Who’s Who

Cast:

Macbeth – Joel Gorf

Joel grew up in Aberdeen and Hampshire, beginning acting at the Berkoff Performing Arts Centre at Alton College in Hampshire before studying at Cumbria Institute of the Arts in Carlisle. He then moved to London to train at Drama Centre London; this will be his first professional acting role since graduating in 2010. His credits include Malvolio/Orsino in Twelfth Night (Greyscale & Associated Studios, Riverside Studios), the title role in Cymbeline (Globe Education, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre), and Andrey in Three Sisters (Vakhtangov Institute, Moscow). Other roles whilst training include De Flores in The Changeling, Kreon in Antigone and Rosmer in Rosmersholm. Joel enjoys daytime cooking programmes, Baroque music and fitness, and is a member of the Save the Manatee Club. You can find Joel on Twitter @JoelGorf.

 

Lady Macbeth – Sophie Brooke

Sophie is currently part of comedy double act Birdy Chick-Chick, two time-traveling Victorian ladies. She has previously played Malvolio in a French adaptation of Twelfth Night. Recent stage shows include the titular character in Lolita, Rebecca, a girl with tourettes, in Utter Bellocs, and Geschwitz in Lulu. Recent film roles include Amber in Zuni (Soho Connection Short Film Award 2009), Dawn’s double in Wreckers (feature), and Meg in In The Red(screened at Cannes Festival 2011). She has also written two plays, one of which, Macmurders.com, won Best New Writing at the Buxton Fringe Festival 2005. She trained at Lecoq, Paris, and at LISPA, London with a BA Hons in French & Drama from Royal Holloway. She has always wanted to play the role of Lady Macbeth, and is thoroughly looking forward to the challenge.

 

Lady Macduff – Emma Carter

Emma graduated from Arts Educational School, London, in July 2009. Previous theatre credits include: Fanny in The Ugly One (Cogs Theatre, Battersea Arts Centre), Ida in See How They Run (New Apollo Theatre Co., Kings Theatre, Southsea), Mrs Beaver in The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (Proper Job Theatre Company, MET Theatre, Bury), Vassilissa in The Lower Depths (Cogs Theatre), Ensemble in The Laramie Project (Lost Theatre), Nurse in Romeo and Juliet (Young Shakespeare Company, UK tour), and Senator One in Timon of Athens (Cogs Theatre, Barons Court). Film credits include: Box Office Assistant in Love Tomorrow (feature film written and directed by Chris Payne). Emma also works regularly as a Voice Over Artist. She is currently the voice of ‘Your M&S’ online magazine, she is a narrator of audio books for the RNIB and has recently recorded a variety of internet commercials.

 

Macduff – Richard Maxted

Richard is a graduate of The Central School of Speech and Drama. Theatre includes Gutter Junky (Assembly Hall/Riverside Studios), The Four Stages of Cruelty (Arcola), Hamlet (Tivoli Theatre, Dublin), In an Instant (Theatre 503), Hurts Given and Received (Riverside Studios), Stella (Southwark Playhouse/Douglas Theater, US), Old Vic 24 Hour Plays (Old Vic), Three is Company, His Face, Her Face, and Dare Me To The Desert (Kings Head), Me and My Girl (Palladium), Defined by Design (Waterloo East). Rehearsed Readings include The Question (Southwark Playhouse), Wonder and Worship in the Dying Ward (Directed by Howard Barker at the Riverside Studios). Screen credits include: Enemy Within (ESA Films), Solstice Song (Passion Pictures) Credits whilst training: Algernon (The Importance of Being Ernest), Laertes (Hamlet), Claudio (Much Ado About Nothing). He also performed in Confusions by Alan Ayckbourn and The Little Foxes by Lillian Hellman.

 

Banquo – John Eastman

Most recently for Icarus Theatre: Hamlet (Polonius) UK Tour, The Time of Your Life (Krupp) at the Finborough Theatre. John’s early work included Home and Away and Police Rescue in Australia. After graduating from Central School of Speech and Drama with an M.A., he has appeared in both Daniel Keene’s Night, A Wall, Two Men (Brighton Festival) and Terminus, UK premiere at RADA for Jacaranda Theatre. An associate member of Icarus Theatre Collective, he featured in their critically acclaimed inaugural production of The Lesson (Old Red Lion) which toured successfully to the Edinburgh Fringe, throughout the UK, and was awarded the Special Jury Prize at the Romanian Comedy Festival in Bucharest. He is also a commercial voiceover artist. The last 6 months has seen many roles in short films, including a preacher, a detective, a fraudster, and a drunkard.

 

Malcolm – Kaiden Dubois

Kaiden trained as an actor at Bath Spa University as part of the vocational BA(Hons) Performing Arts program there, graduating with First Class Honors. A great lover of the Bard, since graduating Kaiden has performed in two Shakespearean productions. The first (2011 Bristol Shakespeare Festival) was a re-imagining of King Lear, entitled Lear 1864: Trail Of Tears (Full Tilt Theatre Company) where Kaiden appeared as the Mad Lear. After the close of this production Kaiden went on to perform as Paris in Romeo and Juliet at the Actor’s Church in Covent Garden (Random Occurrence Theatre Company).www.kaidendubois.co.uk.

