2012 Cast & Directors biographies
ACTORS (surnames in alphabetical order)
Dermot Canavan Tranio (Shrew) and Stephano (Tempest)
Born in Preston, Dermot spent many years working at the Charter Theatre and the Preston Playhouse, before, at the age of 35, going on to train at Drama Studio London in Ealing.
Theatre includes; Man 1 in The 39 Steps (Criterion), Male Authority Figure in the Original London Cast of Hairspray (Shaftesbury), also covering ‘Wilbur’ and ‘Edna Turnblad', In The Club (Hampstead Theatre), A Christmas Carol (Shaw Theatre), The Merry Wives Of Windsor, The Comedy of Errors and Macbeth (The Oxford Shakespeare Company), The Incarcerator (The Red Lion), Mother Goose (Pneuma Arts), Office Suite (Theatre Royal, Bath and Nationwide Tour), The Accrington Pals (Pentameters), April In Paris (The Man in The Moon) and The Tempest (Il Palchetto, Tour of Italy).
Television includes: Silent Witness (BBC TV), Daziel and Pascoe (BBC TV), Where the Heart Is (ITV), Celebrity Stitch Up ITV).
Dermot also appears in the American film Like Crazy written and directed by Drake Doremus (Release 2011).
Radio includes: Front Row (Radio 4), and Where D’ya Put Your Willy? (Stand Well Back Productions). Dermot’s first play Third Finger, Left Hand was performed at The Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh, The Theatre Royal, York, and The New End, Hampstead.
David Davies Company Manager - Petruchio (Shrew) and Antonio (Tempest)
David is the Company Manager of GB Theatre. His credits for the company are Sir Toby Belch in Twelfth Night and Friar Lawrence / Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet (2011), and Jacques in As You Like It and Ford in The Merry Wives of Windsor for GB Theatre Company's launch in 2010. Last year he toured with New Triad Theatre’s tour of Germany in Romeo and Juliet playing the famous lover and finished the year in Sheringham Little Theatre’s Pantomime, Dick Whittington and His Cat. David was also Capulet in Romeo and Juliet, this time for Guildford Shakespeare Company. He was the company manager for The British Shakespeare Company’s national and international tour and played Oberon/Theseus and Don Pedro in A Midsummer Night's Dream and Much Ado About Nothing in 2009. That year he toured for the Young Shakespeare Company and played Maximillian in the film Leaving, which was shown at the Cannes Film Festival Short Corner 09.
David was an ensemble member of the British Shakespeare Company (BSC) and played Oberon and Theseus at Arundel Castle in 2008. He played Chorus/Exeter in Henry V and Dukes Frederick and Senior in As You Like It for the BSC in 2007, and then finished that year with an extensive tour of Germany and Switzerland for New Triad Theatre in Alan Ayckbourn’s Time and Time Again. Other work for the BSC includes Oberon / Theseus in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Lord Capulet in Romeo and Juliet in 2006. He plays parts in the film Sweet Swan of Avon where the BSC provided its troupe of players.
David returned to England with the Bell Shakespeare Company’s production of The Comedy of Errors to open the Bath Shakespeare Festival 2006, and to play Blackpool’s Grand Theatre. He studied acting at the National Institute of Dramatic Arts in Sydney and was an ensemble member of Bell Shakespeare for six years playing the Sydney Opera House and touring Australia. His theatrical highlight has been playing Hamlet for The Hole in the Wall Theatre Company.
Other companies include the Perth Theatre Company and Deckchair Theatre’s 1999 tour of Croatia and Bosnia with Nevesinska 17.
Television includes Stingers, The Sleepover Club, and Bush Patrol, as well as writing several plays including The Karismatic Effekt and his one man show Finchie about the legendary Australian actor Peter Finch, based on Trader Faulkner’s biography. He directed The Winter’s Tale for Saffron Walden’s Shake-a-Leg Theatre Company, which marked his professional debut as a director.
