Model Training Day


It was great meeting all our new faces for this months model training day. We’d like to thank you for all coming and welcome you to the PHA family! #phamodels #scoutmepha


Icon Actors: Reece Douglas sky dives for charity!

We would like to say a huge CONGRATULATIONS to Icon’s Reece Douglas on his charity skydive earlier today.

Reece reached his target for ‘Once upon a smile’ a charity that works with supporting bereaved families.




Here is an example of the difference Once Upon a Smile Charity made to one family, written by a bereaved parent.

“Our lives had just been turned upside down. It was painful enough telling our young son that his dad had died, let alone telling him the funeral was not going ahead. I cannot thank Once Upon a Smile enough for supporting us with the funeral costs and the ongoing support of gift cards for groceries. I do not know what I would have done without Once Upon a Smile”

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To sponsor Reece click here.

You can also view Reece’s full profile here.

Amazing work Reece we are all so proud here at the agency!




David Chafer, playing Peter Taylor in Red Ladder’s production of ‘The Damned United’, touring and Edinburgh Fringe 2017


We caught up with Icon’s David Chafer to find out all the gossip on his latest role in ‘The Damned United’ which has had raving reviews so far. Here’s what he had to say:



This is the first time I have worked at the Fringe, after 20 years of coming to the festival and soaking up the myriad of theatre, dance, music, comedy and cabaret that August in Edinburgh has to offer. I love it here, always have and especially this year!


This production of ‘The Damned United’ is a re-imagined version from the company’s original West Yorkshire premiere in 2016. Director Rod Dixon and writer Anders Lustgarten have judiciously trimmed the script to ensure we hit the hour-long version required by The Pleasance, as a result the universal view is that this version highlights more the relationships between Brian Clough (played by Luke Dickson) and his sidekick Taylor and Clough’s trials and tribulations with the numerous football club directors and coaches (played by Jamie Smelt). This is a great company and it’s brilliant to work with a group of Yorkshire based theatre-makers and actors – something very important to me and my own company The Melting Shop.



We were fortunate to have a number of performances pre Edinburgh, including a couple of gigs at Hibernian FC the weekend prior to our opening at the Fringe. It is certainly a play that appeals to football fans, particularly those of a certain age – like me – who remember the days of Clough and Taylor at Derby and Nottingham Forest. But what has also been interesting is that even for those with little or no knowledge of the beautiful game and these well-known figures, it has also appealed because the football and the story are the backdrop to the relationships between the characters: the highs and lows, the egos and power-brokering. Audience reaction has been overwhelmingly positive, with a number of sell-out shows in the 146-seat Pleasance Above venue. It helps when there are a smattering of four-star reviews to give the show further traction (apologies for the shameless bragging)!


Fringe life is pretty full on – our show has had two days off in the month – and ensuring that the show is up and ready in a 20-minute turnaround after the previous performance, including building walls, connecting projectors and setting props/costume etc, certainly concentrates the mind. Yes, the post-show fun is good, but pacing yourself is equally important! We are a tight company, with a similar sense of humour and we all enjoy a beer and good food. At times, life in the flat has resembled one of those TV family cooking shows – we’re thinking of applying.


Our Damned United journey does not end in Edinburgh, the show is set to tour again later this year, including a week at The Pleasance, Islington (13-18 Nov) and plans are being drawn up for a further tour in 2018. Back of the net!


If you can’t wait until November you can still catch David in action until Monday 28th August at the The Pleasance, Edinburgh. Get your tickets now before the sell out!



PHA YOUTH: Creeped Out on CBBC!



A new 13-part children’s series of spooky tales will be coming soon to CBBC. Creeped Out will combine sci-fi, horror, adventure, fantasy and mystery!

We’re really excited to announce that PHA Youth’s Jacob Henshaw will be starring in the new CBBC show Creeped Out. More to come soon so watch the space!



Keep your eyes peeled for Jacob on your TV screens soon.

You can follow our updates on Twitter at: @phacasting

Great work Jacob!

A cup of tea with Arran Critchley

Arran Critchley is hitting up a storm on Instagram with his following growing by the minute. We recently collaborated with him and the beauty of his work has shown. Take a little peak below to see what life has been like shooting the best models in Manchester on the street.


What is a typical day for you (start to finish)?

Coffee… lots of coffee! I’m an early morning guy! Got to get that 7am run in to kick things off, get the brain matter working… Then straight down to business, emails, sending edited sets, double checking the models I’m working with on that particular day are all set for the shoots. Making sure the weather is playing ball!

Head out for a full day of shooting. Now, I make sure by the end of the day, I’ve dropped some edited previews of the shoots I’ve had that day on IG stories. Then sit down late evening and get to editing. Always aiming to get the full sets sent to the various peeps within 2, 3 days (Tops).

 When did you first get into photography and where did your west coast style come from?

It started way back when I was little. I was always playing with any sort of camera I could get my hands on. Initially began with landscapes, moving towards automotive, then really finding my passion within the world of fashion/lifestyle/portraits!

California is the dream! To work and shoot there for a living would be the ultimate for me. I’m actually heading over there next June for 4 weeks! So we’ll have to wait and see if I come back…

What’s a project you’ve worked on recently that you’re proud of?

I’ve been working on a pretty cool range of projects recently, but you’ll have to wait and see… Keep an eye on my Instagram (@arrancritchley) and website for all the latest updates on what I’ve been working on and where I am!!!

What inspires you the most about shooting around Manchester?

Manchester has always given me a great vibe. With loving the West Coast elements, aiming for the LA vibe for me is key! Don’t get me wrong, trying to make Manchester look like areas of LA isn’t easy. But for me it works! Manchester is a beautiful city and I’ve always loved shooting there.

The city has brilliant variation when it comes to locations. Even just walking around you feel like you’re somewhere new every few minutes!

What was your favourite part about shooting with each of our models here at PHA?

Faye: Brilliant laugh, super bubbly and fitted really well with my style. Brilliant model and I really feel Faye will go far in the modelling world.

Casey: Really cool guy! Had plenty in common which is always a winner. Casey had a really interesting back story about modelling at a younger age and making a comeback!

Joe: Joe and I are actually now pretty good friends since the shoot! New gym buddies, and plenty of mountain biking has been done!

Who is your favourite photographer and what fashion campaign sticks out at you?

Now that’s a hard question to answer! So without putting names down. I’ll just say I’ve a good few amazing photographers who inspire me to push myself every day!

Campaign wise… I’ve always been a huge fan of the Urban Outfitters photography and campaigns.

What can we expect from you in future?

Now, I’m not the type of person to blow their own trumpet. So all I can say is “Keep your eyes peeled”

Big thanks to PHA for the blog feature! All the guys here are lovely people. And I look forward to working with them in the future. Much love, Arran!

View Arran’s work here: