Meet Our Cast and Crew

Cast

Hannah Lawrence playing Violet Weston
IMG_1914 - Copy3rd Year: English

Hannah is a third year English student. In her spare time she writes and plays guitar, and enjoys swimming and travelling. Her first performance with the university was last summer when she played Adele in EUTCo’s Fringe production of Herons. She has also been in Aftermath Films’ The Package. She feels very lucky to be part of this cast and can’t wait to perform at the Northcott.

Katherine Stevens playing  Barbara Fordham
IMG_19011st Year: English

Katherine is in her first year at Exeter studying English. She likes listening to music, making things, and going out with friends. She used to like reading books, but now she actually has to. At school Katherine was in many productions, including playing Viola in ‘Twelfth Night’ and Ratty in ‘The Wind in the Willows’. Katherine is a member of the National Youth Theatre, completed the filming of the independent film ‘Long Forgotten Fields’ this summer, and has worked with Secret Cinema on their productions of ‘Prometheus’ and ‘Dirty Dancing’. She is so excited to be a part of August!

Kitty Wright playing Jean Fordham
IMG_19582nd Year: Philosophy and Anthropology

Not being a drama student herself Kitty was initially unsure of how involved she’d be able to get with drama at Exeter, however she managed to take part in two plays last year The House of Bernarda Alba and one of the T3 plays, Kill the Beast. These productions displayed to Kitty how possible it is to practice drama whilst not studying it as a subject. While she had such a great time working on these productions, Kitty believes August: Osage County is by far her biggest achievement in the drama scene at Exeter to date.

Elizabeth Ryan playing Mattie Fae Aiken
IMG_1916 - Copy1st Year: Drama

Elizabeth’s hobbies include, baking, going to see theatre, reading, going to gigs. Elizabeth has done a number of productions at her old school, including Sound of Music and Fiddler on the Roof. Elizabeth has also done one production with the National Youth Theatre in 2011. Elizabeth is very excited and honoured to be in August: Osage County and looking forward to performing it in February.

Hannah Aldridge playing Ivy Weston
IMG_18803rd Year: Drama

Hannah Aldridge is playing the part of Ivy Western in August: Osage County, the middle daughter of the Western sisters. Hannah is a third year drama student and is making her debut at the Northcott theatre; she is really enjoying getting stuck into the role of Ivy. Hannah is ecstatic to be part of such an exciting project, ‘I couldn’t be happier, I am working with such a brilliant team and am enjoying every moment.’ As well as drama, Hannah’s hobbies and interests also involve playing the guitar, sports, travelling and filmmaking.

Miranda Stewart playing Karen Weston
IMG_1903 - Copy 2nd Year: Anthropology

Miranda Stewart is a 2nd year Anthropology student.  After doing an Art Foundation at Falmouth she couldn’t wait for the opportunities and drama facilities of Exeter University.  Last year she had fun playing Titania in Midsummer Night’s Dream, Tamora in Titus Andronicus, the Maid in House of Bernarda Alba, and many parts in Behind Closed Doors.  She has had a taste of television, too, as Shirley in George Gently (BBC 1), Princess Elizabeth in The Devil’s Whore (Channel 4) and Barbara in New Worlds (Channel 4, to be aired this February).  August Osage County is Miranda’s first Northcott show and she is thrilled to have this opportunity:  ‘it is so exciting to share with such a great troupe in bringing this extraordinary play to the stage.’

Luca Owenbridge playing Sheriff Deon Gilbeau
IMG_1894 - Copy2nd Year: History and Politics

Luca Owenbridge is a 2nd year history and politics student at exeter. He enjoys surfing and acting and has worked with EUTCo before in productions of Twelve Angry Men and Peter Shaffers Amadeus. He’s really looking forward to working with the August: Osage County team and plans to continue taking part in productions and acting as much as possible.

Ryan Whittle playing Steve Heidebrecht
IMG_18863rd Year: Drama

Ryan is a third year drama student and August: Osage County will be his sixth production with EUTCo. As well as his involvement with EUTCo, Ryan has also been involved in several other productions within the university including Punk Rock and R+J and hopes to go into acting when his time at Exeter comes to an abrupt and frightening end. Outside of all of this he doesn’t do much else, nothing interesting enough to put here anyway. He often drops into conversation that he makes a really good sea bass dish.

