Who we are

Julie Mayhew
Julie Mayhew is an award-winning author of three novels (RED INK, THE BIG LIE and MOTHER TONGUE), her short stories have been widely published and she's had a number of stories and plays broadcast on Radio 4.  Back when she did more acting, Julie was a regular voice on Radio 4 too. www.juliemayhew.co.uk

 
 
Rose Scarborough - Production Manager
Liz Penny - Executive Producer


The Berko Speakeasy Actors


Alice Orr-Ewing


Alice trained at LAMDA and her first job was in The Scapegoat, a one-off drama for ITV. Since then, she has enjoyed parts in stage and screen, a particular highlight being Hayfever in the West End starring Felicity Kendal. She has most recently performed in Don Juan in Soho at Wyndham's Theatre and is about to start working on A Very English Scandal for BBC One. 









Wendy Nottingham



Wendy is best known for her collaborations with Mike Leigh, including the BAFTA award winning Vera Drake and Grief at The National. She reprised her recurring role of Mrs Crabbe in the final series of ITV’s Mr Selfridge and played new series regular Mary in Peaky Blinders. Most recently Wendy filmed A Children Act, alongside Emma Thompson, and performed in Diminished at the Hampstead theatre.








Julia Deakin


Julia has worked for over forty years in Theatre, Film TV and Radio.  Memorable  West End theatre work include: Title role in Educating Rita at The Piccadilly Theatre,  Sam Mendes' production of Oliver at London Palladium,  Noises Off at Comedy Theatre, Pride and Prejudice at the Old Vic theatre and On the Piste at  the Garrick theatre.  Numerous TV roles include  Holby City, Boomers, Loaded, Spaced, I’m Alan Partridge, Coronation Street, Oh Doctor Beeching and many more.  Films Include High Rise, Down Terrace, ( both with Ben Wheatley), Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead and Worlds End with Simon Pegg, Scoop ( Woody Allen), Liam (Steven Frears), Dancing Thru The Dark (  Willy Russell) and Mr Love ( David Putnam).


Emma Naomi



Emma has recently finished playing Krystal in Don Juan in Soho at The Wyndhams.  Other credits also include, This Man Right Here (Hen and Chickens) The Crucible (Bristol Old Vic) and Deathwatch (The Wyndhams), she has also appeared in the film Housegirl.









Debra Gillett


Theatre credits include Limehouse at the Donmar Warehouse, Young Chekhov: The Seagull & Ivanov, Three Days in the Country and A Small Family Business, all at the National Theatre,  Tartuffe at the Royal National Theatre, The Recruiting Officer at Chichester Festival Theatre, Plenty at the Albery Theatre, Vassa at the Almeida at the Albery, Beckett Shorts at the RSC and Blue Remembered Hills at the Royal National Theatre. Television credits include Call The Midwife, Cranford Chronicles, Doctor Who, Footprints in the Snow, Spooks, Dalziel & Pascoe and Cold Feet, Just William and Between The Lines.  Films include Bridget Jones’s Baby, Pride & Prejudice & Zombies, Notes on a Scandal and Breathtaking.


Nick Ewans


Nick has appeared in films including Shaun of the Dead, London to Brighton, Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel and 28 Days Later. TV includes Channel 4's feature length Krakatoa. Nick has appeared in one man shows at the Liverpool Playhouse and the Cochrane, other theatre includes One Last Surviving at the Lyric Hammersmith. He also regularly directs and performers stand-up.







Mark Weinman


Theatre credits include SO HERE WE ARE and MR NOODLES(Royal Exchange), CAPTAIN AMAZING (Soho Theatre/Live/UK Tour), PRIME TIME, THE BASH and SERJEANT MUSGRAVES DANCE (Royal Court); STILL KILLING TIME and EATING ICE CREAM ON GAZA BEACH (Soho Theatre); HERONS (Stephen Joseph/Manchester Library Theatre); FASTBURN (KneeHigh Theatre); THE HAIRY APE (Southwark Playhouse); THE EMPEROR JONES (National Theatre); NETTLES (Contact Theatre); SELLING CLIVE (Lost Theatre);  STEP 9 (OF 12) (New Britannia Theatre);  BARROW HILL (Finborough Theatre); EDMOND (Theatre Royal Haymarket/Masterclass); PROPHECY (Baz Theatre); SANDY 123 (The Roundhouse); AMPHIBIANS (Offstage Theatre) and SHERLOCK HOLMES (Italian Tour).  Television and film credits include THE GAMECHANGERS (BBC), HUMANS (CH4) THE PEOPLE NEXT DOOR (Ch4), EPISODES (BBC) and BURNING (Tantrum Films).



