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Meet the Cast – Max Kinder

MAx Kinder

What’s your name, where you come from and who do you play?
My name’s Max Kinder, I’m originally from Winchester and I’m playing Lysander.

What was your first theatrical experience, either on stage or in the auditorium?
I think my first theatrical experience was playing a cat in a primary school nativity production of Babushka. I don’t remember much except sitting at the edge of the stage and occasionally purring.

What was your first experience of A Midsummer Night’s Dream?
I remember reading a shorter, illustrated version that my parents got me when I was nine. Although I initially didn’t understand the entire plot, I loved all the fantasy elements and magical creatures.

What’s the main part of the production or process that you’re most excited about discovering?
It’s probably the puppetry work that we’ve been working on. I don’t think I can say too much about it for now, but they’re not your typical puppets and the interactions between puppets and actors is both visually awesome and utterly hilarious.

Who’s your favourite character, other than your own?
I really love Peter Quince. He’s always trying to keep his company together and produce his play to the best he can. Not easy when you’ve got Bottom trying to take control at each turn.

What is your favourite play?
Violence and Son by Gary Owen.

Who is your theatrical inspiration?
Right now, it’s Donald Glover. He’s created in so many different industries – acting, writing, music – and I respect anyone who’s able to tell stories and express themselves in diverse mediums.

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

What’s your favourite colour?
Yellow.

What’s the craziest dream you’ve ever had?
I once dreamt that I formed a band with Star Wars characters and played Blues Brothers songs. Nothing like Han Solo singing “Everybody Needs Somebody To Love”.

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Meet the Cast – Eli Caldwell

Eli Caldwell headshot

What’s your name, where you come from and who do you play?
Hi I’m Eli Caldwell, I’m from Ireland and I play Francis Flute and a Sprite!

What was your first theatrical experience, either on stage or in the auditorium?
I think my first theatrical experience of my whole life was when I acted as part of the ensemble of The King and I at the National Concert Hall in Dublin.

What was your first experience of A Midsummer Night’s Dream?
 I first heard it as a fairytale when I was very young and it completely enchanted me.

What’s the main part of the production or process that you’re most excited about discovering?
Because we’ve been doing such detailed text work: I’m exited to discover how our theatrical choices early on will inform the rest of the play.

Who’s your favourite character, other than your own?
Titania is my favourite character because she is daring, loyal, fierce, and strong.

What is your favourite play?
At the moment it’s a tie between ‘M. Butterfly’ by David Henry Hwang, and ‘A Raisin In The Sun’ by Lorraine Hansberry.

Who is your theatrical inspiration?
My first drama teacher.

If you had to choose, who is your favourite actor?
One of my favourite actors is Ruth Negga.

What’s your favourite colour?
Indigo.

What’s the craziest dream you’ve ever had?
I was effortlessly flying through the Grand Canyon, which was completely submerged in crystal blue water.

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Meet the Cast – John Slade

John Slade

What’s your name, where you come from and who do you play?
John Slade, I’m from Essex and I play Peter Quince.

What was your first theatrical experience, either on stage or in the auditorium?
Playing Joseph in the school nativity.

What was your first experience of A Midsummer Night’s Dream?
At secondary school. We did a production in the woods.

What’s the main part of the production or process that you’re most excited about discovering?
I want to know just what effect the love potion has on people and is it the same for everyone and does it behave differently on different people.

Who’s your favourite character, other than your own?
Puck. Tessa is perfect casting for it too and I can’t wait to see what she does.

What is your favourite play?
I recently saw ‘Things I Know To Be True’ by Andrew Bovell. Some big life lessons in that one.

Who is your theatrical inspiration?
Madonna. She’s the epitome of not worrying about what others think of her. I think we could all do with a good dose of that.

If you had to choose, who is your favourite actor?
Samantha Spiro. She’s such a talent. I missed her in ‘Lady windermere’s Fan’ though.

What’s your favourite colour?
Blue.

What’s the craziest dream you’ve ever had?
This dream still haunts me to this day. When I was a kid, I dreamt bees had built a nest inside my feet. What would Freud say about that?

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Meet the Cast – Stephen Emery

Stepehen Emery

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

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

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

What was your first experience of Marlowe?
Performing in Tamburlaine the Great with Lazarus in 2015.

What’s the event in the play that you’re most excited about discovering?
The Death of Edward.

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

Tell us the title of your favourite play.
No Exit.

Who is your theatrical inspiration?
Stephen Sondheim.

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

What’s your favourite game show?
Krypton Factor.

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February 20th Photo of the Day

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The Caucasian Chalk Circle Rehearsal photo taken by Adam Trigg
Brockley Jack Theatre 23rd February – 12th March , 2016

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Caucasian Chalk Circle

In the days leading up to Opening and Press Nights for our production of Bertolt Brecht’s The Caucasian Chalk Circle at the the Brockley Jack we’re going to be showing you behind the scenes in the rehearsal room in our Photos of the Day, and our 60 Second – Meet the Cast posts.12657995_1012593092141578_5110253785933362312_o
The Caucasian Chalk Circle Rehearsal photo taken by Adam Trigg
Brockley Jack Theatre 23rd February – 12th March, 2016

 

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Henry V

We are deeply saddened to announce that due to a serious road incident involving our Director, we have taken the very difficult decision to postpone our forthcoming production of Henry V.

We want to thank everyone for their support and we look forward to sharing our all-female Henry V shortly.

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