The Lost Boys
Paul Broesmith – Artistic Director
Paul is a co-founding member and Director of The Lost Boys. Paul produces all of the shows, creates and co-writes the events and new works as well as being a performer. Paul fell in love with movies at an early age and from there discovered performing arts, training in Dance early on before training in Acting at Bretton Hall and Physical Theatre at Birmingham School of Acting.
Paul has trained extensively in Martial Arts, Stage and Screen combat and worked as both actor and stunt performer in Theatre, TV and Film. Paul is a qualified Go Fence instructor and a qualified teacher with over 10 years experience. Paul has also undertaken post-graduate study in Event Management. He is now taking further study in Behaviour Studies including; Body language Diploma, CBT and NLP practitioner Diplomas. Paul also sat on the Derby City Cultural Planners Board and Derby Comedy Festival Steering Committee.
Ben Adwick – Education and Community
Ben is a co-founding member and Actor/Teacher for The Lost Boys. Ben creates the education outreach that sits alongside our productions and independent of them. Ben also performs for The Lost Boys. Ben fell in love with movies at an early age and took to the stage not long after. Ben then studied at Chester University and training in Physical Theatre at Birmingham School of Acting. Since then Ben has trained in Stage and Screen Combat and has performed in Theatre, Film and Radio. Ben is also a qualified teacher with over 10 years experience.
Our Advisors, Consultants and Associate Artists
Peter Helps – CEO Sinfonia Viva Orchestra
Peter trained in hotel management and worked in hotels in Geneva, Toronto, Bournemouth and Brighton (narrowly missed being bombed there) before running off to join the ‘circus’ in 1985, when he managed theatres for English National Opera and Scottish Opera. Peter joined Viva in 1995. With colleagues he continues to redefine the role of the Orchestra and push the boundaries of what a creative musical organisation can be. Whilst ensuring concert giving of the highest standard Peter is also passionate about the role music can play in the development of the social skills of participants in the Orchestra’s nationally acclaimed project work.
Peter is a Board member of the Association of British Orchestras and Chairman of its Education Managers’ Group. Previously he was Chairman of the Association of British Orchestras’ Chamber Orchestras Managers’ Group. Peter led a successful bid with Derby LIVE and Marketing Derby to host the annual ABO conference in Derby. He is also a member of the Family Friendly Arts Campaign project board. He has been invited to join many Arts working groups in Derby where currently he sits as a member of the City’s Cultural Vision Group.
Peter was a founding Director of Cultivate, East Midlands’ audience and organisation development agency and served a full six year term on its Board. He participated in Capitalise, an Arts Council funded cultural leaders programme run in the East Midlands.
Peter’s interests in the arts are wide ranging including music, opera and theatre. Peter is an avid skier and tries to get as much time on the piste as his employer will allow!
Peter Roberts – Playwright
Pete Roberts was born in Cardiff, and moved to the Midlands to teach and write. He’s written for TV, radio, and stage, and has had 20 Radio 4 dramas and short stories
produced, as well some 22 stage plays.
For Derby Community and Youth Theatres he’s written Education Education, Viking Tales, The Lady With A Lamp, and adaptations of Peer Gynt, Lysistrata, The Snow Queen, and The Children of Hercules, while in 2017, A Romantic Affair, and Strange Meeting, were produced by Lost Boys, Derby Live, and Sinfonia Viva.
Emma Duder – Marketing, Design and Company Management
Emma has been involved in theatre in Derby since 2010. During that time she
has acted as production manager for various theatre companies, bringing her
organisational abilities and creative input to a variety of shows. Most latterly she
took The Comedy of Errors to the prestigious Minack open-air theatre in Cornwall.
Emma has co-written plays for the stage, including an adaptation of Stephen King’s The Body, for which she won the Brian Glazebrook award for Outstanding Achievement at the 2015 Eagle Awards.
Emma studied Fine Art at The University of Derby and now works as a Graphic
Designer and Marketing Officer for Derby LIVE, promoting performances and
events at The Guildhall Theatre, Clubrooms and at Derby Arena; including co-
productions with The Lost Boys.
Emma is also a keen photographer – look out for her new solo venture providing
bespoke design and photography services for theatre, weddings and other
events. You can see more of her work at doodahdesigns.co.uk
John Adams – Musician and Theatre Technician
John is a musician who performs in several bands, he is a founding member of the successful Band, The Rattlers. John writes and performs with The Rattlers, playing a range of instruments, but his first love is the guitar.
John is also a theatre technician with over thirty years experience within the industry, during that time he has worked on intimate studio theatre, mid-scale touring theatre and large scale outdoor events. John was brought into The Lost Boys to add a snew string to his bow as a sound designer and since then has designed the sound for three Lost Boy Productions.
Sarah Gatford – ASLI
Sarah Gatford is a British Sign Language/English Interpreter who works regularly in the arts. She has built her reputation by interpreting for a vast number of large scale productions both locally and nationally. Having wanted to develop from working in the traditional interpreting style at the side of the stage she has worked with the Lost Boys Theatre Company and Babbling Vagabonds to shadow interpret their shows (follow the actors around on stage). She also works with Vamos and Hubbub theatre companies in a consultancy and interpreting capacity. She has been the inspiration behind the WISE (Working for Internet Safety for Everyone) project which takes to the stage in March 2016. This is a unique visual theatre approach to educating Deaf and Autistic children and young people about Internet safety in a way they can understand which has generated national interest. She is a member of the East Midlands Chamber of Commerce and Derby Hub and gives talks about her work as an interpreter and how companies can
She has been the inspiration behind the WISE (Working for Internet Safety for Everyone) project which takes to the stage in March 2016. This is a unique visual theatre approach to educating Deaf and Autistic children and young people about Internet safety in a way they can understand which has generated national interest. She is a member of the East Midlands Chamber of Commerce and Derby Hub and gives talks about her work as an interpreter and how companies can increase their appeal to the Deaf Community.