Meet the Wolverhampton Grand Twelve

Meet the Wolverhampton Grand Twelve

16 October 2016

Read all about this week's community cast for A Tale of Two Cities in Wolverhampton!

Two Cities Twelves

A Tale of Two Cities arrives at its fifth stop on tour this week — Wolverhamton! We're here from Tuesday 18th — Saturday 22nd October. The Grand Theatre is a long-established theatre in the heart of the Midlands. It receives a wide range of major touring productions including drama, musicals, ballet, dance, opera, variety, concerts, children’s shows and one of the UK’s biggest annual pantomimes. The Grand Theatre has been involved with the Touring Consortium Theatre Company since it began in 1995.

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 Wolverhampton Twelve?

Gulcin CakirGulcin Cakir

What are you looking forward to from taking part?
I am looking forward to being on the stage, living through this wonderful story, meeting new friends and various ammeter and professional actors. İt will be amazing. I hope to give my best performance and after that maybe I can find another acting job.

 

What has been your experience of theatre so far?
I worked at a state theatre in Turkey. I have many years of experience. Now I am working on two different theatre projects in the UK With a Turkish Theatre Company.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Deena Carty

Why did you want to be a part of this production?
I love acting and the story is unique. It will be another challenge for me to transform into another character.

 

What are you looking forward to from taking part?
I’m looking forward to meeting the cast and rehearsing. Also performing in front of hundreds of people.

 

What has been your experience of theatre so far?
I have featured in my first theatre play called the Tale of the Fatherless earlier this year, performing in front of a few hundred people

 

Interesting fact?
I enjoy travelling and seeing different places across the globe. The countries I have been to include Tunisia where I walked across the Sahara desert, France, USA, Jamaica, Italy, Spain, Greece and Turkey.


Guy JackGuy Jack

Why did you want to be a part of this production?
Knowing I would be starting university soon, I was still keen to get some additional acting experience under my belt this academic year. I saw the advert for this production as a great opportunity. The chance to work with industry professionals is something that not every public acting opportunity allows.

 

What are you looking forward to from taking part?
It's yet another opportunity to be spending time doing what I love. More specifically, I have never taken part in a public production at a theatre of the Grand's size or reputation. I would like to leave the experience with a new dimension of understanding, confidence and professionalism. Ultimately, I want to learn as much as possible, as quickly as possible, and for that I need hands on experience.

 

What has been your experience of theatre so far?
I took part in every available secondary school production at Wolverhampton Grammar School, as well as working up to my gold and bronze awards in LAMDA 'Acting: Duologue' and 'Speaking: Verse and Pros', respectively. This was the period in my life when I really developed an appreciation for acting.

In addition, I have performed in an ensemble production of Carol Ann Duffy's Grimm Tales at Birmingham's Crescent Theatre.

On one occasion, I was fortunate to fill an acting role after a late drop-out; this was my first time behind the camera and I gained a real appreciation for the differences between the environments of a film set and a theatre space.

 

Funny story?
In our lower-school production of Dracula, a friend and fellow cast-member put a superman curl in his hair for the sombre final scene of our last show of the run.

He made sure I was aware of this alteration before going on stage and I was almost in tears trying to hold back a torrent of laughter - it was not that short a scene and my face was visibly contorted all the way through it.


David KinghornDavid Kinghorn

Why did you want to be a part of this production?
I did A View from the Bridge last year and had such a great time I wanted to do it again.

 

What are you looking forward to from taking part?
Working with and learning from professional actors.

 

What has been your experience of theatre so far?
I have a Hons Degree in Drama from the University of Liverpool and over 25 years experience in amateur theatre.

 

Interesting fact?
I once had lunch with multi-academy award winning filmmaker, Nick Park, creator of Wallace and Gromit.

 

 

 

 

 


Rachel LouiseRachel Louise

Why did you want to be a part of this production?
It seemed an interesting chance to get back into performance and learn new skills.

 

What are you looking forward to from taking part?
I am mostly looking forward to being back on stage and meeting new people.

 

What has been your experience of theatre so far?
I trained at Drama School in London in the early noughties, but didn't really do much when I left! I have had a few, small parts in productions.

 

Interesting fact?
I used to work at Buckingham Palace as a Royalty Protection Officer.

 

 

 

 


Rosemary Manjunath

Why did you want to be a part of this production?
I love theatre in general but particularly drama and as a former drama ambassador for the Touring Consortium, I appreciate the quality of their productions. I am really excited to be one of the twelve. 

 

What are you looking forward to from taking part?
Being involved with the Touring Consortium again and meeting the other 11 members of the ensemble. 

 

What has been your experience of theatre so far?
I regularly go to the theatre, whether professional or amateur. I belong to an amateur theatre company Grange Players in Walsall for whom I act and direct. I have also directed and acted for other local companies. 

I am a theatre reviewer for Behind the Arras.

 

Interesting fact?
I played Ruth in Calendar Girls and got 'discretely' naked on stage and I've been a dead woman in a coffin on BBC Doctors!


Tom McCannTom McCann

Why did you want to be a part of this production?
I haven't been in a production of this scale at an established theatre before. A Tale of Two Cities is a timeless classic and I'm enthusiastic to be a part of the Touring Consortium's artistic vision for it.

 

What are you looking forward to from taking part?
To gaining more acting experience, working alongside professionals in the industry, and the after show drinks with the cast of course.

 

What has been your experience of theatre so far?
I studied Drama and Theatre Arts at the University of Birmingham, graduating this year with a 2:1. Throughout my three years at UoB, I was heavily involved in student productions at the Guild of Students, as well as being cast in the UoB 2016 summer opera - The Beggar's Opera - at The Barber Institute of Fine Arts.

Interesting fact?
I was an Irish dancer for several years, competing both solo and with teams, in both regional and world championships.

 

 

 


Matthew Ralphs

Why did you want to be a part of this production?
Having just finished my drama degree, it's giving me an opportunity to work with a professional team in a theatre local to me.

 

What are you looking forward to from taking part?
Seeing how a professional production is put together, from the rehearsals to the finished show.  I am excited about the experience as a whole.   

 

What has been your experience of theatre so far?
I have always enjoyed going to the theatre and have studied drama at university, as well as taking part in many amateur productions. I would like to pursue a career in the professional industry.  

 

Interesting fact?
I have been told that I look like Benedict Cumberbatch and was once advised by an audience member that if the acting career doesn't take off, I should apply to become Benedict's stunt double - personally, I can't see the resemblance!

 

 


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.