Meet the Nottingham Theatre Royal Twelve

Meet the Nottingham Theatre Royal Twelve

22 November 2016

It's time to meet our final community cast - it's the Nottingham Twelve! 

Two Cities Twelves

A Tale of Two Cities has arrived at its ninth and final tour stop this week - Nottingham! We'll be here from Tuesday 22nd - Saturday 26th November and will play seven performances. Brimming with history, the Theatre Royal is not only a city centre landmark but also one of the most beautiful theatres in Britain. An exciting and diverse programme of top-quality entertainment offers the very best touring drama, opera, ballet and contemporary dance, as well as West End musicals, comedy and pantomimes.

 

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 who's treading the boards at Nottingham this week? Meet the final twelve!


 

Nick BulmerNick Evison

Why did you want to be a part of this production?
It is a fantastic opportunity to work with other actors in a professional production. I am so excited! The Theatre Royal is the theatre of my childhood and every time it was pure magic. Now, I get to see backstage, meet the team and work with them. I’ve been pinching myself.  It is like the ultimate backstage tour. ‘…and here is your audience…'

 

What are you most looking forward to getting from taking part?
I am looking forward to going to work, being directed and contributing to a piece of performance art as part of a team.

 

What has been your experience of theatre so far?
I have been in amateur productions near to where I currently live in Chesterfield. This is my first involvement in a professional theatre production.

 

 

Funny story?
During my last performance, I got the biggest laugh when my toupee fell off. It did look awful!

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Adam Dable

Why did you want to be a part of this production?
To be a part of this production will hopefully give me valuable insight, and experience of working within a company, and what it is like to walk out on stage in front of an audience.

 

What are you most looking forward to getting from taking part?
Taking park will allow me to work alongside professional actors, see what it really takes first hand to be a part of the cast in a production of this scale.

 

What has been your experience of theatre so far?
Short of watching productions at the theatre, I have no experience in theatre.

 

Interesting fact?
I deliver milk, for a living, out of a traditional electric milk float.........I hope that one day I will be a professional actor and won't have to get up at 1am anymore.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Lynne DoshiLynne Doshi

Why did you want to be a part of this production?
I wanted to be part of this production as I have enjoyed ensemble productions in the past ( insane inmate in ‘Marat Sade’). Also, I like Dickens’ novel; it’s a great story.

 

What are you most looking forward to getting from taking part?
I’m looking forward to working with the TCTC as a company having seen their previous productions. It will be a special opportunity to work with professional actors and a professional director. Although I know the Theatre Royal stage well as an audience member, the idea of treading its boards as an actor is exciting and daunting!

 

What has been your experience of theatre so far?
My experience of theatre in terms of acting spans some years from early times with the Lacemarket Theatre to being a ‘graduate’ of the Next Stage - a Nottinghamshire County Council initiative, to working with various theatre groups. Venues have been varied: pubs, a quarry, a field and Papplewick Pumping Station. Recently, I’ve performed in the Third Stage area of the Theatre Royal as a storyteller and reader of one of my pieces of creative writing from a published anthology.

 

Interesting fact?
I’m Anglo-Indian

 

 

 

 

 


Mike NewboldMike Newbold

Why did you want to be a part of this production?
I learnt so much last year by being involved in a similar way with A View from the Bridge. It was a privilege to watch at close proximity the exceptional acting talent.

 

What are you most looking forward to getting from taking part?
To observe the final stages of rehearsal, to learn from being involved with such a professional company. The more involvement the better.

 

What has been your experience of theatre so far?
I have over 16 years theatre experience in plays; pantomimes; musicals; Shakespeare and recitals. Mainly amateur.

 

Interesting fact?
I can sing a song in Mandarin.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Jamie SelfridgeJamie Selfridge

Why did you want to be a part of this production?
I recently returned to Nottingham and heard that TCTC was putting on a production of A Tale of Two Cities and I expressed my interest immediately. The play is a classic and one that I have wanted to be a part of for a long time. To be part of such a brilliant cast, at a theatre of the Theatre Royal's standing is a massive honour and I can't wait for performances to begin. It's also exciting as Nottingham will be the last stop on the tour, so the final performance on Saturday evening will be that bit more special.

 

What are you most looking forward to getting from taking part?
Mostly, performing on a stage as renowned as the Theatre Royal. As much as I love performing on smaller, more intimate stages - I am very excited to get the rush of performing to potentially over a thousand people. It will be a great experience to work with such a great cast and production team and I am sure I will learn a lot from them.

 

What has been your experience of theatre so far?
I began acting at the age of thirteen, taking part in the Theatre Royal's production Robin of Sherwood. I was hooked from then and was accepted into the Television Workshop a few months later. The workshop would put on theatrical productions every year across Nottingham. I also gained some small television roles as a member of the workshop; such as BBC's Crimewatch, The Revolution will be Televised and most notably, BBC One's two-part drama Birdsong. After leaving the Workshop at the age of eighteen, I moved to Sheffield to study at Sheffield Hallam University. Whilst in Sheffield, I was cast in the Library Theatre's production of Blood Brothers where I played Mickey.

