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 (made famous by The Beatles). 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 her most famous work, Twopence To Cross The Mersey. As a musical play it grossed over 2 million at the Liverpool Empire alone, and the new 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 Fennah and Co-Author Helen Jones.
Rob has recently set up Pulse Stage Productions Limited with business partner, Lynn McDermott, to create and develop future projects.
COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR / PRODUCER
Bill Elms has worked in the theatre industry both locally and nationally for 30 years, including 20 years working with the UK’s biggest theatre companies in ticketing and marketing positions. In August 2008 Bill set up his own 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.
Company Director 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 such as: Epstein: The Man Who Made The Beatles, Helen Forrester’s Twopence to Cross the Mersey, Lennon’s Banjo, The Ruby Slippers, Blood Runs Deep, 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.
Bill is also currently co-producing a new production titled Something About Simon.
Bill is a director of Pulse Records Ltd, Break A Leg Productions Ltd, Something About Simon Ltd and Associate Producer with Regal Entertainments Ltd (touring).
Bill Elms Productions Ltd has also been set-up to commence on future solo projects.