A Grandma's GRIMM

A Grandma's GRIMM Poster


“Fantastic! I loved the way the production featured a cast across all ages was fantastic and the messaging managed to be seasonal without being sentimental”

“Loved the shadow puppets, music and professionalism Very slick performance”

“A highlight in our Christmas calendar”

“Loved the shadow puppets, music and professionalism Very slick performance”



 - Lisa Fairfield


 - Jon Terry


 - Charles Nicholson


 - Ellie Wasylocha


 - Hana Vincent


 - Lianne Fox


 - Amanda Brimble


 - Helena Jevons


 - David Hallett


 - Spike Padley


 - Haven Young Creatives


Founder/ Producer

 - Lisa Fairfield


 - Xanthe Knight

Director HYC

 - Siou Hannam

Stage Manager

 - Jaz Field

Dance Choreographer

 - Becky Hill


 - Kate Daisy Grant


 - Clifford Dowding


Lisa Fairfield Profile

Lisa Fairfield

Lisa Fairfield graduated in 2007 from the ACT (Academy Creative Training) in Brighton.

Credits include:

Theresa in Memory of Water (Ignite Theatre)
Mary McGinty in 'Once a Catholic' (Brighton Pavillion)
Cynthia in 'The Real Inspector Hound' (Lewes Theatre)
'Tell someone who cares' (Sally Bennis Theatre, Brighton)
'The Monologues' (White Room Theatre)
'Bite Size Plays' ((Argus Angel Award, Best Brighton Fringe Event 2008) which received 5 star reviews and a fringe first nomination at the Bedlam Theatre, Edinburgh Festival 2009)
Catherine Blake 'In Lambeth' (Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough)
Donna in 'Kvetch' (BMC, Brighton Festival)
Una in Blackbird (The Marlborough, Brighton Festival)

Jon Terry Profile

Jon Terry

Jon ran away from the glamour of accountancy to become an actor and he’s never been busier. One of the highlights has been two successive years at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in plays which both received 4 star reviews and then toured locally.

During 2022 he has played the lead in a new production written and directed by Philip Ayckbourn, played the dastardly Elyot in Noel Coward’s “Private Lives” and played the evil Nazi “Von Pfunz” in Ignite Theatre’s much acclaimed production of “Gabriel”.

He has greatly enjoyed the new challenges of working on Granma’s Grimms and the professionalism and commitment of all the Ignite Team.

Charles Nicholson Profile

Charles Nicholson

Charles is an actor and writer who is currently finishing his MA in Text & Performance with the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts & Birkbeck College.

His credits at RADA include “Flesh” and “Error_404!” in which he was both co-writer and performer.

Ellie Wasylocha Profile

Ellie Wasylocha

As an Acting graduate fresh out of Arts University Bournemouth, I have recently moved to Brighton & Hove with my partner to establish myself as a performer.

University facilitated my growth as an actor, thinker and a person. Through my Zen meditation practice and Sanford Meisner's acting techniques, I have continued to find ways of breaking through self-consciousness and find success as an actor. For me, performance is most alive when lived in dynamic responsiveness with our collaborators and audience, and so my personal ethos emphasises the art of play, through which we can discover an authentic, engaging and truth-telling performance.

I’m excited to work with Ignite Theatre in Newhaven, immerse myself into the process of our production and establish connections with my new fellow creatives!

Hana Vincent Profile

Hana Vincent

Hana Vincent spent her childhood and teens training and performing with Seaford Youth Drama appearing in pop-up street theatre’s, summer and Christmas shows and annually at the Eastbourne Festival.

Since then she has appeared at the Seaford Little Theatre before a long hiatus - over a decade - to focus on her career and family before deciding to tip her toe back in with this Christmas performance of The Wind in the Willows.

Amanda Brimble Profile

Amanda Brimble

It's been a while since I last 'trod the boards' (36 years to be precise, way back when in an amateur performance of 'Road' with the Croydon Youth Theatre... wow, doesn't time fly!) And now that Ignite have rekindled my passion for the theatre, here I go again - wish me luck!

Helena Jevons Profile

Helena Jevons

Helena cut her acting teeth as a teenager playing small feminine roles like Macbeth and Henry Higgins at an all girls’ grammar school. She was hard to keep off stages after that although she does like to occasionally play an actual woman - her favourite role ever was madcap Bobbie in Neil Simon’s Last of the Red Hot Lovers.

She lives in seaford with her two young children, plays guitar pretty badly and salsas pretty well.

This is her first acting gig post motherhood and she hopes she can remember what she is doing.

To pay the bills she consults with local businesses from the University Business Incubator at Sussex University at Falmer and builds websites for local start ups.

David Hallett Profile

David Hallett

Following careers in teaching and I.T., David retired to the Sussex village of Piddinghoe, and has since appeared in several productions in and around Newhaven including Jarvis in MAD’s Chorus of Disapproval, Albert in Lewes Little Theatre’s Accolade, Smith in Seaford Little Theatre‘s Murder on the Nile, and in Synergy productions as Sir Robert Morton in The Wilmslow Boy and Dr. Chasuble in Importance of Being Ernest.

Most recently, he was pleased to have joined some of the Willows cast as Bob in BrytEyes production of Who Gets the Cat. He has also written and directed short, satirical pieces for the Piddinghoe Players, performed in the village.

