OLD MAN 1 – ROBERT ASHE
Robert Ashe has appeared in many well-known TV programmes including Bottom, Red Dwarf, Eastenders, Morse, ChuckleVision, Whizziwig, and Murder Rooms. His film credits include The First Olympics, Going Home, Guru in Seven, and Chasing Liberty. He has played in theatres all over the country and, for a short while, in Germany. Credits include Lysander in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” Leonato in “Much Ado About Nothing,” the Friar in “Romeo and Juliet,” Scrooge in “A Christmas Carol,” George in “The London Cuckolds,” Kevin in “The Swan,” Jerry in “The Zoo Story” and Highpockets Duncan in “Buddy.”
OLD MAN 2 – IAN MACNAUGTON
Ian started acting following a career change from education; he trained at The Actors Centre and the City Lit where he studied clowning led by Gerry Flanagan – work he found most challenging and inspiring. Since then he’s incessantly sought out acting opportunities that help him to improve his craft and take him in new directions.
His theatre work includes everything from Shakespeare, musical theatre, pantomime, directed readings, new writing and devised pieces. His theatre credits include everything from Merriman & Lane in the Importance of Being Earnest, the voice in Under Milk Wood, both at the London Theatre, New Cross, Egeus in a Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Chelsea Theatre, Bob & the Principal in ‘National Xpress’, at the 503 Theatre, Shigolch in Lulu, the Mayor in Kafka’s ‘the Castle’, the Bishop in ‘DeSade’ at the Lord Stanley in Camden, David in ‘Father for Justice’ with Ineptrepid, Dave, Billy and Jim in ‘Belfast Girl a Love Story’ with The London Irish Theatre, and Councillor Agar in ‘The Regent’s Canal, A Folk Opera’ with Musical Flying Squad. His film credits include Joe in ‘A Day A Life’ (dir. Paul Olding, Bongo Reef Pictures).
CHILD – DANIELLE TABOR
Danielle Tabor started her career in TV and film. Her first major role was playing Angelina Johnson in the first three Harry Potter movies. After such a huge start, Danielle went on to work on shows such as Kerching, The Mysti show and ‘U Get me’ She has also starred in Casualty, The Bill, Holby City, Law and Order:Uk and most recently Doctors.
In theatre, Danielle enjoyed playing Alice in a promenade production of Alice in Wonderland last summer and more recently playing ‘Lucy’ in the musical ‘Out of Order’ by playwright Gee Spazzo, at The courtyard Theatre. Currently, when Danielle isn’t on stage or behind the camera, she is found writing her own sit coms and developing a new two woman show.
ASCETIC – ANNELI PAGE
Following her training at The University of Birmingham and The Poor School, Anneli has enjoyed performing in a number of theatre productions and short films, including People at the National Theatre, Time to Go and Fitness Freaks at The Pleasance, Absolute Hell, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and Orpheus Descending at The Workhouse Theatre and Richard III, Twelfth Night, and Much Ado About Nothing with Tremor Cordis.
YOUNG WOMAN – TARA CRABBE
Tara is one of the founding Directors of The Canting Crew, and since graduating in June 2013 has enjoyed working as a Producer and Actor on all three of the company’s projects to date. Alongside her work for The Canting Crew she has featured in several short films with production companies including Channel4 News, Sonder Media, and KashKahn Productions. Her work with the latter, the short film Office Release, was shortlisted for the ‘Let’s All Be Free’ International Film Festival, where it premiered in London earlier this year.
YOUNG MAN – SANDY BATCHELOR
Sandy was brought up in the east coast of Scotland before training at The Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Since then he has enjoyed working in theatres around the country playing a variety of roles. Most recently he performed as First Soldier and Cassio understudy in Othello, directed by Nic Hytner and Sergeant Conrad in The Captain of Kopenick, directed by Adrian Noble both for the National Theatre. Prior to this he played the Boatswain in The Tempest directed by Adrian Noble, Brodie in The Real Thing directed by Kate Saxon. From 2009 – 2011 Sandy performed at Pitlochry Festival Theatre playing Bo Decker in Bus Stop, Steven Flowers in Privates on Parade, and Freddy Eynsford-hill in My Fair Lady. Film and Radio credits include Angus Crombie in Our World War for BBC3, Private McGregor in Magic Grandad for BBC1and Watty in Silver Bullet for BBC Radio 4.
