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Playbox Theatre Alumni are in highly visible roles across the arts spectrum from theatre, film and television to circus, administration and public relations. We thought you may like to meet a few of our alumni – highly valued and still maintaining strong links with the company.

Whilst many of our alumni pursue arts careers, a large number credit the skills, confidence and open-mindedness they acquired through working with Playbox Theatre for their significant success in a vast range of future employment.

Were you once a part of Playbox Theatre? We love to stay in touch with our magnificent Alumni and hear what you are doing, whether you’ve followed an arts career or not! Please email your news, biogs and photos to info@playboxtheatre.com and keep us in the picture.

You might also like to find our Playbox Alumni page on Facebook, so that you can stay in touch with past members even more regularly. Just send us a request and let us know which Playbox Centre you attended, and when, and we’ll welcome you with open arms!

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Our Alumni

Sophie Turner

Warwick 2000-2013

Sophie Turner
Warwick 2000-2013

Sophie joined Playbox Theatre aged 3 and was a superb member of our theatre and circus departments, taking a number of roles in a range of productions. She landed the coveted role of Sansa Stark in Game of Thrones whilst still at Playbox Theatre.

In addition to Game of Thrones Sophie has also starred in: Barely Lethal – an action comedy starring Hailee Steinfeld and Samuel L. Jackson; Alone – an indi drama starring Ray Liotta. Mary Shelley’s Monster – a gothic telling of how Mary Shelley came to write Frankenstein; X-Men Apocalypse and X-Men: Dark Phoenix in which she plays the young Jean Grey.

Sophie became Ambassador for Playbox Theatre in 2014.

Tom Ball

Kenilworth 1994-2010

Tom Ball
Kenilworth 1994-2010

Tom was 3 years old when he joined our Early Stagers programme in Kenilworth. He grew to shine across our many departments, excelling as an actor, musical theatre performer and circus artist. Tom led many Playbox companies in the UK and USA, memorable performances include Treasure Island, Monkey, Wizard of Oz, Hair, The Fallen, Princess of Mars and Realms.

Tom could have followed many paths but when offered a place at National Centre for Circus Arts,​ the Circus and Physical Theatre route won! Whilst training Tom and a small group of fellow students created the ground-breaking circus troupe Silver Linings. Through Silver Linings Tom is able to enjoy using his extensive skills, not just circus but also singing, acting and music. So far Silver Linings have performed a highly acclaimed sell out debut show at Jacksons Lane, performances in the Bowler Hat as part of the City of London Festival, a sell-out run at CircusFest 2014 and performed in the Great Yarmouth Hippodrome as part of Out There Festival. We are delighted to be a regular host venue for their work and pleased that Tom remains an Associate Artist of the company, frequently leading circus masterclasses and holiday courses.

Emma Bentley

Chipping Campden, Stratford 2005-2011

Emma Bentley
Chipping Campden, Stratford 2005-2011

Emma Bentley is an actor and writer.

In 2015 Emma co-wrote and starred in her debut solo show To She or Not to She for which she was heralded as ‘warm and sparklingly funny’ by the Scotsman and received the Special Commendation for Solo Performance from NSDF. The show subsequently toured across the UK in venues including the Lyric Hammersmith, Arts Theatre Westend, Guildfords’ Yvonne Arnaud Theatre and the Oxford Playhouse. She is currently developing the show into a short film with SeeGold Productions.

In 2018 Jou Le Genre, Emma returned to the Edinburgh Festival with a new show about homelessness called What Goes on in Front of Closed Doors.

As a member of the all-female Shakespeare Company, Smooth Faced Gentleman, Emma performed in Macbeth at the Greenwich Theatre and Othello on their UK tour. Emma trained at The Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts and has been a member of the Soho Theatre Young Company since 2015. She has recently finished their Writer’s Lab, where she developed her first full length play, Safeguarding and Boundaries.

Emma has recently been shooting several commercials and appeared in Nest, a new show for babies under one.

Nikki Cross

Bristol 1997-2002

Nikki Cross
Bristol 1997-2002

Nikki was a founding member of Bristol Playbox which opened in 1997 and has worked for Playbox Theatre at The Dream Factory since 2003. During that time, she has turned her hand to everything from administration and design, to performing for and working with children. She toured with the company to Japan in 2006.

