Tingewick Firm 2020

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Matt Wedlich

Director

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Fresh from the bright lights of the theatres of London, this Bermudan bombshell is the whole package. Singing? Angelic. Dancing? Sensual. Degeneracy? Unrivalled. Despite his phenomenal talents, Matt is actually a very down to earth guy, who's got a penchant for Lo-fi beats and high-yield content. With his vast acting experience, we're all ready for this Skipper to captain our ship through Tingewick 2020 (as long as he's loaded up on unholy amounts of caffeine).

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Madi Oliver

Producer

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By the time you've finished reading this, Madi will have fired off seventy emails, gone for a quick 10k and founded a charitable initiative in her local community. Don't be fooled by the façade of chaos and disorder - she is in fact the sort of person who stores her 58 spice jars in alphabetical order and has already made dinner plans for 8pm on the 7th August 2023. Be sure to catch Madi and her 'professional yet fun(!)' emailing style coming soon to an inbox near you.

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Hannah Farley

Treasurer

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Hannah is perhaps the sweetest person I've ever met, and I always treasure my time with her; she constantly gives her time up for the happiness of others, and always manages to remain up-beat. Outside of training to become one of the greatest doctors ever, she leads a group of young girls as part of the Girlguiding programme. She is caring and inspirational both as a leader, and as a friend, and I can't wait to see what all of our combined efforts hold for the next year.

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Charlotte Acheson

Assistant Director

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For TW 2020, Charlotte takes up the mantle as Assistant Director. The over-sharer that she is, Charlotte promises to share her flare and panache for amateur drama with the rest of us 'prawns' in firm - much like she did in her show stealing role as Elize in TW 2019. When not working hard on this year's many Tingewick projects, Charlotte is a highly acclaimed photographer. She specialises in close-ups in staggeringly high-definition; feel free to get in touch with her and she'll be more than happy to share her portfolio with you!

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Lucy Mellers

Assistant Producer

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At Tingewick 2019, Lucy proved there is no business like show business, waltzing down the stage in a combo of mini shorts, halterneck and bowler hat; a contrast to her usual ensemble of light up shoes and a Johnny b coat (Liza would be shocked). Producing is not ready for Lucy; she sails through admin like the captain she is (of the yacht club, no less) and rides the waves of adversity, guided by her favourite book: 'The Surf Girl Guide to Surf Fitness'. If Tingewick 2020 is Moana themed, you know who to blame.

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Joe Wilson

Musical Director

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From his iconic strut in Tingewick 2019 to his endless (and incessant) love for singing, there is no one better to lead the musical side of Tingewick 2020. A man not shy of the stage or camera, making his TV debut on Questiontime, progressing to Sky News and even the coveted TW19 video! This year, Joe vows to bring his notorious dance moves from the Bop dance floor to the stage - such quality that could only be matched by his flawless rendition of It's Raining Men.

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Liam Peck

Head Writer

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Liam Peck is refreshingly laid back for a man with such responsibility. Our head writer would probably describe himself as a John Bercow impressionist first, and a writer second, probably a sex dancer third. When people ask him: would he rather be thought of as too old to still be a student or a member of Tingewick Firm? Liam's answer is always the same, to him, they're not mutually exclusive. So, if you see Liam and his team of writers over in the corner, keep away from them! No go over, go over. The Pisco sours will be on him, in him!

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Steph Santos-Paulo

Writer

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Beloved by all she meets, we are beyond lucky to have Steph on firm - this is a girl who truly shines. She has been finessing her writing skills for years through her career in Cherwell journalism and multiple food blogs. However, she always knew that pantomime was what her writing skills were destined for. We've all heard pantomime actors asking the audience to repeat their cries of "It's behind you!" with phrases such as "You're not loud enough" and "I can't hear you!". Steph, however, has been living this reality for years - method writing, if you will. In any given conversation, Steph can be found desperately screaming: "I can't hear you!" and "I like grapes".

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Hattie Sexton

Writer

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Avast ye! Although more 'port and starboard' than 'port and policy', our seafaring wordsmith's witty wisecracks will leave your shoulders shaking like Theresa May (remember her?). This old salt has sailed the seven seas and could tell you stories that would shiver your timbers, so don't expect the seadog's jokes to all be above board - her mind is firmly in the poop deck. Landlubbers, batten down the hatches and get ready to wet yourselves laughing. Arrrr!

