GILBERT SECTION - ALAN HASLETT ADA, GODA
Involved with theatre for fifty years, Alan has a wealth of experience as an actor, singer, director and adjudicator. He has been a member of The Association of Drama Adjudicators, Ireland and the Guild of Drama Adjudicators, UK, since 2012 and has adjudicated many festivals in the Isle of Man, England, Wales and Scotland (including the Scottish Final 2019 in Kirkcaldy), as well as the length and breadth of Ireland.
Alan has acted and directed, winning many awards, with St Katharine’s College G&S Society, Londonderry Amateur Operatic Society, Strabane Musical Society, St Patrick’s Hall Theatre Group, Strabane, Portrush Music Society, Letterkenny Musical Society, Lurgan Operatic Society, Fortwilliam Music Society, The Ulster Operatic Company, Bangor Amateur Operatic Society and Lisnagarvey Operatic Society in musicals from 1970-2004 playing leading roles or directing in shows, from Frederic in Pirates of Penzance (1970) to Fagin in Oliver! (2002). His production of Hello, Dolly! was runner-up for Best Show in 2000 (before the days of two sections), while he and his partner Joanna Haughey shared the Best Choreography award in 2003 with his production of Oliver!.
His drama career includes work with City of Derry Drama Club, Two Bridges Theatre Group and Lifford Players, gathering many awards along the way. As Artistic Director of Two Bridges Theatre Group, which he formed in 1997, he has directed more than 20 productions, including six festival plays, two of which reached the All Ireland Confined Finals as well as the AUDF One Act Final.
Before retiring, Alan was an advisory officer for music & drama with the Western Education & Library Board for 30 years. He has also studied at The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, applying his studies to the ‘Write an Opera’ project in primary schools (under the auspices of Leeds University and ROH), where the children write and perform their own opera, taking all the roles onstage and off, from musical director to PR Officer with Alan as director. He has directed four of these very successful opera projects in schools throughout N. Ireland. As well as his many adjudications, he is a freelance theatre director for both drama and musicals with adults and young people of all ages.
Hoping that the current Covid19 situation doesn’t curtail the AIMS musicals 2020-21, he is looking forward to returning to his first love - musicals, and anticipates a very fulfilling year, knowing the very high standards of musicals in Ireland.
SULLIVAN SECTION - SUZANNE O'LEARY RAD, DIP, DEG, AISTD
Suzanne has been involved in multiple facets of the theatre industry all her life. As a child she trained in dance and music, later making it her full time career.
Suzanne has many fond childhood memories of sitting beside the piano at rehearsals of ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ or ‘Easter Parade’ as her mother choreographed. She also
remembers the highlight of the year in her house being the televised John Player Tops of the Town final, which she later had the pleasure to produce for Wexford Vari-
Suzanne has choreographed, directed and produced over 200 shows between musicals, pantomimes, school productions and cabarets.
After initial training in Wexford, Suzanne proceeded to Dublin at age 10, finally moving to England at age 15 to complete her
tuition. She has a Royal Academy of Dance ballet teaching certificate, an Imperial Society modern/national teaching certificate, an Anatomy degree and a History of Dance
Suzanne is owner and artistic director of Wexford School of Ballet and Performing Arts. She is an honorary member and resident choreographer of the Wexford Pantomime Society since 1992, and an honorary member of Oyster Lane Theatre Group since 1994.
Suzanne won an AIMS award for Best Choreographer in 2016 for her work in OLTG’s production of the musical “Hairspray”, and was choreographer for their production of “Michael Collins: A Musical Drama”, winner of the AIMS Sullivan Best Overall Show 2019.
Previous Musical theatre productions include: West Side Story, Jesus Christ Superstar, Paint Your Wagon, God Bless
Archie Dean, Desert Song, Evita, My Fair Lady, Hello, Dolly!, The Boyfriend, Hot Mikado, Copacabana, Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Reprise, The Prince of Egypt, The Lion King, Mary Poppins, Anastasia, Showtime, The Wizard of Oz, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Cabaret, That’s Entertainment, School of Rock Jr, Aladdin Jr, Les Miserable School Edition, Footloose, All for One (Irish Premiere), The Wedding Singer, Sweet Charity, Beauty and the Beast (Dir & Chor), Legally Blonde (Dir & Chor) Grease ((Dir & Chor), Hairspray: Winner Best Choreography 2016, Michael Collins: A Musical Drama Winner AIMS Sullivan Best Overall Show 2019. Ballet includes: Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, and Sleeping Beauty - National Opera House. Commissioned work: The Children of Lir - National Opera House, Peter and the Wolf - National Opera House with Wexford Sinfonia, The Dancing Master, The Armed Man, White is the Moon, Dido and Aeneas. Suzanne considers it to be a privilege and a pleasure to adjudicate for AIMS this year and is enthusiastic to witness the creativity, magic and joy that only musical theatre can deliver.
GILBERT PROGRAMME ADJUDICATOR - JOHN GRAYDEN
Belfast-based, John’s 49-year involvement with musical theatre has spanned the amateur, semi-pro and professional worlds and for the greater part of that time ran in conjunction with a long career in journalism. It has seen him perform in, direct and produce shows and concerts as well as broadcast and write extensively on musical theatre and review hundreds of shows. For the Association, he has acted as an adjudicator as well as editing the AIMS Bulletin, the forerunner of Show Times and more recently co-edited the 50th anniversary brochure.
GILBERT PROGRAMME ADJUDICATOR - BRIAN GUNNING
Brian has been a member of Tullamore Musical Society for 41 years appearing in 33 productions and serving on various
committees in positions of Chairman, President. Hon. Treasurer and PRO. As PRO, he was editor of show programmes for which he won AIMS awards in 1991 and 1992 and received a nomination in 1993. In 2010 in recognition of his service honorary life membership was bestowed upon him by the society.
Brian has been a member of the board of directors of Tullamore Credit union for the last 30 years serving as president in 2007and 2008.
In his spare time he enjoys a round of golf and was greatly honoured to serve as captain of Tullamore Golf Club in 2018.