MEet the Shakesperts
Let us present the shakesperts in our latest production: Kings in the Car park
Claire is a writer by day and an actress all other times. She recently completed an MA in Writing for Children at the University of Winchester, where she joined the local companies Foot in the Door Theatre and Gallows Productions. This is her first production with the Shakesperts, and is extremely excited about taking part in such an unusual show.
Since coming to Winchester, Claire has played Planchet in The Three Musketeers, Felicity in The Real Inspector Hound, Carabosse in Sleeping Beauty and a grumpy, ghostly Lady Macbeth for Scratch Shakespeare at the Theatre Royal. She has also written for Foot in the Door’s From Mansfield With Love on Youtube, and had a short story – The Witch House – published by Splendid Fred Magazine.
When not working, Claire enjoys cooking, murder mystery shows and books by Neil Gaiman. Her dream Shakespeare rolls are Puck from A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Beatrice from Much Ado About Nothing, and she would also love to play the part of Elphaba in Wicked one day.
Jessica is a criminal solicitor and enjoys the drama of the courtroom! She spends her days representing clients at the police station and the magistrates court, and loves nothing more than winning her case.
When she was younger, she was a member of the Hampshire Youth Theatre and attended Stage Coach every Saturday morning for 7 years. She then had to decide what to do with her life, and realised the closest thing to an actor is a lawyer! She unfortunately struggled to find time to continue her passion whilst she trained but now she is determined to develop her skills once more!
If Jessica could be any Shakespeare character, she would be Lady Macbeth from Macbeth. A strong, determined, and crazy lady with blood on her hands. Although it would take a better lawyer than Jess to defend her!
David graduated from The University of Winchester, with a degree in Drama and Media Studies. Whilst some think of it as two Mickey Mouse degrees, for the price of one, David has been able to effectively utilise the skills gained from this degree throughout many areas of his life.
David has a great passion for performing and has worked with a number of Theatre companies in a range of different productions such as One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, And Then There Were None & The Wonderful World of Dissocia (Performing Arts Winchester), Dear Antoine & In Room Five Hundred and Four (Southampton University Players) and Much Ado About Nothing, Taming of the Shrew and Doctor Faustus (Foot in the Door theatre) to name but a few.
David is also a keen writer, having recently discovered a real drive and love for the art form and currently he works as one of the writers for the online Literary Web-Series From Mansfield With Love. Earlier this year saw the debut of his short play Afterlife, which was performed as part of the Cuckoo Creative Arts first annual New Writing Festival, in Winchester.
David is beyond thrilled to be working with The Shakesperts and honoured to be part of a unique and wonderful production. If he could play any Shakespearean character, it would either be Hamlet or a chance to reprise the role of Dogberry from Much Ado About Nothing, because let it be writ down that he is....an Ass.
Gina is a Drama and English graduate originally from Essex, and has been using theatrical projects to keep herself out of trouble for many years now. She currently works heavily with Foot in the Door Theatre, and has Shakespeare-d with them as a performer on such titles as The Tempest, The Taming of the Shrew, and Much Ado About Nothing.
Also a director, Gina has a talent for bossing people around, and last year brought to life an all singing, all dancing jazz-era touring production of Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus – also with FITD. She currently directs, writes and edits for the company’s Youtube series ‘From Mansfield With Love’ – a modern adaptation of Austen’s ‘Mansfield Park’.
She has also dabbled in writing for the stage, and had her work performed as part of a showcase earlier this year with Cuckoo Creative Arts, in Winchester.
This is Gina’s first adventure with the Shakesperts and she is very excited to be involved! Her dream Shakespeare role would be to play the lead in Macbeth, because she doesn’t see why the boys should get all the fun
Claire is a drama teacher and writer. She has a passion for Children’s theatre and working in Theatre-in-Education so she spends most of her days chasing little people around halls, trying to inspire them with drama. Occasionally she tries to get them on stage, delivering performances, preferably without waving to the audience or picking their noses.
Claire studied Drama at the University of Winchester, while working three jobs. Since leaving university Claire has never had anything less than three jobs at any one time, except for the 6 months she spent travelling/teaching abroad. Currently, when she isn’t teaching, she runs around an abandoned shopping mall dressed up as a zombie while being shot at with BB guns.
Claire occasionally delves into the world of Performance, such as with the Shakesperts, and loves being on stage. Her last trip into acting was playing the Good Angel in ‘Doctor Faustus’. However, her career ambition lies off stage; writing and directing. She hopes to become a successful children’s theatre practitioner (that’s a mouthful!) and wishes to own her own theatre one day.
Rob is a science teacher that moonlights in the world of theatre. Most recently he played Old Man Strong in Stickman Productions's Urinetown, the Arbiter in Southampton Operatic Society's Chess, and performed The Craft of the Cooper with Gone Rogue Productions at Edinburgh Fringe Festival. He also co-wrote the book for 8 Storeys Up with Slipstream Theatre, which had a successful Fringe run in 2013 and directed Parade with SUSU Showstoppers, The Pillowman and Blithe Spirit with SUSU Theatre Group. He's delighted to be performing with the Shakesperts again having performed his first ever Shakespeare with them last year!
There are a lot of meaty roles Rob is getting a crack at in this production, but if he were to play any other Shakespearian legend it would be the mighty Mercutio from Romeo & Juliet!