The Glad Rag Production Company


The Glad Rag Production Company

Celebrating Family Entertainment

Set up as a sister company to Carry On Costumes, The Glad Rag Production Company, holds the same high production values that have made Carry On Costumes so successful. Their aim is to bring theatre entertainment of the highest calibre to venue’s throughout the UK and produce theatre that can be enjoyed by every generation.

Our first Christmas Spectacular took place in December 2012 and was a joint production with The Regent Centre, Christchurch. The Regent Centre has a strong bond with the local community and the venue was calling for a traditional Christmas show that could be enjoyed by all the family. So with a team of professionals and a band of 32 babes and elves, we gave them just that. A show full of festive cheer and christmas sparkle hit the Regent Centres stage and has been thriving there every December since.

Our creative team has continued to dazzle audiences with stunning dance line-ups, superb singing and exciting stories, not to mention the side-splitting comedy provided by our naughty elves. Our Christmas Spectacular show treats audiences to mesmerising musical numbers and non-stop festive fun – even Scrooge would be tapping his toes!

Setting up a new venture in these challenging times is always a leap of faith, but our efforts have been well rewarded with our ever-growing audiences and excellent reviews.

As well as Christmas, last year we debuted the ‘Easter Holiday Special’, which was a great success, we are already planning other seasonal productions for you to enjoy.

We are looking forward to our forth Christmas at the Regent Centre, and hope to see you all there in festive spirit!

Sue Simmerling

Producer and Costume Designer

Sue began her New Forest business designing and manufacturing theatrical costumes over thirty years ago. Since then she has designed and created costumes for P & O Cruises, Michael Rose Limited, Butlins, Cambridge Arts Theatre, Openwide Productions, Sky Television and many summer seasons and pantomimes. Her clients include Christopher Biggins, Matthew Kelly, Stephanie Powers, Robin Cousins, Sheila Ferguson and Les Dennis. Last Christmas her costumes were seen in over sixteen venues throughout the UK including Cambridge Arts Theatre (Jack and The Beanstalk) and Michael Rose’s production of Aladdin at O2 Arena starring Paul O’Grady.

Helen Barrington

Writer and Director

Helen danced in her first professional pantomime at the age of fifteen, she worked for over fifteen years as a singer in summer seasons, pantomimes, cabaret, concerts and on cruise liners.  As a performer her favourite leading roles include Eliza (My Fair Lady), Adelaide (Guys and Dolls) and Nancy (Oliver). She directed her first musical, Lady Be Good at the age of 23 and her productions include Anything Goes, Guys and Dolls, Happy As A Sandbag and over a dozen plays and pantomimes.  As a writer and director she has worked with Sue on around thirty productions ranging from youth theatre with Carry On Productions to charity fund raising events for Cystic Fibrosis, Nic’s Wheels and Marie Curie. With the great success of the Christmas Spectacular, Helen is currently writing for Christmas 2013 and Easter 2014.

Carly Simmerling


Carly Simmerling graduated from D & B School of Performing Arts and has been dancing professionally for 6 years, while choreographing in conjunction with her training and professional career.  As a dancer her credits include, Headliners Theatre Company (SS Oceana), The Heat Is On (Bournemouth), Cinderella/Jack And The Beanstalk/Aladdin (Cambridge Arts), High School Mania (Openwide) and lead vocalist ‘Scooch” 2012 UK Tour.  Last Christmas she performed at the O2 in Michael Rose’s Production of Aladdin with Paul O’Grady.  For the past ten years she has been teaching and choreographing for Carry On Productions Youth Theatre working on over a dozen productions with casts of 60 plus. She has worked on several local Charity Fund Raising Events for Nic’s Wheels, Cystic Fibrosis and Marie Curie. Her work for Highcliffe Charity Players on Smokey Joe’s Cafe won The Daily Echo Award for Best Choreography.  Reviews described her choreography for The Regent’s Christmas Spectacular, as “incredible”!

Steve Howell

Set Designer

Steve studied at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and began his career at the Theatre Royal, York. As head of Design at Salisbury Playhouse he designed sets and costumes for over 80 classical, musical and contemporary works.  Freelance work includes designing for the Olivier Stage at the National Theatre.  Steve works extensively for cruise line companies including P&O Cruises, Cunard, Costa and Seabourn.  He is currently preparing designs for Dorset Opera Festival 2013.

Peter Monteith

Sound Designer

Pete is a Sound Designer/Operator specialising in Broadcast and Live Sound Reinforcement, working with Olly Murs, Pixie Lott, The Wanted, Alexandra Burke, Marty Wilde and even 50 cent! Within the Television and Broadcast Sector, Peter provides sound support on The X Factor, Britain’s Got Talent and Red or Black, Theatre Productions include: Miss Saigon, Titanic, Beauty and The Beast and Oliver. His career highlight was designing and operating the audio for The Olympic Sailing Event in Weymouth ensuring over 12,000 people each day heard all the action from the sailing and awards ceremonies.

Tommy Bond & Glen Marsh (Skrypt)

Lighting Design

Kam Rawstron Brake

Musical Director


Kamya initially trained in music and the performing arts, before going on to graduate twice from university. She holds her professional Diploma from the London College of Music and teaches in schools as well as running her own busy teaching practice.  She has a long association with musical theatre, (both in front and behind the footlights) and is the founder, Band Leader and Vocal Arranger for her 1940s and 50s styled vocal harmony band ‘The Bluestockings’.

Kamya has also worked with Carry On Productions Youth Theatre for ten years –  as Choral Director for the youth choir as well as teaching performance skills on their courses for the summer and winter school productions.

Kate Richards

Production Administrator