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Cast

Cat Robey – Director

Directing credits with LittleBerry Productions include As Fate Would Have It… (Etcetera Theatre, Lion & Unicorn Theatre, The Space, London 2011).

Directing credits with Cougar Productions include Hitting Town (White Bear Theatre, London 2011), Feathers (White Bear Theatre, London, & C venues, Edinburgh 2010), The Shape of Things (Cockpit Theatre, London 2010).

Assistant Directing credits include the Goldsmith’s MA Writing for Performance Showcase (Main House, Soho Theatre, 2011), Blithe Spirit (Provence, France 2008).

Other directing credits whilst training include The Invisible (Studio, Goldsmith’s, London 2011) A Gift of Equal Cost (George Wood Theatre, Goldsmith’s, London 2010), Equus (Studio, Goldsmith’s, London 2009).

As an actress theatre includes Street Scene (Young Vic), And Then They Came For Me (Criterion), Pass It On (NT), Les Miserables, Our Country’s Good, The Crucible (Northwall, Oxford), Blithe Spirit (Provence, France).

Film credits include Bad Girls Go To Heaven, Spectrophobia (Big Ugly Bird Productions).

1st class honours degree in BA (hons) Drama and Theatre Arts at Goldsmith’s, University of London.

She is a member of the Young Vic Theatre Council, the Young Vic Directors Program and is a founding member of both LittleBerry Productions (formed 2011) and Cougar Productions (formed 2009).

 

Elizabeth Merrick – Ondine

Elizabeth Merrick started her performing career as a singer, trained in opera in Bremen, Germany, with Marianne Spiecker from the Hochschule fuer Bildende Kuenste. She then went on to pursue acting and trained in the Schule fuer Schauspiel Hamburg. After drama school she worked at Hamburgs Scharlatan Theatre as an actor, singer and cellist. She’s lived in London for 2 years, her first London credit was Stitching at the Etcetera Theatre, followed by Phaedra’s Love at the Arcola Theatre.

Elizabeth composed and performed the music for cello in Ondine, recorded by Joseph Thorpe.

Andrew Venning – Hans

Theatre includes: Look Back in Anger (The Space) Baal (rehearsed reading , Arcola Theatre) Phaedra’s Love (Arcola Theatre, Studio 1) Peter Pan (Grand Canal Theatre, Dublin & Mayflower Theatre, Southampton) Twelfth Night (Hoxton Hall/Middle Temple Hall) The White Devil (Blue Elephant Theatre) Henry V, Love’s Labours Lost (Cambridge Shakespeare Festival) Original cast of the Olivier nominated Dreamboats & Petticoats (Tour, Savoy Theatre West End & Playhouse Theatre West End) The Master & Margarita (The Space) A Midsummer Night’s Dream (France Open Air Tour/Cochrane Theatre) Romeo & Juliet (Jermyn Street Theatre) The Winter’s Tale (Courtyard Theatre) The Real Inspector Hound, Dogg’s Hamlet (The Space) Twelfth Night (Cochrane Theatre) The Billie Holiday Story (Hackney Empire, Tour UK/Ireland/Holland) Thomas the Tank Engine Live (Wembley Arena & Arena Tour), Richard III (St Stephen’s, Hampstead) Treasure Island, The Children of Hercules (Scoop Amphitheatre) The Secret Garden (National Theatre, Malta) The Staircase (ETC & Baron’s Court Theatre)

TV includes: Doctors (BBC1), Days that shook the World (BBC 4), Talk to Frank (Commercial) Trivial Pursuit 90’s Edition (Commercial), Tikka Massala (Pilot sitcom)

Radio/Voice Over’: Cartoon Network, Milkshake (Channel 5), Talk to Frank, Dreamboats & Petticoats (Original Cast Album recording), News Spin (Variety Radio Show Live)

Film Includes: Act of God, I See You, Sorry Signs (Short), Glengarry Glen Ross (short), Revolutionaries (Short)