Outside of Playbox, she pursues her passion for theatre and performing, and can regularly be seen on stage across Warwickshire.

Recent theatre credits include: Beatrice – A View From The Bridge, Crystal – Little Shop of Horrors for Rugby Theatre. Rumpleteazer – CATS, Elle Woods – Legally Blonde, Lina Lamont – Singin’ In The Rain, Babe – The Pajama Game, Lily St Regis – Annie, Kate – Oklahoma! for Leamington & Warwick Musical Society. Gussie Carnegie – Merrily We Roll Along, Louise/Gypsy Rose Lee – Gypsy, Beggar Woman – Sweeney Todd, Audrey – Little Shop of Horrors, Bonnie – Godspell, Ghost of Christmas Past – Scrooge for The Loft Theatre Company. Estelle – The Full Monty, Debs – Boogie Nights, Angie/Cyndi Lauper Impersonator – The Wedding Singer for Spa Theatre Company. Red – Red Riding Hood, Princess Melanie – Humpty Dumpty, Audrey – Little Shop of Horrors for Talisman Theatre. Jeanie – HAIR for Playbox Theatre. She also appears as Izzy the dairymaid on the concept album recording of Tess – The Musical.

Nikki is represented by RED Talent Management and is now credited as Nelle Cross. For more information visit www.nellecross.com.

Leo Bill

Leamington 1990-1998

Leo Bill
Leamington 1990-1998

Leo was an active member of Leamington Playbox, appearing in many productions.

Since graduating from RADA in 2001, Leo has been consistently in work both on stage and on screen. Highlights of his career include Alice In Wonderland (2010), 28 Days Later… (2002), The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (2011), In Fabric (2018), and most recently Rare Beasts (2019) directed by Billie Piper.

Television credits include The White Queen (2013),Taboo (2017), Strike (2017).

Leo is also a writer and director and currently working on a short film Abigail and Martin for Canal +.

 

Ellie Cahill

Warwick 2000-2007

Ellie Cahill
Warwick 2000-2007

Ellie is a casting agent, she looks after a whole host of interesting people including writers, actors, comedians and presenters. Most recently she’s had clients in The Mousetrap on the West End, Black Mirror, EastEnders, numerous feature films including The Darkest Hour and Paddington 2, as well as clients on Strictly!

Ellie was a member of Playbox from 2000 – 2007 and initially wanted to pursue her dream of becoming an actor. However, working at the Edinburgh festival introduced her to a number of comedians and comedy agents and lead to a job on reception at Avalon management in 2011, and she’s never looked back! Since then she’s worked for Dawn Sedgwick Management who look after Simon Pegg and Catherine Tate, as well as having a number of roles at Avalon.  In 2015 she became their in house Casting Agent looking after the acting work for clients including Russell Howard and Greg Davies and some fantastic up and coming comics. In January 2017 Ellie joined Noel Gay to setup her own list of clients.

Ellie currently works for The Galton Agency under DLT Management.

Ralph Davis

Warwick, 1998-2014

Ralph Davis
Warwick, 1998-2014

Ralph started Playbox whilst he was still in nappies. Having made his debut as an oompa loompa in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, he went on to appear in many shows at the Dream Factory, including playing Dave in Dave’s Amazing Trainers, Shere Khan in The Jungle Book and touring to LA with The Fallen.

Ralph went straight to RADA from school and recently graduated. Whilst there he played leads in A Little Night Music and The Winter’s Tale. He left early to play Edmund in King Lear at the Globe and appeared on BBC Radio 4 in The Good Terrorist. He most recently appeared as George in Strange Orchestra directed by Annie Tyson.

Lucy Doyle

Warwick 2011-2015

Lucy Doyle
Warwick 2011-2015

Lucy was a member of Playbox Theatre for many years, before successfully achieving a place on the 3 yr acting course at RADA. Lucy was awarded the prestigious Carlton Hobbs Award (Radio) and went straight from RADA into a 12 month contract with BBC, as a member of their REP Company. Since then, Lucy has most recently appeared alongside Vanessa Redgrave as Muriel Gardner in Vienna 1934-Munich 1938 at Theatre Royal Bath.

Some of Lucy’s pivotal roles during her training at RADA include: Rosalind in As You Like It; Helen Of Troy in The Trojan Women; Prospero in The Tempest.

