New Plays By Emerging Artists

Script Accelerator 2014

FULL OF BEES

Barbara Barnes | Evelyn 
Credits include THICK (Brighton Festival, New Diorama) [email protected], Blues for Mr Charlie at the Manchester Royal Exchange, The Exonerated (Riverside Studios), Darwin’s Flood (Bush Theatre) Holy Days (Soho Poly), Mill Fire (Riverside Theatre), Intimate Exchanges and Dead Guilty (Theatre Antigonish), Miss Marple, Poirot, Mrs Arris Goes to Paris and Stuart a Life Backwards. Select BBC radio dramas include – The Talented Mr Ripley, The Age of Innocence, Valley of the Dolls, Stone Diaries, Empty Bed Blues and The Blank Wall.

Natasha Bryne | Molly/Sidney
Natasha trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama. Credits include: Joking Apart (Salisbury Playhouse), The Sound of Music (Original Cast, Apollo Victoria), Mother (Theatre 503), Keep off the Grass (New Diorama), Dead Funny (The Embassy Studio), Grange Hill, Mother Love, Odd One Out (BBC), Brief Lives, Des Res, Sleeping Dog (BBC Radio 4)

John Schwab | Alan
Credits include Yellowface (National Shed, Park Theatre) Leisure Society (Trafalgar Studios), True West (Crucible), The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged), The Complete History of America (abridged) (Criterion Theatre, UK Tour), Elvis the Musical (UK tour). Film includes Zero Dark Thirty, Kick Ass 2, The Trap, Foster, Buffalo Soldiers. TV Includes Hotel Babylon, Episodes, Monarch of the Glen, Ultimate Force, The Special Relationship, Dr Who. Radio includes The Grapes of Wrath, A Life Story, The Emigrant for BBC Radio 4. John is also the Producer of the Award winning Independent Film, The Hide. 

Sarah-Jayne Butler | Annie
Sarah-Jayne trained at LAMDA.Theatre Includes: Thark (Park Theatre); This House (National Theatre);Summer and Smoke (Southwark Playhouse); The Pitmen Painters (West End); Tim and Light (Lyric Hammersmith and UK tour); The Three Musketeers & The Princess of Spain (Promotional tour for English Touring Theatre); The Wind in the Willows (Theatre 503); Enter the Spokeswoman, Gently (UK Premiere, Nabokov); Jackajack (UK tour); Total(The Old Police Cells Museum & original cast recording); Miss Dorothy.Com (Lyric Studio and UK Tour) and The Master & Margarita (Lyric Hammersmith). Rehearsed Readings include: Mongrel Island and The Madwomen of England (Soho Theatre) and Scale by Will Self (ICA). Television includes: The Jesus Mysteries and Ashes to Ashes. Film includes: Sherlock Holmes A Game of Shadows; Lie With Me: A Foreplay and Love Me Till Monday which is released in cinemas in July. 

Ben Starr | Thomas
Ben recently graduated from LAMDA. Theatre: Yellow Face (Park Theatre, National Theatre), Film and Television include Survivor, Meet Pursuit Delange and Father Brown (BBC).

 

HAPPY TO HELP

Ed Yelland | Josh
Ed Yelland is an actor who studied Drama at the University of East Anglia. Whilst there he performed in various productions including Sweeney Todd, The Pillowman, Dealer's Choice and Tales from the Vienna Woods. He has since appeared in the Steven Spielberg movie War Horse and toured with A News Thought's production of On the Line. He has also performed in Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho at Theatre503, the Brighton Fringe and the Dublin Gay Theatre Festival. 

Charlie Allen | Ned/Huck 
Charlie is a graduate of The Rose Bruford School of Speech and Drama. He has toured extensively across the UK, most notably with Periplum Theatre and Revera Productions. He was the recipient of the Best Male Lead Performer, Brighton Festival 2012, for his portrayal of Peter Evans in BUG and made his West End debut this year, in Scealta Mora's critically acclaimed production FASTER, HIGHER, STRONGER, STRAIGHTER. His film credits include Captain Nelson in House Trafalgar, PC Thorn in Brighton Rock and Bert Duke in the forthcoming feature Fraternity.

