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.

Before joining Macrocosmic’s Edinburgh Fringe Team, Molly started out working in television as a production runner for Live at the Apollo. 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.


Anna’s first tour for Macrocosmic was with Sue Perkins in early 2017.  She stayed with us to stage manage Goose!  at the Fringe that year.  Meanwhile, she has toured internationally with Circo Aereo on The Pianist, and The Artist; had shows at the most prestigious theatres in the UK including Chichester Festival Theatre, The Old Vic & Manchester’s Royal Exchange; and was on 2019’s triumphant run of Company in The West End.

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 standing relationships with touring pop 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; as well as for Olivier Award nominated One Woman Show at their West End and Sydney Opera House residencies.

Molly introduced us to him in summer 2019, when we needed an extra stage manager for the Fringe after working 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 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, Syd, and most recently Les Dawson Flying High.

For Macrocosmic, Beth was DSM on Oxford Playhouse panto Beauty & The Beast. She was handed the reigns to continue touring The Last Temptation of Boris Johnson from Ali and has been a go-to Macrocosmic ever since. She has opera, musical theatre & chidren’s theatre credits, including a long stint on The Very Hungry Caterpillar.