Biologist, Science Communicator, Writer, TV Presenter
Simon Watt MRes, BSc
Simon Watt is a biologist, writer, science communicator and TV presenter. He runs “Ready Steady Science”, a science communication company committed to making information interesting and takes science based performances into schools, museums, theatres and festivals. He is MC/president for life of the “Ugly Animal Preservation Society” which is a comedy night with a conservation twist. As a writer he has written dozens of articles for national newspapers and websites including The Times, The Sunday Times and the Huffington Post. He is perhaps best known as a presenter on the BAFTA winning documentary series Inside Nature’s Giants and the Channel 4 special The Elephant: Life After Death.
Director and producer.
Daniel Rollings MA, BA
Dan holds an MA in Writing & Performance from the University of York. His previous work ranges from stage management and video designing for the Stephen Joseph Theatre’s Education Dept to directing plays with strong AV elements and leading educational workshops. Dan was Company Manager for Slung Low’s recent production of Beyond the Front Line at the Lowry, Manchester and They Only Come at Night: Visions at the Barbican Centre, London.
Credits include: 2009 Love rehearsed reading (Bread & Goose – RADA); Doctor Death and the MediEvil Medicine Show (Ready, Steady, Science! Cheltenham Science Festival); Love, Jealousy & Betrayal (Bread & Goose – Shunt Lounge).
Propmaker and Stitchsmith
Helen Stay BA
Helen gained first class honours in Textiles & Printmaking from Bath Spa University in 2006 and has since worked on a range of exciting projects in theatrical venues including Battersea Arts Centre and Polka Children’s Theatre. A typical day could see the production of anything from an intestine leaky fright doll to a seven foot tall Green Man. A jack of all trades, she has created carnival masks, costumes, puppets and posters. She has photographed it, photoshopped it, drawn it and painted it. In short, she is a veritable wunderkind of artistic activity!
As well as the creation of outlandish props and costumes, Helen also helps run workshops with children in schools, community arts centres, hospitals and theatres. She hopes to be running the aptly named ‘Wonder Workshops’ with drama practitioner, Kate Lovell very soon but, of course, will continue to supply Ready, Steady, Science! with an array of bizarre props as and when they are required.
You can contact Helen at firstname.lastname@example.org
Richard is an animator working in the Yorkshire region and is one hundred percent of ‘Glass Cannon’ animation. Richard most commonly works with traditional 2D and stop frame animation. He continues to collaborate with local businesses for corporate work whilst pursuing his individual animated films. No project is too abstract, hard edged or low paid to discourage his passion for the animation industry. Note: magical abilities implied may or may not be true.