During her time at Playbox Theatre, Lucy gave us many joyful and memorable performances, including Mary in The Mysteries (RSC and Dream Factory) and the Title Role in Sleeping Beauty for Christmas 2012. Lucy was a member of Playbox Theatre in Warwick; Playbox Professionals; Shakespeare Young Company.

Hannah Elsy

Kenilworth 1997-2011

Hannah Elsy
Kenilworth 1997-2011

Hannah joined Playbox aged four and trained there for 14 years. She performed in many productions, including shows with the SYC, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Wall, Alice in Wonderland and Cinderella.

Hannah is now a producer and general manager. She has developed and produced original musical The Quentin Dentin Show, which has played Off West End at the Arts Theatre and the Tristan Bates Theatre. It has also played at the National Theatre Studio, Rich Mix and the Edinburgh Fringe. She has developed musicals for VAULT Festival and the Bristol Shakespeare Festival. As General Manager, Hannah has just finished work on a musical at Sadler’s Wells. She has trained on the Stage One New Producer’s workshop and with the National Theatre Young Studio.

Dan Farrell

Kenilworth 1996-2005

Dan Farrell
Kenilworth 1996-2005

Dan was only 10 when he joined Playbox Theatre and was an important part of both the Theatre and Musical Theatre Departments. He appeared in a huge number of productions for Playbox in both the UK and USA, including

Cabaret, Believers, Peter Pan, Henry IV, Trelawny and The Revenger’s Tragedy.

Dan is now a full-time director for his own company, Sparks, which delivers filmmaking workshops in schools and in extracurricular settings for young people aged 4-19. With support from Film London, Sparks hosted its first short film festival in October 2015 (housed in an interactive haunted house), and Dan and his business partner wrote their first book: The Movie Making Book, which was published in 2017.

Dan is also chairman of the board of trustees for Drunken Chorus, a charity that produces theatre in outreach settings.

Calum Finlay

Kenilworth 2002-2010

Calum Finlay
Kenilworth 2002-2010

Since graduating from LAMDA (July 2012) Calum has performed with The National Theatre (Prince of Denmark); RSC (Jubilee, Macbeth, Merry Wives of Windsor, The Mouse and His Child); Manchester Royal Exchange (Too Clever By Half, The Ghost Train); Birmingham REP (Tartuffe); National Theatre of Scotland (Dunsinane International Tour); and on BBC’s Holby City. He has also worked with Told By An Idiot, a company whose physical approach to theatre draws on variety of sources including Commedia dell’Arte and Jacque Le Coq.

Calum has most recently appeared in The West End (Switzerland); Almeida Theatre (Mary Stuart; Hamlet); then go back to all of the stuff on his biog that begins with National Theatre etc.

Calum’s recent screen credits include the title role in film Bates Of The Amazon, as well as playing Lysander for CBeebies’ A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and numerous appearances on Holby City.

Calum is a regular guest director at Playbox Theatre and specialises in theatre and screen acting.

George Fletcher

Stratford 1997-2013

George Fletcher
Stratford 1997-2013

George Fletcher is an actor and director. He began his training at Playbox Theatre at the age of three. He performed in numerous productions with the company including work with SYC, Secret Theatre, Studio productions and toured to Edinburgh and LA with The Fallen.

He has run workshops for the company in addition to working on the Shakespeare’s Schools Festival and directing productions at Henley High and working back stage at the RSC. He left Playbox to train at Royal Welsh School of Music and Drama, graduating in 2016.

Following his graduation, George has been busy on stage appearing in Frankenstein (2016 & 2017) at the Watermill Theatre, Tell Sad Stories of the Death of Queens (2018) at the Kings Head Theatre. Television credits include: Call The Midwife (2016) and Eastenders (2019)

George also works as a script reader and dramaturg.

Stuart Goldsmith

Kenilworth 1988-1995

Stuart Goldsmith
Kenilworth 1988-1995

Stuart was a Playbox Member for 7 years at our Kenilworth centre and was central to many productions. Since leaving Playbox, Stuart has carved out a well-respected comedic career on stage and screen. In 2010 Stuart’s Edinburgh show Stuart Goldsmith: The Reasonable Man received positive reviews, as did his follow-up 2011 tour Another Lovely Crisis. In 2012 Stuart launched a podcast – The Comedian’s Comedian with Stuart Goldsmith – where in each episode he interviews a comedian about how they approach their profession. The podcast currently has around 250 episodes, featuring interviews with comedians such as Russel Brand, Jimmy Carr and Stuart Lee. Stuart received positive reviews for his 2014 and 2015 Edinburgh shows, Extra Life, and An Hour, respectively. He is currently touring his stand-up show, Like I Mean It nationally.

