MEET THE CAST 

DYFRIG MORRIS - SANTA 

Cardiff-born Dyfrig has starred in numerous plays, musicals and pantomimes, in London and around the country as well as for the Royal Shakespeare Company. He has also appeared on TV in such well-known productions as The Crown and Hinterland/Y Gwyll. 
 
His theatre credits include: The Comedy of Errors, The Winter’s Tale (RSC); The Last Noel (Attic Theatre Co./Tour); The Jungle Book (Royal & Derngate/Fiery Angel/CTP); Henry V (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre); Candylion, The Misanthrope (National Theatre Wales); Richard III, James and the Giant Peach, Of Mice and Men (West Yorkshire Playhouse); The Grand Gesture (Northern Broadsides); Rape of the Fair Country, As You Like It, A Small Family Business, Arden of Faversham, Festen, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Jack and the Beanstalk, Beauty and the Beast,  
The Grapes of Wrath, Troilus and Cressida, Hobson’s Choice, Waiting for Godot; One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest; Aladdin; The Crucible; Silas Marner and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (Clwyd Theatr Cymru); The Wizard of Oz (Hull Truck); Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Aladdin (Leeds City Varieties); The Constant Wife (Salisbury Playhouse); Edward II, Dr Faustus (Manchester Royal Exchange); The Nutcracker (Theatre Royal Bath); Crackers Christmas (Sherman Theatre Co.); The Twits (Coventry Belgrade); Y Madogwys (Dalier Sylw); Bully for You (Roundabout); Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (Equinox).  
 
TELEVISION INCLUDES: The Crown, Hinterland/Y Gwyll, Gwaith Cartref, Y Pris, Spilt Milk/Cara Fi, Desperate Romantics, Dau Dy A Ni, Tightrope Pictures, Treflan, Pobl-y-Cwm, Glan Hafren.  
 
FILM INCLUDES: The Big I Am, Lois.  
 
RADIO INCLUDES: Like the First Dewfall, The Great Chocolate Murders. 
 
 

MILLIE DAVIES - SNOWFLAKE 

Millie is from Cardiff and is absolutely delighted to be spending the Christmas season at home this year!  
 
She was a soloist at the Live Under the Stars concert at Cardiff Castle for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and was a guest soloist at the Southwark Playhouse in London in A Night at the Musicals. Millie has also performed as a soloist at the BBC Welsh Family Proms, in Hello Cabaret at Wales Millennium Centre and in The Secret Cabaret at the Bristol Hippodrome.  
 
She has appeared in numerous musicals and pantomimes in Wales and England. 
Theatre includes: Soloist - Platinum Jubilee Concert (Live Under the Stars, Cardiff Castle); Tinkerbell - Peter Pan (Evolution Productions, Theatre Severn Shrewsbury); Jasmine - Aladdin (Cinema Experience, RCT Theatres); Pinocchio - The Adventures of Pinocchio (Live under the Stars, Cardiff Castle); Guest Soloist (A Night at the Musicals, Southwark Playhouse); Wendy – Peter Pan (QDOS Pantomimes, Royal & Derngate and Swansea Grand Theatre); Marigold - Basil & the Ice Witch (Tickledom Productions, New Theatre Cardiff & Swansea Grand); Maria - West Side Story (Orbit Theatre Co, New Theatre Cardiff); Holly & Sting - Tickledom (Tickledom Productions Welsh Tour incl Wales Millennium Centre); Soloist - Hello Cabaret at Wales Millennium Centre; Soloist - The Secret Cabaret (Bristol Hippodrome); The Girl - Blackbird (Those Two Imposters, The Other Room Theatre); Soloist - BBC Welsh Family Proms (St David’s Hall Cardiff). 
TV/Commercial credits include: Ava – (The Accident - Channel 4); Snowflake the Elf (A Christmas Visit commercial); Sarah – (Admiral/Veygo Car Insurance); Choir – (BBC Children in Need 2011). 

RICHIE GOODING - CRACKERS/FREDDY 

Richie is originally from the seaside town of Penarth in South Wales. He now lives in Hamburg, Germany and was recently a contestant on the popular TV show The Voice of Germany. 
 
Richie has toured Sweden, Norway, Denmark, The Netherlands & South Africa with The Twelve Tenors as well as working as a Guest Artist onboard various Cruise liners with his solo show. 
 
He also works as a studio singer and has recorded backing vocals for various John Barrowman albums and UK arena tours. 
 
Richie studied Musical Theatre at Guildford School of Acting. His theatre credits include: Rent (Greenwich Theatre), Cinders The Musical (UK Tour), The Thursford Christmas Spectacular (Norfolk), Wales at Number One (WMC), Orchestra on the Rocks (Eutiner Festspiele), Broadway Backwards (Schmidts Tivoli). 

