Meet the Cheltenham Everyman Twelve

Meet the Cheltenham Everyman Twelve

14 November 2016

Who's in this week's community cast for A Tale of Two Cities in Cheltenham? Find out all about this week's Twelve in their own words.

Two Cities TwelvesA Tale of Two Cities arrives at its eighth and penultimate stop on tour — Cheltenham! We're at the Everyman from Tuesday 15th - Saturday 19th November and will play seven performances. For more than 120 years the Everyman has welcomed some of the world’s finest writers, directors and performers onto its historic stage.  The Everyman presents the best in touring theatre, offering everything from drama to musicals, comedy to opera and ballet and its own professional pantomime.


Two Cities Twelves 

 

A Tale of Two Cities is currently touring the UK from 20 September until 26 November 2016. Each week we arrive in a new city or town, we'll be working with a new cast of people from the local community. We're calling them the Twelves! Why? Well, they'll be joining our professional cast on stage as citizens of this Dickensian world, either as unruly mobs or jury members. Twelve is, of course, the size of a jury! 

 

So let's find out who's in this week's Dickens' dozen!

 


Jasmine AliJasmine Ali

Why did you want to be a part of this production?
I love to perform and I worked with the company in 2013 and gained a lot of new skills so I'm excited to do the same this time!

 

What are you looking forward to from taking part?
I am looking forward to meeting lots of new people and gaining more experience.

 

What has been your experience of theatre so far?
I try to come to the theatre as much as I can because I love to watch shows as well as perform in them. I've performed on the main stage at the Everyman when I was part of the ensemble cast in To Sir, With Love and also in their studio theatre when performing Prounoun. I thoroughly enjoyed both experiences and can't wait to perform again.

 

Interesting fact?
I used to be a member of a competitive cheerleading squad!

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Jenny CameronJenny Cameron

Why did you want to be a part of this production?
Having been involved with two other TCTC productions (To Sir, with Love and A View from the Bridge) and seen the last few shows the company has toured, I was very excited to have the opportunity to be involved in this one. I’m also a bit of a Dickens geek, though my favourite is Great Expectation.

 

What are you looking forward to from taking part?
I’m looking forward to performing at the beautiful Everyman Theatre and hope to learn as much from being involved in this production as I did from the others. It’s really exciting being able to work alongside professionals.

 

What has been your experience of theatre so far?
I’ve been involved in theatre in one way or another for many years, either as a performer or as a teacher. I currently teach drama and sing regularly with the Everyman’s Everyvoice choir.

 

Interesting fact?
I’m a drama teacher and three of the other members of the Cheltenham Two Cities Twelve are my students.

 

 

 

 

 


 

Jessamine Chanter

Why did you want to be a part of this production?
I am excited to be a part of a period production, which is new for me. This is also my first time performing at the Everyman after having seen so much on stage there, shows which I have written about in exams and used as influence for my own plays. 

 

What are you looking forward to from taking part?
Being a part of a production with such an amazing reputation (I've read great things about the tour), meeting like-minded people and making contacts. I'm also looking forward to the costume and getting to do some singing.

 

What has been your experience of theatre so far?
Both on stage and in the background, mostly with various youth theatres. I am an actor primarily but I've written and directed for youth theatre performances and A grade A-level plays as well . I also work mentoring young actors. I spent time last summer touring with a Shakespeare only theatre group called GYP and was accepted into LAMDA this year, however, I was unable to take the place. This summer, along with the rest of The Roses Theatre Company, I spent a week at the Edinburgh Fringe performing a devised piece called Anonymous, it was an incredible experience, from which I learnt so much. As an actor, I have done work on short films, some of which have been entered into festivals. 

 

Funny story?
I once had to spontaneously step into a role as a bear in full (and very hot) costume after another actor didn't turn up for the show!

 


 

Nathan HarterNathan Harter

Why did you want to be a part of this production?
I know how enjoyable the experience is from previous productions with the company and I have always gained valuable insight from the professional actors involved on how the industry works and what steps I should next take to help myself get into it.

 

What are you looking forward to from taking part?
I always enjoy meeting the other members of the cast and being able to have professional actors answer questions I may have about how they got into the industry and what they recommend.

 

What has been your experience of theatre so far?
So far I have been in a variety of school productions as leads, in the ensemble of several professional productions that needed community ensembles and I have also taken part in preparation for the National Youth Music Theatre 40th anniversary gala at the end of next month.

 

Interesting fact?
When I was a small child, my parents took part in a scheme and in theory, I own land on the moon because of it.

 

 

 

 

 


 

Dawn Hemmings

Why did you want to be a part of this production?
I’ve been lucky enough to be involved with a couple of other professional shows at the Everyman and they have been such amazing experiences. When I heard that TCTC were looking for actors for their community ensemble I knew I wanted to be involved.   I auditioned for their production of A View from the Bridge a couple of years ago and although I made the shortlist, I didn’t make the final cut so it was a good opportunity to try again! 