Lydia Harper

Banbury 2002-2010

Lydia Harper
Banbury 2002-2010

She started acting with Playbox when sessions opened in Banbury in 2002, and over the next 8 years became an active member in the company. Following her Playbox debut in The Little Mermaid, she performed in numerous productions including the LA tour of Monkey – Journey to the West and the Edinburgh run of The Fallen.

Playbox is where Lydia first tried Circus Arts and after working on RED, Lunar Lakes and Realms, she went on to build a career from it.

Lydia trained at the National Centre for Circus Arts and after graduating was a founding member of Silver Lining; an energetic, honest and fun contemporary circus company.

In 2015 Lydia joined Cirque du Soleil as part of the creation and original cast for TORUK – The First Flight, and has been touring internationally ever since.

Neil Hancock

Warwick 2002-2008

Neil Hancock
Warwick 2002-2008

Neil has recently appeared in ITV drama, Prime Suspect 1973 (2017).

Edmund Kingsley

Stratford 1987-2000

Edmund Kingsley
Stratford 1987-2000

Edmund was a member of our Stratford centre from the age of 5 and worked with us until he gained a place at RADA. Edmund played Prince Hal in Henry IV, the first Shakespeare to be staged at The Dream Factory shortly after it opened.

Over the next few months Edmund will be appearing in the BBC three-part series Life in Squares, about the lives and loves of the Bloomsbury group playing John Maynard Keynes, and in the new ITV series Jekyll & Hyde. His most recent feature film appearances include Stonehearst Asylum, Capsule and The Carrier and Tomorrow are all out this year.

Lilit Lesser

Stratford, 2006-2014

Lilit Lesser
Stratford, 2006-2014

My name is Lilit and I’m a multilingual actor. Playbox is and was and always will be where all began! It was where the passion and learning began, that continues today. I think of it, and of the people who make it the wonder that it is, with inexpressible love and gratitude.

Post Playbox… I worked a lot with the National Youth Theatre, then (having learned of it through Playbox) went to Paris to do a life-changingly wonderful workshop in French at the Ecole de Théâtre de Jacques Lecoq. Following much auditioning/rejection-ing, during which time I explored my passion for languages and trapeze, and translated a play into Spanish, I moved to London and begun to work…

I played the pioneering mathematician Ada Byron Lovelace in ITV’s The Frankenstein Chronicles, with Sean Bean. I was then the lead in a lovely short film for Channel 4, and then went straight from Slough to Budapest — a tiny, but lovely, part in an American series for Paramount called The Alienist.

After that came a wonderful bit of theatre: an absurdist/satirical/political comedy by Marcelo dos Santos at the Shoreditch Town Hall in east London. Then straight off the stage to rise at 5am to go and eat meringues and be nasty while wearing a feathery turban, as you do, in ITV’s Vanity Fair.

I’m also currently in the year 1968, playing a secretary with secrets…wearing itchy wool suits and jumping on men in graveyards. I wouldn’t change a thing.

As I start to get work, (after lots and lots and LOTS of rejections, as is the way!) I very often think of Playbox, and that magical and inspiring creativity that I was lucky enough to have access to then. It continues to support me now as I learn more and more. I learnt to always see yourself as a collaborator, nothing more and certainly nothing less, to speak up and fight your corner, to be honest and brave and always kind. And if you work in Budapest, never let having to wear a corset stop you eating a LOT of delicious Hungarian pancakes.

Alice Lowe

Kenilworth 1987-1993

Alice Lowe
Kenilworth 1987-1993

Alice was a member of Kenilworth Playbox before going to Cambridge where she became involved with the Footlights Society.

Alice has worked in TV and Film with credits including: The IT Crowd, Horrible Histories, The Mighty Boosh, Paddington, Black Mirror:Bandersnatched, Harry & Paul, Little Britain, and any more.

