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2014 Cast & Director biographies


ACTORS (surnames in alphabetical order)


Sue Appleby

Sue Appleby
Lady Macduff (Macbeth) & Lennox / Courtesan & Balthasar (The Comedy of Errors)

Sue has recently finished a run of 1927’s The Animals and Children Took to the Streets at the National Theatre, having toured the show last year to 21 countries, including Jordan, Armenia and Azerbaijan.

Sue trained at The Central School of Speech and Drama and The University of Birmingham, and has a first class degree in Music with Drama.

Theatre credits include: Godspell (Lyric); Three Men in a Boat (UK Tour); Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing (UK/European Tour); Mephisto in The Vaudevillains (Les Enfants Terribles); John Godber’s adaptation of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (Hull Truck); Little Women (West End); Cinderella in Into The Woods (Landor Theatre); South Pacific (UK Tour); Bobbie Ellis in Losing Louis (Trafalgar Studios/UK tour) and Lady Macbeth (Shakespeare’s Globe).

Sue sings regularly with the Maida Vale Singers and has worked with renowned conductor John Wilson and his Orchestra in The Good Companions for Radio 3, the Rodgers and Hammerstein & Hollywood Proms for BBC TV/Radio and at Abbey Road Studios.

Her work as a musical director includes Three Men in a Boat, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea alongside director John Godber, and the West End productions of Cool Hand Luke (Aldwych), Carrie’s War (Apollo), Little Women (Duchess) and Anne of Green Gables (Lilian Baylis). She coaches many industry professionals, as well as teaching singing at several of London’s drama schools.


 
Joyce Branagh

Joyce Branagh
Lady Macbeth (Macbeth) / Abbess & Dr Pinch (The Comedy of Errors)

Joyce was born and grew up in Reading, where we start our tour, but has lived all over the place including Bristol and London. She’s now based in the North West in the lovely small town of Todmorden.

Theatre includes: Diggin’ Up Black Gold, (Goldthorpe Festival); Puss in Boots, (Mart Theatre, Skipton), The Wittol’s Wife, (Hebden Bridge Festival); Can’t Smile Without You, (Chaotic Combinations, Manchester); Karaoke Nights, (The Studio, Beckenham); Two, Day of Reckoning, Calendar Girls, Tom’s Midnight Garden, The 39 Steps, (Todmorden Hippodrome); Deep Blue Sea, (Hebden Bridge Little Theatre).

Television: Emmerdale, The Bill, (ITV)
Short Film: Finding Louis (Leeds Metropolitan); 50/50 (Salford University).

Joyce is also an experienced theatre director who has directed productions all over the UK and Ireland including at Bristol Old Vic, Cork Opera House, Oldham Coliseum, Manchester 24:7 Festival, Watford Palace Theatre and Harrogate Theatre Royal. She has just directed Much Ado About Nothing for Vienna’s English Theatre.


 
Alex Gatehouse

Alex Gatehouse
Macduff (Macbeth) / Antipholus of Syracuse (The Comedy of Errors)

Alex graduated trained at LAMDA.

Theatre includes: Sochi 2014 (King’s Head/ Hope Theatre), Black Jesus (Finborough), A Midsummer Night’s Dream & The Merchant of Venice (UK Tour/GB Theatre Company), 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.


 
Philippa Howard

Philippa Howard
Witch 1 (Macbeth) / Adriana (The Comedy of Errors)

Philippa Howard trained at The Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Where her graduate shows included Rose - The American Clock, Mrs Peachum - The Threepenny Opera, Flipotte – Tartuffe and Crackers & Spice - Christmas Revue. She was a finalist for the prestigious Carleton Hobbs Radio Bursary. Previous to that she trained at Arts Ed in Musical Theatre.

She has more recently filmed alongside Helen McCrory in the feature Flying Blind as MI5 agent Nina Simons, short film Eris for award winning artist Clare Hooper and Rabbits Foot with UWE. Other film & TV credits include: House of Elliot, Wycliffe, Pride and Prejudice, Chinese Box and Casualty. Her recent theatre credits have included Very Hard Times with Publick Transport, The Elves and the Shoemakers for Pins and Needles, and Off the Block for Reading Between the Lines. She also has many credits in radio and voiceover.

Philippa was the winner of the Peter Akerman Comedy Award and also the 2011/12 Actors’ Guild Bursary. When not performing she works as a drama and musical theatre tutor in Bristol.


 
Jenny Johns

Jenny Johns
Gentlewomen & Porter (Macbeth) / Dromio of Ephesus (The Comedy of Errors)

Trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School where she won the Newton Blick Award 2011 for outstanding versatility.

