Jamie Newall & Reginald Edwards – The Tempest

O brave new world! We are delighted to announce that two of our clients will be starring in the Iris Theatre’s upcoming production of The Tempest, Shakespeare’s timeless tale of power, magic, deceit and love.

Jamie Newall will be playing Prospero, a fiercely intelligent and occasionally ruthless man who lords it over the various creatures who inhabit a mysterious island which he has been forced to call his home. A former Duke who has uncovered the powerful (and often dark) arts of magic, Prospero is one of Shakespeare’s most contradictory and multifarious protagonists, and we can’t wait to see Jamie bring him to life. 

Reginald Edwards will be taking on double duty, and will be starring as both Stephano and Sebastian, two antagonists and would-be usurpers who attempt to sow discord throughout the story. Stephano, a drunken and garrulous butler, schemes to claim Prospero’s island for his own. Sebastian, meanwhile, plots to overthrow his brother (and king) Alonso. Good luck to Reginald for this dastardly duty of bringing these two mischief-makers to life.

Directed by Daniel Winder, this production is taking inspiration from 17th century royal masques, and promises to be a beautiful and moving production – be sure to book ahead!

 

The Tempest will be running from Wednesday 20th June to Saturday 28th July at the Iris Theatre.

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Nathan Sussex – Franklin’s Brain

We are delighted to announce that the tremendously talented Nathan Sussex has won the award for best actor at the Hyperdrive Sci-Fi Festival for his role of Tom in the BFI and Creative England short film Franklin’s Brain

Also one of a three-film shortlist for Best Picture at the Hyperdrive Sci-Fi Festival happening Sunday May 20th, it is set at the end of the 21st Century and follows a man named Tom, a man who has exiled himself from society living and working in a sewage plant in the middle of nowhere. His only friend is Franklin, a man from the late 1990s, whose entire consciousness, mind, and memories, has been downloaded into a metal box through which he can think, speak and listen. Franklin suddenly becomes obsessed by the idea that his former self was buried with a gift for him so he tries to convince Tom to take him to the site of his grave and see what present Franklin left for himself. The film deals with our desperate struggle and obsession with the search for meaning in our lives and our near-impossibility to truly let go of the past. 

Congratulations to Nathan for his first award win; the first of many many more! 

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Hetty Baynes Russell – Cordelia

Hetty will be Mrs. Grotowski in Adrian Shergold’s upcoming psychological thriller Cordelia, slated for a 2019 release. 

Produced by The Shape of Water‘s Sally Hawkins and Starring Antonia Campbell-Hughes as the titular Cordelia, it tells the story of a young actress who happened to be on a London Tube train that was attacked by terrorists during 7/7. She now lives in a basement flat in a not-too-nice part of London with her twin sister Caroline and her sister’s boyfriend Matt and has to cope with those two, a stalker, and neighbours including a mysterious cello player and the eccentric Mr Moses, played by Michael Gambon.

All of this, exacerbated by the overwhelming survivor’s guilt from her experience in 2005, comes to a head as Caroline and Matt go away for the weekend. We follow Cordelia for this weekend as she tries to keep to her usual routine but her mind starts to slowly unravel and, as she attempts to keep her fragile mind together, she starts to question whether certain events are real or entirely in her own head.

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Brian Caspe, Sinéad Phelps and Michael Pitthan – Carinval Row

Brian, Sinéad and Michael have just wrapped in  Amazon Studio’s upcoming Neo-Noir Fantasy Carnival Row, an 8-part series slated for release on Amazon Video in 2019.

Brian features as Nigel Winetrout, the senior advisor to Chancellor Breakspear (Jared Harris) and his wife Piety Breakspear (Indira Varma), government officials desperately trying to maintain power and order. 

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Sinéad plays the faerie Nefrie Doz in episode 4 but also has a recurring role as Jenila, a Puck Handmaid with a wicked sense of humour.

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Michael has the role of both Fennimore, a 7 foot tall centaur, and a Ghetto Guard, trying to keep the peace in the slums that have sprung up thanks to the influx of refugees. 

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Starring Orlando Bloom and Cara Delevingne, it takes place in a fictional Neo-Victorian Steampunk-esque city where mythical beings have fled to from the ongoing war and strife in their homeland. Forced to live side-by-side with humans, these folkloric refugees and their slightly less magical counterparts live in an uneasy peace but a series of murders threatens to upset that fragile balance.

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Aleksander Varadian – Hadrian & Antinous

Aleksander is starring as Antinous in Mark Barford and Anna Jastrzembski’s new play Hadrian and Antinous, which debuts at the Morris A. Shapiro Hall on West 115th Street in New York City on the 4th of May and runs until the 6th. 

