Miss Crispy 2013 “Meet The Cast”

Pip Chamberlin8186webPip Chamberlin – Interviewer / Host

Pip is a Mackem born and bred and trained professionally at East 15 Acting School, London.

Recent credits include: Drab – Horrible Histories (National Tour) Birmingham Stage Company, PC Simon Arncliffe – Emmerdale (ITV), D.I Monroe – Forget Me Knott (Customs House), By The Grace Of God – Forward Theatre Project, Live Theatre, Protagonist – Seven Other Children (Bolton Octagon & New End Theatre), Dame – Bruvvers (Cluny Theatre).

Pip has been involved with less is MORE on their past productions:

Tony – Beautiful Thing, Stephen Belber/Matt Galloway/Fred Phelps – The Laramie Project, 13 Minutes Past (rehearsed reading) – Arc, Stockton. He is proud to have been part of the devising process of Miss Crispy and delighted to be working on its premiere at Middlesbrough Theatre!

Doreen Frankland

Doreen Franklin -Betty

Doreen joined Stockton Theatre company in 19 hundred and, well lets just say 25 years ago! It was at the old Dovecot in Stockton and although the company name changed to BOSS, Doreen has been a member ever since. She has been in a huge range of productions from Shakespeare to Dario Fo, Murder mysteries to Community projects and a few in between and has enjoyed every minute.

Theatre Credits include – Mother in ‘Beauty Queen Of Lenane’, Quince in ‘A Midsummers Night Dream’, Policeman in ‘Death Of A Salesman’, Mother in ‘Stevie’, Tiger Brown in ‘The Threepenny Opera’, Mistress Overdone in ‘Measure for Measure’ and countless others.

Stan_HodgsonStan Hodgson – Tom

Stan is 21. Originally from Darlington, he spent a years training at LAMDA. Since graduating in 2012, he’s been a founding member of NORTH, Northern Stages associate company, and performed in “The Man Who Thought the Moon Would Fall Out of the Sky” in March.

He’s also been producing and directing work for the last 5 years with his own company, Windermere Productions, earning him the “Inspiritivni Award” in 2011.

This is his first time working with Less is More Productions.

victoria headshotVictoria Holtom – Anne

Victoria originally hails from Teesside Billingham, she gained a BA (hons) Drama and Communication Arts from the University of Leeds before moving to London to  complete her training at Central School of Speech and Drama on the MA Acting Musical Theatre.

Her professional performing credits include playing Snow White at Leeds Carriageworks. ‘Lead Cast’ in A Night in Wonderland. The Voice of Tomorrow at the Bloomsbury Theatre London, ‘Ensemble’ in Cinderella at The Lyric Hammersmith; ‘Young Mum’ in Photo Me at The Riverside Studios London; Principal Vocalist and Ensemble in Branded at The Old Vic; Jill in Jack and the Beanstalk at the Gaiety Theatre in Ayr and Jasmine in Aladdin with Theatre North. Victoria sings in many a Recording Studio gaining extensive experience working as a Session Singer recording vocals and demo’s for professional songwriters. She appears as a Featured model in the Thomson and First Choice Travel Commercial Publicity.

Victoria relocated back to the North East a couple of years ago and has since been passing on her skills by freelance teaching, facilitating and running workshops in Performing Arts and Musical Theatre in the local area.  She recently played the role  of Dolores in ‘The Wonderful World of Mr  McCrumble’ at the Arc Stockton and Fairy in Jack and the Beanstalk at The Billingham Forum Theatre.

Victoria thanks her family and friends for their continued love and support.

Spotlight.MumsyNichola Lagan – Sarah

Nichola originates from Middlesbrough in the North East of England. She trained for 3 years in Musical Theatre at the Arts Educational London Schools where she was awarded the Harmer-Smith Award for Best Student.

Her career began at The Players Theatre where she became one of their regular Music Hall Performers. Since then, she has had a varied career and has been fortunate enough to balance and sustain her performing life both on land and at sea.

