Photography and Cartooning led eventually to entertainment for Matt. Always full of wild ideas he now has the crew around him to realise them in full effect, as he plots a course through the outer reaches of the entertainment Universe. Boldly going and all that.. (and going slightly bald at the same time). He designs and directs our shows, many of which have headlined major festivals over the years. Amongst other things, for the last 3 years he's been creative designer and director for Zippo's speciality evening Circus that runs for 8 weeks in Hyde Park each Xmas.
Partner in crime, set up AREA 51 with Matt back in 1999 and never looked back. Using his excellent knowledge of processes and skills in 3D design and sculpture, Rich has developed a unique and incredibly capable design workshop facility, which forms the beating heart of our operation today. With his direction AREA 51's decor and prop design abilities are now recognised as being amongst the very best in the UK
Jack's back! This one's the original - Perret's an imposter!! And so the confusion begins... this Jack was first with us a few years back, generating enough funds to embark on a Global Odyssey (the like of which our directors could never afford). Well, now the cash has run out he has returned to HQ, and we've granted him a desk. Worldly-wise, he's now able to deal with the hectic pace of our office with a Buddha-like calm, and as such is the perfect choice to lead our talented team.
"New" Jack Perrett
Office clown - but so much more than that. Vast performing experience (he's even a silly fakir), and long-term residency at his desk, makes Jack the font of all AREA 51 knowledge that those around him never cease drinking from. Jack handles performer liaison with Pip, and is responsible for making sure that the absolute best crew possible makes it to their gig on time, with the right costumes. If you want to get involved - send him your stuff!
Pippin has now become a full-time office resident, after 6 years hard labour in the workshop. Abandoned her home in the mountains of Spain to join the AREA 51 army, and never looked back. Now in charge of allocations, she's always busy on the phone finding faces for places. She also heads our fire team and runs a weekly workshop for those wanting to brush up on their performance skills.
Sit and Amit
Introducing Sit and Amit. Our dynamic duo are primed and ready for action. Fantastic problem solvers, with an unerring ability to sniff out and hunt down that final missing piece of the jigsaw. An Incredibly hands on approach means you're most likely to find them on-site or up a ladder with their precious tools - with these incredibly experienced guys as part of the team you're in safe hands!
Pulled from the wreckage of his ditched flying saucer, it turns out our Alien friend was editor of the local rag back on his homeworld! Now confined to the newsdesk at our top-secret base in Hurley, Warwickshire, UK, CV9 2HT, we've put him in charge of updating this very website - and in return we keep him well supplied with the Jack Daniels he requires for survival, in accordance with inter-galactic journalistic law.
The Workshop Crew
Aiden 'Nero' Vauls
Aiden has worked himself slowly to the top of the AREA 51 tree... unfortunately being one of our foam replicas it collapsed under his weight. But, being a man of steel, who fights in a cage in his spare time, he quickly recovered. Getting "stuff" done is the aim of Aiden's game, and he keeps his workshop team well organised and on the go at all times. With his guidance AREA 51 never misses a deadline - however tight!
Specialist electronics fiddler. He has his own room (with padded walls). Spyke is usually to be found behind the controls of a giant robot. Along with Jim, he's AREA 51 special projects manager.
Lord Jeffrey of Tansey
Welder-in-chief, and talented photographer to boot. A hard worker, veteran of many 24hr shifts... Jeff now has a pad at a local Stately Home and lords it over a fair few acres. It's all thanks to AREA 51 that he can lead such a lavish lifestyle.
Master of Hellfire no less! Hubie joined up with us at Glastonbury festival a few years back when we premiered Somnambu. Vast performance experience that included stints with the legendary German Circus - Flic Flac - made him indispensable. So we gave him a little room in our workshop, where he has his little laboratory all waiting for him whenever he visits. There he can experiment to his heart's content..
Our concept artist. Adam's the man for visualising your (and our) ideas before they become a reality. If you can put it into words - he can put it in a picture. You don't like? - he draw again. You do like? - we build.
Princess of polystyrene, she can make literally anything from a lump of it and a couple saws. She even built a full-scale ruined house once and Tim wanted to live in it!
Head dancer and AREA 51 dance choreographer. Kirsty is also charged with checking in and checking out (and repairing!) our enormous range of costumes - from our newly extended prepping area. Along with Pip, she's also the dominant force in our photographic repertoire. If you want to dance for us, you've got to get past Kirk.
Works alongside Kirsty in the vitally important prepping department - as well as being one of our best all-round performers. Alice has an eye for detail and ensures that our guys and gals look good at all times.
Newly arrived Adam has had to fight Mr Ford for the right to be called by his proper name. After much mincing with sabres and handkerchiefs, he lost. Therefore he shall forever now be known as "Pinky the Waterman". (I guess he must have lost pretty badly, then...)
Javi takes his role of workshop guardian very seriously. He's adapted to our British climate very readily for an Andalucian. Having never even seen snow before, his first assignment involved 8 weeks in a tiny circus caravan - 4 of those being at around minus 10, with more snow than we've had for 30 years.
After answering an advert for swordfighters in The Stage back in 1996, Luke has become an integral part of AREA 51. This man should be topping the bill in Hollywood by now! - Only we need him too much to let that happen. Brilliant, brilliant actor, host with the most - and now legendary circus ringmaster. Put simply, AREA 51’s first choice of leading man.
This man’s skills are matched only by his height. Towering above us in both stature and raw talent, there is nothing Mr Lemon cannot do. So sickeningly good at stuff that you’ll want throw your juggling clubs out of the window in disgust. And just in case we need putting in our place further, he owns the driest wit since Monty Python.
Pip's performing partner, this hardworking lass from Lincoln has blasted her way to the top of our rankings - with more gigs to her name than anybody else. Oh, hang on - that should read "abroad gigs"... anyway, we don't mind a holiday or 2 at our expense!
Pictures alone cannot describe the Legend that is Big Grey. He really only comes together in 3 dimensions. Mad Professor to Take That, agent provocateur in our very own circus, Somnambu - and now ringmaster for Circus Extreme. Probably the most recognizable face in UK juggling circles today... now that's a frightening thought!
Special mention to the number one purveyor of "Five-One Love!" Keith's unmatched enthusiasm and joy for the job has seen him move into pole position of our interactive crew. Not too shabby with the 'ol video cam either!!
Without this clever guy, we'd be a bit knackered. He keeps our website running smoothly, and is always around the office maintaining and fixing our overloaded network. Let's hear it for Adam - chief of The Tech Factory - who seems to spend more time in our office than his own (could it be the girls?!), doesn't mind being disturbed on a Sunday - and even took us to Alton Towers!!