NAOMI KATIYO - TINSEL/LILY 

Naomi has performed in London’s West End and is a familiar face on television. 
 
Her West End theatre credits include: West End Live (Trafalgar Square) and was musical lead singer/dancer in Sunday Night At The Palladium (London Palladium). In addition she performed in the ensemble and covered Dot in What’s New Pussycat for Birmingham Rep. 
 
On television Naomi has appeared in Cheaters (Clerkenwell Films/BBC Studios); Casualty, Holby City (BBC) and was a featured dancer on Britain’s Got Talent (ITV). 
 
Naomi trained at Urdang Academy and prior to that at Sylvia Young Theatre School. 

KEELY EDWARDS - JINGEL/EDDIE 

Keely is a fully trained aerialist and acrobat who will be injecting incredible circus elements into the show! 
 
Keely hails from Norwich in Norfolk and started performing when she was three! She started aerial and circus training when she was 15 and has performed in the Big Top at Chapelfield’s Summer Circus in Norwich. 
 
Keely is now in her third year at Wilkes Academy of Performing Arts in Staffordshire studying the BA Hons degree in Musical Theatre, where she has performed in the dance musical Fame, a pantomime and the end-of-year spectacular. 
 
 
 

TONY EVANS - INTERPRETER 

British Sign Language/English Interpreter 
 
Tony has been interpreting for more than 30 years. His work has taken him from Pembrokeshire to Peru, Glasgow to Gdansk and Newcastle to Novi Sad.  
 
He has worked in everything from probation meetings to panto, fun parks to funerals & Godber to Godot. Tony is passionate about access and language. 

MEET THE CREATIVES 

Composer - Matthew Brind 
Book & Lyrics - Laura Brind & Matthew Brind 
Director - Matthew Brind 
Choreographer - Holly Corsi 
Sound Design - Jon Everett 
Sound Operator - Andrew Pittaway 
Lighting Design - Elanor Higgins 
Lighting Operator - Joe Fletcher 
Costume Design - Laura Brind 

MATTHEW BRIND - COMPOSER, DIRECTOR 

Matthew is an international Composer, Arranger and Conductor. His work spans Film, Radio, Television, Theatre, Pop and Concerts. 
HE HAS WORKED WITH VARIOUS ORCHESTRAS INCLUDING: English National Opera, BBC Concert Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, English National Opera, City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, Slovak National Symphony Orchestra, Welsh Pops Orchestra and various session orchestras in London, Los Angeles and New York. 
 
He is Arranger / Orchestrator for the hit TV shows: X Factor, Britain's Got Talent, America's Got Talent, America's Got Talent Champions and was Musical Director / Arranger for the BBC's primetime entertainment show "Tonight's the Night". His arrangements have also been heard on the Royal Variety Show, Last Night of the Proms, National Lottery Awards, Strictly Come Dancing and Any Dream Will Do. Matthew has conducted and arranged for numerous Big Bands including, BBC Big Band, X Factor Big Band, Britain's Got Talent Big Band and America's Got Talent Big Band. He works with Gospel Choirs in London, New York and LA on various projects. 
Matthew has been arranger and conductor for three UK number 1 Albums, and 3 UK number 1 Singles including James Arthur and Anne Marie's, "Rewrite the Stars". He has been Musical Supervisor on various West End and Touring Musicals and his theatre orchestrations have played worldwide. Matthew is Musical Director for John Barrowman and is arranger for platinum selling music producer, Graham Stack.  
 
Matthew wrote the arrangements for the Sony 4k Television Advert, with DJ / artist KYGO. Matthew condcuted and arranged for the movie Paddington 2. Matthew has also composed numerous musicals and has a number of exciting projects in the pipeline.He is excited to be premiering his new musical Santas Wish this year at Cardiff Castle Christmas Festival. 

LAURA BRIND - WRITER, LYRICIST, CO-DIRECTOR 

Laura has worked in children’s theatre for 15 years as Principal of the Vale Academy of Performing Arts.  
 
She trained at the prestigious Mountview Academy of Performing Arts receiving a BA (Hons) in Musical Theatre, and following her training trod the boards as an actress in various West End productions including The Witches of Eastwick, Peronals (Jermyn Street Theatre) Tickledom (Gatehouse Theatre), Only the Brave (Edinburgh Fringe). 
 
With the Vale Academy of Performing Arts Laura has directed and choreographed numerous productions including, Little Shop of Horrors, The Wizard of Oz and Peter Pan. 
 
She originally conceived Santa’s Wish as a piece of “doorstep” theatre to spread some joy and cheer to the community amid lockdown and is now delighted to be bringing the show to a much wider audience at this iconic location in the heart of the Welsh capital.  
 
 
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