Fragen Theatre in association with Park Theatre present the World Premiere of
Hell Yes I'm Tough Enough
NED CONTRABAND I BEN HOOD
WILL I MICHAEL EDWARDS
SHARON I CASSANDRA HERCULES
JEZ I EDWARD HALSTED
POPPY I VENICE VAN SOMEREN
PATRICK I MIKHAIL SEN
GLYNISS I ANNIE TYSON
NICK CLOG I JAMES BRYANT
DAVID CARTER I BEN ALDERTON
Ben Trained at The Univerity of Salford before training in physical theatre with Physical Lab in London. Ben is Also a host and compere and works in improvised comedy and immersive theatre.
Theatre credits include Siren (Matchstick Piehouse), Fear & Loathing In Las Vegas (The Pleasance Islington), Antigone (Unity Theatre Liverpool), Cats (The Arcola), Dead At Last, At Last No More Air (Camden People's Theatre), Faulty Towers The Dining Experience (Internationally touring), The Wedding Reception (Internationally touring), The Grand Journey (International Tour), RANK (The Lowry Theatre Salford), The Bench (Manchester Dance House/Library Theatre), A bullet Through You (The Courtyard Theatre)
TV Credits include Doctors (BBC), Crimewatch (BBC)
Voice Credits include Radio 4 Afternoon Plays (BBC), BroBots (Samsung VR Platforms), Bombay Sapphire (Online Commercial)
Film Credits include Greasy Spoon short (Blind Aura), Drake Feature (Azi Rahman), Play Judas Feature (Red Dog Films)
Trained at Drama Centre London.
Theatre includes: Counting Sheep (Vaults Festival), Closer (Vienna English Theatre), The Fifth Column (Southwark Playhouse), Bruises (Tabard Theatre), The Emperor Self, The Dog the Night and the Knife (Arcola Theatre), The County (Camden Peoples Theatre), A Hard Rain (Above the Stag), Flight (Brockely Jack), Jekyll and Hyde (Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts and Southwark Playhouse), House of Bones, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Platform Theatre),
Michael Jackson at the Gates of Heaven and Hell (Underbelly), The Rime of the Modern Mariner (The Dalston Old Boys Club).
Film Includes: Uther (Northlight Film), 1921 (Loneranger Productions), We Don’t Know Either (Guerrero Productions), Nearly Always (RCA), Fifty Eight (YOCF), Welcome to Nightvale (Redon Productions), L’eau (Nomentum Productions), Tiger House (Strike Films), Denousa (Venetsano Films).
For more info visit: www.michaeledwards-actor.com
Actor, producer and co-founder of CultureClash Theatre, Cassandra read Law at the Glasgow University School of Law and worked as an immigration and human rights lawyer before undertaking the MA Acting Degree at Guildford School of Acting in 2015.
Cassandra’s professional theatre credits include News Reporter in One Hundred Trillion, (Southwark Playhouse), Annie in Lest We Forget, (Greenwich Theatre), Monica in The Incident (Canada Water Theatre, Polar Union Theatre), Hermia in OpenBar Theatre’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, (UK tour), Tara in Voices In The Dark, (Greenwich Theatre), Officer C/Rioter in Inside Pussy Riot (Saatchi Gallery), Miranda in Bilimankhwe’s The Tempest, (UK tour), Samantha in Under My
Thumb (Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Greenwich Theatre, New Diorama Theatre) Actor in #CASTE (Arcola Theatre), Chantelle in Secret Cinema’s 28 Days Later (site specific), Tanesha in Totally Together (site specific), Hannah in Hannah and Hanna (New Diorama Theatre, Assembly Edinburgh Fringe, Greenwich Theatre).
Film and television credits include Teenage Girl in Confirmation ( Music Video) Eiza in Darren Has A Breakdown (web series), E4er/E4 survivor in E4’s Spa Brand Spot (TV Commercial), Actor in Wolf Cry (music video), Amanda in Amanda (short film), Lourdes Treasurer in A Mug’s Game (feature film) and Female Contestant in Do You Know Your Roots? (MTA Productions).
