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Meet the Cast – Nick Cope

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Give us your full name and the character you are playing.
My name is Nick Cope and I will be playing Jack.

Where in the world are you from?
I’m from Sandbach in Cheshire

What was your first theatrical experience, either on stage or in the auditorium?
My first theatrical experience was playing Jim in ‘Treasure Island’ when I was 12. I just did a lot of brushing up really.

What was your first experience of Lord of the Flies?
I studied ‘Lord of the Flies’ for my GCSE’s and I distinctly remember watching the old black and white film.

What’s the event in the play that you’re most excited about discovering?
I would say i’m most excited about discovering the moment when Jack and his choir meet Ralph and Piggy. I’m looking to forward to seeing how that hierarchy will establish itself on stage.

Who’s your favourite character, other than your own?
Simon. I find the development of his character really interesting, I think his journey is thought provoking whilst also carrying some of the larger messages within the play.

Tell us the title of your favourite play.
Beautiful Burnout by Bryony Lavery.

Who is your theatrical inspiration?
My first real director I would say, John Lonsdale. He set the bar for me in terms of work ethic and professionalism when it comes to theatre and I’m very grateful for that.

If you had to choose, who is your favourite actor?
Jake Gyllenhall just takes it. His range is ridiculous.

What’s your favourite school yard game?
Has to be tig, or tag, or whatever its called. It’s Tig.

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Meet the Cast – Nell Hardy

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Give us your full name and the character you are playing.
Nell Hardy, I’m playing Sam.

Where in the world are you from?
North London. Sorry to be boring!

What was your first theatrical experience, either on stage or in the auditorium?
My dad’s a priest, so it was probably sleeping through his sermon in my pushchair during mass…

What was your first experience of Lord of the Flies?
Watching the film when incapacitated through period pain when I was about 13: I needed to watch people who were suffering more than me!

What’s the event in the play that you’re most excited about discovering?
The very end. I have no idea how Sam’s going to feel yet.

Who’s your favourite character, other than your own?
Simon

Tell us the title of your favourite play.
Harvey

Who is your theatrical inspiration?
Kathryn Hunter

If you had to choose, who is your favourite actor?
Kathryn Hunter!

What’s your favourite school yard game?
Dodgeball

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Meet the Cast – Luke MacLeod

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Give us your full name and the character you are playing.
My name is Luke MacLeod, and I will be playing Piggy.

Where in the world are you from?
For most of my life I’ve lived in Matlock, Derbyshire.

What was your first theatrical experience, either on stage or in the auditorium?
Playing a fairy godmother (father?) in a Year 6 end of term play. He ended up being based on Marvin The Paranoid Android from Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy (don’t ask the reason why, you won’t get an answer. I certainly never got one).

What was your first experience of Lord of the Flies?
Auditioning for this production! I’d never studied it, read it or seen any previous productions, so this is a very fresh experience.

What’s the event in the play that you’re most excited about discovering?
My answer would be ‘spoilers’ but since the novel was published over 60 years ago I don’t think I’d be spoiling anything for anyone. So, probably the frenzied behaviour that leads to the murder of Simon as the first truly shocking moment.

Who’s your favourite character, other than your own?
Roger. What a nasty piece of work.

Tell us the title of your favourite play.
Pentecost, by David Edgar.

Who is your theatrical inspiration?
Anyone who has been able to make their career in this industry last a whole lifetime.

If you had to choose, who is your favourite actor?
Can I pick two? I’m going to pick two anyway. For stage, Denise Gough. For screen and TV, Cillian Murphy is pretty tough to beat.

What’s your favourite school yard game?
We used to play a game called ‘four square’ at my primary, and the rules were ruthlessly enforced by a teacher who we only referred to as ‘Mrs A’. Apparently the game originates somewhere in the 1950’s so maybe our characters would have also known the game from school…

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Meet the Cast – Stephen Emery

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Give us your full name and the character you are playing.
Stephen Emery, Lancaster

Where in the world are you from?
Bovingdon, Hertfordshire.