David Frias Robles – Bertram

Theatre credits include This Year It Will Be Different (Theatre 503), Saturday Sunday Monday (Southwark Silver Festival), Calligraphy (Theatre 503), Cyrano de Bergerac (White Bear Theatre), Madness in Valencia (Trafalgar Studios 2), Inherit the Wind (Old Vic Theatre), Complicit (Old Vic Theatre), Christie in Love (Edinburgh Fringe Festival ) Coming and Going (Lighthouse Theatre), Electra (Belgium Theatre Festival), Roald Dahl’s The Witches (Edinburgh Fringe Festival), Marat/Sade (Simmonds Theatre), Yerma (Simmonds Theatre), Fear and Misery of the Third Reich (Jellicoe Theatre) and Peer Gynt (Jellicoe Theatre). Film credits include Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Red Letters and other independent short films.

David will soon be appearing at the Donmar Warehouse in a rehearsed reading of The Farnsworth Invention alongside Eddie Redmayne and Douglas Hodge.

Richard Hurst – King of the Sea, Illusionist

Richard began his training at The Bristol Academy Of Performing Arts going onto gain a Post Graduate Diploma in Musical Theatre at the Royal Academy of Music.
Last year he was seen as PC Beckley in Eastenders popular spin off E20 and will be seen this year in BBC’s Doctors as ‘Big’ Dave Farrows!
Theatre credits include Backing Chorus for Elton John at Wembley Arena, Baker in Into the Woods Tobacco Factory, Horton in Seussical the Musical, Jimmy Powers City of Angels, James Lemon in Womberang Alma Tavern. He is also no stranger to pantomime performing as Prince Charming in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Marlowe Theatre Canterbury, Prince Charming Cinderella Broxbourne, Having just finished the role at the Connaught Theatre in Worthing.

TV Credits include : Aaron in Casualty, Regular presenter for ITV’s kids series ‘LOOK’ , Kev F’s Friday Night LIVE Sitcom Trials ITV!’

Brice Stratford – Lord Chamberlain, Judge

Brice founded the Owle Schreame theatre company in 2006, directing and performing most recently in Measure for Measure at the historical Rose Theatre.  Artistically, his interests lie in Oral Storytelling, classical and immersive theatre; training has included the Schola Branchaleoni in Italy, the Cambridge School of Visual and Performing Arts, the British Academy of Dramatic Combat and the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts.  Past work as both actor and director has included has included one-man shows (Beowulf, the Odyssey, the Tell-Tale Heart, Everyman) and larger scale work (Kerouac’s Beat Generation with the Old Vic, The Machine Stops with the Royal National Theatre, Macbeth, the Two Noble Kinsmen, the Duchess of Malfi) throughout London, Cambridge, Cuba, Italy, Wessex and Edinburgh.  He was the inaugural Storyteller in Residence at the Wessex Literary Festival, and initiated the Found Theatre Movement.  As well as being an award winning Director, Actor and Artistic Director, Brice works as a Storyteller, Stuntman and Fight Choreographer.

Terry Diab – Eugenie, Fisherwoman

Terry Diab trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (a very long time ago!). On leaving drama school she was a founder member of the Durham Theatre Company touring plays around the count performing in a wide variety of venues including village halls and working men’s clubs. A summer season of two weekly rep followed at Sheringham on the Norfolk coast. From there she joined the National Theatre playing Morgana in THE ROMANS IN BRITAIN, Ines in THE MAYOR OF ZALAMEA, Minnehaha in HIAWATHA and Catarina Cavalieri in AMADEUS, among others. Parts played outside London include Lady Macbeth (Great Eastern Stage) Stephanie in Duet for One (Great Eastern Stage) Olivia in Twelfth Night (Salisbury Playhouse)  Lucy Manette in A Tale of Two Cities (Salisbury Playhouse). Terry has spent the last 16 years in Los Angeles working extensively in theatres around the city playing Adrianna in Comedy of Errors, the Nurse in Romeo and Juliet and Gertrude in Hamlet in 3 separate productions. She created the part of Anne Hathaway in Murdering Marlowe written and directed by Charles Marowitz and produced at the Malibu Playhouse. Films include The Holiday (directed by Nancy Meyers) and The Invisible Child with Rita Wilson and Victor Garber. Since returning to England in 2011 Terry has worked on many new writers projects including Pursuit  and Lunch Box at the Soho Playhouse for Writer’s Avenue, and Nothing and Discovering Dad, both at the Latchmere. Last year she also played Mrs. Allen in Sense and Sensibility Upstairs at the Gatehouse in Highgate. From 1989 to 1995 Terry had a second career as a news reader for the BBC World Service. She also made radio documentaries for the World Service including Let Down Your Hair and The Art of The Interpreter.  Terry is a member of the Screen Actor’s Guild and American Equity.