Other professional credits include Actor in Negatory Manifesto, NoNothing Salon Series, (Voice, Chelsea College of Arts) and Cassandra in Chesnic Global Technologies (Corporate, Resonate Media).
Credits whilst training include Woman in black in A Matter of Life And Death, (Electric Theatre, Guildford), Abigail in The Crucible, Thea in Hedda Gabler and Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (GSA).
Theatre credits include: A Christmas Carol (Windsor Castle); People Who Need People (Vaults Festival); I Have Been Here Before (Jermyn Street Theatre); Twelve Angry Men (national tour); Lady Anna: Lost at Sea (Park Theatre and tour); The Drowned Man (Punchdrunk/NT); A Christmas Carol (Petersham Playhouse); Crash of the Elysium (Punchdrunk/MIF); Hamlet (GSC); The Post Office (British Library); Cling to Me Like Ivy (Birmingham Rep); A Little Neck (Hampton Court Palace); Macbeth (Big Stage Productions); Aladdin (Marlowe Canterbury); title role in Faust (Punchdrunk/National Theatre); Firebird Ball (Punchdrunk); The Yellow Wallpapaper (Punchdrunk/BAC); Josephine (Oldham Coliseum and tour); Sisters And Others (Scarlet Theatre); Dreams Of Anne Frank (Polka Theatre); Single Spies (National Theatre and West End); Death Of A Salesman (Nottingham Playhouse); Gloo Joo (Hampstead/Criterion Theatres); Shadowlands (Carnival Theatre); Sherlock’s Last Case, Rose, Who’s Life is it Anyway?, Babes in the Wood (all Salisbury Playhouse); Macbeth and Merchant Of Venice (St George's); Outside Edge (Plymouth Theatre Royal); Dreyfus (Hampstead Theatre); Phantom Of The Opera, the Bacchae (Actors' Company); King Lear (Cork Opera House); Action Replay (Orange Tree Theatre); James Joyce And The Israelites (Lyric Hammersmith); Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me (Dukes, Lancaster and Diorama); The Tribades (Hampstead Theatre); Marriage Of Mr Mississippi (New End Theatre); Little Eyolf (Bird's Nest); Beat The Air (Finborough Theatre); Dick Whittington, Sleeping Beauty (Windsor); Next Time I’ll Sing To You (Millstream); Julius Caesar, London Assurance (Coventry, Belgrade Theatre); Gaslight, How the Other Half Loves, There’s a Girl in my Soup (Channel Theatre) and Simon At Midnight (Young Vic).
Edward won the Stage Best Actor award at Edinburgh for Bartleby (Red Shift) and was shortlisted for best supporting actor (Offies, 2015) for Lady Anna.
Television credits include: Holby City, MI High, Not Going Out, The Bill, Jonathan Creek, Kavanagh QC, Brookside, The Nation’s Health, Brothers and Sisters, Boot Street Band, 99-1, Van Der Valk, A Very British Coup, Vicar Of Dibley, Picking Up The Pieces, Fish, House Of Eliott and Gloo Joo.
Film credits include: The Courier, Kinch and the Double World, Dimensions, Microscope, A Gun for George, The Magician, Clive Hole, The Misanthrope, Leon The Pig Farmer, Dinner In Purgatory, Sam-Il and Soho Sunset.
Radio credits include: Whitechapel Dreams, Like They’ve Never Been Gone (four series), Church Ladies, Up Against It and Shadowlands.
VENICE VAN SOMEREN
Venice trained at Drama Centre and École Jacques Lecoq.
Theatre includes: The Real Thing (Theatre Royal Bath/UK tour), Gabriel (UK tour), Dear Brutus (Southwark Playhouse), Swallows & Amazons (Creation), Can’t Stand Up For Falling Down (Theatre N16) and Thérèse Raquin (Southwark Playhouse).
Film includes: Nymphs (Clamour), The Girl In The Shed (Talkies), Silver (BFI) and Rites of Penance (Raindance).
