About

What We Did Next is a  group producing great theatre for and by the community of Liverpool. It sprang up in the summer of 2008 from the realisation that the central Liverpool community had no focus to gather around in order to put on great musicals specifically, whilst having a rehearsal schedule that fits around people’s busy lives and also aiming to provide a vibrant social scene. Since our inception we have expanded into original writing, workshopping scripts and straight drama pieces.

We know that a lot of people love being connected to the stage in whatever way possible and think this love provides the perfect excuse to socialise with like-minded people. With this in mind, we aim to produce musicals that our members want to perform, a theatre that gets people interested, involved and thinking.

Most of us have been involved in amateur theatre before and we’ve all enjoyed our many and varied experiences. But after a while, everyone gets that feeling, that the time has come to take some ownership of what we exhibit on stage, make it our own, make it a success.

It’s time to take a good look back on all we’ve learned in the past, get together with exciting new friends, and leap forward into performing spectacular shows.
This is What We Did Next, contact us at committee@wwdn.co.uk.

The Committee

Chair

ZOE THIRSK

I love all things theatre; watching, producing, performing etc. I’ve been involved with WWDN since their second show when I choreographed RENT. I have produced and choreographed many productions for the company since then and can occasionally be found in the ensemble! If you need to ask me anything to do with WWDN and our projects, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Secretary

RUTH DALTON

Since joining What We Did Next in 2012 for our production of ‘Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens’, I’ve been involved in the company in lots of different ways, including producing ‘Urinetown’ and sitting on the committee as Open Mic and Social Officer. I have loved being a member of this wonderful company and expanding my knowledge of the world of musical theatre!

I’ve now taken on the role of Secretary so if you have any questions about WWDN or our shows or would like to join our mailing list, please just get in touch.

Treasurer

SHAUN HOLDOM-EYLES

My first dramatic performance was aged 5, singing Little Donkey in the Nativity. Since then I’ve continued to indulge in my passion for theatre, whether it be musicals, opera, drama, and even a stint in a Gospel choir. I am now involved in What We Did Next, and I’m currently Treasurer of the Society. I hope to continue with the ever-expanding projects the society is becoming involved with, and continue meeting the many wonderful people it attracts.

Technical Officer

JAMIE BARFIELD

In the summer of 2008, I turned to some of my friends and asked: “Wouldn’t it be nice if we could take more control of the theatre we produce?”. Over the subsequent years, WWDN has flourished into a strong company, bursting with talent and passion.

My day job requires me to be measured and professional, so prancing around on stage provides an excellent release!

Musical Officers

MARK NEWBERRY

I was first involved with WWDN Singers where I accompanied the Christmas Carol Concert in 2015. As a lifelong lover of musicals, I have recently MD’d productions of Into the Woods and Little Women and always am looking for the next challenge. Any musical fellows who are interested in playing in the band for a production, do get in touch and we will try our best to accommodate you!

Marketing and Publicity Officer

MEGAN KEY

I’ve been a supporter of What We Did Next since the company started back in 2008. I’ve gone on to be involved in seven productions plus various performances as part of the WWDN Singers. I love musical theatre and getting the chance to act and sing with friends is an absolute privilege and a lot of fun.

Social Officer

STEPH LONGMUIR

Steph has been involved in What We Did Next right from the very beginning, taking on roles both on stage and behind the scenes. Steph has also been a loyal part of The WWDN Singers’s soprano section, performing with the group since its inception in 2010. As Social Officer, Steph organises our hugely successful Musical Theatre Open Mic Nights, as well as theatre trips, meals out and many more fun activities.

Singers Officers

MIKA HAASLER

Mika joined What We Did Next back in January 2018, helping out with The WWDN Singers with accompaniment for their Spring Concert. She soon became a vital part of the Singers team and now runs the choir as Singers Officer, and has done since June 2018. The choir has since performed at many events and occasions and is going from strength to strength. If you want to get involved, get in touch!