Aden Gillett


Actor

Theatre includes Globe world tour of Midsummer Night’s Dream, White Carnation, Doctor’s Dilemma, Accolade, Next Time I’ll Sing to You, The Price, Alarms and Excursions, Mary Poppins. Television: Transporters, Father Brown, Lewis, Holby City, Silk. Film: Tula the Revolt, Collusion, The Winslow Boy, The Borrowers, Shadow of the Vampire.

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Aden Gillett


Actor

Theatre includes Globe world tour of Midsummer Night’s Dream, White Carnation, Doctor’s Dilemma, Accolade, Next Time I’ll Sing to You, The Price, Alarms and Excursions, Mary Poppins. Television: Transporters, Father Brown, Lewis, Holby City, Silk. Film: Tula the Revolt, Collusion, The Winslow Boy, The Borrowers, Shadow of the Vampire.

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Akemnji Ndifornyen


Actor

Theatre credits include The History Boys and Chatroom/Citizenship (both at the National Theatre), The Golden Hour (Almeida Theatre) and Little Baby Jesus (Oval Theatre) and Upper Cut (Southwark Playhouse). Television and film includes Leonardo(BBC), Dominic Savage's Award winning Out of Control (BBC Films), Life and Lyrics (Universal Pictures) and The Javone Prince Show (BBC).

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Akemnji Ndifornyen


Actor

Theatre credits include The History Boys and Chatroom/Citizenship (both at the National Theatre), The Golden Hour (Almeida Theatre) and Little Baby Jesus (Oval Theatre) and Upper Cut (Southwark Playhouse). Television and film includes Leonardo(BBC), Dominic Savage's Award winning Out of Control (BBC Films), Life and Lyrics (Universal Pictures) and The Javone Prince Show (BBC).

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Alwyne Taylor


Actor

THEATRE: Annie, Peter Pan, David Copperfield and A Small Family Business (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Rhinoceros, The Arsonists (Royal Court); Guys And Dolls (ATG/Donmar UK Tour); Blithe Spirit (Oldham Coliseum and Tour); Stallerhof (Southwark Playhouse); The Sunken Garden (English National Opera); Diamond (The Kings Head); Platonov (Almeida); Sing Something Simple (Dark Horse Theatre Company); A Chorus Of Disapproval, The Revenger’s Comedies, June Moon, The Linden Tree, Last Of Red Hot Lovers (Stephen Joseph Theatre); Trial By Jury (Covent Garden Festival); Three Sisters (Bristol Old Vic); Pat And Margaret (New Vic Theatre Stoke); The Nun, Spring Awakening (BAC); Tess Of The D’Urbervilles, Two, See How They Run (Derby Playhouse); The Norman Conquests (Crucible Sheffield); Richard III (Pleasance Theatre London); The Rover (Salisbury Playhouse); Once In A Lifetime, Company, Sweet Charity, Accrington Pals (Manchester Library Theatre); A Christmas Carol (Liverpool Playhouse); Abigail’s Party, Top Girls (Bolton Octagon); Gateway To Heaven (Oval Theatre London).

FILM: The Old Curiosity Shop (Disney); Asylum (Paramount); Genghis Cohn (BBC Screen Two). TELEVISION: The Royal, Midsomer Murders, Doctors, Heartbeat, Casualty, Eastenders, Emmerdale, The Bill, The Ladies Guild of Kneesley.

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Alwyne Taylor


Actor

THEATRE: Annie, Peter Pan, David Copperfield and A Small Family Business (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Rhinoceros, The Arsonists (Royal Court); Guys And Dolls (ATG/Donmar UK Tour); Blithe Spirit (Oldham Coliseum and Tour); Stallerhof (Southwark Playhouse); The Sunken Garden (English National Opera); Diamond (The Kings Head); Platonov (Almeida); Sing Something Simple (Dark Horse Theatre Company); A Chorus Of Disapproval, The Revenger’s Comedies, June Moon, The Linden Tree, Last Of Red Hot Lovers (Stephen Joseph Theatre); Trial By Jury (Covent Garden Festival); Three Sisters (Bristol Old Vic); Pat And Margaret (New Vic Theatre Stoke); The Nun, Spring Awakening (BAC); Tess Of The D’Urbervilles, Two, See How They Run (Derby Playhouse); The Norman Conquests (Crucible Sheffield); Richard III (Pleasance Theatre London); The Rover (Salisbury Playhouse); Once In A Lifetime, Company, Sweet Charity, Accrington Pals (Manchester Library Theatre); A Christmas Carol (Liverpool Playhouse); Abigail’s Party, Top Girls (Bolton Octagon); Gateway To Heaven (Oval Theatre London).

FILM: The Old Curiosity Shop (Disney); Asylum (Paramount); Genghis Cohn (BBC Screen Two). TELEVISION: The Royal, Midsomer Murders, Doctors, Heartbeat, Casualty, Eastenders, Emmerdale, The Bill, The Ladies Guild of Kneesley.

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Andrew Muir


Creative Director / Writer

Originally studied drama at Mountview Theatre School in London where he graduated with a 3 year Acting Diploma, Andrew has worked as an actor in London and the regions in work including; Six Degrees of Separation, Royal Court and West End; King Lear, Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester; Richard III, Pleasance Theatre, London. He has toured both the UK and Europe in various productions.

As a writer Andrew has had plays produced throughout the UK. His first, ANNIVERSARY SWEET was produced at the Finborough Theatre in London followed by his next play, PUSH which was produced at the Union Theatre where it was awarded ‘Critic’s Choice’. In 2009 he had plays produced simultaneously in New York and London:  GREEN GRASS was produced at the Union Theatre in London (“A luminous production” – Time Out); and GAUGLEPRIXTOWN, was produced by Studio 42 at The Kirk on Theatre Row, 42nd Street, New York. Andrew was commissioned to write DOUBLE SENTENCE for Deafinitely Theatre, which was produced at the Soho Theatre and most recently GOLD DUST for Black Country Touring, which was directed by Paula Garfield and was staged in Birmingham and the Black Country as well as a short run in the studio at Soho Theatre. In 2015, THE SESSION was produced at Soho Theatre and published by Methuen (http://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/the-session-9781474286855/) and most recently the play was part of a reading series on immigration stories at Inis Nua Theatre Company, Philadelphia. In 2016 was commissioned by site specific theatre company, Dante or Die, to write the text for a new piece of work set in a leisure centre – the result was TAKE ON ME which was produced Autumn 2016.

Andrew was shortlisted for the COLLABOR8TE Short Film Competition, as well as being invited to participate in the DOCTORS Shadow Scheme for the BBC.

Andrew was commissioned by BBC Radio 3 to write a play for the VERB, which was called A PERFECT NON STARTER.

Andrew is currently writer in residence at the Bournemouth and Poole College of Further Education where he writes and directs a new contemporary play for second year degree students as well as being mentor on the MA in playwriting at Central School of Speech and Drama.

Directing credits include; TWO at the Southwark Playhouse in October 2013.

Andrew has run various writing workshops for companies including, Soho Theatre, OId Vic New Voices, Deafinitely Theatre and Ransom Productions in Belfast and is currently running a ten-week writing course, PLAYWRITING FOR BEGINNERS, at the National Theatre.

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ARDENT THEATRE COMPANY

Andrew Muir


Creative Director / Writer

Originally studied drama at Mountview Theatre School in London where he graduated with a 3 year Acting Diploma, Andrew has worked as an actor in London and the regions in work including; Six Degrees of Separation, Royal Court and West End; King Lear, Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester; Richard III, Pleasance Theatre, London. He has toured both the UK and Europe in various productions.

As a writer Andrew has had plays produced throughout the UK. His first, ANNIVERSARY SWEET was produced at the Finborough Theatre in London followed by his next play, PUSH which was produced at the Union Theatre where it was awarded ‘Critic’s Choice’. In 2009 he had plays produced simultaneously in New York and London:  GREEN GRASS was produced at the Union Theatre in London (“A luminous production” – Time Out); and GAUGLEPRIXTOWN, was produced by Studio 42 at The Kirk on Theatre Row, 42nd Street, New York. Andrew was commissioned to write DOUBLE SENTENCE for Deafinitely Theatre, which was produced at the Soho Theatre and most recently GOLD DUST for Black Country Touring, which was directed by Paula Garfield and was staged in Birmingham and the Black Country as well as a short run in the studio at Soho Theatre. In 2015, THE SESSION was produced at Soho Theatre and published by Methuen (http://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/the-session-9781474286855/) and most recently the play was part of a reading series on immigration stories at Inis Nua Theatre Company, Philadelphia. In 2016 was commissioned by site specific theatre company, Dante or Die, to write the text for a new piece of work set in a leisure centre – the result was TAKE ON ME which was produced Autumn 2016.

Andrew was shortlisted for the COLLABOR8TE Short Film Competition, as well as being invited to participate in the DOCTORS Shadow Scheme for the BBC.

Andrew was commissioned by BBC Radio 3 to write a play for the VERB, which was called A PERFECT NON STARTER.

Andrew is currently writer in residence at the Bournemouth and Poole College of Further Education where he writes and directs a new contemporary play for second year degree students as well as being mentor on the MA in playwriting at Central School of Speech and Drama.

Directing credits include; TWO at the Southwark Playhouse in October 2013.

Andrew has run various writing workshops for companies including, Soho Theatre, OId Vic New Voices, Deafinitely Theatre and Ransom Productions in Belfast and is currently running a ten-week writing course, PLAYWRITING FOR BEGINNERS, at the National Theatre.

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SACRIFICE (ARDENT8)
ARDENT THEATRE COMPANY

Annette Flynn


Actor

Annette, originally from Ballina, Co. Mayo, is best known for her TV roles as Maeve on RTE's Fair City and as detective D.S. Glennie on Hollyoaks.  Theatre credits include: Orphans; The Winter's Tale; The Comedy of Errors; Some Explicit Polaroids; A Murder of Crows; Married to the Sea; The Proposal; Tonight Everything's Going to Change; How Tom Beat Captain Najork and His Hired Sportsmen; water musical Sinbad; and I Run, I Sing, I Swim, I Dive - a one-woman show about historical figure Eva Gore Booth for which she won a Best Actress Award. Radio includes Cá Bhfuil Muid, & Abberations.

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Annette Flynn


Actor

Annette, originally from Ballina, Co. Mayo, is best known for her TV roles as Maeve on RTE's Fair City and as detective D.S. Glennie on Hollyoaks.  Theatre credits include: Orphans; The Winter's Tale; The Comedy of Errors; Some Explicit Polaroids; A Murder of Crows; Married to the Sea; The Proposal; Tonight Everything's Going to Change; How Tom Beat Captain Najork and His Hired Sportsmen; water musical Sinbad; and I Run, I Sing, I Swim, I Dive - a one-woman show about historical figure Eva Gore Booth for which she won a Best Actress Award. Radio includes Cá Bhfuil Muid, & Abberations.

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Annette O’Shea


Actor

Annette is a recent graduate from LAMDA. Television credits include: Scientist in Up for the Match  (R.C.T). Most recent theatre: Before the Party (Bill Kenwright Productions – UK tour). Other theatre credits include: Medea in Bash Latter Days Plays (Devious Theatre Company); Mag in Lovers: Winners and Losers  (Watergate Productions); P in Scratcher  (Devious Theatre Company); Claire in Smitten  (Devious Theatre Company); Mercy Lewis in The Crucible  (Keegan Theatre Company); Mrs Yang in Good Person of Szechwan; Narrator in An Clainne  (Scoil Airegail); Honor Blake in Playboy of the Western World  (Shrughawadda Players). Radio credits include: Oonagh in Behind and Desperation  (KCLR), Sheila in The Undertakers  (Evil Genius Productions). Short film credits include: Martha in Adomba  (Cellar Door Productions); Police Officer in Hunting Dragons (Fridge Magnet Pictures).

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Annette O’Shea


Actor

Annette is a recent graduate from LAMDA. Television credits include: Scientist in Up for the Match  (R.C.T). Most recent theatre: Before the Party (Bill Kenwright Productions – UK tour). Other theatre credits include: Medea in Bash Latter Days Plays (Devious Theatre Company); Mag in Lovers: Winners and Losers  (Watergate Productions); P in Scratcher  (Devious Theatre Company); Claire in Smitten  (Devious Theatre Company); Mercy Lewis in The Crucible  (Keegan Theatre Company); Mrs Yang in Good Person of Szechwan; Narrator in An Clainne  (Scoil Airegail); Honor Blake in Playboy of the Western World  (Shrughawadda Players). Radio credits include: Oonagh in Behind and Desperation  (KCLR), Sheila in The Undertakers  (Evil Genius Productions). Short film credits include: Martha in Adomba  (Cellar Door Productions); Police Officer in Hunting Dragons (Fridge Magnet Pictures).

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Anthony Biggs


Director / Producer

Anthony is the Artistic Director of Jermyn Street Theatre where he recently produced the critically-acclaimed South African Season. Directing credits include: Fever, The Potsdam Quartet, On Approval, St John’s Night, Reunion, Little Eyolf, The River Line, All I want For Christmas, Soldiers’ Wives, Many Roads To Paradise, Words Of Honour (all Jermyn Street Theatre), This Story of Yours (Old Red Lion), Hiding, Ambush, Watford Calling (Watford Palace), Savage/Love, Gorgons & Temptations as part of Decade, Working Girl, Amir Prince of Persia (Theatre 503), The Respectable Wedding (Edinburgh Fringe), Way of The World (LAMDA), Hounslow West and Piccadilly Circus (Urban Scrawl) Soldiers Wives (Salisbury Playhouse and tour), Between Friends (OSO Barnes). Sophonisba and The Roaring Girl (Shakepeare’s Globe). Associate Director: All That Fall, directed by Trevor Nunn with Eileen Atkins and Michael Gambon (Jermyn Street Theatre, Arts Theatre and New York’s 59E59 Theatre). Education Associate: Mother Courage, The Changeling (English Touring Theatre).

