DLAP Group is an award-winning entertainment corporation based in London.
DLAP won the coveted ‘Best New Musical’ award at the 23rd Annual WhatsOnStage awards for its production of Bonnie & Clyde at the Arts Theatre, West End. The production subsequently transferred to the Garrick Theatre, West End.
The group won four Olivier awards for its co-production of Stephen Sondheim’s musical, Company, at the Gielgud Theatre and was also the recipient of the ‘Best Musical’ award at the 2019 Deagu International Musical Festival in South Korea for its production of The Wedding Singer.
Other productions include: Rock of Ages (two UK/Ireland Tours, Germany and Ostend), Curtains starring Jason Manford (UK Tour and Wyndham’s Theatre, West End), a hit revival of Jason Robert-Brown’s musical, The Last Five Years (Garrick Theatre, West End), the 30th Anniversary tour of Fame! the musical (UK/Europe tour and Peacock Theatre, West End), The Wedding Singer (UK Tour, Wembley Park Theatre and South Korea), The Last King of Scotland (Sheffield Crucible) and The Phantom Of The Opera in Concert (Beau Sejour, Guernsey).
In 2020, DLAP and veteran promoter, Darren Bell, formed Fourth Wall Live: a joint venture company that produces concerts and live events in the West End and across the UK. Productions to date include: Ariana DeBose (London Palladium), Audra McDonald (London Palladium), Jeremy Jordan (Theatre Royal Drury Lane), Bonnie & Clyde in Concert (Theatre Royal Drury Lane), Frank and Friends (Cadogan Hall), Keala Settle (Cadogan Hall), Shoshana Bean (Cadogan Hall), Jenna Russell (Cadogan Hall), Jordan Luke Gage (Here @ Outernet) Jeremy Jordan and the Age of Madness (Here @ Outernet), Benjamin Rauhala and his West End Besties (Cadogan Hall), Live in London (Hippodrome Casino) and Chita Rivera (Cadogan Hall).
In the same year, DLAP also formed theatrical IP acquisition and development company, Creative Rights International. Backed by venture capitalist investor, Station12, CRI owns and develops a portfolio of theatrical rights based on film, television and novels. Current projects in development include Burlesque (based on the cult Sony movie starring Cher and Christina Aguilera), Glow Up Live (based on the hit Warner Bros/Netflix/BBC reality format), Midnight Cowboy (based on the legendary novel and MGM movie), When Elvis Met The Beatles (based on a true story documented in Chris Hutchin’s book) The World According to Grandpa (based on the celebrated children’s TV programme), Samson (a new modern musical based on the biblical tale), The Monster Bride (based on the dark-comedy novel ‘Never The Bride’) and a new jukebox musical, Young Hearts Run Free.
In 2022, DLAP became joint partners in MTS (Musical Theatre Studio), a new performing arts college in Sunderland, which offers musical theatre training through a dynamic and fulfilling programme.
Jason has been involved with the entertainment industry since the age of 5 – when he tap danced on stage with Roy Castle. By the time he’d reached his teens, he realised that performing was probably best left up to those with more talent and he began writing and directing, which led to him producing his first play at 19 years of age.
Jason has now produced 16 West End shows including, Footloose – the musical, Never Forget, Yes Prime Minister, The Ladykillers, White Christmas, Curtains, Last Five Years, New Boy and most recently Bonnie and Clyde. He is an originating producer of The Whatsonstage Awards. He has also been a Producer on 28 touring shows, including High Society, The Steamie, The Wedding Singer, Fame, Flashdance – the musical, Rock of Ages, Wasted, The Addams Family and An Officer and a Gentleman. He has Executive Produced in South Africa and worked with Lythgoe Family Entertainment in Los Angeles since 2010 bringing pantomime to America with such performers as Arianna Grande and Neil Patrick Harris.