She also wrote, directed, and starred in the dark comedy Prevenge (2016), about a pregnant woman on a killing spree, and wrote and starred in the 2012 film Sightseers, about a couple who travel around the country in a caravan.

Her latest project Timestalker is currently in production, with Alice writing, starring and directing.

Spesh Maloney

Kenilworth 1994-2000

Spesh Maloney
Kenilworth 1994-2000

Spesh joined Playbox Theatre in Kenilworth aged 14 and was part of the central team to take ownership of The Dream Factory. As well as appearing in many productions as a member, in his professional career he has composed a number of scores for the company including One Day In The Future, Winnie The Pooh and Circ Chicane.

Spesh is a theatre and film composer for a number of companies including the BBC, RSC and Shakespeare’s Globe. As a musician he has toured internationally, performed in West End shows and has gigged with bands and big names across London, at Glastonbury Festival, around the UK & Europe. Spesh trained at the Royal College of Music and is currently composing the music for his third feature film alongside being a regular sound designer for the RSC.

Chris McGill

Kenilworth 1986-2001

Chris McGill
Kenilworth 1986-2001

Chris was a founding member of Playbox Theatre joining the company in 1986 and playing a huge role in the company’s development during its formative years. He appeared in a range of productions including The Servant of Two Masters, Henry IV, Reynard The Fox and took the title role in Dr Faustus at The Dream Factory, before commencing training at LAMDA.

Following several years of success as an actor appearing in a number of companies including RSC, West Yorkshire Playhouse and Shakespeare’s Globe, Chris founded Dusthouse – a British film production company creating unique work for the international theatre and performing arts industries. Some of Dusthouse’s recent clients include Nottingham Playhouse, RSC, Shakespeare’s Globe, Sonia Friedman Productions and a number of West End theatres.

Josh McGuire

Warwick 1997-2008

Josh McGuire
Warwick 1997-2008

Josh was 8 when he joined Playbox Theatre in Warwick in the days before The Dream Factory. He took the title role in The Ancient Mariner, Playbox Theatre’s first Young Production Company creation and went on to play pivotal roles with Playbox for many years including Mowgli in The Jungle Book, Michael in Peter Pan, Clifford Bradshaw in Cabaret and the title role in Richard III.

After graduating from RADA Josh has been consistently in work both on stage and on screen. Highlights of his career include Posh (Royal Court Theatre), Amadeus (Chichester Festival Theatre), The Magistrate (National Theatre) and The Ruling Class (Trafalgar Studios). Televisions credits include The Hour, Scrotal Recall, Misfits, Eastenders: E20 and Love, Nina.

Charlotte Merriam

Solihull 1998-2012

Charlotte Merriam
Solihull 1998-2012

Charlotte’s Playbox career began aged 5 and she grew to become one of the company’s most significant members to date. She created memorable performances across a range of productions including Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Jungle Book and Beauty and The Beast.

Charlotte is now graduating after studying Theatre at Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and is pictured as Perdita in their production of The Winter’s Tale directed by Joe Murphy. Her final showcase saw her performing the coveted title role in Electra and she leaves her three-year training signed to one of the world’s top industry agents.

Ed Miller

Kenilworth 1997-2007

Ed Miller
Kenilworth 1997-2007

Edward was a member of Kenilworth Playbox Theatre for many years and central to a huge number of productions including The Wall, His Dark Materials, Richard III, he was also one of a small number of senior members to be selected to represent the company on tour in Japan. Through Playbox, Ed learned the philosophy that with enough determination, ‘energy, enthusiasm and passion’ you can achieve your greatest aspirations.

Ed started his first company specialising in ‘interactive photography’ whilst studying for a degree in Philosophy and Psychology where some of his clients included Vogue, NHS and the RSC. In 2014 he created the first news narrative documentary for the reality headset ’The Oculus Rift’. His film was featured in the Independent and Financial Times. He is now Head of Visual for the ground-breaking company Immersively. He also co-founded a company called Medical Realities which uses new technology such as virtual and augmented reality to bring first class surgical training to anybody, anywhere in the world.

