Cruise Ship Speakers

Theatre & Drama
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Jennifer Hastings Caithness
Social History & Destinations
British Social History & Literature
Coming from: Reading,  Berkshire  UK
Jenny is a museum and heritage site specialist, and social historian, who greatly enjoys delivering both enrichment and destination talks on cruise ships. Born in the Bahamas and brought up in England, Jenny lived and worked in Sydney, Australia, for five years after graduating from Southampton University. She presents an extensive range of talks on British social history and literature and on destinations in Europe and the United Kingdom.

Simon and Jenny Cooper
Murder & Mystery in History
Murder, Mystery & Suspense playlets
Coming from: St. Neots,  Cambridgeshire  UK
Simon's company "Mystery in History" specialises in writing and producing customised 'Murder Mystery' packages set in interesting locations. They write murder mystery ploys based around the ship and the particular cruise. In their initial presentation the characters are introduced and the murder is committed; during subsequent sessions guests are then invited to solve the case by witnessing a series of scenes acted out between the 'suspects', and by solving a series of cryptic puzzles.

Richard Evans
Casting Director
Showbusiness, Celebrity, Performing Arts, Theatre, Actors and Acting
Coming from: London,    UK
Richard is a London based Casting Director who has cast a wide variety of productions in all media since 1989. Prior to this he worked as an actor for ten years. He loves talking about his work and the entertainment industry in general to interested groups and regularly leads audition and career development workshops at many top drama and theatre schools throughout the world, from RADA in London to The Lee Strasberg Institute in New York.

Karin Fernald
Actor & Social Historian of l8th & l9th Centuries
Specializing in Letters & Diaries
Coming from: London,    UK
Karin is an actor, writer and speaker, who researches and creates a vivid picture of a character and a historical period. She is a NADFAS speaker and is known for her entertaining lectures on writers and diarists from the late 18th and early mid 19th centuries, mostly connected with the arts. Extensive research into diaries and letters bring subjects to life. Lectures are illustrated by slides of contemporary pictures and portraits from a wide variety of sources.

Hilary Green
Author & Teacher of Creative Writing
Coming from: Barnston,  Wirral  UK
Hilary trained for the stage, but then decided to go into teaching. She has spent the greater part of her life teaching drama and theatre studies in a variety of schools, from a girl’s boarding school in Kent to Comprehensives in London and on the Wirral. She writes historical fiction set during World War l and World War ll. Hilary is an experienced public speaker and gives talks about "how to write fiction" and about her books.

Martin Hannant
Broadcasting, Theatre & Drama
Radio & Comedy Stars of the 40's & 50's
Coming from: Chipping Norton,  Oxfordshire  UK
Martin lives in Chipping Norton and spent 33 years of his life working as a Primary School teacher. He has been involved in Amateur Dramatics and Operatics since he was 13 years old and has also appeared in 16 major productions with Chipping Norton Amateur Operatic Society taking principal parts. Martin is a committed cruiser and presents a series of talks on the Radio and Comedy Stars of the 40's and 50's and the history of pantomine and early children's TV.

Graham Hoyle
Murder Mystery Events Organiser
Coming from: Ringwood,  Hampshire  UK
After retiring from a long career in the police force, Graham wanted to start a new career that was both entertaining and enjoyable, so “Catch the Killer” was born. Graham has written over eighteen original story lines that can be adapted to specific ships, cruise companies, captains or even specific passengers. The event is interactive, engaging and a lot of fun for the passengers who will find that working in small teams helps their thinking and leads to creating new friendships and contacts on board the ship.

Paul Lavers
TV Presenter & Actor
Coming from: Carshalton,  Surrey  UK
Paul Lavers is probably best known as one of the original presenters on QVC – the shopping channel, where with his humour and singing he charmed people into buying. However he trained as an actor at the Bristol Old Vic school and worked extensively on the UK's theatre repertory circuit. He's also well known to fans of "Doctor Who" as Paul featured in four episodes with Tom Baker, 'The Androids of Tara'. Paul is skilled behind the camera as well and set up Ideal World TV and other channels, including The Entrepreneur Channel.

Ian Mann
Drama Coach & Tutor
B.Ed (Hons)
Coming from: Spalding,  Lincolnshire  UK
Ian is a retired drama and theatre teacher, having spent nearly 40 years in state and independent schools in roles as Vice Principal and Director of Drama. He is currently an examiner for LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art) GCE, GCSE and the International Baccalaureate. Ian continues to lead drama, theatre and speaking workshops for all ages, most recently for adults wishing to boost self confidence and improve personal technique. All Ian's classes are informative, practical and fun!