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Ryan Mamun

Writer

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Starting with his leading role as the (in)famous Ashok Handa in last year's Tingewick Pantomime, this year's firm couldn't be luckier to have Ryan on our team. Almost a triple threat, he makes up for his lack of dancing ability with incredible wit and charm to complement his singing and acting talent - a skill that will be well used on the writing team. After snatching the highly coveted award of being least committed to Lab Med during Tingewick rehearsals last year, he is sure to prioritise this year's show above everything, so it truly promises to be the funniest yet.

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Leenah Abuelgasim

Vocals

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Aca-scuse me? Our resident nightingale barely needs an introduction, having graced the Oxford stage as a Sister of Funk/Oxford Belle/Debbie (Slay!), to name but a few iconic performances. Though she be but little she is powerful - with vocal cords more accomplished and awe-inspiring than your E-portfolio, you better believe that the dulcet tones Leenah will bring to the Tingewick stage are going to be totally aca-awesome.

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Amar Gandhi

Vocals

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Amar is the most eligible bachelor of the Oxford choir scene. His dulcet tones, guitar strumming and culinary wizardry will make you wonder why this catch hasn't been tied down yet. Some might say he had a back-door entrance to Tingewick firm as one of the director's housemates, but his talents more than justify his role of vocals in Tingewick 2020. You'll soon see why he is the best decision for singing mentor in the pantomime!

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Lydia Koffman

Music

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Lydia's musical career began at the age of four when she managed to make the whole audience cry with her poignant but painful performance of Somewhere Over the Rainbow in the Wizard of Oz. Her music resume is truly impressive. She's done every music quiz on Sporcle (including 100 classical pieces backwards!?), has mastered Peer Gynt on the melodica, but perhaps her most impressive feat was managing to keep playing the violin even when hit in the face with an airborne sharps bin during the opening night's show. Indeed, what she lacks in the ability to spot projectiles, she makes up for with a surgeon's precision when handling the bow!

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Jessie Nicholls-Mindlin

Music

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Jessie spent months perfecting the Katie Hopkins facial expression with a series of selfies sent to her ever-patient boyfriend, but those weren't the only previews he received. You may also recognise her enormous calves which stole the spotlight in the sex dance. Jessie learnt the hard way that eye contact with unsuspecting parents is best avoided mid-thigh slap. Take a stroll through the video section of her laptop for two years' worth of dance practice, all to the music of her beautiful tooting (Clarinet). This Tingewick Tooter will bring a whole lot of talent to the table.

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Rory Fairhead

Music

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Rory is one of three (!) triathletes in Tingewick firm. A fan of the finer things in life, he can often be found enjoying a bubble bath with a lovely glass of wine, reading the paper with a lovely glass of wine, or setting a new PB time on a Watt-bike with a lovely glass of wine. He's a true proponent of work hard, play hard, run even harder. That's all without mentioning his virtuosic clarinet playing! The music for this year's production couldn't be in safer hands.

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Immy Vorley

Choreo

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Immy's the sort of girl who arrives at Osler mess, soup in hand, only to realise she doesn't have a spoon... or now you mention it, her house keys. While organisation is not her strong point, boy can that girl move! Rumour has it she emerged from the birth canal in a full split. At the age of five she made a cameo appearance on dance mums, destroying the competition with her cha-cha-slide. She's spent time as a backing dancer for Dolly Parton, McFly and Cardi B and was sole choreographer for Sia's 'Chandelier'. Hopefully she'll rise to her greatest challenge yet: Tingewick Choreo.

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Tom Szeligowski

Choreo

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He's debonair. He's got flair. He's got ginger hair. It can only be THE Tom Szeligowski. Nobody knows how to pronounce his surname, but that's ok. Born in Poland but forged by Tingewick Hall, this samba sensation reportedly led to a tripling of A&E admissions during last year's sex dance... 'Lord of the Dance'-related hysteria swept through the medical school. As one half of this year's choreo team, you can be sure that that Tingewick boogie crew is in safe hands (or safe feet?) - look out for him busting a move at the toastie stand during every Osler bop.

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Mostafa Chizari

Head of Production

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When Mostafa collapsed onto the TW stage as Nishan last year, a star was born. Even hecklers couldn't help but lavish him with praise. However, behind the curtain is where Mostafa truly shines. Mostafa is unmatched in his socialist attitude to distributing snacks and fun to all. In fact, Mostafa and Marx are separated by only one key tenet: rather than seizing the means of production, Mostafa became the means of production. Made in Dagenham, it's unsurprising Mostafa has an affinity with automobiles. Rumour has it he fixed his car with his own sweat and blood, subsequently flipped it for a profit, and did it all whilst wearing his trademark dinosaur slippers.

