Edinburgh Fringe 2018
Cast and Crew
about the play

3 - 26 August (not 12 or 19); 6.35pm (2h 15m) Paradise Sanctuary (venue 152)
Previews (3 - 7 Aug): 10.00 (7.00); Run (8 - 26 Aug, not 12 or 19): 14.00 (10.00)
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George Bowers

"At the age of 7 I started attending drama workshops and taking part in stage productions. I studied acting for three years at Telford College where I played Les in Steven Berkoff's East and Salty in John Godber's Teechers. After college I pursued my career in London. I got work but decided that I wanted to study again, so attended Acting Coach Scotland's full-time intensive 1 year acting course. There I studied the "practical aesthetics" technique created by David Mamet. At ACS I was the antagonist for our full run at the Fringe and played no.10 in The Jury. I am delighted to be taking part in the Fringe again with the challenging role of Corvino!"

Mike Brownsell

Mike has appeared in multiple productions in both London and Edinburgh; working in a variety of theatre styles, he has performed lead roles in Shakespeare, Wilde, Frisch and Curtis & Elton, as well as numerous supporting roles. In addition to acting, Mike has directed, designed and stage-managed productions in a variety of venues, and has run workshops on stage combat. Recently he appeared as Algernon in Edinburgh People's Theatre production of The Importance of Being Earnest, as well as Captain Blackadder in Blackadder Goes Forth, also for EPT. Mike is a keen history student, and is currently writing a play based on the seventeenth century East Lothian Witch Trials.
Sir Politic Would-Be

Stephen Corrall

An exiled Cornishman, Stephen has had several stage roles, primarily with The Barony Theatre. These have included Rudyard Kipling in My Boy Jack, Birdboot in The Real Inspector Hound, Corporal Jones in Dad's Army and Professor Marcus in The Ladykillers. He has also brought his range of characters to the screen, taking the lead in several films, including the gun-slinging Bounty Hunter in South paw Stevie and Great Uncle Will in the Royal Television Society nominated Dentures of Death. In May 2018 he appears as Professor Marcus in The Ladykillers at the Barony Theatre, Bo'ness. He is delighted to be involved with Volpone in the Fringe this year.
Judge & Jester

Kate Cottam

Kate has appeared in film, television and theatre productions, as well as facilitating drama workshops in the UK and foreign parts. From storytelling to aerial dancing, Kate has played a range of characters from the common cold to the Queen, including a giant puppet ringmaster (Pendle Productions) and a fitness fanatic (BBC One Sport Relief). She's recently completed a post-grad in Physical Theatre at Royal Holloway with the Jasmin Vardimon Company. Hailing all the way from Australia, Kate has made her home in Edinburgh where she currently leads drama workshops for visiting Austrian students. She is also able to sum up her theatrical career to date in one paragraph (almost).
Lady Would-Be

Andrew Hally

Andrew's stage career started in primary one (James in The Snowman) and continued through school (Captain Fluellen in Henry V and Elisha Whitney in Anything Goes) and university (Frederick in The Pirates of Penzance, Tony Brockhurst in The Boyfriend and Michael Spofford in The Witches of Eastwick). Since leaving university he has been involved in theatre, musical theatre and choirs, including as a soloist in the Edinburgh University Chorus. Productions include A Midsummer Night's Dream, Sunshine on Leith and Rock of Ages. Andrew has received training from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and provided voiceovers for Radio Saltire. He is excited to be joining director Martin Foreman for the second time in Volpone in challenging new roles.
Peregrine & Bonario

Alastair Lawless

Alastair made his Fringe debut 25 years ago, playing a very young Macduff with what The Scotsman described as "a smouldering Calvinistic intensity." In May he appears once more in Macbeth, this time as Banquo in Naomi Wallis-Ryder's production for EGTG. Following last year's successful Volpone at the Fringe he is delighted to have the chance to revive his Jonson.

Angela Milton

Since graduating from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York Angela has acted in and directed both classical and contemporary plays, as well as brief appearances in short films. Performances include Juno in Juno and the Paycock at the New York Irish Centre; Titania in A Midsummer Night's Dream for DramaTune outdoor Shakespeare, New York; Queen Atossa in The Persians for The Duende Collective, Los Angeles; Jenny Geddes in Creepie Stool which ran during Edinburgh Fringe 2013 then toured to the Highlands and other venues. Broken Faces, a short film she recently appeared in, is currently shortlisted for Nespresso Talents 2018. She is delighted to be part of Volpone.
Judge & Maidservant

Angela Milton

Polina Sulim

Polina graduated from the Belarussian University of Culture and Arts in 2015. She has finished courses in TV hosting, appeared in live TV shows and had roles in the Russian TV series Returning of Muhctar - 2 and From Moscow to Forefront, and lead roles in TV commercials. She is also an established model in Belarus. In October 2017 Polina moved to Edinburgh, the city she fell in love with, and had to start again from the beginning. Her British theatrical debut was as Greed in Dr Faustus in March 2018. She is proud and excited to be part of the Edinburgh Fringe, in both Volpone and Arbery Productions' one-act drama Casanova Dreaming in the early afternoon.

Alan Sunter

Alan Sunter graduated from the University of the West of Scotland in Ayr with a BA (Honours) in Contemporary Screen Acting. He has also studies and passed HND Acting and Performance at Edinburgh College and attended a voice acting summer class at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Alan has acted in several shows with the Performing Arts Studio Scotland, including We Are Made of Stardust in 2015 at the National Theatre of Romania and PASS Out at the Traverse Theatre in 2015. In 2017 he appeared in The Divine Comedy Show at the Adam Smith Theatre and in March 2018 in the Byre Theatre, St Andrews, as Lieutenant Gruber in 'Allo 'Allo.