Priscilla Morris
Theatre & Literature
Coming from: Hinckley,  Leicestershire  UK
Priscilla originally trained as a professional actress and holds Equity membership. Her life to date has been an exciting mix of coaching and performing. She ran her own speech & drama school for 40 years, has examined performance and communication subjects worldwide for LAMDA for 30 years and judges Public Speaking and Acting Festivals internationally. During her life she has acted in and directed over 40 theatrical productions and loves the challenge presented by each new audience. She speaks about her favourite literary and theatrical characters.

Colin Pinney
Literature and Romance
Coming from: London,    UK
Colin has played in Shakespeare, Shaw and Aldwych farce and has directed plays both in the UK and in America. He has been a member of the BBC Radio Drama Company, and his television appearances include Jeeves and Wooster, The Brittas Empire and The Bill. He founded Marchurst Productions, creating shows which brought to life characters of History, Literature and Romance. He speaks on Kipling's Life and Verse, on Pepys and the Playhouse, on Patrick, father of the Brontes and on Dylan Thomas.

Steven Rivellino
Coming from: Jersey City,  NJ  USA
Steven Rivellino is one of the leading Executive Producers, theatrical General Managers and Business Analysts in the industry. The former Vice President and General Manager of New York's Radio City Music Hall, he has produced and general-managed on and off Broadway, and internationally. Steven is author or two book, lectures worldwide on theatrical production and theatre management; he is a frequent guest lecturer on the University and theatrical circuits and on cruise ships.

Ken Robertson
Broadcasting & Theatre
ex. BBC
Coming from: Gainsborough,  Lincolnshire  UK
Ken started his professional career in 1975 joining the world famous D’Oyly Carte Opera Company. Highlights of his time included two tours of North America and the companies first visit to Australia and New Zealand. In 1976 he was the youngest Stage Manager on Broadway at the age of 21. In 1980 he joined BBC TV directing many shows specialising in Children's Drama, and then became Director of the Magic of Gilbert and Sullivan company. Recent Theatre directing credits include Titanic, Calamity Jane, King and I, and Half a Sixpence.

David Shute
Broadcaster & Drama Coach
BBC Correspondent & Producer
Coming from: Calpe,  (Alicante)  Spain
David was the first person to broadcast 'live' to the UK radio audience going through the Sound Barrier. He's a former BBC Network Reporter and Senior Producer. An established Cruise Ship Lecturer he has performed for all the major cruise lines and has occupied guest seats on BBC's Radio Two talk shows. As a former Senior Producer from BBC "Pebble Mill", David will entertain his listeners with stories of behind the scenes at the BBC. David also cruises as a Drama Coach directing plays on board.

Lucie Skeaping
Music Historian, Singer & Writer
Coming from: London,    UK
After an early career in BBC children’s TV, Lucie has become a well known presenter, writer and contributor to a wide range of BBC documentaries and features and since 1997 has presented Radio 3’s long-running series The Early Music Show. Appearances and contributions to TV and film include Polanski’s Oscar-winning movie ‘The Pianist’ and Simon Schama’s ‘History of Britain’. Lucie is also founder-director of two celebrated ensembles, The City Waites specializing in 17th/18th century English popular music, and The Burning Bush, the UK’s leading klezmer band. She presents a series of illustrated talks about musicals and music.

Stephen Smith
Comedy Music Speaker & Entertainer
Ukulele and Guitar Teacher
Coming from: River, Dover,  Kent  UK
Stephen has been entertaining cruise ship passengers since 2008. He is always keen to involve his audiences, and his PowerPoint presentations are a highlight of his talks, featuring cartoons, jokes, song lyrics, record covers, newspaper cuttings and animals, as well as photos and caricatures of composers and performers past and present. As a multi talented entertainer, Stephen and his wife Pam have also been teaching ukulele to beginners and improvers on cruises as well as running sea-shanty workshops.

Jane Tapley
NADFAS Lecturer & Author
Special Events Organiser @ Theatre Royal Bath, Blue Badge Guide
Coming from: Bath,  Bath & N E Somerset  UK
Jane is a Special Events Organiser at the Theatre Royal Bath who frequently interviews actors, writers and directors such as John Major, Alec Guinness, Terry Waite, June Whitfield and Peter O'Toole to name a few. She is also a Blue Badge Tour Guide and long established NADFAS lecturer getting repeated invitations to return in UK, Europe and Australia. Her cruise lectures cover social history, theatre and literature.

Gerry Tebbutt
Musical Theatre
Coming from: Guildford,  Surrey  UK
Gerry began his career as an actor in weekly rep at Shanklin Theatre appearing in 17 plays in eighteen weeks and followed this working with repertory companies up and down the country before embarking on a career in musical theatre. For 15 years he appeared in many long running musicals in the West End and spent many years touring and has probably appeared in most theatres in the U.K. Gerry has been involved in over three hundred theatre productions as a performer, choreographer or director. Gerry regularly talks and lectures on Musical Theatre and annually runs Masterclasses for Theatre Royal Haymarket.