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Anthony Biggs


Director / Producer

Anthony is the Artistic Director of Jermyn Street Theatre where he recently produced the critically-acclaimed South African Season. Directing credits include: Fever, The Potsdam Quartet, On Approval, St John’s Night, Reunion, Little Eyolf, The River Line, All I want For Christmas, Soldiers’ Wives, Many Roads To Paradise, Words Of Honour (all Jermyn Street Theatre), This Story of Yours (Old Red Lion), Hiding, Ambush, Watford Calling (Watford Palace), Savage/Love, Gorgons & Temptations as part of Decade, Working Girl, Amir Prince of Persia (Theatre 503), The Respectable Wedding (Edinburgh Fringe), Way of The World (LAMDA), Hounslow West and Piccadilly Circus (Urban Scrawl) Soldiers Wives (Salisbury Playhouse and tour), Between Friends (OSO Barnes). Sophonisba and The Roaring Girl (Shakepeare’s Globe). Associate Director: All That Fall, directed by Trevor Nunn with Eileen Atkins and Michael Gambon (Jermyn Street Theatre, Arts Theatre and New York’s 59E59 Theatre). Education Associate: Mother Courage, The Changeling (English Touring Theatre).

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Bob Cryer


Actor

Bob Cryer recently finished film work on Legend with Brian Helgeland and Grimsby with Sacha Baron Cohen, as well as a recurring role in the new BBC cop drama Interceptor. Other TV credits include Outnumbered, Our Hidden Lives, Eastenders, Holby City, Coronation Street, The Bill and Victoria Wood’s Christmas Special. His theatre credits include work for The West Yorkshire Playhouse, the Young Vic, Thelma Holt, Theatre Royal Plymouth and Jericho House. As a writer, he recently penned the Christmas show for Wilton’s Music Hall starring Spymonkey Theatre, with his father Barry and can soon be seen at the same theatre in their forthcoming production of The Sting.

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Bob Cryer


Actor

Bob Cryer recently finished film work on Legend with Brian Helgeland and Grimsby with Sacha Baron Cohen, as well as a recurring role in the new BBC cop drama Interceptor. Other TV credits include Outnumbered, Our Hidden Lives, Eastenders, Holby City, Coronation Street, The Bill and Victoria Wood’s Christmas Special. His theatre credits include work for The West Yorkshire Playhouse, the Young Vic, Thelma Holt, Theatre Royal Plymouth and Jericho House. As a writer, he recently penned the Christmas show for Wilton’s Music Hall starring Spymonkey Theatre, with his father Barry and can soon be seen at the same theatre in their forthcoming production of The Sting.

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Caitriona McLaughlin


Director

Caitriona is from Donegal and currently divides her time between London, Dublin, Derry and New York. She facilitated the inauguration of the Royal Court, Theatre Local Project and was awarded a Clore Fellowship. This year Caitriona directed, Monsters Dinosaurs Ghosts at The Abbey Theatre, Luck Just Kissed You Hello, for Hot for Theatre at Galway and Dublin Theatre Festival’s and She Knit the Roof for The Earagail Arts Festival.  Previous credits include: Burial at Thebes (Stage Beyond, Derry), Mozart at Freemasons, (Royal Irish Academy of Music),  Bottom of The World (Atlantic Theatre Company, New York), Crowns on the Wire (Verbal Arts Centre, Derry), Bunny’s Vendetta and The Recruiting Officer (Blue Eagle Productions), Killers & Other Family (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, New York), The Factory Girls (Millennium Forum Theatre), The Wild Duck and Judgement Day (Bard Summerscape, New York) On the Subject of Love, Twinkletoes and Romeo and Juliet (Playhouse Theatre, Derry), A Dinner Engagement (Wexford Festival Opera), Irish Blood, English Heart (Trafalgar Studios, London).

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Caitriona McLaughlin


Director

Caitriona is from Donegal and currently divides her time between London, Dublin, Derry and New York. She facilitated the inauguration of the Royal Court, Theatre Local Project and was awarded a Clore Fellowship. This year Caitriona directed, Monsters Dinosaurs Ghosts at The Abbey Theatre, Luck Just Kissed You Hello, for Hot for Theatre at Galway and Dublin Theatre Festival’s and She Knit the Roof for The Earagail Arts Festival.  Previous credits include: Burial at Thebes (Stage Beyond, Derry), Mozart at Freemasons, (Royal Irish Academy of Music),  Bottom of The World (Atlantic Theatre Company, New York), Crowns on the Wire (Verbal Arts Centre, Derry), Bunny’s Vendetta and The Recruiting Officer (Blue Eagle Productions), Killers & Other Family (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, New York), The Factory Girls (Millennium Forum Theatre), The Wild Duck and Judgement Day (Bard Summerscape, New York) On the Subject of Love, Twinkletoes and Romeo and Juliet (Playhouse Theatre, Derry), A Dinner Engagement (Wexford Festival Opera), Irish Blood, English Heart (Trafalgar Studios, London).

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Charlie Lucas


Lighting Design

Charlie’s lighting designs include Fever (Jermyn Street), The Match Box (Liverpool Playhouse & Tricycle), The Muddy Choir, Advice for the Young at Heart (TheatreCentre, touring), Momo (Greenwich Theatre & tour), Archimedes Principle (Park Theatre), Equally Divided, Mother Goose (Watford Palace), Von Ribbentrop’s Watch (Oxford Playhouse), Jealousy (The Print Room), Dirty Great Love Story (Soho & off-Broadway), Red Riding Hood (Theatre Royal Stratford East), Walking the Tightrope, In Blood: The Bacchae (Arcola), Mummyji Presents (Rifco Arts/Watford Palace), Red (Robin Howard Dance Theatre, The Place), Death and Gardening (Edinburgh, Assembly Roxy Upstairs & UK tour), Cautionary Tales (Opera North), The Magic Flute (Garsington Opera at West Green House), Werther (Opera Les Azuriales, Nice), The Elixir of Love (Blackheath Halls Opera), La Traviata, Acis and Galatea (Iford Arts), Blue Remembered Hills (New Diorama Theatre), 1888 (Union Theatre), Nothing is the End of the World, The Hard Man (Finborough). Charlie trained at RADA.

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Charlie Lucas


Lighting Design

Charlie’s lighting designs include Fever (Jermyn Street), The Match Box (Liverpool Playhouse & Tricycle), The Muddy Choir, Advice for the Young at Heart (TheatreCentre, touring), Momo (Greenwich Theatre & tour), Archimedes Principle (Park Theatre), Equally Divided, Mother Goose (Watford Palace), Von Ribbentrop’s Watch (Oxford Playhouse), Jealousy (The Print Room), Dirty Great Love Story (Soho & off-Broadway), Red Riding Hood (Theatre Royal Stratford East), Walking the Tightrope, In Blood: The Bacchae (Arcola), Mummyji Presents (Rifco Arts/Watford Palace), Red (Robin Howard Dance Theatre, The Place), Death and Gardening (Edinburgh, Assembly Roxy Upstairs & UK tour), Cautionary Tales (Opera North), The Magic Flute (Garsington Opera at West Green House), Werther (Opera Les Azuriales, Nice), The Elixir of Love (Blackheath Halls Opera), La Traviata, Acis and Galatea (Iford Arts), Blue Remembered Hills (New Diorama Theatre), 1888 (Union Theatre), Nothing is the End of the World, The Hard Man (Finborough). Charlie trained at RADA.

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Ciaran O’Brien


Actor

Theatre credits include: The Playboy Of The Western World, Orson's Shadow (Southwark Playhouse), Of Mice And Men (Birmingham Rep); Translations (The Rose Theatre, Sheffield Crucible and ETT); Drum Belly, The Government Inspector, Curse Of The Starving Class, Arrah Na Pogue, The Plough and the Stars, Perve, Comedy of Errors, The Resistable Rise of Arturo Ui, Saved, Julius Caesar (Abbey Theatre Dublin), Travesties (Rough Magic); Between Foxrock and a Hard Place, The Shawshank Redemption, Philadelphia Here I Come (Gaiety Theatre Dublin), Observe The Sons Of Ulster Marching Towards The Somme (Livin’ Dred), Elevator, This Is Our Youth, Fewer Emergencies, (Project Theatre Dublin), The Great Goat Bubble (Galway Arts Festival), The Magic Tree,(Edinburgh Fringe), White Rabbit Red Rabbit (Dublin Fringe) and Oliver Twist (Gate Theatre Dublin). Film and Television credits include: Pursuit (An Post) Misfits (Channel 4), Ripper Street (BBC), The Last Security Man (RTE Storyland), The Tudors (Showtime), Fair City (RTE).

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Ciaran O’Brien


Actor

Theatre credits include: The Playboy Of The Western World, Orson's Shadow (Southwark Playhouse), Of Mice And Men (Birmingham Rep); Translations (The Rose Theatre, Sheffield Crucible and ETT); Drum Belly, The Government Inspector, Curse Of The Starving Class, Arrah Na Pogue, The Plough and the Stars, Perve, Comedy of Errors, The Resistable Rise of Arturo Ui, Saved, Julius Caesar (Abbey Theatre Dublin), Travesties (Rough Magic); Between Foxrock and a Hard Place, The Shawshank Redemption, Philadelphia Here I Come (Gaiety Theatre Dublin), Observe The Sons Of Ulster Marching Towards The Somme (Livin’ Dred), Elevator, This Is Our Youth, Fewer Emergencies, (Project Theatre Dublin), The Great Goat Bubble (Galway Arts Festival), The Magic Tree,(Edinburgh Fringe), White Rabbit Red Rabbit (Dublin Fringe) and Oliver Twist (Gate Theatre Dublin). Film and Television credits include: Pursuit (An Post) Misfits (Channel 4), Ripper Street (BBC), The Last Security Man (RTE Storyland), The Tudors (Showtime), Fair City (RTE).

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Clíodhna McCorley


Actor

Cliodhna trained at Drama Cente London and Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Stage credits include: Mary in Long Story Short  (Charing Cross Theatre); Arkadina in The Seagull – Rehearsed Reading  (NYT); Titsi in Nothing To Be Done  (Chaseplay Theatre Company); Magpie/Ensemble in Hansel and Gretel  (The Citizens Theatre); Joanna1/Translator in Motherland  (The Tron); Ensemble is The Homecoming  (CDS); Jane in Train to Xi’an  (On The Verge); Medea in Medea (RCS). Television credits include: Bex in Unsettled Down  (Touch and Go Entertainment); Majella in Seach  (Stirling Productions). Film credits include: Girl in Cherrybomb  (Green Park Films). Short Film credits include Nurse Ratches in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest  (Beyond Studios); Susan in The List  (Icreatefilms); Miss McCann in Promise You  (First Reel Films). Opera credits include Cat in Le Renard  (RCS).

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Clíodhna McCorley


Actor

Cliodhna trained at Drama Cente London and Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Stage credits include: Mary in Long Story Short  (Charing Cross Theatre); Arkadina in The Seagull – Rehearsed Reading  (NYT); Titsi in Nothing To Be Done  (Chaseplay Theatre Company); Magpie/Ensemble in Hansel and Gretel  (The Citizens Theatre); Joanna1/Translator in Motherland  (The Tron); Ensemble is The Homecoming  (CDS); Jane in Train to Xi’an  (On The Verge); Medea in Medea (RCS). Television credits include: Bex in Unsettled Down  (Touch and Go Entertainment); Majella in Seach  (Stirling Productions). Film credits include: Girl in Cherrybomb  (Green Park Films). Short Film credits include Nurse Ratches in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest  (Beyond Studios); Susan in The List  (Icreatefilms); Miss McCann in Promise You  (First Reel Films). Opera credits include Cat in Le Renard  (RCS).

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Corey Montague-Sholay


Actor

Corey graduated from Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in 2016 after going to The BRIT School. Theatre includes: The Enchanted (Bunker Theatre), Normal (Styx/Rift Theatre), Snow White (Sixteenfeet Productions), The Hotel Cerise (Theatre Royal Stratford East), Little Revolution, ICU (Almeida), Carpe Diem (National Theatre). Short film includes: Our Night and Callum.

THIS ISLAND'S MINE

Corey Montague-Sholay


Actor

Corey graduated from Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in 2016 after going to The BRIT School. Theatre includes: The Enchanted (Bunker Theatre), Normal (Styx/Rift Theatre), Snow White (Sixteenfeet Productions), The Hotel Cerise (Theatre Royal Stratford East), Little Revolution, ICU (Almeida), Carpe Diem (National Theatre). Short film includes: Our Night and Callum.

THIS ISLAND'S MINE

Daniel Fine


Actor

Trained: Central School of Speech and Drama

Theatre includes: Welcome To Thebes (NT), The History Boys (NT Tour & West End), GBS (Theatre 503), The Comedy Of Errors (Stafford Gatehouse), Blood Brothers (Bill Kenwright Ltd)

Television includes: Mr Selfridge (ITV), The Royal (ITV), Beau Brummell: This Charming Man (BBC)

Radio work includes: Hanging From The Sky (BBC) Witness: Gallipoli (BBC)

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Daniel Fine


Actor

Trained: Central School of Speech and Drama

Theatre includes: Welcome To Thebes (NT), The History Boys (NT Tour & West End), GBS (Theatre 503), The Comedy Of Errors (Stafford Gatehouse), Blood Brothers (Bill Kenwright Ltd)

Television includes: Mr Selfridge (ITV), The Royal (ITV), Beau Brummell: This Charming Man (BBC)

Radio work includes: Hanging From The Sky (BBC) Witness: Gallipoli (BBC)

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Danny Webb


Actor

Danny Webb trained at RADA a hundred years ago and has been lucky to work at Glasgow Citizens, Nottingham, Exeter, Bristol, Plymouth in a Repertory System now no longer as vibrant. Recent work with Royal Court includes Chicken Soup with Barley, The Witness and The Mistress Contract. He will be at the Regents Park Open Air Theatre in the Seagull this summer. He apologises to Sam for stopping his career in Pharmacy.

