Ed O'Driscoll, Producer, Biography
Ed has been working in the theatre for as long as he can remember. After training in Performing Arts he began his professional life on board the SS Romantica (originally built as one of Hitler’s hospital ships) as Assistant Cruise Director - this meant operating the sound and lights for the cabaret, running the disco, trying to get the Israeli passengers into Egypt, judging the fancy dress competitions and breaking up the occasional fight between Filipino waiters…happy days.
Back on dry land he began his work in theatre back stage at the Grand Wolverhampton ending up as their Flyman. He them moved to Bournemouth to work the summer season of the Sound of Music and within 12 months had married one of the nuns. Together Ed and his former nun (Lynn) founded the cabaret trio Three’s Company and began touring shows across the country until Calibre Productions was born in 1999. The shows were successful and one thing led to another.
As Producers, Ed and Lynn have toured Beyond Broadway, Absolute Swing, A Night at the Opera and the hit musical concert Masters of the Musical. Following their success with Dad's Army: the Lost Episodes in 2008 they have toured, to both critical and popular acclaim, stage productions of 'Allo 'Allo!, Porridge, Dad's Army Marches On and House of Ghosts - an Inspector Morse mystery written especially for the stage. They most recently toured Shaun the Sheep in Shaun's Big Show to the delight of audiences nationwide.
In addition to performance work, Ed is also proud to have founded the charity AIRinG (Arts in Rural Gloucestershire), which subsidises live professional performances to village halls and community centres across the county. His charity work has also included producing three spectacularly successful Classic Response concerts at the Royal Albert Hall, which raised funds to support SOS Children and their orphanage work in tsunami-devastated South East Asia.