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Look who’s back…

RHYS JENNINGS RETURNS TO ROLE OF JACK HOLDEN IN ZOMBIES, RUN!

Seven seasons after his last appearance as Jack Holden, host of Radio Abel in Abel Township, Rhys Jennings has returned to the role in Zombies, Run!

Zombies, Run! is an immersive running app game where players run, collect items to help the town survive, and listen to various audio narrations to uncover mysteries – all while trying to survive a zombie apocalypse.

Rhys created the role of radio DJ Jack Holden in the first season of Zombies, Run! back in 2012 and has remained a popular fan favourite since. He is thrilled to be returning to play Jack for Jack & Eugene’s World Tour – a self-contained adventure within the Zombies, Run! universe.

Jack & Eugene’s World Tour begins on April 29th. You can find out more here and watch the trailer below. And look out – there’s zombies about!

Isabella gets tangled up with Disentangle…

THE GIRL WHO FELL THROUGH THE WORLD

Isabella Leung has joined Disentangle Projects as a Storyteller for their latest project The Girl Who Fell Through The World.

The Girl Who Fell Through The World is a story about growing up in a world that holds you back. Ola is a clever, confrontational, and bored 10 year old girl. She lives on the 37th floor of a council building in the centre of Croydon with the most amazing view of the city, which she can’t visit. She loves reading stories about young people going on adventures or daydreaming about going on one. One day she finds a book that transports her to other parts of the world. The Girl Who Fell Through The World is a coming-of-age voyage of self-discovery for 6-10 years olds.

Disentangle have created six animated episodes using five storytellers, including Isabella. The episodes will begin live-streaming from 14.30 on Saturday 17th April and Isabella has been in the studio this week recording.

Find out more about The Girl Who Fell Through The Earth and Disentangle Projects at their website.

Max Scoots back this summer!

Before lockdown hit in 2020, Max Hutchinson had been playing the role of The Actor in Woman in Black in the West End. Faced with no prospect of returning to terrify audiences Max decided to launch his own theatre company, Scoot Theatre, bringing an open-air Midsummer Night’s Dream to cricket grounds in London and the environs.

As one of the first companies to start putting on theatre again, Scoot demonstrated that theatre was resilient and viable delighting packed audiences and winning a 4 star review from The Telegraph. They followed up with a celebration of musical theatre and an adaptation of A Christmas Carol.

Now Max is bringing Scoot back with not one, but two Shakespeare productions. A Midsummer Night’s Dream returns by popular demand and this summer they’re adding The Comedy of Errors to the repertoire.

Both shows are under 60 minutes long, family friendly and promise to deliver a wonderful night out whether you’re a Shakespeare aficionado or a first-timer.

For more details and to book, check Scoot’s website here and watch the trailer below.

Bursting with PRIDE…

ASHLEY GOH JOINS WEST END CONCERT PRIDE AT THE PALACE

Kicking off Pride month 2021, and giving everyone a whole lot of joy in the process, Pride At The Palace comes to the West End’s Palace Theatre for one night only on June 7th.

Ashley Goh is proud to appear alongside a plethora of performers from West End productions including Sharif Afifi, Natasha Agnew, Ebony Clarke, Jordan Lee Davies, Jo Eaton-Kent, Fra Fee, Joel Harper-Jackson, Chloe Hart, Christopher Howell, Sarah Ingram, Idriss Kargbo, Claudia Kariuki, Kush Khanna, Carl Man, Serina Mathew, Mason Alexander Park, Robin Simoes da Silva, Courtney Stapleton, Liam Tamne, Miiko Toiviainen, Alex Thomas-Smith, Layton Williams, Faye Wheeler, Shona White, Danny Whitehead and Charlotte Elisabeth Yorke.

The evening is supporting HIV and sexual health charity the Terrence Higgins Trust and will be presented by Luke Kelly. It is produced by West End MD and composer Alex Parker and his production company Quick Fantastic.

Book your tickets fast and start your Pride month celebrations in style.

An Inconvenient Black History…

OF BRITISH MUSICAL THEATRE 1900-1950

I am absolutely delighted to have signed Sean Mayes and Sarah K. Whitfield, the authors of An Inconvenient Black History of British Musical Theatre 1900-1950.

Over the last few weeks I’ve had a number of extraordinary conversations with Sean and Sarah about this radical and timely work. Disrupting commonly held ideas that Black performance practice was almost non-existent in British theatres prior to Windrush, An Inconvenient History explores how Black creativity and performance practice played a significant role in musical theatre in the first half of the 20th Century and reinstates the work of Black composers, musicians, performers and choreographers as integral to the development of the form.