 

Duncan – Zachary Holton

2010 had Zac celebrating 25 years of working in professional theatre. He started at the tender age of 15 by securing for himself sponsorship from a local firm which enabled him to work as an acting ASM for the Nottingham Playhouse where he made his acting debut in the world stage premier of Room at the Top. Zac has had a broad and diverse career in hundreds of film, television and stage productions ranging from performance to directing, design and company management across the UK and internationally. The past 36 months has seen Zac continue his eclectic career by touring the UK and Ireland as Tour Manager with Strauss Gala and Over the Rainbow; The Eva Cassidy Story with Faye Tozer (Theatre Productions); touring the UK and Ireland with The Importance of Being Oscar (Original Theatre Company); playing the dastardly Captain Hook in Peter Pan (Little Theatre Sherringham); directing an open air production of Jane Austen’s Emma (Heartbreak Productions); Company Stage Manager for Cinderella (Palace Theatre Newark); Snow White (Marina Theatre Lowestoft); Stage Manager for Othello and the highly acclaimed Journey’s End, in which he also played the role of the Company Sergeant Major (Icarus Theatre Collective and Original Theatre Company). In 2010 he was shortlisted for the Stage Management Associations Individual Award in recognition of his work on Journey’s End and has just finished treading the boards as Lord Thurlow in The Madness of King George III for its 2010 autumn tour with Simon Ward. 2011 has seen him touring the UK with Dancing at Lughnasa as Company Stage Manager and understudy for Daragh O’Malley. Outside of the theatre, Zac has a keen interest in gardening and still resides in Nottinghamshire with his wife Tracey and their three sons Sam (also working on this production), Nikolas and Tyler.

Creative:

Director – Max Lewendel

The Finborough Theatre commissioned Max to direct The Time of Your Life by William Saroyan and James Graham’s Albert’s Boy starring Tony Award winner Victor Spinetti. Max also directed Coyote Ugly (no relation to the film) and co-produced the British premiere of Frank McGuinness’ Gates of Gold, both Time Out Critics’ Choice. In 2007, Max directed an international tour of Ionesco’s The Lesson which transferred to Romania, won two major awards, and secured 15 four-star or better notices. Recently he has directed Othello, Hamlet, and Nicholas Wright’s Vincent in Brixton which transferred to three No. 1 touring houses while Max worked as Producer on an upper-middle scale tour of Journey’s End.

Movement Director – Carrie Mueller

Caroline Mueller studied Fine Arts in Zurich before moving to London in 1997; she trained in Performing Arts at Middlesex University and completed an MA in European Dance Theatre Practices at the Laban Centre in 2006. Working as a freelance performer since 2000, she also produced several international dance films and formed the performance company boXd productions in 2004. Her choreography has earned high critical acclaim including winning the Swiss Premio prize in 2007. Her latest work, frau, was performed as part of the Nottdance Festival in 2009. Caroline has continuously been involved in community and educational projects and collaborated with Ijad Dance Company and ShakeUrArts amongst others. In 2008 she was commissioned by the National Youth Dance Festival as part of New Directions at Southbank. She has been teaching Dance, Drama & Acting at Northampton University since 2007.

Fight Director – Ronin Traynor

Ronin has directed fights for a wide range of media including film, 3D film, musicals, opera, motion capture and numerous theatre shows in the UK and overseas. Credits include SEGA’s award-winning Total War series and Icarus Theatre Collective’s productions of Hamlet, Othello and Rip Her to Shreds. A certified teacher with the British Academy of Stage & Screen Combat, he is also the committee Secretary. Ronin is the director of Independent Drama – Dramatic Action Specialists, providing fight choreography, actor training and combat casting services to drama schools, theatre groups and the film and theatre industry.

Set Designer – Mayou Trikerioti

Mayou Trikerioti trained in Theatre Set and Costume Design at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. In the past 11 years she has worked in London, Edinburgh, Brighton, Bristol, Athens, Thessaloniki and Berlin, and has designed more than 50 theatre productions of all scales and genres. Since 2004 Mayou has also been working in the film industry where she has production designed and costumed short and feature films in the UK, Greece and Italy that have gone out to all major film festivals (Venice, Berlin, Cannes etc.). Her work has been exhibited in UK national exhibitions (2D-3D 2003 & Transformations & Revelations 2011) as well as in Toronto (WSD 2005) and the Prague Quadrennial (2007). www.mayoutrikerioti.com

Costume Designer – Lauren Pratt

Lauren trained at Wimbledon School of Art and The University of Brighton where she graduated with a degree in Performance and Visual Art Theatre. Lauren classes herself as a visual artist specialising in design for performance. Her work is often very architectural, bright and fresh. She works with a variety of different materials in an innovative and experimental way in order to create her pieces. She has recently worked as assistant designer on Dreamthinkspeak’s site specific piece, Before I Sleep. This show won the Peter Brook Empty Space award for Equity Ensemble. Lauren has just finished working with Hydrocracker on The New World Order, their piece for Brighton Festival as well as British Asian theatre company Nutkhut’s new productions, Sari Sari Nights and Tailors of Tooting as part of an ongoing project. Lauren also recently designed the set and costumes for an independent feature film called Medea and is currently writing, directing and designing a short film based on Sylvia Plath’s poem, Ouija.