Spike Padley Profile

Spike Padley

Spike is an actor and director who recently graduated from Rose Bruford College, specialising in devised and ensemble focused performance. He has undertaken a placement with the puppetry department of the Polish National Academy of Theatre Arts, and is now co-directing the international collaboration Intima, a short film exploring ideas of disconnection and intimacy.

Additionally, as artistic director at Metric Theatre, he has begun developing new systems to support artistic development and practice within the theatre industry, driven primarily by and for artists themselves.

Haven Young Creatives Profile

Haven Young Creatives

HYC came out of a Research & Development project in 2021, for young people, funded by Arts Council England about living in Newhaven. A grant was applied for as it was felt there was a huge lack of arts opportunities/ training for young people. The result was a short film.

Since then we are building Haven Young Creatives, aiming to produce & run arts projects for young people in the Havens, & give them a voice. We want to develop their capacity and skills to co-create theatre in their community. Exploring themes, which are owned by the young people themselves.

We are currently running FREE Drama sessions & starting an Inter generational Arts Project in January called BOOMTEEN collaborating with Sara Clifford, a writer who has worked in Newhaven creating immersive theatre for 10yrs. We want to raise their aspirations, encouraging them to make positive choices building confidence, resilience & communication skills through Drama, as a creative tool. They can learn to work together in a safe space, to collaborate in a fun way.

Clifford Dowding Profile

Clifford Dowding

Cliff is an accomplished sound and lighting engineer who has worked for many theatres, venues, bands and performers covering a wide variety of genres. These range from large pop shows and festivals, to small intimate pub shows, dance, drama, street parties and pantomimes.

He holds a BA Honours degree in Music Production and has experience with a vast range of sound & lighting equipment. He has a passion for the arts and formed his own company, MX Sound and Lighting in 2019. Cliff is also a composer, musician and performer who has released albums under his pseudonym The Mighty Xanthus.

Lianne Fox Profile

Lianne Fox

Hello! My name is Lianne and I'm doing the shadow puppetry for 'A Grandma's Grimm'. I remember when I was living in China we went on a trip to ChengDu and I saw some incredible shadow puppertry not just with paper but wonderful handwork as well! This inspired me to check out one of the old full length films all done with shadow puppetry 'The Adventures of Prince Achmed from 1926. So when I was given this opportunity I really wanted to give it a go! I couldn't have been able to do it without the help of my dad, Simon Fox! It's been a journey for sure and I hope you all enjoy the show!!

Xanthe Knight Profile

Xanthe Knight

Xanthe Gresham Knight has been a professional, international storyteller for 30 years and has been Storyteller in Residence with The British Museum, The Smithsonian, Harvard and The Chelsea Physic Garden. She is the author of numerous books including Goddesses and Heroines, Women of Myth and Legend with Thames and Hudson and Sussex Folktales. She is grateful to Ignite Theatre for the opportunity to use her love of story to write and direct ‘A Grandma’s Grimm’.

Siou Hannam Profile

Siou Hannam

From classical ballet roots I have developed acting, clown, mask and movement techniques to perform and teach worldwide. For over 35 years I've worked for many companies including: Trestle, Liz Aggis: Divas, Improbable, Periplum and Emergency Exit Arts.

I was part of The World Famous team performing in Crackers, Sydney Festival and Singapore. I was also an artist on 'And Now's closing show in the Brighton Festival. Other Companies I have worked and collaborated with include; Xarxa Teatro (Spain) and Zik.(Israel)

I'm also a Drama therapist (M.A ) and have a B.ED (Hons) in Drama/Dance and Physical Education. I also worked at Brighton Met, running Performing Arts Courses, for many years.

Kate Grant Profile

Kate Grant

Kate writes for film, TV and has performed and written for theatre at The Globe, The Theatre Royal Brighton, The Little Angel Theatre and The Old Market.

She also performs live with Nick Pynn for their joint award-winning fringe shows and enjoys being music director for shows and workshops with Sir Richard Stilgoe’s Orpheus - combining work with disabled young adults and hard-to-reach groups in prisons and rehabilitation. Kate is really looking forward to being involved with this magical show with Ignite!

Alison Norcross Profile

Alison Norcross

Alison Norcross trained at Janice Blake Dance Studios in Bexhill on Sea and is renowned for her highly reputable and established Norcross dance school, which is based in Newhaven.

Her school has be running for about 30 years and Alison teaches children from as young as 2 years in ballet, tap, contemporary, musical theatre and disco, with a view towards national competition, examination entry and involvement in numerous community events.

Her standards of excellence have led several students to dance professionally in the West End and around the world and they are regular participants in the national finals of the All England Dance Competition. Alison will choreograph dances to weave into Ignite's production of Grimm's Fairytales 2022

Becky Hill Profile

Becky Hill

Alison Norcross (Principal) and Becky Hill (Teacher) are so excited to be a part of this wonderful production.

Collectively, we have choreographed routines for Disneyland Paris, All England Dance Finals, Pantomimes and West End children shows.

We are looking forward to being apart of the Ignite family. We would like to wish everyone involved in Grandma’s Grimm the best of luck. “Break a leg”

Jaz Field Profile

Jaz Field

I found my love for backstage theatre and Stage Managment in 2017 when I first got involved with college productions.
Since then I've worked with some amazing companies such as the National Theatre and Attenborough Centre for Creative Arts.
Currently I'm the Head Tech and Backstage Manager for Sussex University Drama Society!

I'm always eager to hear about more theatre work, please contact me at