In an unconventional career Ali has been the first in-house stage manager at The Comedy Store; company stage managed in The West End; spent four years as Jo Brand’s PA; worked for eight years as a floor manager on live TV; was part of the original campaign team on Drop The Debt, which became Make Poverty History; has stage managed and acted as showcaller on large scale, site-specific corporate events, and production stage managed high-profile one night charity galas too numerous to mention. She is fluent in the languages of both theatre and TV, making her an excellent choice if you want to film a live event.

Years of production managing have honed her talent for matching the right person to each job, which sparked the idea to create Macrocosmic.

DJ BONO started out travelling the world as a club DJ, playing all the best places. He developed his work to include lighting & sound installation; producing club nights and even managing security teams. His knowledge of the club scene cannot be bettered. He then discovered he was a natural stage manager, which led to spending several months touring One Man Breaking Bad. A tour that saw him overcome challenging venues in Belgium, India and the UK. In his spare time he is DJ & stage manager for Rubberbandits. He recently achieved 1st class honours for his BSc (Eng), majoring in robotic engineering, from University of Limerick. He is currently working on his ideal project as a robotics engineer at Odyssey Studios.

Molly started out working in television as a production runner for Live at the Apollo before crossing paths with Macrocosmic and joining their Edinburgh Fringe team. She prides herself on being the first graduate of the Macrocosmic training programme, stage managing shows including Arthur Smith’s Syd; Eddie Izzard’s Great Expectations; Stephen Fry’s Heroes and various theatre shows at Oxford Playhouse. She has also production assisted on Ending Violence, The Film; venue managed at numerous entertainment festivals; toured internationally and founded an online resource group for women & non-binary theatre professionals and students. Most recently you will find her curled up with a cup of tea at Macrocosmic HQ assisting with the general running of the company and show preparations, if she’s not already backstage herself.

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Anna’s first tour for Macrocosmic was with Sue Perkins in early 2017.  We kept her on and she valiantly stage managed Goose!  at the Fringe that year.  Meanwhile, she has worked with Circo Aereo on The Piano, and The Artist; had shows at the most prestigious theatres in the UK including Southwark Playhouse, The Old Vic & Soho Theatre; and was on last year’s triumphant run of Company in The West End.

Sophie is currently looking after Tom Rosenthal’s tour Manhood for us. Her credits include work for Opera Up Close, shows at Menier Chocolate Factory and Southwark Playhouse; and experience at Edinburgh Fringe. She also provides excellent social media skills.  Sophie was at college with…

… and the two work amazingly together.  For Macrocosmic, Beth was DSM on Oxford Playhouse panto Beauty & The Beast. She stepped in for Ali at a moment’s notice, when Ali had to leave the Boris tour for personal reasons, without missing a beat.  She has opera, musical theatre & chidren’s theatre credits, including a long stint on The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

We first met Ben in 2014, when he became FOH engineer on Arthur Smith Sings Leonard Cohen.  He is a lovely team member with the most sensitive ear & easy-going manner.  He has worked on ballet, children’s shows, corporate events including The Olivier Awards, and has long relationships with several cool bands, O2 Academy Islington, and The Royal Albert Hall.  For Macrocosmic, he comes to Edinburgh every year for tech week; has engineered Syd; Jayde Adams; Stephen Fry at Hammersmith Apollo and, most ridiculously, a Michael Horowitz Poetry Olympics gig at Kensington Town Hall.  We only had access to the venue from 17:00, rigged full sound inside an hour and sound checked all those who required it before doors opened at 19:00.  Inevitably, the show overran, coming down at 22:40, which left us with 20 minutes to clear the venue before a further £2,000 charge would be levied.  Thanks to Ben, we were out inside 13 minutes. Oh, how we laughed… afterwards!

Dan began to teach himself on the school LX desk at the age of 12, and by 14 was designing for local theatre groups.  He graduated from Middlesex University in 2018 with first class honours in technical theatre. He has designed LX for Gilgamesh, National Theatre of Italy; for opera and for many shows & events at Shoreditch Town Hall.

Molly introduced us to him in summer 2019, when we needed an extra stage manager for the Fringe.   They had worked together as venue managers at The Vaults Festival.  It quickly became apparent that his love of lighting was an asset to the team.  He designed LX for Sold, Radio Active, and Dead Ringers; programmed Ali’s designs for Syd, and Goose – Ctrl+ T; and alongside Bono found solutions for the problems we were commissioned to solve on Zoe Combes Marr’s show Bossy Bottom.

Follow Dan on Instagram: @danielldesign

Jane studied Theatre Design at Central St Martins and was awarded an Arts Council Design Bursary to Liverpool Playhouse.  Favourite designs include the opera Dama a Lupici  for National Theatre Prague; The Snow Queen for Young Vic;  A Small Green Space – ENO; Pain of Youth at The Gate Notting Hill; Charlotte’s Web for Polka Theatre and Jack , A Night On The Town With John Barrymore  at the Criterion Theatre & Belasco Theatre NYC.

Jane met Ali in 1991 on Arthur Smith’s Trench Kiss. Subsequent adventures include Dogman, Blue Helmet, The Heartbreak Kid, Live Bed Show at the Garrick and most recently Syd.