Stephen Oswald, Director
Stephen Oswald has been acting, writing, directing, and evolving theatre and physical performance pieces for over 25 year and has formed both production specific and continuing theatre companies. Relocating from Edinburgh to London in 2011, Stephen trained for 2 years at The Poor School in Kings Cross before forming The Canting Crew to continue the strong working relationships he had forged in training.
A director familiar with both classical text and new works, his work has gained critical praise and a nomination for an Edinburgh Fringe First, and New Scottish Writing awards.
Robert Ashe, Old Man 1
Robert Ashe has appeared in many well-known TV programmes including Bottom, Red Dwarf, Eastenders, Morse, ChuckleVision, Whizziwig, and Murder Rooms. His film credits include The First Olympics, Going Home, Guru in Seven, and Chasing Liberty. He has played in theatres all over the country and, for a short while, in Germany. Credits include Lysander in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” Leonato in “Much Ado About Nothing,” the Friar in “Romeo and Juliet,” Scrooge in “A Christmas Carol,” George in “The London Cuckolds,” Kevin in “The Swan,” Jerry in “The Zoo Story” and Highpockets Duncan in “Buddy.” Robert also directed the original production of the hit show “Round The Horne… Revisited” prior to its successful transfer to London’s west end and, most recently, directed “Setting the Share” at the Soho Theatre, “Extracts From My Diary” at The Pleasance Theatre and “A Christmas Carol” for the Globe Players.
Ian Macnoughton, Old Man 2
Ian started acting recently following a career change from education. He started as a nursery teacher and left as a head teacher. Being involved in community drama at the London Bubble was his release and the starting point for his acting. Later he trained at the actors centre and the City Lit. It was at City Lit that he attended a clown summer school led by Gerry Flanagan. This he found challenging and inspiring. Since then he’s sought out acting opportunities that help him to improve his craft and take him into new directions. Fun is crucial too.
His theatre work includes everything from Shakespeare, musical theatre, pantomime, directed readings new writing and devised pieces. He has worked outside on promenade pieces and immersive site specific pieces. He’s toured playing small and large theatres, village halls, schools and hospitals and hospices. His fringe credits include everything from Merriman & Lane in the Importance of Being Earnest, the voice in Under Milk Wood, both at the London Theatre, New Cross, Egeus in a Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Chelsea Theatre, Bob & the principal in ‘National Xpress’, at the 503 Theatre, Shigolch in Lulu, the mayor in Kafka’s ‘the Castle’, the bishop in ‘DeSade’ at the Lord Stanley in Camden, David in ‘Father for Justice’ with Ineptrepid, Dave, Billy and Jim in ‘Belfast Girl a Love Story’ with The London Irish Theatre, and Councillor Agar in ‘The Regent’s Canal, A Folk Opera’ with Musical Flying Squad.
His film credits include Joe in ‘A Day A Life’ (dir. Paul Olding, Bongo Reef Pictures) and Henry Hale the license Inspector in’ Television (dir. Graham Gunner). Last Dance/ Scifi 48HR Film Challenge (Art.War.Entertainent Ltd.), Down in Smoke (Westminster Adult Education) and Lost & Found (UA Norwich).
He’s recently started writing for theatre, and is currently devising a show based on Fahrenheit 451.
Ian is thrilled to be part of the Canting Crew for this production.
Danielle Tabor, Child
Danielle Tabor started her career in TV and film. Her first major role was playing Angelina Johnson in the first three Harry Potter movies. After such a huge start, Danielle went on to work on shows such as Kerching, The Mysti show and ‘U Get me’ She has also starred in Casualty, The Bill, Holby City, Law and Order:Uk and most recently Doctors. After training for three years Danielle has begun to play more roles in Theatre. She worked with The Drama Centre, starring in ‘Pigmalion Zoo’ at The Platform Theatre, which went on to play at The Edinborough Fringe festival last year year. Danielle also played Alice in a promenade production of Alice in Wonderland last summer and at the end of the year starred in two plays by Daniel Rusteau, ‘Inhale Deep:Exhale slow’ and ‘The Trusting Princess. Most recently Danielle played ‘Lucy’ a young girl swept into a world of darkness and drug addiction in the musical ‘Out of Order’ by playwrite Gee Spazzo, at The courtyard Theatre and has a busy year ahead being cast in feature film ‘Our Wildest Moments’ to be shot later this year.When Danielle isn’t on stage or behind the camera, you will find her behind the lap top writing her very own sit coms and developing a two woman show with her mum. Short version: Danielle Tabor started her career in TV and film. Her first major role was playing Angelina Johnson in the first three Harry Potter movies. After such a huge start, Danielle went on to work on shows such as The Mysti show, Casualty, Law and Order:Uk and most recently Doctors. Most recently she has begun to play more roles in Theatre playing Alice in a promenade production of Alice in Wonderland last summer. Danielle just finished playing ‘Lucy’ in the musical ‘Out of Order’ by play write Gee Spazzo, at The courtyard Theatre. When Danielle isn’t on stage or behind the camera, you will find her behind the lap top writing her very own sit coms and developing a two woman show with her mum.
Shereen Gray, Mother
Shereen Gray trained at the Identity Drama School. She recently made her screen debut as a guest star in ITV drama series Law & Order: UK. Further credits include Clint Dyer’s production of Torn at the Arcola Theatre.
