“Last Embrace”

Fresh from the Edinburgh Fringe

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A brand new folk musical set in the ticking bomb of Northern Ireland in 1970. Based on Romeo and Juliet and with a mix of original and traditional music, it combines with Ireland’s storytelling history to create a haunting tragedy in modern language that resonates through the ages. Simple staging with wooden stepladders and acoustic instruments allow the timeless story to unfold on our simple but ambitious stage.

Cast list

Rory headshot_vsmRory Vieyra trained at Drama Studio London. Since graduating he has performed various roles including Faust, Octavio in The Spruce Goose and Sir Percival in The Sword and The Dope. He also recently recorded an audiobook of the Odyssey. Rory is also part of the improvised musical, Music Box which performs regularly in London. He is taking over as Ronan for the upcoming tour.

sally_geakeSally Sydney Geake has just graduated from Cygnet Training Theatre. She was this year’s Spotlight Prize nominee and has performed roles such as Gwendolen in ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ (Jacquie Crago), Rosie in ‘Dancing at Lughnasa’ (Anita Parry), Phoebe in ‘As You Like It’ (Amanda Knott) and Cecilia in ‘My Very Own Story’ (Alistair Ganley). She will be performing as Julia in ‘Last Embrace’ and Jane 2 and Maggie in ‘How Well You Know Me’ for TSTP in this season’s tour.

oliver_de_rohanOliver de Rohan is originally from Adelaide and is currently based in Bristol. Oliver has performed and toured theatre throughout Australia, New Zealand and here in the UK. Favourite credits include Gabriel in the award winning The Road That Wasn’t There (with New Zealand’s Trick of the Light Theatre Co.), The King of the World in The Search for Nanuk (for Adelaide’s Gaia Theatre), Iggy in Out in the Open and Ferdinand in The Tempest (Mixed Salad Productions), Jack Lane in The Herbal Bed and Christopher Wren in The Mousetrap (Adelaide Repertory Theatre), Lt. Bowe in My Boy Jack, George Osborne in Vanity Fair and Phil in The Shape of Things (Independent Theatre Co.). He is a graduate of the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.

matthew_neighbourMatthew Neighbour was born in Northamptonshire, and has lived there for most of his life. In the last year he has completed a three year acting course at Cygnet Training Theatre in Exeter; he has been involved in a number of theatre in education productions, most recently George and the Dragon. Before Drama school he took part in a production of The Way of The World at the Royal and Derngate theatre. While at drama school he played a variety of roles; Touchstone in As You Like It, Percy in My very Own Story, Johnny in Touched and Mr Purdie in Dear Brutus.

Joseph Stevenson headshot_vsmJoseph Stevenson was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland. After landing his first professional acting job at fifteen as part of an Anti-Bullying campaign, he moved to Liverpool where he completed his BA in Acting at LIPA. Since graduating he has gone on to find success in several different areas, from touring Shakespeare to Holland (Phileas Fogg Ltd.), corporate films (Pricewaterhousecoopers), a commercial for PlayStation, a series of one man shows with the Soho Theatre’s new writing scheme, several film shorts in conjunction with two of London’s finest film school’s (MET/London Film School) and most recently he received critical acclaim for his role as ‘Little Tom’ in the new piece of writing ‘Trash’ at the White Bear theatre in Kennington. He is now chuffed to bits to have landed the role of Ben in ‘Last Embrace’.

david_shuteDavid Shute has just recently graduated from the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts and is looking forward to making his first appearance at the Edinburgh Fringe after recently performing on the Criterion Theatre stage in London. Theatre credits include Earthquakes In London, A Christmas Carol, Blue Remembered Hills, Titanic: The Musical and Spring Awakening (Lipa); Love Me Do (Rox Theatre Company); Songs For A New World, Baby: The Musical and Spring Awakening (Unity Theatre) as well as a new Short Film Silent Laughter which is to be filmed in Liverpool during September 2013.

zoe_devenishZoe Devenish is a regular performer in the folk music industry and will be joining us as Narrator and is one of the musical director and composers.

maura_judgesMaura Judges is a Birmingham based actor with credits in theatre and film, such as Mrs Lee in ‘Cider with Rosie’ (Oldbury Rep), Mrs Barrymore in ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’ (Oldbury Rep), Fonsia Dorsey in ‘The Gin Game’ (Crescent Theatre), ‘Partners in Crime’ (Lou Murrell) and ‘Philomena’ (Stephen Frears). TV credits include ‘Doctors’, ‘Hustle’ and ‘Frankie’.

ruth_maceRuth Mace has been writing music professionally since 1998. Her work includes the march on song for the England Netball Team, Esther: a musical, performed at the Worcester Cathedral and ‘Christmas Dream’ which was performed for the BBC Children in Need. Although she has a background in ballet and music, her favourite acting roles have been Olivia in ‘Twelfth Night’ and Miss Prism in ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’.