- Communicator 70%
- Poet 40%
- Performer 65%
Chris Matthewman is a writer and award winning creative communicator who has taken his unique blend of performance and presentations to hundreds of schools and churches throughout the UK.
Equally comfortable performing in theatres or festivals, schools or church services, Chris’ desire to present lessons learned from his life and faith have led him to venues as varied as the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Cardiff International Arena, Harrow School and New Wine Festival.
As well as being a talented poet, song writer and comedic performer, he is also a passionate pioneer of new projects, desiring to bring high quality, British presentations and resources to a world wide audience.
In addition to his role with LAMPS, Chris is the Founder and Director of ‘School of Life’, an organisation dedicated to presenting the principles of positive relationships in a helpful and humorous way.
Chris currently lives near Oxford with his wife, two children, father-in law, nephew and the dog formerly known as Prince.
Emma Jane Ramsden
Emma Jane Ramsden is a singer, actress, teacher, writer, director, church youth worker and workshop facilitator who brings enthusiasm, professionalism and powerful performance skills to everything she does.
Having performed at a variety of venues and events across the UK, including the Dancehouse Theatre in Manchester, Spring Harvest and The World Museum in Liverpool. Emma has enjoyed sharing stories and music with audiences great and small and in 2013 Emma won the Adjudicators Award for Best Vocal Performance at the Manchester Musical Awards.
Emma loves to bring big characters, diva-like singing and comedy to her work, but also believes in the power of storytelling and music to help people find a new joy and freedom in their lives.
Emma is also available for bookings as a solo artiste to perform a range of music from Musical Theatre and famous Divas to Soul and Motown tunes.
She is a proud resident of Manchester, loves all things glittery and lives a crazy life with her fabulous husband and 2 cats.
Please contact Emma if you are interested in booking her to perform at your special event or to provide support for any other artistic project you would like to pioneer.
Julie first got interested in theatre when she was locked in a dark stationery cupboard by a teacher at primary school and told to scream! Cast as the witch in The Tinder Box apparently her dying scream was not very dramatic and this teacher’s rehearsal technique worked a trick. During her 20 year career she has built up extensive project management and HR experience in the voluntary sector working for charities like Oxfam, Scope, BMS World Mission and Viva.
Having not been on the stage since her teenage years she looked into joining a local theatre group in 2012, turned up to a play-reading and accidentally landed herself the lead role in a play! Following this she was persuaded to try the role of Director taking her on a hilarious journey to stage Neville’s Island at the Unicorn Theatre in Abingdon, with great reviews.
Julie was Producer for Abingdon’s 2013 Passion Play working with our Director Sam. Through these connections she became involved as Producer for LAMPS’ first production of Scrooge in December 2014. Since then she has been working part-time as Development Manager for LAMPS helping to develop the organisation. When not doing this she loves running after her two children and husband, and trying to perfect her latte art at her local church café.
Stephen Bathurst is an actor-missionary. That’s probably something you have not heard of before. Let’s break it down…
An actor tells stories and becomes other characters. They do this to challenge and highlight, to provoke new thought and to ask big questions. A missionary is someone who goes to tell the story of Jesus, taking part in that Great Commission, going to the nations, laying down their rights to home, family and safety and living by faith, a voluntary life.
An actor-missionary does exactly these two things. Like the wanderers and wayfarers, the prophets and nomads of old, Stephen travels the road, from place to place, nation to nation, telling God’s story and living by faith.
Stephen is based at YWAM Nuremberg, Germany and serves at Wonderland Creative Studios as a full time volunteer.
He runs Strangers & Exiles, a minimalist, travelling theatre ministry. It basically involves travelling around the world and telling stories with one man theatre shows. There’s no set, no props, no costume, just Stephen by himself, telling the story and playing all the characters. This is as ridiculous and hilarious as it sounds. Read more about it here: www.strangersandexiles.net
Stephen is a graduate of the Birmingham School of Acting. Besides teaching him useful life skills like how to swordfight, how to waltz, how to talk like the Queen and how to be a tree, a British drama school prepares you for life as a working actor.
He worked professionally for six years in theatre around the UK and Europe. Career highlights include Puck in A Midsummer Nights Dream (Folksy Theatre, UK National Tour), Uncle Pat in Angela’s Ashes: A Musical (Uncontained Arts, Original Cast Musical) and Dad, Owl and Stanton Wombat in The Elephant Bridesmaid (People’s Theatre Company, UK National Tour).
He also ran Dawn Grenade Theatre for three years and performed his work in numerous churches around the UK, at the Bedford and Shaftesbury Fringe Festivals and internationally in Canada, Hawaii, Norway and Germany.
Stephen is an Associate Artist with Lamps, we act as his ‘tent-makers’ and we collaborate on three touring shows a year, at Easter, Christmas and summer.
Stephen has lived and served with YWAM in many roles and in many countries including: Hawaii, Kyrgyzstan, Norway, Congo, Uganda and Ethiopia.
Sam’s delighted to have been invited (hey that rhymes!) to join Lamps Collective as director for their inaugural projects, and is relishing the opportunity to work alongside super-talented, super-nice folk with something worthwhile to say. (Crying with laughter in rehearsals is an added bonus…)
Sam’s been teaching and directing for over twenty years, touring Theatre-in-Education shows, musicals and comedies nationally and internationally. She’s a firm believer in the power of live theatre to transform and enrich people’s lives.
Sam writes, performs and directs for local churches as well as teaching Drama, leading workshops and running auditions and public speaking courses. She also travels the country as an examiner for A level Theatre Studies, and loves the opportunity of seeing loads of wonderful student theatre for free!
A passionate supporter of Community Theatre and bringing people together generally, Sam directed the first Abingdon Passion Play in 2013, which featured a cast of over two hundred and drew in audiences of well over a thousand (despite taking place outside in sub-zero temperatures!).
Sam practises her directing techniques on her patient husband and three lovely children at home in Oxfordshire. They are remarkably forgiving.
Nick Corrigan’s first appearance behind the scenes for a LAMPS show was the 2014 production of Scrooge. A few days before the performance was to have it’s opening night a man came knocking on the door of Nick’s house with a proposition. The man asked Nick and his brother whether they would be able to help out as stage hand and do some of the puppeteering in the show. They said yes. Ever since then Nick has got more into the technical side of theater as well as camerawork and editing. Inspired by Chris and Kris’s creativity to produce music videos. (John the Baptist and Is there a Yoda) Nick went on to create a fair amount of the promotional content for LAMPS you will see today. With the encouragement of Chris Matthewman, Nick would never have gone so far down the media road after finishing his GCSE’s. Going to college and getting above the grade he needed to get into uni… However Nick came to the decision that uni wasn’t the place to be just yet. So he approached Chris with a proposition of his own this time. Which was to become the first ever intern at LAMPS Collective. Chris said yes..