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 Joel’s for 15 years and am now Sales Director for J&C Joel Group.
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.
George & Ruth Ellerington
George is a theatre consultant who specialises in designing stage machinery systems. His pillion passenger will be his daughter Ruth.
Retired West End Chief Electrician and bike enthusiast, our much loved and most senior rider, taking part for the fourth time.
I have lost count of how many of these I have been a part of, having only missed one year through my younger daughter being clever and getting a school prize (taking after her Mum NOT her Dad). FNR is a great event and I cannot miss the opportunity to travel the length and breadth of the Country. Hope there’s 70’s disco!
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 fourth 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.
John & Robert Clark
This will be their second 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.
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.
Rich Garfield & Lara Hockman
Rich is a Team Leader for Charcoalblue Theatre Consultants and Lara is a Production Coordinator for Yes/No Productions, the creators of Stomp.
Chris & Jeni Higgs
Looking forward to our 4th First Night Ride together and Chris’s 7th .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.
Steve is a qualified accountant who began working in the entertainment business in 1984 when he joined a music management company. He now works in the theatre industry specialising in production accounting for West End productions. Steve looks after a variety of clients in both music and theatre.
This is my fifth 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!
Sam Wise & Nicola Jackson
Sam Wise has been an engineer, troubleshooter and designer since the age of 5. He has worked at Theatre Projects, Theatre Plan and ARUP Acoustics. Sam is now self-employed under the brand Venue Strategies. Sam has ridden motor bikes for many years and will be accompanied by Nicola Jackson. This year he will be riding his new BMW.
Geoff has been riding bikes for a couple of years more than he has been working in theatre. Last year was the first time that Geoff joined the First Night Ride 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!
This will be Lucy's first 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 in both theatre and film as well as at Triple E.
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 fifth First Night Ride and it would be great to set a personal best with regard to fundraising so please dig deep for the cause.
Dick & Marie Lindstrom
This will be our fifth time with the First Night Riders, last year was great so we are looking forward to this year’s ride.
We live in Sweden and as my wife Marie refuses “to drive on the wrong side of the road”; she will leave her bike at home and come with me on the Triumph Thunderbird Storm.
Mick & Jenny Powell
Mick and Jenny Powell will hopefully not need to use their skills in Neuro Surgery and General Practice. They will be on Mick's recently acquired Moto Guzzi Stelvio.
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.