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Our 2016 Team

Chris Bain - Percy Randle

Since Chris began acting less than two years ago he has starred in a variety of productions. He plays a young Jason Mewes in the Kevin Smith endorsed and produced biopic feature film Shooting Clerks which arrives in US and UK cinemas later this year. He also starred in the short film Blue Skies with Still Game stalwart Gavin Mitchell and featured in various commercials and other productions along the way. Percy in The Rose and Crown is his Edinburgh Fringe debut and he is excited to tread the boards with a wonderful cast in a thrilling play.
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Hannah Bradley - Ivy Randle

Hannah has returned to the stage this year after a ten year absence with a well received performance in Arkle's Age of Arousal. Having performed with both St Andrews Byre Theatre and the Dundee Rep in her youth, this will be her first role on stage at the Edinburgh Fringe. Hannah has thoroughly enjoyed the process and the fantastic group of people she has worked with on The Rose and Crown. Ivy Randle will always have a place in her heart and she hopes to continue to annoy her nearest and dearest with her newly-found cockney accent!
Hannah Bradley

Hilary Davies - Bertha Reed

Hilary first appeared on stage at age 7 as Ferdinand the Bull. She has gone on to play more challenging roles such as Ruth in Blithe Spirit, Catherine in Suddenly Last Summer, Ismene in Antigone, Dr Martha Livingston in Agnes of God and Vivian Bearing in Wit, which won the SCDA Best Full Length Production at the Eastern Division finals. On summer weekends Hilary can be seen as a mad young squire in equestrian stunt shows performed throughout the British Isles. In The Rose and Crown she reverts to type as a grumpy old woman!
Hilary Davies

Charles Finnie - Harry Tully

Charles is an Edinburgh-based interior renovation specialist who enjoys indulging his creative bent by treading boards in the theatre. His acting experience includes TV and film, straight and musical theatre. Recent roles have included Titus Andronicus with the Edinburgh Grads and a physical role with Arkle in their production of Age of Arousal. He is very proud to have played a variety of supporting roles with Musical Production company Limelight, including one of the professors in the Scottish Amateur premiere of Legally Blonde.
Charles Finnie

Oliver Cookson - Edward Stone

Oliver is thrilled to be appearing at the Fringe Festival, in his first theatre production since moving to Edinburgh. Previously his most recent performance was as Judge Turpin in Sweeney Todd for the Louth Playgoers. He lives in the New Town with his wife Barbara. They have three sons and he is now thinking of getting a dog.
Oliver Cookson

Oliver Trotter - The Stranger

Since getting back into performing a few years ago, Oli has featured in several productions for the Edinburgh Graduate Theatre Group including Romeo & Juliet, Julius Caesar, The Duchess of Malfi and Titus Andronicus. He has appeared in various roles including a fairy, a swashbuckling fighter and an army officer in productions at school and university, including A Midsummer Night's Dream, Twelfth Night, Our Country's Good and Bollocks. He is excited to be performing at the Fringe this year.
Oliver Trotter

Beverley Wright - Kathleen Peck

Performer and poet Bev has appeared in many productions over the years including August Osage County (Mattie Fae), Wildest Dreams (Thelma); Little Voice (Sadie), Wyrd Sisters (Granny Weatherwax), She Stoops to Conquer (Kate Hardcastle), The Real Inspector Hound (Mrs Drudge) and Eine Nacht Im Kabarett (Simone). She has also appeared in Shakespearean roles as well as the occasional Panto. Bev can also be seen regularly with her band Jazz Romantics - follow them and get details of upcoming gigs on Facebook.

Martin Foreman - Director

Martin has published two novels, two collections of short stories and three short plays. He attended drama school in 2011, after which he acted in several plays on the London fringe. He has written, produced and directed several one-(wo)man plays in London and Edinburgh. His most recent appearance on stage was in Alan Ayckbourn's Wildest Dreams for the Edinburgh Grads.

Gregor Haddow - Assistant Director

Gregor's last stage appearance was in Death and The Maiden during the Fringe 2015. His involvement in theatre in Edinburgh over the last couple of years includes Lucius in the Grads' spectacular Iraq-based Titus Andronicus, Lars in the award-winning Festen and Antonio in The Duchess of Malfi (Fringe 2014). The Rose & Crown has been an opportunity to gain experience backstage (as well as acting as the invisible bartender, Fred Norton, his most understated role to-date). He feels lucky to have been able to work with such a talented group of actors bringing this wonderful play to life.
Gregor Haddow

Gordon Hughes - Lighting Designer

Gordon started his theatre technical career while at school, working for the Byre Theatre in St Andrews. He has gone on to light hundreds of shows for many groups in most major Edinburgh venues. Award-winning productions include Lock Up Your Daughters for EGTG and The Olympians for Occasional Opera. Scottish premieres include The Saint Of Bleeker Street for Edinburgh Grand Opera. He was awarded the Edinburgh Playhouse Spotlight award for services to amateur theatre in 2010. Future projects include In A Forest Dark and Deep for EGTG at the Fringe and a double bill for Opera Camerata in October.
Gordon Hughes

Previously . . .

