Programme

The people behind Sleuth

Matthew Winston as Detective Miller

Matthew began his training at Laban, completing his degree with first class honours. He then spent a year at London Contemporary Dance School as a member of EDge, the post graduate dance company, performing work by Trisha Brown, Ben Wright and Kerry Nicholls.

Since graduating, Matthew has worked with Bare Bones dance company, Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures, and was a founding member of Ben Wright’s company, Bgroup. He has also worked with Liam Steele and Robert Tannion in their company Stan Won’t Dance, performed in operas at home and abroad, taught classes and workshops, and completed his MA at London Contemporary Dance School.

Since 2012 Matthew has been working with Protein dance, notably performing in (In)visible Dancing and May Contain Food. Most recently, Matthew completed a rural tour of the duet May Contain Food, May Contain You.

Since 2017 he has also toured Night at the Theatre with Casson and Friends, created The Quiet with Glasshouse dance, and taught a series of children’s dance classes in China.

Benjamin Levi Jones as Frank ‘The Fixer’ Cartwright

Benjamin graduated from London Contemporary Dance School in 2014, before travelling to China to undertake intensive Kung Fu training under the tutelage of Shaolin and Wudang masters. Since then, Benjamin has performed works by Corey Baker Dance, Zoielogic Dance Theatre, Ransack Dance and Rosie Kay Dance Company. Alongside his practise and career as a dancer, Benjamin also performs as an Aerial Straps artist.

Alex Evens as Inspector Donovan

Born in Southampton, Alex started contemporary dance at the age of 14. While studying dance in college Alex gained a place at NSCD for the BPA honours course. Graduating in July 2015 Alex then Joined Company Chameleon as an apprentice dancer on the Post-Graduate Apprenticeship Scheme through NSCD.

After this Alex has worked with Company Chameleon, performing throughout central Europe as part of their production “Beauty Of The Beast”. Now working With ZoieLogic as a performer. He has had the pleasure to work with dance artists such as Zoie Golding, Angus Balbernie, Odette Hughes, Carlos Pons Guerra, Dam Van Huynh, Anthony Missen and Kevin Turner.

Joe Guenier as Bobby the kid

Hi, I’m Joe and I play Bobby in Sleuth whilst also fitting in my schoolwork at Swanmore College. When I was younger I spent all of my time doing gymnastics, well that was until about 3 years ago a friend convinced me to try out dancing with Fuzzy Vision, a boys contemporary dance group in Hampshire run by Zoie and her team.

I immediately fell in love with dance and the group felt like a new family and I’ve been with them ever since. Last year I was fortunate enough to be asked to join Sleuth and touring with the crew has been the best experiences of my life.

I keep changing my mind about what I want to do when I grow up, but at the moment I want to be an Astrophysicist, but I also want to be a dancer – I hope I can do then both!!

Directed by Zoie Golding

Written by Matt Beames

Matt is a writer based in Southampton, whose work for theatre has been performed in professional and youth theatre productions in the UK and as far off as Seattle, USA. His work includes adaptations and original works, and he also writes fiction, comics and is developing an original board game. His adaptations of Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella are published by Aurora Metro Books.

Designed by Jasmine Swan

Theatre work includes: Armadillo (The Yard), Sonny (Arts Educational Schools), The Amber Trap (Theatre503), The Tide Jetty (Eastern Angles), Eden (Hampstead Theatre), Sex Sex Men Men (The Yard); Chutney (The Bunker) Off West End Nominated for Best Set Design; Lost Boys New Town (National Youth Theatre); Women In Power (Nuffield Southampton Theatres & Oxford Playhouse); Medusa (NST Studio); Son Of Rambow (The Other Palace); Much Ado About Nothing, Dungeness, Love & Information (Nuffield Southampton Youth Theatre); Cabaret (Westminster School); Hanna (The Arcola); The Passing Of The Third Floor Back (Finborough Theatre); Hyem (Theatre 503).

Jasmine was a finalist in the Linbury Prize for Stage Design 2017 and was multiple nominated for Best Designer in The Stage Debut Awards 2018, for her designs at: Theatre503, Finborough Theatre and The Arcola. She was the Laboratory Associate Designer for Nuffield Southampton Theatres 2017/18. Visit her website at jasmineswan.com

Composed by Duncan Grimley