As a member of the original London Repertory Players, Al is very excited to be back for their  fifth summer in Dorset, sharing the stage with familiar and new faces. Al has continued to tread the boards with Exeter-based Middle-Weight Theatre Company, which has been enjoying positive responses towards their latest show, “Amendments”, written by company co-founder and member Matt Roberts.  Al has also been dabbling in more writing himself, aiming to have his second play, “Speed Awareness” up and running as ‘quickly’ as possible – pun intended!  Al hopes you thoroughly enjoy the show!

Photo of the actress Victoria Porter

Victoria trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts after reading a degree in Astrophysics and returns to the London Repertory Players for her third summer, having performed in Dead Guilty, Suddenly At Home and Talking Heads among others. She comes to Wimborne fresh from a production of Relatively Speaking, staged open air at Soulton Hall in Shropshire.

Other theatre work includes Henry V (Riverside Studios and national tour); The Playboy of the Western World (Winchester Theatre Royal and No.1 tour); the title role in the UK premiere of Oscar Wilde’s The Duchess of Padua (Pentameters Theatre); and a number of new-writing credits including Gazing at a Distant Star (Greenwich Theatre), Lally The Scut (Theatre 503),  Life Sentence (Southwark Playhouse) and Wonder Girl (Ovalhouse).

Victoria has also performed in weekly rep. with the Charles Vance Company at the Manor Pavilion Theatre, Sidmouth, in an array of comedies, thrillers and classics including Rattigan’s While The Sun Shines; Coward’s Private Lives; and Ayckbourn’s Absurd Person Singular.

Photo of the actor Mitch Capaldi

Mitch trained at Drama Studio London. Various professional credits include Relatively Speaking (White Horse Theatre), Romeo and Juliet (English Theatre Company) and two seasons of weekly repertory theatre (CV Productions) where roles included Gerry in The Murder Game, as well as adverts for Subway and Sky Sports. He recently appeared as Winston Smith in George Orwell’s 1984 at The John Lyon Theatre, London, where he first featured in The Wonderful World of Dissocia. He has experience in devising, improvisation and comedy revue (Newsrevue) and, when not acting, he works as a language teacher and translator.

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Hephzibah Roe trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama where she won the Peter and Alice Bursary. Currently she can be seen in Brenda The Alternative Steward. Other credits include working with Speechless Theatre on their five production of Drawn In and with director Jon James Smith on Spira; where she was nominated for Best Actress at the British Horror Film Awards. She is also a writer and film maker and is currently in pre-production of her latest project Repose. She is delighted to be a part of London Repertory Players’ play festival this year, having been part of its inaugural season (in Dead of Night) and is looking forward to enjoying the summer back in her home town

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Brighton-based Neil grew up in Blandford Forum, Dorset and has been acting professionally since 2012.

Most recently he has been seen in Rope (Rialto Theatre, Brighton), and new play, Bully Beef (Brighton Fringe).

Other recent theatre credits include The Ladykillers (Royal Hippodrome, Eastbourne), Dial M For Murder (Underground Theatre, Eastbourne), The Good Doctor (Connaught Theatre, Worthing), Yes Prime Minister (Royal Hippodrome, Eastbourne), and three popular runs of new comedy Would Like To Meet (Rialto Theatre, Brighton & Lyric Theatre, Carmarthen).

Neil’s screen work includes films Wise Girl, Strangers Within, The Cutting Room, Addict and the forthcoming Dragonflies Only Live For 24 Hours, as well as various commercials for companies such as Nationwide, Warburtons and BMW. He also played the lead in The Lost Boys music video for their single China In The Sink.

Neil has appeared in over seventy short films and also works as a voice over artist and scriptwriter.

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Kirsty Cox trained at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Her recent theatre work includes Apple John, The Boy Who Climbed Into The Moon and Olive and the Dream Train for Theatre Alibi, The Odyssey and Medusa for Bristol Old Vic, The Macbeth Curse for Prime Theatre/Bolton Octagon, The Last Post for Kilter Theatre and the one woman show Stalin’s Daughter for Blue Brook Productions. She has also previously performed in four summer seasons of weekly rep in Sidmouth with Charles Vance Productions. She is a regular performer with street theatre company, The Naturals, and the comedy improvisation group, Instant Wit. She has recorded several audiobooks and also radio drama for BBC Radio 4. Her film and television experience includes Trollied for Sky TV, commercials for Toolstation and Visit Wales, and several independent feature films.

