Gregory Allan has worked in many different areas in technical theatre over the past ten years from designing sets, rigging shows, constructing sets for carnivals and circuses, installing stage rigging equipment and consultancy work. He now is a Senior Project Engineer for J&C Joel out in Asia, based in Bangkok.
He got into motorbikes only a few years ago but immediately enjoyed the thrill and took part in the First Night Riders in 2013 with his girlfriend – now wife Oceane. This shall be his second First Night Riders and they are very much looking forward to it; riding around the British countryside again; visiting theatres and hoping back to good ol’ British weather…!
Richard Chave & Nicholas Ewins
Nick and Animal (Richard) have both worked at the forefront of the installation sector of the industry for over 30 years. Animal has always said he would do the First Night Ride before he turned 50 and having now reached the tender age of 49 he has joined the other riders just in time! Animal and Nick have worked together for over a quarter of a century but this will be the first time Nick has ridden pillion on a motorbike driven by Animal and he can think of nowhere better to do it. They will be on Animal’s Harley Davison VRSCAW V Rod and are both hoping to raise lots of money for the cause.
This will be Lucy's second official year on the First Night Ride, however she have been involved on the sidelines for all of them, helping with the planning as and when required. She has worked in theatre since 2010, when she started the TTSM course at RADA and is now working at Triple E Ltd.
Retired West End Chief Electrician and bike enthusiast, our much loved and most senior rider, taking part for the fifth time.
Wes has been involved in the entertainment industry for over 30 years. This has taken him across Canada, into the United States and through China. As co-owner of Down Stage Right Industries, he has installed rigging systems in throughout Western Canada and completed rigging inspections coast to coast. He is presently the Director of Facilities Operations at The EPCOR Centre for the Performing Arts in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He is a world traveller and an accomplished chef.
This is my sixth year with the fun-loving bikers - those extraordinary First Night Riders.
Along with the bikers I'll be exploring the highways and byways of... somewhere...
Bound to include a few roads, some byways, the odd motorway, quite a number of theatres, and lots of silliness along the way, raising funds for The Theatrical Guild - so do give generously!
Paul Armstrong was the very first employee of Stage Electrics and is still with the company some 38 years on. During this time, he has held most positions for the company from driver through to transport manager and from customer service representative through to branch manager. This year marks his 40th year in the industry and he had already decided to do the First Night Ride to mark it. Paul will be riding his BMW and is delighted to be joining the other riders and hoping to raise lots of money for the cause.
Geoff has been riding bikes for a couple of years more than he has been working in theatre. Geoff joined the First Night Ride in 2016 after intending to do it since he first heard of it five years before. He enjoyed it so much that he decided to do it again this year!
Rich is a Team Leader for Charcoalblue Theatre Consultants.
After 30 years in technical theatre and having gone from Stratford East to South East Asia, now I run my own consultancy practice advising on arts and capital projects. This is my sixth First Night Ride and it would be great to set a personal best with regard to fundraising so please dig deep for the cause.
I have been involved in theatre engineering since I was a teenager. My company, Inventive Creative Ltd, provides design and stress analysis services for mechanical and structural scenic elements and theatre equipment. This will be my fifth ride and I’ve loved every one. Looking forward to meeting up with friends and exploring more of our fabulous country, and all for a great cause.
Looking forward to our fifth First Night Ride and to my eighth First Night Ride. Help raise money for people in the industry who need a bit of support; it’s hard enough at the best of times and when things go wrong it’s good to know there’s financial help.
I have been in the industry over 25 years starting in Australia working for Audio, staging and production company Jands. I have worked in venues all over the world from Sydney Opera House, London’s West end, the Singapore Esplanade Theatres and the Nation Theatre in Beijing. I have now worked for J&C Joels for 15 years and am now Sales Director for J&C Joel Group.
John & Robert Clark
This will be their third year to participate in the FNR. John is a Chartered Accountant and assists in the preparation of TTG statutory accounts. Robert’s ambition is to be a commercial airline pilot; hoping to go to flight school. At present Robert is a coach for archery at the same time restoring a Mini Clubman. He is also the pilot of the motorcycle we are using.
Join the fun in aid of a great charity. I have Stage Managed in London, the UK & mainland Europe and also spent 10 years with the BBC working in many aspects of production.
For 2016 The event will be a magical mystery tour based in the centre of the UK.. We will visit some amazing theatres. We hope that this year our fund raising for The Theatrical Guild will help even more backstage and FOH personnel in times of hardship. Please give generously.
Robert has been a theatre consultant with Douglas Welch Design in Vancouver, Canada since 1988 and now is a Principal of the firm. He has also taught part-time in the Stagecraft Dept. at Douglas College since 1989. Robert has had the honour of being a chase driver for the majority of the US and UK Charity Rides to date. Interests include Joni Mitchell and Submarines (not at the same time).
Gary is Charcoalblue’s UK Principal and this year will be his third ride. Gary has over twenty five years’ experience in Theatre and Opera as a practitioner, including 15 years as a Stage Manager at English Touring Opera, Glyndebourne Festival Opera and Scottish Opera. He has 12 years’ experience as a Head of Technical at Scottish Opera and the National Theatre in London.