Helen Reuben | Myra/Celebrity/Woman 
Helen trained at Birmingham School of Acting where she was nominated for the Stephen Sondheim Student Performer of the Year Award and was Highly Commended at the BBC Carleton Hobbs Radio Award. Theatre includes Richard III (for Hiraeth at Upstairs at the Gatehouse), Kiss me Kate (Upstairs at the Gatehouse), Feathers in the Snow (Southwark Playhouse), Miniaturists 38 (Arcola), A Night at the Musicals (Greenwich Theatre), the European Premiere of The Light in the Piazza (Curve), The Pillowman (Curve) The Wizard of Oz and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (both at Leicester Haymarket). Workshops include Nutcracker! The Musical for Nancy Holson Productions and Moments, A New Musical for Theatre 6 at The New Wimbledon Studio.

Keith Hill | Tony Manning
Theatre includes Vaudevillains for Les Enfants Terribles (touring, and London); York Mysteries (Lucifer, Herod and Mak the Sheep Thief); The Errors of their Ways (Fr Drinkwater) for Eleanor Rhode; Much Ado About Nothing (Leonato) and The Tempest (Prospero); an impeached Prime Minister in Unmanned (Equal Measures); Abortive (Stone Crabs), (both for Tinuke Craig), and a suspected terrorist and his interrogator in Fantasy Terrorist League. In 2013 he was the first actor in 370 years to play the ‘Polonius on steroids’ arch-villain Corvino in The Unfortunate Mother by Thomas Nabbes. As a deviser/performer he recently premiered a new adaptation of Frankenstein at Catford Broadway. Film includes a paedophile in The Last Time I Saw You;  a necromancer’s sidekick in Exit with Julian Glover; and Dr Rufin, psychotherapist  to Brian Cox’s J. Edgar Hoover in Malediction d’Edgar (Program 33, Marc Dugain). Audio books range from The Good Man Jesus And The Scoundrel Christ by Philip Pullman, to the weighty social history Austerity Britain, and have required six different languages. 

Katherine-Ellen Kotz | Vicky
Katherine-Ellen Kotz is a London based actor, director and musician. She part of all-female theatre group Fighetta and is lead vocalist for the "high energy" 30-piece breakbeat outfit Carnival Collective who regularly perform around London and the UK. Her theatre credits include Maria in 'Twelfth Night' (RBL), Various Characters in 'A Pilgrim's Progress' (The Yard), Dolly in 'Vesta!' (The White Bear) Queen Jocasta in 'The Infernal Machine' (The Cockpit) Mrs Betterton in 'Playhouse Creatures' (Three and Ten) and Ranevskaya in The Cherry Orchard (East 15). She graduated from East 15 Acting School in 2012.

Joe Dennis | Elliot
After partaking in a course at the National Youth Theatre and being in many promenade shows and small performances Joe Dennis (22) studied at the Identity Drama School for a year and a half. He has performed "4:48 Psychosis" and "Our Countries Good" both directed by recent Bruntwood Playwriting Prize winner Anna Jordan, at the Courtyard Theatre in Hoxton. Joe has also performed at the National Theatre for its 'Fast Forward' festival. Joe is currently studying acrobatics at the National Centre for Circus Arts.

 

BROKEN 

Tansy Adair | Emma Willias 
Tansy 
has been producing, directing and devising, much of her work has featured in Paris and London. Theatre devised work includes Unresolved (Attic Theatre and Abney Park Cemetery). Her most recent Producing credits include Concrete Jungle by Bola Agbaje (Upstanding Productions & Ludere Productions), Three years, four months & nineteen days apart (Rough Fiction). Film Devised work includes: Into the dark (Temple Productions & Upstanding Productions collaboration), A Part of me (Upstanding Productions).

Law Ballard | Elizabeth Williams
Law's theatre devised work includes; Unresolved (Attic Theatre, Stratford/Abney Cemetery) and Normans Gnomes (Temple Productions) and: LUSH Tour (Jezebelles Theatre). Devised work in Film includes Into The Dark (Temple Productions). Directing credits include From Russia for Love (The Actors Collective/Theatre Delicatessen); the short film A Part of Me (Upstanding Productions) and Unresolved (The Actors Collective).