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Joseph Prestwich is an actor, improviser, theatre-maker, and academic from Blackpool, Lancashire. He is Assistant Director at ShakeItUp Theatre, a company that specialises in improvised Shakespeare, and he performs regularly in their flagship show at venues across the UK.

Joseph also works frequently with German theatre company Theater Frankfurt as an actor and translator. He is currently working with the Young Vic Theatre on their INNOVATE project and is a Lecturer in German Studies at King’s College London. Recent credits include: Hans Klein (Theater Frankfurt, 2022), Mother of the Revolution (Archipelago Theatre Collective, 2021), and The Happy Prince (PackPack Theatre, 2021), as well as working with Vernon on The Wily Widow (Franco Parenti Theatre, Milan 2019). For more see: https://www.spotlight.com/2458-3495-6527

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Claire trained at RADA. Classical roles include Silvia in The Two Gentlemen Of Verona, Hermione in The Winters Tale, Emilia in Othello and Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Claire has worked extensively in repertory theatre. Some of her favourite roles have been Jane in Jane Eyre; Freda in Dangerous Corner; Shelby in Steel Magnolias; Lisa Koletzky in Verdict; Pauline in One For The Road; Jacqueline in Don’t Dress For Dinner; Gwendolyn in The Importance Of Being Earnest; and Angela in Abigail’s Party at the Nuffield Theatre, Southampton. She worked with Vernon Thompson in rep more than 20 years ago in towns such as Wolverhampton; Crewe; Swindon and Croydon.

More recently, she has appeared as Rachel in Season’s Greetings; Mother Theresa in Ladies In Retirement; Bunny in A Murder Is Announced and Henrietta in A Party To Murder which were all national touring productions.Claire has also played the Witch in Taking Liberties at the Hackney Empire and Kate Doogan (understudy) in Philadelphia Here I Come at the Wyndham’s Theatre. 

Richard Mullins

Since leaving drama school, Richard has had a varied career in theatre and television. For most of the last ten years he has been travelling the world playing the part of Dad in GEORGE’S MARVELLOUS MEDICINE for Birmingham Stage Company.

Richard has been involved in many repertory seasons and national tours where his favourite roles include: Reg in TABLE MANNERS, Bottom in A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, Milo Tindle in SLEUTH, Dr Armstrong in AND THEN THERE WERE NONE, Brassett in CHARLEY’S AUNT, John Barrett in DANGEROUS OBSESSION, Lawrence in ABIGAIL’S PARTY and Bernard in DON’T DRESS FOR DINNER.

He also appeared in the world premiere of IT’S RAINING MEN where his characters included Edith Piaf, Liza Minnelli and Barbra Streisand.

He was last seen on your television screens as hapless estate agent Aubrey Bedford in Yorkshire Televisions EMMERDALE where he only managed to sell one house in eleven years!

Richard has appeared in eighteen pantomimes, including two wonderful seasons with the late great comic actor John Inman. Television credits include the above-mentioned Aubrey Bedford in EMMERDALE, a very concerned Doctor in CORONATION STREET, a not very tough security guard in DOCTORS and Max Newman in BBC’s INVENTORS THROUGHOUT HISTORY.

He lives less than a mile from beautiful Bournemouth beach.

Twenty-eight years ago, almost to the week, he first acted opposite our lovely producer Vernon Thompson. Where have the years gone?

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Jessica Olim is from London and a graduate from City Lit Drama School. Her credits include: Blue Stockings; Her Naked Skin and ‘The Winter’s Tale’ all at the John Lyon Theatre, Covent Garden;  The Future Miss Smith (Bedlamb Theatre), Killing Donald (Vagabond Theatre) at Stockwell Playhouse and Skin (Moving Culture Film Productions). 

