Frances Viner

Frances’ work as actor, director and writer includes co-founding Raving Beauties. This company, twice commissioned by Channel 4, toured internationally and published poetry anthologies based on their shows. Raving Beauties are currently working on an anthology for Bloodaxe Books about women’s relationship to their bodies. Classically trained, she’s been directed by Trevor Nunn, Howard Davies, Mike Newell, John Barton and Peter Gill amongst others and her work as a writer includes ‘In Blood’  commissioned by the Arcola Theatre, a play fusing Brazilian myth, capoeira and ‘The Bacchae’ by Euripides.
Her work in community settings includes drama advisor for an international orchestra, ‘outstanding’ (Ofsted) work across the arts in a psychiatric hospital school, member of the first Artists’ Placement Group project which was included in Tate Liverpool’s recent ‘Art Turning Left’ exhibition and founding director of a mixed ability youth music theatre funded by the London Borough of Southwark.

Patrick Kealey

After studying English Literature at St Catherine’s College Cambridge Patrick worked as a freelance actor, director and writer for over thirty years and frequently led drama workshops and acting classes. In addition to touring throughout the UK his theatre work has taken him to the US, France, Ireland, Eastern Europe, Scandinavia and most recently Colombia.
Patrick has a particular interest in alternative, site specific and community theatre events. He co-founded Group K theatre with designer Bruno Santini. Their original and adapted works were performed in London and toured nationally funded by the Arts Council.
Recent work includes co-directing ‘We Are For Sale’ and ‘Band of Gold’ with Frances Viner and dramaturgy for Lucidity Suitcase Intercontinental’s ’17 Borders’ in Bogota and Philadelphia. Current projects include writing the book for a musical comedy set in Paris.

Sandra Spighel

Sandra is an indie documentary filmmaker passionate about creating human portraits that deconstruct notions of gender, identity and culture. Her interests include combining film, sound and space to create an immersive multi-media experience. After exploring acting and directing in theatre for four years, Sandra has reoriented towards film. Awarded the Sussex Digital Documentary Scholarship in September 2010 she graduated the Digital Documentary MA in 2012. During her course at Sussex University she produced ‘This is US’, a documentary film that won an award in the Sussex 50th Anniversary Film Competition. Since graduating she has been involved in films and photography projects. SHOES will be Sandra’s first project with Hallucinating Angels.

Sam Sharples

Sam collaborated on WE ARE FOR SALE and BAND OF GOLD as filmmaker and editor. Recently he has worked with performance artist Claire Whistler, writer Hugh Stoddart and is completing a film with RSC actor Greg Hicks. Since 2009 he has worked with director Nichola Bruce on installations and films most recently co-directing the opera ‘Pale Shadows – Alcina’ which has been nominated for the 2014  Derek Jarman award.

Chris Ford

Chris is a freelance graphic designer and creative, currently working from a remote location in the West Country. He has worked with the company on our last two projects designing all our publicity, blogs and a website. His work has brought clarity and bite to the company’s public identity, growth and intention.


Loren O’Dair

Loren trained at Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris. She is currently playing Reza in Onceat the Phoenix Theatre, West End. Once is directed by John Tiffany, with choreography by Steven Hoggett and orchestration and musical direction by Martin Lowe.

Loren recently played Melanie in feature film Squat, with Scanner-Rhodes Productions, directed by Nic Auerbach, which will be released later this year. Just prior to joining Once, she played Raksha in The Jungle Book at The Citizens Theatre, Glasgow, directed by Nikolai Foster. Loren is also a musician and an aerialist.

Frederick Szkoda

Last year Fred was filming ‘All Men Are Thieves’ in California with ‘Rockbridge Productions’ and straight after worked with us on ‘Band Of Gold’
Later this year he will be filming the TV Pilot ‘Of Gods and Mortals’ with Tempest Productions, which is about the Iliad. Fred will be playing Hector.

Sue Jones-Davies

Sue played Catherine Cookson in WE ARE FOR SALE. Her career as a singer and actor spans many years but she is probably best known as ‘the Welsh tart’ in Monty Python’s Life of Brian.
She was a member of the Bowles Brothers Band, Welsh singing duo Cusan Tan and is a founder member of Raving Beauties whose new poetry anthology about women’s relationship with their bodies will be published by Bloodaxe in 2015.

Aidan Stephenson

Currently putting a one man show together for the Brighton Fringe Festival…


Pingping Cao

Costume Designer for WE ARE FOR SALE. When Pingping made the ‘death dress’ for Paula Yates’s character she was finishing her MA in Visual Language of Performance at Wimbledon College of Art.
Now she’s working for a company in Beijing making and designing in all styles including Asian and European traditional costume as well as modern and abstract.

Liv Wright

Costume and set designer for WE ARE FOR SALE and BAND OF GOLD.
“Especially for me this project allowed me to share a collaborative process with another designer in a style that is not often possible in the industry. I feel very fortunate that from the off me and PingPing worked extremely closely together, neither of us were precious with ideas and we were able to tackle creative problem solving as a design team. I learnt from PingPing and it was a pleasure to be able to have a second opinion on all design issues and through this she was both a great support and also an inspiration.  I also appreciated how Patrick and Frances, unlike some directors, were very open to suggestions and ideas from me beyond design. Even during the day of performance there was room to play and change ideas. I love working in this collaborative environment and think it’s is the best environment for allowing creative ideas to be playful, considered and shared.  With the great resource and support of the staff at the beautiful De La Warr pavilion we really were privileged. I think our end product reflected a strong collaborative effort on all parts and only through this would it have been possible for us to achieve what we did in the short period we had to do it in.”


Martin Grant

Martin currently donates his skills to Remap, a charity which makes unique pieces of  tailor-made equipment which are given free to the disabled people who need them. He also spends as much time as possible in his beloved Welsh woodland. He brings a unique combination of know-how and qualities to stage-managing SHOES.

Indiana Hamilton-Brown and Jake Burnett

Members of Kneecap Media a local media production company that prides itself on progressive thought and unwavering technical excellence and contributing to film and sound on SHOES.

Keith Rodway

Keith Rodway is an author, musician and filmmaker and director of Trash Cannes Festival Hastings. Most recently he worked on post-production for a series of webcasts for the International Feminist Journal of Politics. He has a particular interest in gender issues and is currently working on a sequel to his documentary film Becoming Penny.