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2017 Cast & Director biographies


ACTORS (surnames in alphabetical order)


Jonathan Collings

Jonathan Collings
Starveling & Philostrate

Jonathan is directing A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Jonathan has been working for nearly forty years as actor, director, writer and storyteller. He has appeared in theatres in Salisbury, Coventry, Northampton, Wolverhampton, Milford Haven… plus countless arts centres, village halls, schools, libraries, churches and tents.

As a director, he has worked with all sorts of actors from school girls to seasoned professionals, including (in a number of one-man shows) himself. It is, of course, himself who has caused him the biggest headaches.

 

Matthew Gordon

Matthew Gordon
Lysander, Flute & Cobweb

Matthew trained at ALRA (Academy of Live and Recorded Arts) North, graduating in 2015.

His recent theatre credits include: Rob and the Hoodies (Vienna's English Theatre), Roost (Bolton Octagon), The Agency (53Two), Hamlet & King Lear (Cream-Faced Loons).

This is Matthew's first time working with GB Theatre Company and he is very excited to share this production with you all.

 

Tina Harris

Tina Harris
Hippolyta & Titania

Tina trained at Arts Educational Schools and began her career working in weekly rep!

Favourite theatre roles include Beverley in Abigail's Party (Manchester Library Theatre), Yvette in Allo Allo (The Lowry), Frankie in Frankie and Johnny at the Clare de Lune, Violia in Twelfth Night (Tour) & Luciana in The Comedy of Errors. She is about to embark on an all female Shakespeare project under the direction of Barbara Houseman (RSC, National, Donmar) called Dangerous Spaces.

TV credits include Red Dwarf XII airing on Dave later this year, DC Pettigrew in Happy Valley 2, Majella in Lenny Henry's Danny and the Human Zoo, Ivy Tullock in Cradle to Grave, Fiona O'Hare in Doctors, Hollyoaks, Shameless, Peak Practice, Playing the Field, Signs and Wonders, Harry's Mad and lead role Seargent Zoe Hatton in new sit com In the Dog House.

Film includes Northern Soul, period drama The Regiment, Action Feature Heart of Chaos, Bollywood rom com Korolai Loves Sumat, Sci Fi feature Extremis, Happy New Year, Bristles, Ameila's Letter and award winning short Graffiti which Tina recently accompanied to The High Falls Film Festival NY State. She also writes and is currently in development on a new TV comedy she has cowritten aimed at BBC 1 called Thymely Casebook.

Tina is delighted to be working with GB Theatre Company on her first open air Shakespeare production and especially excited to be wielding a sword for the first time since drama school!

 

Charlotte James

Charlotte James
Helena & Mustardseed

Theatre credits - Tess Moffat in Blue Stockings at The Cockpit Theatre, Mulitple roles / Actor Musician in Grimms’ Fairy Tales for Guildford Shakespeare Co and earlier this year as Juliet in the tour of Romeo and Juliet.

Credits whilst training - Sir John French/Various roles in Oh! What a Lovely War, Multiple Roles in Love and Information, Tess Moffat in Blue Stockings, Desdemona in Othello, Beatrice in A View From The Bridge and Nora in A Doll's House.

Charlotte graduated last year at The Guildford School of Acting and is delighted be part of the ‘Dream’ Company and to appear in the idyllic gardens in Arundel Castle.

 

Barrie Palmer

Barrie Palmer
Egeus, Peter Quince & Moth

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. In 2010 Barrie formed GB Thteare Company and has played 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. In 2016, Barrie played Duke Senior / Duke Frederick / Corin in As You Like It and Capulet in Romeo & Juliet.

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.

 

Jackson Pentland

Jackson Pentland
Theseus & Oberon

Jackson trained at The Bristol Academy of Performing Arts after completing a degree in Drama at The University of Bristol.

Credits include The Importance of Being Earnest (Lady Bracknell), The Hound of the Baskervilles (Dr. Watson), Much Ado About Nothing (Benedick/Borachio), and A Midsummer Night's Dream (Bottom) for Chapterhouse Theatre Company, Around the World in 80 Days (Passepartout) for DreamTeam Theatre, Anonymous Anonymous (George) for Tresillian, Henry V (Montjoy) for Facsimile Productions, Danny the Champion of the World (Dad), The Wind in the WIllows (Toad), RENT! (Benny), and Peter Rabbit (Mrs Tiggywinkle) for Brentwood Theatre Company. Jackson can also be seen as Percy in the Critical Role film series online.

Jackson is delighted to be working with GB Theatre Company and performing at the incredible Arundel Castle.

 

Greg Shewring

Greg Shewring
Demetrius & Bottom

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.

In 2016, Greg toured with GB Theatre Company and played Oliver / Le Beau in As You Like It and Romeo in Romeo & Juliet.

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).

 

Mollie Fyfe Taylor

Mollie Fyfe Taylor
Hermia, Snug & Peaseblossom

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).

In 2016, Mollie joined GB Theatre Company and played Audrey / Amiens in As You Like It and Juliet in Romeo & Juliet.

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).

 

Alec White

Alec White
Puck

Alec trained at the Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts.

Theatre credits include Ensemble / Bass in Paper Hearts, First Stage Theatre Hamburg & Upstairs at the Gatehouse 2017, Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2016, Dad / Musician in Mirror Me, The Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh Festival 2015, Ensemble at Brick Lane Music Hall 2014-2016.

Credits in Training: Beau in Mame, Billy Flynn/Fred Casely in Chicago, Fredrik Egerman in A Little Night Music, Laurie Laurence / Mr John Brooke in Little Women.

 

FOR THE COMPANY


Company Directors
Gill Roca
Barrie Palmer

Stage Manager
Barrie Palmer

Administration & accounting
Gill Roca

 

Musical Director
Jackson Pentland

Costume Designer
Kate Guest

Costume Assistant
Mollie Fyfe Taylor

Marketing literature & website
Chris Hopkins