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Fly High Stories was founded by old friends, director Jemma Gross and writer Rachel Barnett-Jones, to create work for family audiences with an emphasis on growth mindset and confidence building. Both mothers, they were inspired by a desire to create accessible stories on stage, screen and radio which their children would be captivated by. They are committed to making work which can be enjoyed and understood by young audiences everywhere.

Rachel's work has been performed at theatres in the UK and abroad including The Royal Court, Chichester Festival Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Source in New York, Live Girls in Seattle, Key City Public Theatre in Washington and Auroville in India.

Following a BA in English Literature from Cardiff University and an MA in Writing for Performance from Central School of Speech and Drama she has specialised in working with young people, people with disabilities and community groups. She shares her time between playwriting, producing, workshop leading, lecturing, and looking after her little boy.

Jemma is a theatre and film director as well as producer, dramaturge and teacher. Recent credits include RATTLED by Rachel Harper at The Old Red Lion, and short film, Origami by Sumerah Srivastav, a low-fi sci-fi drama with Pearl Mackie (Dr. Who) and Nicholas Pinnock (Fortitude, Marcella) produced by 130 Elektra Films.


Jemma is also an Associate Director for the NT Connections Festival, and an invited member of The Director's Lab, Lincoln Centre, New York. She is one of the founding board members for Stage Directors UK, and an Associate Trustee for the Directors Charitable Foundation. And most importantly to her, Jemma is also a Mum and creates work that she can enjoy with her daughter.

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    Elettra Pizzi

    Associate Producer - Animation

    Elettra is a Producer based in south London who produced several short films including award-winning THE DEAD ONES which was selected by Bafta, Oscar and EFA qualifying festivals and is now available on Shorts TV and Omeleto.

    Her latest film THE ACT, by Thomas Hescott, is an LGBT love story set in 1965 London, on the eve of decriminalisation of homosexual acts starring Samuel Barnett and Simon Lennon.

    Elettra loves to produce films with heart about complicated characters who’s ideals or nature are at clash with their given environments. Her first feature documentary, GUALTIERO MARCHESI: THE GREAT ITALIAN, was about the culture-shifting chef who rejected Michelin Stars. The film opened in March 2018 in over 70 screens in Italy, then selling internationally. She also produced COMING DOWN THE MOUNTAIN, a documentary on mental health post injury featuring international athletes and for ITV’s mental health series HARRY’S HEROES.

    Her films have been funded by Arts Council England, Stefan Allesch-Taylor Fund and Genera Films and she has participated to the BFI Producers Lab.

    In 2019 Elettra founded PEACH Producers’ Collective to unite UK based producers across film, tv and documentary and create a platform for Writers and Directors to find the right Producer.

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    Arran Glass

    Associate Composer

    Arran Glass is an Actor-Musician and puppeteer. As a performer he has worked with Little Angel Theatre, Polka, The Wrong Crowd, Theatre by the Lake and CBeebies. Composition work includes Sleeping Beauty in the Wood and The Journey Home for Little Angel, Macbeth (Riverside Studios), Teofila (Suspense Festival) and The Three Sillies (Arcola).

    Recently he composed a piece celebrating the history of Bristol which opened the High Sheriff's concert at Bristol Cathedral. Arran plays and sings in English folk band Apple of my Eye who have just released their third album The Beast Below. Their website is

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    Samuel Wilde

     Associate Designer

    Samuel was the Laboratory Set and Costume Designer at Nuffield Theatres, Southampton 2016-17 and trained in Theatre Design at Bristol Old Vic Theatre school graduating with an MA in 2015. Prior to this he studied Drama Studies at Winchester University and gained a teaching qualification at Derby University.

  • Katy Silverton

     Associate Producer

    Katy began her career at Theatre Centre as a tour booker and then went on to work at Watford Palace Theatre and Hampstead Theatre in their Participation, Education and Literary departments. She has a passion for new writing and creating work for young audiences and is particularly proud of her role in producing ‘Start Nights’ at Hampstead which helped develop the careers of many up and coming writers and directors as well as her part in commissioning young writers including Joel Horwood, Bola Agbaje and Gabriel Bisset-Smith to create work for Hampstead’s young company to perform.

    After taking a break to look after her growing family, Katy has recently returned to theatre and is very excited to be working with Fly High Stories. She is also on the Board of new writing company Pursued By A Bear.

  • Andrew Barnett-Jones

     Associate Artist & Consultant 

    Andrew tells stories for a living; sometimes on stage, sometimes on the page, and increasingly often for the television.  In 2016 he won the Children's BAFTA for "Best Writer" as part of the team on The Amazing World Of Gumball, in 2018 won the British Animation Awards' Writers Award for an episode of ​Counterfeit Cat and in 2020 won the Writers Guild of Great Britain Award for Best Children's TV Episode for the Danger Mouse Christmas Special, Melted (which was also nominated for the 2019 Children's BAFTA!).

    ​As well as script-writing, he is also head writer and script editor, on series three of globally popular ​Mr Bean: The Animated Series, ​on three series of Miffy's Adventures Big & Small​, on new Disney series Best Bugs Forever​ and the upcoming ​Viking Skool, on two series of live action comedy Danny & Mick, and also on the hugely popular preschool maths show ​Numberblocks​​​​.  

  • John Last

     Associate Artist & Consultant

    John Last is an award winning actor, voiceover and director. Based in London, he has acted in films and theatre and his voice is regularly heard on UK TV for the likes of Channel 4,  Discovery, itv & Channel 5

    John recently worked with Noomi Rapace on Oscar nominated Director, Tom Van Avermaet's HEARTS OF STONE, Doctor Who’s Pearl Mackie and Marcella’s Nicholas Pinnock in Short Film ORIGAMI and also Irrfhan Khan's final film, ANGREZI MEDIUM.

    Theatre-wise he finished a short stint at the National Theatre. He also appeared at the Bush Theatre with THE INTERROGATION OF SANDRA BLAND (Black Lives Black Words).

    John was acclaimed as Leko in CHICKEN SHOP at PARK THEATRE and won awards for his own short film, KING JOHN (based on the Off West End Production).

    John recently provided character voices for Audible's radio play, Assassin's Creed, alongside Riz Ahmed. You can listen below.


    As well as voicing commercials, John has also voiced Promos and Continuity across television for the past 15 years. He recently has worked with high profile and well respected brands Channel 4, Discovery and Channel 5 and also helped itv2 win Channel of the Year and relaunched Virgin 1.

  • Christopher Silvester

    Website Designer & Freelance Production Manager

    Chris Silvester is a Freelance Production Manager within the Theatre industry. Since 2017 he has branched out to create, he’s own website company Silvester Design, working with theatre professionals, theatres and small businesses to design their own websites and brand identity.


    Using his contacts and technical knowledge has created a portfolio of work within the industry that many people visit daily including theatre’s such as Turbine Theatre in Battersea Power Station and the White Bear Theatre in Kennington. He has also worked with Theatre Companies to create a home base for their company with the likes such as Librarian Theatre, Boondog Theatre, Vocab Dance and more. Since 2017 he has also expanded into working with small businesses outside the industry such as Steve Odell a Jewellery Creator.


    Silvester Design is an official WIX Partner, who works in partnership with them and the design community, to create innovative ideas and help mould Wix’s platform and internal applications, to improve services and product for our Clients.


    As well as a website designer, Chris continues to work within the theatre industry as a Freelance Production Manager and a Resident PM for Tavaziva Dance and the Technical Manager at The Turbine Theatre.





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