Arinda Alexander | Rajneet Gill
Arinda's 
devised theatre work includes; Something About You (Soho Theatre); Concrete Jungle (The Courtyard); Unresolved at (Attic Theatre and Abney Park Cemetery); Seven Colours (Etcetera Theatre) and Cradle and Fall (Camden Peoples Theatre) in Theatre. Devised work in Film includes Sangeeta in Into The Dark (Temple Productions). 

 

EVEN

Martyn Stanbridge | Man in the Dark
Martyn trained at The Drama Centre, London. Seasons at: Oxford Playhouse, Birmingham Rep, Bromley, Bristol Old Vic, Cambridge, Liverpool Playhouse, Glasgow Citizens, Theatre Clwyd, Abbey Theatre Dublin, Exeter, Cheltenham, Westcliff, Vienna’s English Theatre, Windsor, Northampton and Sonning. Plays include: Much Ado About Nothing, Peer Gynt, Chips with Everything, The White Devil, Macbeth, Translations, Pride and Prejudice, Salonika, Wild Oats, The Shaughraun, Absent Friends, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Deathtrap, Same Time Next Year, The Maintenance Man, The Business of Murder, Twelve Angry Men, Romantic Comedy, The Constant Couple, Brief Encounter, I Remember You, Murder by Misadventure, Alphabetical Order, Donkeys’ Years, The Odd Couple, A Capital Affair, The Graduate (UK tour), Rebecca (UK tour), Dangerous Obsession (UK tour), Lotty's War (UK Tour), and most recently Enchanted April. In London: Venice Preserved at the RNT, The Vortex at The Garrick Theatre, Berenice at The Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith, The Millionaires and The Three Sisters at The Greenwich Theatre, The Verge at The Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond, The Castle Spectre at The Croydon Warehouse. Television: Good and Bad at Games, A Pocketful of Rye, Paradise Postponed, Murrow, A.D., The Day After the Fair, Hedgehog Wedding, Partners Lovers Spies (NBC USA), The Good Guys, The Bill, Doctor Finlay, McLibel, Doctors, Eastenders.

Moira Dennis | Eliza
This is Moira’s first time on a London stage as she moved here recently from the states. After doing some stage in New York including Bloomsday on Broadway, she moved to Los Angeles where she played the lead in a film out this summer, The Oatmeal Man. As well as working on other films such as The Wedding Pact and The Ghost and UsShe is very happy to be a part of this project and looks forward to spending more time on stage in London. 

Bill Hurst | Tom
Bill Hurst has been acting for about 10 years and has made appearances in The Golden CompassThe Wind That Shakes the Barley, Iyi SenelerEmmerdalePrimeval 2 and Cloud 9. He has performed at the Tabard Theatre and Hammersmith Town Hall on several occasions in various dramas and charity pantomimes. He toured the UK with Bill Kenwright's The Grass is Always Greener and worked with many of the industry's leading lights. Bill was in the Army, a journalist, an ad salesman, a PR consultant, a carer and has dabbled in retail.

Rosa Hoskins | Narrator
Rosa Hoskins is a writer and actor living in London. She studied Drama at Middlesex University and has worked in theatre, TV and film. She has written screenplays and is currently working on a book and has recently been published in the Sunday Times. Stage includes: Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Gina in Who Will Carry The Word? and Arty in The London Plays. Television includes: Hepzibah in The Roman Mysteries,  Clarissa Anderson in City of Vice and Sophie Trevelyn in Midsomer Murders plus a recurring role in Holby City. Film includes: Lucy in Emulsion. Short Films include: Jenny and Martin, directed by Leo Woodhead and Pandora Love, and You Look Stunning Too, directed by Nina Hatchwell. www.hautehoskins.com

Hamish Clarke | Nathaniel
Graduated from University of Edinburgh MA(Hons) in 1987, and then the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in 1994. Hamish has had various starring roles in film, television, theatre and radio. These include, Duncan in seven series of Monarch of the Glen (BBC TV) and as Alan Quine in Donkey's Years (Sonia Friedman Productions) in the West End. More recently he appeared in the US sitcom Arrested Development.