Jason founded Big Finish Productions in 1998 and the company has grown to be the largest independent producer of Audio Drama in the world, working regularly with media corporations such as the BBC, ITV, MGM and ABC on Doctor Who, Torchwood, Stargate, Space:1999, The Avengers, The Prisoner and on original series such as The Confessions of Dorian Grey. Producing over 320 hours of drama in 2020, the back catalogue now exceeds 5,000 hours of drama. Big Finish won the BBC Audio Drama Award for Best Drama for Doctor Who in both 2014 and 2017. Big Finish also won for Best Audio Drama at the Audie Awards in 2017 for The Martian Invasion of Earth and in 2021 for Doctor Who: Stranded and won Best Audio Drama in 2014,2016, 2017 and 2021 at the Scribe Awards.
In 2005, Jason was a founding director and helped fund the creation of the actor’s agency Cole Kitchenn, which became part of the ROAR Group and subsequently Intertalent.
In 2011, Jason also founded the animation house Big Finish Creative in Sydney, Australia, working first with the BBC on three animated versions of Doctor Who and then producing the original 26-part drama Prisoner Zero for ABC and Netflix. BFC are presently producing four new series of animated Doctor Who for BBC Studios.
Jason recently Executive Produced the new teen drama More than This with ACTF, Baby Banksia and Shapeshifters which was filmed in Melbourne in January 2021 as a Paramount+ Original, broadcast to much acclaim in the Spring of 2022.
Previously, Jason has produced two reality shows – Nadia Goes to Hollywood and Nadia: Chasing the Dream for TV3 and been involved with reality shows Strictly Dance Fever (BBC) and Fame – the Musical (RTE).
On film, Jason has acted as an Executive Producer on the comedy The Time of their Lives distributed by Universal Pictures – which was subsequently a #1 comedy on Amazon. In 2019, he also served as an Executive Producer on Mrs. Lowry and Son starring Timothy Spall and Oscar Winner Vanessa Redgrave.
Jason is a founding director of the fashion brand Marfa Stance and has recently purchased part of a winery!
Director of Live Events
With over 12 years working in sales and marketing at a senior level in the Technology and IT industries, Darren one day had enough and decided to follow a passion ... the rest is history.
In the last 10 years Darren, is a prolific freelance photographer in the arts in the UK, and has been very privileged to have worked with hundreds of theatrical and arts based companies including notable companies including BAFTA, The Olivier Awards, Society Of London Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company, WICKED UK, Prince Of Egypt, Royal Theatre Haymarket, Mark Goucher, Trafalgar, Kenny Wax Productions, Donmar Warehouse, Jamie Hendry Productions, Playful Productions, Jamie Lloyd Productions, Birmingham Stage Company, Donmar Warehouse and proudly shooting the last 6 years of campaigns The MADTRUST.
In 2015 whilst working with the Hippodrome Casino Darren discovered a niche in the form of musical theatre artists that were not being presented in the UK. With that his first UK produced concert was with Broadway vocal power house, Shoshana Bean, who he’s has continued to produce in the UK over the last 7 years.
Since 2015 under the name Club 11 London (now Fourth Wall Live), Darren has produced over 60 concerts featuring some of musical theatres biggest and brightest stars including Chita Rivera, Kelli O’Hara, Sierra Boggess, Laura Benanti, Keala Settle, Tituss Burgess, and Megan Hilty along side many UK stars that include Michael Ball, Cynthia Erivo, Sharon D Clarke and Hannah Waddingham. Darren has formed a strong relationship with Broadway leading man Jeremy Jordan presenting his show in London 3 times growing from a 600 seat first engagement to just shy of 4000 seats for his last UK appearance.
Tom is a commercial producer originally from Lincolnshire who has developed and produced several iconic productions in London and across the UK.
Original Development Producer: Brokeback Mountain, The Great British Bake Off Musical, Murder on the Orient Express, Club Tropicana the musical and more recently The Way Old Friends Do by Ian Hallard, directed by Mark Gatiss for James Seabright.
As Co-Producer for James Seabright/Seabright Productions, he produced Irvine Welsh’s Trainspotting Live (Riverside Studios/UK Tour), Dr Adam Kay’s This Is Going To Hurt Live (West End/UK Tours), Brendan Murphy’s Buffy Revamped (UK Tour), Danny Robins’ The Battersea Poltergeist Live (UK Tour), Iain Dale’s All Talk Live with guests including Nicola Sturgeon, Sir Keir Starmer, Angela Rayner and Sir Tim Rice (Edinburgh Fringe).
