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2013 Cast & Directors biographies


ACTORS (surnames in alphabetical order)


Martin Bendel

Martin Bendel
Egeus / Snout (Dream) and Solanio (Merchant)

Theatre: Keeler (Upstairs at The Gatehouse), The Mousetrap (West End), House & Garden (Harrogate Theatre), The Railway Children (West End). Prospero in The Tempest (Drayton Court), Example for The Steam Industry, The Man of Destiny, The Threepenny Opera for The Opera Group and The Card Index at BAC. Studies for a Portrait at The Oval House, Hotel Sorrento at The Cock Tavern. Also National Tours of Copenhagen, An Inspector Calls and Dads Army. Most recently After Magritte for Birmingham Rep. The Devil Inside Him at The White Bear and And In The End – The Death and Life of John Lennon at The Jermyn Street Theatre. TV and film include: Family Affairs, The Daniells and The Capgras Tide.


Alex Gatehouse

Alex Gatehouse
Starveling (Dream) and Salerio (Merchant)

Alex Graduated trained at LAMDA. Theatre includes: Old Fools (Bush), Hamlet (Stern Alarum), Taming of the Shrew & Cyrano de Bergerac (Aquila/US Tour), Eden 2.0 (Soho Theatre), Green and Pleasant Land (Arcola), Someone to Blame (King’s Head Theatre), A Doll’s House (Arcola), The Exonerated (Charing Cross Theatre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Unicorn Theatre), Communication Breakdown (Theatre 503), Big Shoe (King’s Head Theatre), Present Tense (Trafalgar Studios), The Gift (Old Vic New Voices/We Buy Gold), Freddie Hearts Freddie (Southwark Playhouse), Beat Generation (Jerwood Space), Inches Apart (Old Vic/Theatre 503), Peter and the Wolf (Ipswich Corn Exchange), Hanging Around (KneeHigh/National Theatre), A Bequest To The Nation (Jermyn Street Theatre), Valpariso (The Old Red Lion), All For Honour (Tara Arts), The Winter’s Tale (Theatre Alive). TV and Film Includes: Transcended, Dreams of a Life, A London Affair, Pete, Snow Club, The One Inside.

 

Derek Howard

Derek Howard
Nick Bottom (Dream) and Shylock (Merchant)

Derek was born on Merseyside and trained at Bretton hall. Theatre includes Rutilus in Berenice (Donmar), Mr Lingley in Outward Bound (Finborough), Angelo in Much Ado About Nothing (Wyndhams), Mason in An Ideal Husband (Vaudeville), Judge / Gaoler in The Revenger's Tragedy, Morrison in Major Barbara, Director in The History Boys (all at National Theatre), Boy in The Country Wife (Theatre Royal Haymarket), Bill Parker in Solid Gold Cadillac (Garrick), The Owner in Robbers (Tristram Bates Theatre), Stephano in The Tempest (Creation Theatre Co), Yvan in Art ( Middle East Tour), The Wizard in The Wizard of Oz (Seacombe Theatre), Arnold in Torch Song Trilogy (Landor), Dr Livesey in Treasure Island (Gardner Arts), Bruce Delamitri in Popcorn (National Tour), Young Playwright's Festival (Royal Court Theatre), Howard in The Undertaking (Gay Sweatshop), Joe in Elegies (Criterion), Cyril in Cinderella (Battersea Arts), Al in Pied Piper (Horsham), Ratty in Wind In The Willows (Stag), Robert in Looks Like Freedom (Etcetera), Gutherie in Leadbelly (One Step), Michael in Boys in the Band, Larry in Anna Christie (Manchester Library), King in Sleeping Beauty (Forum Theatre), Josef Gross in The Memorandum (Edinburgh Festival), Flute in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Tony in Up and Under, Billy in Stags and Hens, Ramsey in Curse of the Werewolf, John in Breeze Block Park (all at Queen's Head Hornchurch). Various play readings at National Theatre, Royal Court, The Tricycle, Orange Tree, Bristol Express, Contact Theatre.

