Martin Parsons - Writer & Director
Originally from Sussex, Martin Parsons graduated from London's Academy Of Live And Recorded Arts in 1996 and spent the next five years appearing as an actor in productions ranging from EastEnders to Doctor Who to Hotel Babylon. In 2001, Martin did his first presenting work and has since travelled across the UK and France, writing, presenting and co-producing over two hundred programmes, including History File, To Market and over fifty episodes of property programme Homesearch.
In addition, Martin has presented the breakfast show for Garrison FM, worked for Guardian Media from the Channel M newsroom as their entertainment reporter, plus is also a Met Office trained weather presenter and regular guest reviewer for BBC Berkshire.
As well as history, another of Martin's passions is writing for children and he has written and created all of Honalee Media's theatre productions, including Marty MacDonald's Farm, Easter Bunny's Eggs-ellent Asdventure, Crafty's Creepy Castle and The Santa Shows.
Prior to this, Martin's children's experience included touring the UK in Playdays Live, The Sooty Show, The Railway Children and Thomas The Tank Engine Live, plus appearing with Justin Fletcher from CBeebies in his Let's Sing Nursery Rhymes DVDs. In addition, he has worked with Tweenies creator Iain Lauchlan, appeared in the Children's Party At The Palace to celebrate Queen Elizabeth's birthday and starred in numerous pantomimes across the UK, including Mother Goose, Cinderella, Beauty And The Beast, Robin Hood, Sleeping Beauty and Babes In The Wood - so far!
Kate Ashmead - Director & Producer
Kate Ashmead trained at the Birmingham School Of Speech & Drama and has enjoyed a varied career both in performance and production. Favourite stage roles have included the title role in Educating Rita, Wait Until Dark and The Importance of Being Earnest, while younger audiences may have seen Kate in the BBC's Tweenies - suffice to say that she has more than a passing acquaintance with the youngest Tweenie, Jake! Among numerous screen appearances are Rosamund Pilcher’s Silver Wedding, psychological thriller Intangible – alongside Doctor Who’s Arthur Darvill – and most recently, ITV1’s Tonight programme.
2008 saw Kate add producing to her list of credits, when she helped to devise and produce the successful theatre tour of Doctor How, bringing green issues to wider audiences in an accessible and entertaining way. She is enjoying doing the same producing and starring in Honalee Media's family productions!