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2016 Cast & Director biographies


ACTORS (surnames in alphabetical order)


Annette Chown

Annette Chown
Jaques (As You Like It)
Nurse / Second Watchman / Citizen (Romeo & Juliet)

Trained at Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.

Theatre includes: The Dug Out (Splice Theatre, The Tobacco Factory), Up the Feeder, Down the Mouth and Antigone (Bristol Old Vic), Bunnies and Serendip (The Bike Shed Theatre), Look Back in Anger and Dracula (Red Rope Theatre), Trading Local (Show of Strength), Und (The Mechanical Animal Corporation).

Television and film includes: Casualty and Five Daughters (BBC Productions), Trollied (Roughcut Television), Mistresses (Ecosse TV Productions for BBC), Pleasure Park (It's My Shout Productions), Lightweight (Saltaire Films).

Audio includes: Private Peaceful (BBC Radio 4), National Velvet (Bolinda Audio), Weird (BBC Audiobooks).

 

Sacha Mandel

Sacha Mandel
Orlando (As You Like It)
Tybalt / Paris (Romeo & Juliet)

Sacha trained at Mountview Academy of Performing Arts.

Mountview credits include: Vernon God Little directed by Max Key at the Bridewell Theatre, Daisy Pulls it Off directed by Abbey Wright at Shoreditch Town Hall and Feathers in the Snow directed by Edward Stamboullouian at the Unicorn Theatre.

Other theatre credits include: Supernumerie in Last Days of Troy directed by Nick Bagnall at the Globe, Frankenstein directed by James McAndrews at the Caramel Club and Passing By directed by Ryan Watson at the Chocolate Factory2.

 

Shala Nyx

Shala Nyx
Phebe / Martext (As You Like It)
Benvolio (Romeo & Juliet)

Shala is enjoying exploring the very contrasting roles of Benvolio and Phebe.

This year she has enjoyed playing The Duke of Clarence and Somerset in the all female Henry VI at the Wales Millennium Centre. Shala features in Knock Down Ginger, a new short film to hit film festivals this year and will play Her in a one woman show at this years On The Edge festival.

Shala graduated from The Bristol Old Vic Theatre School last year, having previously trained with Fourth Monkey Theatre Company, focusing on physical theatre in roles such as Sophie Fevvers, in Nights At The Circus and The Perfectionist in Sarah Kane's 448 psychosis which won a fringe first award at Edinburgh Fringe 2013. Shala's recent engagements include Ms Prue in Love for Love at The Bristol Old Vic and Claire in Road.

Shala was BBC Carleton Hobbs Finalist and hopes to continue radio work alongside stage and screen; for which she currently features in the ITV series Bottom Knocker Street.

 

Barrie Palmer

Barrie Palmer
Duke Senior / Duke Frederick / Corin (As You Like It)
Capulet (Romeo & Juliet)

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. 2012 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, Duncan in Macbeth and Egeus in The Comedy of Errors and last year he played Sir Toby Belch in Twelfth Night and Leonato in Much Ado About Nothing.

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 and a one man play, A Different Way Home at the Cumbernauld Theatre, Scotland in which he played the two only characters, Leslie and his sister Maureen.

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.

 

Joseph Passafaro

Joseph Passafaro
Silvius / Charles / William / Lord (As You Like It)
Mercutio / Prince (Romeo & Juliet)

Joseph graduated from the Mountview Academy of Performing Arts last summer.

He has since worked on What Happened This Morning (Sonderlust Theatre), The Monologue Slam (Stratford Theatre Royal East), Easter 1916 (Pentameters Theatre), Thyestes (Derailed Theatre) and short film, Modified (White Jacket Productions).

Credits whilst in training include: A Level Playing Field, What's Eating Gilbert Grape, Feathers in the Snow and the title role in Macbeth.

 

Josephine Rattigan

Josephine Rattigan
Rosalind (As You Like It)
Lady Montague / Friar John / First Watchman (Romeo & Juliet)

Josephine trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.

Credits include: Alice in Olivier nominated Alice's Adventures in Wonderland / Underground (Les Petits/Les Enfants Terribles. The Vaults Waterloo), We´re Going On A Bear Hunt (KW & NB Productions. USA Tour including Broadway), Vicky in A Christmas Carol and Hubbub (Nottingham Lakeside), Tea Time (Oxford Playhouse), Feste in Twelfth Night (Edinburgh Festival Fringe), Frau Jonas in The Last Days of Mankind (Bristol Old Vic), Panacea in A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum (Tobacco Factory Theatre), Marina in Boris Godunov and Ersilia Drei in Naked (The Brokley Jack), Mina in Dracula (The Lion and the Unicorn Theatre).

 

Greg Shewring

Greg Shewring
Oliver / Le Beau (As You Like It)
Romeo (Romeo & Juliet)

Greg Shewring is an actor, writer and musician from Bristol.

Acting credits include: Dogtag (Theatre West) The Shape of Things (Bath Theatre Royal), Coram Boy (Bristol Old Vic), Riot (the Wardrobe Ensemble), Robin Hood (National Student Drama Festival), Skins (E4). Greg was also a long term member and participant of the Bristol Old Vic Young Company and an acting graduate of The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.

Writing credits include: Poll Function (Alma Tavern Theatre and Pleasance Theatre London), Gutter Mouth (Edinburgh Fringe Festival), Scumbag (the Wardrobe Theatre), Penny in The Well (the Polish Club), Left, After Orbit (Tobacco Factory Theatre) and Bench (MAYFEST - The Wardrobe Theatre).