Film and TV includes Kenneth Connor in Cor Blimey (Carlton TV), Steven in Luv by Carla Lane at BBC, Reverend Dowd in Coogan's Run (BBC / Positive TV), Mr Franks in Harry and Cosh (Channel 5), Driver in Waterfront Beat (BBC / Mersey TV), Matthew in Laundry Lane (TM TV).

Radio: The Trials of Marshall Hall (BBC Radio 3), Games (Radio 4), South by South East (Radio 4), Castlehill (Radio 5), Journey Through The Spheres (Radio 3), Dance of Madness (Radio 4).

 

Mia Keadell

Mia Keadell
Helena (Dream) and Jessica (Merchant)

Mia trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School; where her credits include: May in Salt of the Earth; Maria in Loves Labours Lost at the Circomedia; and Dandini in Cinderella at the Redgrave Theatre. Other theatre includes playing Anita in My Girl for SanaRt Theatre; Woman in Bash for Juncture; the White Cobra in The Jungle Book at the Regents Park open air theatre; and Ileana in Real Dracula at the ADC Theatre in Cambridge. TV and film credits include Kerry in The Bill (ITV) and Gabby in Forever in your Debt.


Anil Kumar

Anil Kumar
Flute (Dream) and Lorenzo (Merchant)

Anil was born and raised in London, and trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Theatre Credits: Sam The Highest Jumper of Them All (Finborough Theatre), A Great Undertaking in Little America (Alma Theatre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Theatre Royal Bristol), A Chaste Maid in Cheapside (Bristol Old Vic Studio), As You Like It (West Country and Cyprus Tour), Verdi (Royal Albert Hall), Zonal (Lyric Theatre Hammersmith), Wuthering Heights (UK Tour, Oldham Coliseum, Glasgow Citizens Theatre, Nuffield, Exeter Northcott et al), Three Minute Hero (London New Play Festival), The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe (Met Theatre, Bury), The Great Gatsby (UK Tour-Proper Job Theatre Co), Pinocchio (Halifax Square Chapel Theatre), The Best Men (Etc Theatre), Poles-Apart (Southwark Playhouse), All Lights On Me (Tristan Bates Theatre), Much Ado About Nothing (RiverSide Barn Theatre), Burning Bird (Unicorn Theatre), The Palestine Monologues (Ice & Fire Theatre). TV Credits: The Bill, EastEnders, The Last Detective, Dinotopia, The Glasgow Bombers, The Dream Team, Hot Gold, Body and Soul (Film), Jadoo (Film).

 

Joe Marsh

Joe Marsh
Lysander (Dream) and Bassanio (Merchant)

Joe trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School having previously read English at the University of Cambridge. His theatre credits include Twelfth Night (Reading Between the Lines), Aristo (Chichester Festival Theatre), Country Music (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Single Spies (The Watermill), Twelfth Night (Lord Chamberlain's Men), The Judgement of Macbeth (The Egg, Bath Theatre Royal). His television credits include Silent Witness (BBC) and Above Suspicion (La Plante Productions). Film includes Convenience (Urban Way Productions). He has also recorded several audiobooks for Naxos.


Laura Matthews

Laura Matthews
Hermia (Dream) and Portia (Merchant)

Laura trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School; where she was nominated for the Spotlight Prize. She recently finished One Man, Two Guvnors at the Theatre Royal Haymarket for the National Theatre. Other theatre credits include Xanthe in We’re All In It Together at the Theatre503, London Assurance at the National Theatre, Ferment at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre, Brooke Ashton in Noises Off No1 tour and Gwendoline in Ernest and the Pale Moon at the Soho Theatre. Television credits include EastEnders and Doctors. Radio credits include The Shape of the Table and Falco Poseidon’s Gold both for BBC Radio 4.


Doug McRobbie

Doug McRobbie
Robin Goodfellow / Puck (Dream) and Lancelot Gobbo / Gaoler (Merchant)

Doug studied Acting for Stage, Screen and Radio at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and upon graduating was awarded with the Gerald James Memorial Award for Acting for showing most talent and promise in his year. His credits at Cardiff include Lord Islay in The Speculator, Castruchio in The Duchess of Malfi and Macbeth in Macbeth. Since then Doug has worked with Vienna's English Theatre as Jason in The Switch and also Gentleman Jacks Theatre as Supervacuo in The Revenger's Tragedy. He also worked on 2 successful seasons at the Minack Theatre, Cornwall as Dr Pinch in A Comedy of Errors and as a Sailor in Hamlet.


