MEET THE CAST

29 May, 2014 - St. Paul's Church, Covent Garden, London

JOFRE ALSINA

as Flashy West

Jofre comes from Barcelona, where he gained a BA Hons. in Physical Theatre at the Spanish Institut del Teatre. In London he studied drama at Rose Bruford College where he further developed his skills with the piano and the double bass. He graduated in 2009 with a BA Hons in Actor-Musicianship.

During training, Jofre played Papa Gonzalez in Summer And Smoke, Duke Frederick in As You Like It and the MD & Mayor in Moll Flanders at the New Players Theatre.

Jofre most recently performed as Alderman Fitzwarren in the New Wolsey Theatre rock 'n roll panto, Dick Whittington. His previous credits include: Brazil – Project Dreams and The Red Shoes (Secret Cinema), The Walrus in Alice Through The Looking Glass (5 Hertford Street), In The Beginning Was The End (site specific at Somerset House for Dreamthinkspeak), Gulliver’s Travels (TNT European Tour), Faust (DumbWise), the Ogre in Sleeping Beauty (Birmingham Rep.), The Wind In The Willows (Derby Theatre), and A Christmas Carol (King’s Head Theatre).

SUSANNAH AUSTIN

as Roustie / Child (Voice)

As the daughter of folk singer/songwriter Claire Hamill, Susannah is from a music business family. As a singer and songwriter she has been likened to Joni Mitchell, Sandy Denny and Stevie Nicks, and has been described as having 'soaring, ethereal female vocals that bring tons of warmth' (Pure Groove). Most recently she has been collaborating with electronica DJ Tythe (Sunday Best Records), and co-wrote and recorded the radio ad 'Autotune', for Dove with Ogilvy and Mather. It won a Gold Lion at the 2013 international Cannes Lions and was the first radio commercial for which Ogilvy have ever won Gold. It subsequently won an Aerial Award and will soon be aired nationwide and was awarded gold at the prestigeous Campaign BIG Awards in October. Susannah is a prolific songwriter who has the ability to touch her audience, not only with her lyrics, but with a vocal tone that makes her unique.

Her forthcoming album, provisionally titled 'Forgive and Forget' is produced by Tymon Dogg of The Clash/Mescaleros. It is a twist on a traditional pop record, blending her musical roots with a soulful mix of acoustic instrumentation, taking classic acoustic sounds and adding modern rock and pop inflections, in a way that sets it apart from any other album or artist.

DAN DE CRUZ

as Bertie Mortello and on piano

Dan gained a BMus (Hons) from the University of Surrey before going on to train on the post-graduate course at Guildford School of Acting.

Theatre credits include: Awal Shah/Maharajah in The Far Pavilions, Dr Patel in Time's Up (Shaftesbury Theatre); Vernon Gersch in They're Playing Our Song, DS Troughton in Run For Your Wife (Queen's Theatre); Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet (Stafford Festival Shakespeare); King Rat in Dick Whittington, Martin in Mods and Rox (New Wolsey Theatre); Richie Valens/Elvis Presley in Buddy vs The Killer (The British Theatre Playhouse); Zoltan Kaparthy in My Fair Lady, Pepe in West Side Story (Aberystwyth Arts Centre); Mr Jenus in Dawlish Road (Soho Theatre); Hernia in Cinderella, Aladdin in Aladdin (Leeds City Varieties); Robin Hood in Robin Hood & the Babes In The Wood (Clwyd Theatr Cymru); Beast in Beauty and the Beast (Theatre Royal); Principle Vocalist in Black Mountain Male Voice Choir (USA Tour); Pirate King in Pirates of Penzance (Yvonne Arnaud); Host/Nicholas/Damien in The Canterbury Tales (Electric Theatre), George Pepper in Talent to Amuse (Loseley House); Leon Czolgosz in Assassins (Founder’s Studio).

Film and TV credits include: Chris in Treasure, Pianist in BBC HD commercial, The Chosen in Chosen, KY in Face Value, Salesman for Blackberry, Badjay/Nani Double in Planet Ajay, Policeman in Kotodama and IT Consultant for Bausch & Lomb.

For more information, check out www.dandecruz.com and follow Dan on Twitter @dandecruzactor

DAVID HEWSON

as Wally Koko and on piano

David Hewson is an actor-musician, MD and composer and an associate artist with Dumbwise theatre company.

MD credits include Twisted Christmas at the Liverpool Everyman, The Matchgirls at Wilton’s Music Hall and When you hear my voice at St. James Cavalier in Malta.

Composition credits include Faust which won the Brighton Fringe Argus Angel award and is set to tour in autumn 2014. 

HANNAH KEAST

as Mary Jane

Hannah trained at The MTA (Musical Theatre Academy) and is absolutely thrilled to be playing Mary Jane in The Man Who Stole The Circus.

Her professional credits include: Vocalist on the Original Concept Recording of Lift The Musical, Donna in Lia’s guide to winning the lottery workshop (Perfect Pitch), Sex and the Village (concept album recording with Perfect Pitch), MacMillian Centenary Gala (The London Palladium), and Tommy in Concert (The Prince Edward).