Abigail Richardson


After growing up in France, Abigail Richardson moved to London to train as an actress. She recently graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.  Her roles  include Marlene in Top Girls, by Carol Churchill, and Joanne in Company, by Stephen Sondheim.










Nicola Harrison


Theatre includes: Three Generations of Women (Greenwich and UK tour), Albion (Bush Theatre),Time and the Conways (Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh), Fewer Emergencies (The Print Room), Fen (Finborough Theatre), Blackbird (Norwich Playhouse), Tryst (Grid Iron/Stavanger Festival), The Unconquered (Stella Quines/UK and NYC), The Glass Menagerie (Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh), Ravenhill For Breakfast (Paines Plough), Stoopud Fucken Animals (Traverse), Once Upon A Dragon (Grid Iron), Angels Among the Trees (Nottingham Playhouse), Snow White (Tall Stories/New Victory Theatre Broadway NYC), The Last Valentine (Almeida Theatre).  TV: Call the Midwife, Cuffs, Doctors, My Mad Fat Diary, Hollyoaks, Mayday, Emmerdale, Misfits, Micro Men, Medea.  Film: Marrowbone, The Impossible, My Brother the Devil, Control, Close, Heaven On Earth.



Kaffe Keating

Kaffe Keating trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. His work in theatre includes Johnny Got His Gun for Metal Rabbit; Posh at Nottingham and Salisbury Playhouses and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time for the National Theatre in the West End.









Julie Taylor


Julie is an actor and writer. Her play `Beryl Bridges Audio Diary’ was broadcast on Radio 4’s 11.30am comedy slot. She came runner-up in the Guardian Summer Short Story Competition 2010. Julie read her own short story `Wish You Weren’t Here’ on Radio 4 in May 2015.







Clive Hayward

Clive studied theatre at Royal Holloway College, London University, and went on to train at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School alongside Berkhamsted’s very own Adrian Scarborough. Clive has now worked as a professional actor for almost 30 years. He works regularly at the National Theatre, the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester and for BBC Radio 4 as well as making the occasional detour into television with popular series such as Law and Order, Prime Suspect, East Enders, Doctors and Channel 4’s hit show of 2016 - The Windsors. He has recently completed a three-year stint in the West End with leading roles in Yes, Prime Minister, the musical Top Hat and Much Ado About Nothing. He is currently rehearsing for The Island Nation at the Arcola Theatre.


William Rycroft

William Rycroft is the Community Manager at Vintage Books, a keen book-blogger and also a narrator of audio books. Basically, he likes books. In his previous life as an actor he enjoyed long runs in War Horse and The Woman in Black, stints with the RSC and National Theatre as well as many other theatrical appearances and the odd spot in a TV medical drama.







Melissa Berry

Melissa Berry is an actor, narrator and voice artist originally from South Wales. As well as loving being part of the Speakeasy posse, she is also a regular member of the Short Stories Aloud team in Oxford and has narrated a wide variety of TV programmes over the years including Horizon, Ancient Apocalypse, The Woman who was Swamped by her own Skin and recent ads for RNIB and Moonpig (not the singing bit).
She is  working on her first solo theatre piece and will be performing in the 24 hour play challenge as part of the Oxford Playhouse and Arts at the Old Fire Station OffBeat Festival in June.

Adrian Scarborough


Adrian Scarborough has lived in Berkhamsted for the last 20 years and is fine with that. He can often be seen around town with his glamorous wife.  He can be spotted drinking at The Rising Sun, walking a West Highland Terrier 'Watson' across the Chiltern Hills,  looking cool despite riding a folding bicycle, or on his allotment, haplessly hindering nature. 
In his spare time he attempts to forge a career in the performing arts.
  





