Ian Houghton – The Wider Earth

Ian co-stared as Robert Darwin and Richard Matthews in Trish Wadley Productions’ The Wider Earth, in association with The Dead Puppet Society and The Natural History Museum. 

The Wider Earth has been nominated for Best Entertainment and Family at the 2019 Olivier Awards!

Written, directed and co-designed by David Morton, it followed the life of a 22-year old freshly-graduated Charles Darwin as he embarks upon arguably the most significant expedition in scientific history, the voyage of the HMS Beagle.

Although he originally enlisted as the crew’s geologist, Darwin would use the experiences he had and the detailed observations of the flora and fauna he encountered to lay the foundations for a revolutionary new theory, that species were not fixed but ever-changing. Once he got back to England after circumnavigating the globe in the space of almost 5 years, he would commit these ideas to paper where they evolved into the Theory of Natural Selection. 

Robert Darwin was Charles’ father, a highly successful and respected doctor who was deeply frustrated by his son’s lack of direction. He expected that Charles would find some kind of acceptable occupation but this has brought him into conflict with his young son’s obsession with natural history. 

Richard Matthews was a missionary charged by the Beagle’s captain Robert FitzRoy to escort a native Patagonian known to the British as “Jemmy Button” (real name Orundellico) to his family in Tierra del Fuego at the tip of South America and to open a Christian mission there. He was a deeply devout man who initially served as an emotional ballast for Charles before their relationship was foundered by Darwin’s insistence on questioning the origins of the natural world. 

Featuring spectacular puppetry, an original score and cinematic animations, it opened at the brand-new theatre in the Jerwood Gallery at the Natural History Museum in London on the 13th of October with previews running from until the 2nd before closing in February the 24rd. 

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Jenny Gayner – Entanglement

Jenny stars as Elysse in Alexander Miguel’s Entanglement and is nominated for Best Actress at The Queen Palm International Film Festival.

In this short film, a successful businesswoman is waiting for her date at her regular bar when she receives a mysterious coded message leading her to a room in the hotel above. Instead of a surprise rendezvous, she finds herself transported to a surreal world full of strange characters from which there is no escape. 

Written by Sophie Armatas and produced in association with Lakeside Pictures, it has been selected by four different international film festivals so far: the Calcutta International Cult Film Festival, the Cult Critic Movie Awards, the Portobello Film Festival and the Queen Palm International Film Festival. In the latter, Jenny has also been nominated for best actress! 

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Robin Kingsland – Fiddler on the Roof

Robin features as the jolly innkeeper Mordcha in Fiddler on the Roof at the Frinton Summer Theatre, running from the 14th to the 19th of August.

Headed by director Edward Max, Frinton Summer Theatre is the oldest still active Repertory theatre in the country and has had actors such as Vanessa Redgrave, David Suchet, Timothy West and Gary Oldman walk through its doors in the past on their way to stardom. 

For the first time since the theatre’s beginnings in 1937 they are staging a production on Frinton’s gorgeous Greensward, a stretch of greenery along the seafront. 

This now-iconic musical takes place in the Pale of Settlement, the region in the western Russian Empire where Jews were allowed to have permanent residence, and centres on Tevye, a Jewish father of five daughters, and his attempts to maintain his Jewish religious and cultural traditions as outside influences encroach upon the his family’s lives. 

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