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Meet the Cast – Larissa Teale

Larissa Teale

Give us your full name and the character you are playing.
Larissa Teale playing Sam (of Samneric)

Where in the world are you from?
From Barnsley, South Yorkshire

What was your first theatrical experience, either on stage or in the auditorium?
The Virgin Mary in Year 2 nativity. There’s photographic evidence of me standing onstage waving at my parents. Fame got to me.

What was your first experience of Lord of the Flies?
I’d never read the book in school. I’d heard of it but just the overall concept. So this was my first actual experience of the story.

What’s the event in the play that you’re most excited about discovering?
Simon’s murder. Too savage?

Who’s your favourite character, other than your own?
Roger – he gets to be cruel and have a laugh doing it.

Tell us the title of your favourite play.
Linda by Penelope Skinner – never before had I felt so much like someone had ripped out my soul and throw it onstage for everyone to see.

Who is your theatrical inspiration?
Denise Gough and Phoebe Waller-Bridge

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

Cate Blanchett

What’s your favourite school yard game?
Does netball count?

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Meet the Cast – Benjamin Victor

Benjamin Victor

Give us your full name and the character you are playing.
My name is Benjamin Victor and I’m playing Simon.

Where in the world are you from?
I’m from London! A rare breed in the city.

What was your first theatrical experience, either on stage or in the auditorium?
I memorably wet myself as Father Christmas in the Courtland Primary School Christmas Performance – aged 4.

What was your first experience of Lord of the Flies?
I barely remembered the book from school – but I had the incredible opportunity to be a part of Lazarus’ Flies in 2018 and fell in love with it completely. I’m so thrilled to be finding it again this year.

What’s the event in the play that you’re most excited about discovering?
A conversation with something that isn’t a human. I won’t say any more for now…

Who’s your favourite character, other than your own?
Sam. It wasn’t even on my radar before this year, but the part is hilarious.

Tell us the title of your favourite play.
That’s a tough one. Probably Many Moons by Alice Birch.

Who is your theatrical inspiration?
Ian McKellen. Many others, but right now he stands out.

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

See above.

What’s your favourite school yard game?
British Bulldog is hard to resist. I also managed to get Pokémon Cards banned from my school. Oops.

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Meet the cast – Oliver Franks

Oliver Franks

Give us your full name and the character you are playing.
Oliver Franks playing Henry

Where in the world are you from?
The magical land of the Lake District

What was your first theatrical experience, either on stage or in the auditorium?
Our year 6 musical production of The Button Box – it wasn’t as good as it sounds.

What was your first experience of Lord of the Flies?
Stumbled upon the film while flicking through TV channels as a kid. Wasn’t what I expected.

What’s the event in the play that you’re most excited about discovering?
Oh definitely the bit where Simon… Well I don’t want to spoil it…

Who’s your favourite character, other than your own?
Roger, he seems like a sound guy (if a little bit scary)

Tell us the title of your favourite play.
Road by Jim Cartwright. It’s got my favourite scene from any piece of theatre or film. If you know the play you may know which bit I mean.

Who is your theatrical inspiration?
Frantic Assembly. After seeing their production of Beautiful Burnout I knew I wanted to pursue acting.

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

Ewan McGregor. ‘Nuff said.

What’s your favourite school yard game?
Block (like hide and seek but with much higher stakes)

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Meet the Cast – Denis Rai

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Give us your full name and the character you are playing.
Denis Rai – I’m playing the character Bill.

Where in the world are you from?
It’s a weird one for me. I was born in Hong Kong but I’m from Nepal originally however grew up in London.

What was your first theatrical experience, either on stage or in the auditorium?
I was only little, maybe 9 or 10 when I did a public speaking/speech in front of the whole school. Sort of like a talent competition. I just remembered my mind being blank but able to recite all the words with a strange tone of voice. I guess that’s when I realised what adrenaline felt like!

What was your first experience of Lord of the Flies?
I was in college and the year below me did a show based on the book. I remember vividly it being so loud and tiring.

What’s the event in the play that you’re most excited about discovering?
I think for me it would be the relationships built around the circumstances and how much of it changes. Good or bad!

