Chief Editor - Paul Downham
Paul has been involved with theatre in one form or another since a very early age. From performing in local pantomimes as a child a move to the backstage roles followed. In 2011 Paul began writing theatre reviews for a number of online publications. In 2015 North West End (formally Entertainment Manchester) was founded by Paul in order to promote the best of professional and Amateur theatre, the latter being something identified as being somewhat neglected by other review websites.
Paul also edits a number of social media accounts for popular touring large scale musicals.
Features Editor - Christopher Oatway
Chris is based in Manchester and has, since September 2009, hosted his own Drivetime show on the radio station in his hometown (he in also involved with other stations); arranging and conducting interviews with well-known personalities who appear in touring productions. From around the same time, he has appeared in a variety of shows - mainly musicals - for various societies across the Greater Manchester region, even having the opportunity to perform at The Palace Theatre, The Lowry, Stockport Plaza and Theatre Royal Drury Lane in the West End.
He has a passion for promoting local theatre, showcasing the real talent coming through the ranks and attends the press nights of local and regional theatres through his reviewing personally and as a representative of North West End.
Senior Reviewer - Mark Dee
Mark Dee is a professional actor, stage director, acting coach and writer. After leaving Drama School in 1990 he has been seen on the silver screen and TV, but the majority of his work, and indeed his first love, is the theatre. Trained as a Musical Theatre actor, as well as main stream touring he has also found employment in show choirs and pantomimes. Between 1990 and 1993 in between acting contracts, he adjudicated for the RTA/ TMA Regional Theatre Awards Scheme and was a regular contributor to 'Schauspiel Und Buehenkunst'.
For the next 7 years he worked exclusively as an actor and singer. Toured the USA twice as a soloist with The Black Mountain Male Chorus of Wales. acted for TIE Touring Theatres in Germany, Austria and Italy, and starred in several plays throughout the UK, including "Brigadoon" (playing Harry Ritchie), "A Man For All Seasons" (Richard Rich), "Assassins" (The Balladeer) and "King Lear" (Edgar).
He was for a time the voice and movement coach for a Private Theatre Arts School in Manchester, a Drama Tutor at Oldham College and was Assistant Director on two Oldham Coliseum productions.
After taking an English teaching qualification in 2000, he lived and worked abroad with his own English Teaching Theatre in Europe. Coming back to live in the UK in 2010, he has found almost continual employment as a director and workshop leader, directing many smaller scale theatre projects, including two of his own plays, and giving workshops and masterclasses for students-in-training.
He is currently on the judging panel for The Arden Theatre School's Theatre Awards, and when not reviewing others' work, continues to write, direct and teach.
North West End has a vision to promote and review both professional and amateur theatre in and around the north of England in equal measure. We review all genres of theatre from comedy clubs to classical music concerts, and pretty much everything inbetween. We review in the smallest of venues upto the largest arenas across the north of England.
With 1651 productions reviewed in 2016 we are one of the biggest regional review websites in the UK.
All of our reviews are conducted by either seasoned hands from the industry or regular theatregoers who have an eye for quality and pure entertainment that provides enjoyment and understanding.