Original Theatre in association with Park Theatre presents

The Time Machine - A Comedy

By Steven Canny and John Nicholson



Orla O’Loughlin

Orla was listed in the Observer as one of the top fifty Cultural Leaders in the UK and in The List Hot 100 of Women in the Arts.

She was Artistic Director of the Traverse Theatre where directing credits included the award winning productions: Mouthpiece (Traverse Theatre/Soho Theatre/ Melbourne and Auckland International Arts Festivals); What Girls are Made Of (Traverse Theatre, Tramway, Tron, Soho, Adelaide, Sao Paulo and Spoleto International Theatre Festivals); Swallow (Traverse); Ciara (Traverse, Tron); Spoiling (Traverse, Theatre Royal Stratford East); Meet Me at Dawn (Edinburgh International Festival) and Locker Room Talk (Abbey Theatre, Latitude Festival, BBC Radio, 4, Scottish Parliament, Traverse). 

Other directing includes: Enough of Him (National Theatre of Scotland); How Much is your Iron? (Young Vic); The Hound of the Baskervilles (West Yorkshire Playhouse/ UK Tour/West End); Kebab (Dublin International Theatre Festival/ Royal Court); For Once (Hampstead Theatre); The Fire Raisers (BAC); Black Comedy, Blithe Spirit, Relatively Speaking (Watermill Theatre); Small Talk: Big Picture (BBC World Service/Royal Court/ICA); Women Talking (Edinburgh International Book festival, Toronto Festival of Authors); A Respectable Widow Takes to Vulgarity and Clean (Oran Mor and 59E59, New York).

Her work has won a variety of awards including The James Menzies Kitchin Directors Award, Herald Angels, Fringe Firsts, Critics Award for Theatre in Scotland, The Stage Awards and Writers Guild of Great Britain Awards.

Orla is a former Artistic Director of Pentabus Theatre, Associate Director of the Royal Court Theatre and Resident Assistant Director at the Donmar Warehouse where she was awarded the Carlton Bursary.

Orla is currently Vice Principal and Director of Drama at Guildhall School of Music and Drama where she was conferred the title Professor in 2020 in recognition of her ‘outstanding contribution to the advancement of her discipline’.


Steven Canny

An Executive Producer and Writer with extensive experience in television, theatre and radio.

Theatre work includes: The Arthur Conan Doyle Appreciation Society (Traverse Theatre); No Wise Men (Liverpool Playhouse); Origins (Theatre Severn); Spyski (Lyric Hammersmith); The Hound of the Baskervilles (Duchess Theatre).

Steven was Associate Director at Complicite for five years where he also worked with Al Pacino on The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui.

Television producing includes: Still Game, Two Doors Down, Mrs Brown’s Boys, Jonathan Creek, Porridge, Bob Servant, The Tuckers, A Christmas Carol Goes Wrong and Kieran Hodgson’s How We Forgot to Save the Planet.

Steven also adapted a number of pieces for radio including A Shropshire Lad for R4 with Simon Russell Beale which then played at the National Theatre; Charlotte Jones’ award winning Humble Boy also for R4 and Mnemonic for R3.

His recent shows have won BAFTA, National Television Award, Scottish BAFTA, IFTA, RTS Scotland, Celtic Media & Sony Gold awards.


John Nicholson

John is an Artistic Director of the award-winning Peepolykus, with whom he has toured the UK and the world for 25 years. 

Writing includes: The Hound of The Baskervilles (Leeds Playhouse, West End, National tour); No Wise Men (Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse); Treasure Island (Bristol Old Vic, National Tour); The Massive Tragedy of Madame Bovary (Northampton Royal, National Tour); A Christmas Carol (Exeter Northcott); Spyski – The Importance of Being Honest (Lyric Hammersmith, National Tour); The Ramsbury Players (National Theatre); Richard’s Rampage (The Old Vic, International Tour); Origins (Pentabus, National Tour); The Arthur Conan Doyle Appreciation Society (Edinburgh Traverse); Help! Get me Out Of This Musical (South Hill Park); A Trespassers Guide To The Classics series 1 and 2, Rik Mayall’s Bedside Tales series 1 and Marley Was Dead (BBC Radio 4) and Off Their Rockers (ITV).

Physical comedy director/consultant credits include: One Man Two Guvnors (Bolton Octagon, National Tour); A Little Hotel On The Side (Theatre Royal Bath); The Secret Adversary (Newbury Watermill); Watson and Oliver, The Wrong Door (BBC); Playtime (Northampton Royal) and Accidental Death Of An Anarchist (Sheffield Theatres).

Directing Credits include: Partners in Crime (Queens Theatre, Hornchurch); Dracula - The Bloody Truth, 400 (Plymouth Theatre Royal/National); Shaun The Sheep Live (Aardman/ International); Nina Conti - Dolly Mixtures (Soho Theatre and West End); Paul Merton – Out Of His Head (West End); Spymonkey’s Spook Show (Blackpool Winter Gardens); Coulrophobia (London International Mime Festival); Aladdin, Dick Tracy (Plymouth Athenaeum); The Three Musketeers (York Theatre Royal, National Tour); King Arthur (National Tour); The Light Princess (Tobacco Factory Theatre, Bristol) and A Christmas Carol (Exeter Northcott).


