Act Your Age New Writing Festival
Monday 23rd August 2021
Paper Crown by Laura Harper
Directed by Kitty Ball
Stairlift by Brigid Amos
Directed by Helen Parry
The Rise of Jessie Bates by Paul Antokolsky
Directed by Helen Parry
Paper Crown - Sally
Caroline is a mum of three, former clinical psychologist and business woman, who has fallen in love with acting later in life. She began acting training 3 years ago as one of a list of ‘50 by my 50th’ - things she’d never tried before. This one stuck! To date she has appeared on stage at The Kings Arms and The Lowry Theatre. During lockdown appeared in radio play, Fault Lines (Proxemics Theatre) online live monologues (Up Ere Productions) and as narrator in indie feature film, Nobody Loves You and You Don’t Deserve To Exist (Serious Feather Films). Most recently, Caroline has completed filming in her first TV role as cast regular ‘Nova Petrovich’ in supernatural drama TV series ‘SeaView’ (Strictly Arts Company) which premieres this November.
Paper Crown - Daniel
Retired police officer after 30 years of service, Allan is married with 3 children and lives in Lancashire. He is well into his second life exploring the world of acting.
Stairlift - Mother
Hailing from Cumbria, Lynne became a professional actor 5 years ago after a career as a civil servant. The co-founder of Root & Branch Productions, she has played a number of characters on stage, including Joan Crawford in ‘Bette & Joan’, Mrs Higgins in ‘Pygmalion’ and got naked behind her knitting as Jessie in ‘Calendar Girls. She has recently been filming a pilot sit com for TV presently
called Together and Keith’s Crash, a horror film for the cinema. In 2022 she will appear on stage in Glasgow in This is where we get off, and is awaiting the go-ahead for two feature films, in which she has been cast, once COVID restrictions allow. Lynne has also directed stage plays for Root & Branch in Manchester and Yorkshire, including an award winning production of A Respectable wedding for the Manchester fringe.
Stairlift - Ellen
Kim is happy to be back on stage, after the long lockdown, once again doing what she loves to do. Kim graduated from The Arden School of Theatre in 2002 and has worked as an actor in various roles ever since. She uses her skills in other ways too, such as in medical role play and is currently role playing for the Ministry of Justice as part of a recruitment programme. Kim is also a qualified counsellor and uses psychodrama as part of her tool kit to help clients overcome their struggles.
The Rise of Jessie Bates - Jessie Bates
Credits include, All the Bens radio drama, Mister Stokes: The Man-Woman of Manchester (for the LGBT History Festival), Back Seat Betty (best drama Manchester Fringe and winner of the Lost One Act Play award), The House of Sofia with a Map of its Surroundings (Kings Cross award winner), Pests (Royal Exchange). TV includes: Porridge, Prey, Coronation Street, Emmerdale, Hollyoaks, and others. Jo also performed as a stand-up comic for many years.
The Rise of Jessie Bates - Jack
Sean recently appeared in Zoe Iqbal's 'Live, Laugh, Love' at the Grange Theatre, Oldham, and is excited to be involved in the New Writing Festival at Hope Mill Theatre. He's kept himself sane during lockdown by writing surreal poems in parks.
The Rise of Jessie Bates - Mrs Tyler
Lindsay relaunched her acting career in 2017 after retiring from the NHS and being released from family commitments. Lindsay worked regularly in short films and on the Manchester Fringe scene initially. Lockdown found her writing, performing and releasing online several monologues of her creation Audrey Blenkinsopp which have proved very popular. This year she's been busy recording 'Florrie and Dotty' for Distinct Nostalgia with her friend Janice Fryett, appearing in TV commercials and recently recording a TV comedy sitcom pilot 'Wheelies'.
The Rise of Jessie Bates - Henry & Smith
After a career in the police (the service, not the band), Steve started acting professionally in 2016 after first attending acting classes to gain confidence in public speaking after being asked to give his sister away and then be a best man in quick succession. Since then he has appeared as a Scottish hit man in "Unnecessary Farce" (Off The Cuff), an abusive husband in "A Respectable Wedding" (Root & Branch), a rather terse invigilator in "EXAM" (Vertigo Theatre) and one half of a bickering couple in "My Night With Reg" (Green Carnation). Over lockdown he wrote and produced his own webseries "Council Culture" which is due for release in September and formed his own theatre company alongside his wife and some friends, Fine Wine Theatre, whose first play "Fred" is being performed at the Kings Arms, Salford from October 26th-28th. He also appeared as a New York detective in a filmed stage version of Vertigo Theatre's "Noir" which will be available for streaming on Overture+ from September 4th.
The Rise of Jessie Bates - Harry
Chris is currently unrepresented.
"I’m a 47 year old English teacher who feels he may be getting better, and more immodest, with age. At present I’m nurturing an interest in acting into a burgeoning income stream, nay, minor career. This, alongside a little poetry (I am drawn to things that make little to no money) I endeavour to undertake whilst keeping the wheels on my lovely, growing, blended family."