Hazel Mills

Bristol 1999-2002

Hazel Mills
Bristol 1999-2002

Hazel Mills is a Bristol based pianist/vocalist and songwriter. Currently on tour with Florence and The Machine, Hazel has carved out a musical career by incorporating her Classical roots and affinity for 1960s American minimalism with her pop sensibilities and love of analog synths. A member of Bristol Playbox Theatre from 1999 to 2002 (staring in three productions by playwright/screenwriter Laura Wade) and touring member of pioneering puppeteers,  The Paper Cinema, Hazel’s early background in theatre and love of classic horror/sci-fi movies has fuelled her passion for the visual side of musical performance. 

She has toured the globe with artists across multiple genres, such as BirdyGoldfrapp, and The Will Gregory Moog Ensemble. Alongside her touring commitments, Hazel is currently writing forthcoming material for a new project Violaine, with her long-term collaborator and producer/musician TJ Allen (Bat For Lashes, Portishead, Charlotte Hatherley). Incorporating elements from both her early solo works and former post-punk band Adding Machine, the duo also draw influence from 80s synth pop, and French-influenced piano music such as that of film composer Ryuichi Sakamoto (Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence, The Revenant). 

Website: www.hazelmills.com

Twitter: www.twitter.com/hazelmills

Instagram: www.instagram.com/hazelmills

FB: www.facebook.com/hazelmillsmusic

SC: www.soundcloud.com/hazel-mills

Máirín O’ Hagan

Kenilworth 1998-2008

Máirín O’ Hagan
Kenilworth 1998-2008

After leaving Playbox, Máirín read English at Cambridge University, where she was president of the Marlowe Society and wrote and performed for the Cambridge Footlights. She wrote several plays and musicals there, including Bereavement: The Musical which was nominated for Best New Musical and Best Lyrics at the Musical Theatre Matters awards in Edinburgh. She went on to complete an MA in Acting at East 15 Acting School.

Since then Máirín has worked as an actor, writer, producer and director. She runs two companies: Queynte Laydies is a writing partnership with Sarah Anson, producing exciting stories which refocus on women’s role in history. Their play Marge and Jules, about medieval mystics Margery Kempe and Julian of Norwich has been performed throughout Europe since 2014. It is heading to Cardiff in late 2017, and Oxford early the following year. Their verse history Lady Percy responds to Shakespeare’s Henry IVs, looking at the female, Northern and Celtic sides of the rebellion against the king. It had its first outing in Covent Garden last year and Queynte Laydies are incredibly excited about its future development. Queynte Laydies have strong links with British and Swiss universities and Máirín performs and translates Early Modern Latin and English drama for university conferences, as well as presenting lectures and workshops.

Máirín set up Barefaced Greek, a film production company specialising in short films using ancient Greek drama text in the original language. BFG’s first collection of films has just been shown in an exhibition at the V&A museum (New Films, Old Drama), including a Lysistrata filmed early this year inspired by the Women’s Marches that took place across the world. BFG have some new releases to follow shortly, and an exciting shooting schedule for 2018, including some incredible, yet-to-be-announced, worldwide locations. The films aim at making Classics more accessible to all, so that anyone with an interest in Greek drama can hear a short, pithy taster of the original language. They are available to watch on Youtube or on the BFG website.

More recent acting work includes the film Kin which has just returned from the Cannes short festival and is now playing in London. Máirín is currently touring Canada performing in the musical The Foreclosure Follies with the Live Canon Ensemble, which heads to Broadway next before returning to London and Oxford. As a writer, Máirín is represented by Independent talent, and is currently developing for two sitcoms and some drama work for television.

Luka Owen

Warwick 2001-2013

Luka Owen
Warwick 2001-2013

After Playbox, I went to Laban Conservatoire of Dance for three years. Since then, I have worked with lots of difference dance theatre companies, including C-12, Highly Sprung, Jolvyann and Motionhouse.

I’ve been lucky enough to work on some large scale outdoor works, including The Voyage and Godiva Awakes, as part of the Olympics.

I have also worked for Coventry based company Imagineer and Circus Vogue, doing more aerial work.

I’m so happy I am still using skills I obtained at Playbox!

View Luka’s showreel to see demonstrations of her work.

