Mark Gatiss is largely composed of tea. He’s vaguely navigated a career in acting and writing for the last twenty five years but has recently branched out into cat burglary, leaving a monogrammed Eccles Cake at the scene of his crimes. He’s delighted to have performed in Berkhamsted as part of his probation.
Theatre credits include Noises Off at The Lyric theatre, The Madness of George III at Nottingham Playhouse, Exit The King at The National Theatre, 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.
Adrian Scarborough has lived in Berkhamsted for 22 years. He can often be seen around town obediently trotting behind his brilliant wife. He tries not to be seen riding his folding bicycle, or on his allotment haplessly hindering nature. That said, his Chioggia beetroot this season was the envy of Sunnyside. In his spare time he attempts to forge a career in the performing arts.
Imelda Staunton is delighted to have been part of The Berko Speakeasy, as she considers Berkhamsted the absolute Bees Knees. She is currently working hard in her garden which she shares with Molly the dog and Carson the butler ….. so is thrilled to be out of the compost heap for a few hours. She trained as an actress.
Jane MacFarlane trained at The Poor School. Her Theatre credits include Home, I’m Darling (NT/Clywd), Exit the King (NT), Mary Stuart (Almeida/Duke of Yorks), Divine Chaos of Starry Things (Stepping Out); The Lady from Dubuque (Workhouse Theatre); Leaves of Glass (Etcetera Theatre); Much Ado About Nothing, Merry Wives of Windsor, Camino Real, Troilus and Cressida, A Month in the Country (RSC); Good, MacBeth, The Trick Is To Keep Breathing, (Tron); Tall Tales (Communicado); Great Expectations (Traverse); The Railway Children (Nottingham Playhouse); Miss Julie (Theatre Royal Haymarket). TV Credits – Pauline in Outlander. Film Credits – Elaine in AURA (2018).
Lydia Leonard is a Tony Award nominated stage, film and television actor. She played Anne Boleyn in the Royal Shakespeare Company's productions of Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies. In television she had a lead role in James Woods’ Quacks and has appeared in the likes of Life in Squares, Whitechapel, Law and Order, Spooks, Casualty 1909, The 39 Steps, The Long Walk to Finchley and Jericho. The hotly anticipated Gentleman Jack in which she plays Marrianna Lawton is currently playing on BBC one. Lydia’s stage productions include Oslo at the National and in the West End. The Royal Shakespeare Company’s Hecuba and the National Theatre's Time and the Conways. She appeared in both the original Donmar Theatre and West End productions of Frost/Nixon and played Jackie O in Martin Sherman's Onassis. In film, she’s starred in Archipelago with Tom Hiddleston, The Fifth Estate with Benedict Cumberbatch and she has a big release planned for the 2019 festive season.
Megan was born and raised in a tiny corner of Southern Ireland before, for some mad reason she decided to move to London to train at LAMDA and attempt to be an actor. Having graduated in July 2018 she’s already appeared on an episode of Doctors, as a loud, slightly irritating drama student. Type casting at its best. Most recently she’s been cast in Edna O’Briens The Country Girls at the Abbey theatre, Dublin.
Lauren is a British actress born and raised in Camden, North London and is a graduate of Drama Studio London and is currently a member of the BBC Radio Drama Company. Recent credits include David McVicar’s production of Rigoletto at the Royal Opera House, Jessica in Merchant of Venice (BBC Radio 3), Chloe in Polygamy for Girls (BBC Radio 4), A Date With Shillelagh (short film), Margery Horsman in Holbein’s Skull (BBC Radio 4), Julie De La Mare in The Unforgiven (prequel to WAKING THE DEAD on BBC Radio 4), Jasmine in Earthquakes in London (directed by Rikki Beadle-Blair), and Leah in webseries That’s What She Said.
