Rob Castell works as an actor, writer and musician. He has been the musical director, co-writer, arranger, performer and co-producer for Barbershopera Productions Ltd since 2007, a company which has enjoyed success at the Edinburgh Festival, in London’s West End, on tour in the UK and abroad, and with two radio play adaptations commissioned by BBC Radio 4.
He plays piano and guitar and has sung and played for various function bands around the UK, including the Matt Hodges Jazz Band, The Sally Taylor Band, Beat Connection, Flipside Jack and MIB. He has assumed leading roles in all four Barbershopera shows and has performed in numerous major venues including Trafalgar Studios, Theatre 503, Pleasance Edinburgh, Plymouth Drum, Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds and Norwich Playhouse. He also works closely with Temple Theatre, having been musical director and co-writer for songs featured in their recent theatrical feast, Unmythable.
Rob was the recipient of the Best Actor award at the Daegu International Musicals Festival 2010 and he co-wrote songs and performed as Pablo the Matador for E4’s Playing It Straight in early 2012. His debut solo EP Stories of Ourselves was released in May 2012.
He has worked as the songwriter for Officially Amazing, a Lion TV programme commissioned by the BBC. Rob also played Pop in the 10th Anniversary World Arena Tour of We Will Rock You.
He’s most likely creating something, somewhere. Here’s his latest songwriting showreel.