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Danny Webb


Actor

Danny Webb trained at RADA a hundred years ago and has been lucky to work at Glasgow Citizens, Nottingham, Exeter, Bristol, Plymouth in a Repertory System now no longer as vibrant. Recent work with Royal Court includes Chicken Soup with Barley, The Witness and The Mistress Contract. He will be at the Regents Park Open Air Theatre in the Seagull this summer. He apologises to Sam for stopping his career in Pharmacy.

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Debra Penny


Actor

Debra trained at Manchester Polytechnic School of Theatre.

Theatre includes Amelia; Wild Oats (Bristol Old Vic), Varya; The Cherry Orchard (Southwark Playhouse), Doreen; Office Suite (Bath Theatre Royal Productions) Hatty; Tom’s Midnight Garden (Unicorn Theatre and New Victory Theatre, Broadway, New York) Sharon; Cancer Tales (Ipswich Wolsey Theatre) Margarita; Can’t Pay, Won’t Pay (New Vic Theatre, Stoke) and Maria; Twelfth Night (Bolton Octagon Theatre), Other work includes Diana of Dobsons (Orange Tree Theatre) One Last Card Trick, How The Other Half Loves, News From the Seventh Floor, Blithe Spirit (Watford Palace), La Musica Deuxieme, Mariana Pineda, The Weavers (Gate Theatre) Martha, Josie and the Chinese Elvis, Top Girls, Abigail’s Party all at Bolton Octagon (twice nominated for a Manchester Evening News Award for best supporting actress).

Film and TV includes, Girls Night Out, Love and Marriage, Doctors, The Bill, EastEnders.

Radio; Silver Street, The Go Slow Club, The End of The World (BBC R4)

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Debra Penny


Actor

Debra trained at Manchester Polytechnic School of Theatre.

Theatre includes Amelia; Wild Oats (Bristol Old Vic), Varya; The Cherry Orchard (Southwark Playhouse), Doreen; Office Suite (Bath Theatre Royal Productions) Hatty; Tom’s Midnight Garden (Unicorn Theatre and New Victory Theatre, Broadway, New York) Sharon; Cancer Tales (Ipswich Wolsey Theatre) Margarita; Can’t Pay, Won’t Pay (New Vic Theatre, Stoke) and Maria; Twelfth Night (Bolton Octagon Theatre), Other work includes Diana of Dobsons (Orange Tree Theatre) One Last Card Trick, How The Other Half Loves, News From the Seventh Floor, Blithe Spirit (Watford Palace), La Musica Deuxieme, Mariana Pineda, The Weavers (Gate Theatre) Martha, Josie and the Chinese Elvis, Top Girls, Abigail’s Party all at Bolton Octagon (twice nominated for a Manchester Evening News Award for best supporting actress).

Film and TV includes, Girls Night Out, Love and Marriage, Doctors, The Bill, EastEnders.

Radio; Silver Street, The Go Slow Club, The End of The World (BBC R4)

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Des Kennedy


Director

Des Kennedy trained on the National Theatre Studio Directors’ Programme. Directing credits include: Teenage Kicks, a Punk Musical (Millenium Forum, Derry City of Culture) How the World Began (Out of Joint); White Star of the North Lyric, Belfast); Vernon God Little (Brian Friel Theatre); God’s Country (Belfast Festival at Queen’s); Between Life and Nowhere (3LD, New York); The Prophet of Monto (Flea Theater, New York); Johnny Meister + the Stitch (Mead Theatre, Washington, DC); The Great Ramshackle Heart (Public Theater, New York); The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Brian Friel Theatre); Dying City (Project Arts Centre, Dublin); Woman and Scarecrow (Flashpoint, Washington, DC); Seven Jewish Children (Queen’s Studio, Belfast); Salaam Mr Bush! (rehearsed reading, Royal Court); The Laramie Project (NSDF), for which he won the Bush Theatre Directing Award, and Scenes From the Big Picture (Callan Theatre, Washington, DC) which was named one of the Best 10 Productions of the Last Decade by the Washington Post. As associate: Once (West End, Ireland, South Korea), The Nether (Headlong), Top Girls, Our Country’s Good, A Dish of Tea With Dr Johnson and Bang Bang Bang, all directed by Max Stafford-Clark for Out of Joint. As assistant: Now or Later (Royal Court) directed by Dominic Cooke and The Elixir of Love (WNO) directed by John Doyle. TV: 6Degrees (BBC Northern Ireland).

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Des Kennedy


Director

Des Kennedy trained on the National Theatre Studio Directors’ Programme. Directing credits include: Teenage Kicks, a Punk Musical (Millenium Forum, Derry City of Culture) How the World Began (Out of Joint); White Star of the North Lyric, Belfast); Vernon God Little (Brian Friel Theatre); God’s Country (Belfast Festival at Queen’s); Between Life and Nowhere (3LD, New York); The Prophet of Monto (Flea Theater, New York); Johnny Meister + the Stitch (Mead Theatre, Washington, DC); The Great Ramshackle Heart (Public Theater, New York); The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Brian Friel Theatre); Dying City (Project Arts Centre, Dublin); Woman and Scarecrow (Flashpoint, Washington, DC); Seven Jewish Children (Queen’s Studio, Belfast); Salaam Mr Bush! (rehearsed reading, Royal Court); The Laramie Project (NSDF), for which he won the Bush Theatre Directing Award, and Scenes From the Big Picture (Callan Theatre, Washington, DC) which was named one of the Best 10 Productions of the Last Decade by the Washington Post. As associate: Once (West End, Ireland, South Korea), The Nether (Headlong), Top Girls, Our Country’s Good, A Dish of Tea With Dr Johnson and Bang Bang Bang, all directed by Max Stafford-Clark for Out of Joint. As assistant: Now or Later (Royal Court) directed by Dominic Cooke and The Elixir of Love (WNO) directed by John Doyle. TV: 6Degrees (BBC Northern Ireland).

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Diana Nneka Atuona


Writer

Diana Nneka Atuona is a British born, Nigerian writer from Peckham, South London. She studied International Politics at South Bank University and upon graduating, was awarded a scholarship from Gray’s Inn to study Law, though her first passion is has always has been to write for the stage and screen. She has been a member of the Royal Court’s Invitation Writing Group and was the Theatre Local officer for The Royal Court’s Theatre Local Project in 2011 and 2012. Her first play, Liberian Girl, placed top 25 in the Verity Bargate 2013 competition (Soho Theatre) and was longlisted for the Bruntwood Prize 2013. In 2014, Liberian Girl was performed as a staged presentation at The Summit to End Sexual Violence and in January 2015, Liberian Girl received its full production at the Royal Court Theatre. She also took part in the Headlong writer’s group in 2014 and she is currently on commission at The Old Vic Theatre.

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Diana Nneka Atuona


Writer

Diana Nneka Atuona is a British born, Nigerian writer from Peckham, South London. She studied International Politics at South Bank University and upon graduating, was awarded a scholarship from Gray’s Inn to study Law, though her first passion is has always has been to write for the stage and screen. She has been a member of the Royal Court’s Invitation Writing Group and was the Theatre Local officer for The Royal Court’s Theatre Local Project in 2011 and 2012. Her first play, Liberian Girl, placed top 25 in the Verity Bargate 2013 competition (Soho Theatre) and was longlisted for the Bruntwood Prize 2013. In 2014, Liberian Girl was performed as a staged presentation at The Summit to End Sexual Violence and in January 2015, Liberian Girl received its full production at the Royal Court Theatre. She also took part in the Headlong writer’s group in 2014 and she is currently on commission at The Old Vic Theatre.

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Doireann May White


Actor

Doireann trained at RADA, and has just graduated this July. Previous theatre work includes The Sweethearts (Finborough Theatre), There is No Failure. Only Feedback (Rosemary Branch Theatre), The Sugar Wife, Women of Twilight, The Rover and New Labour (RADA), The Importance of Being Earnest, The Wonderful World of Dissocia, and K. Short Stories and Fragments by Franz Kafka (Samuel Beckett Theatre, Dublin), The Lonesome West (National Tour) and The Making of 'Tis Pity She's a Whore (Project Arts Centre). Work for camera includes Those Who are Lost (dir Sam McMullen), Impact (RADA) and Student/Teacher (RTE Storyland Series).

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Doireann May White


Actor

Doireann trained at RADA, and has just graduated this July. Previous theatre work includes The Sweethearts (Finborough Theatre), There is No Failure. Only Feedback (Rosemary Branch Theatre), The Sugar Wife, Women of Twilight, The Rover and New Labour (RADA), The Importance of Being Earnest, The Wonderful World of Dissocia, and K. Short Stories and Fragments by Franz Kafka (Samuel Beckett Theatre, Dublin), The Lonesome West (National Tour) and The Making of 'Tis Pity She's a Whore (Project Arts Centre). Work for camera includes Those Who are Lost (dir Sam McMullen), Impact (RADA) and Student/Teacher (RTE Storyland Series).

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Dorothy Cotter


Actor

Dorothy has worked in theatre and television in Ireland for the last 15 years and recently relocated to London. Theatre highlights include A Midsummer Night’s Dream (National Concert Hall) and Dear Frankie (Gaiety Theatre) in which she played 35 different characters. Dorothy was a principal cast member in Bel’s Boys (ITV), a regular on the satirical comedy series The Savage Eye (RTE) and was nominated Best Actress at the Feel Good Film Festival in L.A. for her role in the short film Henry & Sunny.

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Dorothy Cotter


Actor

Dorothy has worked in theatre and television in Ireland for the last 15 years and recently relocated to London. Theatre highlights include A Midsummer Night’s Dream (National Concert Hall) and Dear Frankie (Gaiety Theatre) in which she played 35 different characters. Dorothy was a principal cast member in Bel’s Boys (ITV), a regular on the satirical comedy series The Savage Eye (RTE) and was nominated Best Actress at the Feel Good Film Festival in L.A. for her role in the short film Henry & Sunny.

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Emma Dennis-Edwards


Actor

Theatre work includes: Upper Cut (Southwark Playhouse) Fast Track (The North Wall); Clean (The Traverse/59e59 New York); Hurried Steps (Finborough/The Cockpit Theatre/Dukes Theatre Lancaster/Brighton Dome); Talent (Soho Theatre); Millennium (Old Vic New Voices/The Vineyard New York) and Ma Kelly's Doorstep (Attic Theatre Company). Her films include Trap for Cinderella and A Heart Divided.

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Emma Dennis-Edwards


Actor

Theatre work includes: Upper Cut (Southwark Playhouse) Fast Track (The North Wall); Clean (The Traverse/59e59 New York); Hurried Steps (Finborough/The Cockpit Theatre/Dukes Theatre Lancaster/Brighton Dome); Talent (Soho Theatre); Millennium (Old Vic New Voices/The Vineyard New York) and Ma Kelly's Doorstep (Attic Theatre Company). Her films include Trap for Cinderella and A Heart Divided.

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Fiona Jane Coombe


Stage Manager

Fiona Jane Coombe graduated Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in 2008 and has since worked on a variety of shows. Musicals include Jesus Christ Superstar (UK Tour), Sister Act, (Aberystwyth Arts Centre) The Tailor Made Man (Arts Theatre), Fiddler on the Roof (UK Tour), Hurly Burly Show (Duchess Theatre) and Wonderful Town (UK Tour); Breakin’ Convention (Sadlers Wells and UK Tour) and Shaun’s Big Show (UK Tour). Her theatre credits include The Small Hand (UK Tour) and The Vagina Monologues (UK Tour).

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Fiona Jane Coombe


Stage Manager

Fiona Jane Coombe graduated Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in 2008 and has since worked on a variety of shows. Musicals include Jesus Christ Superstar (UK Tour), Sister Act, (Aberystwyth Arts Centre) The Tailor Made Man (Arts Theatre), Fiddler on the Roof (UK Tour), Hurly Burly Show (Duchess Theatre) and Wonderful Town (UK Tour); Breakin’ Convention (Sadlers Wells and UK Tour) and Shaun’s Big Show (UK Tour). Her theatre credits include The Small Hand (UK Tour) and The Vagina Monologues (UK Tour).

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Fionn Walton


Actor

Theatre: Deadly (Abbey Theatre, Dublin), Juno and the Paycock (Liverpool Playhouse and Bristol Old Vic), Desire Under The Elms (Corn Exchange), Disco Pigs (DU Players and Smock Alley Theatre) for which he won Best Actor at ISDA Awards 2009, Bedbound (New Theatre) and The Wonderful World of Dissocia (Samuel Beckett Theatre). Television: Moonfleet and Trivia II. Film: Ctrl.Alt.Del, Stand Behind You, Get Up And Go, Out of Here, Jack Taylor and What Richard Did.

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Fionn Walton


Actor

Theatre: Deadly (Abbey Theatre, Dublin), Juno and the Paycock (Liverpool Playhouse and Bristol Old Vic), Desire Under The Elms (Corn Exchange), Disco Pigs (DU Players and Smock Alley Theatre) for which he won Best Actor at ISDA Awards 2009, Bedbound (New Theatre) and The Wonderful World of Dissocia (Samuel Beckett Theatre). Television: Moonfleet and Trivia II. Film: Ctrl.Alt.Del, Stand Behind You, Get Up And Go, Out of Here, Jack Taylor and What Richard Did.