Simon Pollard

Kenilworth 1999-2005

Simon Pollard
Kenilworth 1999-2005

Simon is a bit of a theatrical jack-of-all-trades based in London. Mainly he’s a director. But he does other things too. Like dramaturging and facilitating. He’s spent the past few years working on Billy Elliot The Musical, first as Resident Director of the West End production, currently as Associate Director of the UK and Ireland Tour, and soon to be International Associate Director of two new productions in Japan and South Korea in 2017. Other projects include co-directing Throwback with Paulette Randall for circus company Silver Lining at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

In 2012 he was the runner-up for the JMK Award, with his proposal for a revival of John Cameron Mitchell’s Hedwig and the Angry Inch. He occasionally runs a theatre company called Rebel Theatre, and is also a proud Associate Director of the brilliant young people’s theatre company Playbox Theatre.

He doesn’t like to be pigeon-holed as a director, and has experience of working through a variety of genres, including new writing, devised work and circus, but he really, really likes musical theatre, and if he was forced to pick one, that would probably be it.

Holly Robinson

Soliull, 1996-2012

Holly Robinson
Soliull, 1996-2012

Holly is a Birmingham-born playwright, now based in London. She began her training at Playbox Theatre before moving to London to pursue a degree in English Literature. Her first play soft animals was written as part of the Soho Writers’ Lab programme, and opened at Soho Theatre in February 2019 to both critical and popular acclaim. Holly was subsequently nominated for the 2019 Stage Debut Awards, for Best Writer.

Recent work includes small myth, a two-hander about mothers and their daughters, and the environmental crisis which the young generation have been left to fight, created with Eve Allin and Charlotte Fraser for an in-development showing at Vault Festival 2020, starring Sophie Steer and Charlotte Merriam; and small, exploring an experimental medical trial, a generation unable to grow up, and the allure of maybe never having to, written for a cast of 19 for Oxford School of Drama, which opened at Soho Theatre in August 2019.

Amie Taylor

Solihull, 2000-2006

Amie Taylor
Solihull, 2000-2006

Amie is a writer, theatre maker and workshop facilitator. Through her theatre company, ‘The 10-33 Project’, she makes work that directly engages audiences in ways they are not usually engaged in live performance. She is interested in making work that opens up questions about gender inequality, homophobia and LGBT+ issues and narratives.

Companies she has worked with include GAFA Arts Collective, The Chaosbaby Company, Shaky Isles Theatre and Culturcated.

As well as running a number of workshops for children in drama and film making, Amie also ran a feminist writing workshop at RCSSD in 2014 as part of the WOW festival and previously delivered the site-specific undergrad module at PPA in Guildford.

Amie is a founder of the LGBTQ Arts Review and is a keen writer having written for FemaleArts Magazine, Shaky Isles Theatre and Diva Magazine, as well as writing plays of her own. She is also currently working on her first novel in which key interests are LGBT issues, equality, feminism and theatre.

Cameron Walker

Stratford, 2004-2014

Cameron Walker
Stratford, 2004-2014

Cameron joined Playbox Theatre in Stratford at the age of 4. He trained there for nearly 15 years and, in his final years with the company, he also became a member of the Musical Theatre department, winning lead roles in both The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast. Cameron also appeared in the The Wizard of Oz, The Lord of the Flies and Treasure Island.

Whilst studying for a degree in Broadcast Journalism, Cameron undertook lots of work experience in the television and radio industries.

Currently, he’s a freelance broadcast assistant at BBC Hereford and Worcester, a runner at ITV’s This Morning, and co- presents online charity videos for the philanthropy company, Ammado.

When he graduates in July 2018, he wishes to pursue a full-time career in television.

Hannah Young

Stratford 1991-1994

Hannah Young
Stratford 1991-1994

Since leaving Playbox, Hannah has worked extensively at the RSC, notably in Michael Boyd’s Long Ensemble, 2009-2011, which toured to The Armory in New York. Credits with the RSC include: Julius Caeser, Anthony and Cleopatra, King Lear, The Winter’s Tale, The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Drunks, American Trade, Little Eagles and The Tempest. Her work in the West End includes As You Desire Me with the late Bob Hoskins, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Coriolanus. She played Moll in the Almeida’s A Chaste Maid in Cheapside and has worked with director Lucy Bailey in several productions including The Lady From the Sea at Birmingham Rep. She has also worked alongside playwrights. Television credits include the gritty Channel 4 drama Offenders and a semi regular role in Doctors and Waking the Dead.