Abigail Thaw | Samantha
Trained at RADA. Theatre includes: Ladies in Lavender (Bath Theatre Royal/UK Tour); Firewatchers (Old Red Lion - nominated for Best Actress Off West End); Sold (Theatre 503); Juliet and Her Romeo (Bristol Old Vic); Arab/Israeli Cookbook (Tricycle and The Gate); Whipping it Up (UK Tour); Entertaining Angels (Chichester Fest Theatre/UK Tour); My Mother Said I Never Should, Absent Friends, Rough Crossing (Watford Palace); Cymbeline (Globe Theatre/Brooklyn Academy, New York); Macbeth, Rough Crossing (Salisbury Playhouse); Private Lives, Jude the Obscure, Flesh and Blood (Lyric/UK Tour); Moscow Gold (RSC); Pride and Prejudice (Royal Exchange Manchester/UK Tour). Abigail appears as Dorothea Frazil in Endeavour for Mammoth, ITV. Other Television includes: Black Mirror, Poirot, Midsomer Murders, Love Soup, The Stepfather (Mini Series); Peak Practice, Trust (Mini Series), Big Bad World, Vanity Fair (Series), Spywatch (Series), Pie in the Sky, Casualty, The Bill, Doctors.  She will appear in the movie Inbetweeners 2 in August this year and has just completed Caring For the Recently Deceased with Sue Johnston for Stick and Rudder Films. She also works extensively in BBC Radio Drama.

Melli Bond | Jasmine
Melli graduated with a B.A. in Theatre and English from the University of South Carolina and an M.A. in Theatre from the University of Hull. TV work includes: Portrait directed by Ridley Scott (Showtime) , Superstorm  directed by Julian Simpson (BBC) , Annoying Americans  directed by Ben Paul (MTV).  Theatre work includes: These Shining Lives directed by Loveday Ingram (Park Theatre) Romantic Comedy directed by Tom Conti (number one tour of the UK) and Misconceptions directed by Jez Bond (Hong Hong Arts Centre). Radio includes: Caryl Churchill’s Serious Money and the award winning Trying (BBC). Melli has also recently enjoyed the character of Amber in a reading of No One Loves Us Here by Ross Howard directed by Harry Burton.

 

NAUGHTY POUR HOMME

Cassidy Janson | Holly

Tara Dixon | Vanessa

Matt Cavendish | Garth

Garry Lake | Clive

Julie Armstrong | Meph


Cassidy Janson is a West End actress and has recently started guest singing for The Jive Aces. In March this year she finished a four month run performing as Paquette in Candide at the Menier Chocolate Factory. Prior to that she played The Maid in Blood Wedding at The Courtyard Theatre. Last year she starred as Monica in the two hander Rooms: A Rock Romance at the Finborough Theatre and was nominated for Best Actress in a Musical by BroadwayWorld for her performance. She was in the original London cast of Wicked and played Stand by Elphaba. She was also in the final cast of Avenue Q in which she played the dual roles of Kate Monster/Lucy The Slut. She appeared in the principle role of Maggie in the original West End cast of Lend Me a Tenor at the Gielgud Theatre. Prior to that she played Amy in Stephen Sondheim's Company at the Southwark Playhouse which lead to her being cast a Donna in CasualtyShe took part in the Bridget Jones: The Musical workshops in June 2010 and July 2011, directed by Stephen Daldry. Early last year she played the role of Myrna in the workshop for a new musical Miss Atomic Bomb, directed by Adam Long. Feature film credits include Rachel in The Hike. Short films include Murial in Tail's End, Marianne in Day Trip and Jane in Coma.

Tara Dixon trained at Arts Ed. School of Acting. Theatre credits include: Pride and Prejudice (Lyric Theatre Belfast), Boeing Boeing (Theatre Clwyd), Boeing Boeing (Vienna's English Theatre), Mother Goose (Belgrade Theatre), In Between Dreams (The Lion & Unicorn Theatre), Wasted (Orange Tree Theatre), Quitters (Pacific Playhouse Theatre), Measure for Measure (Tabard Theatre) and Pages (Southwark Playhouse Theatre). Film & TV credits include: Veer (Eros International), London Dreams (Blockbuster Entertainment), Magicians (Universal pictures), The Hound of Music (keen City), Anonymous (Low Fat Films). 

