After graduating from Keele University with a degree in Law and Psychology, Adrian did the natural thing and spent the next eight years working as an actor in the UK, where his theatre credits include Hair at the West End’s Old Vic Theatre; as Oberon in A Midsummer Night's Dream; as Dromio of Syracuse in The Comedy Of Errors; The Magic Fundoshi ('Best Comedy' at the London Fringe Theatre Awards); The Mens Womb; A Christmas Carol; Tormented; The Circles of Paradise; One For The Road; Sleeping Beauty; New Territories; Take Away; Leaving Turnpike Lane and Privates On Parade. Unlike many actors in the UK, he has never had to be a waiter in his spare time, although he did act as one once.
His UK television work includes The Fragile Heart opposite the late great Sir Nigel Hawthorne; Lovejoy with Ian McShane; Arabian Nights with Jason Scott Lee; and he has also appeared in Happiness; Bugs; Call Red; Taggart; The Knock; Trauma and, of course, The Bill.
Adrian’s UK film work includes the lead role in Spiralling (Best Film Award at the International Solidarity Festival); SpyGame with Brad Pitt and Robert Redford; Nightwatch with Pierce Brosnan; Everybody Loves Sunshine with David Bowie; Peggy Su!; Night Swimmer; Yellow Fever; A Brief Walk; Offending Angels and Second Generation. Some of these films have actually been seen by more than twelve people.
During that period, he would occasionally return to Singapore for stage work, most notably in the title role of Hamlet; as well as roles in Little Shop of Horrors; Into The Woods; The Glass Menagerie and They’re Playing Our Song opposite Lea Salonga. At that time, he was perhaps best known to Singaporeans for his lead role in Glen Goei’s disco movie Forever Fever, though he admits his hair did most of the work for him.
Re-locating to Singapore with his family in 2001, he found a whole new audience with his work on Singapore TV, including Ah Girl (Winner of 'Best Actor in a Comedy Series' at the Asian Television Awards); Red Thread (Winner of 'Best Actor in a Drama Series' at the Asian Television Awards); Polo Boys; The Pupil (Seasons 1 & 2); Parental Guidance; Maggi and Me; Pulau Hantu; Do Not Disturb; 9 Lives; Durian King and the acclaimed Six Weeks, which he created and co-wrote. Really.
He has been the host of several popular Chinese television variety shows, as well as the game show Deal Or No Deal, and award-winning documentaries Chasing Sleep, Chasing Happiness, Chasing Longevity and Singapore Revealed. He has also hosted numerous ‘live’ events, ranging from corporate functions, to prestigious awards ceremonies, to the National Day Parade. Hey, everyone needs a day job.
In recent years his film credits include The Faith of Anna Waters, Unlucky Plaza, Cyber, Bait 3D; Dance Dance Dragon; I Do I Do; Gone Shopping; The Carrot Cake Conversations and The Blue Mansion.
On the Singapore stage he has appeared in the title role of Macbeth; Boeing Boeing; Into The Woods; Twelfth Night; Forbidden City, Barefoot in the Park; A Twist of Fate and God of Carnage. At the Life! Theatre Awards Adrian earned 'Best Actor' nominations for The Odd Couple; The Pillowman; The Full Monty; Dealer’s Choice; Swimming With Sharks; and Next to Normal. He is a three-time 'Best Actor' Award Winner, for his work in The Dresser; Much Ado About Nothing and Rabbit Hole.
But all the above is nothing when compared to the two productions he is most proud of - his two sons, Zack and Xander.
After her theatre training at Croydon College, London, Tracie then clocked up 20 years working in producing houses and touring shows throughout the UK and Asia. This period includes work with Quicksilver Theatre Company, Johnny Ball Productions, Mu-Lan Theatre Company, Pimlico Opera, Theatre Royal Stratford East, Surrey Opera, and Theatreworks.
Tracie helped to set up and establish The Little Company, a theatre company that provides quality plays for children aged 3 –14, for whom she has written and directed numerous productions, including The Sound Collector; When I Grow Up; It’s A Hot Christmas; Grandma’s Journey; Little Victories; The Ugly Duckling (2006/7) and The Gingerbread Man. She directed Members Only for SingTheatre and her work for the Singapore Repertory Theatre includes Boom; Defending The Caveman; and The Office Party. At the ST Life! Theatre Awards she has been nominated seven times for the 'Best Director' Award for The Dresser; The Snow Queen; The Pillowman; The Full Monty; Dealer’s Choice; Rabbit Hole; and Next to Normal.
In 2009 Tracie founded Pangdemonium with her husband Adrian, and went on to direct The Full Monty; Closer; Dealer’s Choice; Spring Awakening; Swimming with Sharks; Rabbit Hole; Next to Normal; Gruesome Playground Injuries; Fat Pig; The Rise & Fall of Little Voice; Frozen; Circle Mirror Transformation; Tribes; and Chinglish.
In 2015 the American Women’s Association presented Tracie with the award for Woman of the Year for Arts.