Cast & Creatives

Cast

Maynard Eziashi

Roland

Maynard Eziashi has over 25 years experience as a professional actor, and won the Silver Bear Award for Best Actor at the 41st Berlin International Film Festival in 1991 for Mister Johnson, starring alongside Pierce Brosnan.

Other film credits include The Contract, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, When Brendan Met Trudy, Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls, A Good Man In AfricaBopha, and Twenty-One.

Television includes CasualtyHotel Babylon, The Changeling and The Bill.

Theatre includes The Dead Wait (Park Theatre), Wedlock of the Gods (Cochrane Theatre), Faith V Reason (Bush Theatre), The Winter’s Tale (RSC), Pericles (RSC), Guess Whos Coming For Dinner (St Andrews Lane, Dublin), A Jamaican Airman Forsees His Death (Royal Court) and A Respectable Wedding (Almeida Theatre).

Maynard plays the recurring role of Charlie in BBC Radio 4’s The No 1 Ladies Detective Agency series.

Molly Roberts

Andrea

Molly is an Acting graduate of the Guildford School of Acting and is Artistic Director/ Executive Producer for Poleroid Theatre.

Theatre includes Life on a Plum (Wilderness Festival), The Allotment R&D (Live Theatre), Timebomb (White Bear), Our Father (Theatre503), Snow,At The End Of The World (Old Red Lion), Me, As A Penguin (Guildford Fringe), Writers Bloc: WaterWings (Old Red Lion), Burn: Fahrenheit 451 (ELAN Frantoio, Italy), Breakout (Cockpit Theatre), Dracula (Broadway Theatre), Back2Back (White Bear), FlickBook (Theatre503) and Shakers (Mill Studio, Yvonne Arnaud).

TV includes Inspector George Gently (BBC), Tony Robinson’s Gods and Monsters (Channel 4), Flat 32 (Online Series/ Channel X) and Michelle and Michael (Highsix Media). Molly is currently co-creating a new comedy series with Channel X TV Productions.

She is also Associate Producer for Third Man Theatre and has Assistant Produced for Nabokov Theatre.

http://www.molly-roberts.co.uk

Creatives

Vinay Patel

Playwright

Vinay studied for an MA in Writing for Stage & Broadcast Media at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, graduating with distinction in 2011. Since then, he has won competitions run by Ideastap, the BBC, the National Youth Theatre, Shine Drama, the Brockley Jack Studio Theatre and made the top 5% of the BBC Writersroom 2013 intake with his radio play Twenty Million Shirts.

His short plays have been produced at Bush Theatre, Theatre503 and Park Theatre among others. His debut full-length play, True Brits - written as part of his attachment to HighTide Festival Theatre and published by Methuen Drama - premiered at Assembly Hall, Edinburgh Fringe 2014 before transferring to the Bush Theatre as part of the 2014 RADAR Festival.

He is currently developing projects for the BBC and Channel 4 as well as an historical political thriller, Sons Of India, about the relationship between Mahatma Gandhi and Subhas Chandra Bose.

http://www.vinaypatel.co.uk

Bethany Pitts

Director

Bethany Pitts is a theatre director specialising in new work, both scripted and devised and has trained in directing with Katie Mitchell, Di Trevis, Lyndsey Turner, Told By An Idiot and through the Young Vic Director’s Network. She was Assistant Director at Theatre Royal Plymouth from 2012–2013, working under Artistic Director Simon Stokes, and prior to that worked as Resident Assistant Director at Theatre 503. She co-runs the MolinoGroup for whom directing includes DESERT (National Tour / Latitude Festival) and The Roland Piece (Bike Shed Theatre / Rosemary Branch). Freelance directing credits include Spine (Soho / Underbelly – Fringe First and Stage Award winner 2014), Acres (New Diorama), The Caravan (Park Theatre), The Neighbour (Arcola), Locked (Ovalhouse) and assisting includes Theatre Uncut at the Young Vic, Dark Vanilla Jungle by Philip Ridley (Soho / Pleasance – Fringe First winner 2013), Forever House and The Astronaut’s Chair by Rona Munro (Drum Plymouth) and Girl in the Yellow Dress (Theatre 503). She is also a freelance script reader for venues including The Drum and writing competitions including King’s Cross New Writing Award.

Petra Hjortsberg

Designer

Petra is an award-nominated Theatre and Performance Designer who works internationally across Theatre, Opera, Dance and Film. Most recent theatre design credits includes the highly acclaimed Freak (Assembly Rooms/Theatre503) and the OFFIE Best Set Design nominated Occupied (Theatre503) as well as Associate Design credits on Land Of Our Fathers and A Handful Of Stars (Trafalgar Studios). Other Theatre credits include How To Win Against History (Ovalhouse), Companion Piece (Pleasance Islington), Treasure this? (Bush Theatre), In Extremis (Kings Head Theatre), Cnoic Chlaonta and Shift(h)er (USA & Ireland), Celebrity (Project Arts Centre, Dublin), DISCOnnected and the award-nominated Body Electric (ABSOLUT Fringe Festival, Dublin). Film and Video credits include MagpieWay of the Monkey’s ClawThe 95thPubMonkeyBlind Man’s Dream and Termination as well as costume work for the UK artists Cloud Boat and Mila Falls. In 2013 Petra exhibited at the World Stage Design Exhibition. She is a Creative Associate at the Gate Theatre and Associate Artist with Baseless Fabric Theatre Company.

