Meet the Team

Neil Laidlaw


Neil trained at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, where he graduated with a degree in Dramatic Studies. Since then, RSAMD have changed their name, but he has decided not to take that personally.

Neil has been lucky enough to have been able to keep working in theatre since he left drama school. He has produced, general managed, stage managed, accounted, production managed, production electricianed and occasionally a spot of wardrobe. A long time ago, he thought he wanted to act and direct, but it is probably a very good thing for everyone else that never happened. Yet.

If in doubt, he’ll have a Grey Goose Martini, very dry with a twist.

Lindsey Hydes

Business Manager

Lindsey joined Neil Laidlaw Productions in January 2019 and works part time as Business Manager. 

Lindsey previously worked as a teacher straight from University but once she had started a commercial business decided to change careers and trained as an Accountant. She owned and ran a number of companies during the 80s and 90s but once they were sold began to work as a freelance Management Consultant dealing mainly with companies restructuring during the financial crash.

Lindsey’s first foray into the world of theatre began with Playful Productions where she stayed for 6 enjoyable years and where she ultimately met Neil!

Outside of work she is studying part time for an OU degree in History and Politics but enjoys nothing better than a good evening of fun with friends and wine.

Marlaina Darmody

General Manager

Marlaina first fell in love with the theatre whilst ushering at the Shaftesbury Theatre. This lead her to study an Arts and Event Management course at the National Institute of Dramatic Art in Sydney, Australia following a degree in Commerce at the University of Western Australia.

She began her career in theatre production at Darlinghurst Theatre Company in Sydney and after four and half wonderful years and over 40 co-productions later she moved to London.  Marlaina has had the privilege to manage West End productions including Billy Elliot the Musical for Working Title Films, Matilda the Musical for RSC and ON YOUR FEET! The story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan for Jamie Wilson Productions, as well as work for the Bush Theatre, nabokov and Park Theatre.

When not in the office or theatre you’ll probably find her on a walking tour in pursuit of fun facts.

Demid Naumov

Production Coordinator

Demid originally joined Neil Laidlaw Productions in July 2019 as Production Assistant.

His long and illustrious career in theatre production began in 2017 in Moscow, where he worked as a Production Assistant, and later, Casting Manager for Stage Entertainment Russia. He also worked as a Production Manager for Broadway Dreams Foundation, a not-for-profit performing arts education organisation.

In 2018, Demid finally managed to locate Sheremetyevo International Airport and has been residing in London ever since.