FRANCES MCNAMEE

as Maria

Frances trained at East 15 Acting School (graduating 2009) during which time she was awarded the Laurence Olivier Bursary. She has recently been nominated for an Off West End Award (Best Female) for her performance in Punishment Without Revenge which was part of the Arcola/Theatre Royal Bath's Spanish Golden Age season that also included A Lady of Little Sense and Don Gil

Other Theatre credits: Pride and Prejudice (Regent's Park); A Midsummer Night's Dream (Royal and Derngate); The Borrowers (Northern Stage); Epsom Downs (Salisbury Playhouse);The Phoenix of Madrid, The Surprise of Love (Theatre Royal Bath); Peeping Ends - Workshop Performance (National Theatre Studio); Bronte (Shared Experience/UK tour/Watermill Theatre); Aladdin (Watford Palace Theatre); The Road to Nab End (Oldham Coliseum); Guantanamo Boy (Stratford Circus); Jump! (Live Theatre, Newcastle); Les Misérables 20th Anniversary Gala Performance (West End).

Frances has been involved in the development of several new musicals including 1916: The MusicalPride and Prejudice (Lyric Theatre Belfast) and is very excited about being involved in the early stages of The Man Who Stole The Circus.

SIMEON OAKES

as Ring Master / Roustie / Clown

Simeon graduated from Drama Studio London in July 2010 where he played a variety of roles such as Richard in Crimp’s The Country, George Voynitski in Chekhov’s The Wood Demon, King Henry in Shakespeare’s Henry VI (part 1,2,3), Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Kav in Willy Russell’s Stags And Hens.

Professional theatre credits include: Playing a musketeer based on Aramis in the BBC interactive event for their show The Musketeers; Sherlock Holmes in Sherlock Holmes (Leicester Square Theatre and The King's Head); Mademoiselle Julie at the Barbican Theatre starring Juliette Binoche; Peer Gynt in Peer Gynt (Riverside Studios); Aramis in an open-air adaptation of The Three Musketeers;  a tour of national theatres around Germany with Mr Ibrahim et les Fleurs du Coran, playing the lead role;  Samuel in The Pirates of Penzance (The Tabard Theatre); Lt. Mulvaney in Rattigan's While The Sun Shines (Pentameters Theatre); work with Secret Cinema on The Battle of Algiers (Old Vic Tunnels), The Shawshank Redemption, Brazil, and the Hotel manager in The Grand Eagle Hotel featuring Laura Marling; Adam in the premiere of the brand new musical Love Beyond (London premiere at Wembley Arena this October).

He has also featured in several professional short and feature films.

Simeon was selected to attend a workshop at the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-Upon-Avon where he met Hannah Miller and worked with Lyn Darnley, Alison Sutcliffe and Cicely Berry.

TOM WHITELOCK

as Roustie / Drag Clown

Tom trained as an Actor-Musician at Rose Bruford after completing a diploma in singing at LIPA.  

Theatre credits include: Paris in Romeo & Juliet (Shakespeare's Globe); Pete/The Comedian/Rubinstein in Anthony Burgess' A Clockwork Orange (Soho Theatre/Norway tour); Ferdinand/Alonso in Tiny Tempest (Pleasance Islington); Faust (Greenwich); Kicking & Screaming (Riverside Studios); Sir Toby Belch in Twelfth Night (The Works, Tour); Hale in Constance & Sinestra & the Cabinet of Screams (New Wimbledon Studio/Edinburgh); Titus Andronicus (Edinburgh); Higson in The Oresteia, Part Three: Eumenides (CPT)

Film credits include: Suspicions; Allan X; Electric Animal Circus; Recompense

Radio credits include: Home Front (BBC); The Brother's Jack; The Captain Campaign (WSR)

SARAH VEZMAR

as Roustie / Clown

Sarah graduated from Rose Bruford College in 2008 after achieving a First Class Degree in Actor Musicianship. During the same year she was also nominated for the prestigious Spotlight Prize.

During her time as a professional Actor, Sarah has worked regularly in theatre and television, both in the UK and abroad. Having worked in some of the country's leading repertory theatres including the Liverpool Everyman, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Bolton Octagon and York Theatre Royal; and for broadcasters such as the BBC, Sarah has amassed a wealth of experience during her short career.

Sarah's talents also extend into music, with the ability to play several instruments including drums, flute and bass. When not acting, Sarah can be found drumming with 'The Daisy Chains', an all girl 50s Rock and Roll band in London.

For more information about the band's upcoming gigs please visit wwww.thedaisychains.co.uk.

RODNEY VUBYA

as Roustie / Drag Clown

Rodney is a recent Classics graduate from the University of Leeds but has been singing for many years. He began musical theatre whilst at university and, alongside society productions, joined Leeds based production company, Hungry Bitches' Productions.

Rodney was cast in their 2013 NSDF Cameron Mackintosh-winning and two-time Edinburgh Fringe sell-out musical, Facehunters, and then again in their second, 2014 NSDF-selected show, Americana, taking on the role of Vocal Captain in both. He joined London-based company Action to The Word in October 2013 and was cast as Avis White in the third installment of the Oresteia cycle, Eumenides, which opened at the Camden People's Theatre in December 2013. He then joined the company's award winning A Clockwork Orange, cast as Branom/Marty for the show's Norway tour in March 2014.