The Production Team

The Production Team

Mariele Runacre-Temple CDG – Founder/Artistic Director

Mariele Runacre Temple - Wireless Theatre Production Team

Mariele Runacre-Temple founded Wireless Theatre in 2007 after she graduated from drama school and found herself somewhat disillusioned with the ‘closed shop’ that seemed to be the audio acting world. What started as an exciting hobby, quickly became her biggest passion and her love for creating audio drama has taken her on some amazing adventures.

Mariele now works as a Casting Director and Production Manager and Executive Producer for large scale audio drama and audiobook projects. She’s worked on over 300 audio dramas; from fifteen minute stripped monologues to 30 hour epic historical fiction dramas with casts of hundreds. Mariele has cast some of the world’s most loved and exciting voices, including Jodie Comer, James McAvoy, Riz Ahmed, Thandie Newton, Michael Sheen, Patricia Allison, Paapa Essiedu, Bill Bailey, Kristin Scott Thomas, Will Poulter, Jamie Bell, Vanessa Kirby, Olivia Colman and many more.

Mariele is always keen to push the boundaries of audio drama and give opportunities and skills to new people in all areas of production. She has watched in awe as the scripted podcast space has grown and developed in the last few years. When Wireless Theatre launched, it was one of only a small handful embracing online audio drama. How thrilling to have been a part of it then, and to still be loving every minute of it now!

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David Beck Director - Wireless Theatre Production Team

David Beck


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.

Cherry Cookson Director/Producer - Wireless Theatre Production Team

Cherry Cookson

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.

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Fiona Thraille

Production Manager

Fiona has been writing, producing and voice acting in audio drama podcasts since 2007, and has been involved in more than sixty productions by a variety of companies around the globe in that time.

With Sarah Golding she co-hosted the Audio Drama Production Podcast for just over a year, which looked 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.

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.

Tshari King - Sound Engineer / Sound Designer - Wireless Theatre

Tshari King

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.

Gareth Brown - Stage Manager/ Sound Engineer/ LightingEngineer - Wireless Theatre

Gareth Brown

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.

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Robert Valentine


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.

Joe Richardson

Joe Richardson

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.

Ross Burman Sound Designer

Ross Burman

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.

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Kate Retout

Digital Platform Manager

Kate Retout has created and managed websites for a wide range of organisations over the past twenty years, and is a huge fan of independent audio drama.

Kate created the latest evolution of the Wireless Theatre website, and manages and creates content for the site and social media channels. Her favourite parts of the job are interviewing talented people from the world of audio drama, and listening to new productions.