Productions of note: In 2017, he produced the critically acclaimed fiftieth anniversary production of Joe Orton's Loot at The Park Theatre, in 2016 Mart Crowley's The Boys in the Band starring Mark Gatiss at the Vaudeville/Park Theatre/UK Tour, in 2015 Frank McGuinness’ Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me starring David Haig (Chichester Festival Theatre), and in 2013 the twentieth anniversary production of Jonathan Harvey's Beautiful Thing starring Suranne Jones (Arts Theatre/UK Tour/Digital Theatre).
Past production credits include: Hairspray the musical (UK Tours), Priscilla Queen of the Desert the musical (UK Tour), The Man in the White Suit (Wyndhams), Irving Berlin’s White Christmas (Dominion), Patrick Barlow’s The Messiah (The Other Palace), Florian Zeller & Christopher Hampton’s The Height of the Storm (Wyndhams), Sean Foley’s The Miser (Garrick/UK Tour), Ronald Harwood’s Quartet (UK Tour), Terence Rattigan’s The Winslow Boy (UK Tour), Alan Bennett’s Single Spies (UK Tour), David Seidler’s The King’s Speech (UK Tour); Andy Nyman & Jeremy Dyson’s Ghost Stories (Arts Theatre); Jonathan Harvey’s Beautiful Thing (UK Tour 2015); Julian Mitchell’s Another Country (Trafalgar Studios/UK Tour), Breeders (St James); Rob Hayes’ Step 9 [Of 12] (Trafalgar Studios), Dick King-Smith’s Babe, The Sheep-Pig (London/UK Tour), Million Dollar Quartet (Royal Festival Hall/UK Tour), Ray Cooney’s Out Of Order (UK Tour), Raising Martha (Park Theatre) and The Wedding Singer the musical (UK Tour).
Tom trained as a producer at Fiery Angel LLP, funded by the Stage One new producers scheme, working on The 39 Steps (Criterion/UK Tour), The Ladykillers (Gielgud/Vaudeville/UK Tour), Ben Hur with four actors (Newbury Playhouse / The Watermill), Olivier Award-winning Goodnight Mister Tom (Phoenix – West End & UK Tour), Swallows & Amazons (Vaudeville/UK Tour), Peppa Pig Live (Criterion/UK Tour), Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom Live (UK Tour).
He has previously been awarded the Stage One producers Bursary, Start-Up Award and completed their trainee producer apprenticeship.
Tom is on the artistic advisory panel for the British Youth Music Theatre and is a mentor to new producers through the Stage One bursary scheme and Central School of Speech and Drama Creative Producer training course.
Head of Business Affairs
Srianti is a fully qualified AAT who has a wealth of knowledge and experience in books of accounts for the theatre industry and other sectors.
She was Head of Accounts for the Grove Group of Companies in London for six years before she left in 1993 to take care of her newly born daughter. She was then a stay-at-home mum for six years.
In 1999, she returned to work maintaining the books of accounts for theatre producers. Srianti has worked with many respected producers over the years, such as, the late André Ptaszynski on Fosse, West Side Story and Spend, Spend, Spend, Sacha Brooks on The Full Monty, When Harry Met Sally and The Graduate, Andrew Fell on The Producers, Little Night Music, Zorro, and Porgy and Bess, and Michael McCabe on Wicked to name just a few.
Srianti joined Kenny Wax as their freelance book-keeper in 2008, where she remained until 2018. During those ten years, she maintained all the books of accounts for the productions Top Hat on Stage, The Play That Goes Grong, Bank Robbery, Peter Pan Goes Wrong, and all their children’s show; What the Ladybird Heard, The Tiger Who Came to Tea, We’re Going On A Bear Hunt, Hetty Feather and Around the World in 80 Days. Additionally, under the general management of Kenny Wax, she worked on the Tall Stories Theatre Company children's shows; The Gruffalo, The Gruffalo’s Child and Room On The Broom.