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

Tell us the title of your favourite play.
Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake.

Who is your theatrical inspiration?
All the people I’ve ever shared the room with!

If you had to choose, who is your favourite actor?
The Rock. He reminds me of my dad!

What’s your favourite school yard game?
Cops and Robbers!

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Meet the Cast – Phoebe Stapleton

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Give us your full name and the character you are playing.
Phoebe Stapleton as Maurice

Where in the world are you from?
London

What was your first theatrical experience, either on stage or in the auditorium?
My primary schools nativity. I played ‘The Star’ and just stood at the back for the whole thing holding a cardboard star and smiling. Oscar winning.

What was your first experience of Lord of the Flies?
I read the book when I was young and built a den on top of my climbing frame, as if it was Ralph’s shelter. And my sister was ‘The Beast’. Obviously.

What’s the event in the play that you’re most excited about discovering?
* Spoiler Alert * The ending when the officer comes to the island. Experiencing that overwhelming feeling of ‘oh my god what have we done’.

Who’s your favourite character, other than your own?
SIMON! What a guy. I feel like we would be friends in real life.

Tell us the title of your favourite play.
‘Tis Pity she’s a whore’. Discovered it when I was 15 and trying to be a rebel.

Who is your theatrical inspiration?
Robert Wilson. I saw his production of Faust I und II. 4 hours of the most insane theatre. It felt like 30 seconds.

If you had to choose, who is your favourite actor?Anna Calder-Marshall. I saw her in LOVE at the National and have never been so moved by a performance. She’s incredible. If I could have like a little pinky’s worth of her talent I would die happy.

What’s your favourite school yard game?
…. I would make potions in my lunch box and throw them at the ‘witches’. AKA the bushes in the playground. Great game.

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Meet the Cast – Tessa Carmody

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What’s your name, where you come from and who do you play?
Tessa Carmody, Perth – Australia, Puck

What was your first theatrical experience, either on stage or in the auditorium?
The Nutcracker when I was about 3 years old – bright and scary and colourful and confusing and magical

What was your first experience of A Midsummer Night’s Dream?
Studying it in English class as a 13 year old, and totally thinking it was just a weird play about fairies who were angry for some reason

What’s the main part of the production or process that you’re most excited about discovering?
Just what this play will be in the hands of this particular group of people – Midsummer is done so often, but you never see two productions that are the same – what will it be with this cast and creative team? What will our collective interpretations look like?

Who’s your favourite character, other than your own?
Bottom. What an idiot.

What is your favourite play?
I can’t choose, there’s too many!

Who is your theatrical inspiration?
Same answer!

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

What’s your favourite colour?
Green

What’s the craziest dream you’ve ever had?
A recurring nightmare that I had when I was about 12. I was being chased by a werewolf on the way home from school, but we were just walking? And people – friends and their parents – were cheerfully waving to us like nothing was wrong. I was genuinely terrified.

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Meet the Cast – Bradley Frith

Bradley Frith

Give us your full name and the character you are playing.
My name is Bradley Frith and I am playing Gaveston

Where in the world are you from?
I live in a small village called Harrietsham, just outside Maidstone

What was your first theatrical experience, either on stage or in the auditorium?
Watching Doctor Dolittle. I can’t remember much about it other than the two headed llama and the doctor floating through the auditorium in a hot air balloon. It was amazing!

What was your first experience of Marlowe?
Doctor Faustus was my first Marlowe. I remember getting caught in class by the teacher reading it instead of doing revision. He rudely wouldn’t let me finish it. Is it any good?

What’s the event in the play that you’re most excited about discovering?
Getting murdered is always fun.

Who’s your favourite character, other than your own?
I love the Earl of Lancaster, he’s got such juicy dialogue! Great character!

Tell us the title of your favourite play.
Amadeus by Peter Shaffer. It’s a masterpiece.

Who is your theatrical inspiration?
Mark Rylance was one of the reasons I wanted to become an actor. Always teaches me how to play and find the truth.

If you had to choose, who is your favourite actor?
Tom Hollander and Nick Holder always seem like they could do anything. I love watching those guys play

What’s your favourite game show?
100% Decimate with Shane Richie! It’s gold!

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