www.petrahjortsberg.com

Chris Snow

Producer

Chris runs FreeRange Productions, is Assistant Producer for Snapdragon Productions and Resident Producer at Poleroid Theatre. Credits as Producer or Associate include the 2014 Fringe First winning Travesti and Sex, With Benefits (Edinburgh Fringe 2014), The Dead Wait (Park Theatre), This Was Your Life (UK Fringe Tour), Thark (Park Theatre), and The Three Faces of Doctor Crippen (Edinburgh Fringe 2012).

http://www.chris-snow.co.uk

Jon McLeod

Sound and Music

Jon studied BA Sound Design at the Leeds College of Music and MA Advanced Theatre Practice at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Credits include A Conversation and Party Skills for the End of The World (Nigel Barrett and Louise Mari), In the Neuron ForestTerminus Treats, and The Eyes Have It (Bread & Goose), Spine (Soho Theatre), Square Bubble (Watch This Space), Nightmare Dreamer and Flying Roast Goose (Blue Elephant), The Fanny Hill Project (Theatre State), Borderline Vultures (The Lowry), 66 Minutes in Damascus (LIFT Festvial), The Invisible Show (RedShift Theatre).  As associate sound designer; Damned By Despair (National Theatre).  His own play Organs of Little Apparent Importance was produced for HighTide Festival.

http://www.jonmcleod.com

Ben Jacobs

Lighting Designer

Ben is currently training in lighting design at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Recent theatre lighting design credits include The Greene Card (The Space), Fanny & Faggot (Tabard Theatre), 4AM in the Middle of the Night (Camden People’s Theatre) and The Improvised History of the World (Tete-a-Tete Opera Festival). Recent assisting credits include Jason and the Argonauts (Courtyard Theatre), Out of His Skin (UK Tour) and Finding Joy (UK Tour).

Katie Jackson

Production / Stage Manager

Katie graduated with a Foundation Degree in Technical Theatre and Stage Management from RADA. RADA credits include The Sea (dir. Edward Kemp) and She Stoops to Conquer (dir. Jonathan Miller) and work on 5 of the RADA short films. As part of her degree, Katie completed an 8 week Stage Management placement at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre working on a production of Merchant of Venice (dir. Bill Buckhurst). Katie worked as venue crew for Pleasance at the Edinburgh Fringe Festivals 2013 & 2014.

Hannah Groombridge

Assistant Producer

Hannah is an independent theatre producer. Having recently finished the Assistant Producer internship at the King’s Head Theatre, Islington, her current producing credits include The Picture of John Gray at The Old Red Lion, Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho at Edinburgh Fringe and Rachel at the Finborough Theatre. She is an alumnus of the Stage One New Producers Workshop.

Fight Choreography – Phil Dunster
Dialect Coach – Emma Roberts
PR – Laura Horton
Marketing – Boris Van Der Ree
Photography – Chris Mann and Richard Davenport
Graphic Design – Rebecca Pitt

 

Poleroid TheatrePoleroid Theatre

Poleroid Theatre was founded in 2011 to discover and craft the contemporary image of young emerging artists in the UK and give new talent a platform through the creation of eclectic, fast-paced, immediate theatre.

Since forming, Poleroid have produced numerous productions & built a strong reputation for exposing emerging talent. Previous productions include FlickBook (Theatre503/Etcetera), Back2Back (White Bear), Breakout (Cockpit), Peanuts (Tristan Bates/Last Refuge), Instadate (Hackney Attic/Ritzy Cinema), Our Father (Theatre503), Timebomb (White Bear); WIMI: Look, This Is Your Life (Wilderness Festival); The Allotment R&D (Live Theatre); Write It : Mic It (Hackney Attic/Manchester Castle Hotel/Edinburgh Fringe).

Poleroid have worked with writers, directors, musicians and actors from a wide range of backgrounds including The Royal Court Young Writers Programme & Studio Group, Old Vic New Voices, Young Vic Directors Programme, Live Theatre Newcastle, BBC & a multitude of different drama schools.

Poleroid is supported creatively by the Camden Collective.

http://www.poleroidtheatre.co.uk

Special Thanks

Alex Hylands-White, Anna Brewer, Bransby Roberts, Charles Smith, Chris Hislop, David Sanders, Elspeth Morrison, Emma Craft, Finn Anderson, Francesca Clarke, Graeme Thompson, Greg Bernstein, IdeasTap, Imogen Sarre, Jack Pirie, James Rose, James Tupper, Jamie Gibbard, Jean Diamond, Jen Payne, Jennifer Havisham, Jocelyn Abbey, John O’ Donovan, Julie Roberts, Kanika Clayton, Kathy Noble, Katy Fattuhi, Kelly Knatchbull, Kevin Mathurin, Laura Kenwright, Liz Webster, Martin Cavannagh, Matt Bradford, Michael Lovelock, Mick Fox, Miranda Dodwell, Neil Dowden, Paapa Essiedu, Peter de Silva, Rachel Crowther, Rebecca Hill, Richard Giles, Rowan Ilsley, Sarah French, Sarah Loader, Sharon Phillips, Steven Flynn, Tania Hurst-Brown, The Camden Collective, Toby Roberts, Tom Clancy