Meet the Brighton Twelve

Meet the Brighton Twelve

31 October 2016

Who's in this weeks community ensemble in A Tale of Two Cities at Brighton? This week includes a ukulele player and somebody who performed to the Beatles in 1964!

Two Cities TwelveA Tale of Two Cities arrives at its sixth stop on tour - Brighton! We'll be there from Tuesday 1st - Saturday 5th November. Brighton's Theatre Royal is one of the oldest theatres in the country! The historic Grade II listed theatre began its history over two hundred years ago in 1806 when The Prince of Wales, George Augustus Frederick, who later became Prince Regent and then King (George IV), approved the building of the theatre. In recent years, the theatre has hosted popular shows such as Priscilla Queen of the Desert, The Rocky Horror Show and Spamalot.

 

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 in the Brighton Twelves?

 

Michael BramleyMichael Bramley

Why did you want to be a part of this production?
I was in a community ensemble for a show as part of the Brighton Festival this year. It was an absolutely fantastic experience working alongside a professional cast and crew and I was so proud of what the community cast achieved. 

What are you looking forward to when taking part?
So much.  Being part of a professional production, and all the learning opportunities that affords.  Giving the audience a memorable evening.  Working with local actors to show what we can do.

What has been your experience of theatre so far?
The obligatory school plays, naturally. Also, various community theatre here in Brighton. But, most recently, site-specific immersive theatre in Operation Black Antler, which we later took on tour to Kent, working with another superb community cast.

Interesting fact?
The historical king on whom Yul Brynner's character is based in The King and I  is my great grandfather.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Claire CoullClaire Coull

Why did you want to be a part of this production?
I have done many amateur shows and have just completed my professional acting training so being involved in this will give me a great insight into putting on a professional show. Being part of such a classic show and working alongside the professionals will be a fantastic learning opportunity. I have been in the audience at a number of shows at Brighton's Theatre Royal, so to actually be performing on the stage will be an amazing experience

What are you looking forward to from taking part?
I am looking forward to working with a professional director, actors and creative team and of course being on the stage in the costume and totally in the moment

What has been your experience of theatre so far?
 I have done mainly Musical Theatre in Qatar where I used to live. This included Les Miserables, Miss Saigon and Grease. I was Widow Corney in Oliver, Dancer in The Reindeer Monologues and Liza in Girsl Night. Since moving back to the UK I have been in the ensemble of The Revengers Tragedy and The Arsonist in Brighton's community theatres.

Funny story?
I was once offered a dowry of three sheep, two goats and a cow by a Kenyan lady who wanted me to marry her son!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Phoebe Izzard DaveyPhoebe Izzard Davey

Why did you want to be a part of this production?
I’ve loved theatre ever since I was little and have always enjoyed the exhilarating adrenaline rush from being on stage. Drama for me has always come down to telling stories so I jumped at the chance to work with a professional company on my gap year to create an experience that’s as incredible for the audience as it is for the cast!

What are you looking forward to when taking part?
I’m ridiculously excited to perform at the Theatre Royal as I’ve seen productions there many times and most of my performances have been at school or in village halls! I’ve always found that over the course of a show the cast forms a really strong bond as everyone works together to make the show the best that it can be; the friendships formed through drama are quite unlike any other and it’s always good to meet people as enthusiastic about the stage as I am. 

What has been your experience of theatre so far?
Drama lessons and clubs at school helped me come out of my shell as a child. As I got older I got involved in more and more shows, taking drama at GCSE and A level and getting involved in local amateur dramatic societies with my family.  Amongst other roles I’ve played Eric in An Inspector Calls, WPC Leach in Silhouette, and most recently Monsieur Thenardier in Les Mis, as well as participating in workshops with cast members from the Broadway productions of Finding Neverland and Chicago. Theatre has always been something therapeutic and communal for me and the feeling of an upcoming show never fails to excite me!

Interesting fact?
I love radio and audio plays! I’m the only person I know in my year that listened to the book at bedtime.... Next year, I’ll be studying media production to work towards producing my own. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Alan LadeAlan Lade

Why did you want to be a part of this production?
As soon as I read the notice about the production, it sparked an immediate response that I must apply for that. The chance to work with a professional production and be part of a play produced from such an iconic text couldn’t be resisted.

What are you looking forward to when taking part?
I love taking part in ensemble productions so that combined with the opportunity to get togged out in period dress.

What has been your experience of theatre so far?
I have been a member of several amateur groups since 1998 and appeared in numerous productions from the absurdist existentialism of Waiting for Godot through to more contemporary classics like The Cemetery Club.

Interesting fact?
I have just spent a month cycling around 1500 miles across France with a marathon through the vineyards of Medoc thrown in as a bonus.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Brian Page

Why did you want to be a part of this production?
I wanted to be part of this production because it is a chance for me to appear in a classic tale taking place in an iconic city theatre. 

What are you looking forward to from taking part?
I am looking forward to taking part for the whole experience and the comradery.

What has been your experience of theatre so far?
I have been one of the supernumeraries in An Inspector Calls at the same theatre. I have also taken part in amateur theatre for 30 years.

Interesting fact?
I sung to the Beatles two nights running in a nightclub in London in 1964!

 

 

 

 

 


Stephanie RowselStephanie Rowsel

Why did you want to be a part of this production?
I feel it encompasses strongly the togetherness that theatre promotes. It's a shared experience, and by having local actors as part of the ensemble in each city, this shared experience becomes more localised and people can feel a deeper connection to the performances. 

What are you looking forward to from taking part?
I'm looking forward to performing with professional actors, backstage teams, technical team etc, and being able to grow as both a performer and team member from learning about the way that other people develop a performance. 

What has been your experience of theatre so far?
I've been involved in amateur theatre since the age of six and continue to act, produce, and provide technical support to productions with Rottingdean Drama Society. I've been involved in marketing with a youth theatre project and studied Modern Drama Studies at university.

Interesting fact?
I'm a self-taught ukulele player!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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.