Who Are Music Box?

The Production Team

James Witt
Artistic Director
As a director James has worked on the satirical sketch shows NewsRevue for the Canal Cafe Theatre and The Treason Show for the Rialto Theatre. Other directing projects include Raised in Captivity for Temple Theatre, The Wonderful World of Henry Wellcome for Teatro Vivo and Monster and Cosmic for Ready Made Theatre. Most recently James directed This is Soap : The Improvised Soap and Shakespeare for Breakfast ('Hamlet 3D : The Director's Cut') for C Venues at the Edinburgh Fringe and the London transfer.
Tom Hodge
Musical Director
Tom Hodge (Musician) Tom trained with the Oxford Imps whilst attending Oxford University. Since graduating Tom has played with several musical improv groups such as Multiverse, Notflix : Waiting for the Call, lead several worships and various shows for The Nursery Theatre and Hoopla, guested regularly for Theatresports (UK) and most recently played for Colin Mochrie's West End hit Hyprov (which combined Hypnotism with Improvised Comedy).

The Performers

Andrew Gentilli
Andrew has improvised with Hoopla's House Band, The Inflatables , Cannonball Improv and The Family Business. He recently performed at Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, NY as part of The Del Close Marathon and in Flashbulb as part of the The Nursery Presents series. Andrew also performs with Storybag, BEINGS and is part of Story Kitchen Impro's London 'Theatresports!' troupe.
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Ben Hamblin
Ben has improvised with Do Not Adjust Your Stage (Edinburgh 2011 and 2012), Hoopla's Imagine If You Will, Goblins and Friendly Fire. He has also a part of the LBC Radio Newprov team. Ben started at Bath Uni theatre society where he trained, lead the society, performed and directed productions.
Charlie Dinkin
A graduate of The Second City Comedy Studies program, Charlie has performed sketch, improv, stand up and story telling at iO Chicago, Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, NY , Magnet Theater, Gotham Comedy Club (NY) and Beyond Baroque (LA), and served as head writer and director of Columbia University in the City of New York’s, Chowdah Sketch Comedy group. Charlie's other improv groups have included Upstairs Downton: The Improvised Episode and Glitch - The Improvised Puppet Show. She performed her own solo shows at the Edinburgh Fringe 'Charlie Dinkin : Child Star' in 2015 and 'Charlie Dinkin : Can't' in 2016.
Francesca Reid
Francesca is a graduate of East 15 Acting School. She's an improvisor who has trained & performed both sides of the Atlantic. Upright Citizens Brigade, The Second City, Monkey Toast UK & The Free Association to name but a few. She also performs musical improv regularly with Multiverse Improv, the improvised parallel universe musical. She has a big voice and penchant for the physical.
James Witt
James trained in Musical Theatre at Guildford School of Acting after he had completed his degree in English and Drama and Theatre Arts, University of Birmingham. He was part of the team who formed ‘Music Box : The Improvised Comedy Musical’ in 2009, has been performing with them regularly ever since and is the current Artistic Director. Other narrative improv projects include his two-prov team ‘Pirates!’ alongside Steve Roe ’ and ‘This Is Soap : The Improvised Soap’ (2015) which he also directed. He has also performed short form improv with , ComedySportz Berlin , Hoopla's House Band, The Inflatables and Flashbulb for The Nursery presents series. He also performs regularly with Story Kitchen Impro's Theatresports! London troupe. Other theatre credits include Unmythable, 'A Night at the West End', Newsrevue, 'Three Sisters’ with Teatro Vivo and ‘Shakespeare for Breakfast.’
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James Irving
James Irving studied music at Durham University before receiving his M.A. in Music Theatre from The Royal Central School of Speech & Drama. James appears regularly as a principal baritone for Grim’s Dyke Opera. James performs with a number of different improv groups, including Classic Andy, 'James and I' and Impromptu Shakespeare. Other theatre roles include: The Fantasticks UK (Jermyn Street Theatre), West End at the Fringe (Edinburgh Fringe), Flahooley (Lost Musical, Sadler's Wells), Gay's the Word - The Musical (Finborough Theatre), Side by Side (Edinburgh Fringe), Blue Remembered Hills (E.M.Forster Theatre)
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Lewis Harrison-Barker
Lewis trained at Aberystwyth University, where he co-founded Exploding Fish, the improvisation society. He has appeared in Oh Boy! The Quantum Leap Show The Maydays', Adult Babies with Jonah Fazel and as Sir Robin in Spamalot. Ongoing improv projects include Glitch - The Improvised Puppet Show and Impromptu Shakespeare. You can hear more about Lewis on the Improv LondonPodcast here: https://soundcloud.com/improvlondon/29-lewis-harrison-barker-improv-london-podcast
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Rachel Lyons
After graduating with a degree in theatre and having always gravitated towards comedic roles, Rachel launched herself onto the London comedy circuit. As a stand-up comic and musical comedian, Rachel has played most London comedy clubs big and small. Improvisation is Rachel’s newest love. Alongside Music Box, Rachel is part of GirlBand, an all female short-form improv group.
Rhiannon Vivian
Rhiannon has trained at Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, NY and the The Pit Peoples Improv Theatre New York, and iO Chicago. She performs improv with The Maydays in such shows as Oh Boy! The Quantum Leap Show and Happily Never After. Other projects include a two-proc show called 'Sitting in a Tin Can' for The Nursery presents and also features regularly on Destination Podcast. Rhiannon performed her solo character comedy show 'Doors to Manual' at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2015 and 2016.
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Rory Vieyra
Rory trained at Drama Studio London. Theatre Credits include Land of the Dead, BDSM Faust, Zombie Prom, Aladdin and The Sword & the Dope. Rory also performs regularly with Story Kitchen Impro's Theatresports troupe.
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The Guest Performers