Christopher Annus

Now We Are Pope

A Sense of Loss
TheSpace on North Bridge, Edinburgh, Aug 2014
Etcetera, London, July 2014
London Theatre, New Cross March 2014

Lord Stanley Theatre, London, July 2012

After studying drama at university, Christopher spent most of his working life in management. He acted part-time between 2012 and 2014.

Barry Clarke

Ben and Joe's Lord Stanley , London 2012

Barry has had an extensive stage career in the US and the UK. Regrettably, after premiering Ben and Joe's, a short illness prevented him from reprising the role in the later production.

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Robin Holden

Los Feliz Lord Stanley, London 2012
King's Head & OSO, London, 2013

Robin's impressive career includes the leads in Macbeth, Hamlet and the The Scandalous Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, for which he was nominated Best Actor in the 2011 Off West End Awards.

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Emma King-Farlow director

Californian Lives
Lord Stanley, London 2012
King's Head & OSO, London, 2013
(Los Feliz, Ben & Joe's, Sunset)

Emma is the driving force behind Shadow Road productions and on their behalf she has written and directed a number of plays. Her most ambitious project to date is Dreams for the Pit — a drama about post-traumatic stress disorder for the forces charity Combat Stress — put on at the Palace Theatre in London's West End in November 2013.

Carolyn Lyster

Sunset King's Head & OSO, London, 2013

Carolyn began acting with a five-year stint on the soap opera Crossroads and since then she has seldom been off the small screen or stage, both fringe and West End, in Ray Cooney farces and other productions.

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Christopher Peacock


Tadzio Speaks . . .
TheSpace on North Bridge, Edinburgh, Aug 2014
Etcetera, London, July 2014
London Theatre, New Cross, March 2014

TheSpace on North Bridge, Edinburgh, Aug 2014
Etcetera, London, July 2014
Lord Stanley Theatre, London 2013

For many years Christopher was well-known on regional television,
firstly with Southern, latterly for ten years as roving reporter on ITV's London Tonight. He became a full-time actor in 2007 and has appeared regularly in classical and modern drama and pantomime. His roles include Sir Johnstone Kentley in Rope, Lovewit in The Alchemist, Canon Chasuble in The Importance of Being Earnest, Hector Grey in Alison Grey's The Supper Party, Leonato (Much Ado About Nothing), the Ghost and Player King (Hamlet), Duncan (Macbeth), Alexander in Iris Murdoch's A Severed Head, Steinbauer in John Osborne's A Patriot For Me, Mr Windlesham in Harley Granville-Barker's The Madras House and Colonel Pickering in Shaw's Pygmalion.

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John Vernon

Ben and Joe's King's Head & OSO, London, 2013

John has an extensive track record on stage, television and film, in the UK and the US. After a long period as a voiceover actor, he returned to live performances with Ben and Joe's.

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We are pleased to have performed at the following venues


265 Camden High Street
London NW1 7BU
020 7482 4857

Tadzio Speaks . . .    —   November 2013
Desire and Pursuit   —   July 2014

King's Head

115 Upper Street
London N1 1QN
020 7478 0160

Californian Lives   —   Apr-May 2013


443 New Cross Road
London SE14 6TA
020 8694 1888

Angel / Now We Are Pope
   —   March 2014

Lord Stanley

51 Camden Park Rd
London NW1 9BH
0796 659 7190

Loss   —   July 2012
Tadzio Speaks . . .    —   July 2013


49 Station Road
London SW13 0LF
020 8876 9885

Californian Lives   —   September 2013


Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Desire and Pursuit    —   August 2014
The Rose and Crown    —   August 2016

August 2017

from Arbery Books

Ben Jonson's Volpone adapted by Martin Foreman

All Edinburgh Theatre

Exciting new adaptation
of the classic comedy, with
Mosca and Corbaccia now women

This production company has signed up to the Protecting Actors Fringe Charter, helping to ensure all cast and crew involved operate under safe and fair working conditions.
Protecting Actors : SHIELD:9899

Edinburgh Fringe 2016

J B Priestley's The Rose and Crown
The Rose and Crown

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