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Gabriel Vick


Actor

Gabriel Trained at the Royal Academy of Music.

Recent credits include: Original London cast of Once (Phoenix Theatre), Chariots of Fire (Gielgud Theatre), The Tempest (Bath Theatre Royal), Hamlet -The Musical (Northampton); Double Falsehood (Union Theatre); Murder in the Cathedral (Oxford Playhouse); The Great British Country Fete (The Bush); La Cage Aux Folles (Playhouse Theatre); What’sOnStage nominee for Henrik in A Little Night Music Directed by Sir Trevor Nunn (The Menier Chocolate Factory/ Garrick Theatre); Dickens Unplugged (Edinburgh Festival/ Comedy Theatre); Cabaret (Lyric Theatre); Original London cast of Avenue Q (Noel Coward Theatre) and Scrooge (London Palladium).

TV and film credits include The Invisible Woman, Les Miserables, Hold, White Van Man (ITV), Eliminate: Archie Cookson, Eastenders (BBC TV), MI High and My Family.

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Gabriel Vick


Actor

Gabriel Trained at the Royal Academy of Music.

Recent credits include: Original London cast of Once (Phoenix Theatre), Chariots of Fire (Gielgud Theatre), The Tempest (Bath Theatre Royal), Hamlet -The Musical (Northampton); Double Falsehood (Union Theatre); Murder in the Cathedral (Oxford Playhouse); The Great British Country Fete (The Bush); La Cage Aux Folles (Playhouse Theatre); What’sOnStage nominee for Henrik in A Little Night Music Directed by Sir Trevor Nunn (The Menier Chocolate Factory/ Garrick Theatre); Dickens Unplugged (Edinburgh Festival/ Comedy Theatre); Cabaret (Lyric Theatre); Original London cast of Avenue Q (Noel Coward Theatre) and Scrooge (London Palladium).

TV and film credits include The Invisible Woman, Les Miserables, Hold, White Van Man (ITV), Eliminate: Archie Cookson, Eastenders (BBC TV), MI High and My Family.

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Gareth McLeod


Actor / Stage Manager / Film Editor

Gareth's recent sound designs include The Green Bay Tree, Flowers of the Forest and Valerie Hobson (Jermyn Street Theatre). Previous designs include Now We Are Sixty and The Condor and the Maiden (King's Head Theatre), Susan Black Sings Piaf (Leicester Square Theatre) and Cowardy Custard, The Little Hut and Tomfoolery (UK tours).

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Gareth McLeod


Actor / Stage Manager / Film Editor

Gareth's recent sound designs include The Green Bay Tree, Flowers of the Forest and Valerie Hobson (Jermyn Street Theatre). Previous designs include Now We Are Sixty and The Condor and the Maiden (King's Head Theatre), Susan Black Sings Piaf (Leicester Square Theatre) and Cowardy Custard, The Little Hut and Tomfoolery (UK tours).

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Helen Donnelly


Director

Helen Donnelly is a Northern Irish director working in London. She is currently Assistant Director to Benji Sperring for Shock Treatment (The King's Head). She trained at Royal Holloway with an MA in Theatre Directing. Previously Helen was the Resident Assistant Director at the Finborough Theatre where she directed the European premiere of Pig Girl by Colleen Murphy. Directing credits include Scumbags (Rich Mix), Corrections (Intermission Theatre), Sticks & Stones (REDfest at Old Red Lion), Invisible Woman (Hen & Chickens), About A Goth (Black Box Belfast), Far Away (Crescent Arts Centre Belfast), Lead Astray (MAC Belfast) and Sitting Up For Michael (Northern Irish tour). Credits as Assistant Director include Macbeth (Lynne Parker, Lyric Theatre Belfast), Hansel and Gretel ( Oliver Mears, Gaiety Theatre Dublin), The Return of Colmcille (Jamie Harper, Derry City of Culture), and for the Finborough, Almost Near, John Ferguson, Hostage Song and The Immortal Hour.

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Helen Donnelly


Director

Helen Donnelly is a Northern Irish director working in London. She is currently Assistant Director to Benji Sperring for Shock Treatment (The King's Head). She trained at Royal Holloway with an MA in Theatre Directing. Previously Helen was the Resident Assistant Director at the Finborough Theatre where she directed the European premiere of Pig Girl by Colleen Murphy. Directing credits include Scumbags (Rich Mix), Corrections (Intermission Theatre), Sticks & Stones (REDfest at Old Red Lion), Invisible Woman (Hen & Chickens), About A Goth (Black Box Belfast), Far Away (Crescent Arts Centre Belfast), Lead Astray (MAC Belfast) and Sitting Up For Michael (Northern Irish tour). Credits as Assistant Director include Macbeth (Lynne Parker, Lyric Theatre Belfast), Hansel and Gretel ( Oliver Mears, Gaiety Theatre Dublin), The Return of Colmcille (Jamie Harper, Derry City of Culture), and for the Finborough, Almost Near, John Ferguson, Hostage Song and The Immortal Hour.

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Howard Teale


Actor

Howard was born in London and grew up in Sussex. Whilst at sixth form college he experienced a workshop by the Théâtre de Complicité that fired his ambition to act and led him to train at Mountview Theatre School and Sam Cogan's School of the Science of Acting.  Howard co-founded award-winning Slipstream Productions which included PUSH (Time Out Critic’s Choice), TALES FROM A PIER, THE EIGHT FOOT LEAP (with Sam Kelly) and LOVE ON THE FIRST FLOOR. Early on Howard was fortunate to be taken under the wing of producer Thelma Holt and appeared in several of her West End productions.  He has since worked at Glasgow Citz and Northampton amongst many others and enjoyed the lead role in IRISH BLOOD ENGLISH HEART at the Union Theatre in Southwark then transferred to Trafalgar Studios.  Howard has collaborated several times with Caitriona McLaughlin - most recently in Ireland during the Derry: City of Culture year in 2013 and then in BUNNY'S VENDETTA.  He has just finished at Hull Truck Theatre in REVOLUTION for M68 Theatre Company.

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Howard Teale


Actor

Howard was born in London and grew up in Sussex. Whilst at sixth form college he experienced a workshop by the Théâtre de Complicité that fired his ambition to act and led him to train at Mountview Theatre School and Sam Cogan's School of the Science of Acting.  Howard co-founded award-winning Slipstream Productions which included PUSH (Time Out Critic’s Choice), TALES FROM A PIER, THE EIGHT FOOT LEAP (with Sam Kelly) and LOVE ON THE FIRST FLOOR. Early on Howard was fortunate to be taken under the wing of producer Thelma Holt and appeared in several of her West End productions.  He has since worked at Glasgow Citz and Northampton amongst many others and enjoyed the lead role in IRISH BLOOD ENGLISH HEART at the Union Theatre in Southwark then transferred to Trafalgar Studios.  Howard has collaborated several times with Caitriona McLaughlin - most recently in Ireland during the Derry: City of Culture year in 2013 and then in BUNNY'S VENDETTA.  He has just finished at Hull Truck Theatre in REVOLUTION for M68 Theatre Company.

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Ian Bonar


Actor

Ian Bonar trained at Bristol old Vic Theatre School. THEATRE INCLUDES: Arden of Faversham, The Witch of Edmonton, The Roaring Girl; RSC, The Blackest Black; Hampstead, City Love; The Bussey Building. Brilliant Adventures; Manchester Royal Exchange, DNA, The Miracle; National Theatre, Ma Vie en Rose; Young Vic, Me, As a Penguin; Arcola. TELEVISON INCLUDES: Southcliffe, Black Mirror, Holy Flying Circus, Going Postal, Scott and Bailey. FILM INCLUDES: Spectre, Skyfall, Kon-Tiki, 1234, Tintin, Starter for Ten, How to Lose Friends and Alienate People, Atonement.

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Ian Bonar


Actor

Ian Bonar trained at Bristol old Vic Theatre School. THEATRE INCLUDES: Arden of Faversham, The Witch of Edmonton, The Roaring Girl; RSC, The Blackest Black; Hampstead, City Love; The Bussey Building. Brilliant Adventures; Manchester Royal Exchange, DNA, The Miracle; National Theatre, Ma Vie en Rose; Young Vic, Me, As a Penguin; Arcola. TELEVISON INCLUDES: Southcliffe, Black Mirror, Holy Flying Circus, Going Postal, Scott and Bailey. FILM INCLUDES: Spectre, Skyfall, Kon-Tiki, 1234, Tintin, Starter for Ten, How to Lose Friends and Alienate People, Atonement.

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James Cooney


Actor

James Cooney is an actor and voice over artist who graduated from LIPA in 2011. His role of Greg in Bottleneck was nominated for 'Best Male Performance' at the 2014 Off West End awards. Theatre credits include: Island (National Theatre), Hamlet (The Watermill Theatre), Bottom Up (Southwark Playhouse), The Only Way is Chelsea's (York Theatre Royal, Live Theatre Newcastle and Soho Theatre), Bottleneck (Soho Theatre, Edinburgh Fringe and UK Tour), You Once Said Yes, (The Lowry Theatre), and The 24 Hour Plays (Old Vic). TV and Film credits include: Ollie in Strangeways Here We Come (Oh My Productions), Cushy (Second Shot Productions - Winner of Yorkshire Short Film at Leeds International Film Festival), Doctors (BBC) and Vic/Tim (NFTS).

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James Cooney


Actor

James Cooney is an actor and voice over artist who graduated from LIPA in 2011. His role of Greg in Bottleneck was nominated for 'Best Male Performance' at the 2014 Off West End awards. Theatre credits include: Island (National Theatre), Hamlet (The Watermill Theatre), Bottom Up (Southwark Playhouse), The Only Way is Chelsea's (York Theatre Royal, Live Theatre Newcastle and Soho Theatre), Bottleneck (Soho Theatre, Edinburgh Fringe and UK Tour), You Once Said Yes, (The Lowry Theatre), and The 24 Hour Plays (Old Vic). TV and Film credits include: Ollie in Strangeways Here We Come (Oh My Productions), Cushy (Second Shot Productions - Winner of Yorkshire Short Film at Leeds International Film Festival), Doctors (BBC) and Vic/Tim (NFTS).

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Jennie Goossens


Actor

Jennie Goossens trained at the Central School and in 1958, after a spell in repertory joined the Old Vic Company for a tour of the USA, Canada and Europe. She remained with the company in London playing, amongst other parts, Hippolyta in The Dream’, Lady Mortimer in Henry IV Pt I, and Cornelia in The White Devil. Other West End appearances were in Butley opposite Alec McCowen, Whose Life is it Anyway, opposite Tom Conti, and a season of Shakespeare (Viola and Portia) at the Comedy Theatre. Joined the RSC in 1982 for two years, returning to the States for the Olympic Arts Festival in California playing Duenna in Cyrano de Bergerac with Derek Jacobi. At The Man in the Moon theatre she played the title role in The House of Bernada Alba and in 1999 went to Vienna’s English Theatre in Pygmalion playing Mrs Eynsford-Hill. Back home, a two-hander Dot Com for Trinity Arts. Television appearances include BD Girl in Z Cars, the Nurse in The Secret Garden Aveline’s mother-in-law in Bread and the Judge (who sent Arthur to prison) in Eastenders. Also, Grange Hill, Just William, Family Affairs, Down to Earth, The Robinsons, the Omid Djalili Show (twice) and Extras with Ricky Gervais. Film include The Pumpkin Eater, The Outlaw and the Italian film South Kensington with Elle Macpherson and Rupert Everett. Radio work has included several plays and reading four books for Woman’s Hour. Also the Narrator in a concert performance of Peter and the Wolf.

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Jennie Goossens


Actor

Jennie Goossens trained at the Central School and in 1958, after a spell in repertory joined the Old Vic Company for a tour of the USA, Canada and Europe. She remained with the company in London playing, amongst other parts, Hippolyta in The Dream’, Lady Mortimer in Henry IV Pt I, and Cornelia in The White Devil. Other West End appearances were in Butley opposite Alec McCowen, Whose Life is it Anyway, opposite Tom Conti, and a season of Shakespeare (Viola and Portia) at the Comedy Theatre. Joined the RSC in 1982 for two years, returning to the States for the Olympic Arts Festival in California playing Duenna in Cyrano de Bergerac with Derek Jacobi. At The Man in the Moon theatre she played the title role in The House of Bernada Alba and in 1999 went to Vienna’s English Theatre in Pygmalion playing Mrs Eynsford-Hill. Back home, a two-hander Dot Com for Trinity Arts. Television appearances include BD Girl in Z Cars, the Nurse in The Secret Garden Aveline’s mother-in-law in Bread and the Judge (who sent Arthur to prison) in Eastenders. Also, Grange Hill, Just William, Family Affairs, Down to Earth, The Robinsons, the Omid Djalili Show (twice) and Extras with Ricky Gervais. Film include The Pumpkin Eater, The Outlaw and the Italian film South Kensington with Elle Macpherson and Rupert Everett. Radio work has included several plays and reading four books for Woman’s Hour. Also the Narrator in a concert performance of Peter and the Wolf.

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John Van Druten


Writer

John Van Druten was born in London in 1901 to Dutch parents. He read Law at UCL and went on to practice as a solicitor before rising to prominence as a playwright in 1926. His first major success, Young Woodley (1925), was initially banned in London by the Lord Chamberlain's office for its controversial portrayal of a schoolboy falling in love with his headmaster's wife. In spite of this, or perhaps because of it, Young Woodley went on to have successful runs on Broadway and in the West End.

