DCSI Peter Topping – Liam Grunshaw

 Liam trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama and has toured Europe and the US in various productions ranging from classical tragedy and physical theatre to pantomime.  
Recent theatre credits include THE PACKAGE (The Lowry), Iago in OTHELLO (Lass Productions) The Collector in THEN AND NOW (London Actors Group/Salford Arts) Ray Say in THE RISE AND FALL OF LITTLE VOICE (Assembled Junk) THE RELUCTANT HUMAN (Peopleshow Theatre) DAUGHTERS OF THE GAME (Battersea Arts) and ULYSSES (Bloomsday Company) COMMON SPRING (Bouge De La) GHOST FROM A PERFECT PLACE (King's Arms)

 

 

Hindley – Sue Womersley

 Sue has had a little break from acting to try her hand at directing. She directed TUEDAYS AT TESCO’S by Emmanuel Darley, which has been touring for the past three years and was chosen for Re:Play at Home in 2015. A recent return to acting came in form of Emma in COCKTAIL HOUR, written and directed by Neil Bell. It’s good to be back. 

 

 

Brady – Phil Dennison

 Phils' theatre work includes working with Cul-de-sac Theatre for their production of Dario Fo’s ONE WAS NUDE AND WON WORE TAILS in 2007, followed the next year as one of the ‘Absinthe Twins’ in Tatty Bands’ DEATH OF A LILY. In 2009 he played Estragon in Cul-de-sac’s award winning production of WAITING FOR GODOT, for which he won Best Male Actor at Studio Salford. Phil finished the year with Mediamedea as Terry in THE SEASON OF GOOD CHEER. He acted and directed at The Lowry as a part of Studio Salford’s presentation of a number of works by Cathy Crabb. In 2010 he was nominated for best supporting actor at Studio Salford for Organised Chaos' production of JEFFREY BERNARD IS UNWELL. He won best supporting actor for the three roles in played in TELLING LIVES at the 24:7 Theatre Festival in 2011. More recent roles include Paul in THE COCKTAIL HOUR and Agricola in NEW DAWN FADES.

 

 

Myra – Eve Burley

 Eve is a native northern actress. She has experience in theatre, film, tv and commercials. Some of Eve's theatre credits include Polly Peachum in THE THREEPENNY OPERA. Linda in STAGS AND HENS.  Dave Simpsons, RAVING BEAUTIES and U.K. National tour of THE NAKED TRUTH directed by Lisa Riley.  Eve also played the part of Janet Shirley in ONE HAND CLAPPING which toured the U.K and played off Broadway at 59e59 Theatre New York. Eve has appeared in numerous commercials and British tv shows, including ITV's Emmerdale, and Channel 4's Secret State and Hollyoaks.

 

 

Ian – Michael Whittaker

 This is Michael's third production working with Organised Chaos, having previously performed in the regional tours of A LOT OF IT ABOUT and AFTERWORDS (winner of Best New Writing at Buxton Fringe Festival 2012). Additional theatre performances include regional tour of V FOR VENDETTA, national tour of JACK AND THE BEANSTALK and the National tour of NEW DAWN FADES: A PLAY ABOUT MANCHESTER AND JOY DIVISION". Michael is thrilled to be working on this project and the challenges that will naturally come from it."

 

 

Bob Hindley / David Smith – Sean Croke

 Sean is a Manchester actor, He is delighted to be involved in such a moving and heart-rending piece of storytelling, with talented, passionate people! "Manchester so much to answer for “

 

 

Nellie Hindley – Laura Martin

 Laura trained at E15 Acting School. She has recently played Helga in a theatre production of ALLO ALLO.  Laura has performed in THE TURING TEST for Rampant Theatre and has played Sarah in TRANSLATIONS and Emmi Straube in TAKING SIDES for Freehold Theatre Company.

Laura has also played the role of Kylie in the feature film CATALINE: A NEW KIND OF SUPERHERO and performed in the TV show BUZZDISH, directed by Dave Spikey.  

Laura is currently performing with the comedy group Angels On Fire.

