Stephen Oswald, Director.
I am the founder of The Canting Crew. I relocated to London from Scotland to study acting in 2011. I have been acting and directing for over 20 years, gaining critical success with my direction of A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream, The Crucible, Mary, Queen of Scots Got Her Head Chopped Off and Hirta – for which I was nominated for an Edinburgh Fringe First and a New Scottish Writing award.
Dracula will be the first project of many for The Canting Crew.
Kimberly Black (Florrie Hathersage)
Theatre Credits include: Florrie’s mum~Music Hall installation, Leading Lady~Bring me Sunshine, Prince Charming/Fairy Godmother Cinderella, Bill in Absolute Hell ( The Workhouse Theatre), Soloist (Down the Rabbit Hole), resident singer (Flirty not Dirty), Soloist (BYT 25th Anniversary Celebration), Soloist for Dollymix Entertainment.
Teaching credits: Choreographer & co director for MAD (Music and Drama), Choreographer for HMS Summer Project.
Wayne Burke (Arthur Seward)
I trained at Arts Educational schools on the MA Acting course. Since training, I have played Hindley Earnshaw in a new musical version of Wuthering Heights (written by Kitty MacDonald). Whilst training roles included: Marvin ( in Tender by Abi Morgan), Bobby (in Company by Stephen Sondheim), Caliban (the Tempest), Joseph ( in the début production of Under the concrete, waiting by Sarah Wooley). I am very excited to be playing Arthur Seward in the Canting Crew’s début production
Tara Crabbe (Mina Westerman)
Theatre Credits include: Sandy~The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie , Ermyntrude~The Inca of Perusalem, Tessie~O’Flaherty VC. Mrs Lovett/Sally Bowles in Grantley’s Musical Revue. Prior to training at The Poor School, I read Classics at Cambridge, I also sang with ADC playing Sarah Brown in Guys and Dolls, directing and singing as first soprano The Clementines and singing as an external choral exhibitioner with the choirs of Corpus Christi and Christ’s Colleges on international tours.
Conor Craig-Stephens (Dracula)
Theatre Credits include: Teddy Lloyd~The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Snooks~Market Boy. I am also a Freerunner and Slackliner. Prior to training I worked with MovieFilmUK Online as Lead Editor, and stood in as a Runner for the Film Department at Mountview before finding where I wanted to be was on the other side of the lens.
Nathanael Johnson (Jonathan Harker)
Theatre credits: Dad~Market Boy. O’Flaherty~O’Flaherty VC
I have recently graduated from the 2 year course at The Poor School. I gained a degree in Performance at Southampton Solent University. I am hugely excited to be involved in this hugely ambitious first project by The Canting Crew.
Michael Brady (Van Helsing)
I was born in west London of Irish heritage and have lived my whole life in London. I studied at the Questors Theatre, Ealing Broadway and then went to The Central School of Speech and Drama, Swiss Cottage.
I have just written my first play.
Jennifer Lee-May (Mrs Manners/Dr Goldman/Nurse Grice/Nurse Nisbett)
A graduate of The Poor School, and previously The New York Film Academy in Los Angeles where I gained an Acting for Film Diploma. Theatre credits include: Mrs Marriner~Absolute Hell, Elizabeth~ Murderer, Irma Applewood~Looking For Normal, Trudy Parks~Man of the Moment. Margery Pinchwife in the Musical Lust. You can currently see me in the in national advertising campaign for “You View”.
Kayleigh McKnight (Lucy Westerman)
I have just graduated from the Guildford School of Acting, having previously trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.
Theatre credits: Edwin Drood~The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Irene/Mary ~Jerry Springer the Opera, Grushinskaya~ Grand Hotel. I also t with the choir for Children of Eden at the Prince of Wales Theatre, The Mother in The Dummy Tree at the Tristan Bates Theatre and performed at the St James Theatre in a couple of cabarets as a featured vocalist and as a backing singer.
Simon Mitelman (Renfield)
Theatre Credits: Henry Higgins~’Pygmalion’. Cheubutykin~’Three Sisters’. Sweeney~ Sondheim’s ‘Sweeney Todd’ and The Inca~ ‘The Inca of Perusalem’.
I was a member of the theatre company ‘Tremor Cordis’ and toured Britain for 3 years playing Antonio in Much Ado About Nothing, Buckingham in Richard III , Malvolio in Twelfth Night and the Storyteller in ‘Grimm Tales’.
I am extremely excited to be part of Dracula and hope it is the first of many such innovative productions by The Canting Crew.
Richard Wheeler (Drinkwater)
I graduated from the poor school in 2012. Credits: Carlsberg’s major advert for the euros “the fan academy” directed by Peter Cattaneo. Reflections, a short film. I have really enjoyed working on Dracula and really love my character Drinkwater, he is dark,slobby, nasty and yet seems to have a slight softer side. He has never seen the orderlies behave nicely therefore thinks its the norm to poke and prod patients, Drinkwater does as he is told, and does exactly that, no matter how harsh.