Regular readers may be aware that Manchester’s Lass O’Gowrie pub is about to host several performances of an adaptation of Russell T Davies’ Midnight, an episode from the 2008 run of Doctor Who.
With an original cast, the performances take place this week in a dedicated room of the pub chosen for its size and claustrophobic dimensions. This bold new staging of the script as part of The Lass O’Gowrie’s Midwinter LassFest is thought to be unique as far as NuWho episodes are concerned.
The full cast is as follows:
Dr John Smith: Mike Woodhead Theatre includes lead roles in Coal @ Pub (Royal Exchange); Heartsick and Hook, Line and Sinker (Greenroom); Shaft and Teleiuvvies (Gilded Balloon); and Human Habitation (24:7). Also, BoJazz (Salford Studio); The Judgement of Mr Jenkins (tour); Up n Under (REC); Huis Clos and Two (Buxton Festival); and Homelands (Bolton Octagon). TV includes Coronation Street, Emmerdale, Shameless, Outlaws and Where to Mate? Mike’s writing has been commissioned for stage, BBC TV and radio.
Sky Sylvestry: Zoe Matthews Trained at Salford University. Recent theatre credits include solo show 1st Rule of Comedy byTrevor Suthers for Not Partof Festival, Mandy Destroys World Capitalism at The Albany, Jeffrey Bernard Is Unwell (Winner of Studio Salford’s Production of the Year 2010 in which Zoe was also nominated for Best Actress) Tuesday’s August Class by Cathy Crabb at The Lowry and Tag Team by Ian Winterton at Studio Salford.
Hostess: Jane Leadbetter As a keen Who fan, plans for Midnight were first born after Jane’s lead role in ‘The Say Can Blues’ during the last Lassfest which received a five star review and a Forever Manchester Award. Jane graduated in Performing Arts with a First from Salford University and appeared in their Showcase at the Contact Theatre in 2011. Recent credits include Lady Anne in Richard III and the dual roles of Director and Babs in It Started With A Kiss. Jane is currently seeking representation.
Dee-Dee Blasco: Pa ida Noel Recently moved to Manchester from London, Paida is a recent graduate of the Professional Acting Postgraduate Programme at Drama Studio London. She has been filming several projects since moving to the North and can also be seen this week in ‘The Ballad of Halo Jones’ the Lass O’Gowrie pub. For more information please contact through agent Debbie Pine at Pure Actors Management.
Biff Cane: Matt Aistrup Matt is a Manchester based actor and has been performing locally for the past few years. Matt’s most recent credits in-clude New Men, which was performed at The Lass O’Gowrie as part of last year’s Not Part Of Festival; and appears as Mikel in the feature film Cricket, which was screened at the 2011 Bradford International Film Festival. Matt will soon be appearing in his second feature film, Brothers Day.
Val Cane: Natalie Husdan Trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama, TV credits include Waterloo Road, Accused and Scott & Bailey. Theatre includes Lauren in Balloon Head Productions’ Baby Jesus Freak (tour 2010-2011), troubled upper-class drug addict Jax in A Rebours Theatre’s production of Chasing Rainbows, and Natalie was delighted to play Elisabeth/Anne in Breathe Out Theatre’s Northern Summer tour 2011 of The Airborne Adventures of Elisa-beth and Jeanne, which can be seen at the Lowry Studio next July. Natalie is enjoying her first foray into dark comedy Sci-Fi!
Professor Hobbes: Phil Dennsion Phil began acting in 1977 and has been in too many productions and too many companies to name here. Suffice to say the remarkably paltry earnings and scant remuneration throughout his entire career, and his spectacular lack of recognition and success have made him into a deeply bitter, twisted and disturbed man. Best avoid all one on one contact with this misanthropic wreck of a man. Happy bleeding new year.
Jethro Cane: Michael Loftus Michael is currently in his third and final year of training at The Arden School Of Theatre in Manchester (and is currently seeking agent representation). This is his first ever time performing at the Lass O’Gowrie and he is very excited to be involved in this production of ‘Midnight, and has enjoyed every moment of it.
Also involved are Toby Hadoke (Moths Ate My Doctor Who Scarf) and comedian and SFX blogger John Cooper.
Direction is by Brainne Edge and the production (produced by Gareth Kavanagh and Lisa Connor) has sought approval from Russell T Davies, so you can expect an impressive performance.
Shows are scheduled throughout this week nightly from Monday 2nd until Friday 7th at 9:00 pm with a matinée performance at 4:00 pm on the Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th of January. Tickets are £8 and can be booked online at We Got Tickets.
Remember, this is a rare (if not unique) opportunity to see a Russell T Davies Doctor Who script performed live in a small room. If you can get to The Lass O’Gowrie this week then do so; you’ll find directions at lassfest.co.uk and directions at www.thelass.co.uk/contact.php.