What was your first theatrical experience, either on stage or in the auditorium?
Miss Saigon and 4!

What was your first experience of Marlowe?
Tamburlaine the Great with Lazarus

What’s the event in the play that you’re most excited about discovering?
The opening

Who’s your favourite character, other than your own?
Gaveston

Tell us the title of your favourite play.
No Exit

Who is your theatrical inspiration?
Fred Astaire

If you had to choose, who is your favourite actor?
Gary Oldman

What’s your favourite game show?
Wipeout (the old one with bob monkhouse)

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Meet the Cast – John Slade

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Give us your full name and the character you are playing.
John Slade, playing Warwick.

Where in the world are you from?
Colchester, Essex.

What was your first theatrical experience, either on stage or in the auditorium?
Being Joseph in the school nativity. I took it so seriously! Ha!

What was your first experience of Marlowe?
Gaveston’s death. Going to be such a tense moment.

What’s the event in the play that you’re most excited about discovering?
Gaveston, of course. He’s fascinating.

Who’s your favourite character, other than your own?
Gaveston. I love the chaos he causes with the barons.

Tell us the title of your favourite play.
Titus Andronicus. All that blood!

Who is your theatrical inspiration?
Cheek by Jowl or Frantic Assembly or Headlong. Brilliant work always.

If you had to choose, who is your favourite actor?
Cate Blanchett, every single time.

What’s your favourite game show?
 I used to love that snooker game show with Jim Davidson. Think it was called ‘Big Break’.

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Meet the Cast – Alex Zur

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Give us your full name and the character you are playing.
I’m Alex Zur & I’m playing Kent.

Where in the world are you from?
Originally Leeds, but I grow up in North London/Hertfordshire.

What was your first theatrical experience, either on stage or in the auditorium?
I played Augustus Gloop in Charlie & the Chocolate Factory and got to spend all my time on-stage eating chocolate.

What was your first experience of Marlowe?
Briefly explored the themes and story of Doctor Faustus while working on a devised piece of theatre back in 2016.

What’s the event in the play that you’re most excited about discovering?
Gaveston’s second return and the tension he immediately creates.

Who’s your favourite character, other than your own?
Gaveston. I love the chaos he causes with the barons.

Tell us the title of your favourite play.
Tis Pity She’s A Whore by John Ford

Who is your theatrical inspiration?
Was absolutely blown away by The Ferryman recently, especially the complexity of Jez Butterworth’s writing. Really inspired me to work on writing some theatre of my own.

If you had to choose, who is your favourite actor?
I’m a huge fan of Kate Fleetwood: the energy and focus doesn’t drop for a second while she’s on stage.

What’s your favourite game show?
Takeshi’s Castle.

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Meet the Cast – Oseloka Obi

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Give us your full name and the character you are playing.
Oseloka Gregory Obi and I’m playing Piers Gaveston.

Where in the world are you from?
I’m originally from Nigeria.

What was your first theatrical experience, either on stage or in the auditorium?
Playing King Herod at my school’s Nativity.

What was your first experience of Marlowe?
I performed Dr Faustus a couple years ago in a old  Edwardian public toilet with a cast of 6 multi-rolling.

What’s the event in the play that you’re most excited about discovering?
The first time The Queen and Gaveston meet. Showdown.

Who’s your favourite character, other than your own?
Young Mortimer.

Tell us the title of your favourite play.
I can’t do this, my top three would be Mercury Fur by Phillip Ridley, SUS by Barrie Keefe and Titus Andronicus.

Who is your theatrical inspiration?
What Innua Ellams did with Barbershop Chronicles was pretty inspiring.

If you had to choose, who is your favourite actor?
Largely based on her performance in Blue Jasmine, Cate Blanchett.

What’s your favourite game show?
I would be lying if I said I had one.

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