The Production Team
David Beck trained at LIPA and after working as an actor for several years he went on to forge a career as a director. Production credits include Manband, Foursome, Ed The Musical and Lucky Dip at The Edinburgh Festival 2009 and directed the international best-selling tour of The Simon and Garfunkel Story.
David has directed a number of live radio recordings, including 8 original radio plays at The Pleasance King Dome at Edinburgh 2014 and two sell out recordings, The Woman On The Bridge and Redder Than Roses at The Buxton Festival, plus Open Spots at The Pleasance Theatre, London. For Wireless Theatre he has also directed Painted Blind, Hamlet, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet as well as Romeo and Jude with Owen Teale, Nick Moran and Ricky Norwood, three Ibsen dramas starring Owen Teale and Laura Carmichael and the full-cast dramatisation of popular audiobook Just One Damned Thing After Another starring Ben Miles, Gemma Whelan and Jonathan Bailey – all for Audible UK.
David also lectures in voice-reel preparation for LAMDA and RADA.
Sarah is an award winning versatile voice actor, director, writer, producer, podfest organiser. Also pod host of the writing how-to pod ADWIT, (with Lindsay Harris Friel) and sole host of Audio Fiction interview pod INDIE AF. She is a speaker at podcast festivals on voice acting and making audio fiction, and runs online and in person voice acting and foley courses. For fun, she teaches LAMDA to secondary school students in acting, public speaking, devising and musical theatre, and has run bespoke voice acting courses for such prestigious creative spaces as LIPA and The Shout Out Women’s network. She can also can be found directing, designing and making the occasional theatre show and set too. A keen advocator for community in audio fiction, she has run free Audio Drama Hub Virtual pubs wherein brilliant audio fiction creatives share their craft. In 2022 Sarah has set up and run the Audio Drama Hub inaugural Podfest with a glorious team, hopefully to return this year and beyond! Making audio fiction gives her solace and invigorating challenge – and she loves nothing better than to be collaborating with amazing creative folks on new audio adventures.
Award Winning Director/Producer
Cherry Cookson is a multi award-winning radio producer and director with over 35 years experience at the BBC. She has worked with the best of British actors, including Judi Dench, Ian McKellen, Derek Jacobi and Vanessa Redgrave, producing and directing plays of outstanding quality often under significant time and money constraints. She is known for her high standards and attention to detail, and the ability to work well with a wide range of people. She has produced and directed many outstanding Classic Serials for the BBC by authors such as Charlotte Bronte and Wilkie Collins, and has made bold casting choices often using now famous actors at the start of their careers such as Bill Nighy, Helena Bonham Carter, Michael Sheen and Colin Firth. Her original casting of Janet McTeer in the role of Nora in A DOLL’S HOUSE led to the actress’s subsequent career on Broadway in the same role, which led her to Hollywood and Oscar nomination.
Recently she has recorded several plays for Wireless Theatre including several full length dramas for Audible, and produced several audiobooks. This year her WTC production of THE JUNGLE BOOK for Audible won two prestigious Audie Awards.
For Wireless, Fiona has so far produced several audio dramas, including the dramatised sections of “What Walls Hold”, a drama documentary collaboration between Wireless and Loftus Media for Christmas Day 2022 on BBC Radio 3.
She was also Broadcast Assistant for Wireless’ production of Oliver for Audible.
Fiona has been writing, producing and voice acting in audio drama podcasts since 2007, and has been involved in more than sixty productions around the globe.
With Sarah Golding she co-hosted the Audio Drama Production Podcast, looking at all aspects of creating audio fiction from conception to production. She has given workshops on writing and creating audio drama for the Content is Queen Women’s Podcast and London Podcast Festivals, and has been a guest lecturer at Salford University. In 2022 she was part of the organising team for the Audio Drama Hub Festival in High Wycombe.
She has her own, small audio drama company, Dashing Onions Audio; co-produces annual new writing showcases with live foley; and also narrates and produces audio books.
Robert is a writer, director and producer whose Wireless Theatre credits include directing all nine episodes of the award-winning series The Springheel Saga, as well as Burke and Hare, Kindred and Crooker’s Kingdom. He has recently directed WTC’s production of In Their Own Words, a series of letters for history for Audible, starring Daniel Mays, Martin Shaw, Miriam Margoyles and Robert Bathurst.