Peter Dineen Christopher Sly (Shrew) and Trinculo (Tempest)
Peter is delighted to be working with this brave young company. One of the plays The Tempest we are performing is Shakespeare's last play, and in it you can sense his melancholia, leaving the magic of his works behind. Made me think back on my own longish career, and the magic of playing my favourite stage parts which include... Sweeney Todd Sweeney Todd, Inspector Goole An Inspector Calls, Davies The Caretaker, Henry Higgins Pygmalion, Hugh Translations, Richard Harkin The Seafarer, Sergeant Rough Gaslight, Coleman The Lonesome West, Jack The Weir, Father Jack Dancing at Luaghnasa, Oberon/Theseus A Midsummer Nights Dream, Duke Frederick and Duke Senior As You Like It, Cassius Othello, Teach American Buffalo, Stan Lakeboat, Father/Moon Blood Wedding, Jimmy/Jack Brass Balls, (own play) Big Mick Mammy's Boy (own play) Irish Caruso Same Old Moon,
Ed Entertaining Mister Sloane, Krapp Krapp's Last Tape, Archbishop Jose Laboa Devil's Advocate, (International P.E.N award from Harold Pinter) Nawadaha Hiawatha, The Man Saint Nicholas (Solo Play), Bob Cratchitt A Christmas Carol..."we are such things as dreams are made on"...Prospero.
LONDON: A View from the Bridge Arthur Miller, directed by Alan Ayckbourn. Yard Bush Theatre, Arawak Gold Jeanette Cochrane Theatre, directed by Yvonne Brewster, Macbeth Lyric Theatre, directed by Stephen Unwin. St. NIcholas Soho Theatre, directed by Justin Young. Dancing at Luaghnasa, Greenwich Theatre, Small Miracle, Tricycle Theatre, Kilburn. Credits at the Royal National Theatre include The Father/The Moon Blood Wedding, Chorus Antigone, The Futurists, Coriolanus, Danton's Death, Wild Honey, Venice Preserv'd and three hundred performances in the lead role of Nawadaha the Storyteller in Hiawatha - a much loved show.
TV and FILM: John Werth 9/11: Voices from the Air, Giant Reed Father Ted Channel 4. Father Flynn Coronation Street Granada. Upper Hand Central, Rory Mulligan in Plotlands BBC (6 part Sunday Night series). Doctors BBC. Heartbeat Yorkshire TV. Seamus McCracken in 26 episodes of Foreign Exchange RTE/Noel Price, Australia (filmed in Galway), Boon Central, Bust LWT, Majesty of the Law, LIFS, So You're in Charge, Red Cross training video. Arriverdeci Millwall BBC2, London's Burning, Judge John Deed BBC, Ardeevan a short film script written by Peter, won the Trophy and Cash award from RTE and Cork Film Centre for best short script at the Cork Film Festival. The film was made, directed by Jonathan Richardson. Peter recently played the lead role, Jimmy, in a feature film, directed by Gary Davies, called The Bricklayer, soon to be released. Work abroad includes, Malaysia, FINAS The Malaysian Film Board, Hong Kong, China, USA, Poland, Norway, Greece, and two very happy years with the Donovan Maule Theatre, Kenya, East Africa.
Christopher Dingli Lucentio (Shrew) and Alonso (Tempest)
Trained at Webber Douglas.
Theatre work includes: Othello (National tour), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Tour), Emma Thompson presents Fair Trade (Tour & Edinburgh Festival), Miracle (Leicester Square Theatre), Terms of Endearment (National tour), Twelfth Night (Greenwich Playhouse), Cabaret, Guys and Dolls (Marbella, Spain), Cabaret, Amadeus, Proof (National Theatre, Malta), The Rocky Horror Show (MFCC, Malta).
TV includes: Sinbad (Impossible Pictures), Holmfirth Hollywood (BBC), Becky (TVM).
Film includes: Looking Over the Dragon, The Hunt for Gollum, Agora, Helen of Troy, Morris: A Life with Bells On, Frites (short film).
Other credits include: Workshop of the Philip Pullman novel I Was A Rat! (National Theatre Studio, Birmingham Rep, Warwick Arts Centre, Teatro Kismet), and the improvised comedies, Dingle Bells Malcolm Smells and Dingle Bells Malcolm Smells: The [blank] and the Big Shiny [blank]! with his own company Theatre Gone Wrong (St James Cavalier Theatre, Malta).
