Arkeen Theatre Company
Director and writer – Joanne Tulips
Musical Director – Raymond Tulips
Arkeen Theatre Company was established in 1997 and have been writing and producing the pantomime in New Lanark for over 15 years. With stories including Miss Molly’s Curiosity Shop, Maw McLeod’s Festive Treat last year and Sister Ella’s Slippers this year ; our original pantomimes include traditional characters, a few from the future and the past; within quality, fun and entertaining productions.
Arkeen also have the privilege of delivering many Theatre In Education productions across South Lanarkshire; including the acclaimed production Is This Me? This production, commissioned by SLC highlights the dangers of Alcohol and Drug abuse in a dynamic way raising awareness for young people at secondary school level.
They have also written and delivered the SLC Artsnet Workshops and Production Safe & Sound for10 years. This project raises Child Protection issues for P5-7 and has been recognised as ‘good practice’ by HMIe twice.
The dynamic Firework Safety Production Toast by John McClelland has also been a huge hit with audiences from Secondary Schools across SLC; with Arkeen producing 6 successful tours.
Arkeen Theatre Company also work in partnership with Jazzart UK Full time HNC/HND students; touring pantomime around Primary schools in the Glasgow/Lanarkshire area.
New Lanark is no doubt the most picturesque backdrop for Arkeen’s productions with the company also performing their ever-popular Murder Mystery events for the New Lanark Mill Hotel.
Arkeen hope you enjoy this year’s Panto treat, with plenty of booing hissing, laughing, singing and dancing.
Fiona spent 3 years at Motherwell College where she graduated with a BA Hon(s) in Musical Theatre in 2013. Her theatre credits include: Empress in Aladdin at Bathgate Regal. Amy/Sarah in ‘Is This Me and Kate in Maw McLeods Festive Treat both with Arkeen Theatre Company. Fiona has been fortunate enough to have taught in both Scotland and Northern Ireand teaching drama and dance. This year’s performance will be Fiona’s second appearance at New Lanark and she is thrilled and excited to starring as Princess Ella and a ‘mysterious other’.
I am delighted to say that this is my 6th Christmas season working for “Arkeen Theatre Company” in the New Lanark pantomime. This is my favourite time of year. I trained in “Acting and Performance” then went on to perform in touring theatre and work as an entertainer. I have produced my own one-woman sing-along shows “The Great Big Sing-a-long”, “Sing-a-long a 60s” and, new this year, “The romantic 40s”. I now live in Inverness and run my own entertainment business “Trapeze Entertainment” specialising in circus skills and performing arts workshops as well as traditional children’s entertainment throughout the Highlands. I love my job and there is never a dull moment!
Jonathan is currently in the process of completing his last year of studies at JazzartUK in Motherwell. He has so far gathered a certificate for musical theatre with distinction from the Trinity College of London.
His theatre credits include: Old Deuteronomy in Cats at Dundee Repertory Theatre. An ensemble in ‘Our House’ at Dundee Repertory theatre.
Jonathan has been fortunate enough to be cast as an extra for Ben Harts’s up and coming BBC 3 show premiering early next year.
This years performance will be Jonathan’s first appearance at New Lanark and he is thrilled and excited to be starring as Prince Charmalot.
This is Paul’s first performance with Arkeen. Paul trained at Motherwell college for three years and gained a B.A.(Hons) in Acting. Since graduating last year Paul has appeared in several independent films, corporate videos and a viral ad. This will be Paul’s debut performance at New Lanark.
Joseph is currently studying Musical Theatre at JazzArtUK and is thrilled to have been given the opportunity to understudy both Ugly Stepsisters and Prince Charm-a lot. As part of JazzArtUK Joseph has featured in numerous dance shows including “Go Dance” at the Theatre Royal Glasgow, ensemble in Fiona Kennedys “The Kist” as well as having a feature role in JazzArtUK’s very own pantomime “ The Wiz That Woz”. Joseph would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and he hopes you thoroughly enjoy the show!