Steve Hay is a boat-dwelling Oxford-based Scottish actor. Recent television includes hit series Outlander, and as a voice artist on feature films MacBeth, Tommy's Honour, and television series In Plain Sight. Recent theatre includes Macbeth in a bi-lingual international co-production at Kyrgyzstan’s national theatre, Tomorrow Never Knows in Lodz, Poland and Too Long The Heart for Siege Perilous in Edinburgh. He plays lead roles in forthcoming films The Anatomist and The Hanging Branch. Steve is also a regular reader and helps cast and direct Short Stories Aloud, curated by Sarah Franklin, and for John Retallack's Ruskin Theatre Platforms. He played JM Barrie in The Mythmakers in London's West End and in New York. He has appeared in several music videos and is a founding member of the Oxford Actors Network, Oxfordshire Theatre Makers and Inspires networking group. He also works for homeless charity Crisis, and used to be a journalist. Occasionally he still is.
Theatre - Lead roles in Under Milk Wood (Watermill), Kiss Me Kate (Kilworth), Crazy for You (Watermill), Only the Brave (WMC), City of Angels (Donmar), Putting it Together (St James), Rags (Lyric), Les Miserables (Palace and Queens), Mary Poppins - Helen Hayes Award (UK/US Tour), The Light in the Piazza (Curve), Dick Whittington (Barbican), Once in a Lifetime and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (NT), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Palladium), The Witches of Eastwick (Drury Lane), Mamma Mia (Prince Edward), Into the Woods (Donmar), Grease (Cambridge/Victoria Palace). Film - Nativity Rocks, Les Miserables. TV - The Rook, Press, Henry VIII Mind of a Tyrant, Doctors, Torchwood, Hotel Babylon. Radio - Friday Night is Music Night. Solo Album Raise the Curtain, available on iTunes.
A Northern Irish Born Actor who trained at Bretton Hall '07 and has worked professionally across the industry since then. Highlights include: One man Show 'The Life and Soul' (Red Ladder), 'Home Truths' (Cardboard Citizens), 'Stones on his Pockets' (Contexture Theatre) and films 'The Rise' (Mischief Films) and 'The Pardoners Tale' (Oak Tree Films). In 2014 he co founded Buglight Theatre along with actress Keeley Lane which is now in its fourth year.
Margaret Cabourn-Smith's TV credits include Motherland, Miranda, Peep Show, Psychoville, Holby City and Fresh Meat. She's also a Radio 4 regular; popping up in John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme, The Penny Dreadfuls, The Brig Society, In and Out of the Kitchen as well as podcasts such as The Guilty Feminist and Do The Right Thing.
Bessie Carter graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in July 2016. Her theatrical debut was JB Priestley's The Roundabout, at the Park Theatre. She then went on to be a part of King Lear, at the Old Vic and has since been in the BBC's adaptation of E.M Forster's Howards End, ITV's Doc Martin and Baskerville at the Liverpool Playhouse.
Born in Newry, County Down, Kevin first studied Drama at Trinity College Dublin before training as an actor at LAMDA. Theatre credits include: One man play Honest (Bewleys Theatre Dublin), Juno and the Paycock (National Theatre & Abbey Theatre, Dublin), Arthur Miller’s The Man Who Had All The Luck, (King’s Head) Over The Bridge (Finborough) and The Lieutenant of Inishmore (Curve, Leicester). Television credits include: Warrior (HBO/Cinemax), Doctors (BBC), The Whistleblower (RTE), The Bill (ITV), The Year London Blew Up (CH4) and The Long Walk (BBC NI)
Melissa Berry is an actor, narrator and voice artist originally from South Wales. As well as loving being part of the Speakeasy troupe, 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, Total Emergency and recent ads for RNIB and Moonpig (not the singing bit). Last summer she wrote and performed her first work in progress solo show Though Lovers Be Lost at the OffBeat Festival in Oxford.. She is hoping to develop this further this year either as a theatre or radio play.
Michael is a familiar face in both live theatre and on the screen, usually playing policemen or unsuspecting husbands. He is also a best-selling author and journalist, which led Sir Ian McKellen to state, ‘It is thrilling Michael is having such success as a writer. Anything to keep him off the stage….’
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 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 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 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.
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.
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).
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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'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’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 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 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’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.
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.
Rose Scarborough - Production Manager
Rose Scarborough - Production Manager
Liz Penny - Executive Producer