Mikhail is an actor, director and theatre-maker. He has trained at Drama Centre, London and The Boris Shchukin Theatre Institute, Moscow. Mikhail has recently been in Troilus and Cressida at the RSC directed by Gregory Doran.
In 2017, he played the lead in Bollywood Musical Taj Express (U.S tour and Sadler's Wells London) and Four Play which toured Muscat (Oman) in October 2017. He’s worked with well-known directors including Greg Doran, Chris Holt, Toby Gough, Derek Bond, Alyque Padamsee, Mahesh Dattani and Kussum Haider, among others.
As a facilitator, he has conducted workshops for corporates, teachers and young people. He has also taught theatre at different colleges and schools in Bangalore and New Delhi.
His body of work as an actor has involved collaborative productions with International companies like the Royal Court (U.K) and MoonFool Theatre (U.K). Recent credits include: Troilus and Cressida (RSC), Blood (Royal Court), 3 Sleeps (FatLip Films), Taj Express (U.S tour / Sadler's Wells).
Annie read Drama and Theatre Arts at the University of Birmingham. She subsequently trained professionally at Drama Centre London. Numerous roles in regional theatre in the UK, including seasons at Newcastle, Exeter, Chester, Manchester, Liverpool, Lancaster, Leicester and Derby working in both classical and contemporary plays and musicals.
Leading roles included Eliza Doolittle in Pygmalion, Rita in Educating Rita and Berinthia in The Relapse. Work in London included seasons at the Old Vic King Lear; Young Vic The Enemies Within; Duke of York’s theatre The Seagull and a wide variety of new writing on the London Fringe. She was a founder member of the new Music-Theatre Company, Direct Current.
Recent theatre has included work at the Octagon Theatre Bolton : A Streetcar Named Desire, Love On The Dole The Enemies Within; The Lizzie Play at the RADA Festival 2017; An Honourable Man White Bear Theatre 2018 Feb - March 2019 The Last Yankee by Arthur Miller Bolton Library Theatre
Television includes: How Much Is Too Much? Juliet Bravo, Casualty, Coronation Street, The Fourth Floor, King and Castle, Brookside, Damon and Debbie, A Touch of Frost and 40.
Film: Prison Boy
Other credits include: Founder member of the award-winning music-theatre company Direct Current. Annie has worked extensively as an acting tutor and director in leading drama schools and at the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama in Pittsburgh. She was Course Director of the BA Acting course at Drama Centre London where her final year productions included: All’s Well That Ends Well, Wild Oats, Mary Stuart, A Laughing Matter, Richard III, Love’s Labour’s Lost, The Second Mrs Tanqueray, A Winter’s Tale, A Cure For A Cuckold, Mother Courage and Her Children. She now works at RADA where final year productions have included Love For Love and Strange Orchestra. She is a Patron of the MonoBox and a mentor/tutor for the diversity in actor training initiative Open Door. She was part of the practitioner team for the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Open Stages Project Dream 16 and has contributed a chapter to a new book on Approaches To Actor Training to be published in April 2019.
Originally from South Wales, James moved to London at 18 and began training with Fourth Monkey Theatre Company. Since then he has furthered his training with ‘The Actors Class’ appearing in there 2017 industry showcase, and has worked across various mediums across the industry. James continues to program work with Arts Charity Theatre Deli and occasions perform with Rock Band ‘Jimmy and the Wolf’. Recent credits include; Morris in PINKY (Feature Film), Ollie in ‘Street Magic’ (The Bunker Theatre), Captcha (Little Fish Theatre Tour)
Training: Drama Centre
Theatre Credits: You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown (Junction), Planter’s Island (Black Box), Mother Courage and Her Children (Platform), Eigengrau (TT), Blush of Dogs (Tabard Theatre), Empire Strikes Back, Dr. Strangelove, 28 Days Later (Secret Cinema), Faulty Towers (ITI), Priceless (Matchstick)
Film Credits: Blushes (FTN), The Illustrious Client (Shanghai Film Festival), Anna Island (LBP), RECOIL (Bartle Productions), Cold Blow Lane (LNB), Clown Song (Fragen Network)