Darren Siah playing Bill  Fordham
IMG_19222nd Year: Drama

Darren has been enjoying the August: Osage County experience so far, saying: “I am thrilled and grateful to be part of this year’s Northcott Show as the character ‘Bill’. The rehearsal process for this production is not like one I’ve ever experienced and this is thanks to the creative brilliance of our show’s directors.  I am so excited to be working with such professional and inspiring people and the sheer talent of the cast has made rehearsals a really enjoyable, enriching and rewarding experience”. Apart from Drama, Darren’s other hobbies include art, script-reading, music, cycling, exploring and (in time) perhaps even some on-set practical joking! Some of his past experiences include Malcolm in ‘On Hold’ [London & Edinburgh performances], Juror 3 in ‘Twelve Angry Men’ [EUTCo], Puck in ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ [The Petersfield Shakespeare Festival] and Saturninus in ‘Shakespeare Bingo!’ at the Edinburgh Fringe.

Philippe Edwards playing Little Charles Aiken.
IMG_18842nd Year: Drama

Philippe is a 2nd year Drama Student. After being at Exeter University for a year he has decided to pursue acting as a career. This is his first Northcott and EUTCo show and he is extremely excited to be involved. Since being at Exeter, his roles have included ‘Dick’ in ‘Small People’ (Tadpole Theatre Company), ‘Oberon’ in ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, ‘Stephen’s Father’ in ‘Politicians in Dressing Gowns’,  ‘Romeo’ in ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and ‘Nicholas’ in ‘Punk Rock’ (Revived in London, Theatro Technis Theatre). He hopes you enjoy the show!

Jordan Edgington playing Charles Aiken
IMG_19003rd Year: Sports and Exercise Science

Jordan is a third year Sports and Exercise Science student. He is originally from the town of Rugby in Warwickshire – a county which he represented for both football and rugby. Jordan has always been a huge sports fan and participated in a variety over the years at high standards. He currently writes for Exeposé and is a member of Xpression FM’s sports team. This will be Jordan’s second time performing with EUTCo after having a role in their 2013 Edinburgh Fringe show Herons.

Bryony Skinn playing Johanna Monevata
IMG_1911 - Copy1st Year: English

Bryony has been involved with drama since the age of 10 starting with primary school productions of Babushka and progressing to do Theatre Studies at A-Level. Her most recent roles include Liz Morden in Our Country’s Good and Katherina in The Taming of the Shrew. Outside of drama Bryony enjoys hockey, having captained her secondary school team she has taken up the sport on an intramural level at the university. Bryony’s biggest hobby is, ignobly, video games. To her nothing beats a good cup of tea and Assassins Creed.

Ciaran Elmes playing Beverly Weston
IMG_19271st Year: Mechanical Engineering

Ciaran Elmes is a 1st year Mechanical Engineer. Originally from London he is a member of the National Youth Theatre and XTV here on campus. He has also participated in a number of musicals; notably as Orin Scrivello in Little Shop of Horrors.

Production Team

Jamie Manton – co-director
IMG_19303rd Year: Drama

Having avoided extra curricular drama for the first two years of his time at Exeter, Jamie has got thoroughly involved in the past 6 months: In Term 3 he played Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet, he also played Billy in EUTCo’s Edinburgh Fringe Production of Herons and he had his directing debut alongside recent graduate, Kath Darke, doing Simon Stephens’ Punk Rock which went on to have a successful sell out run in London. To finish the summer, Jamie went on to shadow Christopher Alden on his new production of Die Fledermaus at The English National Opera before coming back and taking up August: Osage County with Lucy Hirst.

Lucy Hirst – co-director
IMG_19543rd Year: Drama

Lucy Hirst is in her final year of undergraduate study at the University. A keen writer and director, Lucy wrote, co-directed and produced her own piece of theatre last summer, as well as co-directing a clinical adaptation of Lord of the Flies and starring as the Nurse in last year’s production of Romeo and Juliet set in Exeter’s very own Lemon Grove. This year Lucy has already staged an extract of Marsha Norman’s Night Mother and is progressing towards a found space production of Jez Butterworth’s The River before the end of term. August: Osage County is the largest of Lucy’s productions to date and she has great confidence in the ability of her “incredible cast”.

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