Beyond The Barricades
Beyond The Barricades – Andy Reiss and David Fawcett
Andy Reiss (pictured ) began his musical career at the tender age of 5 when he learned to read and play music with the Hednesford Salvation Army brass band! He played in various rock bands, including Black Ice and notably Opera, but treading the boards with his local society in the lead role of Billy in Carousel forged a road that would eventually lead to a career in musical theatre.
Working through theatrical projects in his own time for five years became the norm – and eventually the full time ‘real’ job had to go, when following an open audition, Andy was cast in the firstUKproduction of Les Miserables to appear outside of theWest End.
Andy stayed with Les Miserables throughout its residency at the Palace Theatre inManchester. He was thrilled to be offered the job of assistant to the Resident Director after such a short time on the professional scene and quotes the time spent working with, and watching the creative team on Les Mis – Ken Caswell and John Caird – worth a three year course at any drama college.
Although touring with Beyond the Barricade takes up the majority of his time, Andy is also in demand as a director of Musical Theatre Workshops throughout the UK and abroad.
With David Fawcett, he has also produced UK tours including Pure Puccini, Money Money Money, Kingdom of Song, and Sing for Victory.
David spent 2 years in the West End production of ‘Les Miserables’ where he played Brujon, the Bishop of Digne and the leading role of Jean Valjean on many occasions, having previously spent 13 months in the original Manchester production of the show. He also appeared in the 10th Anniversary Concert of Les Miserables at the Albert Hall in 1995, and the Euro 96 closing ceremony at Wembley Stadium.
David’s roles have included, Jesus in the rock musicals ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ and ‘Godspell’, the Emcee in ‘Cabaret’ and Sky Masterson in ‘Guys and Dolls’.
He teamed up with producer Nigel Stewart, and Andy Reiss, to direct the highly acclaimed production of ‘Annie’ in Guildford and Portsmouth, starring comedienne Faith Brown in her first stage musical role.
David has also directed ‘Godspell’, ‘Chicago’ and ‘The Best little Whorehouse in Texas’ as well as writing, performing and directing pantomimes.
Recently he directed ‘The Passion’ a huge commemorative event for a Sussex town which played to more than 5000 people.
He also co-formed the theatre company ‘Amusing Little Productions’ with Sally-Anne Leigh, producing ‘Once a Catholic’ and ‘Up’n Under’.
David also writes and directs corporate video programmes and events.