Van Druten became among the most prolific playwrights of the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s. Thirteen of his plays had been produced before he wrote Flowers of the Forest in 1934. He emigrated to America shortly thereafter, becoming a naturalised citizen in 1944. It was during this period that he wrote one of his most successful plays, The Voice of the Turtle (1943), which ran for three seasons in New York and was subsequently filmed with Ronald Reagan.

Van Druten is best known today for I am a Camera (1951), a play based on Christopher Isherwood's novel Goodbye to Berlin (1939). Both were used as the basis of Joe Masteroff's book for the Kander and Ebb musical, Cabaret (1966).

Aside from his playwriting, Van Druten wrote two novels and two autobiographies as well as directing several of his own plays before his death at Indio, California, in 1957.

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John Van Druten


Writer

John Van Druten was born in London in 1901 to Dutch parents. He read Law at UCL and went on to practice as a solicitor before rising to prominence as a playwright in 1926. His first major success, Young Woodley (1925), was initially banned in London by the Lord Chamberlain's office for its controversial portrayal of a schoolboy falling in love with his headmaster's wife. In spite of this, or perhaps because of it, Young Woodley went on to have successful runs on Broadway and in the West End.

Van Druten became among the most prolific playwrights of the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s. Thirteen of his plays had been produced before he wrote Flowers of the Forest in 1934. He emigrated to America shortly thereafter, becoming a naturalised citizen in 1944. It was during this period that he wrote one of his most successful plays, The Voice of the Turtle (1943), which ran for three seasons in New York and was subsequently filmed with Ronald Reagan.

Van Druten is best known today for I am a Camera (1951), a play based on Christopher Isherwood's novel Goodbye to Berlin (1939). Both were used as the basis of Joe Masteroff's book for the Kander and Ebb musical, Cabaret (1966).

Aside from his playwriting, Van Druten wrote two novels and two autobiographies as well as directing several of his own plays before his death at Indio, California, in 1957.

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Josh Stamp-Simon


Assistant Director

Josh Stamp-Simon is a graduate of the University of Cambridge. Directing credits include Merrily We Roll Along (ADC Theatre), Dealer's Choice (Corpus Playrooms), Posh (ADC Theatre). As assistant director his work includes The Blood is Strong (Finborough), An Incident at the Border (Finborough/Trafalgar Studios). In February 2015, Josh is thrilled to be returning to Jermyn Street Theatre as director of The Last of the De Mullins.

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Josh Stamp-Simon


Assistant Director

Josh Stamp-Simon is a graduate of the University of Cambridge. Directing credits include Merrily We Roll Along (ADC Theatre), Dealer's Choice (Corpus Playrooms), Posh (ADC Theatre). As assistant director his work includes The Blood is Strong (Finborough), An Incident at the Border (Finborough/Trafalgar Studios). In February 2015, Josh is thrilled to be returning to Jermyn Street Theatre as director of The Last of the De Mullins.

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Kevin Trainor


Actor

Kevin Trainor is an Irish actor from Kilkeel, County Down. He trained at RADA 2001-2004 and has worked across stage and screen for the last decade. He made his screen debut in Guillermo del Toro’s Hellboy (2003) and has been a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company.  He has acted in the West End, the Old Vic, the Bush, Theatre Royal (Stratford East) and many (British) regional theatres. In 2013 he played the title role of Dr Faustus in Colin Teevan’s reinterpretation of Marlowe’s play (Leeds WYP and Glasgow Citz). He is chiefly known for his work on new plays in the theatre and in comedy on television. He played Charles Adams in HBO’s award winning miniseries “John Adams” (2007) and Kieran in two series of Sky1 sitcom “The Cafe”. He was Shawn Keogh in John Crowley’s 2011 Old Vic production of ‘The Playboy of the Western World”. He appeared in the inaugural production at Belfast’s MAC Theatre - “Titanic…’ by Owen McCafferty. Recent and upcoming TV appearances include: "Endeavour", "London Irish" and "Utopia: series 2" (both Channel 4). Kevin has also played Bertie Wooster in a fringe production of the Ayckbourn/Lloyd-Webber musical "By Jeeves” and has greatly enjoyed singing at WIN (Women’s Irish Network)’s St Patrick’s Night Hooleys.

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Kevin Trainor


Actor

Kevin Trainor is an Irish actor from Kilkeel, County Down. He trained at RADA 2001-2004 and has worked across stage and screen for the last decade. He made his screen debut in Guillermo del Toro’s Hellboy (2003) and has been a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company.  He has acted in the West End, the Old Vic, the Bush, Theatre Royal (Stratford East) and many (British) regional theatres. In 2013 he played the title role of Dr Faustus in Colin Teevan’s reinterpretation of Marlowe’s play (Leeds WYP and Glasgow Citz). He is chiefly known for his work on new plays in the theatre and in comedy on television. He played Charles Adams in HBO’s award winning miniseries “John Adams” (2007) and Kieran in two series of Sky1 sitcom “The Cafe”. He was Shawn Keogh in John Crowley’s 2011 Old Vic production of ‘The Playboy of the Western World”. He appeared in the inaugural production at Belfast’s MAC Theatre - “Titanic…’ by Owen McCafferty. Recent and upcoming TV appearances include: "Endeavour", "London Irish" and "Utopia: series 2" (both Channel 4). Kevin has also played Bertie Wooster in a fringe production of the Ayckbourn/Lloyd-Webber musical "By Jeeves” and has greatly enjoyed singing at WIN (Women’s Irish Network)’s St Patrick’s Night Hooleys.

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Lorna Gayle


Actor

Lorna Gayle spent 3 years at Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art, significantly enrolling at 37 and graduating age 40! Since graduating, Lorna has had success both on screen and stage. She has appeared alongside Christian Bale and Heath Ledger in the Batman Movie ‘Dark Knight’ Run Fat Boy Run, One Day, and has also been seen in popular TV series including; Dancing on The Edge, Torchwood, Eastenders, Silk, Ashes to Ashes & One Night. Theatre credits include: The Crucible (Dominic Cooke) Sugar Mummies (Indhu Rubasingham) Rudy's Rare Records (Paulette Randall) She is currently developing her One Woman Play which will hit theatres later this year.

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Lorna Gayle


Actor

Lorna Gayle spent 3 years at Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art, significantly enrolling at 37 and graduating age 40! Since graduating, Lorna has had success both on screen and stage. She has appeared alongside Christian Bale and Heath Ledger in the Batman Movie ‘Dark Knight’ Run Fat Boy Run, One Day, and has also been seen in popular TV series including; Dancing on The Edge, Torchwood, Eastenders, Silk, Ashes to Ashes & One Night. Theatre credits include: The Crucible (Dominic Cooke) Sugar Mummies (Indhu Rubasingham) Rudy's Rare Records (Paulette Randall) She is currently developing her One Woman Play which will hit theatres later this year.

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Lucia McAnespie


Actor

Lucia hails from Belfast, Northern Ireland. After graduating from Queens’ University  she came to London to begin training at RADA and has been here ever since. Lucia has worked extensively across the UK in theatre and tv and throughout Europe. Her many theatre credits include THE SILVER TASSIE (National Theatre), HAPPINESS (Edinburgh Playhouse Studio), CARTHAGINIANS (Lyric Theatre Belfast), AJAX (Riverside Studios), LINE OF DUTY 2 + 3 (BBC 2), HANJO (Soho Theatre), STEPHEN AND THE SEXY PARTIDGE (Trafalgar Studios) as well as a large body of Shakespeare and new work played everywhere from Elsinore Castle to the ladies loo at the Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh!  Lucia has enjoyed working with  practitioners such as Howard Davis, Frank McGuiness and Adrian Dunbar.   Caitriona Mclaughlin cast her last year in Frank McGuinness's THE FACTORY GIRLS.

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Lucia McAnespie


Actor

Lucia hails from Belfast, Northern Ireland. After graduating from Queens’ University  she came to London to begin training at RADA and has been here ever since. Lucia has worked extensively across the UK in theatre and tv and throughout Europe. Her many theatre credits include THE SILVER TASSIE (National Theatre), HAPPINESS (Edinburgh Playhouse Studio), CARTHAGINIANS (Lyric Theatre Belfast), AJAX (Riverside Studios), LINE OF DUTY 2 + 3 (BBC 2), HANJO (Soho Theatre), STEPHEN AND THE SEXY PARTIDGE (Trafalgar Studios) as well as a large body of Shakespeare and new work played everywhere from Elsinore Castle to the ladies loo at the Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh!  Lucia has enjoyed working with  practitioners such as Howard Davis, Frank McGuiness and Adrian Dunbar.   Caitriona Mclaughlin cast her last year in Frank McGuinness's THE FACTORY GIRLS.

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Luke Barnes


Writer

Luke Barnes is an award-winning writer. His Credits include: CHAPEL STREET (Bush Theatre, UK TOUR), BOTTLENECK (Soho Theatre, UK TOUR) WEEKEND ROCKSTARS (Hull Truck) THE SAINTS (The Nuffield, Southampton) WEEKDAY NIGHTS (Unicorn Theatre/ National Youth Theatre) BEATS NORTH (Northern Stage, Newcastle) WONDROUS PLACE (Royal Exchange, Manchester) and EISTEDDFOD (HighTide). TV Writing Credits include: MINTED (C4) DIALOUGES (BBC4). He was runner up for Best New Play in 2013 and Best New Writer 2012 at the off west end awards for Bottleneck and Chapel Street respectively.

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Luke Barnes


Writer

Luke Barnes is an award-winning writer. His Credits include: CHAPEL STREET (Bush Theatre, UK TOUR), BOTTLENECK (Soho Theatre, UK TOUR) WEEKEND ROCKSTARS (Hull Truck) THE SAINTS (The Nuffield, Southampton) WEEKDAY NIGHTS (Unicorn Theatre/ National Youth Theatre) BEATS NORTH (Northern Stage, Newcastle) WONDROUS PLACE (Royal Exchange, Manchester) and EISTEDDFOD (HighTide). TV Writing Credits include: MINTED (C4) DIALOUGES (BBC4). He was runner up for Best New Play in 2013 and Best New Writer 2012 at the off west end awards for Bottleneck and Chapel Street respectively.

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Mairead Cumiskey


Actor

Mairéad trained at the Samuel Beckett Centre, Trinity College Dublin. Theatre credits include: Healthy Heart, Up in the Clouds, and The Gift (Ten Ten Theatre), Political Me (The Conker Group), Peer Gynt Recharged (Ibsen Stage Company), Paper boy and Friends (Engine 13 Theatre Company), Ann and Barry: What Kind Of Time Do You Call This? (Talking Shop Ensemble), Submarine Man (Upstate Theatre Project), Black Snow (Samuel Beckett Theatre), Love’s Labour’s Lost (Samuel Beckett theatre), The Hostage(Samuel Beckett Theatre), The Tempest (Samuel Beckett Theatre), Vinegar Tom (Samuel Beckett Theatre). Film credits include: Newborn (Wickergirl Productions), Luna (Met Film School), Spin (KK Productions).

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Mairead Cumiskey


Actor

Mairéad trained at the Samuel Beckett Centre, Trinity College Dublin. Theatre credits include: Healthy Heart, Up in the Clouds, and The Gift (Ten Ten Theatre), Political Me (The Conker Group), Peer Gynt Recharged (Ibsen Stage Company), Paper boy and Friends (Engine 13 Theatre Company), Ann and Barry: What Kind Of Time Do You Call This? (Talking Shop Ensemble), Submarine Man (Upstate Theatre Project), Black Snow (Samuel Beckett Theatre), Love’s Labour’s Lost (Samuel Beckett theatre), The Hostage(Samuel Beckett Theatre), The Tempest (Samuel Beckett Theatre), Vinegar Tom (Samuel Beckett Theatre). Film credits include: Newborn (Wickergirl Productions), Luna (Met Film School), Spin (KK Productions).

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Mark Sands


Creative Director

Mark Sands studied at the University of Warwick and trained at East 15 Acting School. He has worked as an actor, writer and producer for several years and after leaving drama school became one of the co-directors of the Angels Theatre Company, performing in THE FOOTBALLER'S WIFE (Riverside Studios) and COME DANCING (Old Red Lion Theatre). He also wrote and acted in two trilogy productions for the company: CELEBS (Old Red Lion Theatre) and HEADSTORMS (Etcetera Theatre). Additional acting credits include A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM (Duke of Yorks), DON JUAN (Southwark Playhouse), THE DANCE OF DEATH (White Bear), BOYFRIENDS (Channel 4) and BODY STORY (Wall to Wall TV Ltd).

In 2002, he became the Director of Development and Administration at Studio Theatre on the campus of North Westminster Community School, programming 3 seasons per year of drama, music and dance for a predominantly young audience. During this time he joined Deafinitely Theatre as a founding trustee and later was employed by the company to assist in its development. In 2006, he left Studio Theatre to commit full-time to Deafinitely Theatre as their General Manager, a role that developed into being Executive Director, where he stayed until September 2015. During this time, he produced work at Shakespeare’s Globe, Soho Theatre, Southwark Playhouse, Park Theatre and several national UK tours.

In 2009, he co-founded The Blueprint Theatre Company, where he acted in and jointly produced the critically acclaimed THIS STORY OF YOURS and WOMEN LAUGHING, both at the Old Red Lion Theatre, and produced  the 5 star production of FROZEN (Park Theatre) in 2015.

In 2014, Mark co-founded Ardent Theatre Company with Andrew Muir launching with a co-production of John Van Druten’s FLOWERS OF THE FOREST at Jermyn Street Theatre, gaining 5 star reviews and an extended run. In May 2015, Ardent produced PARTY LINES - an evening of 5 newly commissioned short plays written in response to the General Election – establishing a brand for the type of work we want to produce.

