Rob FennahWRITER / PRODUCER / MUSICIAN
Born September 1958, Rob Fennah joined his first band, Buster, in 1974. Two years later the group signed to RCA Records and had numerous hits in Japan, Europe and Australia. By the age of 18, Rob had written his first hit and received a gold album and a number of best-seller awards. He has performed at some of the world’s most prestigious venues including: The Sydney Opera House, Australia and The Budokan, Tokyo. In 2014, The British Embassy in Tokyo published a list of the most successful top 25 UK bands in Japan since the Beatles. Rob’s band, Buster, was one of them.
In 1984 Rob teamed up with his brother Alan and formed a new band, Alternative Radio. They were the first artists to sign to EMI’s re-launched Parlophone record label.
Rob set up his own production company, Pulse Records Limited, in 1992, and a meeting later that year with author Helen Forrester resulted in Rob’s adaptation of Twopence To Cross The Mersey. As a musical play it grossed over 2 million at the Liverpool Empire alone, and the hit stage play version has enjoyed two successful tours in 2015 and 2016. Rob and Helen remained firm friends until her death in 2011.
In April 2018 Rob’s stage play, Lennon’s Banjo, premièred at Liverpool’s Epstein Theatre. It featured former-Beatles’ drummer, Pete Best, in a cameo role and made headlines around the world. The play tells the story of a Beatles tour guide who unearths a clue to solving the greatest mystery in rock history - the whereabouts of John Lennon’s first musical instrument which has been missing for over 60 years. The play was adapted from the novel Julia’s Banjo by Rob and Co-Author Helen Jones. Later that year his stage play adaptation of By The Waters Of Liverpool premiered at the Liverpool Empire Theatre to rave reviews.
As an accomplished musician and guitarist, Rob enjoys teaching from his very own Bluenote Guitar School in Crosby, Liverpool.
COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR / PRODUCER
Bill Elms has worked in the theatre industry both locally and nationally for over 30 years, including 20 years working with the UK’s biggest theatre companies in ticketing and marketing positions. In 2008, Bill set up a Marketing and PR Company based in Liverpool city centre. Bill Elms Associates Ltd has grown from strength to strength into the region’s premier communications company specialising in the arts, live entertainment and ticketed events, successfully managing the marketing and PR for many high-profile events, festivals and venues.
Clients include (past and present) ATG Theatres (Manchester, Liverpool, Edinburgh and Milton Keynes), The Lowry, Storyhouse Chester, Epstein Theatre, Capstone Theatre, St Helens Theatre Royal, Hope Mill Theatre, Liverpool Carnival Company, Liverpool City Council, Liverpool Pride, DaDaFest, Liverpool Arab Arts Festival, Physical Fest, Winter Wonderland Manchester, St George’s Hall, Tmesis Theatre, Qdos Entertainments and Scarborough Open Air Theatre to name but a few.
National tours have also included Let It Be and Lord Of The Dance. Bill Elms has also successfully entered the world of theatre producing with a growing portfolio of productions, collaborating with artists, directors, producers and theatre companies. Bill has co-produced successful productions of Epstein: The Man Who Made The Beatles, Jerry Springer - The Opera, Something About Simon, Twopence To Cross The Mersey, By The Waters Of Liverpool, Lennon’s Banjo, The Ruby Slippers, Blood Runs Deep, Music Of The Night, a series of theatrical events at Liverpool’s St George’s Hall titled Lovehistory Loves and Tales From Haunted Liverpool. Concert performances have included musical compositions of Frankenstein and Ghost Stories: A Night Opera, composed by Neil Campbell.
Bill is also a director of Epstein Entertainments Ltd, Pulse Records Ltd, Northern Ricochet Ltd, Break A Leg Productions Ltd, Something About Productions Ltd and is Associate Producer with Regal Entertainments Ltd (touring). Future producing projects include Masquerade, Sweat and A Doris Kinda Day at the Liverpool Epstein Theatre.
PRODUCTION CO-ORDINATOR / PRODUCER
With over 42 years working in finance, 26 of those in Retail, International, Personal Financial Services and Commercial sectors for HSBC, Lynn McDermott’s contribution to the day to day running of Pulse Records Limited has been invaluable.
Lynn began working with the company back in 1994 when the very first musical adaptation of Twopence To Cross The Mersey was premiered at the Liverpool Empire Theatre. She has subsequently worked on every show staged by Pulse, including Lennon’s Banjo.
As Production Co-Ordinator, Lynn is responsible for bringing all elements of the show together and keeping communications flowing between the 26 members of the cast, crew and creative team. For this production of By The Waters Of Liverpool, Lynn also assisted with research and script editing.