Snout – Tinker, Prop Maker, Player.
Snout loves Theatre. It has revolutionised how she perceives herself and the world and as such her zeal makes her into a bit of a theatre bore. However it has also meant her talent and graft has transformed her performance. Not so, her patience which is sorely tried with the others not taking it as seriously as she does.
She is cast in a variety of roles and for the Criterion Theatre is playing Lady Macbeth and Witch One.
Snout is played by Francesca Burgoyne.
Bottom – Weaver, Player, Director.
Bottom has been entirely swept up in the play and his character. He sees himself and his destiny in the role of Macbeth and this show is the chance of a lifetime to proclaim himself the Greatest of Actors. This is a big responsibility and he is determined that the play should succeed in the way he envisions – whatever the personal cost to his friends.
He is playing only Macbeth.
Bottom is played by Jackson Pentland.
A extract of Mechanicals’ Macbeth is being performed as part of the Criterion New Writing Showcase at the Criterion Theatre from 2pm, Monday 20th November.
Quince – Carpenter, Director, Player.
Quince is romantic about the theatre and the process of making a play – but as this play and process is rapidly falling down around him, he’s learning the hard way the deeper graft of theatre. And friendship!
He plays a variety of roles most importantly Duncan and Macduff and for the Criterion Showcase – Hecate.
Quince is played by Owen Clark.
Snug – Joiner, Set Builder, Player.
Snug is a worker and proud of it. Whilst she enjoys theatre and playing, her greatest joy lies in the craft of a build and having it all come together in time. If only her friends would take everything as seriously as she does, they might have a chance of one day presenting a show that doesn’t look as if it’s been thrown together overnight!
She is playing many roles, this includes Banquo for the Criterion Theatre showcase.
Snug is played by Kate Sketchley.
Flute – Bellows Mender, Special effects, Player.
Flute doesn’t take himself or anything particularly seriously, but when the show will go up – he’ll be ready. ‘Til then his priorities are being well fed, warm in the comfort of the pub – that and winding up Snout, Quince, Snug and the more ‘theatre-types’ amongst the cast. For with a play as morbid in tone as this one, someone has to bring the comedy!
He is cast as a wide range of characters and for the extract at the Criterion Theatre is playing Witch Two.
Flute is played by the talented Stewart Briggs.
Starveling – Tailor, Costumer, Player.
Starveling is a trickster at heart and always ready to make merry and fun, however she takes pride in her role as costumer and will forgo sleep to ensure the cast are dressed. A literal sort of person, she might be a little slow to grasp at the layers of meanings in the play but her heart is full of love for her mates. Shhhhh, they are the real reason why she’s there!
She is cast with the most roles and in the Criterion Theatre extract she is playing Witch Three.
Starveling is played by the wonderful Jeannie Dickinson.
Reintroducing our writer for Mechanicals’ Macbeth – Tilly Lunken.
Tilly studied Creative Writing/Theatre Studies at the University of Melbourne (First Class Honours) and has an MA in Creative Writing: Scriptwriting at the University of East Anglia (Distinction) (Skillset Approved) where she was the recipient of the Malcolm Bradbury Development Award. She is a graduate of both the Royal Court and Menagerie YWPs and has been mentored through the Little Angel Theatre and Norwich Puppet Theatre.
She is the co Artstic Director and writer of In Souliloquy. She completed the Criterion Writing Program under the tutelage of Greg Mosse where Mechanicals’ Macbeth is being performed in November and is writing a Christmas Show Fran and the Littlest Reindeer. Tilly also teaches masterclasses in writing, devising and dramaturgy for visual theatre and puppetry. She is a member of feminist writing collective Nevertheless She and is co-writing The People’s Rock with them for Vaults Festival 2018.
Mechanicals’ Macbeth is being performed at the Criterion Theatre as part of a New Writing Showcase on the 20th November, from 2pm. All free and all welcome, just rsvp for doorlist!
Franco-American Victorine Pontillon has divided her life between the two countries, and is now settled in London, working as freelance director, filmmaker, photographer and producer. After obtaining her Baccalaureat Litteraire from the Lycée Victor Hugo in Caen, with a concentration in Art History and Theatre, she then returned to the States for a BFA in Theatre Performance from FAU, graduating Suma Cum Laude in 2011, before completing her MA in Acting (International) at East 15 Acting School.
She is an Artistic Director, co-producer and director for In Souliloquy and is also an Artistic Associate of Goblin Baby Theatre Co.
Introducing our talented logo designer for Mechanicals’ Mabeth – Beth Crane!
Beth Crane is a designer, writer and puppet-maker. She’s been designing posters and painting for the last decade. Other art can be viewed on her Facebook page, Beth Crane Art.
We are very excited to be working with her on this – please check out her other artwork and merchandise available.
We are excited to be working with Shelley Knowles-Dixon as Movement Director for Mechanicals’ Macbeth.
Shelley is a freelance Director, Puppetry Director, Movement Director and Artistic Director of award-winning, Sparkle and Dark Theatre Company. Recent directing credits: Penumbra by Johnathan Skinner (Arcola), Angels by Patch Harris (Arcola), Lovebox by L.W Illsley (Karamel Club, Mosaic Festival), I AM BEASTby Louisa Ashton (National Tour, Edinburgh), Killing Roger by L.W Illsey (National Tour, Edinburgh). Current (director): Battleground by Louisa Ashton (Sparkle and Dark), The Dream Factory by House of Stray Cats (National Tour), Movement Direction for Mechanicals Macbeth by Tilly Lunken (Criterion Writers Showcase). BA: Fine Art – Falmouth College of Arts. MA: Theatre Directing – Mountview Academy (2016). Movement training: LISPA. Shelley also trains actors in puppetry.
Mechanicals’ Macbeth is showing as part of the Criterion Theatre New Writing Showcase, 20th November, from 2pm. Free, but please RSVP for numbers!