Meet the Edinburgh Twelve

Meet the Edinburgh Twelve

8 November 2016

All you need to know about this week's community cast for A Tale of Two Cities in Edinburgh!

Two Cities TwelvesA Tale of Two Cities arrives at its seventh stop on tour - Brighton! We're here from Tuesday 8th - Saturday 12th November. The King’s Theatre was built as a variety theatre in 1906 and over the years has played host to legendary performers such as Stanley Baxter, Rikki Fulton and Jimmy Logan. The 1350-seat venue continues to play a prominent role in the community, hosting the ever-popular pantomimes and a number of productions from local amateur societies throughout the year.

 

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 in the Edinburgh Twelves?

 

Cathy BellCathy Bell

Why did you want to be a part of this production? 
I am absolutely thrilled to be part of this. I had such a great time in the last TCTC production of A View from the Bridge. It is an amazing experience to observe and work with such talented professional actors . I watched every performance from the wings and learnt something different each time.

 

What are you most looking forward to when taking part?
I am hoping for a similar experience again and cannot believe that at my age now, I am treading the boards at one of the most celebrated theatres in the UK.

 

What has been your experience of theatre so far?
I have been on stages several times before as I am a member of Edinburgh Rock Choir and have also recorded with them at the famous Abbey Road Studios.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Adam ButlerAdam Butler

Why did you want to be a part of this production?
I've been acting for three years, in both, a student and professional setting. The idea of working with TCTC really appealed to me. I'm always wanting, to build up my experience and this seemed like the perfect opportunity. 

 

What has been your experience of theatre so far?
I've been a part of plenty productions over the past three years so I have had a lot of fantastic experiences. My favourite roles are usually ones where I have to learn a specific skill or talent. Learning a selection of magic tricks for a production back in 2012 was particularly challenging yet enjoyable.  

 

Interesting story?
Going back to learning magic tricks, my favourite story is how I learnt a wide variety of coin and card tricks for three months. When it came to the first performance, the other actor on stage dropped all the props into the audience meaning I couldn't do any of the tricks I had practiced so hard for!

 

 

 

 

 

 


James CummingJames Cumming

Why did you want to be a part of this production?
I love theatre and being part of a professional theatre group would be an amazing experience. It also looks like it´s going to be a great production and as someone who really wants to be an actor, it is an opportunity that could not be missed.

 

What has been your experience of theatre so far?
I have acted and seen many plays. My favourite play that I have seen would probably be The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. I have also been in school plays such as Fiddler on the Roof, The Importance of Being Earnest, and The Sound of Music.

 

Interesting fact?
I speak Spanish. My first word was pato which means duck in Spanish.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Jonathan FarleyJonathan Farley

Why did you want to be a part of this production?
I was in the community ensemble for TCTC's A View from the Bridge last year and thoroughly enjoyed being part of a professional production.

 

What are you most looking forward to when taking part?
I am looking forward to working with professional actors and seeing my fellow ensembles again. It is an incredibly rewarding experience - we have great fun, learn a lot and get to be part of an amazing production.

 

What has been your experience of theatre so far?
12 years and 27 shows on the Edinburgh amateur stage - from chorus to principal roles, I just love being on stage.

 

Interesting fact?
In 2002, I won The Weakest Link - I've been dining out on the story for 14 years - I need a new interesting fact!

 

 

 

 

 


David HoyDavid Hoy

Why did you want to be a part of this production? 
I so enjoyed working on A View from the Bridge last year and wanted to have a similar experience.

 

What has been your experience of theatre so far?
I haven't done a great deal of theatre in recent years except for A View from the Bridge. Many years ago I played the Turkish Knight in a mummers play as well as a role in Godspell. My recent performing experience has mainly been with choirs.

 

Funny story?
I took my wife's name when we got married and when we went to book our honeymoon I had to ask her to sign the paperwork because I hadn't even thought about my new signature!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Pat JohnsonPat Johnson

 

What are you most looking forward to when taking part?
Just about every imaginable aspect of being involved! The rehearsing and performing, of course, will be great, meeting the other community actors and the professionals and crew.  Also seeing what it's like backstage and on stage at the Kings.  I admit I'm a little nervous too!

 

What has been your experience of theatre so far?
I did some amateur drama in Oxford, many years ago.  I started doing it again when my son "volunteered" me for the local panto.  That was some 35 years ago and since then I have done many productions with several groups, but I'm now a permanent member of two groups.

 

Interesting story?
49 years ago, I was a student nurse in London working on my first ward.  Staff Nurse asked me if I had ever given an injection before, and when I said I had not, she said she would supervise me giving my first injection to a patient.  The patient was an injured rugby player and he had a very nice bottom!  He was discharged a few days later, and two and a half years after that the patient became my husband.  The bottom's a bit wrinkly now, but I still love it!

 

 

 

 

 


Kevin RoweKevin Rowe

Why did you want to be a part of this production?
I was involved in TCTC's A View from the Bridge last year and loved it so wanted to be involved again. That was what finally inspired me to pull my finger out and get involved again in local theatre. I'm now a member of Leitheatre and have appeared in four productions with them so far, two as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

 

What are you looking forward to from taking part?
Being involved in another professional production, enjoying the show from the wings and being reunited with many of my community ensemble members for A View from the Bridge and the TCTC crew and cast.

 

What has been your experience of theatre so far?
Prior to A View from the Bridge and Leitheatre, I'd only appeared in school productions including Gregory in Gregory's Girl.

 

Interesting fact?
I'm a keen sportsman & when I moved to Edinburgh in 2007, I founded Scotland's first LGBT-specific football team, HotScots FC, which is still going strong today!

 

 

 

 

 


Suzanne Senior

Why did you want to be a part of this production? 
I thought it would be an interesting experience to take part in a professional touring production and be directed by a professional director. 

 

What has been your experience of theatre so far?
I have been in many productions with local amateur theatre groups and have  also been in the chorus of two operas with Edinburgh Grand Opera. I am a keen theatre-goer. 

 

Funny story?
When I was in A Chorus of Disapproval I had to knee a fellow-actor in a certain place. Not realising that it was to be faked and having been instructed by the actor to aim a bit higher on the final night, I did, with dire consequences for him as he lost his balance and fell on top of me on stage, then ran off in agony, apparently to cry in the dressing-room! 

 


Hannah TiffinHannah Tiffin

Why did you want to be a part of this production?
I am really keen to see how work by Charles Dickens can be modernised and to be a part of telling that story.

 

What are you most looking forward to when taking part?
Being surrounded by professionals and getting the buzz that comes from live performance!

 

Interesting fact?
I spend a lot of my time thinking I am a cowgirl... I love country music and own various cowboy boots!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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.