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Imogen Livingstone

Production

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After a stint in the Australian outback Imogen is fearless in the face of venomous spiders, snakes and hostile environments, making her well-equipped to tackle the infamous Tingewick cupboard. If anyone is going to find the life-size replica of the stapes that design really can't do without, it's her. In fact, she's already proven that she has a talent for transforming the wildest dreams of the Tingewick creators into reality, with an unexpected, but incredible, transition from Cathy Swales to Yoda in Tingewick 2019. When off-duty, Imogen can be found running (really fast), collecting another order of obscure loose-leaf tea (at pace), or mixing up a G&T (swiftly) around Oxford.

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Tom Ritter

Production

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Tom Ritter is refreshingly laid back for a man with such responsibility. Also known by his moniker 'DJ Weblearn', this sex dance veteran has a penchant for wavey ward garms (Sergio Georgini) and for sort of fusing Flashdance with MC Hammer. Alas, Tom didn't apply for Choreography, but a good idea is a good idea forever. For Production, look no further - we've got the man for the job right here. Has he passed his backstage safety test? He gives the tests! Yeah, he's first aid trained - he's perrrfick.

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Cassie Shorten

Head of Design

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Our Welsh darling Cassie will be heading up the design team for TW 2020. She promises to bring the same raw sex-appeal she brought to both the Sex Dance and Theresa May in TW 2019 to this year's firm. We all await with baited breath to see which authority figure, who has almost definitely cropped up in one of her infamous sex dreams, will be given the honour of replacing Prof Handa in this year's oversized portrait. In her spare time Cassie is at one with nature, having spent intimate moments with animals of a feline nature, and has a specialist interest in fox defecation behaviour.

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Lily Pollock

Design

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Lily's incredible talents with a paintbrush would make you think she's related to great Jackson Pollock himself… artistic blood certainly runs in her veins. Whether its designing incredible maps, beautiful cards or her very own capsule wardrobe, Lily's attention to detail is second-to-none. Expect clean-cut sophistication and the perfect dash of quirkiness to bring the Tingewick 2020 set to life!

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Annika Schaefer

Design

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Watch out folks, Tingewick 2020 will be the woolliest year yet; expect knitted sets, knitted stethoscopes, knitted rip-away trousers, because while some girls like pearls, Annika prefers purls. We're all thankful that she's not in Production, as we'd fear for her life following her recent achievement of breaking her foot getting out of bed. Nevertheless, Annika is undoubtedly the most dedicated member of Tingewick firm 2020, having performed her role in Tingewick 2019 as "Medical Student 3" with her leg still in plaster.

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Anne Bast

Design

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Anne is such a beacon of warmth and character. Whether she's devoting her time to cheerleading or to charity work, she always brings such an unmistakable energy and light into everyone's lives. As the queen of fun and flamboyance, every rainbow is actually leading you to her. She's also a master of design, is hyper-organised, and is consistently devoted to whatever she sets her mind to; I'm very proud to see her on the team with the rest of us.

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Bradley Johnson

Publicity

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With arguably one of the biggest stage presences in the year, it came as a nasty surprise when Brad was given the unimportant and underwhelming role of 'Student Eric' in Tingewick 2019. Despite this insulting directorial decision, he threw his heart and soul into the part, demonstrating to all that being criminally undercast could not impede his ability to steal the show. Creating drama out of nothing is a skill he utilises in all areas of life, and should come in handy in his role as firm publicity officer this year. We are truly blessed to have him on board.

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Alex Tough

Tech

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Future army medic, elite triathlete, benches 220 - this paints completely the wrong picture of Alex 'Power Bottom' Tough. Known widely for being literally the nicest and most enthusiastic guy, Toughie spent most Tingewick rehearsals taking the initiative to learn tech, setting him up well for his future Tingewick career. This BGE (Big Grad Energy) outshines even his embroidered MA gown that he has been known to wear in a certain "unorthodox situations". Tough Stuff managed to steal the show in TW 2019 as both GBS and Alan Bennett without the help of any caffeine containing products. If only the same could be said for his hairline.

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Sam Max

Tech

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Sam made a big splash in Tingewick this year, simultaneously being the backbone of the band, videographer in chief, and solver of electrical emergencies all whilst playing a strangely convincing fish head and a talking monkey. This unbridled raw talent (not to mention his past life as a professional sound engineer) made him a shoe in for tech - adding to the strong grad contingent on firm this year. But will Sam manage to lend his rock steady beat to band whilst working his magic on the mixing deck with the other hand? Answers to this include "we hope so" and "probably".