Who are Small Mercies Productions?  
  Jane Mc Nulty    
(Playwright) has won awards for scriptwriting, short fiction and poetry including, amongst others, the Lynda La Plante Award worth £2000for her feature One Good Man; the Swanage Literary Festival for her short story The Last Race; her poem ‘A Man Walks Into A Bar.., about an incident in Northern Ireland where two men were shot dead, won a Poetry Life award and three of her short stories were short-listed for the Westport Literary Festival.
She has written for television drama series (EastEnders, Heartbeat, The Bill, Peak Practice, Doctors, Crossroads) and her short film ‘Result’ was commissioned by BBC2. Her work for the theatre has been performed in Ireland (Bo Leichtreach Festival, Co Offaly 2011) and Wales (5Km to Grozny, won the 1997 One Voice Competition).  She is currently working on a new play about identity and ageing in working class men, for Big Telly, a theatre company based in Northern Ireland.  She mentors new and developing writers (novelists, screenwriters and playwrights) for a leading London literary consultancy and is an associate at University of Salford and Edge Hill University.
  Bill Hopkinson


(Director) is a Manchester Evening News award-winning theatre director. He was Artistic Director of Manchester Youth Theatre and from 2000 to 2004 he was Literary Manager for Sgript Cymru, the national new writing company for Wales. He has worked extensively as a dramaturg, developing and encouraging new writing for the stage, including 25 years association with NW Playwrights. For his work with Jane on Our Lady of the Goldfinches he was awarded a Writers’ Guild New Writing Encouragement Award. As director he has premiered new plays by Christina Katić, Mike Mallet and Alan Williams. Recent productions as director include Looking for K (Soho Theatre/Graeae/Writernet) by Danny Start, Henhouse (Arcola Theatre) by Kaite O’Reilly, Scaramouche Jones by Justin Butcher (Greenwich Playhouse), and a European tour of his own play Ludd.
  Laura Haughey


(Movement Director and Video Artist) is a film director and choreographer, based in Leeds where she is co-artistic director of Equal Voices. She is lead solo artist on the Yorkshire Cultural Olympiad project iMove, and is well known as co creator of web-based Yorkshire Telly. She trained and toured in the UK and in Europe as a dancer and physical theatre performer for 10 years. As a theatre director, Laura has created shows for Manchester Youth Theatre, Bolton Octagon, and Full Body & the Voice. As a film director, Laura and has made the film documentaries 'Out of Bounds and Children's Voices and regularly leads workshops for Leeds Young People's Film Festival.
  Andy Duggan
(musical director) is a musician, singer/songwriter, producer, performer and workshop leader who will be most familiar from his winning appearance on The Gadget Show - composing the new theme tune - and from his stadium tours as the keyboard player with The Pigeon Detectives. He tours with his own band Albert Ross and the Otters. Gigging prolifically around Britain, playing at major festivals and venues including Leeds Festival and at the Cavern, Liverpool, Andy has over a decade’s experience working with young people and adults with special needs. He has led workshops and residencies all over the UK, working with many different organizations including Interplay Theatre, Full Body and the Voice, MIND, and 1 Voice. Andy sings and plays guitar, keyboards, drums, percussion and bass. He also produces many different genres of music including dance, pop, rock, folk, electro, and drum and bass. As part of an integrated aesthetic, Andy plays live and sampled music to accompany dance, movement and theatre workshops and has composed for dance shows, theatre productions and for film soundtracks. As a Musical Director, Andy has worked on That Was Then, This Is Now for Full Body and the Voice, and The House of Bernarda Alba and Euripedes’ Hecuba for Edge Hill University.
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