Recent News of Other Lives actors, present and past
Richard Avery is a former RSC, Young Vic, Bristol Old Vic and West End actor, with appearances in Emmerdale, Coronation Street, The Bill and A Touch of Frost. Film credits include The Return of the Native. For Other Lives parts include Charles Dickens, Paul Gaughin and Wyn Evans in Epiphany, which he also wrote. Directing includes The Crucible, Arles, Mak the Thief, The Winter’s Tale, and two short films Destiny and The Product. In January 2011 he directed Waiting for Godot for Other Lives, and wrote and directed the April 2012 production of A Foreign Country, a musical play exploring the lives of real people living in the East Riding. He is Creative Director of the East Riding Theatre, and in 2014/15 played the Ghost of Jacob Marley and the Spirit of Christmas Present in the theatre’s inaugural production of A Christmas Carol.
Jamie Blake trained at the Manchester Metropolitan Drama School and with Theatre de Complicite. Her stage appearances include Jessica in The Merchant of Venice, Beverley in Abigail’s Party, Aoife in After Easter and Woman 1 in The Vagina Monologues. She appeared as Thea in the short film Destiny. For Other Lives she played Lucky in the 2011 production of Waiting for Godot and Muriel the Land Girl in the 2012 tour of A Foreign Country.
Danny Bradley’s credits include Blue Remembered Hills, Astria, A Night with Percy and George and Curtains. For Other Lives he has played Sir Jonathon in John John and Tom Learer and various other parts in A Foreign Country on tour and at Hull Truck.
Oliver Cooper has a degree in Drama and Theatre Studies from the University of Hull. He joined us for a corporate business presentation in Hull in 2017, and for the tour of Fallen Leaves in 2018. Other theatre includes The Forest (East Riding Theatre), Beauty and the Beast (Talegate Theatre), Result of a Man and his Ponderings (Z Theatre), The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole (Hull Truck). Film includes Warehouse (Short) Fight or Flight (short), One Summer When You Went Away (feature)
Jessica Duffield trained at Drama Studio London, having previously graduated from Hull University with a French and Drama Degree. Her work includes Rosalind in As You Like It, Isabella Bird and Win in Top Girls, Emily in Brontë, and she has recently toured with The Pied Piper Theatre Company playing Mum and Nan in My Big Little Sister. For Other Lives, she appeared as Natalya Stepanovna in The Proposal and as a reader in Marriage and Murder.
Eileen Dunwoodie, who has appeared with Hull Truck, Theatr Clwyd, and in the West End, and whose TV work includes East Enders, The Bill, Men Behaving Badly, As Time Goes By and Inspector Morse. She joined Other Lives in 2009 to play Madam Arcati in Cream of Coward. She is soon to appear in the film Tumult by Johnnie Barrington which is to shown at Robert Redford’s Sundance Film Festival.
Karena Franceska, former West End actress, joined the company for Terrible Events at Lincoln Cathedral and to take over the role of Tyb in our 2008 revival of Johan Johan. She re-joined the company for Cream of Coward.
Mike Frank trained at Central School of Speech and Drama in London. He has played The Landlord in Two, Konstantin in The Seagull, Benedict in Much Ado About Nothing, Ralph in Lord Of The Flies, Derek in Once A Catholic, and Jasperino in The Changeling; and for Other Lives Sir Jonathon in Johan Johan, Sir Bedivere in Morte d’Arthur, Daw in Mak the Thief, Estragon in the 2011 production of Waiting for Godot and Harlequin April 2012 production of A Foreign Country.
Jeremy Gittins, best known as the dishy vicar in TV’s Keeping Up Appearances, is currently engaged in corporate work in Brussels, and has recently made a commercial for Italian TV and another on a cruise ship in the Canaries with 1,000 Germans. He was master of cermemonies in the Other Lives Arco Trade shows which toured the UK.
Judith Hibbert has worked extensively in TV, musicals, cabaret and pantomime. Credits include Mrs Mullin in Carousel (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Madame Delilah (Dr Who Touring Company), and for years she has been a regular with the London Players Theatre with whom she has twice toured America. She joined Other Lives to sing ‘Don’t Put Your Daughter on the Stage, Mrs Worthington’ in Cream of Coward, and played Kathleen in the April 2012 tour of A Foreign Country.