 

Interesting fact?
I swam with a shark in Thailand. I didn't actually see it, but my mates and some other people we were snorkelling with did. They could have all been having me on, but I still count it.

 

 

 

 

 


Estelle SmithEstelle Smith

Why did you want to be a part of this production?
Being involved with the theatre and performing in any capacity simply makes me happy! In 2015, I was lucky enough to be part of the ensemble in A View from the Bridge, and I learnt a great deal about professional theatre in a short period, which was tremendous

 

What are you most looking forward to getting from taking part?
I'm looking forward to watching the professionals at work, both on stage and backstage and learning from them! Equally, I love the camaraderie of being part of a team - standing in the wings, waiting to go on, observing how the audience respond at each performance and hopefully contributing to the atmosphere of the play when necessary!

 

What has been your experience of theatre so far?
In the last ten years I've appeared in Oliver Twist at the Theatre Royal, The Mysteries by Tony Harrison in Nottingham Castle grounds, 4:48 Psychosis by Sarah Kane in the Len Maynard Studio at the Theatre Royal and in Derby, Grimm Tales by Carol Ann Duffy, 101 Dalmatians and most recently A View From The Bridge with the TCTC.

 

Interesting story?
I once appeared in a play performed entirely in German - and I played a man in it too.

 

 

 


Michelle SmithMichelle Smith

Why did you want to be a part of this production?
For the opportunity to participate in such a unique and exciting project. A Tale of Two Cities is my favourite Dickensian tale, and the Theatre Royal is a stunning venue to perform in.

 

What are you most looking forward to getting from taking part?
So many things! Seeing the workings of a professional production first-hand, meeting and working with some fantastic new people and supporting the telling of a fascinating story.

 

What has been your experience of theatre so far?
I’ve performed at the Lace Market Theatre in a variety of productions over the last seven years; some my favourite roles have been Phebe in As You Like It, Ann in All My Sons and Julia in The Rivals. I’ve also performed in two musicals with Carlton Operatic Society, and in the Royal Company’s The School for Scandal to celebrate the Theatre Royal’s 150th-anniversary last year.

 

Interesting fact?
Although I’ve never done any tv projects, I’ve accidentally ended up on camera on a few occasions; as a red-faced, sweaty spin class participant in a health club advert, and my music video debut: wandering into the background of a hip hop video with my grocery shopping!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Lucy WakefieldLucy Wakefield

Why did you want to be a part of this production?
I remember when TCTC toured the production Brave New World last year, I can remember reading the reviews wishing I had the chance to see it but at the time I was playing the role of Honey in Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf. So when I came across the auditions for A Tale Of Two Cities ensemble, I jumped at the opportunity. 

 

What are you most looking forward to getting from taking part?
I’m really looking forward to performing on Theatre Royal Nottingham’s main stage (because it’s one of my favourite theatre’s) but also wearing the beautiful costumes and getting chance to meet fellow actors of the production.

 

What has been your experience of theatre so far?
in 2008 to 2013, I attended weekly classes at Regional Youth Shakespeare Company (for Home Educated children and young people of the East Midlands),  we were taught a variety of skills; from musicals to dark comedy and Shakespeare to writing and showcasing our own work. From then on I networked and noticed I really adored acting – I’ve performed in an East Midlands tour of NTConnections 2014: Angels with Junk Shop Theatre Company (which included a two day stay in Northampton and a performance on Royal & Derngate’s main stage). Since then my love for performing arts has continued not just onstage but also backstage. I studied a UAL Level 3 Diploma in Fine Art last year and specialised in the creative backstage side which included set design, scenic painting, costume design and making and also puppetry (currently share my room with two handmade five foot tall puppets) and since then have gone on to study and train in Musical Theatre for two years at New College Nottingham.

 

Interesting fact?
I share my birthday with the Theatre Royal Nottingham.

 

 

 

 

 


Marcus WhybrowMarcus Whybrow

Why did you want to be a part of this production?
The prospect made me uncomfortable. Perfect... room then to grow!

 

What has been your experience of theatre so far?
One year learning by doing (fairly non-stop) with varied theatre groups and village communities. I'm magnetised by the idea of my inner emotional world confecting meaning, as I seem to be enthralled with meaning in general. And then there are great books to grow a technique which catalyses that process!

 

Funny story?
A friend I hardly knew, enjoined me to visit a village I'd never visited, to check out an art form I'd never much considered. "No. Obviously", I thought. Unfortunately, I'd just watched Jim Carrey's Yes Man and was immediately ashamed. "Yes", I messaged him back, "I'll go" was typed with not a little resentment. Turns out... acting deserved its "Yes".

 

 


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.