An accomplished musician, Christopher has played as a soloist and with orchestras in London, Edinburgh, Italy and Malta. www.christopherdingli.com
Daniel Dingsdale Page / Widow (Shrew) and Ariel (Tempest)
Daniel trained at Rose Bruford.
Before training Daniel spent four years with Spotlites theatre company, performing in a repetory of plays including Hamlet, Robin Hood, The Sword in the Stone and Othello. Whilst training Daniel played Satan in The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Chepornoy in Children of the Sun and Jack in Contact, a new play by Ella Hickson. During his time at Bruford he worked with Bred in the Bone theatre as a member of The Shakespeare Band; a performance which combined Shakespearean monologues with live improvised music. Upon graduating Daniel appeared in the BBC's Preston Passion a modern retelling of the passion of the Christ. He is delighted to be working with GB Theatre Company and thrilled to be playing Ariel as part of what promises to be a fantastic summer season!
Lennox Greaves Baptista Minola (Shrew) and Gonzalo (Tempest)
Lennox trained at Manchester University and the Bristol Old Vic school. Extensive theatre experience includes seasons with Alan Ayckbourn’s Scarborough company, and appearances in repertory theatre throughout the country including an eight year association with Peter Cheeseman at the New Victoria Theatre Stoke where he particularly enjoyed playing Pozzo in Waiting for Godot, Lopakhin in The Cherry Orchard, Dr Watson in The Hound of the Baskervilles and Lucky Eric in Bouncers.
Television work includes Emmerdale, EastEnders, The Bill, Casualty, Wycliffe, Dangerfield, Between the Lines, Stay Lucky, The Locksmith, Blue Money, Aimee, A Master of the Marionettes, Martin Chuzzlewit and Willy Russell’s Our Day Out.
For Jenny Stephens, Lennox has appeared in several Radio plays and the very successful new play Red Skies Over The Severn at the Swan Theatre Worcester. He directed nine consecutive Pantomimes for Harrogate Theatre, and appeared in Peter Cheeseman's final revival of his famous documentary The Knotty, following the National Theatre’s Tour and West End run of The History Boys. In 2010 he appeared in As You Like It and The Merry Wives of Windsor for GB Theatre Company and recently appeared in Hobson's Choice at the Sheffield Crucible Theatre.
Tom Kay Hortensio (Shrew) and Caliban (Tempest)
Trained at RADA.
Tom recently played the parts of Uncle Mountford / ensemble in A Woman Killed with Kindness at the National Theatre directed by Katie Mitchell. Whilst at RADA he played The Prince in La Dispute and Carl in Sarah Kane’s Cleansed directed by Sebastian Harkem, Husz in Tony Kushner’s A Bright Room Called Day directed by Rachel Grunwald, Larry in Sondheim’s Company directed by Edward Kemp and Medley in The Man of Mode directed by William Gaskill.
Gwilym Lloyd Gremio / Vincentio (Shrew) and Prospero (Tempest)
Trained at Drama Centre London, Vakhtangov Institute Moscow.
Theatre includes : Cyrano in Cyrano de Bergerac (White Bear), Diamond in The Lights (the Springs, Vauxhall), Tony MacDonald in A Day at the Racists (Finborough), Odysseus in The Odyssey (Tour), Pentheus and Agarve in Bacchaefull (Area 10 and the Old Abattoir, Clerkenwell), Sir John Brute in The Provok’d Wife (Courtyard), the Duke in Measure for Measure (Rosemary Branch), Moter in Black Light (Casa festival), Billy in Five Kinds of Silence (Theatro Technis), David in Wired (Kings Head), Caesar in Caesar (Catford Broadway), Smirnov in The Bear (Rosemary Branch) and Leontes in A Winter´s Tale (Courtyard).
Film - The streetwalker in Resurrecting the Streetwalker (Scala Films 2010).
Lucia McAnespie Katherine (Shrew) and Sebastienne (Tempest)
Lucia is from Belfast and trained at RADA.