Greg Birks
Greg trained at LAMDA. He has performed with improv groups ‘Notflix’ & ‘The Favourites’ and has twice been a cast member and writer for ‘NewsRevue’ (Canal Cafe Theatre). Theatre credits include: Much Ado About Nothing (White Bear Theatre), Chatroom (White Bear Theatre), The Seagull (Diorama Studios), Avicide (Edinburgh Fringe).

The Musicians

Dan Attfield
Dan is a musical comedian, guitarist, and improviser. He currently performs with comedy hip hop freestylers Abandoman as a musician and vocalist, and with YouTube sketch and improv team The RH Experience. He writes and performs solo musical comedy, and also frequently compères for standup, improv, and corporate events. He has spent over a decade on the comedic stage; starting out at the University of Durham. Moving to London after graduating, Dan got heavily into the city's burgeoning improv scene, and became a founding member of acclaimed group Do Not Adjust Your Stage.
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Tom Hodge
Pianist / Guitarist
Tom trained with the Oxford Imps whilst attending Oxford University. Since graduating Tom has played with several musical improv groups such as Multiverse, Notflix : Waiting for the Call, lead several worships and various shows for The Nursery Theatre and Hoopla, guested regularly for Theatresports (UK) and most recently played for Colin Mochrie's West End hit Hyprov (which combined Hypnotism with Improvised Comedy).
Yshani Perinpanayagam
Yshani has improvised with Music Box, the Showstoppers, No Strings, WFTC presents Notflix, The Maydays "La-days", Glenda J Collective and Grand Theft Impro. When not improvising her notes, Yshani learns and performs ones written by composers dead and alive as a freelance classical pianist.

Past Music Box Performers include

Steve Roe (Hoopla)
Maria Peters (Breaking and Entering)
Charlotte Gittins (Austentatious)
Lauren Shearing (The Showstoppers)
Amy Bailey (Vikings)
Benjamin Vivian Jones (Newsrevue)
Katy Schutte (Project 2 and The Maydays)
Jonathan Monkhouse (Project 2)
Chris Mead (Project 2 and The Maydays)
Jules Munns (The Nursery and Impromptu Shakespeare)
Olivia Mace (Multiverse and the RSC)
Jack Darrel (Improvathon and School of Night)
Greg Birks (Newsrevue)
Robert Carolina (Multiverse)
Herman Gambhir (Improvathon and School of Night)
Rebecca Marriott (Improvised Opera)
Jonathan Bidgood (Riding Lights)
Georgina Bream (Hoopla)
Sarah Ann Masse (We are Thomasse)

Thanks to

Becca Marriott for spearheading the original team as the very first Director of Music Box between 2009-2011 , Maria Peters for her leadership during 2012, Phil Lunn for his Musical Direction during 2012-2015 and Steve Roe for his continuing production support since our inception.