 

What are you looking forward to from taking part?
I’m really looking forward to seeing how the professionals do it, both behind the scenes and onstage and to learn all I can from them.  It’s also a great opportunity to meet new people who share the same passion for theatre that I have.

 

What has been your experience of theatre so far?
I’ve been involved in amateur theatre ever since leaving school – which is longer ago than I care to remember!  My earliest memory of being on stage was at primary school when I played a fairy in the Christmas nativity when I managed to lose my wand through a gap in the stage!  Since then I’ve done all sorts from Shakespeare to Orton.  I am a long standing member of The Phoenix Players based at the Kings Theatre in Gloucester and have appeared in over 20 productions with them, including the one-woman play Shirley Valentine and Mrs Robinson in The Graduate

 

Interesting fact?
My last stage appearance was at the Everyman back in the summer in Beatrix Potter and the Tailor of Gloucester when I played Beatrix Potter’s cousin but I also made a brief appearance in a very warm hedgehog head and costume as Mrs Tiggy-Winkle.

 

 


 

 

Stephen LodgeStephen Lodge

Why did you want to be a part of this production?
I am an established part of the boring ‘nine to five’ rat race of working life! Having previously studied and worked in the dramatic arts, the feeling it gives you is addictive; the buzz and excitement of waiting in the wings; the adrenaline rush of being on stage in front of an audience; being part of a theatre production is something that cannot be equalled!

 

What are you looking forward to from taking part?
Being given the opportunity to take part and observe how an established theatre company works from the other side of the fourth wall!

 

What has been your experience of theatre so far?
I previously studied drama to HND level and performed in many theatre and film productions. I was also an employee of the Cheltenham Everyman Theatre in which the production of A Tale of Two Cities is being performed.

 

Funny story?
Being a bit of a DIY enthusiast, when recently installing new floorboards I decided it would be fun to fall through my ceiling two-footed into my newly cleaned kitchen, missing a live electrical light fitting by a matter of inches and wedging my hips between floor joists! Comedy moment!

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Callum NewmanCallum Newman

Why did you want to be a part of this production?
I am a keen actor and look for every opportunity I can get to perform on stage. I have worked with TCTC before and thoroughly enjoyed the experience - I couldn't wait to work with them again!

 

What are you looking forward to from taking part?
I love working as part of an ensemble and producing moving, exciting theatre that will be remembered for a long time to come.

 

What has been your experience of theatre so far?
I have recently performed at the Shaftsbury Theatre with the National Youth Theatre to celebrate 60 years of NYT. This was a great experience and taught me a lot about the art as well as inspiring me to push my limits as a performer.

 

Interesting fact?
I am related to Carrie Grant of all people (my nan's cousin.... but it still counts!)

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Julie Nicholson

Why did you want to be a part of this production?
This is one of my favourite stories and I wanted to be involved and have some experience with a professional company. Also, the Everyman is a local theatre and always a joy.

 

What are you looking forward to from taking part?
I'm looking forward to being part of this group and saw the production in Oxford and thought it excellent.

 

What has been your experience of theatre so far?
My experience has been with the Phoenix Players at the Kings theatre in Gloucester and the Rococo Players.

 

Funny story?
I write and perform murder mysteries in hotels and other venues. Once I was doing one in a London hotel and a real doctor came up to us as we were calling for help for a pretend death! I whispered in his ear that it was a murder mystery and he kindly confirmed the dead body!

 


 

 

Sara Reader

Why did you want to be a part of this production?
When A View from the Bridge came to Cheltenham a few years' ago, I was a member of the ensemble. It was such a wonderful creative process and a privilege to work and learn from professional actors and directors, that when the opportunity came up to get involved with A Tale of Two Cities, I jumped at the chance. 

 

What are you looking forward to from taking part?
Being part of the team of actors who will bring Dickens' novel to life on the stage of the Everyman Theatre. I'm also looking forward to being transformed into a revolting French peasant!

 

What has been your experience of theatre so far?
I've been part of the amateur dramatic scene in Cheltenham for over 15 years, playing various roles in both plays and musicals at both The Everyman and The Playhouse Theatres in Cheltenham. For over four years, I've been a member of the Everyvoice Community Choir (part of the Everyman's outreach programme) and regularly take part in concerts at the Everyman. 

 

Funny story?
During the summer holidays, whilst wearing only my bikini, I got stuck in a poolside toilet when the door wouldn't open. To get out, I put the toilet lid down, stood on it and jumped out of the window!

 


A Tale of Two Cities opens at Royal & Derngate, Northampton, where it plays from 10 to 17 September 2016. It then tours to Oxford Playhouse, Richmond Theatre, Bradford Alhambra, Blackpool Grand, Wolverhampton Grand, Brighton Theatre Royal, Edinburgh King's, Cheltenham Everyman and Nottingham Theatre Royal. 

Get tickets for this show by visiting our tour page.