Theatre credits include: Carthaginians (Millennium Forum / Lyric Theatre Belfast), Happiness (Edinburgh Playhouse Studio), Twelfth Night (Ludlow Festival), One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (ADG World Tour), As You Like It and The Merry Wives of Windsor (GB Theatre Norway / British Isles Tour), Stephen And The Sexy Partridge (Trafalgar Studios), Hanjo (Soho Theatre), Macbeth / Ajax / A Skull in Connemara (Riverside Studios), Oliver Twist / La Ronde (Greenwich Theatre / National Tour), Gabriel (The Arcola), The Crane (Leicester Haymarket), A Christmas Carol (Greenwich Playhouse), Wuthering Heights / Richard III (QE2 World Tour), The Assassination of Paris Hilton (Assembly Rooms Edinburgh), Quan Shih Yin Hesitates (The Old Red Lion), Convictions (Crumlin Road Courthouse / Tinderbox).
T.V and film: The Iceberg that Hit the Titanic (BBC2) The Devil You Know and Stumped (N.I Film Commission), Seconds From Disaster (National Geographic).
Radio work includes; Iph...after Iphigenia at Aulis for BBC Radio Three Greek season, Rutabaga Romance and An Incident at Bethlehem for BBC Radio Four and The Price of a Kiss for BBC Radio Ulster.
Sarah Middleton Bianca (Shrew) and Miranda (Tempest)
Sarah trained at Birmingham School of Acting where she graduated in 2011. Theatre credits include: Engaged (Birmingham Repertory Theatre); The Night Queen (UK tour); Frank & Ferdinand (National Theatre); Peter Pan (Hawth Theatre, Crawley); Foot/Mouth (NYT); Frankenstein (YMT:UK) and a finalist in Over the Rainbow (BBC). Credits whilst training include: Leah in A Dybbuk; Anna in The Arsonists; Ilse in Spring Awakening; Vera in A Month in the Country and Marina in Pericles.
Simon Yadoo Grumio / Pedant (Shrew) and Ferdinand (Tempest)
Theatre includes: 2401 Objects (Analogue Productions), Eulogy (Southwark Playhouse), Happiness (Edinburgh Playhouse), My Family and Other Animals (York Theatre Royal), Emma Thompson Presents Fair Trade (UK Tour); The Real Thing (The Old Vic), Three Men in a Boat (Bury St Edmunds Theatre Royal); Richard III; Demi Monde: The Half Life of William Morris; Oliver Twist and La Ronde (all for Love and Madness Ensemble, Hammersmith Riverside Studios); Little Madam (Finborough Theatre); Dogfight (Arcola Theatre); Romeo and Juliet and Twelfth Night for (Chapterhouse Theatre Company, UK and Irish Tour) and Resistance (Extant Productions, International Tour).
Simon also regularly performs in various roles with comedian Adam Riches and appeared in his Edinburgh Comedy Award winning show Bring Me The Head Of Adam Riches at last year's Edinburgh Festival.
Television includes: Bedlam (Seneca Productions).
Film includes: The Constant Gardener (Focus Features), The Manual (Britpack Films), Feet (Hurcheon Films) and Green (Prussia Lane Films).
Simon was nominated for Best Actor in the Van D'Or awards at last year's Cannes Film Festival for his work in Feet.
Jenny Stephens Director of The Taming of the Shrew
Jenny is delighted to be back with GB Theatre, having directed The Merry Wives of Windsor for them in 2010.
She has recently been appointed Artistic Director of Bristol Old Vic Theatre School – one of Britain’s most prestigious drama schools. Companies she has worked for as a director include Bolton Octagon, Something & Nothing, E15, BBC Radio Drama, C&T, Great Eastern Stage and The Worcester Swan Theatre (where she was Artistic Director for eight years). Her productions have toured nationally and internationally.
Directing credits include classics such as The Rivals, Romeo and Juliet and The Merchant of Venice. Children’s music-theatre plays include Wind In The Willows, Pinocchio, Treasure Island, Beauty and The Beast, Robin Hood and Alice In Wonderland. She has a particular interest in new writing (and delivered the script-writing aspect of The National Academy of Writing programme). She has premiered many new plays including The Worcester Century Plays by a group of writers, Red Skies Over The Severn by Lance Woodman, River’s Up by Alex Jones and Miriam on 34th Street by Dan Hagley. As a radio drama producer she has directed numerous new plays for BBC Radio 4 and Radio 7 plus many episodes of The Archers and Ambridge Extra.