Hilary Hodsman – Queen, Executioner

Hilary Hodsman trained at RSAMD and City Lit. Recent theatre includes Frau Klein (Anna’s Landlady) in The Third Man, Secret Cinema’s live sell out success (Time Out Critic’s Choice), Miss Bennet in Agatha Christie’s The Unexpected Guest, Dora in Noel Coward’s Waiting in The Wings,(Pentameter’s), the lead in Supernatural (Lion and Unicorn), Alan Aycbourn Confusions (New End Theatre). Feature Films include I See You. Short films include The Strange Death of Harry Stanley Director Jeremiah Quinn, A Cup of Tea for Alzheimer’s International, History of the laboratory for the Royal Institution, Pasticine, Director Lorraine Nolan. Other work includes Role Play for corporate companies including GSK and Pfizer.

Michael Eden – Auguste, Judge

Michael trained in acting at Mountview Theatre School in 1970s.  He enjoyed a full career in Drama and Education and has been involved in theatre and film since then. His recent work includes Doctor Jekyll and Mr Hyde at the Gatehouse in Camden, She Stoops to Conquer at the Attic Theatre in Stratford on Avon, School for Scandal at the Wilde Theatre as well as feature films: 43 pounds (Hive Films), The Trial of John Frost (Engine Creative Productions) and The Real Thing (Gross Films). He has written and directed Parent and Baby Only (Mad Angel Productions) and Captured (Stratford on Avon Fringe Festival)

Marian Elizabeth – Bertha

Marian Elizabeth trained at The courtyard Theatre and London Academy of Performing Arts.
She is a founder member of Beehive Theatre Company and will be performing in their production of Paper Wings in 2012.

Other Credits include The Dark Entry (Canterbury Festival) Romeo and Juliet (Barron’s court) The Master Builder (Wimbledon studio) Far From the Madding Crowd (Upstairs at the Gatehouse) What If (Reykjavik) The Snow Queen (Kings Theatre Southsea); Kissing it Better (colour house Theatre) The Tempest (Open Air Tour); A Midsummer Nights’ Dream (Open Air Tour); Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens (Brentwood Theatre/ Fortune Theatre)

Phoebe Batteson-Brown – Violante, Kitchen Maid

Phoebe had her professional acting debut with Cougar Productions in 2010 performing in The Shape of Things (The Cockpit, London). Other acting credits include Feathers (White Bear Theatre, London, & C venues, Edinburgh 2010), To Live In a Mirror (George Wood Theatre, London), Hitting Town (White Bear Theatre, London). Film credits include The Final Examination (London Film School). Phoebe graduated from Goldsmiths College, University of London in 2011 with a degree in Drama and Theatre Arts

Rob Leonard – Superintendent

Ondine marks Rob’s return to acting after several years spent focusing on his career as a Fight Arranger and Stage Combat Instructor. Recent production credits (Fight Arranging) include: The Changeling (Southwark Playhouse); The Revengers Tragedy (Birmingham School of Acting); The Comedy of Errors (Royal & Derngate Theatre, Northampton); Romeo & Juliet (Farnham Shakespeare Company); Grace (Riverside Studios); The Hang of the Gaol (Brockley Jack) and the feature film Basement (Paperknife Productions). Previous acting roles have included Joseph in Joseph Andrews; Leonard in The Life of Stuff; and Malvolio in Twelfth Night.