Coventry City of Culture 2021
Robert has worked as an actor, writer and producer in theatre, television and radio since 1983 when he joined Tic Toc Theatre Company. He became a full-time company member and director, performing in all of their shows, including HOOLIGANS which won a Fringe First Award, played at The Donmar Warehouse for the Perrier Pick of the Fringe and was recorded for TV. Whilst at Tic Toc, Robert wrote touring community shows and comedy sketches for the Tic Toc Cabaret Club.
Since 1991, Robert has been a freelance performer and writer, completing an MA in Television Scriptwriting at De Montfort University. He has written corporate videos, conference shows, short stories, and comedy. He runs an after-school Drama Club for which he writes material for actors to perform. In addition, together with Paul Nolan, he set up The Cheeky Chappies, writing and performing comedy shows in local venues.
Royal Television Society Award-winning director and producer, Anita Ramdharry, is excited to bring more than two decades of experience to this project.
Anita’s broadcast career began in 1998 working at Fox News in the United States. She then went on to work for ABC News as a presenter and reporter. In 2001, while completing her MA, she co-produced and starred in her first children's programme, Eat the Sky, for NBC in the American Midwest.
Anita returned to the UK in 2004 and worked as a BBC member of staff for more than a decade including a year based in Coventry reporting for BBC Midlands Today. As well as continuing her work as an on-air reporter and presenter for the BBC, Anita also produced and directed many feature length programmes for BBC1, including Walking in the Footsteps of the Dodo and A History of the Battle of Flowers. Anita was producer and director working with Arts Council England on the highly acclaimed Escalator Short Film series, which aired on BBC1.
In 2014 Anita decided to leave the BBC to set up her own production company in Coventry.
Her award-winning company, Chugg Productions Ltd, has had a huge success with its first TV venture, series 1 and 2 of the preschool programme Chico Chugg, which is broadcast across the UK on S4C, and is currently available on the BBC iPlayer, SkyKids and NOW TV.
Mike’s musical career started in 1978 playing keyboards on tour for Edison Lighthouse, Chairmen of the Board, The Crystals, The Chantelles, The Velvelettes and others as his session career took off. The early eighties saw him with The MPs, and travelling all over the world with Coventry-born popsters “King”, scoring 5 top twenty hits, including the smash “Love and Pride” also co-written by Mike.
The late eighties saw him session playing and touring on keys as well as developing his love of studio engineering. During this time, he was also writing, touring and appearing with Robert Wilkinson and Paul Nolan as The Cheeky Chappies’ long suffering pianist, Percy Verence. In addition, he was MD and composer for TicToc Theatre Company’s touring production of “Trash”.
The nineties saw Mike building and running The Depot Studios’ audio department, where alongside organising sessions, he wrote and developed, in partnership with Coventry University, a BTEC Sound Engineering Course. This at a time when there were almost no existing sound engineering qualifications outside of the BBC. During this time, Mike also joined Dexy’s Midnight Runners.
From 2000 to 2008 Mike was head of Contemporary and Popular Music for Warwickshire County Council. Planning, overseeing and helping to deliver instrumental lessons to more than 230 schools. In 2005 Mike was commissioned to write an orchestral and choral piece to open the International Children’s Games in Coventry, and in 2008 he completed his MA in songwriting, releasing his first solo album “Future Wonderful”.
From 2009 to the present, Mike has been working with his wife, Janet, developing the children’s brand “Chico Chugg”. The IP currently consists of 6 story books (4 currently in print) a series of 5 ‘script’ colouring books to accompany the TV series; 2 TV series: 49 episodes in total, currently available on SKYKids, NOW TV, S4C and BBC iPlayer. All episodes are scripted and voiced by Mike and each contains a new song which he has written, performed and produced.
A native of Coventry, Marie Rowe has an extensive background in all areas of media communication as writer, producer, casting director, publicist, script development and actress.
In Toronto she worked in Public Relations before moving to CBC TV as Personal Assistant to Head of Drama and Theatre Director, John Hirsch. She was then appointed Unit Production Manager in TV Variety.
Her first Hollywood job was at The Samuel Goldwyn Company in film distribution and marketing, which led to an assignment as publicist for the American Cinema Awards, produced by the late David Gest. She was hired as assistant to two renowned writers on an HBO TV comedy series, directed by Barry Levinson. This was the beginning of a long association with the writer/director in the areas of script development, casting and producing.
Marie has worked as a Casting Director with Levinson on such award-winning films as Good Morning, Vietnam and Rain Man. She was Associate Producer on the award-winning film Avalon (starring Joan Plowright) and Jimmy Hollywood (starring Joe Pesci). In addition to her work with Levinson, Marie has cast a number of independent films and produced and cast several award-winning shorts.
Andrew is known for his work as Studio Unit Manager on, among many others, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Legend of Tarzan, The Golden Compass, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005) and also as Studio Manager on Prometheus, Wrath of the Titans.
Originally from Birmingham, Andrew has worked as a Location Manager, Production Manager and Line Producer on film & TV productions over the last 20 years...being something of a specialist in the Midlands area...but also working in Europe, Africa and Japan in that time.
He has worked on some of the biggest budget productions in recent times but also on very low budget shows which require good contacts, a firm grasp of the financial day-to-day operation and a resourcefulness which only broad experience can enable.
Having worked on numerous productions which include children in the cast, Andrew understands the important arrangements which must be made to both accommodate their needs during filming, and allow them to feel safe and comfortable within the structure of the crew.