includes working at most stations around Scotland. Radio that is, not train. He can also hike up a hill and fix a mast like no other, and is a dab hand at doing outdoor broadcasts. David started to play with us after he broadcast us doing a Flashmob live on the radio two years ago (yip, think about it!). He gave us the go ahead to trial “Driech AM”, and in return we conned him into doing lighting for our shows. Well, he does love lights. He has a mobile disco,you know. David is an Invernesian and now lives in Fort William…the broadcasting highlight of the year for him is The Scottish Six Day Trials.
Claire left school in 2002 with only two clear objectives in mind; to
make art and travel. Prior to leaving school she
stumbled across the Room 13 project; an autonomous student run art
studio operating out of an abandoned classroom in the topmost corner
of Caol Primary School. Claire applied to the Managing Director of
Room 13, an eleven year old, and was granted an
apprenticeship. Since then, Claire has taken an active role in
building the Room 13 International Studio Network, working with young
people, artists and educators from many backgrounds to establish
student run and community based art studios in Scotland, England,
South Africa, India, Nepal and the USA. Claire is now CEO (posh title eh?) of Room 13 International.
Claire is a great organiser of public art events, but of course, very much an artist and all round creator. We are thrilled that she has somehow become an insightful “second eye” and designer/producer of some of our productions.
PS if you want to know what Claire really looks like, see if you can find her in a photo on the website (Sorry Claire we got ya!) There is a photo of Room 13 on here…