Anna-Marie Wayne

Anna-Marie’s professional career started at age 13 appearing alongside Honor Blackman in the hit ITV comedy series The Upper Hand and with Rowan Atkinson in Mr Bean. Her film work has included lead roles in Disappearing In America starring Mark Pellegrino, Number One Longing, Number Two Regret alongside Jenny Agutter, and in the Edinburgh Festival award-winning feature film Spike.  UK stage credits include creating the role of Elisa in Solitary Confinement alongside Adam Garcia (ICA, The Mall), playing the leading role of Laly in Best Friends (New End Theatre) and Roberta in The Railway Children (King’s Head), to name but a few.  She recently had the pleasure of voicing the audiobook of her sister Jemma’s debut novel “After Before”, and was the creator and host of the YouTube Channel, ItsMeAnnaMarie in association with Disney-owned Maker Studios.  She is an ongoing part of the cast of her father Jeff ’s Musical Version of The War of The Worlds – Alive on Stage! playing The Journalist’s fiancĂ©e, Carrie, a character she also portrayed in the music video for Gary Barlow’s interpretation of Forever Autumn.

Joseph Millson


Joseph has been shouting in the evenings and mumbling in the mornings for a living for twenty something years. Most recent evening excursions include playing David Garrick in Mr Footes Other Leg in the West End and playing Macbeth at Shakespeare's Globe. He is about to go shouting at the RSC playing The Rover in The Rover. Most Recent mumbling in the mornings in front of cameras include leading roles in TV things such as Banished, The Last Kingdom, 24, Live Another Day, Penny Dreadful and significant film mumbling in The Chameleon , The Dead 2, I Give It A Year and Tango One.  Lots and lots of radio work, which often contains both shouting and mumbling . Most recently as Soames in The Forsythes and George Orwell in the rather epic Real George Orwell series.  Joseph is a proud Berkhamsted dweller. 


Jane Slavin


Film and TV appearances include Lewis, Clocking Off, Holby City, Casualty, The Bill, Falling Starr, Coronation Street, Doctors and many other things. She played Cathy Jordan in ITV’s Always and Everyone for three years and she’s toured the Theatre world, starring in Alan Ayckbourn’s Communicating Doors in London’s West End. She won the BBC Carleton Hobbs Award and has appeared in hundreds of plays for Radio 4.








Alex Wingfield


Having studied Music at Durham University, Alex trained in Musical Theatre at the Royal Academy of Music, where he graduated in July 2014. Since then, he has performed on stage in various roles, most recently appearing in The Railway Children at King's Cross Theatre.




Geoffrey Palmer


Having been lucky to work with many of the Greats of his day - Olivier, Gielgud, Richardson and Paul Scofield, plus Arthur Askey, Harry Secombe, Jimmy James, Harry Worth and most of the Dames - Geoffrey now goes fishing.











Elizabeth Bower



Elizabeth Bower has appeared in Casualty and Silent Witness and played 'GP Melody Bell' for 2 years in BBC1 drama, Doctors, before being cast as feisty Spanish diva 'Anna' in Sky 1 comedy, Trollied. She will soon be appearing in 'The Secret Life of Boys' a new interactive comedy drama for the BBC. She also narrates novels for Penguin Audiobooks.
 





Will Harrison Wallace

Will's various stage work includes: Richard III (UK Tour); The Water Engine (Old Vic Tunnels); View from the Bridge (Broadway Theatre, Catford); Marriage (Brady Arts); Save Me (Union Theatre); A Respectable Wedding (Waterloo East Theatre); Peckham: The Soap Opera (Royal Court); A Woman of No Importance (Clandon Park); Merchant of Venice (The Cambria). He will soon be starting rehearsals for The Corruption of Dorian Gray (The Lion and Unicorn) playing Lord Henry Wotton and later in the Summer will be playing Baron Wildenhaim in Lovers' Vows in various theatres in Surrey.

He has played a number of diverse characters in several short films and will shortly be seen as J.Edgar Hoover in an adaptation of the Stephen King short story The Death of Jack Hamilton. His varied voice work includes Radio, Animation, Corporate voiceovers, Exhibitions and Narrations.

Will trained at ALRA (The Academy of Live and Recorded Arts).

