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Cast announced for Your Voice Your Future: North East

Live Theatre is delighted to announce the cast for Your Voice Your Future: North East which opens at Live Theatre on Thursday 15 September 2022. Your Voice Your Future: North East, a theatrical roller coaster of a journey through the North East, showcases new work by eight artists who have not previously had work performed professionally at Live Theatre.

Hannah Wood stars in Labels by Fleur Nixon. Newcastle born Hannah graduated from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire with a BA (Hons) Acting and she can most recently be seen in the film The Railway Children Return. TV credits include Downton Abbey (ITV) and theatre credits include Come Dance With Me (UK Tour), Let There Be (Riverside Studios) and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (Brockley Jack Theatre).

Frubes, Crème Eggs and Massive Slags written by Lydia Brickland features Beth Clarke as Sally, Tommi Vickey as Chelsea and Chloe Jane Millar as Trix. Beth Clarke is a North East actress, singer and dancer. Her current credits include Cinderella, Hedda Gabler, Rapunzel (The Customs House), Laura in Pay Back (Unexplored Films) and Merina The Mermaid (Arbuthnot and Dennis in The Big Summer Treasure Hunt).

Tommi Vicky, originally from Newcastle and now based in London, graduated from Goldsmiths, University of London in 2020 studying Drama and Theatre and she's about to graduate from The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama studying MA Acting for Screen.

Chloe Jane Millar is a performer from Gateshead who trained in Acting at ArtsEd and Musical Theatre at London College of Music. Theatre credits include: Into the Piggieverse, Rapunzel and Cherryade Supernova (The Customs House), Xposed (Southwark Playhouse, London) and Bridges Apart (Union Theatre, London).

Miles Kinsley’s The Southern Side of The Wall sees Adam Donaldson as Baz and Simmie Kaur as Sal. Newcastle-based actor and writer Adam Donaldson trained at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. He has performed in productions at Live Theatre (Blyth Spirit), Alphabetti Theatre, The Customs House and Queen’s Hall Arts. Adam is an Associate Artist at Bard in the Botanics at Glasgow and is a Live Theatre Bursary winner. Simmie Kaur trained at Drama Studio London. Her acting credits include: SuperHoe (BBC3), Emperor's New Clothes (Northern Stage),  HANG (Alphabetti Theatre), A Midsummer Night's Dream and The Comedy Of Errors (Scoot Theatre).

The role of Lucy in Wyrm by Nic O’Keeffe is played by RADA trained Catherine Dryden. Catherine’s theatre credits include The Play That Goes Wrong (West End and UK No 1 Tour), Mary Stuart (Almeida) and The Pitmen Painters (No 1 Tour). Film and TV credits include Vera (ITV), Traces (Red Productions) and Make My Boyfriend Better (Channel 4).

On the Edge by Susannah Ronnie features Eleanor Grainger as Jac and Anthony Wallace as Hafan. Eleanor recently graduated from Project A-Young Actors Programme Newcastle Theatre Royal. Eleanor’s professional credits include playing Ophelia in Hamlet with Project A- Newcastle Theatre Royal, short film Eva directed by Barbara Lervig for Northern Film School and Dark Forest directed by Lee McShane for Dead Reel Films.  Eleanor is a company member of BYMT and performed in their production of Cabaret Macabre 2021

Ex-Royal Engineer Anthony Wallace graduated from Staffordshire University with a first and studied at Academy Of Live and Recorded Arts Drama school. Anthony’s professional credits include playing: Doctor Joseph in Scarlet Fever, SPR John in Bluff Clove directed by Jack Catterall and Mr Memory in The 39 Steps at ALRA Drama School.

Becky Clayburn takes on the role of Eva in Do You Know Who We Are by Lizzie Lovejoy. Becky is a North East actor-musician and since graduating from Sunderland University with a degree in Performing Arts she has enjoyed bringing local stories to life through characters, comedy and spoken word, leaning heavily towards queer and working class narratives. Her latest theatre credit was Gerry and Sewell, Laurels, Whitley Bay.

Gareth Richardson takes on the role of Prime Minister in Jack Young’s Tenure. Since training at Rose Bruford his credits include: Joking Apart (Tour), An Inspector Calls (UK Tour), Public Displays of Affection & Touch (Soho), Happiness (Theatre 503), The Diary of Anne Frank (The Broadway Theatre), Divorce Me Darling (Union Theatre), Romeo & Juliet (Teatro Vivo) and A Rake’s Progress (Seattle USA).  

The writer of Your Future Cabaret Show, musician Jenni Winter will perform new cabaret show tunes to frame the plays. Jenni is a North Supported Artist at Northern Stage and a musician with the School of Improv.

Live Theatre’s Creative Producer Graeme Thompson directs, Tenure, Wyrm, On The Edge and Do You Know Who We Are and Bex Bowsher RTYDS Assistant Director directs Labels, Frubes, Crème Eggs and Massive Slags and The Southern Side Of The Wall.

Graeme Thompson said: “This is a fantastic cast of North East actors. Much like the playwrights, the majority of these actors are making their debut at Live Theatre. Some are actors we met in a recent round of open audition; some used to be in Live’s Youth Theatre and are now working professionally, and some are just brand new faces. Creating new opportunity is such a big part of this project and it’s very exciting to share that with audiences.”

Your Voice Your Future: North East runs from Thursday 15 to Sunday 18 December with tickets priced from £10 to £15 and concessions from £6.

  • Arts Council England
  • Community Foundation
  • European Regional Development Fund


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