Matt Milburn

Matt Milburn
Demetrius (Dream) and Prince of Morocco & Tubal (Merchant)

Matt was born in Wythenshawe, Manchester and started his career in acting after his brother put him forward for a short film...without telling him! Matt thoroughly enjoyed the experience and hence made the decision that he wanted to persue an acting career.

This decision led him to audition for the part of Joe Spencer in C4's Hollyoaks, a role he relished and enjoyed playing for 3 years from 2003-2006. He gained valuable experience and insight into a variety of publicity promotions, photo shoots, charity work and other challenges. Most notably the Hollyoaks Extreme Challenge, which involved Matt being filmed whilst in Australia.

Since leaving Hollyoaks, Matt has worked on many different projects covering all aspects of acting. He has played the lead role in a number of TV commecials for high brand names such as San Miguel, Erristoff and Nintendo to name a few. 2008 saw him busy with a number of independent short films and a feature film called Snappers in which Matt played the romantic lead.

Matt's stage credits include him having performed in many pantomimes, playing the lead roles from Prince to Villain, every year from 2006 to 2012. In 2010 Matt played the part of Jez in a successful production of comedy Tag Team, performed at the renowned Studio Salford.

Later that year Matt toured the UK and Europe with GB Theatre Company, performing Shakespeare in some of the finest outdoor venues. Playing Oliver in As you like it and Fenton along with Bardolph in The Merry Wives of Windsor.

For the most part of 2011, Matt returned back to our TV screens as locum vet Nicky Pritchard in ITV's Emmerdale. Initially cast for four episodes, Matt went on to film more than thirty.

2012 saw Matt performing on the stage again, this time in London at the Ashcroft Theatre. Matt took on the iconic role of Atticus Finch in Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird. The play received great reviews.

To bring Matt's career more up to date this year Matt has filmed several short films a number of TV commercials and most recently appeared as a featured guest artist in Doctors for the BBC.

 

Jonathan Mulquin

Jonathan Mulquin
Theseus & Oberon (Dream) and Antonio (Merchant)

Jonathan trained at The Bristol Old Vic Theatre School; where his parts included: Claudius in Hamlet; Squire Western in Tom Jones; and Stephen Blackpool in Hard Times. Since gradating he has performed at the Pendley Open Air Shakespeare Festival with the roles of Friar Laurence in Romeo and Juliet, and Don Pedro in Much Ado About Nothing; as PC Ping Pong in Aladdin; and as Bernard 1 and 2, and Michael Black in A Number by Caryl Churchill. He has also performed in the Sam Wanamaker Festival 2012 at Shakespeare's Globes as Angelo from Measure for Measure.


Barrie Palmer

Barrie Palmer
Peter Quince (Dream) and The Duke, Prince of Arragon & Old Gobbo (Merchant)

Barrie is the ‘B’ in GB Theatre Company, being one of two Company Directors along with the ‘G’ Gillian Roca. He is also the Artistic Director of the Company.

Before training at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in 2003 Barrie was a Police Officer for 32 years, 22 of those years spent as a Scenes of Crime Officer (now called CSI).

Since graduating from Bristol his love for Shakespeare was greatly enhanced when he was cast in the 2005/06 Comedy Season of The Royal Shakespeare Company appearing in Twelfth Night directed by Michael Boyd and As You Like It directed by Dominic Cooke and performing in Stratford Upon Avon, Newcastle and the West End.

He also toured in Henry V, As You Like it and A Midsummer Night’s Dream with the British Shakespeare Company. This year will see his first performances with his own Company as in previous years he was appearing as Stan in four National tours of Victoria Wood’s dinnerladies and dinnerladies 2nd helpings.

