About

Silent Sessions are a dynamic young theatre collective combining traditional storytelling, drama and traditional music to create an unforgettable experience!

Mae McAllister

Mae is a composer, performer and musical director. Her classical compositions are heavily inspired by the folk music of the British Isles and often include the lever harp and penny whistle – instruments upon which she herself is a consummate performer. She is also a skilled dance musician and caller.

James McNamara

James is an experienced player of traditional Irish fiddle music for dance, theatre and concert. He first picked up the music in sessions in Wellington, New Zealand, and is now part of the thriving Cambridge folk scene. He has a particular strength in the interpretation of slow airs, and brings his familiarity with the contemporary Irish aural tradition to a diverse range of musical styles in this setting of the Tempest.

Will Seaward

Will Seaward describes himself as a “Booming comedian, teller of Socialist Tales and Ghost Stories, Alchemist”. Often described as a cross between Brian Blessed and Stephen Fry, Will is also a folk singer and shantyman. His credits are notable for their absurdity.

Jenny Wilford

A recent graduate from Drama Centre London, Jenny is an intelligent and expressive actress, particularly skilled and experienced in classical drama, comedy and physical theatre. Jenny is a founder of the Sheer Height theatre company and runs their drama festival Women Redressed. She also has a profound musical background including extensive experience in traditional music.

Owen Woods

Owen is a pipe organ builder by day and a noted melodeon player by night, performing at folk festivals all over England and Wales. He is much in demand as a dance musician and workshop leader and performs with his Jazz Ceilidh Project amongst many other dance bands. His solo album In Any Weather has received rave reviews.

Ollie King

Ollie King is a melodeon player and singer whose music is steeped in the customs and traditions of England. Based in London, he is starting to make a name for himself as one of the most exciting and interesting up-and-coming melodeon players in the country, and has already developed into a mature, well-rounded musician with a unique style and approach to traditional music. In 2015 he performed as a musician in the National Theatre’s production of Our Country’s Good in the Olivier Theatre. His solo album Gambit is a modern classic of English traditional music.