Meet some of the wonderful performers, designers, artists and generally brilliant people we have worked with.
‘Lucy’: GIRLS, GIRLS, GIRLS 2017
Bethany-Jo is originally from Stafford and is super excited to be back in the Midlands and working with Potboiler. Bethany enjoyed many a nappy night in Hanley and Stafford growing up. She loved to sneak into what was then called Zanzibar, under-age! Bethany has just finished a second tour with Illyria in ‘The Emperor’s New Clothes’ which toured the UK and the Netherlands. Other credits include ‘Pinocchio’ (Oldham Library Theatre), ‘The Elves and the Shoemakers’ (Derby Theatre), ‘The Enchantment of Chester Zoo’ (Wild Rumpus) and ‘The Snow Queen’ (Quantum Theatre). This Christmas Bethany will be playing Mowgli in The Jungle Book (Hard Graft Theatre).
‘Sammy’: GIRLS, GIRLS, GIRLS 2017
Ashleigh is originally from Worksop and very excited to be working with Potboiler for the first time. She is especially excited to be working on Girls, Girls, Girls as she feels her teenage years have trained her well for the piece, as she used to frequent ‘Liquid’s’ Nappy Night’s hiring a limo with her friends so they could skip the que and entry fee chugging Shloer and being generally terrible. Ashleigh’s previous works include The Great Gatsby (The Guild of Misrule/Sheffield Theaters), The LumberJills (Common Ground Theatre), Maggie and The Song of The Sea (Oldham Coliseum) and The Caucasian Chalk Circle (Lazarus Theatre).
‘Rodgers’: Devotion 2016; ‘Gemma’: GIRLS, GIRLS, GIRLS 2017
Naomi has been acting since the age of four, with her debut performance of ‘Lead Daffodil’ whetting her appetite for more. After several more questionable school plays, drama exams and a couple of dodgy renditions of ‘Grease’ she decided that this was surely the career for her and embarked upon an ‘English Language & Drama and Theatre Arts’ degree at the University of Birmingham. This wasn’t enough however, and no sooner had she left Birmingham she was already applying for drama schools, desperate to relive the glory of those halcyon daffodil days. She graduated from East 15 Acting School in 2011, having completed the three year BA Acting course and has since been working professionally across the UK. Previous theatre experience includes The View from Outside as part of ‘Live at Lyme Park’; Out of the Box, Tale Trail to 101 Dalmatians and Happy Returns for the New Vic Education Department; Lifeboat (Catherine Wheels Theatre Company); Trolls (Theatre 503); The Crucible (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre). Film work includes Halting, Staffroom, Slipping Back, Reclaiming the Land and the feature film Svengali. Radio work includes Northanger Abbey (Audible Productions); The Adventure of Isaac Saddlesore and The Witches of Drenn (Micawber Theatre Company) and The Secret Garden (London Contemporary Theatre). Naomi voiced the character ‘Wander’ in the animation Kine and the Blood Fury, and works regularly in the world of voiceover.
Naomi is very excited to be entering the weird and wonderful world of Potboiler again and relishes the opportunity to work in her hometown of Stoke-on-Trent, not least to relive those dodgy nights out in Hanley…
Composer: GIRLS, GIRLS, GIRLS 2017
Paul Rogerson is Co-Artistic Director of dance-theatre company Restoke CIC. He composes music for dance, theatre and film and is excited about the role music has to play in telling a story. Paul’s work in inclusive music led him to design and develop sensory musical instrument Khoros, which can be found in SEN settings around the world.
Lighting Designer: GIRLS, GIRLS, GIRLS
As resident lighting designer at the New Vic Theatre Stoke-on-Trent for over 90 productions in-the-round including, Pitman Painters, Dial M for Murder, Snow Queen, Peter Pan in Scarlet, Robin Hood and Marian, Dracula, Bell, Book and Candle, The Borrowers, Ghosts, Inherit the Wind, The Hundred and One Dalmatians, Gaslight, Stones in His Pockets and Blonde Bombshells (with Oldham Coliseum), Thrill of Love (with St James Theatre), A Fine Bright Day Today, Alfie (co-production with New Vic Theatre, Stephen Joseph Theatre and Oldham Coliseum), Far From the Madding Crowd, Alice in Wonderland, And a Nightingale Sang, The Glass Menagerie (with Oldham Coliseum), The Admirable Crichton, Peter Pan, Desire Under the Elms, Bleak House, Copenhagen, Alphabetical Order, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, Bouncers, The Wicked Lady (Best Lighting Design at the TMA Awards 2009),
Other Theatre includes: Cyrano de Bergerac, Romeo and Juliet, and The Tempest (Northern Broadsides) We are the Lions Mr Manager, Dare Devil Rides to Jarama (Townsend Productions) Voyagers, You Are Here (Restoke) Ramshackle House (Upswing) Peter Pan (Imagine Theatre)
Trained at Bretton Hall (University of Leeds), BA Hons Theatre Design and Technology.