Sean Mayes is a New York music director active both in New York City and Toronto, with a background in London and the UK. He is an active member of the Broadway music community as a vocal coach, accompanist, orchestrator-arranger and pit musician. He is a part-time Professor in Musical Theatre at Sheridan College, Canada, and has published on the history of music directing and the role of Black music directors on Broadway.

Sarah K. Whitfield is a Senior Lecturer in Musical Theatre at the University of Wolverhampton. Her research focuses on exploring the historiography of musical theatre and recovering the work that women and minoritized groups have done through archival research and digital humanities. She has published widely on collaborative practice in musical theatre, film musicals, and in queer fan studies. Her most recent book is the edited collection: Reframing the Musical: Race, Culture and Identity (2019).

An Inconvenient History of Black British Musical Theatre 1900-1950 is published by Methuen Drama for Bloomsbury and is now available to pre-order.

The doctor will see you now…

MERYL GRIFFITHS GUESTS ON EASTENDERS

“Get outta my surgery!” Meryl Griffiths will be screeching at some point this evening. Well, not quite. Meryl is far too genteel and elegant for that.

Meryl will be turning up in Albert Square this evening as Dr. Chen to deliver some news for one of the regulars. Is it good news or bad news? No spoilers here, you’ll just have to tune in to the BBC this evening at 19.40 to find out!

Catch up on Eastenders here.

Getting back there…

PHIL ADÈLE JOINS CAST OF YOU ARE HERE

We have quite a lively and supportive client Facebook group and I love seeing my clients work together and support each other so, having sent client Phil Adèle to audition for client Matthew Rankcom, it was a real delight to hear from both of them how much they enjoyed the audition – getting an offer for Phil to join the company of You Are Here, Matthew’s latest directing project was just the icing on the cake.

I’ve represented Phil for almost as long as I’ve been an agent and I’m privileged to be able to call him a friend too. His talent is indisputable and joining the cast of You Are Here is just the beginning of a very exciting stage in his career – 2021 really is coming up Phil. Phil will be joining Rebecca Lock, Jordan Frazier and Wendi Peters in the company.

It’s looking likely that You Are Here will be my first trip back to a theatre and I feel super lucky that I’m getting to see two clients for the price of one trip! Cannot wait.

Find out more about You Are Here.

Teamwork makes the dream work…

FREDDIE LOVE DIVES INTO WILD RIFT

Gamers, unite! League of Legends: Wild Rift, the skills-and-strategy game from Riot Games, is a fast-paced game where you can team up with friends, lock in your champion, and go for the big plays. Whether you’re a duo, trio, or full five-stack, you can queue up with your squad and climb the ladder one enemy Nexus at a time.

Promoting the release, Freddie Love got to experience the wild ride that is Wild Rift as they featured in the new Google Play advert. Get in on the action by watching the advert below.

Casting by: Hannah Ashby-Ward, LANE Casting

A dream is a wish your heart makes…

ELYSIA GWYN DAY FLIES TO HONG KONG DISNEY

OK, be warned, Dad joke coming up. What did Cinderella say to the assistant at Snappy Snaps? Someday my prints will come. It’s not just a Dad joke, it’s an ancient Dad joke – I mean, who gets prints anymore? I’m sorry, I couldn’t help myself.

After a year of being locked down Elysia Gwyn Day is thrilled to finally be leaving the country (and my jokes) behind and heading for warmer climes at Disney’s park in Hong Kong. The Disney resort there is fully open and welcoming visitors and the Royal Reception Hall princesses are welcoming fans from all over the world. It will certainly make a change from taking an hour’s worth of outdoor exercise every day.

A fantastic triple-threat performer, Elysia is over the moon to have the opportunity to be performing again and is excited to be spending the next six months in Hong Kong waving her wand, sprinkling a little bit of stardust and helping Hong Kong Disney celebrate 15 years of Disney magic.

Sugar and spice and all things nice?

JESSICA LUCIA ANDRADE APPEARS IN THE BLOODY CHAMBER

I’m a bit of a fan of horror. It’s easily one of my favourite film genres and I do love a good horror story at bedtime to send me off to sleep while I’m still worrying about the monsters under the bed.

Angela Carter’s The Bloody Chamber is actually one of my favourites. It’s creepy, and contemporary, and erotic, blending folklore and feminism with a touch of bloodlust. It gives me the shivers – in a good way.

I’m thrilled then that Jessica Lucia Andrade is returning to Proteus Theatre to bring Carter’s collection of stories to life. Featuring an all-female cast this production features aerial work, circus skills, physical theatre, a gothic design and a haunting soundscape to really bring it to life.

Take a trip to the dark side with Proteus Theatre’s The Bloody Chamber, coming to Worthing Theatre this summer before a UK tour in 2022.

For more details visit Proteus’ website, to book click here, or watch the trailer below.