The Gathered Leaves
Jane Asher | Olivia Pennington
Georgina Beedle | Emily Pennington
Clive Francis | William Pennington
Alexander Hanson | Giles Pennington
Tom Hanson | Simon Pennington
Amber James | Aurelia Ndjeya
Nick Sampson | Samuel Pennington
Katie Scarfe | Alice Pennington
Anna Wilson-Jones | Sophie Pennington
Hamish Brewster | Young Giles Pennington
Oliver Buckner | Young Samuel Pennington
Jane Asher began her career as an actress at the age of 5, and has starred in many iconic stage and screen productions, including the feature film Alfie, the TV series of Brideshead Revisited, and the stage version of Festen.
Jane's recent stage appearances include Claudia in a new adaptation of Penelope Lively's Moon Tiger at Bath Theatre Royal and on tour, and Lady Catherine De Bourgh in Pride and Prejudice at the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre.
Recent screen appearances include the feature film comedies Death At A Funeral (directed by Frank Oz) and I Give It A Year (Dan Mazer), and Stephen Poliakoff's Dancing On The Edge. Later this year she will work on the second series of Emma Reeves’ CBBC series Eve and she recently finished filming the movie Burn, Burn, Burn for Chanya Button and the NBC series Crossing Lines.
Georgina Beedle’s recent theatre credits include Belle in Game (Almeida Theatre), Alice (U/S) in Peter and Alice (Michael Grandage Company, West End A Good Boy for the Young Cut and Responsible Other (Workshop) for Made By Brick. Television credits include Silk and Casualty (both BBC), Doc Martin, Vicious and Midsomer Murders (all ITV). Films include Obsidian (UFO Films) and Petroleum Spirit (Mirror Productions).
Clive Francis trained at RADA, and has worked extensively throughout his career in theatre, film and television. He played Francis Poldark in the original BBC production of Poldark, Major Hedges in Dennis Potter’s Lipstick On Your Collar, and more recently in Mike Leigh’s Mr Turner. His recent theatre credits include Enron (Coward Theatre) 84 Charing Cross Road (Salisbury Playhouse), The Madness of King George (Apollo Theatre), and Thark (Park Theatre).
Alexander Hanson is a two-time Olivier Award nominee, and mainstay of London’s West End. His recent theatre credits include Accolade (St James Theatre), Single Spies (Rose Theatre, Kingston) An Ideal Husband (Vaudeville Theatre), Uncle Vanya (Chichester Festival Theatre), A Little Night Music (West End and Broadway) and the title role in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Stephen Ward (Aldwych Theatre).
Tom Hanson is a recent graduate from RADA. Roles whilst training include Tony Lumpkin in She Stoops To Conquer (dir. Jonathan Miller), Mr Solares in In The Summer House (dir. Jonathan Cullen), Jerry in Betrayal (dir. Jonathan Moore) and Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing (dir. Andrew Tidmarsh). Tom made his professional debut in the revival of Posh at Nottingham Playhouse.
Amber James trained at Guildhall. Roles whilst training include Nadia in Burnt By The Sun (dir. Joseph Blatchley), Maria in Twelfth Night (dir. Mike Alfreds), Medea in Medea (dir. Patsy Rodenburg), Celia in As You Like It (dir. Richard Goulding) and Eve Douglas in Her Naked Skin (dir. Christian Burgess). This is her professional debut.
Nick Sampson’s theatre credits include Great Britain, Othello, The Captain of Köpenick, Timon of Athens, Collaborators, Hamlet, London Assurance, His Dark Materials, Cyrano de Bergerac, Henry V, The Coast of Utopia, Tartuffe, The Relapse, The Winter's Tale, The Madness of George III (all National Theatre), The Shawshank Redemption in the West End, and King Charles III (Almeida and West End). TV and film includes Silk, EastEnders,
An Education and The Madness of King George.
Katie Scarfe trained at LAMDA. Recent theatre credits include Mercury Fur (Old Red Lion, Trafalgar Studios) and Season's Greetings (Royal National Theatre). Radio and television credits include Emmerdale (Yorkshire Television), Holby City (BBC), Nunc Demittis (BBC Radio 4) and A Little Twist of Dahl (BBC Radio 4).
Anna Wilson-Jones’ theatre credits include Kill Me Now (Park Theatre) Life After George (Duchess Theatre), Dangerous Corner (Garrick Theatre) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Bristol Old Vic). Television credits include The Life & Adventures Of Nick Nickleby, Midsomer Murders, Switch, Lewis, Black Mirror, Phone Shop, Dci Banks, Law & Order, The Night Watch, Misfits, Come Rain Or Come Shine, Hotel Babylon, Ashes To Ashes, Time Of Your Life, Sugar Rush, Afterlife, Midsomer Murders, Hex, Ny-Lon, The Vice, As If, Monarch Of The Glen Inspector Morse, Spaced and Wonderful You. Films include Take Down, The Silent Treatment, Gladiatress, The Mother and Mrs. Caldicot’s Cabbage War.
Hamish Brewster was a drama scholar at St Edwards School in Oxfordshire and whilst there had the opportunity to play a variety of roles including Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, David Girschfeld in Rubenstein Kiss and Robert Preston in The Clearing. He is a member of the NYT where he appeared in Slick. This is Hamish’s professional debut and he is thrilled to be part of this amazing cast.
Oliver Buckner is a recent graduate of the Guildford School of Acting. The Gathered Leaves marks his first professional engagement. After this, he can be seen playing Edek in the UK tour of The Silver Sword.
Theatre while training includes: Pastor Manders in Ghosts, Chris Keller in All My Sons, Macbeth/Ross in Macbeth, Scamp in Osteria Il Fiasco, Briggs/Vicar in Light Shining in Buckinghamshire, Father Michael/Goodman in There is a War and Suffolk/Richard III in Henry VI. Workshop: The Freezies in Street Theatre for Natural Theatre Company.