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Meet the Cast – Lucy Ioannou

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Give us your full name and the character you are playing.
Lucy Ioannou and I am playing Percival.

Where in the world are you from?
All over. I spent my earlier years growing up in California, and have been back and forth between America, Scotland, North Yorkshire, Cornwall and am now currently based in London.

What was your first theatrical experience, either on stage or in the auditorium?
In primary school, age 6, I played the role of Mary Poppins. At the end of the ‘supercalifragilisticexpialidocious’ dance I had spun Bert around a little too forcefully, causing him to nearly go flying off of the edge of the stage. Luckily he didn’t, but instead crashed in to Mrs Banks and knocked her over. Not my proudest moment.

What was your first experience of Lord of the Flies?
This actually. I had heard of the book when I was younger but never got around to reading it.

What’s the event in the play that you’re most excited about discovering?
The death of Simon (sorry, spoiler!). It seems to be the first moment in the play in which every character succumbs to their innate animalistic instinct for survival which, in turn, drives them to do the unthinkable. I’m really excited to explore the physicality of this event.

Who’s your favourite character, other than your own?
Jack, because of course it makes complete sense that a choir prefect is also a natural-born hunter.

Tell us the title of your favourite play.
History Boys by Alan Bennett.

Who is your theatrical inspiration?
Anne-Marie Duff. She was set on acting from a very early age and she persisted not matter what got in her way. She is also one of the few actors, of whom I am aware, who entered public consciousness through screen but has chosen to stick to her passion of performing in theatre. I admire her greatly. Plus she is brutally honest and is never apologetic about it: she once stormed out of an interview stating “Well thank you very much. You’ve made me feel like shit”.

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

Well that is just an unfair question, but I’m being forced to pick one I would have to say Gary Oldman.

What’s your favourite school yard game?
Sleeping lions. I was a master at that game.

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Meet the Cast – David Angland

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Give us your full name and the character you are playing.
David Angland-Eric

Where in the world are you from?
Essex

What was your first theatrical experience, either on stage or in the auditorium?Playing chicken little in reception and my teacher gave me her mini cheddars as a prop-I was supposed to pretend to eat them but I really did-a 5 year old method actor.

What was your first experience of Lord of the Flies?
First time I saw lord of the Flies was at Regents Parks Open Air Theatre it was an amazing production that made me want to be in the play and now I am

What’s the event in the play that you’re most excited about discovering?
I’m excited about discovering what the beast and the island mean to Eric and how he copes and the shift in his internal and external state; along with his relationship with his twin Sam.

Who’s your favourite character, other than your own?
Piggy. I feel sorry for him but admire his hidden strength.

Tell us the title of your favourite play.
Hangmen by Martin Mcdonnagh.

Who is your theatrical inspiration?
Mark Brignal actor/drama technician at my sixth form who encouraged me to keep going and do what I wanted.

If you had to choose, who is your favourite actor?
Currently Paapa Essiedu.

What’s your favourite school yard game?
Take down bulldog

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Meet the Cast – Max Kinder

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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

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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

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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

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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?
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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