Deborah Maclaren – Precious Little

Deborah is co-starred as the Gorilla in Madeleine George’s Precious Little at the Jack Studio Theatre in Brockley from the 29th of May to the 15th of June. 

Directed by Kate Bannister and produced by the team behind the critically acclaimed & Offie-nominated Kes and Lifeboat, it focuses on a woman named Brodie who is expecting her first child.

When she receives unsettling news about her baby the medical professionals provide few answers and her girlfriend just doesn’t get it. 

In search of guidance she finds two unlikely sources – an elderly speaker of a dying language and a gorilla at the local zoo.

This irreverent, witty and original play reveals the beauty and limits of human language. 

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Rebecca Eastham – The Exonerated

Rebecca starred in Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen’s The Exonerated, directed by Joseph Houston and ran at the Hope Mill Theatre in Manchester from the 6th to the 16th of June. 

Taken from interviews, letters, transcripts, case files and the public record; it tells the true stories of 6 wrongfully convicted survivors of death row in their own words.

Going between first-person monologues, courtrooms and prisons these 6 interwoven stories paint a picture of an American criminal justice system gone horrible wrong and of 6 brave souls persevering to survive it. 

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Anneli Page -tHe dYsFUnCKshOnalZ!

Anneli co-starred as yankee PR guru Gina in Mike Packer’s tHe dYsFUnCKshOnalz! which ran at the Hen & Chickens Theatre in Islington from the 28th of May to the 1st of June.

This touching, sad, hilarious, dangerous and unfathomably offensive play about the world’s unluckiest punk-rockers premiered to rave reviews at the Bush Theatre in 2007 before going on to be performing in three continents including a long-running rep at the Sovremennik Theatre in Moscow under the name Anarchy.

In 1977 Punk was king. One of the bands bringing Anarchy to the UK was tHe dYsFUnCKshOnalz! However, after his fellow bandmates left Billy Abortion bleeding to death in a Copenhagen hotel room the band imploded. Flash-Forward to 2007 and Billy is back from the dead and stuck stacking shelves.

With such a major obstacle in the former-band members’ relationships surely nothing can bring them back together – until a major American corporation walks in wanting to pay the band a small fortune for the rights to their anarchist anthem ‘Plastic People.’

With such an attractive offer on the table all of the fellow band-members including Mark Faeces and Louise Gash come out of the woodwork looking for a slice of the pie. 

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Lizzie Mounter – Who Cares

Lucy starred as Nicole in LUNG Theatre’s Who Cares, which toured across the UK this June – starting at the Folkstone Quarterhouse and ending at the Arts Depot in London. 

Written by Matt Woodhead and co-produced by the Lowry in Salford, it was made in partnership with the Greater Manchester Charity & Gaddum’s Salford Carers Service and tells the story of 3 young carers.

Adapted from real-life testimonies, this powerful piece of verbatim theatre debuted in 2016 at The Lowry before touring around Britain at 27 non-traditional locations such as youth centres and schools before ending with a performance at the House of Lords in Westminster which “knocked MPs sideways.”

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Boris Heistand – Bulletproof

Boris guest-stars as Dutch police officer Hans in Season 2 of Sky One’s Bulletproof returning to British screens later this year.

Starring Noel Clarke and Ashley Walters, it follows two NCA detectives and best friends Aaron Bishop and Ronnie Pike Jr. who investigate some of the country’s most dangerous and notorious criminals including traffickers, drug dealers and armed robbers, all while being watched with a careful eye by their boss Sarah Tanner (played by Lindsey Coulson)

Hans is a straight shooting, straight talking Dutch police officer, intent on bringing guilty parties to justice. He is tech savvy and professional, but just as physically capable when called into action.

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Sabina Franklyn – A Belly Full

Sabina played the role of Rose in A Belly Full at The Mill in Sonning, which ran from May 2nd until June 15th. 

Playwright and Director Marcia Kash who, along with fellow writer Mary Colin Chisholm, have created this uplifting world premiere for The Mill.
 
When Marnie drags her much put-upon bestie Jane to a belly dancing class they are swept into a shimmying circle of sometimes endearing, sometimes outrageous women.
Their friendship is tested through the demands of their spouses, babies, work lives and the arrival of some unexpected roommates.
 
Through all the belly aches, dilemmas, betrayals and some very ‘special’ cakes, the two friends learn to face life’s challenges as they prepare for a special charity night at their local Turkish restaurant. 
 