WORKER – MATTHEW NORTON
Matthew has recently returned to the UK from New Zealand where he has worked for the past five years on a number of Theatre, Film and Television projects, including the short film, Jess, which premiered at the Cannes film festival 2014. Having returned to the UK to explore both the opportunities and his own potential, Matthew is very excited to be working with this dynamic, forward-thinking young company, and having long admired the absurdist, existential masters, the chance to explore this forgotten forbear was not to be missed.
FOOL – SIMON MITELMAN
Simon is the Financial Director and founder member of The Canting Crew. Simon graduated from The Poor School in 2013, alongside Stephen and Tara. Since graduating he has appeared in numerous plays and short films, working with Tremor Cordis playing roles such as Buckingham in Richard III, Malvolio in Twelfth Night and Antonio in Much Ado About Nothing, and the Blind Man in The Visit with TTC, for which he was awarded Best Supporting Actor SWAN award. Film – Commander-In-Chief (Rules of War), Charlie Evans (Palm Sunday).
MOTHER – SHEREEN GRAY
Shereen Gray trained at the Identity Drama School. She recently made her screen debut as a guest star in ITV drama series Law & Order: UK and further credits include Clint Dyer’s production of Torn at the Arcola Theatre.
Having started her career in acting slightly later in life, she is thoroughly enjoying grasping each and every fresh opportunity. ‘Comedy’ offers her the perfect chance to tackle the kind of raw, gritty material she loves with the novelty of an audience alongside to explore it with!
OLD WOMAN – VICTORIA LENNOX
Victoria has just returned from playing Polly Wyeth in ‘Other Desert Cities’ at the English Theatre in Vienna. She has enjoyed a long and fruitful career, with theatre credits including Representation Soho Theatre – Macbeth Sheffield Crucible – The Way of the World Chichester – Burnt By The Sun National Theatre – Death of a Salesman Lyric Theatre – Present Laughter Bath Theatre Royal/Tour – Midnight Cowboy Edinburgh Festival – The Twelve Pound Look and Independence Tabard Theatre – Linger, The Dark Room and Shreds And Fancies London New Plays Festival – The Shaming of Bright Millar Contact Theatre – Night Mother, 1953 and All’s Well That Ends Well Greenwich Playhouse – Whale Sheffield Crucible.
Television credits include: Midsomer Murders, Foyle’s War, Casualty, Devil’s Advocate, Murder in Suburbia, Dogma TV, Hereafter, Wycliffe, Soldier Soldier, and The Bill. Film credits include: Thin Ice and Mr Tinnarman’s Travelling Medicine Show. Victoria graduated from The Michael Chekhov Studio NY in 1990 where she was awarded the John Gielgud scholarship.
PROUD YOUTH – CONOR CRAIG-STEPHENS
Conor attended The Poor School’s 2 Year Acting Training, and graduated in June 2013. Theatre credits since graduating include playing Dracula in The Canting Crew’s production of Dracula by Liz Lochhead, directed by Stephen Oswald and Konstantine in The Seagull directed by Victor Sobchak. Conor has just finished filming in Ireland for his first feature film and cannot wait to see what’s in store next for the Kazantzakis Project.
NUN – KIMBERLY BLACK
Kimberly graduated from The Poor School in 2012. Since graduating, her theatre credits include: Principle Vocalist for Tuesday in the Wyndams with Wayne-charity concert, Florrie Hathersage in Dracula with The Canting Crew, Florrie’s mum in Music Hall installation for the Museum of London Docklands, Leading Lady in Bring Me Sunshine, Bill in Absolute Hell, and Eva Temple in Orpheus Descending at The Workhouse Theatre.
THE CANTING CREW
The Canting Crew was borne from the imagination of Stephen Oswald, following his time at The Poor School in London. Stephen felt the desire to continue the strong working relationships formed over those years, and founded the company to continue the evolution of the strong ‘no nonsense’ approach to acting he found there. Working with a strong core of actors, and introducing new voices to each production The Canting Crew continues to evolve its bold approach; looking for the truth in each moment.