Whistling Fish Productions, Qualicum Beach, BC, Canada

Whistling Fish Productions - Co-Founders & Core Company
Susan Shillingford and Geoff Noble

Susan Shillingford
Actor, Director, Writer

Whistling Fish Theatre Productions 1997-now

Susan Shillingford - Actor, Director, Writer - Whistling Fish Production, British Columbia, Canada

Plays and Stage Adaptations

Born in England and raised in eastern Canada, Susan's stage training includes full-time studies at both Rose Bruford College, Kent, England -'69-'70- and The Vancouver Playhouse Acting School, BC -'75-'77.

She has performed professionally in a number of theatres in both Canada and the US, including City Stage, The Vancouver Playhouse, Centaur Theatre, Youththeatre; Mermaid Theatre, and in the US in Seattle, WA; and upstate NY.

Directing & writing credits include Rockbound the Musical -2001-Nelson BC/2003-Sidney, BC-; a staged reading with music of GOLD! Is it Really Worth it All? -Charlie White Theatre, Sidney, BC -2006- and Cry from the Forest -Trevor John Studios, Ottawa (1994).

Other directing credits include Three Penny Opera, Johnny Mangano & His Astonishing Dogs, Mapping the Soul, Blind Dancers, Berthe, Mad Woman of Chaillot, Waiting for the Parade, new adaptations of Mad Woman and Adventures with Alice -Victoria, BC -2005, and Tales and Songs of the Sea -Christ Church Cathedral, Victoria, BC-2005.

From 1997-2003, Susan researched and co-created forty-four music travelogue shows for the nationally aired TV series, STEEPLECHASING for Vision TV -'98-'03.

She has also written & directed 2 commissioned documentaries: Working with Differences -1994- and In Search of Evelyn Garbary -1992.

Since 1997, Susan has been Artistic Director of Whistling Fish Productions which she co-founded in 1997 in NS with partner Geoff Noble. Her play, The Remarkable Emily Carr, was adapted for the 2010 Discovery Series at Chemainus Theatre Festival on Vancouver Island.

'Claret & Amber,' conceived by Susan and produced by Whistling Fish Productions in 2013, explores the lively dynamics that evolve at an imagined encounter between two Canadian icons: BC artist, Emily Carr, and P.E.I. author, L. Maud Montgomery. Susan took on the role of Carr in the play's one-hour version mounted for the 2013 Vancouver Fringe Festival at the 'Cultch' Lab Theatre (see review on 'Claret & Amber' page).

Susan's current stage project, 'A Northern Tapestry', in which she performs with Geoff Noble, was conceived and written in 2014.


Geoff Noble

Singer, Songwriter, Actor, Director

Geoff Noble - Singer, Songwriter, Actor, Director - Whistling Fish Productions, British Columbia, Canada

For many years, Geoff has been delighting audiences with his warm voice, strong stage presence and poetic lyrics.

A prolific songwriter, his music has been featured on television, stage and radio; and his material has been recorded and covered by many artists both in North America, and the UK.

Born in Leeds, England in 1950 Geoff started singing at a very early age. After completing high school in Castleford, he went on to receive a teaching certificate in English and Drama at Bretton Hall College, Yorkshire. He then taught High School Drama for 5 years before deciding to focus on his entertainment career full time.

Geoff immigrated to Canada in 1978 and has since worked as a songwriter and performer. He has recorded 6 albums of his original music; written the songs and music for 3 full length musicals; been contracted to write promotional songs and music for the BC Government, the NS Government, and the Federal Government (Parks Canada).

He has written educational material based on the history of BC and Canada that was placed in every elementary school in BC, as well as many other schools across the country.

Geoff has been described by Vision TV as "Canada's Sir Harry Seacombe". The TV series Steeplechasing, hosted by Geoff, aired on national TV in Canada for 5 years. For its last 3 seasons, it was the most popular 'Made in Canada' series on Vision TV, with a weekly audience of over 100,000. Steeplechasing was co-written by Geoff and Susan Shillingford and most of the songs Geoff performed on the show were his own compositions written for each show location. In 2013, he directed the abridged version of 'Claret and Amber' for the Vancouver Fringe Festival while taking the role of 'The Waiter'. Geoff is currently performing eleven of his songs in the Whistling Fish Production of 'A Northern Tapestry' (see review on 'A Northern Tapestry' page).


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