People We Work With

Carry Franklin
After graduating in English Literature, Carry taught English and Drama for two years at Kilquhanity Free School, the sister school to Summerhill – pupils only came to lessons if they wanted to – she learnt very quickly that the best way to engage children in learning was through active and creative participation. Ever since then, she has been using art and drama to work with young people in a variety of settings including primary schools, children’s centres, Leeds City Art Gallery and the streets of Batley. She is still learning and practising new ways to keep pupils in her ‘lessons’. Carry has been with Alive and Kicking since 2005, working as a performer and facilitator as well as an administrator for the Company. She says “I love the equality of working within a story – once a circle is made, everyone is a participant and has an equal role. I love seeing how drama transforms the reluctant speaker into the leader and how it encourages us all to say ‘Yes!’. I believe that drama is the best portal to writing and love seeing how working through a story on our feet and putting the words into our mouths enables even the most terrified writer to then put pen to paper and let the words flow. ‘ Carry has worked as a shoemaker, lived in a horse box and written a feature film called Susie Gold (Pathe – 2001). At the moment she likes learning how to keep bees, baking and eating cake and digging in the garden looking for treasure.
Anthony Haddon  
Anthony is a freelance theatre director, writer and performer who has worked with Alive And Kicking for a number of years. Anthony has brought his unique style to Marvellous Monarchs, Cinderella and Lighthouse Island as well as working with us in a mentoring and advisory role after his many years of working in schools locally, nationally and internationally. 
Richard Ormrod 
Richard has worked as a musician and actor with Alive and Kicking since 2005. He plays piano, sopranino/soprano/alto/tenor/baritone saxophones, guitars, drum kit, accordion, steel pan, vibraphone, congas, concert & alto flutes, hammer dulcimer, trombone, Eb/Bb/alto/bass/contrabass clarinets, flugelhorn, bouzouki, tenor horn, double bass, Hammond organ, ukulele, and many more...
He is Musical Director of both the Jam Factory Community Orchestra in Blackburn and Dales Jam Community Orchestra in Skipton as well as continuing to run the RAMjam project for musical children in Craven. 
Richard leads the Jazz department of the Music 4 People Summer School, held each year in Giggleswick. 
Richard is the Richard is an enthusiastic community musician and teacher, believes that musical practise is good for all people, at any level, and is dedicated to de-mystifying musical processes and untangling musical misunderstandings.
Richard has appeared on BBC radio's Jazz on 3 and Jazz on Request, and has composed for the West Yorkshire Playhouse's programme of children's theatre as well as independent film and theatre. He is a member of parlour trio Schwa with Peter Spafford & Jacqui Wicks, and runs The ReDiffusion All-Stars, playing music off the telly. In 2012 he was proclaimed Jazz Yorkshire's Musician of the Year, a title he has never been asked to defend.
We also work with:-
Louise Clark 
Kathryn Hanke 
David Cartwright 
Set/Prop Designers: Emma Williams and Jonny Dixon
Musician and Puppeteer: Kathleen Yore
Photographer: Rob Freeman 
Marketing/Graphic Designer: Dan Booth