Matt Rippy

Matt grew up in Houston, Texas where he attended the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and later became a Young Company Member at Alley Repertory Theatre. Matt ran away with the Reduced Shakespeare Company in 1996 and has appeared with them in five productions in the West End, Broadway and around the world. Film credits include Beyond the Sea, Day of the Dead, Boogieman 3, Jack Ryan and The Monuments Men. On TV, Matt has been seen on Torchwood, Jonathan Creek, Wild West, Cracker, Bonekickers, Ultimate Force and Secret Diary of a Callgirl. Matt recently wrote The Bubble Bath, a short film due to shoot late 2014, and is currently working on his first full length stage play.



Richard Henders

Richard's theatre credits include 55 Days at Hampstead Theatre, The White Guard, The Cherry Orchard,  Summerfolk, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Caroline or Change, The Merchant of Venice, Candide, Oh! What a Lovely War and Anything Goes all at the National Theatre. Pacific Overture (Olivier award Nomination) at the Donmar Warehouse.

Television credits include Holby City, Kingdom, The Inspector Lynley mysteries, The Chronicles of Narnia, Oranges are not the only fruit and Cadfael.



Claire Winsper


Claire’s theatre credits include The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, in the West End.
Afterlife, Never So Good, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Anything Goes and Singin’ in the Rain, all at the National Theatre.  La Cage Aux Folles and The Witches of Eastwick in the West End and Acorn Antiques and Sunset Boulevard on tour.

Claire's other Theatre credits include Cinderella at The Old Vic, The Prince of Fire, Greenwich Theatre and The Cinderella Hunt at BAC.





Keith Drinkel

Keith Drinkel started his television work for Granada as Philip Ashton in A Family At War. Other television work has included the title role in The Higgler; Carter Brandon in two series of I Didn't Know You Cared and more recently in Casualty; EastEnders and Judge John Deed. Recent television performances were Bob, Liz Macdonald's dodgy boyfriend in Coronation Street, and Terry Kinney in Midsomer Murders. He guest-starred in an episode of Doctors which was seen last year.

His stage work has included seasons at Chichester and with The Actors' Company. Favourite parts have included the title roles in Volpone and Cyrano de Bergerac (Salisbury); Claudius in Hamlet (Ipswich); Iago in Othello (Chester). In London he starred opposite Rula Lenska in Double Double at the Fortune Theatre; and opposite Joanne Whalley in Kate at the Bush.

Keith has worked extensively on radio and has been a member of the Radio Drama Company twice. His own adaptation of Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray as a one man stage performance has played successfully throughout England and at the 2009 Edinburgh Festival. He has played Laurence Olivier in a new play at the Old Red Lion, which he repeated on Radio 4 with Roy Hudd as Max Miller. 

Jaz Deol


Jaz has performed in theatre: Snookered (Bush/Tamasha Theatre), Snow Queen (Unicorn/Trestle Arts), King Lear (Young Vic), Doctor Faustus (Present Moment) and Cymberline (NYT); in film: Cleanskin (UK Film  Studio PLC), Halal Chai (Color Pictures); and on radio: Salman Tassar (BBC Radio 4).  Jaz is a two times winner of the Triforce Promotions Monologue Slam.






Adam Loxley


Adam Loxley’s credits include: Mucky Kid / Theatre 503, Big Ask / Riverside Studios, Bush Bazaar / Bush Theatre. Adam has also featured in Lee Nelson's Well Good Show on BBC3 and is one third of This Glorious Monster a comedy group who have recently been commissioned to produce original comedy for Hatrick Productions and PIAS comedy.




Anna Savva

Anna  has appeared on TV,  most recently in EastEnders and Law and Order UK.  On stage, Anna was nominated by Time Out for Best Actress as Frida Kahlo in Frida and Diaego.  This summer she performed a one woman play in Macedonia.  She has performed in Germany, Holland, Denmark, Berlin, Cyprus and New York and theatres in the UK.







John Lynn

             John Lynn trained at the Irish Films Actors Studio and works as both an actor and stand-up comedian.  John has been invited to perform at the Montreal Just For Laughs festival and has appeared on RTE’s Liffey Laugh’s,  BBC’s One Night Stand and TV3’s The Third Policeman’s Ball.  He is also in the process of completing his first novel.