We bring history to life through theatre
Bad Husky Productions is Canterbury's resident heritage theatre production company founded by Robert McCrea and Paul Kavangh. Paul and Robert first met professionally to create the play ‘This Turbulent Priest’ commissioned by Robert from acclaimed writers Jane Hardy and Michael Conaghan in 1996. During the rehearsal process it became clear that these two artists had a great deal in common creatively. To quote a line from ‘This Turbulent Priest’
"Though they were not equal in age, size or temperament, something must have clicked"
Bad Husky’s mission is to generate new quality work targeting specific groups using the vehicles of theatre, film and cinema. Historical accuracy and using tailor made scripts following consultation and research forms an important part of the company’s success. As does genre celebration and a deep study of the subject relevant performance techniques.
Robert McCrea is a theatre, film and TV Actor, Producer and award winning Theatre Director.
Born in Taunton, Somerset he has travelled extensively living in South East Asia and Brazil.
He has worked in theatre and education in America, Croatia, Belgium, Siberia, Brazil and the UK. A Bretton Hall graduate, Robert has had an extensive career both inside and outside the entertainment industry. In his 20s he acted in cinema, television and theatre in the UK and abroad whilst directing a series of productions with the Sao Paulo Theatre Factory.
The company received best adult theatre production selection in the CESI Theatre Awards in 1999 for his production of Nelson Rodrigues’ The Deceased. In 2001 they also won best costume for his production of Shakespeare’s Macbeth.
Outside of the industry Robert has worked in senior roles in Her Majesty’s prison Service and been a CEO of a large UK based non-governmental organisation.
Robert’s love of acting, directing and producing has brought him back to the industry to work in partnership with Paul Kavanagh on the development and promotion of new and exciting work under the Bad Husky banner.
Robert's motivation is to develop new audiences by generating specifically targeted work that is not currently represented in the sector.
Paul Kavanagh is a Yorkshire born film, TV and Theatre Actor and Writer.
His film roles include the multi-award winning feature "Marriage", the title Character in the Jonathan Bentley directed fantasy science fiction feature “The Wastelander” (2017) the role of the D I O'Connell, in Russ Gomm & Phillip Means the “Legend Of The Mad Axeman” (2015), “Elevator Gods” (2014) and “The Shouting Men” (2012).
His numerous TV credits include “Coronation Street” (2008), “Brief Lives” (2005), “Medical Mavericks” (2005), several appearances in “The Bill” (2000 – 2003), “Buried” (2002), “Clocking Off” (2002) and “Mersey Beat” (2001).
Paul's extensive theatre work all over the UK includes The Swan Theatre, Stratford Upon Avon. His numerous voice over works includes the recent prog rock group Gandalf’s Fist release of “The Clockwork Fable” (2016) where he voiced the villainous Primarch.
Paul’s motivation is to generate and embrace new audiences by creating fresh new works.
Jules Madjar is a Canterbury-based multi-instrumentalist, events organiser and live sound technician with a passion for all things musical, dabbling in many genres and instruments, with a great interest in the history and roots of music.
From London originally, he was classically trained at King's Canterbury, where he learnt Saxophone and Piano, and was a chorister in the Cathedral Choir; he went on to pick up the flute, clarinet; guitar, and doublebass, and is currently learning the violin. He later studied Sound Tech at the Islington Music School, and Jazz Piano at the American School of Music in Paris, before studying at the University of Sussex.
His eclectic musical roles have included being bar pianist; saxophonist with jazz cat Dulcie May Moreno (with whom he co-founded the Bramleys Jazz Jam sessions); reggae group Ben Russell & The Charmers and prog band Lapis Lazuli; guitarist in the Gypsy Jazz and Traditional Folk duo Houdini's Hat; Clarinettist in the Musical 'Stacked!' at the Marlowe Theatre; flautist and director of The Whitstable Fantasy Orchestra; and is currently doublebassist with the Meg Janaway Band and pianist with The Pinocchios. He has also been a live sound technician, bands promoter; studio session musician, and co-runner of the Taigh Foundation, with which he runs music workshops; a small Festival Stage and was co-producer of the album 'One Love, One Heart, One Soul'.
Jane Hardy is an award-winning Journalist and Writer originally from Kent.
From an early age, she was intrigued by the history of Canterbury and its great cathedral.
As a Drama Critic, she has always been keen on theatre as a form.
A Durham graduate, Jane has collaborated with Michael Conaghan on several historical dramas, including This Turbulent Priest.
Michael Conaghan is a prize-winning Poet and freelance Writer.
Born in Belfast, he lived in Kent for fifteen years and is a graduate of the University of Kent.
He frequently writes about music and literature, and with his wife Jane Hardy, he has produced several historical dramas and contributed a series of monologues to the Canterbury Festival.