Theatre: Blue (Edinburgh Fringe), Murmuring Judges (OFS Studio, Oxford), Mr Love (OFS Studio, Oxford), Late at Night (Burton Taylor Studio, Oxford), Cinderella (Touring, Eva Long Productions), Fertility Objects (Rondo Theatre, Bath), Bike (Butterfly Psyche), The Lover (OFS Studio, Oxford), The Persistence of Memory (Butterfly Psyche). Training: Cinderella (Redgrave Theatre), That Face (BOVTS), Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Redgrave Theatre), Salt of the Earth (Tobacco Factory).

Radio: Dee in Waves (BOVTS), nominee for the Carlton Hobbs Bursary Award 2011, Voice-over for ARM training animations, Undertaker's receptionist in Ambridge Extra (BBC), Grace Morgan in The Archers (BBC).

Film and television: Michelle in Gag 2 (BOVTV), Reverend Jennifer Green in Derren Brown’s The Experiments for Channel 4, Alison in Remnants (Royal Holloway), Jade in Breach of Trust (Joseph Oppenheimer), Mrs Pearkiss in You Were The Walrus (Winchester University), Julie in After the Bombs (Mad Tramp Productions), Mum in Emotional Attachment Training (Suited & Booted), Dr Jessica Bell in Appendix 2 (Broken Antler).


 
Mia Keadell

Mia Keadell
Witch 3 (Macbeth) / Dromio of Syracuse (The Comedy of Errors)

Mia trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School; where her credits include: Helena in A Midsummer Night's Dream and Jessica in The Merchant of Venice for GB Theatre Company's 2013 tour, 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.


Madeleine Leslay

Madeleine Leslay
Witch 2 (Macbeth) / Luciana (The Comedy of Errors)

Madeleine trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.

Theatre: Ophelia in Hamlet (Tour), Sophia Western in Tom Jones (Tour), Louisa Gradgrind in Hard Times (Tobacco Factory), Hazel Conway in Time & the Conways (Circomedia), Chris Mundy in Dancing at Lughnasa (Tobacco Factory), Bel in Honest and Kelly in Nets (Alma Tavern Theatre). Aladdin in Aladdin (Roses Theatre Tewkesbury), Pamina in The Night Queen (Belgrade Theatre, Coventry) Cinderella in Into The Woods, and Princess Tamara in Jack and The Beanstalk, (Sheffield Lyceum.)

TV/Film: BBC’s Production of The Best of Men, Casey in Trust (Short), School Girl in Don’t Look Up (short) and recently the lead role of Alice in feature film She Moved Through the Fair.

Madeleine can be heard reading the audiobooks of Finding Jennifer Jones by Anne Cassidy and Opal Plumstead by Jacqueline Wilson released in October.


 
Doug McRobbie

Doug McRobbie
Malcolm (Macbeth) / 2nd Merchant (The Comedy of Errors)

Doug was born in Torquay, raised in Scotland and lived in California, Singapore and Wales. He studied Acting for Stage, Screen and Radio at The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Upon graduating, he received the Gerald James Memorial Award for Acting and earned Distinction in his BADC Stage Combat exam.

His credits include: Doug in Early Doors (The Tron, Glasgow), Psycho in Who Framed Roger Rabbit (The Troxy, London), Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream and Lancelot Gobot in The Merchant of Venice (GB Theatre Company's 2013 UK Tour), Castruchio and The Doctor in The Duchess of Malfi (The Sherman) and Dr Pinch in The Comedy of Errors (The Minack). Doug is thrilled to be performing again with GB Theatre Company.


Jonathan Mulquin

Jonathan Mulquin
Banquo (Macbeth) / Antipholus of Ephesus (The Comedy of Errors)

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, Oberon/Theseus in A Midsummer Night's Dream and Antonio in The Merchant of Venice in the 2013 tour for GB Theatre Company and more recently he toured nationally as Malcolm in Blood Will Have Blood and Capulet/Ensemble in Romeo and Juliet at The Pleasance Theatre.


Barrie Palmer

Barrie Palmer
Duncan & Doctor (Macbeth) / Egeon (The Comedy of Errors)

Barrie is 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. Last year saw him perform for his own company playing Peter Quince in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Gobbo, Prince of Arragon and the Duke in The Merchant of Venice. Barrie has played Stan in four National tours of Victoria Wood’s dinnerladies and dinnerladies 2nd helpings. Barrie has recently completed a tour of Chin Chin with Felicity Kendal and Simon Callow, directed by Michael Rudman.

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.


 
Gareth Tempest

Gareth Tempest
Ross (Macbeth) / Angelo (The Comedy of Errors)

Gareth trained at The Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, playing Father Welsh in The Lonesome West, Captain Jerry Jackson in The Wicked Lady, Protean in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Seth in Cold Comfort Farm, Helen in On Love, Feste/Sebastian/Sir Aguecheek in Twelfth Night, Gerald Arbuthnot in A Woman of No Importance, Miles in Posh, Petruchio in The taming of the Shrew, Captain Absolute in The Rivals. He has recently appeared as Tishka in It’s a Family Affair (Sherman Cymru).

