Meet the Cast – Saskia Vaigncourt-Strallen

Saskia Vaigncourt-Strallen

What’s your name, where you come from and who do you play?
My name is Saskia. I’m from Twickenham, Middlesex and I’m playing Helena.

What was your first theatrical experience, either on stage or in the auditorium?
My first experience on stage was in Richmond pantomime age 5!

What was your first experience of A Midsummer Night’s Dream?
My first experience of the play was in secondary school. My first real understanding of it was when I re-read it around age 15.

What’s the main part of the production or process that you’re most excited about discovering?
It’s become clear very quickly that as a company, we’re particularly interested in the darker side of the play, discovering where the comedy is or in fact isn’t for some of the characters. I’m also excited to find out what’s really happening in Helena and Demetrius’s relationship.

Who’s your favourite character, other than your own?
I love Peter Quince!

What is your favourite play?
As You Like It.

Who is your theatrical inspiration?
All other actors who have the courage to be up there.

If you had to choose, who is your favourite actor?
If I had to… Dame Judi Dench. Her stillness and focus is incomparable.

What’s your favourite colour?
Light Pink

What’s the craziest dream you’ve ever had?
Craziest would have to be when I was walking through a big green field with all the people I’ve ever met in my life! Crazy!

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Meet the Cast – David Clayton

David Clayton

What’s your name, where you come from and who do you play?
David Clayton, born in Germany and I am playing Bottom!

What was your first theatrical experience, either on stage or in the auditorium?
When I was in primary school I was one of the Shepard’s in the school nativity and I vomited all over Jesus’ crib.

What was your first experience of A Midsummer Night’s Dream?
My first ever experience was reading it and studying it in English Lit class way back in Secondary school. Have seen some fantastic productions of it since!

What’s the main part of the production or process that you’re most excited about discovering?
I’m really looking forward to the Mechanicals’ play within the play. I don’t know what Ricky has planned but I know it will be explosive, hilarious and a lot of fun for both us and the audience.

Who’s your favourite character, other than your own?
Peter Quince, I absolutely love the banter Bottom has with him. Very much looking forward to being on stage with Mr. Slade again!

What is your favourite play?
This changes all the time but it is usually something by Philip Ridley. A tie between The Fastest Clock in the Universe and Mercry Fur, fantastic stories, world and characters.

Who is your theatrical inspiration?
I’ll go for Philip Ridley again! I love his work, I think his plays are challenging and entertaining. I’ve also heard that he’s just a really lovely guy as well!

If you had to choose, who is your favourite actor?
A very difficult question as it’s impossible to compare so many different people and performances. If I had to pick I think I’d say Gemma Whealan, I saw her do an amazing one woman show in Edinburgh and was absolutely blown away by her skill – to keep an audience enthralled for an hour and a half all by yourself is such a mammoth task; one which she pulled of perfectly.

What’s your favourite colour?
Leopard Print

What’s the craziest dream you’ve ever had?
I’ve had far too many to pick just one! During rehearsals I dreamt I was the goal-keeper for England and did really well right up until the last minute when I conceded resulting in a 1-0 defeat in the world cup. Everyone throughout the country was extremely upset with me and I thought it very unfair.

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Meet the Cast – Elham Mayoub

Elham Mahyoub

What’s your name, where you come from and who do you play?
My name is Elham Mahyoub, originally from Yemen but I grew up in Manchester. I play Hermia.

What was your first theatrical experience, either on stage or in the auditorium?
I remember in primary school I watched the nativity play and I remember just wanting to join in.

What was your first experience of A Midsummer Night’s Dream?
I first saw the play at college, and I remember not understanding much but still watching because it had glitter and beautiful bright colours.

What’s the main part of the production or process that you’re most excited about discovering?
The most exciting part for me, is really getting to understand and explore the play in a deeper level. I feel like I had a perception of what the play is about but I’m already discovering there’s so much more that hadn’t even crossed my mind.

Who’s your favourite character, other than your own?
I love bottom. He’s just so funny.

What is your favourite play?
Much Ado About Nothing.