Mark continues to work as a freelance writer and producer, and is also part-time Finance Manager for Boundless Theatre.

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Mark Sands


Creative Director

Mark Sands studied at the University of Warwick and trained at East 15 Acting School. He has worked as an actor, writer and producer for several years and after leaving drama school became one of the co-directors of the Angels Theatre Company, performing in THE FOOTBALLER'S WIFE (Riverside Studios) and COME DANCING (Old Red Lion Theatre). He also wrote and acted in two trilogy productions for the company: CELEBS (Old Red Lion Theatre) and HEADSTORMS (Etcetera Theatre). Additional acting credits include A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM (Duke of Yorks), DON JUAN (Southwark Playhouse), THE DANCE OF DEATH (White Bear), BOYFRIENDS (Channel 4) and BODY STORY (Wall to Wall TV Ltd).

In 2002, he became the Director of Development and Administration at Studio Theatre on the campus of North Westminster Community School, programming 3 seasons per year of drama, music and dance for a predominantly young audience. During this time he joined Deafinitely Theatre as a founding trustee and later was employed by the company to assist in its development. In 2006, he left Studio Theatre to commit full-time to Deafinitely Theatre as their General Manager, a role that developed into being Executive Director, where he stayed until September 2015. During this time, he produced work at Shakespeare’s Globe, Soho Theatre, Southwark Playhouse, Park Theatre and several national UK tours.

In 2009, he co-founded The Blueprint Theatre Company, where he acted in and jointly produced the critically acclaimed THIS STORY OF YOURS and WOMEN LAUGHING, both at the Old Red Lion Theatre, and produced  the 5 star production of FROZEN (Park Theatre) in 2015.

In 2014, Mark co-founded Ardent Theatre Company with Andrew Muir launching with a co-production of John Van Druten’s FLOWERS OF THE FOREST at Jermyn Street Theatre, gaining 5 star reviews and an extended run. In May 2015, Ardent produced PARTY LINES - an evening of 5 newly commissioned short plays written in response to the General Election – establishing a brand for the type of work we want to produce.

Mark continues to work as a freelance writer and producer, and is also part-time Finance Manager for Boundless Theatre.

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Mark Straker


Actor

Mark was a member of the NYT and trained at Central.

Film & Television includes Eastenders, Doctors, Law and Order UK, Ashes to Ashes, Spooks, Judge John Deed, Last Laugh, The Basil Brush Show, Batman Begins, Footballers’ Wives, Secrets, Life Begins, The Bill, Murphy’s Law, Manchild, Trail of Guilt, Hidden City, Border Café, Shiner, The Dream Team, Shades, Randall and Hopkirk Deceased, Reach for the Moon, London’s Burning, Casualty and The Wild House.

Theatre includes Blithe Spirit and Say Who You Are (both Vienna's English Theatre), An Evening with Gary Lineker (Far East Tour), Changes (Mast Theatre Company) and Luck Penny (Lion & Unicorn).

Mark also works extensively in radio and voice overs. Three times a member of BBC Radio Drama Company appearing in over 600 radio plays and soon to be in War and Peace BBC Radio 4.

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Mark Straker


Actor

Mark was a member of the NYT and trained at Central.

Film & Television includes Eastenders, Doctors, Law and Order UK, Ashes to Ashes, Spooks, Judge John Deed, Last Laugh, The Basil Brush Show, Batman Begins, Footballers’ Wives, Secrets, Life Begins, The Bill, Murphy’s Law, Manchild, Trail of Guilt, Hidden City, Border Café, Shiner, The Dream Team, Shades, Randall and Hopkirk Deceased, Reach for the Moon, London’s Burning, Casualty and The Wild House.

Theatre includes Blithe Spirit and Say Who You Are (both Vienna's English Theatre), An Evening with Gary Lineker (Far East Tour), Changes (Mast Theatre Company) and Luck Penny (Lion & Unicorn).

Mark also works extensively in radio and voice overs. Three times a member of BBC Radio Drama Company appearing in over 600 radio plays and soon to be in War and Peace BBC Radio 4.

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Matt Andrews


Actor

Since Training at The Drama Centre, London Matt has worked extensively in Theatre, Film & Television in both leading & supporting roles. Theatre includes: 'Strangers on a Train' Gielgud, The Canterbury Tales, Garrick/ 3 tours. 'The Merchant of Venice' Waterfront Belfast/Tour 'Having a Ball' Birmingham Rep/Tour. The Devil's Law Case, Our Day Out, A Cage Without Bars,Under My Skin, Wasted, and many others. Film includes: Elizabeth (Working Title), Up'n'Under (John Godber), Hitlers Death (BBC), Tell My Story (Rajesh Shinde), Ms Lonleyhearts (Hitesh Teli). As well as numerous shorts. Television includes: A Wing and a Prayer, Families, Holby City, The Bill, Waterloo Road, Murphy's Law. He has also performed in a number of Radio 4 plays for the BBC.

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Matt Andrews


Actor

Since Training at The Drama Centre, London Matt has worked extensively in Theatre, Film & Television in both leading & supporting roles. Theatre includes: 'Strangers on a Train' Gielgud, The Canterbury Tales, Garrick/ 3 tours. 'The Merchant of Venice' Waterfront Belfast/Tour 'Having a Ball' Birmingham Rep/Tour. The Devil's Law Case, Our Day Out, A Cage Without Bars,Under My Skin, Wasted, and many others. Film includes: Elizabeth (Working Title), Up'n'Under (John Godber), Hitlers Death (BBC), Tell My Story (Rajesh Shinde), Ms Lonleyhearts (Hitesh Teli). As well as numerous shorts. Television includes: A Wing and a Prayer, Families, Holby City, The Bill, Waterloo Road, Murphy's Law. He has also performed in a number of Radio 4 plays for the BBC.

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Max Wilson


Actor

Max trained at ArtsEd London. Theatre includes Othello at The Riverside Studios (2014 Off West End Nomination: Best Supporting Actor), Betrayal for London Classic Theatre (UK & Ireland Tour), The Tempest and A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Grassroots Shakespeare London, Please Wait Patiently and Snowbird for Hot Tubs & Trampolines. Television includes Doctors for the BBC. Voiceover includes Skoda (TV & Radio), London Zoo: Tiger Territory (TV & Cinema), The Open University / Cyclevox (Documentary), Teletext Holidays (Radio), Tetley Tea (Idents) and The Bathroom (ADR). Commercials include Santander Bank, Meller Candy and Orange Mobile.

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Max Wilson


Actor

Max trained at ArtsEd London. Theatre includes Othello at The Riverside Studios (2014 Off West End Nomination: Best Supporting Actor), Betrayal for London Classic Theatre (UK & Ireland Tour), The Tempest and A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Grassroots Shakespeare London, Please Wait Patiently and Snowbird for Hot Tubs & Trampolines. Television includes Doctors for the BBC. Voiceover includes Skoda (TV & Radio), London Zoo: Tiger Territory (TV & Cinema), The Open University / Cyclevox (Documentary), Teletext Holidays (Radio), Tetley Tea (Idents) and The Bathroom (ADR). Commercials include Santander Bank, Meller Candy and Orange Mobile.

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Michael Matus


Actor

Theatre includes King Lear (Chichester Festival Theatre), The Frogs (Jermyn Street Theatre), Peter and the Starcatcher (Northampton Theatres Trust), The Phantom of the Opera (Cameron Mackintosh), Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Playhouse Theatre), The Return of the Soldier (Jermyn Street Theatre), Hostage Song (Finborough Theatre), The A to Z of Mrs P Sandor (Southwark Playhouse), Sound of Music (Regent’s Park Theatre), Lend Me A Tenor (Gielgud Theatre West End), Tis Pity She’s A Whore (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Midsummer Night’s Dream/Timon of Athens (The Globe Theatre) and Canterbury Tales (RSC Regional Tour). TV incudes Endeavour (ITV), A Prince Among Men (BBC), Then (Channel 4) and Eastenders (BBC).

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Michael Matus


Actor

Theatre includes King Lear (Chichester Festival Theatre), The Frogs (Jermyn Street Theatre), Peter and the Starcatcher (Northampton Theatres Trust), The Phantom of the Opera (Cameron Mackintosh), Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Playhouse Theatre), The Return of the Soldier (Jermyn Street Theatre), Hostage Song (Finborough Theatre), The A to Z of Mrs P Sandor (Southwark Playhouse), Sound of Music (Regent’s Park Theatre), Lend Me A Tenor (Gielgud Theatre West End), Tis Pity She’s A Whore (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Midsummer Night’s Dream/Timon of Athens (The Globe Theatre) and Canterbury Tales (RSC Regional Tour). TV incudes Endeavour (ITV), A Prince Among Men (BBC), Then (Channel 4) and Eastenders (BBC).

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Nicola Kavanagh


Actor

Nicola graduated from Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in 2014. Theatre credits include; Oedipus (Abbey Theatre) Abyss (Arcola Theatre) Othello (Frantic Assembly/ Lyric Hammersmith) A Midsummer Night's Dream (Squerryes Court) London Road (Bristol Old Vic Studio), The Innocent Mistress (Bristol Old Vic Studio), Serious Money (Circomedia) Elevator (THISISPOPBABY). King John and Hamlet (Project Atrs Centre, Dublin). As a singer, Nicola has toured and recorded with the Irish choral group, Anúna.

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Nicola Kavanagh


Actor

Nicola graduated from Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in 2014. Theatre credits include; Oedipus (Abbey Theatre) Abyss (Arcola Theatre) Othello (Frantic Assembly/ Lyric Hammersmith) A Midsummer Night's Dream (Squerryes Court) London Road (Bristol Old Vic Studio), The Innocent Mistress (Bristol Old Vic Studio), Serious Money (Circomedia) Elevator (THISISPOPBABY). King John and Hamlet (Project Atrs Centre, Dublin). As a singer, Nicola has toured and recorded with the Irish choral group, Anúna.

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Patrick Drury


Actor

Patrick trained at RADA

Recent theatre: 27 (National Theatre of Scotland), Democracy (Sheffield Crucible/Old Vic Theatre), The Woman in Black (Fortune), 66 Books: Concerning Faith (Bush), The Cherry Orchard (Birmingham Rep). Other theatre work includes Strange Interlude, Fram, Major Barbara, The Enchantment, Much Ado About Nothing, Danton’s Death, Don Juan, The Prince of Homburg, Murderers, Torquato Tasso, Bartholomew Fair, Fuente Ovejuna, (National Theatre); Waste, Judgement Day (Almeida); Ghosts, King Lear, Twelfth Night, Hamlet, Mother Courage (English Touring Theatre); King and Country (Touring Partnership); Afore Night Come (Young Vic); The Graduate (national tour); The Memory of Water (Vaudeville); Flying Blind (Royal Court); Coriolanus (Edinburgh/Jerusalem/Tokyo); Rebecca (Vienna); Proof (Frankfurt); Silas Marner (Orange Tree Theatre); The Trinidad Sisters (Donmar); Measure for Measure (Riverside Studios). Television: Prisoners Wives, Father Ted (3 series); The Politician’s Wife; Cold Blood; Midsomer Murders; Rory Bremner: Who Else?; The Men’s Room; Shoot to Kill; Judge John Deed; Silent Witness; Inspector Morse; Lennon Naked. Film: The Awakening; Hanna’s War; Singleton’s Pluck; The Nightingale Saga.

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Patrick Drury


Actor

Patrick trained at RADA

Recent theatre: 27 (National Theatre of Scotland), Democracy (Sheffield Crucible/Old Vic Theatre), The Woman in Black (Fortune), 66 Books: Concerning Faith (Bush), The Cherry Orchard (Birmingham Rep). Other theatre work includes Strange Interlude, Fram, Major Barbara, The Enchantment, Much Ado About Nothing, Danton’s Death, Don Juan, The Prince of Homburg, Murderers, Torquato Tasso, Bartholomew Fair, Fuente Ovejuna, (National Theatre); Waste, Judgement Day (Almeida); Ghosts, King Lear, Twelfth Night, Hamlet, Mother Courage (English Touring Theatre); King and Country (Touring Partnership); Afore Night Come (Young Vic); The Graduate (national tour); The Memory of Water (Vaudeville); Flying Blind (Royal Court); Coriolanus (Edinburgh/Jerusalem/Tokyo); Rebecca (Vienna); Proof (Frankfurt); Silas Marner (Orange Tree Theatre); The Trinidad Sisters (Donmar); Measure for Measure (Riverside Studios). Television: Prisoners Wives, Father Ted (3 series); The Politician’s Wife; Cold Blood; Midsomer Murders; Rory Bremner: Who Else?; The Men’s Room; Shoot to Kill; Judge John Deed; Silent Witness; Inspector Morse; Lennon Naked. Film: The Awakening; Hanna’s War; Singleton’s Pluck; The Nightingale Saga.

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Paul Keating


Actor

Theatre includes: Kenny in KENNY MORGAN (Arcola Theatre), Elliot Garfield in THE GOODBYE GIRL (Gatehouse Theatre), Scarecrow in THE WIZARD OF OZ (London Palladium), TICK TICK BOOM! (Duchess Theatre), BLOWING WHISTLES (Leicester Square Theatre), Buttons in Stephen Fry’s CINDERELLA (Old Vic), LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (Menier Chocolate Factory & Duke of York’s), DON CARLOS (Gielgud Theatre), GLADIATOR GAMES (Theatre Royal, Stratford East), A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre in conjunction with The Donmar Warehouse), THE FULL MONTY (Prince of Wales Theatre), CLOSER TO HEAVEN (The Arts Theatre) - Olivier Award nomination, LA CAVA (Piccadilly Theatre), ASSASSINS (New End Theatre), LOST IN YONKERS (Novello Theatre), TOMMY (Shaftesbury Theatre) - Olivier Award nomination.

TV credits include: AGAINST THE LAW (BBC), HUMANS (Channel 4), HOLBY CITY (BBC), INJUSTICE (ITV), EASTENDERS (BBC), METROSEXUALITY (Channel 4), SECRET BRITAIN  (Channel 4), AMBASSADOR (BBC), PENPICS (Channel 4), TROUBLEMAKERS (BBC), THE BILL (Carlton) and CASUALTY (BBC).

Film credits include THE BROTHERS MARTERANA, STRIP, BRING ME THE HEAD OF MAVIS DAVIS, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, and HETROSEXUALITY.

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Paul Keating


Actor

Theatre includes: Kenny in KENNY MORGAN (Arcola Theatre), Elliot Garfield in THE GOODBYE GIRL (Gatehouse Theatre), Scarecrow in THE WIZARD OF OZ (London Palladium), TICK TICK BOOM! (Duchess Theatre), BLOWING WHISTLES (Leicester Square Theatre), Buttons in Stephen Fry’s CINDERELLA (Old Vic), LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (Menier Chocolate Factory & Duke of York’s), DON CARLOS (Gielgud Theatre), GLADIATOR GAMES (Theatre Royal, Stratford East), A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre in conjunction with The Donmar Warehouse), THE FULL MONTY (Prince of Wales Theatre), CLOSER TO HEAVEN (The Arts Theatre) - Olivier Award nomination, LA CAVA (Piccadilly Theatre), ASSASSINS (New End Theatre), LOST IN YONKERS (Novello Theatre), TOMMY (Shaftesbury Theatre) - Olivier Award nomination.

TV credits include: AGAINST THE LAW (BBC), HUMANS (Channel 4), HOLBY CITY (BBC), INJUSTICE (ITV), EASTENDERS (BBC), METROSEXUALITY (Channel 4), SECRET BRITAIN  (Channel 4), AMBASSADOR (BBC), PENPICS (Channel 4), TROUBLEMAKERS (BBC), THE BILL (Carlton) and CASUALTY (BBC).

Film credits include THE BROTHERS MARTERANA, STRIP, BRING ME THE HEAD OF MAVIS DAVIS, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, and HETROSEXUALITY.

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Robert Wolstenholme


Director

Robert Wolstenholme studied directing at Drama Studio, London and on the National Theatre Studio Directors’ Programme. For his own company Signal (www.signaltheatre.com), he has directed Shang-a-Lang (King’s Head), A Place at the Table and Here (Tristan Bates), The Night Before Christmas (Hen & Chickens/Bike Shed, Exeter) and Private Lives (Canal Café), all of which he also co-produced. Other directing includes: Tender Soup (New Diorama), Brotherly Love (Counting House, Edinburgh), Gilbert is Dead (Hoxton Hall), One Minute (Courtyard), Guerilla/Whore (Tabard), The Unattended (Gilded Balloon, Edinburgh), Bash (Hen & Chickens), Closer (Landor), Road (Croydon Clocktower), Love & Understanding and Can’t Stand Up For Falling Down (Etcetera); numerous shorts, including all six editions of The Story Project (Arcola), and rehearsed readings, including for the Bush, the Finborough, Old Vic/New Voices and at Soho Theatre for Amnesty International.

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Robert Wolstenholme


Director

Robert Wolstenholme studied directing at Drama Studio, London and on the National Theatre Studio Directors’ Programme. For his own company Signal (www.signaltheatre.com), he has directed Shang-a-Lang (King’s Head), A Place at the Table and Here (Tristan Bates), The Night Before Christmas (Hen & Chickens/Bike Shed, Exeter) and Private Lives (Canal Café), all of which he also co-produced. Other directing includes: Tender Soup (New Diorama), Brotherly Love (Counting House, Edinburgh), Gilbert is Dead (Hoxton Hall), One Minute (Courtyard), Guerilla/Whore (Tabard), The Unattended (Gilded Balloon, Edinburgh), Bash (Hen & Chickens), Closer (Landor), Road (Croydon Clocktower), Love & Understanding and Can’t Stand Up For Falling Down (Etcetera); numerous shorts, including all six editions of The Story Project (Arcola), and rehearsed readings, including for the Bush, the Finborough, Old Vic/New Voices and at Soho Theatre for Amnesty International.

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Roxanna Nic Liam


Actor

Roxanna Nic Liam’s work in theatre includes Liola at The National Theatre, The Plough And The Stars And The Passing At The Abbey, Dublin; Bas Tongue, Paper Boy And Friends, THEATREclub Sole Your Clock Radio, What The F&*k You Gonna Do About It?, This Is Still Life, Daily Bread and The Cripple Of Inishmaan for Project Arts; Rough for THEATREclub; Perve and A Midsummer Nights Dream for Peacock; Complexity for The Complex; and City Breaks at the Dublin Fringe Festival. TV includes Love/Hate III and Raw IV and films include, Out Of Here, Homemade, Two Hearts, Agnes Brown and The General.

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Roxanna Nic Liam


Actor

Roxanna Nic Liam’s work in theatre includes Liola at The National Theatre, The Plough And The Stars And The Passing At The Abbey, Dublin; Bas Tongue, Paper Boy And Friends, THEATREclub Sole Your Clock Radio, What The F&*k You Gonna Do About It?, This Is Still Life, Daily Bread and The Cripple Of Inishmaan for Project Arts; Rough for THEATREclub; Perve and A Midsummer Nights Dream for Peacock; Complexity for The Complex; and City Breaks at the Dublin Fringe Festival. TV includes Love/Hate III and Raw IV and films include, Out Of Here, Homemade, Two Hearts, Agnes Brown and The General.

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Sam Graham


Actor

Sam Graham trained at The Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. 35 years ago Sam was contemplating giving up a degree in Pharmacy to be an actor and was inspired by a documentary on RADA leavers, which included the outstanding Danny Webb. After graduation Danny was filmed packing frozen meat in Smithfields Market and Sam doubted his choice. The week after that broadcast Sam went to the Glasgow Citizens Theatre to see “Macbeth” and there, in the first scene, was Danny Webb being a brilliant ‘Bloody Sergeant’.

The rest as they say is history. Sam’s done the National, RSC, The Royal Exchange, Royal Court, Chichester, The Traverse, toured the world and played most of the towns in England that have a theatre- and some which have none! He has played Macbeth, Richard III, Berowne, Puck and Phoebe! Created more than two dozen characters in new plays, including Conquest of The South Pole, The Permanent Way and Oh Go My Man. He spent last year on the road with his beloved Out of Joint in Our Country’s Good which took him from Croydon to Minneapolis and Toronto back to Brighton. He has 30 years of jobbing television behind him, from Bergerac, through Footballers’ Wives to The Tunnel. He loves his wife, his two daughters and his wee dog.

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Sam Graham


Actor

Sam Graham trained at The Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. 35 years ago Sam was contemplating giving up a degree in Pharmacy to be an actor and was inspired by a documentary on RADA leavers, which included the outstanding Danny Webb. After graduation Danny was filmed packing frozen meat in Smithfields Market and Sam doubted his choice. The week after that broadcast Sam went to the Glasgow Citizens Theatre to see “Macbeth” and there, in the first scene, was Danny Webb being a brilliant ‘Bloody Sergeant’.

The rest as they say is history. Sam’s done the National, RSC, The Royal Exchange, Royal Court, Chichester, The Traverse, toured the world and played most of the towns in England that have a theatre- and some which have none! He has played Macbeth, Richard III, Berowne, Puck and Phoebe! Created more than two dozen characters in new plays, including Conquest of The South Pole, The Permanent Way and Oh Go My Man. He spent last year on the road with his beloved Out of Joint in Our Country’s Good which took him from Croydon to Minneapolis and Toronto back to Brighton. He has 30 years of jobbing television behind him, from Bergerac, through Footballers’ Wives to The Tunnel. He loves his wife, his two daughters and his wee dog.

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Shelley Troupe


Dramaturg

Shelley Troupe worked for a diverse range of producers in New York City, including the Irish Repertory Theatre and the National Asian American Theatre Company. She completed her PhD at the National University of Ireland, Galway, examining the on-going partnership between two of Ireland’s key artistic contributors, Galway’s Druid (DruidMurphy, The Leenane Trilogy) and playwright Tom Murphy (A Whistle in the Dark, Alice Trilogy).  Her research involves works that are “off-canon” and the ways in which actual life and historical events are reflected and refracted in theatrical production. She is delighted to return to theatre production as Dramaturg for Strike!

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Shelley Troupe


Dramaturg

Shelley Troupe worked for a diverse range of producers in New York City, including the Irish Repertory Theatre and the National Asian American Theatre Company. She completed her PhD at the National University of Ireland, Galway, examining the on-going partnership between two of Ireland’s key artistic contributors, Galway’s Druid (DruidMurphy, The Leenane Trilogy) and playwright Tom Murphy (A Whistle in the Dark, Alice Trilogy).  Her research involves works that are “off-canon” and the ways in which actual life and historical events are reflected and refracted in theatrical production. She is delighted to return to theatre production as Dramaturg for Strike!

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Simeilia Hodge-Dallaway


Director

Simeilia Hodge-Dallaway is founder and Artistic Director of Artistic Director of the Future. She trained at the Young Vic Theatre and The Royal National Theatre. To date, Simeilia has directed for theatre, radio and film. Simeilia assisted on many productions in London, regionally and internationally. Assistant Directing credits include; The Typist (Sky Arts and Riverside Studios), Magic Flute and Christmas Carol (Isango Ensemble & Young Vic Theatre), Hanging on by a Thread (Almeida Theatre), Senora Carrar's Riffles (Young Vic Theatre), Zameen (Soho Theatre), The Hounding of David Oluwale (Eclipse Theatre: West Yorkshire Playhouse and Regional Tour).

Her directing credits include; Anniversary, as part of the 24 hour plays at the Old Vic Theatre, The Suit at the Young Vic Theatre, over 25 audio recordings of plays written by Black British Playwrights namely; Michael Bhim, Winsome Pinnock, Trish Cooke, Derek Walcott. She directed the Alfred Fagan 2011 Awarded plays; Sucker Punch by Roy Williams and SW11 (which was re-named The Westbridge, and later staged at the Royal Court Theatre) by Rachel De Lahay, which were performed on the Cottlesloe Stage at the National Theatre. Simeilia collaborated with Narrow Path Films to produce a short documentary film on Black British plays which premiered at Tricycle Theatre.

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Simeilia Hodge-Dallaway


Director

Simeilia Hodge-Dallaway is founder and Artistic Director of Artistic Director of the Future. She trained at the Young Vic Theatre and The Royal National Theatre. To date, Simeilia has directed for theatre, radio and film. Simeilia assisted on many productions in London, regionally and internationally. Assistant Directing credits include; The Typist (Sky Arts and Riverside Studios), Magic Flute and Christmas Carol (Isango Ensemble & Young Vic Theatre), Hanging on by a Thread (Almeida Theatre), Senora Carrar's Riffles (Young Vic Theatre), Zameen (Soho Theatre), The Hounding of David Oluwale (Eclipse Theatre: West Yorkshire Playhouse and Regional Tour).

Her directing credits include; Anniversary, as part of the 24 hour plays at the Old Vic Theatre, The Suit at the Young Vic Theatre, over 25 audio recordings of plays written by Black British Playwrights namely; Michael Bhim, Winsome Pinnock, Trish Cooke, Derek Walcott. She directed the Alfred Fagan 2011 Awarded plays; Sucker Punch by Roy Williams and SW11 (which was re-named The Westbridge, and later staged at the Royal Court Theatre) by Rachel De Lahay, which were performed on the Cottlesloe Stage at the National Theatre. Simeilia collaborated with Narrow Path Films to produce a short documentary film on Black British plays which premiered at Tricycle Theatre.

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Sinéad Beary


Actor

Sinead Beary trained at East 15 Acting School. Favourite previous theatre roles include Rosalind in the London premiere of "Chicken" by Mike Batistick and Linda in a national tour of Alan Bennett's "Enjoy".She is currently in rehearsals for the children's charity Scene and Heard's latest production where she will be playing "The Universe". 

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Sinéad Beary


Actor

Sinead Beary trained at East 15 Acting School. Favourite previous theatre roles include Rosalind in the London premiere of "Chicken" by Mike Batistick and Linda in a national tour of Alan Bennett's "Enjoy".She is currently in rehearsals for the children's charity Scene and Heard's latest production where she will be playing "The Universe". 

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Somalia Seaton


Writer

Somalia Seaton is a British writer and actress of Jamaican and Nigerian parentage, born and raised in South-East London. She trained at East 15 Acting school on the BA(Hons) contemporary theatre course. Her debut play Crowning Glory produced by Theatre Royal Stratford East was shortlisted for the 2014 Alfred Fagon Award Currently she is under commission and on attachment to Talawa, The Bush and Clean Break. Somalia is a current member of both the Orange Tree Theatre writers collective and BBC London Voices. As well as being artistic director of No Ball Games Allowed, producing theatre and programmes with young people at it's core, Somalia also colaborates with companies and theatres that work with young people, as both a writer and facilitator and has run projects for The Lyric Hammersmith, action on disability, ICT, GLYPT and many more.

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Somalia Seaton


Writer

Somalia Seaton is a British writer and actress of Jamaican and Nigerian parentage, born and raised in South-East London. She trained at East 15 Acting school on the BA(Hons) contemporary theatre course. Her debut play Crowning Glory produced by Theatre Royal Stratford East was shortlisted for the 2014 Alfred Fagon Award Currently she is under commission and on attachment to Talawa, The Bush and Clean Break. Somalia is a current member of both the Orange Tree Theatre writers collective and BBC London Voices. As well as being artistic director of No Ball Games Allowed, producing theatre and programmes with young people at it's core, Somalia also colaborates with companies and theatres that work with young people, as both a writer and facilitator and has run projects for The Lyric Hammersmith, action on disability, ICT, GLYPT and many more.

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Sophie Ward


Actor

Sophie trained at the Anna Scher Theatre in London.

Theatre includes: Go Back For Murder and The Grass Is Greener (tour); Private Lives; One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (tour); An Ideal Husband (Theatre Clwyd); Nothing (59th Street, New York); Electricity (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Semi Monde (Lyric Theatre, London); The Three Sisters (Chichester); The Turn Of The Screw (Belgrade Theatre, Coventry); Flare Path (King’s Head, London); Les Liaisons Dangereuses (tour); Private Lives, Milk Train, Don Carlos, Hamlet, The Robbers, Blithe Spirit, Venice Preserv’d (all at the Citizen’s Theatre).

Film includes: Jane Eyre, Book of Blood, Out of Bounds, Crime and Punishment, Wuthering Heights, Toscanini, A Summer Story, Little Dorrit, Aria and Young Sherlock Holmes.

Television includes: Secret State, Hustle, Land Girls, Law & Order, New Tricks, Lewis, Heartbeat, Dinotopia, Casualty, Holby City, A Village Affair, Prophecy, Taking Liberty, Class of ’61, A Dark Adapted Eye, MacGyver, Miss Marple, The Shell Seekers.

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Sophie Ward


Actor

Sophie trained at the Anna Scher Theatre in London.

Theatre includes: Go Back For Murder and The Grass Is Greener (tour); Private Lives; One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (tour); An Ideal Husband (Theatre Clwyd); Nothing (59th Street, New York); Electricity (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Semi Monde (Lyric Theatre, London); The Three Sisters (Chichester); The Turn Of The Screw (Belgrade Theatre, Coventry); Flare Path (King’s Head, London); Les Liaisons Dangereuses (tour); Private Lives, Milk Train, Don Carlos, Hamlet, The Robbers, Blithe Spirit, Venice Preserv’d (all at the Citizen’s Theatre).

Film includes: Jane Eyre, Book of Blood, Out of Bounds, Crime and Punishment, Wuthering Heights, Toscanini, A Summer Story, Little Dorrit, Aria and Young Sherlock Holmes.

Television includes: Secret State, Hustle, Land Girls, Law & Order, New Tricks, Lewis, Heartbeat, Dinotopia, Casualty, Holby City, A Village Affair, Prophecy, Taking Liberty, Class of ’61, A Dark Adapted Eye, MacGyver, Miss Marple, The Shell Seekers.

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Stella Feehily


Writer

Game - Project Arts Centre, Dublin. Duck, Out of Joint and Royal Court co-production -Theatre Royal, Bury St. Edmunds, Traverse, Edinburgh, the Royal Court and The Peacock, Dublin. O Go My Man Royal Court Theatre, 2006. (Joint winner of the Susan Smith Blackburn Award, 2007.) Catch (written with four other female playwrights) Royal Court. Dreams Of Violence, Soho Theatre and national tour. Bang Bang Bang, Royal Court Upstairs theatre and national tour. This May Hurt A Bit –national tour and St James Theatre. Love and a Bottle was George Farquhar’s first play and written in 1698. Stella’s new version of Love and a Bottle was developed as part of the LAMDA Long Project and produced at Greenwich theatre in July 2014. Radio plays include: Sweet Bitter- Lyric Fm. Julia Roberts Teeth. Radio 3.

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Stella Feehily


Writer

Game - Project Arts Centre, Dublin. Duck, Out of Joint and Royal Court co-production -Theatre Royal, Bury St. Edmunds, Traverse, Edinburgh, the Royal Court and The Peacock, Dublin. O Go My Man Royal Court Theatre, 2006. (Joint winner of the Susan Smith Blackburn Award, 2007.) Catch (written with four other female playwrights) Royal Court. Dreams Of Violence, Soho Theatre and national tour. Bang Bang Bang, Royal Court Upstairs theatre and national tour. This May Hurt A Bit –national tour and St James Theatre. Love and a Bottle was George Farquhar’s first play and written in 1698. Stella’s new version of Love and a Bottle was developed as part of the LAMDA Long Project and produced at Greenwich theatre in July 2014. Radio plays include: Sweet Bitter- Lyric Fm. Julia Roberts Teeth. Radio 3.

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Tarek Iskander


Director

Tarek Iskander is a freelance writer and director for theatre. He was one of the founders and Associate Artistic Director of the Yard Theatre in Hackney. Previously he was Resident Director at the National Theatre Studio and a regular staff director at the NT. Previous writing and directing credits include Shiver; Qudz; Accidental Death of an Anarchist; Midnight When Trumpets Cry; Human Remains;The Recognition of Sakuntala; Macbeth (the last two were Time Out Critics' Choices). Most recently, he was Associate Director for the hit opera 'The Ice Break', produced by Birmingham Opera Company.

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Tarek Iskander


Director

Tarek Iskander is a freelance writer and director for theatre. He was one of the founders and Associate Artistic Director of the Yard Theatre in Hackney. Previously he was Resident Director at the National Theatre Studio and a regular staff director at the NT. Previous writing and directing credits include Shiver; Qudz; Accidental Death of an Anarchist; Midnight When Trumpets Cry; Human Remains;The Recognition of Sakuntala; Macbeth (the last two were Time Out Critics' Choices). Most recently, he was Associate Director for the hit opera 'The Ice Break', produced by Birmingham Opera Company.

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Tracy Kearney


Actor

Tracy is a London based actor form Co.Cork. She has worked extensively across stage and screen. Recent Theatre credits include: Divorcing God? (Drayton Arms), The Sacred Sow (Prague Playhouse, International Festival), The Ladies Cage (Manchester Royal Exchange), The Six Days World (Finborough Theatre), The Donor (Kings Head Theatre). Film, T.V and Radio include: The Magdalene Sisters (Peter Mullan), Talking with Angels (Yousaf Ali Khan), Doctors (BBC), Green Green Grass (BBC), Questions of The Heart (PHP Germany), The Welcome Committee (Dogma Films), Death of Faith (BBC Radio 4).

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Tracy Kearney


Actor

Tracy is a London based actor form Co.Cork. She has worked extensively across stage and screen. Recent Theatre credits include: Divorcing God? (Drayton Arms), The Sacred Sow (Prague Playhouse, International Festival), The Ladies Cage (Manchester Royal Exchange), The Six Days World (Finborough Theatre), The Donor (Kings Head Theatre). Film, T.V and Radio include: The Magdalene Sisters (Peter Mullan), Talking with Angels (Yousaf Ali Khan), Doctors (BBC), Green Green Grass (BBC), Questions of The Heart (PHP Germany), The Welcome Committee (Dogma Films), Death of Faith (BBC Radio 4).

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Tracy Ryan


Writer

Tracy trained at East 15 Acting School. Recent productions as writer and/or director: Sure Thing (Dublin Fringe Festival), Trainspotting (Out of Time Theatre), Follow the Money (Theatre Uncut/ HatchLK), Guaranteed! (Fishamble Theatre, Asst. Director), REVOLUTION! (Collaborations Festival), At Our Boldest (Bush Theatre, reading), Ashland New Plays Festival (Guest Artistic Director; Oregon, USA).  Tracy was founder member both of Studio 3 Arts and Angels Theatre Company as well as Associate Director with The Work Theatre Collective.  Tracy is currently researching “The Artist as Activist in Contemporary Theatre”, a practise as research PhD at the University of Sussex.

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Tracy Ryan


Writer

Tracy trained at East 15 Acting School. Recent productions as writer and/or director: Sure Thing (Dublin Fringe Festival), Trainspotting (Out of Time Theatre), Follow the Money (Theatre Uncut/ HatchLK), Guaranteed! (Fishamble Theatre, Asst. Director), REVOLUTION! (Collaborations Festival), At Our Boldest (Bush Theatre, reading), Ashland New Plays Festival (Guest Artistic Director; Oregon, USA).  Tracy was founder member both of Studio 3 Arts and Angels Theatre Company as well as Associate Director with The Work Theatre Collective.  Tracy is currently researching “The Artist as Activist in Contemporary Theatre”, a practise as research PhD at the University of Sussex.

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Trevor Michael Georges


Actor

Training: Darlington College of Arts - Music BA (Hons) Theatre. Most recent theatre: The Magna Carta Plays (Salisbury Playhouse). For the National: Home, Moon on a Rainbow Shawl. West End: Starlight Express (also Japan, Germany and Australia), The Buddy Holly Story (also Canada), Carmen Jones. Other theatre includes: Orpheus Descending, Swallows and Amazons, Otieno, Blood Wedding, A Christmas Carol, How to Cook a Country, Under One Roof, Pan Beaters, Blue Moon, Casablanca, Once on This Island, The Iron Man, Sweet Charity.

Opera: Porgy and Bess. TV: Whitechapel, Doctor Who, Casualty, My Hero, Doctors, The Rotters Club, EastEnders, T-Bag, Dog Town, Pulling. Films: Piccadilly Jim.

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Trevor Michael Georges


Actor

Training: Darlington College of Arts - Music BA (Hons) Theatre. Most recent theatre: The Magna Carta Plays (Salisbury Playhouse). For the National: Home, Moon on a Rainbow Shawl. West End: Starlight Express (also Japan, Germany and Australia), The Buddy Holly Story (also Canada), Carmen Jones. Other theatre includes: Orpheus Descending, Swallows and Amazons, Otieno, Blood Wedding, A Christmas Carol, How to Cook a Country, Under One Roof, Pan Beaters, Blue Moon, Casablanca, Once on This Island, The Iron Man, Sweet Charity.

Opera: Porgy and Bess. TV: Whitechapel, Doctor Who, Casualty, My Hero, Doctors, The Rotters Club, EastEnders, T-Bag, Dog Town, Pulling. Films: Piccadilly Jim.

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Thom Collins


Technical Manager/LX Operator

After graduating with distinction in 2012 from the academy of live and recorded arts with a degree in stage management and technical theatre Thom worked with a variety of fringe venues across london bedore findong a 'home' at Jermyn Street. Eighteen months on he is enjoying working with the resident team and the splendid variety of different productions, both of old and new material, that make up the busy schedule of a theatre entering it's 25th year!

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Thom Collins


Technical Manager/LX Operator

After graduating with distinction in 2012 from the academy of live and recorded arts with a degree in stage management and technical theatre Thom worked with a variety of fringe venues across london bedore findong a 'home' at Jermyn Street. Eighteen months on he is enjoying working with the resident team and the splendid variety of different productions, both of old and new material, that make up the busy schedule of a theatre entering it's 25th year!

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Victoria Johnstone


Set and Costume Design

Victoria trained at Rose Bruford College, receiving first class honours in Theatre Design. Her designs for Jermyn Street Theatre include Fever, Statements After an Arrest Under the Immorality Act, Natural Affection (set design), The Notorious Mrs Ebbsmith and Saturday Night (costume design). Victoria's other designs have included Origin of the Species and Coming Home (Arcola), Spent and How to Find Us (Soho Theatre), Cover Her Face (Bethnal Green Working Men's Club, set design), Unstated and Sense (Southwark Playhouse), The Unfortunate Love of the British Empire and Anastasia (Oval House Theatre), Hotel Medea (Shunt Vaults), The Dilemma of a Ghost (Border Crossings/National Theatre of Ghana, set design), The Cow Play (Nightingale Theatre/Regional tour and Hamletmachine (BAC/International tour). Victoria also works as a costume designer for film and television.

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Victoria Johnstone


Set and Costume Design

Victoria trained at Rose Bruford College, receiving first class honours in Theatre Design. Her designs for Jermyn Street Theatre include Fever, Statements After an Arrest Under the Immorality Act, Natural Affection (set design), The Notorious Mrs Ebbsmith and Saturday Night (costume design). Victoria's other designs have included Origin of the Species and Coming Home (Arcola), Spent and How to Find Us (Soho Theatre), Cover Her Face (Bethnal Green Working Men's Club, set design), Unstated and Sense (Southwark Playhouse), The Unfortunate Love of the British Empire and Anastasia (Oval House Theatre), Hotel Medea (Shunt Vaults), The Dilemma of a Ghost (Border Crossings/National Theatre of Ghana, set design), The Cow Play (Nightingale Theatre/Regional tour and Hamletmachine (BAC/International tour). Victoria also works as a costume designer for film and television.

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Victoria Rigby


Actor

Victoria graduated from the University of Cambridge with a Double First in English. She recently wrote and appeared in Girl From Nowhere at Theatre503. Credits at Cambridge include Blanche in A Streetcar Named Desire, Sister James in Doubt: A Parable, Marianne in Sense and Sensibility and Hero in Much Ado About Nothing for the Pembroke Players JapanTour. Film includes Return with Golden Lane Films and Tell Them of Us with WAGScreen.

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Victoria Rigby


Actor

Victoria graduated from the University of Cambridge with a Double First in English. She recently wrote and appeared in Girl From Nowhere at Theatre503. Credits at Cambridge include Blanche in A Streetcar Named Desire, Sister James in Doubt: A Parable, Marianne in Sense and Sensibility and Hero in Much Ado About Nothing for the Pembroke Players JapanTour. Film includes Return with Golden Lane Films and Tell Them of Us with WAGScreen.

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