She has also worked for Laurence Miller on the West End productions of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie and The Duck House.
She has experience of working with theatre talent agents during her carrier.
She has worked part-time for the theatrical production accountants, Collins & Company, providing accountancy services since 2000 until 2018, when she took a short career break. She returned in 2019 where she has remained ever since.
Sam joined DLAP Group in 2019 as General Manager. He previously worked at Club 11 (now Fourth Wall Live) as their General Manager, previous concerts include; Carrie Hope Fletcher, Megan Hilty, Jeremy Jordan, Shoshana Bean, Chita Rivera, Laura Michelle Kelly, Laura Benanti, Sierra Boggess, Kelli O’Hara, Zorro, Cinderella and Tori Amos’s musical, The Light Princess. Most recently streaming events of 'Live in London' at the Hippodrome and 'Eurobeat - The Pride of Europe'.
As director his credits include; Blues In The Night - 30th Anniversary (London Hippodrome), Into The Woods (Salisbury Playhouse). As assistant director; Old Fools (Southwark Playhouse) and as associate producer; Party of One and Divallusion, both at the Edinburgh Fringe starring singer impressionist Christina Bianco.
Alongside theatre, Sam has also worked extensively in the field of magic for almost 10 years. In 2016 Sam joined the company of the smash hit magic show Impossible, working with some of the greatest magicians in the world. With over 150 performances including a UK tour, London (Noël Coward), Beirut, Dubai, Singapore and Araneta Arena in Manila.
Charlotte Barlow joined DLAP in April 2019 as a Production Assistant. She was promoted to Assistant General Manager in April 2021 and promoted to Associate General Manager in September 2022.
Charlotte trained in Musical Theatre at the Italia Conti Academy of Performing Arts. Then went on to complete a BA English degree at the University of Southampton graduating with First Class Honours. While at university, Charlotte competed nationally in contemporary, street, ballet, jazz and tap squads. She also contributed to the university's media magazine The Edge, writing reviews for productions at the Mayflower Theatre. For many years she worked for Pixie Lott's Performing Arts Academy in her home city of Chelmsford, as a Musical Theatre and Acting teacher. Additionally, she worked as an entertainer and performer for "The Only Way is Entertainment" agency across Essex and London.
Daisy completed her degree in performance in Musical Theatre at Performance Preparation Academy in 2019, graduating with First Class Honours. Daisy then went on to perform as a lead vocalist at Disneyland Hong Kong.
On her return, she began working for Future Spotlight Productions as a Production Assistant and quickly found a love for a different side of the industry. Daisy joined DLAP Group as a Production Assistant in 2021, working across a variety of projects and productions across the company for several months, before progressing to become Production and Development Coordinator in 2022. She now works creatively on all DLAP productions, focusing on all the exciting development projects under Creative Rights International.
Cynthia Vera began working in the creative industry as a contributing writer for ARTtouchesART, a London based film and video production company. She went on to complete a BA in Media, Journalism and Culture degree at the University of Cardiff. Whilst at university, Cynthia contributed to the university magazine, Quench, writing about film and culture. Subsequently, she became the Film & TV Editor of the media magazine during her time at Cardiff.
After graduating, she worked as a Deputy Editor and personal essays writer for a small online publication, Candiid, that focused on the voices of women of colour before going on to become a Journalist and Copy Editor at Global Woman Magazine. Here, she was involved in a variety of projects from researching to conducting interviews with international entrepreneurial women and managing one of the subsidiary magazines of Global Woman. Having recently joined DLAP Group as an Office Administrator, she is excited to be continuing her work in the arts and creative industries.
DLAP Group Team
Managing Director Adam Paulden
Chairman Jason Haigh-Ellery
Director of Live Events for Fourth Wall Live Darren Bell
Executive Producer Tom O'Connell
Head of Business Affairs Elisa Kamsky
Accounts Manager Srianti Alwis
General Manager Sam Quested
General Manager Charlotte Barlow
Development Producer Daisy Loving
Office Administrator Cynthia Vera