Neil King’s appearances include Androcles in Androcles and the Lion, Robespierre in Danton’s Death, Pandarus in Troilus and Cressida and Polonius in Hamlet; for Other Lives he has played Sherlock Holmes, Johan Johan, Mr Resister, Smirnoff, Van Gogh, Lomov, John Aubrey in the one-man show Brief Lives, Arthur Dallison in Epiphany on stage, radio and film, Sydney in The Counsellor, Vladimir in Waiting for Godot and Tobias Bielby in A Foreign Country. Direction credits include The Duchess of Malfi, Guys and Dolls, Rumours and As You Like It.
Hannah Levy is a drama graduate of Manchester University and a company member of Paperfeet Theatre based in London. Stage credits include Marlene inThe Milkman and the Mountain, Helen in No Wonder, Jane in Nettles, and Sally in How Hard it Happens. She appeared as Clare in the 2013 Vernon’s Bingo TV Ad Campaign and for film Alice in Hobgoblyn. She joined Other Lives for the final five performances of Is There Anybody There…? and played Kate in the 2012 production of A Foreign Country.
Jennifer Luckraft, formerly of Alan Ayckbourn’s Scarborough company, and whose TV appearances include Casualty, London’s Burning , Dangerfield and Drop the Dead Donkey, joined Other Lives for Mak the Thief, playing Gill / Mary.
Jaqueline Lythe has played Tyb in first run of Other Lives’ production of Johan Johan.
Gordon Meredith has been with the Beverley Theatre Company since 1998, parts including all three male leads in Neil Simon’s American comedy Plaza Suite, Jockey Patrick in Ladies’ Day, Tony in Mike Leigh’s Abigail’s Party and the suicidal coal miner, Phil, in Brassed Off. For his professional debut he played Pozzo in Other Lives’ production of Waiting for Godot and Jim the Trawlerman in Other Lives’ April 2012 tour of A Foreign Country. He is Design Director of the East Riding Theatre, and in 2014/15 he played the Bob Cratchit in the East Riding Theatre’s inaugural production of A Christmas Carol.
Terrie Oakshott’s credits at drama school included Donna in Taking Care of Baby, Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Iris in The Love of The Nightingale. Since graduating she has appeared as Zoe in The Last room I Checked at The Arcola, Tammy in Ballroom Glitz and Nora in Spacewang at Hull Truck as part of A Play, a Pint and a Pie performances. Film and TV credits include Channel 4’s To be or not to be in Shakespeare, Fay in Via Domus, Lacey Howells in the series Watch Over Me and Katy in the 2011 Drink Aware Campaign. Tilly contributed as a choreographer to Other Lives’ forthcoming production of A Foreign Country and is delighted to be working in her hometown once again.
John Peters, whose career includes theatre, film and television in both England and Canada, and who was that ‘very, very nice’ AA man in a series of TV commercials, joined the Other Lives for Cream of Coward and played Mak in Mak the Thief.
Lucy Stabler joined Other Lives to play Natashyia Stepanovna in the March 2009 revival of The Proposal.
Corinne Stead, after her tour of the Basque region of Spain with the Ulkranian Bulava Chorus, took time out from her pursuit of a career in opera to join us for Cream of Coward.
Ross Tomlinson began his professional career as a naughty schoolboy in Channel 4’s Longford with Jim Broadbent. He has since appeared on TV as Dom Robertson in A Class Apart and Zak Pritchard in Doctors. On stage he has appeared in Les Miserables, Grease, as Papageno in The Magic Flute, and the title role in Jesus Christ Superstar. For Other Lives he appeared as The Boy in Waiting for Godot.
Emma Willis is a regular TV face. Parts include Charlie Watterson in Dr Who, Vikki Meedes in Grange Hill, and Angel in the Philadelphia Cream Cheese commercial. She is currently working in LA. Emma was a wonderful hostess in the Other Lives Arco Trade shows which toured the UK.
Gabriel Winter trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama. Credits include Astria, Jean-Paul Marat in Hull Truck Youth’s theatre Marat/Sade and Bill Sykes in Oliver Twist for the East Riding Theatre, for whom he is to play Hamlet in 2016. For Other Lives he played William the Farmer in for the April 2012 tour of A Foreign Country.
“The actor absorbs and then reflects other lives” Olive Schreiner
Danny Bradley ‘s credits include Blue Remembered Hills, Astria, A Night With Percy and George and Curtains.