Cast & Creative

 

 

 Sophie Jugé
Performer and Producer

Sophie trained at Elmhurst Ballet School and London School of Musical Theatre

Theatre credits include: Kitty Velour in A Dozen Roses (Assembly Room, Marlow) , Angustias in Bernarda Alba (Union Theatre, London), Mrs. Taylor and Dance Captain in The Remains of The Day (Union Theatre, London), Nurse and Ensemble in Anyone Can Whistle (Jermyn Street Theatre, London), Gladys in The Pajama Game (Rose & Crown Theatre, London), Grace/Dot/Swan in Honk (Oxford Studio Theatre), Miranda Ferrari in A Comedy of Arias (Edinburgh Festival, Jermyn Street Theatre and New Ambassador’s Theatre – West End), Sophie in 100 (Camberley Theatre), Woman 1 in Closer Than Ever (Edinburgh Festival and Jermyn Street Theatre), Eliza de Feuillide in JANE – the musical (Artrix Theatre, Birmingham) Sophie is also a classical pianist, musical director and stylist! www.sophiejuge.net

Jugé Productions is a new production company set up by Sophie to deliver entertaining new writing based on famous characters, with the story told from a different perspective. She is fortunate enough to have worked with the writer of MUSE, Gez, before. Their mutual interest in the 1930’s and the film ‘Cabaret’ meant that MUSE was a natural fit for their first joint project. This show is a mix of her favourite era, music and the opportunity to portray Jean Ross.

 


Gez Kahan

Gez Kahan
Writer & Musical Director

Gez Kahan played his first gig as a 15 year old, and later played and wrote arrangements for the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, before turning full-time pro in his early 20s. He has performed alongside names including Jimmy Page, Phil Collins and Marion Montgomery, in addition to countless recording sessions. Gez’s experience runs the full gamut of popular music, from solo piano stints in high class restaurants to backing cabaret turns in a strip club, from dance bands to out and out rockers, and from writing and arranging original material to providing music for commercials and promotions. He’s been a top demonstrator at international trade shows and in stores for Roland (one of the world’s premier synthesizer companies), he’s taught music and he also writes about music. He founded the UK’s leading musical instrument trade paper, MI Pro, and is a regular correspondent for Pianist magazine.
Gez is also the musical director and plays Keys for Oye Santana.


Alexandra Karathodorou

Alexandra Karathodorou
Director

Alexandra Karathodorou was born in Athens, Greece.  She moved to the UK when she was 18 and has since completed studies in Psychology,  International Relations, Text and Performance and Acting.  She has acted in short films and the London Fringe Theatre  and has recently directed the short film Don’t Call Us,  God, We’ll Call You, through which she had the luck and  pleasure of meeting Sophie.

Edinburgh Band

Lee Harris
Keys

With a father coached by Ralph Sharon – Tony Bennett’s Musical Director, Lee was raised in a household to a soundtrack of jazz standards. After some classical piano tuition, Lee discovered Quincy Jones and Herbie Hancock, getting his groove on as jazz organist and keyboard player playing a wide range of styles in function bands and for his own jazz funk projects.

Laura Poingdestre
Clarinet

Laura has recently completed her music degree at Durham University, where she majored in composition and had several pieces premièred in Durham Klang Festival. She has been a keen performer since a young age and was a valuable member of the Durham Palatinate Orchestra and Basement Jazz Band. Laura has played in numerous theatre productions including ‘The King and I’ and ‘Guys and Dolls’, and also took on the role of Assistant Musical Director for ‘RENT’. Laura is very excited to be performing at the Edinburgh Fringe and looks forward to visiting the festival again in the future.

Ben Havinden
Double Bass

Since 2012 Ben has been studying Double Bass at the RCM. Before joining College he attended the Purcell School for young musicians and the junior jazz department of the Royal Academy of Music. During this time he also played in the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. Recently he has performed with the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, Sinfonia Cymru and the London Concertante. Alongside orchestral music, Ben loves to play both electric and upright bass in jazz, funk and pop genres. He currently studies with Neil Tarlton and previously, Oli Hayhurst.

Rhys Lovell
Double Bass

Rhys Lovell has been a professional bassist all his working life. He has performed multiple times on BBC television and radio, regularly tours internationally and domestically (including festivals and residencies) with both original bands, theatre productions and jazz groups and is involved as composer and musical director of ‘In Transit’, a physical theatre piece premiered a Brighton fringe in 2013.

Christopher Weaver
Double Bass

Chris Weaver studied at Chichester University and is currently preparing for his post graduate studies in Orchestra Artistry in association with the LSO at Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He currently studies with Colin Paris (Principal LSO) in London. Chris gained early professional experience playing with Orion Orchestra, Orchestra Vitae and Ensemble Lunaire before going on to play regularly with London Beethoven Project (Principal), London City Orchestra (Principal), London Euphonia Orchestra and Romanian National Chamber Orchestra in Bucharest (2nd Double Bass). He has appeared on BBC News and has played on many CD recordings for the Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra. He has played in Belgium, Holland, France, Italy, Romania, Germany, Switzerland, Austria and in the UK at highly regarded venues such as St John’s Smith Square, St Martin in the Fields, Royal Albert Hall, Central Hall Westminster, Royal Festival Hall, Cadogan Hall, St John’s Waterloo and St James’ Piccadilly. Whilst on his travels, Chris has played with highly acclaimed interntional soloists, such as Alexandru Tomescu, Cristina Anghelescu, Hugo Ticciati, Gabiel Croitoru, Ji Liu, Susan Bullock and Liviu Prunaru (concert master of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam).