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Isaura Barbé-Brown

 

We are delighted that Isaura has been named the Blessing Anyiam-Osigwe best actress at the British Urban Film Festival - for all British independent films across the past ten years.  The award, sponsored by Channel 4, was for her lead role in multi-award winning film David Is Dying

 

Veils, The So & So Arts Club, 6 Jul - 31 Jul

Isaura plays Intisar - an American muslim girl studying in Egypt during the Arab Spring.  The play features as part of the Women And War festival which runs throughout July. 

 

Carmen Rodriguez

 

King John, Rose Theatre, Kingston, 14 May - 5 Jun

Carmen is playing Lady Faulconbridge in Shakespeare's King John, directed by Trevor Nunn.

Helen Belbin

 

Mad To Be Normal, Gizmo Films

Helen has completed filming as Amelia Laing, mother of R D Laing, in Gizmo Films biopic of the unorthodox, hugely influential Scottish psychiatrist.  David Tennant plays R D Laing, alongside Michael Gambon, Gabriel Byrne and Elisabeth Moss.

 

The Non-Stop Connlly Show, Finborough Theatre

Helen returned to the Finborough for a production commissioned to commemorate the centenary of Dublin's Easter Rising of 1916.

 

Waterboys, Feature Film, Venfilm

Helen has completed filming Robert van Westdijk's new feature film Waterboys, a comedy road movie inspired by the director's love for Scottish band The Waterboys.  Helen plays Rhona Greely, a fierce and straight-talking publisher who becomes romantically involved with the film's lead.  Co-starring Miles Jupp and Tom Mannion, Waterboys will be filming in Edinburgh, the Highlands and Amsterdam, and is due for release in 2016.

 

Philippe Spall

 

Red Dwarf, Baby Cow Productions

Philippe has recently completed filming for series twelve of the hugely popular cult sitcom Red Dwarf.  

 

Macbeth, directedy by Kit Monkman, Goldfinch Productions

Philippe has completed filming for Goldfinch Production's revolutionary new production of Macbeth.  Filmed entirely using green-screen technology this is the lastest venture from the makers of all-CGI independent British hit movie The Knife That Killed Me. 

 

Wolf Halldirected by Peter Kosminsky, BBC 2

Philippe played the Executioner in the BBC TV adaptation of Hilary Mantel's award-winning novel about the relationships at the heart of Henry VIII's court. 

The Guardian: "Even the very smallest roles were played brilliantly, such as this final episode's executioner, established by Philippe Spall, within the space of a few minutes and fewer lines, as a man with professional pride and no little compassion; the person you would want on your side if you ever had to mount the scaffold to clear the way for Jane Seymour."

The Independent: "'She kneels', says the executioner.  'There is no block.'  The executioner who later would slip off his shoes so that Anne could not hear his footsteps behind her. Subtle, brutal, elegant - Wolf Hall embodied in one moment."

 

Billionaire, directed by Edgar Honetschlager, produced by the Edoko Institute of Vienna

Phil has completed filming on feature film Billionaire in which he plays the lead role of devilishly charming surgeon Salvatore.  Billionaire is a fairy tale road movie caricaturing the road movie genre and Hollywood pictures with humour and a gentle irony.

 

Trash Cuisine, Belarus Free Theatre, La Mama, New York

Philippe reprised his role as host and master chef in Belarus Free Theatre's dark and imaginative challenge to capital punishment.  Following sellout audiences and critical acclaim during its run at The Young Vic last year the show transferred to Brooklyn, New York, for a month long run.

 

Lawrence Russell

 

Richard III, Red Rose Chain, The Avenue Theatre, Ipswich, 6 May - 4 June

Lawrence can currently be seen at The Avenue Theatre playing the title role in Shakespeare's Richard III.

The Stage: "Lawrence Russell delivers a powerful performance."

Essential Suffolk: "The star of the show is undoubtedly Lawrence Russell in the title role.  He's devilish but cute; awkward but suave; calculating but clever.  Russell gives an energetic and well-crafted performance filled with physical comedy as well as an ease of delivery of the complex script."

 

The Tempest, Red Rose Chain, Theatre In The Forest, 26 Jul - 28 Aug

Lawrence will play Ferdinand, Stephano and Antonio in Red Rose Chain's forthcoming open-air production of The Tempest.

 

The Tale of Mr Tod, Red Rose Chain, The Avenue Theatre, Ipswich

Lawrence played the title role of Mr Tod in an adaptation of Beatrix Potter's classic children's book. 

The Stage ★★★★

 

Twelfth Night, Principal Theatre, Tour

Lawrence played Sir Andrew Aguecheek in Principal Theatre's production of Twelfth Night, as part of their 15th summer season. Directed by Christopher Geelan, current artistic director of The Young Shakespeare Company.  

The Stage: "...the acting is excellent special mention should go to Lawrence Russell, superb as Andrew Aguecheek, as pliable as he is pusillanimous."

 

The Muddy Choir, UK Tour

Lawrence appeared in a new play marking the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.  Set in the trenches at the Third Battle of Ypres, November 1917, The Muddy Choir is a story about boys growing up and the humanising power of music.  Directed by Natalie Wilson and written by award-winning writer Jesse Briton.

 

Jimena Larraguivel

 

Apple Tree Yard, BBC1

Jimena has recently finished filming this BBC adaptation of Louise Doughty's best-selling psychological thriller.  Starring Emily Watson and Ben Chaplin - Apple Tree Yard is due to air at the end of the year.

 

Shakespeare's Globe Sonnet Walks

Jimena joined the Globe's Sonnet Walks company.

Leonie Spilsbury

 

Tiddler & Other Terrific Tales, UK and international Tour, 10 Mar - 31 Jul

Leonie can currently be seen as part of the cast for Scamp Theatre's adaptation of the much-loved children's books of Gruffalo creators Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.  The tour takes in theatres across England and Wales including the Bristol Old Vic, Cardiff's Sherman Cymru, Watford Palace and the Leicester Curve. 

 

Jack And The Beanstalk, Theatre Royal Bury St. Edmunds

Leonie has just finished a stint in the Theatre Royal's Christmas pantomime, playing Wendy the Giant's wife and Sue chef. 

The Stage: "Leonie Spilsbury strikes up a brilliant rapport with the audience right from the beginning..."

 

What To Do When You Find A Dinosaur, An Oxford Playhouse production

Leonie appeared in Oxford Playhouse's returning show about eccentric Oxford scientist William Buckland and his discovery of the Megalosaurus.  

The Guardian: "A show that takes the skeleton of recorded fact and locates the funny bone.  Fossilised, of course."

 

Kitty Martin

 

Peep Show, Channel 4, Objective Productions

In the series finale Kitty played Baker, the bank's head honcho, who arrived to seal Mark's fate.  "And so began the downward spiral...The approaching riptide of tragicomic finality" - Den of Geek

 

Yarning, mac Birmingham

Mac Birmingham and Craftspace present a new play by Trevor Pitt.  Kitty is part of the script development team and plays Betty, a Cumbrian shepherdess spinning yarns about life, survival and knitting.

 

Ballot Monkeys, Channel 4, Hat Trick Productions, written and directed by Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin (Outnumbered, Drop the Dead Donkey)

Kitty played Green Party activist Angela in this political comedy written, shot and edited close to the wire to keep it topical. Available now on 4oD.

The Guardian: "Its cast is rammed with talent.  The characters - who, on most other shows, would be simple joke-delivery systems - are all distinct and well-rounded.  Hamilton and Jenkins are masters of the form."

 

Rick And Rat Go To Thailand, Peninsula Films

Kitty plays gullible mum Julie Sullivan in this improvised TV comedy for a new youth entertainment channel launching later this year.  Rick and Rat is directed by Julian Knott, the film and television music composer, best known for scoring the Wallace and Gromit films.

 

Itch, Seven Hills Films

In this psychological horror, Kitty plays the mysterious benefactor in a short film where secrets and innermost fears become reality.  To be released later this year.

 

Maryam Grace

 

Strawberry Starburst, Blue Elephant Theatre, Camberwell, 11 May - 28 May

Maryam plays Shez in a one person play about a young girl's battle with her demons.

The Stage: "Grace's physicality and presence make every other element seem extraneous...a compelling performance."

 

HamletThe Cockpit, London

Maryam played Ophelia in this production of the rarely performed mysterious first text of Shakespeare's most famous play.  

 

Macbeth, Broadway Theatre, London

Maryam played Malcolm and one of the three 'weird sisters' in a new production of Macbeth, directed by Asia Osbourne.

 

Madeleine MacMahon

 

Beatrix Potter and the Tailor of Gloucester, Cheltenham Everman, 3 Aug - 6 Aug

Madeleine plays Beatrix Potter as the Cheltenham Everyman brings to life one of the author's most magical tales.

 

Twelfth Night, Islington, The Hope Theatre

Madeleine played Olivia in Thick as Thieves' frenzied, irreverent, four-hander adaptation of one of Shakespeare's best loved plays. 

 

Beauty and the Beast, Hereford, Courtyard Theatre

Madeleine returned to Hereford's Courtyard Theatre for her fifth year, where she played the Wicked Witch in their festive production of Beauty and the Beast. 

 

Mercury Fur, Hull, Middle Child Theatre Company

Madeleine played The Duchess in Middle Child's production of Philip Ridley's Mercury Fur.

 

Mary Roubos

 

The Tempest, Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

Mary joined the ensemble for The Globe's production of Shakespeare's late, magical masterpiece - directed by Dominic Dromgoole in his final production as artistic director of The Globe.

Christopher Laishley

 

Love's Labour's Lost, Oxford, 28 Jun - 18 Aug

Christopher has been cast as Holofernes in the Oxford Shakespeare Company's adaptation of Love's Labour's Lost, to be set in the 1970s with original music from Nick Loyd Webber.

 

Hamlet, The Cockpit, London

Christopher played Horatio in the Cockpit's recent production of the first text of Hamlet.

 

Fear and Misery of the Third Reich, The Union Theatre, London

Christopher played both The Announcer and The Prosecutor in the UK professional premiere of the first of Bertolt Brecht's openly anti-Nazi plays, in which he explored the rise of fanaticism in 1930s Germany.

The Guardian ★★★★

The Stage ★★★★

What's On Stage ★★★★

 

Wars of the Roses, Kingston Rose

Christopher appeared in Wars of the Roses, a trilogy of plays about one of the most tumultuous and intriguing periods of British history. Directed by Trevor Nunn this Peter Hall adaptation of Shakespeare's Richard III and Henry VI parts I, II and III had not been seen since it was first produced by the RSC in 1963.

 

Oliver Messenger

 

Amar Akbar & Tonyproduced and directed by Atul Malhotra

Ollie plays eccentric and flamboyant head chef Kurt who is given to twisting curious and extravagant shapes on the dance floor, and causes shocks and surprises along the way.  Atul Malhotra directs this original multi-cultural coming of age feature film.

Evening Standard: "The stand-out scene has a comic character shimmying onto the dancefloor and laying claim to someone we assumed was off-limits.  The ensuing embrace provides one of two revelations concerning modern sexual mores."

 

London Spy, BBC2, Working Title Television

Ollie appears in an episode of spy drama London Spy, currently showing on BBC 2 and available on iPlayer.  Written by Tom Rob Smith this thriller tells the story of two men falling in love in the midst of the murky world of espionage and counter-espionage.

 

Andy McLeod

 

Vassa Zheleznova, Southwark Playhouse, 15 Jun - 9 Jul

Andy plays Prokhov in Emily Juniper's adaptation of Maxim Gorky's masterpiece, transposing the action to the 1990s docker's strike in Liverpool.

 

Down and Out in Paris and London, New Diorama Theatre

Andy played Boris, Orwell's friend and confidant in a co-production between New Diorama Theatre and Greenwich Theatre, transferred to London following its premiere at the Edinburgh Festival in 2015.

The Spectator "New Diorama's dramatisation brilliantly captures the raffish sleaziness of Paris in the 1920s.  Orwell's crew of thieves, parasites and drifters come across as comradely and charming in this magnificently squalid setting."

 

Happy Dave, The Pleasance Beneath, 3 Aug - 29 Aug

Andy will play Dave, a rave dj, in Smoke And Oakum Theatre's forthcoming Edinburgh production - written by Oli Forsyth.

 

Sydney Aldridge

 

The Merchant of Venice, Studio 3 Arts, Barking, 5 Jul - 10 Jul

Sydney has been cast as Narissa in Studio 3 Arts' forthcoming reimagining of the Merchant of Venice.

 

The Merchant of Venice, The Globe Theatre

Sydney joined the ensemble for the Globe's production of The Merchant of Venice.  Directed by Jonathan Munby and starring Jonathan Pryce as Shylock.

 

Paul Foulds

 

Rediscovering Rep, Park Theatre, 22 May - 24 Jul

Paul will be appearing in Park Theatre's series of Sunday Readings in the Park.

 

Treasure, Finborough Theatre, London

Paul appeared in the UK premiere of this 1906 bittersweet Yiddish comedy by David Pinski - directed by Alice Malin.  The production was recently named as one of British Theatre Guide's highlights of the year in their annual theatre review

 

 

Owen Jenkins

 

Marvellous Imaginary Menagerie, UK Tour, Summer 2016

Owen appears in this caravan of curiosities from acclaimed theatre company Les Enfants Terribles. 

 

 

 

 

Annabel Smith

 

The Lighthouse, The Space, London

Annabel played the lead role of Rose in the premiere of The Space's magical and uplifting Christmas story of two lost people - one a young girl on the brink of disaster, the other an old man who has forgotten his way.  Directed by Danielle Mcilven.

The Stage ★★★★ "...a gem of a fairytale two-hander..."

 

 

 

 

 

Graeme Stirling

 

Coverage, Hoxton, The Courtyard Theatre

Graeme played Brutus in an adaptation of Julius Caesar set behind the scenes at a right-wing news station as they report live on the seismic events taking place in Rome.

 

 

 

 

 

Simon Nicholas

 

Aladdin, Harpenden Public Halls

Simon appeared as the dame, Widow Twankey, in traditional family pantomime Aladdin, alongside Michelle Heaton (Liberty X, TV presenter) as Aladdin and Peter Dean (Eastenders' Pete Beale) as the evil Abanza. 

 

Guillaume Tell, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

Simon played the role of Historic Tell, the heroic figure we all recognise from the story books, the hero that Tell's son, Jemmy, sees within his father. Representing the courage and passion that Tell needs to lead his fellow countrymen against the oppression of the occupying forces, Historic Tell is seen throughout the opera, and is instrumental in the story's dramatic shifts, including in the famous apple scene. 

 

Rivers of London, Look Left Look Right

Following his success in Look Left Look Right's award-winning production You Once Said Yes in Edinburgh 2013, Simon played Sir Isaac Newton in their recent production; an adaptation of Ben Aaronovitch's Rivers of London.

 

Paul Clerkin

 

Grimm Tales, London

Following his appearance in last year's acclaimed production of Philip Pullman's adaptation of four of the Grimm fairytales Paul joined a cast of sixteen in a new production which adapted a further six of these classic stories.  Directed by Philip Wilson this site-specific production was once again based on Philip Pullman's work.

Telegraph ★★★★

The actors manage to be both clear and charismatic.  Paul Clerkin and Maria Omakinwa stand out for their low key but captivating powers of suggestion.

TimeOut ★★★★

A gorgeous production that crackles and glows like an autumn bonfire, this immersive journey is a haven of dark enchantment. 

 

Mark Fairclough

 

The Fawlty Towers Comedy Dinner ShowNationwide

Mark plays the iconic role of Manuel in this interactive theatre/dining experience - a tribute to the classic BBC sitcom.

 

Cross Party, directed by George Maddock, Wireless Theatre Company

Mark played the Chief Whip in political drama Cross Party for the Wireless Theatre Company, and reprised his role in a second instalment.

 

Amelie's Party, directed by George Maddock, Wireless Theatre Company

Mark played Miles in this audio drama production, again for the Wireless Theatre Company.

 

Rich Dolphin

 

The Whipping Man, English Theatre of Hamburg

Rich played Caleb DeLeon in Matthew Lopez's "The Whipping Man", which made its European debut at The English Theatre of Hamburg.  Directed by Clifford Dean.

 

The OdysseyDerby Theatre

Rich made his professional debut playing Telemachus and other characters in Derby Theatre's production of Homer's The Odyssey - in a brand new adaptation from Olivier award-winning playwright Mike Kenny.

Directed by Sarah Brigham, with musical direction by Ivan Stott, one of mankind's oldest stories was brought to life in this updated epic.

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