With Jack Bowman, he co-wrote The Springheel Saga, live horror show Phonophobia, and the award-winning H.G. Wells homage, Dead London. He also produced The Mighty Carlins, and lectures in voice-reel preparation for LAMDA and RADA.
Outside of Wireless Theatre, Robert’s theatre credits include directing the original production of Frozen at the Etcetera Theatre (2006), co-writing The Night of the Hellhound: LIVE! (2014) and working on LOST Theatre’s 2015 revival of Jez Butterworth’s Jerusalem. His film credits include writing and directing the 2009 feature film Liar’s Dice (Callow Hill Pictures), which he’s currently adapting for the stage.
Freelance Sound Engineer and Sound Designer
Tshari is a freelance sound engineer and sound designer, having trained in technical theatre at LAMDA and in studio and live sound at Alchemea College of Audio Engineering.
She likes to wear as many hats people will let her, so divides her time between live music, theatre and radio, working as engineer, coordinator, teacher, dog’s-body or all of the above, along with admin work for her audio related friends and a variety of hobbies.
She has worked with the Wireless Theatre Company for many years and works mainly on the live shows, loving the adrenaline and the challenges they present, but she also enjoys the calm after the storm and edits recordings and studio projects.
Actor/Stage Manager/Sound Engineer/Lighting Engineer
Gareth has been involved in theatre for over twenty years. He’s worked in venues from 40 seat pub theatres to a 1200 seat big top in roles including acting, stage crew, stage management, sound and lighting.
He left full time theatre after 3 years working as a lighting operator on Blood Brothers at the Phoenix Theatre allowing him more time to work on more interesting fringe theatre, while earning a living in IT support.
Gareth has been involved with designing, programming and operating the lighting for all the Wireless Theatre Live shows since September 2010, helping out sound when necessary along the way.
Freelance Sound Designer
Joe studied sound design at Ravensbourne and is one of our most prolific soundscapists. He freelances as a Sound Designer and Audio Mixer/Dubbing Mixer, working on a range of productions including: Animations, Documentaries, Film and TV. Joe was part of the audio team that won ‘Best Sound Design in Television UK’ and ‘Best Sound Design in Television International’ for the ‘Music and Sound Awards 2016’ on a production for the BBC.
Joe has worked extensively as a sound designer and editor for Wireless Theatre, most notably on recent full-cast epic ‘audio movies’ Just One Damned Thing After Another and Treasure Island.
Freelance Sound Designer / Engineer / Adapter
Ross Burman has been working with Spoken Word Audio in all forms for over twenty years with clients including the BBC, RNIB, Audible and, of course, Wireless Theatre.
Notable projects for Wireless have included Sound Design on the WTC production of ‘Writ in Water’ for BBC Radio 4’s Afternoon Play and adapting Agatha Christie’s ‘The Murder of Roger Ackroyd’ for a live production celebrating the anniversary of the RNIB Talking Book Service.
He lives in Lincolnshire surrounded by farmland, sound effects and a large dog.
Mariele is an award winning audio director, producer and casting director and a proud member of the Casting Director’s Guild.
After training as an actor at East 15, Mariele founded audio drama production company Wireless Theatre in 2007, because of her love for audio acting. What started as a small enterprise, quickly grew into a bold and respected audio production company known for top quality production values, buzzing live recordings, providing opportunities for new writers and actors and pushing the boundaries of experimental audio drama creation at a time when independent fiction podcasts were not ‘a thing’.
In 2017 Mariele moved to a new role at Audible and is now a Director of Production and Casting; leading the production and casting of their audio drama slate. At Audible, Mariele is proud to have cast and produced over 200 hugely exciting drama titles including all of Neil Gaiman and Dirk Maggs’ series The Sandman, Sam Mendes’ Oliver Twist and David Copperfield, Jed Mercurio’s Zoetrope, Jeff Wayne’s The War of the Worlds, Crush Hour: A Musical with Universal Music, the upcoming Slayers, A Buffyverse Story with Wayland Productions, and many, many more.