Short films include Matt in Tomorrow (BOVTV), Liam in Front (Campion Philips), Party Goer in Time (Obsidian Productions), and Ed in Fly (Metcalfe Productions).

Radio includes Mr Black in An Elixor of Love, John Graggy in Wide Awake and Mr Wilkinson in Incident (all 3 for BOVTS), and Narrator in All For a Smile and Fill the Shelf (both for BBC Radio Wales).


 
Aonghus Weber

Aonghus Weber
Macbeth (Macbeth) / Duke of Ephesus (The Comedy of Errors)

Aonghus was born in Dublin and trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.

Theatre: The Colleen Bawn, 1992 (Dublin Youth Theatre, Project Arts Centre), Aristocrats (Andrew's Lane, Dublin); Dead Boys (Focus, Dublin), You Are Here (Dublin Theatre Festival), The Freedom of the City (Taibhdhearc, Galway), Juno and the Paycock (Citizen's Glasgow), The Playboy of the Western World (Arches, Glasgow), The Merchant of Venice (Union), The Changeling (Edinburgh Fringe), Dig (Old Red Lion), The Comedy of Terrors (Hailsham, Pavilion), Execution of Justice (Southwark Playhouse).

​Television:​ Ros na Run, An Gaeilgeoir Nocht, The Running Mate, 1916: Seachtar Dearmadta (TG4), Glenroe (RTE), Hollyoaks (Channel 4).

Film: Headrush​.


 

DIRECTOR & STAGE MANAGER


Ed Viney

Ed Viney
Director of The Comedy of Errors & Macbeth

Ed trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and the National Theatre where he was Director in Residence at the NT Studio. 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 productions include: An Audience With Horace Batchelor: King of Keynsham (Tobacco Factory Theatres), The Dolphin Crossing (Ustinov Theatre), which he also adapted, and Rum & Vodka (Manchester Royal Exchange Studio). He has directed various new writing projects and he is directing the new play by David Lane about Josef Stalin's daughter who lived in Bristol. He holds a MA in Contemporary British History from Queen Mary & Westfield College, University of London. Ed is a Visiting Lecturer at a number of drama schools and universities. He is delighted to be returning this year to direct for GB Theatre Company.


 
Nancy Medina

Nancy Medina
Assistant Director

Nancy Medina is from Brooklyn, NY. She received her BA in Theatre and Spanish Literature from Binghamton University. Currently training at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School (MA Directing).

Directing credits include: UK Dutchman (BOVTS), Contractions (BOVTS), The Persistence of Memory (Butterfly Psyche), Bike (Butterfly Psyche), Headlines (Corner Theatre), Savage in Limbo (Corner Theatre), Dirty Stop Outs (Sanart Theatre) Co- Director: Sam Wanamaker Festival 2014 (The Globe), Moby Dick (Dark Stuff Productions) Assistant Director: Sauce for the Goose (BOVTS) The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (BOVTS) The Importance of Being Earnest (Floor to Ceiling) USA Collision Festival West (Regroup Theatre, LA) Collision Festival (Regroup Theatre, NY), Matt & Ben (Samsara & Love Creek Productions), The Children’s Hour (Eyeblink Entertainment).

Nancy is Artistic Director of Corner Theatre and founding member of Regroup Theatre. Next up, is her Edinburgh Fringe directing debut, this summer with Xanadu Productions' Et Tu Elvie.


 

 

Benedict Jones

Benedict Jones
Stage Manager

Benedict trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in Stage Management, graduating in 2013. He is Production Manager for the physical theatre company Blue Crate Theatre. Theatre credits include Production Manager for Romeo and Juliet (Pleasance Theatre) and Disco Pigs (Tristan Bates Theatre). Stage and Technical Manager for Close to You (Southwark Playhouse and Brighton Fringe) and Three Witches (Belgrade Theatre). Stage Manager for Spokesong (Finborough Theatre), Oedipus Retold (Tristan Bates Theatre), Starry Night - A Nativity Play (Bristol Schools Tour), Moonfleet (West Country Tour), Surrealissimo (Alma Tavern Theatre), Mr Kolpert (Alma Tavern Theatre). Assistant Stage Manager for Dancing At Lughnasa (Tobacco Factory Theatre).

 

FOR THE COMPANY


Company Directors
Gill Roca
Barrie Palmer

Tour Manager
Barrie Palmer

Stage Manager
Benedict Jones

Musical Director/Musical Arrangements
Sue Appleby

Set design
James Helps

Costumes
James Helps at
Bristol Costume Services

Fight Director
Dan Styles

Fight Captain
Gareth Tempest

Administration/Accounting
Gill Roca & Sue Walker

Marketing literature / website
Design Forte