Vanashree Thapliyal

Vanashree has been involved in numerous theatre productions in Edinburgh, including last year's EGTG production of Volpone in which she played Mosca. Other memorable parts include Phebe in As You Like It and Abigail Williams in BigVillage's The Crucible. She is currently rehearsing for Macbeth with EGTG (run in May 2018) and is looking forward to reprising Mosca, her most challenging and compelling role to date.

Adam Tomkins

Adam is a professional actor and former graduate of Queen Margaret University College, Edinburgh. He has worked extensively in UK theatres for almost 20 years to critical acclaim. Appearances include Dundee Rep, Traverse, Byre Theatre, Cumbernauld Theatre, Scottish Youth Theatre, Festival Theatre, Cottier Theatre, The Arches, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Wakefield Theatre Royal. He has also worked in community theatre, Theatre in Education as a director and as a dialect coach. Recent work includes Dazzle with Citadel Arts and Outlander for Sony Pictures Television. Adam is a fan of Jacobean comedy and is delighted to be playing Volpone in this new adaptation.

Adam Tomkins actor

Alistair Wales

"I have been acting since I was 10 years old. I have performed in the Edinburgh Fringe in the musicals We Will Rock You, High School Musical as an American radio announcer and Hairspray. My straight theatre experience includes A Midsummer Night's Dream with the Royal Shakespeare Company, various characters in Travels with My Aunt, John Proctor in The Crucible and The Glass Menagerie, using numerous accents including American, Scottish, Irish and Southern American. I have acted in various student films. I feel lucky and grateful to have been chosen as part of the Volpone cast and I am excited to build upon my theatre experience. I know I have much to learn and I am humbled to be among this incredible talent!"
Officer &

Alistair Wales actor

Samuele Zara

Born in Sardinia, Italy, Samuele graduated as a professional actor in 2011 from the Academy of Drama and Musical in Turin, where he trained in acting, singing and dancing. In Italy he has been lead actor in short movies as Sangue sulle mani (Blood Guilty Hands) and The Porter, voice actor for a radio drama, lead singer in the hard-rock band "Helushka", actor in dramas and musicals including Tre a Mezzanotte (Three to Midnight) and Scrooge. His great passion for acting and singing is just a part of his love for the arts. He is also a visual artist, a self-taught guitarist, a folk singer, a poet, and he has studied historical fencing and martial arts. He has a great love and devotion for spirituality, nature, books and philosophy
Judge &

Martin Foreman

Setting aside short-lived and embarrassing forays in his youth, Martin's involvement in theatre began with acting courses in 2011. These led to various roles in fringe theatre in London before he returned to Edinburgh in 2014. Although he still acts occasionally, he devotes more time to playwriting and directing. This has led to several successes at the Fringe, including a trilogy of one-man plays, Desire and Pursuit, in 2014, J B Priestley's The Rose and Crown in 2106 and Volpone in 2017. As a playwright he won the 2012 London Solo Festival New Writing Award and the 2018 Pitlochry Festival Theatre Short Play Award. He is also the author of two novels and two short story collections.

Staci Shaw

After studying performing arts for several years Staci has graduated from Queen Margaret University with a BA Hons Drama and Performance. She has worked on classical texts to newly devised works in a number of roles on and off the stage. Recently she created a solo performance May Spirits Pour in Thine Ear based on Lady Macbeth and directed a new work Flashback in her final university year. In Edinburgh she has performed with The Grads as Helena in A Midsummer Night's Dream, been AD and Stage Manager for Volpone last year and Macbeth this year. Having previously worked on Volpone she is happy to be re-joining the show.
Assistant Director
& Stage Manager

Lada Sotirova

For the past 2 years Lada has been fully involved in developing as a professional in the costume world, doing Performance Costume at Edinburgh College of Art and gaining work experience. She has worked on a short graduate film, Wait, participated in several short-film or costume contests and joined other costume designers making costumes for the opening event of the International Festival. "I have dreamt of working in theatre and film longer than I can remember and am very excited to be a part of Volpone and helping it come to life."
Costume Designer

Megan Tetlow-Walker

Megan is currently studying performance costume at the University of Edinburgh and has worked on costumes for plays at Bedlam Theatre including Coriolanus and Our Country's Good. She is now working there as wardrobe manager. She has also worked with Footlights on the musicals Urinetown and Fame. Megan has made costumes for the 2018 short film Swallowed. She has also worked with 59 Productions on the 2018 Edinburgh Festival opening ceremony.
Wardrobe Manager

Misha McCullagh

A graduate of Glasgow Clyde College (Langside) Misha works across Scotland as an actor, producer, makeup artist and multi tasking assistant on creative projects. Earlier this year she played Envy in Chimaera Productions' Doctor Faustus. She has worked alongside Persistent & Nasty, a script reading, discussion and activism initiative in a rehearsed reading at the Tron Theatre. As production assistant, she works freelance with STV Creative and was part of the production team behind the multimedia performance Continuous Shot at the On The Verge Festival at the Citizens Theatre in Glasgow.
Stage Hand

Thanks also to

Chris Allan, Hilary Davies, Angela Harkness Robertson, Sarah McClintock, William Porter, Liam Rees, Edinburgh Graduate Theatre Group.

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