Television credits include Eastenders, Derren Brown the Experiments, Abolition Silent Witness and Harbour Lights. In 2012 he stood in as Paul O’Grady in a dvd to advertise the new musical Street of Dreams based on Coronation Street. On radio he recently played 3 different characters in Ambridge Extra, the digital offshoot of the world famous Archers. In contrast to Shakespeare he revels in the various challenges presented by pantomime.


Matt Christian Reed

Matt Christian Reed
Snug / Moth / Mustardseed (Dream) and Gratiano (Merchant)

After playing Lee in TV film Berry's Way; Matt studied at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, and has been performing professionally for three years. Since graduating, he has played such roles as Matthew in Bath Time at the Tobacco Factory and Oxford Playhouse, and has played lead roles as the un-named imigrant in The Under Room at the Cock tavern theatre, and Jay in Keeping Mum at the Brockley Jack Theatre. Filming credits include Hank in Olympic short film Sparking The Flame, and Ayo in BBC's Doctors earlier this year.


Rosalind Steele

Rosalind Steele
Hippolyta / Titania (Dream) and Nerissa (Merchant)

Rosalind trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Since leaving Bristol she has enjoyed being involved with a wide variety of shows all over the country and abroad, including Rogue Herries (Theatre by the Lake, Keswick), Arabian Knights (Watermill Theatre) the eponymous role of Margaret Catchpole (Eastern Angles), King Lear (TNT world tour), Daisy Pulls it Off (Watermill Theatre, Newbury), Alice! (Italian Tour), Sam Rose in the Shadows (UK Tour), Tim & Light (UK Tour), Hansel & Gretel (Theatre Royal, Margate), On Our Street (King’s Head, Islington) Nightsongs (Cock Tavern, Kilburn) and The Lost World (Bristol Old Vic).


 


DIRECTORS


Louise Hill

Louise Hill
Director of The Merchant of Venice

Louise trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and spent two years as Artistic Director of the Bristol Shakespeare Festival. Most recently, she directed the winner of the Papatango New Play competition, Louise Monaghan's Pack, at the Finborough Theatre, and David Mamet's Boston Marriage for Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Other directing includes revivals of two plays by J.M. Barrie, What Every Woman Knows and Quality Street, and Sutton Vane's supernatural hit Outward Bound (all Finborough Theatre); Spiders and Crocodile Tears (Soho Theatre Studio); Tiny Dynamite (Alma Tavern Theatre, Bristol) and IAGO, her own adaptation of Othello, which won a Fringe Review Outstanding Theatre Award at the Edinburgh Festival. Louise was Associate Director on Travesties and The Importance of Being Earnest (Birmingham Rep). Assistant Direction includes Blackbird and The Winslow Boy (both Salisbury Playhouse).

 

Ed Viney

Ed Viney
Director of A Midsummer Night's Dream

Ed trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and the National Theatre where he was Director in Residence at the NT Studio from 2009-2010. Previously he was Assistant Director at Chichester Festival Theatre and Assistant Director on the UK tour of South Pacific. He was Creative Associate at the Bush Theatre for 2010-2011 and was Assistant Director at the Almeida Theatre on The Dark Earth & The Light Sky directed by Sir Richard Eyre. Ed directed the first major revival of Arthur Miller’s Danger: Memory! (Jermyn Street Theatre). Other recent productions include: The Dolphin Crossing (Ustinov Theatre), Rum & Vodka (Manchester Royal Exchange Studio), The Well-Made Life (Arcola Theatre), and various new writing projects for theatres including Hull Truck, Ustinov Studio and Bristol Old Vic. He holds a MA in Contemporary British History from Queen Mary & Westfield College, University of London. Ed is delighted to be working with GB Theatre Company in 2013 on A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He will next be directing An Audience With Horace Batchelor: King of Keynsham.

 

FOR THE COMPANY


Company Directors
Gill Roca
Barrie Palmer

Tour Manager
Barrie Palmer

Stage Manager
Richard Mayes

Musical Director/Composer
Rosalind Steele

Wardrobe
Gretta Tamlyn

Costumes
The Costume Store

Administration/Accounting
Gill Roca & Sue Walker

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