This excellent new work details the grand love affair between the Roman Emperor Hadrian and Antinous, his Greek lover. While we do not know much about Antinous before his fateful meeting with Hadrian around 123 AD, we know that Hadrian instantly became infatuated with the young Bithynian, never leaving the Emperor’s side throughout his tour of Rome’s vast territories as part of Hadrian’s personal retinue. 

After the mysterious drowning of Antinous in the Nile in 130 AD, Hadrian was said to be completely inconsolable. He would found an Egyptian city in his name, the only city founded by the Romans in Egypt, and financed games in posthumous commemoration of his lover. But most of all he proclaimed Antinous as a god, closely associating him with Osiris, and while Emperors deifying themselves and their family members was nothing new in Ancient Rome, making one of your lovers was certainly out of the ordinary especially in the case of a gay lover. Antinous has been associated with homosexuality in western culture ever since, turning up in such places as the writings of Oscar Wilde. 

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Martin Teall – 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

Martin stars as Captain Nemo himself in Thunder Road’s adaptation of Jules Verne’s pioneering science-fiction classic 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea at the Harrogate Theatre starting on the 10th of May. 

Following reports of a massive Sea Monster sinking warships in the Atlantic, renowned oceanographer Professor Aronnax and expert harpooner Ned Land go in search of the creature only for it to sink their ship. They find themselves adrift and lost in a storm-swept ocean only to be rescued by the enigmatic and dark genius Captain Nemo and held captive on his fantastical vessel The Nautilus. 

Following a sell-out production of The Invisible Man in 2017, Thunder Road brings back another timeless classic – a cautionary tale of science, madness, exploration and courage. 

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Richard John – The Last Ship

Richard is the Musical Director of The Last Ship, currently at the Royal & Derngate in Northampton after previously being at Birmingham, Liverpool and Newcastle.

With music and lyrics written by legendary musician Sting, the story by Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winners John Logan and Brian Yorkey and following a successful Tony-nominated run on Broadway in 2014, this semi-autobiographical story of Tyneside in the 1980s made its British debut at the Northern Stage in Newcastle.

The Last Ship tell the story of Gideon Fletcher, who returns to the seafaring town of Wallsend after 15 years. Inspired by Sting’s own hometown, it tells of Gideon’s efforts to come to terms with his past while grappling with the man he has become. 

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Mary Lincoln & David Pendlebury – Into the Woods

Mary and David are starring as Cinderella’s evil stepmother and The Steward respectively in Off-West End Award-winners All Star Productions’ new adaptation of Sondheim’s Into the Woods at the Cockpit Theatre. 

All Star Productions, in partnership with Trilby Productions, have taken Sondheim’s subversive classic and given it a modern 21st Century twist featuring 17 larger than life characters drawn directly from modern-day Britain. 

This fantastic musical invites the audience to a journey into the middle of the woods where well-known fairy tales interweave to create a magical world. As with all fairy tales from the Grimm Brothers, Into the Woods imparts a valuable lesson that our actions can affect others and that we must take responsibility for their consequences. 

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Dean Kilbey – Innocent Candy

Dean is featured in the feature film Innocent Candy, releasing later this year. It’s written by and starring TV and stage actors Stefan Michaels and Stacey J Gough and produced by Skegness-based Clock Tower Films Ltd. 

Featuring Anthony Costa, Eastenders’ John Altman and Danielle Harold and The Bill’s Eddie Peel, it tells the story of two friends known as Hamilton Candy and The Bishop. Both men have severe mental scars with Hamilton traumatised by the murder of his wife and daughter while The Bishop was abused by his father and convinced he is an abject sinner in the eyes of God.

After a job goes wrong the only witness is a young girl called Ruby who Hamilton saves from death at the hands of Bishop. Hamilton now has a chance of redemption and a second chance at being a father and choosing love and compassion over hate and violence. All the while they are pursued by zealous Bishop, himself in deep conflict over the need to punish or love his closest friend, killing all those who get in the way. 

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Damien Walsh – Penny on M.A.R.S

Damien will appear as Nick Weber in the new series of Penny on M.A.R.S. The series is a spin-off of the successful Italian series Alex & Co which premiered on Disney Channel Italy on May 7th playing every evening for 16 nights. The show will then  be transmitted on Disney Channel UK in June 2018. 

The series follows the adventures of Penny, a girl who has a big talent and a big passion: singing. She decides to enroll in the most famous performing arts high school, the M.A.R.S. Her passion will encourage her to fight for her dreams alongside her best friend Camilla. And soon, the arrival of a boy will complicate things.

Damien will be playing alongside his identical twin Luke (Mike Webber), throughout the series they often have fun exchanging identities and making those who deal with them go crazy. Nick is controlled, respectful and very studious, lives on music and dance and has never kissed a girl. He is reserved, profound, constant in his feelings, but slowly he will understand that he needs to be more impulsive like his brother. 

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