Anneli Page, Ascetic
Tara Crabbe, Young Woman
Tara is one of the founding Directors of The Canting Crew, and since graduating in June 2013 has enjoyed working as a Producer and Actor on all three of the company’s projects to date. Alongside her work for The Canting Crew she has featured in several short films with production companies including Channel4 News, Sonder Media, and KashKahn Productions. Her work with the latter, the short film Office Release, was shortlisted for the ‘Let’s All Be Free’ International Film Festival, where it premiered in London earlier this year.
Sandy Batchelor, Young Man
Sandy was brought up in the east coast of Scotland before training at The Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Since then he has enjoyed working in theatres around the country playing a variety of roles.
Most recently he performed as First Soldier and Cassio understudy in Othello, directed by Nic Hytner and Sergeant Conrad in The Captain of Kopenick, directed by Adrian Noble both for the National Theatre. Previously to this he played the Boatswain in The Tempest directed by Adrian Noble, Brodie in The Real Thing directed by Kate Saxon and Jack in Jack and the Beanstalk directed by Andrew Panton. From 2009 – 2011 Sandy performed at Pitlochry Festival Theatre playing Dr Johnston in Dr Angelus, Bo Decker in Bus Stop, Steven Flowers in Privates on Parade, Freddy Eynsford-hill in My Fair Lady, Bill Calhoun in Kiss Me Kate, Sergeant Odd in Whisky Galore – A Musical! and Prince Charlemagne in Cinderella directed by John Durnin, Ken Alexander and Richard Barron. He has also played Scarecrow in The Citizens Theatre’s production of The Wizard of Oz Directed by Guy Hollands and Andrew Panton.
Film and Radio credits include Angus Crombie in Our World War for BBC3, Private McGregor in Magic Grandad for BBC1and Watty in Silver Bullet for BBC Radio 4.
Matt Norton, Worker
Matthew has recently returned to the Uk from New Zealand where he has worked as a professional actor for the past five years on a number of Theatre, Film and Television projects. One of these, as short film, JESS recently premiered at the Cannes festival 2014. Having returned tot he UK to explore both the opportunities and his own potential, Matthew is very excited to be working with this dynamic, forward thinking, young company. Having long admired the absurdist, existential masters, the chance to explore this forgotten forbear was not to be missed. Matthew hopes that this is the beginning of a fruitful and rigorous relationship with the Canting Crew and hopes that this is the beginning of a fruitful and rigorous relationship for you, with this masterpiece and its author.
Simon Mitelman, Fool
Simon graduated from The Poor School in 2013, alongside Stephen and Tara. Since graduating he has appeared in numerous plays and short films.
Credits include: Stage – Buckingham (Richard III), Malvolio (Twelfth Night) and Antiono (Much Ado About Nothing) – all for Tremor Cordis. Blind Man (The Visit) TTC (winner: Best Supporting Actor SWAN award)
Film – Commander-In-Chief (Rules of War), Charlie Evans (Palm Sunday)
He is proud to be part of the StonewallUK anti-bullying campaign (#NoBystanders). Simon is also the Financial Director and founder member of The Canting Crew.
Victoria Lennox, Old Woman
Victoria has just returned from playing Polly Wyeth in ‘Other Desert Cities’ at the English Theatre in Vienna. Theatre credits include: Representation Soho Theatre – Macbeth Sheffield Crucible – The Way of the World Chichester – Burnt By The Sun National Theatre – Death of a Salesman Lyric Theatre – Present Laughter Bath Theatre Royal/Tour – Midnight Cowboy Edinburgh Festival – The Twelve Pound Look and Independence Tabard Theatre – Linger, The Dark Room and Shreds And Fancies London New Plays Festival – The Shaming of Bright Millar Contact Theatre – Night Mother, 1953 and All’s Well That Ends Well Greenwich Playhouse – Whale Sheffield Crucible. Television credits include: Midsomer Murders, Foyle’s War, Casualty, Devil’s Advocate, Murder in Suburbia, Dogma TV, Hereafter, Wycliffe, Soldier Soldier, and The Bill. Film credits include: Thin Ice and Mr Tinnarman’s Travelling Medicine Show. Victoria graduated from The Michael Chekhov Studio NY in 1990 where she was awarded the John Gielgud scholarship.
Conor Craig Stephens, Proud Youth
Conor has acting blood in his veins: he knew from a young age that he had to be a performer as his granddad, P.G Stephens is a seasoned theatre actor who has worked with some of the greats. Watching him on stage he was totally in awe of what he was doing, and is sure this played a big part in inspiring him to become a storyteller.
Conor attended The Poor School’s 2 Year Acting Training, and graduated in June 2013. Theatre credits since graduating include playing Dracula in The Canting Crew’s production of Dracula by Liz Lochhead, directed by Stephen Oswald and Konstantine in The Seagull directed by Victor Sobchak. Conor has just finished filming in Ireland for his first feature film and cannot wait to see what’s in store next for the Kazantzakis Project.
Kimberly Black, Nun
Kimberly graduated from The Poor School in 2012. Theatre Credits include: Principle Vocalist for Tuesday in the Wyndams with Wayne-charity concert, Florrie Hathersage in Dracula with The Canting Crew, Florrie’s mum in Music Hall installation for the Museum of London Docklands, Leading Lady in Bring me Sunshine, Prince Charming/Fairy Godmother in Cinderella Pantomime, Soloist-Down the Rabbit Hole, resident singer-Flirty not Dirty, Soloist-BYT 25th Anniversary Celebration, Soloist for Dollymix Entertainment and The Inmates. Training credits include: Bill in Absolute Hell, Eva Temple in Orpheus Descending, Soloist for Grantley’s Musical all performed at The Workhouse Theatre. Teaching credits: Choreographer for MAD (Music and Drama), Choreographer/Director for HMS Summer Project.