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Thanks to the kind permission of the Catherine Cookson Estate, Entertainment Unlimited is delighted to bring you this new musical adaptation of The Cinder Path.

This powerful tale is set in rural Northumberland in the lead up to the First World War.  We follow the story of Charlie MacFell and his relationship with a cruel and domineering father, his stormy marriage and a struggle to keep a dark secret.

 Catherine Cookson’s writing brings to life raw emotion, love, betrayal and resolution as Charlie finally settles old scores and finds true love.  This is the first time that any of Cookson’s novels have been set with music and the original score by Mike Redway adds another dimension to the drama of one man’s struggle with destiny.

Produced and Directed by Leah Bell.  Adapted for the stage by Paul Dunn.  Featuring original music by Mike Redway

In rehearsals

                                                              The Cinder Path - Lead Characters

NICK COCHRANE plays Ginger Slater

Nick Cochrane is an accomplished versatile actor, presenter and director. He is best known for his 20 year recurring portrayal of ‘Andy McDonald’ in the UK’s longest running soap Coronation Street. On TV he has also appeared in ITV1′s Heartbeat and made guest appearances on many shows from Loose Women to Celebrity Eggheads. On stage he has starred in successful theatre tours in the UK & Canada. As a TV presenter he has interviewed several football stars including David Beckham and Roy Keane. He has also co-directed numerous theatre projects. 

Nick was born in Manchester and at the age of 15 was plucked from school to audition for the role of ’Andy McDonald ‘alongside his school mate Simon Gregson who became Steve McDonald. Within a few weeks he joined the cast of ITV1’s Coronation Street with his first appearance in the infamous Blackpool tram accident episode in 1989 in which Alan Bradley was killed trying to get Rita - the show that night was seen by 21 million viewers.

In 1997 Nick’s character Andy left Weatherfield to go to Spain where in soap storyland he remains an English teacher. Nick has since reprised his role as Andy many times since then playing in many episodes each time to support his brother Steve played by Nick’s friend and former school mate Simon Gregson.  His other television roles have included playing the Golf Pro ‘Barry Scripps’ in ITV1′s ‘Heartbeat’, which gave Nick the perfect opportunity to work on his 15 handicap!. Nick enjoyed swapping Weatherfield for Aidensfield in many scenes with characters including Sgt Blaketon. 

Other television guest appearances have included ‘Loose Women’ (ITV1), ‘Canada AM’ (national breakfast TV) ‘The South Bank Show’ (ITV1), ‘Live and Kicking’ (BBC1), ‘To Me To You’ (CBBC), ‘Confessions’ (ITV), ‘Win Lose or Draw’ (ITV1). Nick also featured with Peter Andre recently in ITV’s ‘This Morning’ ,on ITV ‘Piers Morgans Life Stories’ supporting his friend and on screen mum Bev Callard and  ‘Celebrity Eggheads’ for BBC2 in an actors special beating his Egghead!  He has also contributed to contributed to many Channel 5 and ITV shows looking back at memorable soap and television moments. Last year even saw him on Loose Women wishing Bev Callard a happy birthday! 

Nick has starred in the No.1 nationwide tour of ‘Spring and Port Wine’ with the Middle Ground Theatre Company touring venues including London, Oxford, Manchester, Crewe and Brighton amongst others. The tour received critical acclaim and was a Manchester Evening News theatre award winner.  He has also played to packed houses in top theatres throughout Canada in a sold out nationwide theatre tour ‘Tales from the Street’ in 2012 which saw him and other Coronation Street stars talk candidly about the nation’s longest running soap .  Nick starred with other Coronation Street favourites at several venues and was an executive producer of the tour which earned rave reviews. Nick has appeared in numerous successful pantomime productions, raising the roof on hundreds of performances and playing to sell out audiences around the country. You may have recently seen him on ITV’s This Morning with Phil and Holly together with ITV’s The Voice Kids 2018 were he supported his daughter Lucia who was a super competitor. 

JAMES de LAUCH HAY plays Charlie MacFell

Training:Arts Educational Schools (London) and The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute (New York). James received the Sir John Gielgud Award for Outstanding Achievement by the Drama UK board whilst training at drama school and is thrilled to be performing back in the North East. 

Theatre Credits: Seriously Dead(UK Tour), Much Ado About Nothing, Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Tempest and Romeo & Juliet(European Tour), COSIMA(West End), Trevor Nunn’s production of The Wars of the Roses(Rose Theatre, Kingston).

Film Credits:Muscles, Love & Thieves, Milk, The Copy Room, Skanska, Life Outside The Frame (Web-series), Midnight Models(Music Video). 

Voice Over TV credits:Argos commercial, Toyota CH-R commercial, Toyota Auris commercial, Visit Tyneside commercial (ITV), So You Think You Are Fitter Than A Pensioner(Narration for documentary) 

James is delighted to be part of such a wonderful production with a great cast in The Cinder Path.

BETHAN AMBER plays Victoria Chapman

Bethan Amber is a South Shields based actor, singer and song writer. With more than 10 years of performing experience under her belt and a love for the Catherine Cookson originals, she is absolutely thrilled to be joining the cast of 'The Cinder Path'.  Recent credits include 'Ruth' in 'My Mental Breakdown: A Musical', 'Billy the Butler' in 'The Sleeping Beauty, Amble Panto', 'Mary' in 'Geordie Nativity', and 'Kate' in 'Heartspur'.

ELEANOR CHAGANRIS plays Nellie Chapman

Eleanor graduated from Guildford School of Acting with a First Class Honours degree in Musical Theatre. She is currently on tour around the UAE performing in a musical adaptation of The Jungle Book with S4K

Other Professional credits include; The Enchantress in Beauty and the Beast (The Customs House, Mercuito/Lady Capulet/Friar Lawrence/Bathalazar in Romeo and Juliet(Handlebards National and International Tour), Mrs Waltham in The Wind Road Boys (Stanley Civic Centre), Coco in Puddles’ Big Adventure (The Customs House), Princess Aneesa in The Lambton Worm (The Customs House), Maggie Melia in the 2017 revival of Geordie The Musical (Tyne Theatre Newcastle), Vicky in The Wear Wolf (Theatre Space North East), Fairy Arachis in Jack and the Beanstalk (The Customs House), Mary inThe Wind Road Boys (Enter CIC 2016 Tour)Annie in A Rabbit's Tail(Made4Stage Theatre), Dancer in Who Will Buy (Gold Circle Films), Mrs Claus in Santa's Naughty Elf (Made4Stage Theatre), Maggie Melia in the original production of Geordie the Musical (The Customs House). Eleanor has also appeared in the BBCs Pride and Prejudice: Having a Ball documentary as a Dancer. 

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