Cast & Creative
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Jason Shaw is an actor musician based in West Yorkshire and is delighted to be portraying the role of Buddy Holly in this tour with the Cricketers.
A recent graduate of LAMDA, Jason has just returned from a tour abroad in Italy with the musical Picadilly, and is happy to be on the road again.
Alongside appearances and lead roles in several short films and a feature length production overseas Jason is a songwriter and guitarist involved in several projects spanning folk to musical theatre.
Jason has enjoyed the challenge of inhabiting the memory of a rock ‘n’ roll icon and a personal idol, and is proud to be rejoining the cast for the Not Fade Away Tour.
Acoustic & Electric Guitars
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As a lifelong Buddy Holly fan, Alex is delighted to be out on his third tour with the show.
Alex started his acting career at a young age and began his training at the Jackie Palmer Stage School in Buckinghamshire.
His acting credits range from his first role in ‘An Inspector Calls’ at the Garrick Theatre to his 7 year run playing Josh Barker in the award winning children’s sitcom ‘My Parents Are Aliens’. He has also had roles in ‘The Bill’, '2Point4 Children’ and ‘About A Boy’.
Over the last 10 years he has honed his skills as musician; playing with various different bands across the UK & abroad. His solo material was recently featured as part of ‘BBC Music Introducing’ and he is currently working on his debut album.
Piano & Keyboards
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Born in the eighties and raised near a piano in Brighton, Alan once witnessed his piano teacher performing in The Buddy Holly Story in London and was forever inspired to follow the rockabilly sound.
After years of touring, writing, recording and generally cavorting on the Brighton indie scene with such bands as The Gin Club, Foxes!, Electric Soft Parade and Octopuses, Alan eventually escaped by fleeing to the high seas to grab every chance to play blues, jazz and rock ‘n’ roll on deck to the surviving members of the great rock ‘n’ roll generation.
Alongside cruising, touring and appearances on BBC 6 music and MTV, Alan has experience as musical director with shows at the Edinburgh and Brighton festivals and is a long time collaborator with Brighton improvised comedy group The Maydays.
This year Alan released his first solo LP Lies That Comfort You with his band Fierce Friend.
Upright & Electric Bass
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Nick is a freelance musician and entertainer originally from Burnham on Crouch, Essex.
His early career was spent both abroad and aboard some of the most glamorous cruise ships in the world, where he spent five years as both a guest entertainer and resident musician.
Having worked on numerous musical theatre tours throughout the UK and Europe, in 2006 he was nominated for a Kenneth More Award for his role as Buddy in Buddy, The Buddy Holly Story.
Theatre credits include: Buddy, The Buddy Holly Story, The Roy Orbison Story, Buddy Holly & The Cricketers, The English Rock and Roll Orchestra, Life Could Be A Dream, Tommy, Rockin’ On Heavens Door, Rock ‘n’ Roll Paradise & The Rocky Horror Show.
On stage Nick uses an original Engelhardt Swingmaster upright bass and a custom made Greenboy bass cabinet kindly supplied by Tricky Audio.
Nick is honoured to be returning as both upright bassist and tour manager for what will now be his eighth tour with Buddy Holly & The Cricketers and looks forward to seeing you all in the bar after the show!
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Brad graduated in 2013 with a BA (Hons) music degree, and has since performed with numerous productions worldwide.
Previous credits include Doug Clifford in Creedence Clearwater Reimagined (Maple Tree Entertainment), Jerry Allison in BUDDY – The Buddy Holly Story (It's So Easy Productions), George Harrison in Breaking The Band (ITV Potato Studios), and Micky Dolenz in The Monkees Reloaded (Charmed Productions).
Brad also had the pleasure of working under London 2012 Olympic closing ceremony director Kim Gavin in The SESSIONS at Abbey Road (SEG Events).
As a huge fan of Buddy Holly and the music of the 50s Brad is excited to be behind the kit for the 2019 Autumn/Christmas tour of Buddy Holly & The Cricketers!
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For 27 years, Simon has produced shows all over the world. They range in scale and type from number one UK tours of Stepping Out to one-man adaptations of Hamlet and Macbeth. Other work includes the long-running international hit Buddy Holly and the Cricketers; Twitstorm (Park Theatre); Rugby RE:Union with BBC’s John Inverdale and former British Lions; and a highly successful series of talk shows, Evenings With Aggers, featuring Jonathan Agnew in conversation with, variously, Geoffrey Boycott, Phil Tufnell, David ‘Bumble’ Lloyd, Sunil Gavaskar and Graeme Swann. Simon also interviewed Boycott himself on stage in a series of shows to celebrate the 40th anniversary of our Geoffrey’s 100th hundred.
Simon is passionate about making theatre accessible to folk who might not otherwise attend, so that its power to change and to entertain is open to all, and together we build the audiences of the future. To this end, Simon values producing new work, comedies, music and popular sporting chat shows. As artistic director of Leatherhead Theatre, he instituted a theatre school to bring young people into the venue, along with their families; he ran a workshop scheme for children excluded from school and persuaded Michael Caine to become the theatre’s patron as a statement of the venue’s values that theatre should be available to all people, regardless of education, economic background or class. He also co-created Bard Boot Camp, an initiative to introduce students to Shakespeare’s work, aiming to bring the bard’s words to life with a fun, informative and interactive day in their local theatre.
He has just completed the world première of a new comedy, Octopus Soup!, co-producing the piece with the Belgrade Theatre Coventry. The first national tour ran from February until May and garnered glowing reviews and rave responses from audiences across the country. Further outings for this and other new co-productions are now being planned.
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Originally from Ramsgate in Kent, Rob has worked as a professional musician and actor for over 20 years, playing in some of the UK's top function and touring show bands, including The Elvis Years and most recently Lipstick On Your Collar. Rob has been associated with, starred in and musically directed the hugely successful touring show Buddy Holly and The Cricketers since 2001.
As well as being an accomplished musician, Rob has also trod the boards as an actor appearing in a number of plays and feature films including the record breaking West End run of Agatha Christies 'The Mousetrap' John Godber's 'Teechers' 'A Midsummer night's dream' 'Charlie's Aunt', 'Miss Pettigrew lives for a day' and 'Glorious 39' directed by Stephen Poliakoff.
He has also travelled the world as a show vocalist with P&O and other cruise lines, subsequently appearing in the West End versions of various hit shows including Grease and Jolson.