Nancy Farino

Leamington 2004-2017

Nancy Farino
Leamington 2004-2017

Nancy joined Playbox in 2004, aged 6, later joining Shakespeare Young Company and Playbox Professionals and performing in shows such as Skellig, O.U.T. Spells Out, Romeo & Juliet, As You Like It, and her personal favourite, Peter Pan. She worked with Playbox to host a charity evening of theatre created by wonderful Playbox members in aid of charities supporting Syrian Refugees, raising over £1500 in 2017. 

Nancy joined the National Youth Theatre in 2014 and went on to train at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. 

Since graduating, she has wrapped on two projects: a war drama for Apple and a regular in a Netflix series, both to air in 2022.  All opportunities are undoubtedly down to her time at Playbox and the energy, enthusiasm and passion of those who make it all possible: the Playbox family.

Eva O’Hara

Warwick 2010-2016

Eva O’Hara
Warwick 2010-2016

Eva joined Playbox at age 12 and quickly discovered her love for performing through Shakespeare Young Company and later Playbox Professionals. She took part in many Playbox shows such as Romeo and Juliet, The Mysteries, Peter Pan, As You Like It, and a San Franciscan tour of ‘Monkey’!

Eva also joined Playbox’s new venture Ustinov Theatre School where she leaned the skills and confidence needed to audition for drama school. With this encouragement she headed off to Bristol Old Vic Theatre School at age 18. 

After graduating Eva wrote and performed a one woman show ‘Where We Come From’ in London. She then went on to film short films ‘Honesty’ and ‘Your Move’ before becoming series regular ‘Verity Hutchinson’, on Hollyoaks.

She thanks Playbox for being the absolute bedrock and inspiration behind her life as an actor.

Tabby Lamb

Warwick 1993 - 2008

Tabby Lamb
Warwick 1993 - 2008

Tabby Lamb is a non-binary writer and performer based in East London. She is equally inspired by Carly Rae Jepson and Tennessee Williams, and strives to tell stories that explore the intersections between popular culture and politics.

Their debut solo show SINCE U BEEN GONE, which Tabby wrote and performed, premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2019, after previewing at the Gate Theatre. The show was spectacularly received by audiences and garnered a glowing 4* write up from the Guardian who called the play “bold, honest and swollen with love”.

They were part of the Soho Theatre Writers Lab and the LGBTQ Arts Review #RaisingOurVoices scheme for queer and trans writers, Oxford Playhouse Playmakers scheme, and Oli Lansley’s Writing for Stage and TV course. She is also an associate artist for Middle Child and Theatre Royal Stratford East.

They are currently under commission at The Unicorn Theatre, The Place and Kilter, Pentabus and 45North. Alongside their passion for writing, Tabby is a facilitator and runs creative arts projects for people from the LGBTQ+ community. They also founded Theatre Queers & can often be seen advocating for Trans Rights across their social media platforms and beyond.

Jonathan Case

Kenilworth 1998 - 2011

Jonathan Case
Kenilworth 1998 - 2011

Jonathan Case is an actor based in London, from the West Midlands. 

They trained at LAMDA and have been in ‘Holby City’ and played the playwright Joe Orton in ‘Joe Orton: Laid Bare’ on the BBC. 

For the past two years he has been playing Scorpius Malfoy in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, on the West End. 

He can also be seen in Chino Moya’s Debut Feature ‘Undergods’ which was released in UK Cinemas May 2021 and is currently recording a high profile video game but won’t be able to say anything more until it’s release! 

Tom Lee

Warwick 1998 - 2008

Tom Lee
Warwick 1998 - 2008

Tom is a freelance production manager based on London. He has worked across a variety of venues and genres of theatre, and has a keen interest in exploring new ideas and ways of working.

 

Recent credits include: ANNA (Production Manager – National Theatre); Phantom of The Opera UK Tour (Deputy Production Manager – Cameron Mackintosh Limited); The Mask of Orpheus and Orpheus and Eurydice (Production Manager – English National Opera); The Sun, The Moon and The Stars and Extinct (Production Manager; Theatre Royal Stratford East);

 

Current and future work includes: Oliver! Japan (Production Manager – Cameron Mackintosh Limited), Mary Poppins, Japan (Production Manager – Cameron Mackintosh Limited), Mary Poppins, Australia (Production Manager, Cameron Mackintosh Limited)

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