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Hanna Ardéhn & Ella Rappich – Quicksand

Hanna stars in the lead role of  Maja Norberg in Netflix’s crime drama based on the bestselling novel Quicksand by Malin Person Giolito.

Ella plays the supporting role of Amanda Steen, Maya’s best friend in the series.

This is Sweden’s first original Netflix series which premiered on the 15th of February at the Berlin International Film Festival, has its Swedish premiere on March 27th, before launching worldwide on Netflix on the 5th of April.

It’s directed by Per-Olav Sørensen (Nobel, The Saboteurs) and Lisa Farzaneh (Arne Dahl, Det som göms i snö), written by Camilla Ahlgren (The Bridge, Marcella) and produced by FLX Productions.

After a mass shooting at a private school in Stockholm’s wealthiest suburb, high-school student Maja finds herself on trial for murder. As they unearth the details of that tragic day, it also reveals private details about her relationship with Sebastian Fagerman (played by Felix Sandman) and his dysfunctional family.

Delighted to say that Quicksand has been nominated in three categories in the Kristallen awards, the Swedish equivalent to our National Television Awards, including best Actress for Hanna Ardéhn and Best TV Drama!

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Cary Crankson & Frances Knight – Country Music

Cary starred as Jamie & Frances played his daughter Emma in Simon Stephens’ Country Music, which ran from the 29th of May to the 23rd of June at Clapham’s Omnibus Theatre.

Directed by two-time Offie nominated Scott Le Crass, it tells the story of Jamie Carris, starting in 1983 in Gravesend with the committal of a crime which he doesn’t realise will shape the next 2 decades of his life. 

From the multi-award-winning writer of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, this is a play about protection, atonecentment but also how our experiences and circumstances may define who were are but not necessarily who we will become. 

It has received a immense amount of critical acclaim with outlets calling it a Must-See especially focusing on Cary’s performance as Jamie with The Stage calling it “Flat-out Revelatory.”

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Molly Nutley – Thicker Than Water

Molly has recently filmed the Third Series of Erik Lejonborg’s Thicker than Water (Tjockare än vatten) airing on Channel 4 as part of their ‘Walter Presents’ platform later this year. Molly co-stars as Kim Waldemar. 

Three siblings of the Waldemar family have reunited at their mother’s guesthouse in Aaland at the start of the summer. After Anna-Lisa takes her own life the siblings Lasse, Jonna and Oskar discover that her will requires them to spend the season running the family’s guesthouse for a year before any of them can inherit it from her. 

Secrets from 20 years ago and from more recent times are uncovered, as well as one body, as the siblings attempt to overcome their differences for the sake of their mother…and her substantial estate. 

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Paul Sloss – Knightfall

Paul featured as Theophile in the second series of History’s Knightfall.

Created by Don Handfield and Richard Rayner, this slice of bloody historical fiction goes deep into the inner sanctum of the clandestine world of the Knights Templar. 

In the centuries prior the Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon, to give their full title, quickly went from pious bodyguards protecting pilgrims during their travels across the Crusader states (collectively known as Outremer) to being the richest organisation in all of Christendom, possibly the entire world.

Their wealth, power and influence was so vast that through their outposts dotted across Europe they essentially created the world’s first multinational banking firm. 

If you deposited money at a chapter house in Rome you could withdraw the exact same amount at a chapter house in Paris – a revolutionary advancement that made them Scrooge McDuck levels of wealthy, with everyone from paupers to the Pope owing the Templars money (perhaps the “Poor” in their name was meant to be ironic?)

When we pick up the story in 1306, the Knights Templar are very much on the back foot. Acre, the Templars’ last stronghold in Outremer, has fallen and years later a rumour spreads that the lost Grail is still in that area.

The Templars, led by the courageous, headstrong, but noble Landry (Tom Cullen) have shifted their attention to regaining a foothold in the Holy Land. They take their battle back to the Levant and their battles become the Crusades.

However with the Templars now losing allies and gaining new and powerful enemies, including the King Phillip IV of France and Pope Clement V, the formidable and secretive order of warrior monks are entrusted with protecting the Holy Grail and any secrets that are capable of destroying their Order and the Church.

From their battles in the Holy Land, to their clashes with the French Monarchy, to the betrayal that would ultimately lead to their tragic dissolution, Knightfall follows the story of this esoteric militaristic Christian brotherhood from its dizzying highs as the most powerful and wealthiest organisation in the Medieval world to being burned at the stake en mass for heresy (but really because the French king wanted all their money and land.)

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