Working in Production – The Mercury Team

This session will take the form of an open conversation between production focused creatives and the in-house production team at the Mercury. During the session, an you will explore best practice, how best to approach venues for work and how the in-house teams work together to bring a production to life within a set timeframe. All creatives are welcome to attend this session; however we actively encourage the following skills: Costume/Wardrobe, Technical (sound and Lighting), Stage Management, Workshop and Scenic Artists.

Tracey Childs

After decades working as an actress Tracey moved over to producing in 2009 when, along with Director Andrew Hall, they transferred a production of Edward Albee’s ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’ starring Matthew Kelly to Trafalgar Studios in London.

Soon after that Hall and Childs Ltd was formed to take quality productions of interesting and intelligent plays on #1 tours around the UK.

In 2014 Tracey joined the Mercury Theatre in the newly created full time role of Producer. Tracey is now Executive Producer and, alongside Steve Mannix, Joint Chief Executive of the theatre. Tracey is responsible for producing the in-house Mercury Productions and programming the visiting work in the larger auditorium in Colchester, as well as creating future lives for Mercury shows on tour and with partner venues.

Tracey is also Patron of Brain Tumour Support, Vice President of the Neuromuscular Centre and serves on the council for Stage One, the charity for new producers that enabled her to change careers.


David Kidd

Lighting Designer, David Kidd’s extensive work has been seen internationally in theatre, opera, ballet, music events, corporate theatre and pantomime.Most recent credits include Secret Cinema: Stranger Things (London); Turn Of The Screw (UK Tour), Bang Bang! (UK Tour), Ring Of Fire – The Life Of Johnny Cash (Vienna), Bloodshot (London, New York, Chicago and Canada), The Velveteen Rabbit (Unicorn Theatre London, Barcelona, New York & Seattle), Moll Flanders (Colchester Mercury), Spamalot (Mercury, UK Tour, Daegu Festival, Korea and Dubai). Dido and Aeneas (ENO/Unicorn), The Seraglio and The Silver Lake (ETO) plus currently the ETO Digital Online Season; Absent Made Present (New Commissions for ROH2 Linbury, Royal Opera House), Peter And The Wolf (European/UK Tour and New York), Andersen’s Fairy Tales (Bulgarian National Ballet) and Die Walkuré (Denmark New Opera). Other productions at the Mercury include Sweeney Todd, Educating Rita, Bang Bang!, End Of The Rainbow and Macbeth.

Corinna Vincent
Having gained a BA (Hons) in costume for the stage and screen, she has enjoyed working in the theatrical costume industry for nearly thirty years. Corinna has been able to freelance as a Costume Supervisor and Costume Maker in a diverse range of environments from The West End to P&O Cruises. Working on musicals, dance & cirque, Shakespeare and panto.

Corinna has spent a number of years touring nationally and internationally on some award-winning shows, as well as several West End transfers. Shows such as The Watermill’s Rose Rage and A Midsummer Night’s Dream; as well as the actor musician production of Carmen.

Corinna has worked on at least one pantomime almost every year of her adult life! These have included both commercial and regional theatre productions. But none of these can compare with the spectacular pantos that the Mercury produces.

She feels privileged to be a permanent member of staff at the Mercury Theatre where she has been the Wardrobe Manager for nearly ten years. Some of the most memorable shows Corinna has costumed include: The Hired Man, The End of the Rainbow, Betty Blue Eyes, James and the Giant Peach, Spamalot, Pieces of String, Moll Flanders, Ain’t Misbehavin’ and Oliver!

Rebecca Samuels – Stage Manager

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