Jenny also writes – Jefferson 37, Project Raphael and Project Archangel were original drama series broadcast on BBC Radio. She wrote The Speckled Monster, produced by Birmingham Repertory Theatre in 2008 and Wounded will be produced by Birmingham Rep this September (also touring to Edinburgh and London).
She co-founded Hoopla a company dedicated to creating music-theatre for children and her production of The Night Queen by Philip Monks (inspired by The Magic Flute) toured nationally last year.
Jack Shepherd Director of The Tempest
Jack Shepherd was born in Leeds in 1940, educated at Roundhay school and then at, Kings College Newcastle, (University of Durham) where he obtained a degree in Fine Art in 1962, He began his drama education at the Central School, in that same year, and after a student revolt in the summer of 1963, he took an active part in the founding of the Drama Centre, and graduated there, two years later in 1965.
He was a member of the short lived Royal Court Repertory Company from 1965 to 66, going on to win ‘The most promising actor of the year award’ for his performance in David Storey’s The Restoration of Arnold Middleton in 1967. He continued working at the Royal Court until 1969, featuring in plays by Edward Bond, Arnold Wesker, Shakespeare and Chekhov.
It was also at this time that he began devising plays for the theatre. Starting with The Incredible Journey of Sir Francis Younghusband at the Royal Court Studio in 1968. This improvisational approach to theatre was to develop over the next 15 years, and included such productions as The Sleep of Reason, Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh Festival 1973, Real Time. Joint Stock (1982) and Revelations Orange Tree Theatre and Bridge Lane Theatre 1983.
He was a founder member of the Actor’s Company, in 1972, but as the Seventies progressed, he was increasingly drawn into television drama, where he developed an association with the director Michael Lindsey Hogg, and the writer Trevor Griffiths, starring in a series of Socialist/Realist dramas, including All Good Men BBC (1974), Occupations ITV (1975), Through the Night BBC (1975), and the series Bill Brand Thames Television (1976). He won a Royal Television Society acting award for his performance in this series, together with his portrayal of The Director in Jack Rosenthal’s Ready When You Are Mr McGill. He also featured in another cult classic a year later, playing the lunatic Renfield, in Philip Saville’s BBC version Bram Stoker’s Dracula.
In 1978, he joined the Bill Bryden Company at the National Theatre, an association which was to continue until 1985, when the company disbanded. During this time he featured in most of the company’s successes, including Bryden’s legendary production of The Mysteries, in which he played all the dark characters, Judas, Death and the Devil. He starred as Teach in David Mamet’s American Buffalo (1978), Hickey in The Iceman Cometh (1981) and Richard Roma in Mamet’s Glengarry Glen Ross, for which he received a Best Actor Award in 1983.
His career as a writer began in 1989 with In Lambeth, a play about William Blake and Tom Paine, which ran at the Donmar Warehouse in the summer of that year. This was followed by Chasing the Moment, a play about jazz musicians, developed at the National Theatre Studio, and performed first at Southwark Playhouse, and then at the Edinburgh Festival in 1995. Both these productions won Time Out awards.
Three more plays followed: Half Moon at Southwark Playhouse in 1998, Through a Cloud, first at The Drum, Plymouth, in 2004, then at the Arcola Theatre, a year later, and most recently Holding Fire at Shakespeare’s Globe in 2007.
Jack’s interest in directing Shakespeare didn’t get under way until the early Nineties, with a production of Measure for Measure at the National Theatre Studio. This was followed by The Two Gentlemen of Verona at Shakespeare’s Globe in 1996, and King Lear at Southwark Playhouse in the same year. He went on to direct A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Arcola Theatre in 2001, to play the title role in Macbeth a year later (co/directing with Mehmet Ergen) and then to direct Measure for Measure, again at the Arcola, in 2003.
In the Nineties, Jack became more widely known for his performance as Wycliffe, in the television series of that name. Of the films he has made, he is only really proud of the following: The Bed Sitting Room (1968), Escape from Sobibor (1986) and Wonderland (1999).
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