Her costume assistants on Macbeth were: Natasha Freeman, Rachel Checkley, Grace Rotimi, Berthe Fortin, Cher Leigh Murphy, Jesse Black Mooney, and Samuel Levine.

Sound Designer – Theo Holloway

Theo’s recent work as a sound designer and composer includes the 2011 Season at The Scoop London, Sign of the Times (Duchess Theatre, Musical Arrangement), The Knitting Circle (Soho Theatre), The Graft (Theatre Royal Stratford East), The Invisible Man (Menier Chocolate Factor, Associate Sound Designer), Hamlet (UK Tour for Icarus Theatre Collective), Pam Ann – Flying High (Vaudeville Theatre), Spare (New Diorama Theatre), Corrie! (The Lowry, Salford), Bad Boys Season (The Scoop, London), Two Women (Theatre Royal Stratford East), Counted? (London County Hall, Consultant Sound Designer), The Extension (Theatre Royal Stratford East), Crossings (RichMix and Tour), and Plague Over England (Duchess Theatre). He also works as a technical consultant and software developer for live sound.

Lighting Designer – Zachary Holton

See his cast bio above.

Associate Set Designer – Marouso Marinopoulou

Marouso initially studied Architecture at the National Technical University of Athens. She has worked as an architect in Athens and Lisbon and has participated in a number of architectural and design competitions. Her interest in time-space and cinema led her to pursue the postgraduate program Architectural Design-Space-Culture in Athens. During that period she developed her theoretical tools focusing on the use of space and time in cinema and architecture. After gaining a scholarship from the ‘Friends of Music Society of Athens’, she undertook an MA in Visual Language of Performance at Wimbledon College of Art in London, where she expanded her creativity in a vast range of fields beyond architecture. She is interested in the combination of architecture with the moving image in order to create immersive environments. She is currently based in London working as a set and video designer for performance and as an art director in films. www.marousomarinopoulou.com

Company Stage Manager – Zachary Holton

See his cast bio above.

Deputy Stage Manager – Sam Holton

Sam studied in Nottinghamshire and still lives there. His theatre credits to date include Set Assistant on Hairspray (2005, Midland Academy of Dance & Drama), A Slice of Saturday Night (2006, Midland Academy of Dance & Drama), Technical Assistant on Peter Pan (2008/09, Sheringham Little Theatre), Journey’s End (2010, Loughborough Town Hall Theatre, Derby Playhouse), Rehearsal A.S.M. for The Madness of King George (2010), and Assistant Stage Manager on Hamlet tour (2010/11, Icarus Theatre). He is looking forward to working with the Icarus team again for the 2011/12 season.

Associate Producer – Saba Burali

After graduating in Theatre Studies in Venice, Saba worked there at the Giorgio Cini Foundation on several research and educational projects linked with theatre. In 2008, after a placement in London at the National Theatre Archive, she started an MA in Creative Producing at Birkbeck College which she has recently completed.  She became Producer of DogOrange Theatre Company in 2010 producing three shows for the London Fringe (A Woman Alone, Ward No.6 and Mary Rose). Saba has recently joined the Icarus Theatre Collective as Assistant Producer and Educational Assistant.

Education Director – Bethany Pitts

Bethany has been part of Icarus Theatre Collective since 2008 when she was Assistant Director on Icarus’ production The Time of Your Life at the Finborough Theatre. She has since become Resident Assistant Director of the company, assisting with Vincent in Brixton, Othello and Hamlet. In addition to this, she has helped set up and now manages the growing Icarus Education Programme, designing and facilitating workshops alongside Icarus’s productions. Bethany also works freelance as a director and workshop leader, for companies such as Old Vic New Voices, Theatre Royal Haymarket and the V & A Theatre and Performance Department. Her most recent work includes Unseen (V&A Spiral Booths Exhibition) and Can’t Stand Up for Falling Down (White Bear Theatre).

Office and Production Coordinator – Meg Jones

Meg trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, completing a degree in Technical Theatre (2009). Her passion is working as a sound engineer within the entertainment industry, from plays and musicals to live concerts and events. Since graduating she has worked as a freelance technician, gaining experience in all elements of technical production including lighting and stage management. She has developed through working backstage on Chicago in the West End, and with Rockit Events Production in London’s Mayfair nightclubs and hotels. She gains varied experience as a venue technician at The Albany, a receiving and producing house in south London, where she has helped install many productions within the unique space. She completed her first national tour as Deputy Stage Manager with Original Theatre Company in Spring 2011, which led her to an administrative role as Office and Production Coordinator at Icarus Theatre Collective, providing an insight into the meticulous planning behind the scenes of a touring production company. Meg has greatly enjoyed helping to get Macbeth on the road, alongside her other freelance work in theatres across London.

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