Fred Meller

Fred trained at The Royal Welsh College and received an Arts Council Designers Bursary.

She works on productions that are representative of the devised, collaborative, and new writing agendas that are her concerns. Storytelling and story making in socially engaged practice to hear untold stories of marginalised or unseen voices are a consistent theme in Fred’s performance practices.

Theatre credits include: Gut, Meet Me At Dawn, Grain In The Blood, Milk, Swallow (Traverse Theatre); A Number (Edinburgh Lyceum Theatre, Nominated For A 2017 Cat Award); A Few Man Fridays (Cardboard Citizens, The Riverside Studios); Black Comedy (The Watermill Theatre); Woyzeck (Cardboard Citizens, Southwark Playhouse); Alaska (Royal Court); Timon Of Athens (RSC, Cardboard Citizens & The Complete Works Festival: London, Stratford, Belfast, Southampton); The Fever (Young Vic); Pericles (RSC, Cardboard Citizens); The Whizz Kid (Almeida); The Visitation Of Mr Collioni (Platform Four Theatre Company, Salisbury Playhouse); Life With An Idiot (The Gate Theatre, National Theatre Studio); Variety (Grid Iron, Edinburgh International Festival) and Caledonian Road (Almeida, site-specific).

Film Credits: Here For Life (Artangel, as Production Designer).

Fred is Programme Director for Performance at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts, London, Senior Fellow of the HEA and The Arts Foundation, UAL senior teaching Fellow and distinguished visiting professor at Tokyo University of the Arts.

Fred has exhibited at The Prague Quadrennial in 1999 and 2003, winning the Golden Triga, and was selected to exhibit at The World Stage Design in Toronto 2005, and in the National Society of British Theatre Designers Exhibitions.

Her work is also part of the V&A Museum permanent collection. Other awards include The Jerwood Design award and a Year of the Artist award.


Colin Grenfell

With over 25 years working in the industry, Colin has worked with some amazing people, companies and theatres.

For Improbable: The Tao of Glass (Manchester International Theatre); Lost without words, Theatre of Blood, Lifegame (National Theatre); The Hanging Man, 70 Hill Lane, Coma, The Paper Man, Spirit, Animo, Beauty and The Beast, Panic, No idea, Still No Idea, The Tempest (UK & International).

For the Royal Exchange Theatre: Macbeth, Kes, Separate Tables, The Cherry Orchard (also Bristol Old Vic Theatre).

Other theatre Includes: Tamburlaine (RSC); Black Watch, The Bacchae, 365, Men Should Weep, Granite (National Theatre of Scotland); The Village Social (National Theatre Wales); The Caretaker (Liverpool Playhouse, BAM, Adelaide Festival, West End); The Mother, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Half Life, Forever Yours, Marie-Lou, Xmas Eve, The Omission of the family Coleman (Theatre Royal Bath); Stevie (Chichester Festival Theatre); Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Theatr Clwyd, Best Lighting Award Wales Theatre Awards); The Elephant Man (Best Design CATS award) and The Hanging Man (Best Design TMA awards).

Opera includes over 20 works for Opera Holland Park, Pirates of Penzance for Scottish Opera, Pelleas et Melissande for the LA Phil at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. For the BBC he’s lit six CBeebies broadcast Christmas shows.


Gregory Clarke

Gregory has designed the sound for over 250 shows including musicals and plays in the West End, at the RSC and National Theatre, and on Broadway.

Highlights include; Medea, The Doctor’s Dilemma, Misterman, Tristan & Yseult, No Man’s Land (National Theatre); The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Two Noble Kinsmen, The Alchemist, All’s Well That Ends Well, Coriolanus, Tantalus, Cymbeline, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Great Expectations (RSC).

On Broadway: The Color Purple, Equus (Tony Award for Best Sound Design of a Play), Journey’s End (Drama Desk award for Outstanding Sound Design); The Philanthropist and Pygmalion.

In the West End: Rosmersholm, Fiddler On the Roof, The Vortex, And Then There Were None, Some Girls, The Truth, Waiting for Godot, What the Butler Saw, The Goat Or Who Is Sylvia? and Noises Off.

Other theatre: Hymn, Albion, Against, The Merchant of Venice, Cloud Nine, The House Of Shades (Almeida); Welcome Home Captain Fox!, My Night With Reg, Versailles, The Night Alive, A Voyage Around My Father (Donmar Warehouse); The Watsons, A Month in the Country, Mrs Pat, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (Chichester Festival Theatre); The Boy Friend, Orpheus Descending, Barnum, The Lie, Love In Idleness, She Loves Me, The Truth, Assassins, Proof (Menier Chocolate Factory).