Adrian McLoughlin Co-Founder And Actor

Adrian is one of the three founder members of Vital Signs Productions. He has been a professional actor for well over thirty years and has worked throughout the UK in rep theatres and on major tours as well as in the West End and at the National Theatre several times. He's also worked a great deal on the fringe in London, most recently in "The Rivals" at the Arcola. He's made a few trips abroad too - to New York with the wonderful Ayckbourn play "Private Fears in Public Places" and to Egypt, Israel and various Balkan countries with "King Lear" and "Measure for Measure" - also pretty good plays it has to be said. He's done plenty of TV too both here and abroad and is enjoying his more recent film career - he can be seen shortly as Stalin in the Armando Iannucci film "The Death of Stalin". Beyond his acting Adrian has also produced and directed several plays and also runs his own corporate company so is generally kept quite busy ............ He's written our first play "The Golden F**king Years" and will be appearing in it with his co-founder members next year. The company is a new venture for Adrian and comes out of his conviction that we allow ourselves to be cajoled into ageing - and behaving accordingly - when life and new challenges still stretch before us. Life should be lived not according to our age but according to what we wish to do - and find ourselves able to do

Deborah Maclaren Co-Founder And Actor

Deborah is one of the founder members of Vital Signs Productions
She trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama in the early 70s and before that, as a teenager, worked with Verity Bargate at the Soho Poly.

Deborah has worked in many theatres throughout the country including the Royal Exchange, Nottingham Playhouse, Derby Playhouse and the New Vic Stoke. She's also worked widely on the London Fringe. She has been lucky enough to work with two award winning film directors - Mike Leigh on 'Naked' and Patrice Chereau on 'Intimacy'. Most recently, Deborah has been concentrating on documentary voiceover work working with BBC4 and Channel 4. She is delighted to be part of Vital Signs Productions and the idea that older people can still be funny, sexy, badly behaved and not at all wise - sometimes.

Anneli Page Co-Founder And Actor

Anneli trained at the Poor School in her late 30’s and over the last four years has worked for The National Theatre, the BBC as well as a number of theatrical productions within London and independent feature films.
She is thrilled to be working with Vital Signs and supporting their aim to increase opportunities within the industry for more mature actors; particularly as she moves into this particular demographic herself!

Clare Prenton Associate Artist

Clare directed 'The Golden F**king Years' this April at the Jack Studio. She studied at Leeds and Hull Universities before training at the Royal National Theatre Studio. She then became Staff Director for Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, English Touring Opera and Opera Holland Park, Tete a Tete Opera and an Associate Director for Sir Alan Ayckbourn and the Stephen Joseph Theatre Company, Scarborough on UK tours of Communicating Doors, Life of Riley, Life and Beth and A Trip to Scarborough. Recent credits include Hard Times and Improbable Fiction for Pitlochry Festival Theatre, Scotland and Othello and The Tempest for the 1,000 seat open air Stafford Festival Shakespeare, at Stafford Castle - one of Europe’s largest open air venues. She will direct Macbeth for the festival in 2018.

Chris de Wilde Associate Artist

Chris de Wilde is our Designer for 'The Golden F**king Years'. Chris has designed all types of theatre at home and abroad. Highlights include Candide, Sweeney Todd and Nine in Sweden, Il Trovatore in Georgia, Edmund The Learned Pig at Manchester Royal Exchange and Cyberjam and Nixon’s Nixon in London’s West End. While he enjoys creating work on a larger scale, he also relishes the challenge of distilling the essence of a piece when resources are limited, designing regularly for small scale and touring companies. Shows include Crossings (Julie McNamara Productions), Tomorrow Morning (Landor), Call Me Madam (Union Theatre) and Straker Sings Brel (King’s Head). Chris has created shows in barns, on boats and above canteens, and is Associate Artist with Krazy Kat Theatre Company, collaborating on nineteen shows to date, including The Waving Cat Of Japan, A Victorian Mikado, Petrushka, Clownderella and The Very Magic Flute.