Monday’s Child: Creative team

Kate Adams

Sound Artist / Composer

Kate AdamsKate has worked as an actor/musician since 1999 and in that time has written, directed and performed in many shows from the West End to rural touring, and from castles to car parks. She plays many instruments, but her favourite are the brass family and she coaches her local Youth Brass Band. No one who lives near her is glad that her most recent purchase is a trombone.

As well as being a musician, Kate is also a sound artist, which means creating loads of sound effects. Her favourite job doing this was in the show Raymond Briggs’ Father Christmas where she made all the sound for Santa such as when he crunches across the snow or brushes his hair. Or goes to the loo!

Kate lives in Somerset, but works all over the world, although mostly in the UK at the moment as she is doing a PhD in music. She is delighted to be once again working with Damn Cheek and being involved in this beautiful project, exploring the links between music, sound and memory.

Mahsa Hammat Bahary


Mahsa Hammat BaharyAssociate Artist Mahsa is very excited to be playing The Girl in this magical production of Monday’s Child.

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Darren Cheek

Artistic Director

Darren CheekCo-founder and Artistic Director of Damn Cheek, Darren is thrilled to be leading and facilitating the team and artistically directing this project.

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Craig Davidson

Stage Manager

Darren CheekCraig is an experienced stage manager whose work includes Shine and Clear White Light at Live Theatre in Newcastle upon Tyne.

He has also toured nationally and internationally as Production Manager on Confirmation for China Plate.

Craig enjoys all aspects of the job, particularly the ‘get ins’ and ‘get outs’, and running sound and lighting during shows.

He always loves working with a company that involves the community in its productions, so is very excited to be involved with Damn Cheek Theatre on Monday’s Child – particularly as this is a show that helps educate people about dementia.

Chris de Wilde


Paul Batten

Chris is a London-based theatre designer who has worked extensively both at home and abroad. Highlights include Candide, Sweeney Todd and Nine in Sweden, Il Trovatore in Georgia and Cyberjam and Nixon’s Nixon in London’s West End.

While he enjoys creating work on a larger scale, Chris also relishes the challenge of distilling the essence of a piece when resources are limited, and his work has been seen in over 20 of London’s leading off-West End and fringe venues.

Chris has created shows in barns, on boats and above canteens, and his work has been seen in Trafalgar Square, the Courtauld Gallery, the foyer of the Queen Elizabeth Hall and the chapel at New College Oxford.

He was Associate Artist with Krazy Kat Theatre Company for many years, collaborating on 19 shows for children including The Singing Ringing Tree, Clownderella and The Very Magic Flute.

While Chris has designed a number of shows with Darren Cheek as an actor, Monday’s Child will be the first time they create a piece together as director and designer.

Chris was also thrilled to be asked to design the publicity image for the show.

Brendan Murray


Abby Black

Originally from Manchester, Brendan has worked as an actor, director and teacher in a career spanning over 40 years.

These days he concentrates on writing, and his plays – particularly his plays for young people – have been produced throughout the UK and abroad and have won 3 national awards.

Monday’s Child was originally developed with, written for and produced by Tutti Frutti Productions in 2014. Like the good northerner he is, Brendan lives on the south coast, and you can find out more about him on his website.

Karen Spicer


Karen SpicerDamn Cheek’s Artistic Director, Karen has over 30 years’ experience as a theatre practitioner. She is delighted to be performing in Monday’s Child.

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