She is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese, and plays Countdown for fun. She is very excited to be joining the London Repertory Players for a second season, having made her debut in Private Lives and ‘House Guest’ last year.

Production
Team

Photo of the producer and artistic director Vernon Thompson

Vernon is delighted to bring this production to the historic town of Wimborne Minster, having staged four successful seasons of summer repertory at the Shelley Theatre in Bournemouth pre-pandemic! At Christmas he will direct Animal Farm at the John Lyon Theatre in London; past productions there include The Laramie Project and Cause Celebre. In 2019 he took  his production of The Wily Widow to Teatro Franco Parenti in Milan following an earlier successful run at Hen and Chickens Theatre in Islington. He works for Channel 4 News in London and TRT World in Istanbul as a voice consultant to their broadcasters and journalists, and private clients include a broadcaster for Sky News, a financial adviser and a psychotherapist! www.vernonthompson.co.uk

He heads up voice, speech and communication courses at City Lit in London, the UK’s largest adult education institution, as well as managing its accredited acting training programme. He hopes you enjoy the performance!

Su Gilroy is a freelance theatre director with more than 50 productions to her credit, from short rehearsed readings to full scale productions in number one venues. She enjoys the diversity of projects that this means she get to work on, including new writing, classics and panto.  She is thrilled to be joining the London Repertory Players as she loves working in rep. She spent five summers at the Manor Pavilion Theatre Sidmouth and directed 20 plays in rep, including JB Priestley’s An Inspector CallsSeptember Tide by Daphne Du Maurier, The Unexpected Guest by Agatha Christie, several Alan Ayckbourn plays, and The Gentle Hook and Deadly Nightcap by Francis Durbridge. She also directed four plays in rep at the Wolverhampton Grand Theatre including Gaslight by Patrick Hamilton.

Other directing work includes many new writing pieces, in London and at the Brighton fringe, and several youth productions, in this country and in America. She was Assistant Director on Cinderella at the Lyceum Theatre in Crewe and on several pantomimes and Shakespeare productions for Bitesize Theatre Company.

She has extensive theatre knowledge, having worked in nearly all theatre departments including on-stage, back-stage and front of house, and she has an MA in Theatre and Performance Studies from the University of Manchester, through Rose Bruford College.

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Jordan has worked as Assistant Director on Vernon’s production of ‘The Laramie Project’ this year as well as Deputy Stage Manager on ‘Blue Stockings’ and as Assistant Stage Manager on ‘Her Naked Skin’, all at the John Lyon Theatre, London. Jordan also works as a sound and light designer in theatre at various venues throughout London. He is currently working on several short films as an Assistant Producer and 2nd Assistant Director, alongside writing his first play which he hopes to have up and running by the end of this year. In the meantime, he is looking forward to a summer by the seaside, with the hopes of some surf worthy waves!

portrait of Deborah Pike

Debbie is a pianist, peripatetic music teacher and freelance artist based in Christchurch, Dorset. Her murals and trompe l’oeils have been installed at residential and commercial projects in Dorset and surrounding areas, from creating serene landscapes for day rooms in care homes, to the theming and design of children’s areas and public venues. She also freelances as an illustrator and portrait artist and during the summer months exhibits at Mudeford Arts Festival and other local events, creating live portraits in the living arts marquee. Her work can be viewed at www.highfivecreative.co.uk.

Debbie has also been teaching music and has had some involvement in local theatre groups as a rehearsal pianist, and as such became a huge fan of theatre productions.

She is very much looking forward to the summer with the London Repertory Players at the Tivoli Theatre and most excited to be invited to create the sets for the company.

Since graduating from her masters in Theatre Studies in 2020 Sophy has tried her hand at a number of roles in both theatre and film; from front-of-house to facilitating drama workshops with young people.

She first discovered the joys of stage management last year via City Lit taking on the roles of Assistant Stage Manager for Red Flag, Blue Beard and Deputy Stage Manager for Animal Farm, where she first collaborated with Vernon. She is excited to now take on her first professional role with Vernon’s LRP and is looking forward to a sunny Summer in Bournemouth.

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