Last year she spent the majority of the year on the Adonia playing Sybil in Private Lives and the Lead Vocalist in Smokey Joe’s Cafeé. Before she left, she had enjoyed the challenge of two very different roles at London’s Arcola Theatre, playing the very non-sexy President Prexy and the sweet Sadie in the Cradle Will Rock. She then concluded the year playing the title role in Cinderella opposite the lovely Gwen from Gavin and Stacey at the Riverfront Theatre in Newport, South Wales.

After being in the business for a canny few years this will be the first time she has got to perform using her very own regional accent. What an absolute treat! Other theatre credits include: Debs in Boogie Nights (World Tour); Mrs Fisher in Our Benny (Liverpool Empire); Linda Lou in Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (Landor Theatre); Miss Marmelstein in I Can Get It For You Wholesale (Arcola Theatre); Penny Swan in Honk (Byre Theatre, St Andrews); Martyr in Kiss of the Spiderwoman (Emery Theatre); Ado Annie in 24 Hour Oklahoma (Edinburgh Playhouse); Bet in Oliver (Genting, Malaysia); Oklahoma and A Passionate Woman (Perth Rep Theatre); Fiona in Blondel (St Alban Arena); Understudy Meg and Jo in Little Women (Bloomsbury Theatre); Title role in Cinderella (Greenwich Theatre, Queens Theatre, Barnstaple and Hall for Cornwall); Tinkerbell in Peter Pan (Billingham Forum); Title role in Snow White (Queens Theatre, Barnstaple and Hall for Cornwall); Sandy in Greased (Corporate Tour). Cruise Liners: Lead Vocalist on the Infinity, Oriana and the QE2 Film: Bridesmaid/Dancer in Confetti; Therapist in A Trauma Too Deep.

TV: Competition Presenter – Britain’s Got Talent.

Nichola would like to thank her mam for her continued support and her current bravery. You can get through this Mam!

She dedicates her performances to her Dad, who she misses dearly.

LauraLaura Lonsdale – Denise

Laura was born and bred in Middlesbrough, she has trained at Sylvia Young theatre school and The Academy of Live and Recorded Arts.

Hull Truck was where Laura made her debut performance, as Mandy Wild in “Studs.” Laura’s other theatre credits include; Dora Strang – Equus – Lion Eagles theatre, Maggie Hobson – Hobson’s Choice – Lion Eagles theatre, Like a Virgin – Maxine – National tour, Studs – Mandy Wild – Arc, The Shy Gas man – Sheila – Southwark Playhouse, Beautiful thing – Sandra – less is MORE, Laramie Project – Reggie Fluety – less is MORE, Your Home In The West – Jean – less is MORE.

TV: Dressing up as a 1970’s bride was Laura’s first T.V. role, in The Royal, her other T.V. credits include; Eustace brothers – Nancy – BBC, Bodies – Tracy – BBC, Mrs David – Barbra – BBC, Rocket man – Sara – BBC and in Dalziel and Pascoe – Sandra – BBC.

Laura loves being part of less is MORE and she cannot wait for the tour to start and for everyone to see the wonderful “Miss Crispy 1988”.

Wendie HSWendie Middleton – Pam

Wendie was performing in an amateur play and was approached by a director who wanted her to audition for a professional pantomime, she did, got the part and decided to leave her job of eight years and go on tour. It was very exciting.  When it finished she decided she was going to train in the field so she did. Wendie gained her equity card having worked for a touring theatre company that taught English as a foreign language through theatre, challenging to say the least; she then took a play to the Edinburgh fringe festival.

This followed with being cast on “Monarch of the Glenn” for 3 out of their 5 series, just bit roles. She has been a female wrestler on “Born and Bred” and an extra on a

couple of Catherine Cookson movies.

Wendie has worked as a drama teacher for several dance and stage schools as well as teaching kids how to sword fight. She became a puppeteer and worked with masks for a live role play group in the Highlands.

Wendie is now a proud mum to 3 boys but still keeps herself busy with many local  theatre companies and even directs whenever possible, however her first love is performance, so she hopes you enjoy Pam.

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