Who is your theatrical inspiration?
Anne-Marie Duff

If you had to choose, who is your favourite actor?
Daniel day Lewis.

What’s your favourite colour?
Red.

What’s the craziest dream you’ve ever had?
That I lost all my teeth.

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Meet the Cast – Calvin Crawley

Calvin Crawley

Give us your full name and the character you are playing.
My name is Calvin Crawley, and I am playing Eric

Where in the world are you from?
I’m from Jersey, which is one of the Channel Islands

What was your first theatrical experience, either on stage or in the auditorium?
I think it was being one of the pickpockets in a school production of Oliver when I was in year 3? All I can remember is I had a long scarf.

What was your first experience of Lord of the Flies?
 I studied it for GCSE, and had a very good teacher for it. I can still remember some quotes that I had to analyse in the novel.

What’s the event in the play that you’re most excited about discovering?
 Seeing how we are going to kill Simon. And asking how do you perform such a frenzy, whilst also doing it as safely as possible.

Who’s your favourite character, other than your own?
It changes, but currently I’d say it’s Roger.

Tell us the title of your favourite play.
Hamlet

Who is your theatrical inspiration?
 David Tennant. He has such an energy and clear love for the work he does.

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

What’s your favourite school yard game?
Bulldog. I definitely think it’s very apt for this production as well.

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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 Mill Hill in North London, although my family originate from Eastern Europe. Further back than I have been alive.

What was your first theatrical experience, either on stage or in the auditorium?
Playing Father Christmas in a primary school Winter production and having to be carried off stage by the teacher because I needed a wee.

What was your first experience of Lord of the Flies?
Reading the book at secondary school.

What’s the event in the play that you’re most excited about discovering?
Simon’s epileptic fit.

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

Tell us the title of your favourite play.
Many Moons.

Who is your theatrical inspiration?
My Dad. He’s a librarian, not an actor – but an incredible storyteller.

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

What’s your favourite school yard game?
British Bulldog.

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Meet the Cast – James Russell-Morley

James Morley

Give us your full name and the character you are playing.
I’m James Russell-Morley and I’m playing Henry.

Where in the world are you from?
I was born and grew up in Norwich, Norfolk.

What was your first theatrical experience, either on stage or in the auditorium?
I think my first proper trip to the theatre was seeing the Christmas panto as a seven year old!

What was your first experience of Lord of the Flies?
I had heard of the novel and was aware it had numerous adaptations but had no meaningful experience of Lord of the Flies until this project. It’s something I’ve always wanted to read/work on so I was very excited to get in the rehearsal room!

What’s the event in the play that you’re most excited about discovering?
I can’t wait to create our “island” and its different parts and see how we end up sharing this with an audience.

Who’s your favourite character, other than your own?
I love Roger. He’s bad.

Tell us the title of your favourite play.
Twelfth Night

Who is your theatrical inspiration?
Anyone who creates something that leaves me wanting more…

If you had to choose, who is your favourite actor?
I was obsessed with Idris Elba as Luther.

What’s your favourite school yard game?
 Sorry to be boring but it’s got to be football. I think I probably played every day of my school life!

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Meet the Cast – Georgina Barley

Gerogina Barley

Give us your full name and the character you are playing.
My name is Georgina Barley, I am playing Roger.

Where in the world are you from?
A tiny country town in rural Victoria, Australia.

What was your first theatrical experience, either on stage or in the auditorium?
I played the Virgin Mary in my kindergarten’s nativity play – the first in a winning streak of Virgin Mary depictions throughout my pre-teen years.

What was your first experience of Lord of the Flies?
The Simpsons version, to be honest!

What’s the event in the play that you’re most excited about discovering?
All the tribal dancing around killing the pig, especially just before Simon is killed – how far are we going to push it?

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

Tell us the title of your favourite play.
“Going Dark” (Hattie Naylor with Sound&Fury)

Who is your theatrical inspiration?
Andrew Scott

If you had to choose, who is your favourite actor?
Andrew Scott, of course!

What’s your favourite school yard game?
Poison ball.

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