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Holding The Man


Sebastian Palka Director

Sebastian Palka

Actor and Director has worked in theatre, film, TV in a wide range of styles, roles and forms. Sebastian worked with acclaimed theatre and film directors Jacek Skalski (Poland), Adam Cook (Australia) and Shane Meadows (UK).  He trained in the Academy of Theatrical Arts in Krakow, Poland and The Acting College in Sydney, Australia.

Sebastian is a founder of Big Boots Theatre Company Limited. He received an Off West End Award Nomination in the category of Best Director for Holding the Man staged at Brockley Jack Theatre in 2017. Sebastian is a member of Genesis Directors Network at Young Vic in London and the Directors's Cut at Southwark Playhouse.  

Sebastian has written musicals and directed at the Polish Children Theatre ‘Syrena’ in Hammersmith, London. He directed at Tristan Bates Theatre in Covent Garden and assisted at City Lit Drama School in Holborn. Other credits include Faust by Wolfgang Goethe, The Giaour by Lord Byron and Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. 

Roman Berry 

Movement Director/Assistant Director

Roman Berry

Born in the Philippines, Roman Berry trained in Australia at the Center for Performing Arts (Dance) and Flinders University Drama Center (Theatre).  PERFORMING career highlights include Cameron Mackintosh’s Australian Premiere of Miss Saigon and Harry Miller’s Australian Premiere of Pageant: The Musical. 

Directing and Choreographic highlights: 

II Commonwealth Youth Games Opening and Closing Ceremony (Australia), Music Box Theatre’s Poppies, The Musical (The Space), Karen Morash’s Playground (The London Theatre), Pregnant Fish Theatre Co’s The Picture Of Dorian Gray (The Space), Justice For Domestic Workers UK Body and Mind Workshops, Dream: The Musical, An Act of Kindness,Goodbye 再见, It Tastes Like Home (Tristan Bates Theatre, London). 

He is currently the Artistic Director for Divergent Theatre Collective (London), and directedIllegals: The Game Show at Waterloo East Theatre for two seasons in 2015. 

Przemyslaw piotr Klonowski 

Costume designer 

Przemyslaw Klonowski

Award winning stage director for opera, exhibition designer, set designer, artist. Przemek has a Master’s Degree in Fine Arts from Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun, Poland, as well as Set Design at Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, Poland.


Przemek studied Theatre Studies at National Academy of Dramatic Arts in Warsaw, Poland, and Opera and Musical Theatre Direction at State Drama School in Krakow, Poland.

Reiko Moreau

Reiko Moreau   

Set designer

Reiko worked as a set designer assistant and prop making at Theatre design company HORIO in Japan. In London, she graduated at the Central Saint Martins MA Performance design and practice in 2015. 


Reiko designed for It tastes like home (Goldsmith MA Musical theatre,Tristan Bates Theatre, 2016), Nuns (Perform & Give, Etcetera Theatre Camden, Camden fringe festival, 2016), The Sun also Rises (PDP MA final show, Studio theatre in CSM, 2015), Dokei (Dutch courage productions,The Lion and Unicorn Theatre, 2014), Romeo and Juliet (East London Shakespeare Company, Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre, 2014), OVERTURE: A festival of short musicals (Goldsmith MA Musical theatre,Tristan Bates Theatre, 2014).

Alexandra Iordache   

Set and Costume Assistant

Alexandra Iordache

Alexandra entered the art and design field at a very young age, and has worked throughout her high school years at a local theatre back in her home country, Romania.


Alongside being a scenographer's and costume designer's assistant, she pursued painting for six years and had two personal exhibitions. After deciding that fine arts no longer professionally fulfill her, she decided to further her studies in design abroad, in London, at Wimbledon College of Arts, where is is currently doing a costume design BA.

lucy Ellis 

Company Stage Manager

Lucy Ellis

Over the last 6 years Lucy has worked at several theatre companies such as Erith Playhouse, Stag Theatre in Sevenoaks, and City Lit Theatre Company in London. She has a number of Stage Manager and Deputy Stage Manager credits as well as experience in Stage and Musial Directing.


Currently Lucy is working as a music teacher at Bird College of Dance, Music and Theatre in London, where she has also worked for the last 4 years as a Stage Manager at the Bird College Music Festival that takes place at Royal Festival Hall at Southbank Centre, London. Lucy is originally from West Wales and she plays Piano, Guitar and French Horn.

matt Mulcahy 

Yoga Coach

Matt Mulcahy

Matt stepped on to the mat over 6 years ago and is about to embark on a 200HR teacher training in Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga.


His style of teaching focuses on the alignment of breath with movement, using postures as a gateway to still the mind and become present.


His dynamic, creative and playful sequences cultivate strength, energy and focus, and are accessible to all levels of yoga, from starting out to regular practitioners.

He is passionate about yoga’s transformational ability to calm the chatter of the mind, using the practice to find balance and confidence, always encouraging playfulness and smiles on (and off) the mat.

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