 

Nicola Taggart

Nicola Taggart
Celia (As You Like It)
Lady Capulet (Romeo & Juliet)

Nicola trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.

Theatre work includes: Mona in Days of Wine and Roses (Trafalgar Studios), Mistress Ford in The Merry Wives of Windsor (Redgrave Theatre), Mother Christmas, Mrs Macready, Wolf in The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (Redgrave Theatre), Maeve Sullivan in Blue Stockings (Tobacco Factory) and Grace Maskew in Moonfleet (West Country Tour).

Film & television includes: Frances Shae in rise of The Rise of The Krays and the sequel The Fall of The Krays and Andrea in Brief Encounters for ITV.

Nicola hast recently narrated an audiobook called Rebel Sisters.

 

Mollie Taylor

Mollie Fyfe Taylor
Audrey / Amiens (As You Like It)
Juliet (Romeo & Juliet)

Trained at Birmingham Theatre School and graduated with an epic seven hour production of War and Peace.

Theatre includes: The Munition Worker (FRED Theatre Company), Black 'ell (FRED Theatre Company), Much Ado About Nothing, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Sherlock Holmes and the Hound of the Baskervilles and The Wind in the Willows (Chapterhouse Theatre Company), Dear Cassandra (a one woman show performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe), Cinderella (Lakeland Productions), The Vagina Monologues (Pink Space Theatre Company), Damsels, Hags and Heroines (Second Best Bed Theatre Company).

Film and television include: Emmerdale (ITV), CBBC Pilot (BBC Bristol), The Snarling (2@ Productions), Black Cherry (Short Film), We Don't Say Goodbye (Jiiinkx Productions), Double Date (Lightwind Productions), 2@ Comedy Sketch Show (2@ Productions).

 

Nick Wymer

Nick Wymer
Touchstone / Adam (As You Like It)
Montague / Friar Laurence (Romeo & Juliet)

Nick Wymer is delighted to be joining GB Theatre Company for their 2016 Summer season. He has had a busy last 12 months with appearances as Pontius Pilot in The Hertford Passion Play, Douglas Smith in the 50th Anniversary Tour and London transfer of Round the Horne and Ugly Sister in Cinderella at the Palace Theatre Newark. 2016 continues to be busy as Nick returns to Round the Horne for their autumn tour and he is has been booked to play Ugly Sister again, this time at the Echo Arena in Liverpool.

Other Shakespeare roles have included Brutus in Julius Caesar, Theseus in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Capulet, Escalus and Friar Laurence in Romeo and Juliet.

Nick is known to younger audiences as the head teacher Principle Tubb in CITV’s My Phone Genie. Other TV appearances include Father Ted, Hippies and Big Train. Films include the Bollywood blockbuster Nennokodine.

 

DIRECTOR & STAGE MANAGER


Nancy Medina

Nancy Medina
Director

Nancy trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, MA in Drama Directing.

Recent credits include: Curried Goat and Fish Fingers (Bristol Old Vic), Anchor (Juno Theatre), A Breath (Zion Arts Centre), Dogtag (Theatre West), Strawberry and Chocolate (Tobacco Factory Theatres - Emerging Director Award), Et Tu Elvie (Edinburgh Fringe Festival), Dutchman (Tobacco Factory Theatres), Persistence of Memory (Butterfly Psyche), Bike (Butterfly Psyche), Headlines (Corner Theatre), Savage in Limbo (Corner Theatre)

As an assistant she has worked in theatres such as: Shakespeare's Globe, New Vic Theatre, Birmingham Rep and Salisbury Playhouse.

Nancy is also a workshop facilitator for various South West theatre companies and a visiting director at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.

www.nancymedinadirector.com

 

Cameron Carver

Cameron Carver
Assistant Director

Originally from London, Ontario, (Canada), Cameron graduated as the Silver Medalist in his class from the Sheridan College Musical Theatre Performance Program. He is currently completing his Masters Degree in Theatre Directing from the prestigious Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Cameron continues expand his credits across directing, movement directing, choreographing and performing. Upcoming he will be directing The Wizard of Oz at St Lawrence College, one of the leading Musical Theatre Programs in Canada. In 2017, he will be Movement Director on a stage version on Fellini’s La Strada directed by Olivier Nominated Sally Cookson (National Theatre - Jane Eyre ‘15, Peter Pan ’16).

Director/Choreographer credits: Panopticon, Freak, and The Architecture of the Moon (The Dance Concept), Never Swim Alone (Alma Theatre), Seussical (Music Theatre Production), Edges (OKTC Alumni), Legally Blonde (CATS Main stage), Autobahn (BOVTS).

Assistant Directing/Movement Direction Credits: The Trojan Women (Bristol Old Vic Theatre- Dir. Sally Cookson) The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe (Royal Lyceum Theatre - Dir. Andrew Panton), Shrek: The Musical, Elf (The Grand Theatre-Dir. Susan Ferley), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (West Country Tour - Dir. Christopher Scott).

 

FOR THE COMPANY


Company Directors
Gill Roca
Barrie Palmer

Tour Manager
Barrie Palmer

Stage Manager
Barrie Palmer

Musical Director
John Telfer

Fight Choreographer
Jonathan Howell

Fight Captain
Shala Nyx

Costume Designer
Lizzy Leech

Administration & accounting
Gill Roca

Marketing literature & website
Chris Hopkins