Matthew Cavendish graduated from LAMDA in July 2012 where he was awarded the Richard Carne Trust Scholarship and also competed as a finalist in the Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year Competition (Queen’s Theatre).  Credits since graduating include: NewsRevue (Canal Café Theatre), the guest soloist in An Intimate Evening with Ruthie Henshall  (Apex, Suffolk), The Borrowers (Northern Stage), Romeo and Juliet and  Still Life (both at The Old Red lion Theatre), The Boys from Syracuse (The Union), Sleeping Beauty (Park Theatre), and a workshop production of Boxer Beetle (Richmix). Matthew is currently a member of Mischief Theatre company and will performing in Lights, Camera, Improvise! The Improvised Movie at the Edinburgh Festival this summer.     

Garry Lake trained at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama. West End Theatre credits include: TwoFace in Batman (O2 Arena. Warner Bros, NGM), Pop in We Will Rock You (Dominion Theatre), Frank Jnr/DJ Monty in Saturday Night Fever (Apollo Victoria). Touring & Rep Theatre credits include: Archibald Proops in Jekyl & Hyde (UK Tour),  Floyd in Grapes of Wrath (Clwyd  Theatr Cymru), Dunston in Silas Marner (Clwyd Theatr Cymru), Player in Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead (Clwyd Theatr Cymru), Dame Sarah in Dick Whittington (The New Wolsey). Television credits include: Vic in Torchwood (BBC Wales). Radio credits include: Narrator in Playing Stalin's Tune (BBC Radio 4), Carlton Hobbs Team 2001. As well as a working actor, Garry is an accomplished songwriter/producer. He is the creator/writer/producer of the hit West End comedy show Jest End, which celebrates its 6th anniversary this year. Garry has had recent and continued success with a song (Let Go) that he wrote and released under his own independent record label (Flour Records), with Samantha Barks, who recently portrayed the role of Eponine opposite Hugh Jackman and Russel Crowe in the film adaptation of Les Miserables. Garry has also just completed a new show entitled Like Me for which he wrote both the book and the music. Like Me has just recently finished a successful run in New York at the Duplex Theatre. Alongside the above, Garry has a very successful photography business in London for which he is art director/stylist and photographer for fashion houses/commercial clients with theatrical & portrait work. www.garrylakephotography.tumblr.com

Julie Armstrong's credits include: Theatre: From Here to EternityAnnie, Stepping Out, Evita, Billy Elliot (workshop) directed by Stephen Daldry, The Snowqueen, Jolson, Chicago, Beauty and the Beast, Merrily We Roll Along, Scrooge, Magic of the Musicals, The Cheeky Chappie, Just So directed by Julia McKenzie, Follies, original cast of Chess directed by Trevor Nunn, West Side Story, Godspell, Spring and Port Wine and Of Mice and Men. Film & TV: London Road, From Here to EternityClose and True, BAFTA nominated Hero of the Hour, Chucklevision, Crimewatch, Geordie Runs for Gold, The Two Ronnie's, Laurence Olivier Awards, Pebble Mill, Des O’Connor Show, The Royal Variety Performance, Red Mountain coffee, Dog Eat Dog, Applied Learning. Recording/Radio: From Here To EternityMerrily We Roll Along, Jolson, Just So, Scrooge. As a choreographerLittle Me, Pajama Game, Follies, Sweet Charity, Company, Nine, Into The Woods, The Wiz, A Little Night Music, City Of Angels, A Chorus Line, (Royal Academy of Music), Jack and the Beanstalk (Theatre Royal Stratford), UK premiere of Naked Boys Singing, (Madam Jo Jo’s), Stones in his Pockets (Upstairs at the Gatehouse Theatre), The Swingle Singers Album Concert (Bloomsbury Theatre), Ash (Arcola Theatre), Elton John Concert (Royal Albert Hall), Doctors (BBC), Witloof Bay (Eurovision song contest), Investiture of Stephen Sondheim’s London Concert (Dukes Hall, RAM).