Audience with Murder
DQ Blues
Talking, Talking Heads
April in Paris
The Balance
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Leda Hodgson
 Artistic Directors
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Artistic Directors
There is a small group of people who work together on company projects and ideas. They also combine to support each other on work outside the domain of Theatre Maketa

Colin Wakefield
worked as a lawyer before training as an actor at the Webber Douglas Academy in London. He now divides his time between acting, writing and directing. Acting roles include Victor in PRIVATE LIVES, Lloyd in NOISES OFF, the title role in THE MIKADO and Judge Turpin in Stephen Sondheim’s SWEENEY TODD. He played Bottom (Zettel) in A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM for the award-winning company Cheek by Jowl, in a production which toured to four continents. TV and film include RELATIVE STRANGERS, THE RECTOR’S WIFE and VANITY FAIR. Directing includes TABLE MANNERS, BUILDING BLOCKS, BAREFOOT IN THE PARK, THE LESSON and THE MADNESS (Tennyson’s MAUD) – a one-man show for Kenneth Branagh. As well as writing three plays with Roger Leach (translated into German by Raymund Stahl: DOPPELTE FRUEDE, EHRENWORT and MÖRDERGRUBE), he has written a new thriller with David Gillespie called SLEEP NO MORE (RUHELOSE SCHATTEN). With composer Kate Edgar he wrote eight traditional Pantomimes for Salisbury Playhouse, and three family Musicals, including LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD (ROTKÄPPCHEN), for Winchester Theatre Royal. Nine of these titles are now published in England by Josef Weinberger Plays and performed all over the world. Kate and Colin have also co-written three musicals commissioned and performed by schools and youth groups, including an environmental piece for up to 250 students called WITCHWOOD. All his scripts are listed under his name on www.doollee.com


David Gillespie

David Graduated from the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic art in 1982 and joined the company of the Theatre Royal Stratford East where he had previously appeared in the theatres many variety nights. In 1986 David Joined the Cheek By Jowl Theatre Company where he played Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Sir Fopling Flutter in The Man of Mode – both productions touring world wide. David’s numerous TV appearances include, Red Dwarf, Bedtime and EastEnders for one year as Duncan the curate. More recently David lead the cast of BBC’s Operation Good Guys which won a Gold and Silver Rose at the Montreux TV Festival and he is currently appearing in BBC 2’s Sensetive Skin. He has also enjoyed success as a writer – creating The Boys From Kitchener Road for Thames TV, The Pleasure’s Mine for United Productions, Alone Together for Hattrick Productions and the New Basil Brush Show for the BBC. With Colin Wakefield David has just written Sleep No More a supernatural thriller for the stage. In November 2005 David was invited to be a Guest Artist at the South Carolina State Theatre Convention where he ran two workshops for actors, directors and teachers. His company The Speechworks – formed with Mark Warren in 2000, looks after the voice coaching, business presentation skills training and speechmaking requirements of people in the corporate sector, sports personalities and public figures.

Leda Hodgson
trained at LAMDA. Most recent work: Sarah in ‘The Norman Conquests’ (Birmingham Rep.), Philippa in ‘About Colin’ (Trinity), Sue in ‘Audience with Murder’(Edinburgh Festival Fringe), and Bridget in ‘Family Affairs’  for Talkback TV.
Leda played Bet in Theatre Maketa’s production of ‘April in Paris’ in Bahrain and at the May Fair Theatre in London.  Also for Theatre Maketa: Susan in ‘Bed Among The Lentils’. She has worked in Rep theatres in Exeter, Chester, Liverpool, Derby, Oldham, Cheltenham, Harrogate, Birmingham, and Worcester.  Other work includes: ‘The Terrible Voice of Satan’, ‘Worker’s Wrights’ and ‘Backpay’ at the Royal Court. Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre; Hull Truck ‘Shakers’ and ‘Cut and Dried’; Cheek by Jowl ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ and ‘The Man of Mode’.
‘Hamish Macbeth’  ‘Perfect World’  ‘Inspector Linley Investigates’ ‘Baddiel’s Syndrome’ ‘Family Affairs’
‘Long Time Man’

Nick Kidd

Nick organises and manages Theatre Maketa and Theatre Truck. His interest in Theatre began in the Bear Pit Society at Alleyn’s School, Dulwich, winning the school prize. His first job was a spotlight operator then a stage hand on many West End shows before moving into Stage Management. He was company manager and lighting designer for Cheek by Jowl when the company won two Olivier Awards and toured extensively in the UK, Europe, Asia and South America. He was a production manager for many companies including British Youth Opera and Music Theatre London and lit a host of shows on the fringe. His first play was an adaptation of ‘The Daughter of Time’, and first original work ‘DQ Blues’ was followed by ‘The Balance’ and ‘Talking, Talking Heads’. He is currently working on three new pieces to be performed in the Theatre Truck, ‘Truth Is’, ‘Greetings from Belmarsh’ and ‘You Broke my Heart and Stole my Dog’. Nick is also the Production Director of The New Year’s Day Parade, London, The Edinburgh Easter Festival and events in Paris & Rome. He continues to light and design under the name of Luci.




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