The Collector come to Margate on Saturday 22 October having gripped audiences at Edinburgh Fringe, picking up a ‘Fringe First Award’ while it was at it.
We thought we would explore behind scenes of this award winning show and revel in the talents that have brought this play to the stage.
Olivia BEARDSLEY – Foster
Training: Drama Studio London 2016. Olivia is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Music (Bachelor of Music – Music Theatre Performance).
Theatre: The Trojan Women, The Beau Defeated, As You Like It, Romeo & Juliet, Three Sisters, The Memory of Water, Handbag, The White Cat (Drama Studio London), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Centennial Park Open Air, Sydney), Charcoal Creek (Merrigong Theatre Company), Dusty – The Original Pop Diva, A Chorus Line, Promises Promises, Shakers (Australian Institute of Music).
Film: The Babadook (Causeway Films). The Collector will be Olivia’s professional debut here in the UK.
William REAY – Kasprowicz
William trained at Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art.
Theatre Credits include: Flare Path (Original Theatre Company), The Collector (Arcola Theatre and Edinburgh Festival), Royal Hunt of the Sun and Yonadab – Shaffer Celebration Readings (Chichester), King Lear (Chichester and BAM New York), Richard III (Changeling Theatre Company), As You Like It (Iris Theatre Company), Macbeth (Drayton Theatre), Henry IV, Parts 1&2 (Peter Hall Company, Theatre Royal Bath), Double Falsehood (The Union/Charing Cross Theatre), The Tempest (Lord Chamberlain’s Men), A Village Life and The Last Snow Rider (Northumberland Theatre Company), Cooking with Elvis (Upstairs at the Gatehouse), Macbeth and The Tempest (Young Shakespeare Company), As You Like It and Henry V (British Shakespeare Company).
Film and Television Credits: Input = Output, Turning Point, Sweet Swan of Avon, Urban Legends.
William also has experience as an improviser in London and has been working with Keith Johnstone for the last 10 years.
Anna RIDING – Zoya
Anna graduated from Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in 2015. In her final year she was chosen to represent the school in the Sam Wanamaker Festival at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.
Theatre credits include: The Genie of Samarkand (Tara Arts), The Heresy of Love (Bristol Old Vic), The Bare Project (Sheffield Theatres), Caravan, Crap Dad (West Yorkshire Playhouse), The Grand Gesture (Tobacco Factory), After Sunset (Opera North) and Hansel and Gretel (Wakefield Theatre Royal).
Television work includes: The ‘A’ Word (BBC), Waterloo Road (BBC) and The Royal Today (ITV).
About the Production Team:
HENRY NAYLOR is a British comedy writer, director and performer, best known for his award-winning writing and for working with comedy partner Andy Parsons in Parsons and Naylor’s Pull-Out Sections. He was head writer for Spitting Image, and has written for many shows including, Alas Smith and Jones, Dead Ringers and Alistair McGowan’s Big Impression. These shows won numerous awards, including the British Comedy Award and The Sony Gold Award.
Director MICHAEL CABOT is Artistic Director of London Classic Theatre, one of the UK’s most prolific touring theatre companies. In 2015, LCT celebrated its 15th Anniversary Season with extensive tours of Alan Ayckbourn’s Absent Friends and Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot. His current production of Harold Pinter’s The Birthday Party opened in February 2016 at Cheltenham Everyman Theatre. LCT will be touring Terry Johnson’s Olivier award-winning farce, Hysteria in Spring 2017.
KATHRYN BARKER is an emerging independent theatre producer. With a strong background in theatre and languages, she has spent the last two years working as Assistant Producer and Programmer for London Classic Theatre. The Collector is her first solo venture as a producer. The focus at Kathryn Barker Productions is on championing new writing, producing first-class, dynamic theatre and telling relevant stories which reflect the world in which we live today. The Collector is political theatre at its finest and is as pertinent to today’s conflicts, as it is to the war zones of 2003.
Kathryn is delighted to be producing The Collector in association with London Classic Theatre.
ANDY GRANGE (Lighting Designer) trained at RADA. He is a freelance lighting designer whose collaborations with director Michael Cabot include The Birthday Party, Waiting for Godot, Absent Friends, Entertaining Mr Sloane, Betrayal and The Importance of Being Earnest.
For full details and to book, please visit the event’s page on our website – ‘The Collector’