 

 

Young Myra / Pauline Reade – Lucy Hilton-Jones

 Since graduating from Manchester School of Theatre in 2015, Lucy has worked with theatre companies such as Not Too Tame, Swaggering Crow and Odd Arts and is an associate artist with From the Mill Theatre. In 2016 she co-wrote and performed in their award-winning show I’M STANDING NEXT TO YOU. She loves making her mark on new writing, and is therefore thrilled to be working with Organised Chaos on this production. 

 

 

Joan Reade – Elizabeth Poole

 Elizabeth trained at Salford and Huddersfield University and has appeared in various productions in Fringe Theatre over the years at the Lowry Theatre, The Kings Arms in Salford, 24/7 Theatre Festival and 3MT Theatre.

Recent credits are rehearsed script in hand readings for ADP for SCRIPTS ALOUD and a performance of THINGS OF DARKNESS at Hope Mill Theatre.

Elizabeth recently appeared in the Manchester Fringe nominated Best Play THORN at The Kings Arms and is delighted to be part of the cast of OLD GROUND.

 

 

Winnie Johnson – Anne Baron

 Anne is an experienced, versatile actor of some years and has performed in many types of theatre including drama, comedy, pantomime, musicals and rehearsed readings. The opportunity of playing, in particular, character roles in traditional and new writing is her aim, for either stage or TV. Since turning professional a number of years ago Anne has played small roles on TV – mainly involving crime!  Anne relishes working on challenging projects and is an active member of Manchester ADP and has just enjoyed a run in the Greater Manchester Fringe in THE DEAD, LIVE and looks forward to further performances of this play especially at the London Horror Festival in October!  Anne is so pleased to be involved in OLD GROUND and is represented by Keddie Scott Associates (North).

 

 

Janice Ogden – Tracy Gabbitas

 This is Tracy's second time with Organised Chaos, previously performing in their NW tour A LOT OF IT ABOUT. As well as Tracy's TV debut in Victoria Wood's THAT DAY WE SANG; Tracy is also a regular on the North-West fringe scene having performed in numerous productions. These include a comedy farse at Salford Arts Theatre, JOHN AND MARK by Northern Outlet Theatre, a comedy drama by Mike Heath at The Kings Arms and 3 shows at The Buxton Fringe Festival"

 

 

Fred Harrison – Paul Fraser-Smith

 Paul has just graduated from ICAT Manchester under the tutelage of Simon Trinder where he completed a 2 year Performing Arts Diploma.  During his 2 years of training he has performed at the RSC Swan Theatre as ‘Antonio’ in an ICAT production of Shakespeares’ MERCHANT OF VENICE.  Paul also performed at the Lowry in 2016 for ICAT as ‘Banquo’ in MACBETH.

Prior to this Paul has also studied at the Central School of Speech and Drama, London where he completed a 10 week introduction to acting course and also has studied at the Lowry Theatre, Salford under the tutelage of Helen Tolson of Uclan. Other teachers with whom he has received training have been Jeanette Nelson – Director of Voice at the National Theatre, Mike Alfreds – Theatre Director and Practioner and Adjoa Andoh – Actor and Teacher.

During 2017 he has been cast in ICAT’s production of ROBERTO ZUCCO as the Melancholy Detective and Prison Guard, which showed at the 3 minute theatre.

More recently Paul has just completed a week run at Oldham Colliseum where he was cast as ‘Joe/Father’ in a new musical called TIS WRITTEN IN THE STARS directed by James Atherton and Sarah Nelson. Paul is really enjoying the directing process instigated by Neil bell and is busy perfecting his ‘scuffers knock’ prior to the arrest of Ian Brady and Myra Hindley!

 

 

Dickie / Policeman1 – Dan Sheader

 Dan has graduated drama school this year after 5 years of studying and is very excited to be portraying the part of Dickie/Policeman1 in this production of OLD GROUND! Dan's theatre experiences include the role of Kenicke in GREASE, Roberto in the RSC adaptation of ROBERTO ZUCCO and Judas in JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR (Best actor in a musical 2014-2015 Bolton Theatre Awards). When Dan isn't dancing on cars, on the run from the police, betraying his best friend for money, he spends his spare time singing, playing football and running youth acting workshops across Bolton" 

 

 

Harry / Guard / Officer – Geoff Baron

 Having spent his life to date pursuing his love of acting, Geoff recently took early retirement from his job with the NHS in order to concentrate on a fuller acting career, most of his extensive experience having been gained on the thriving North West amateur scene.

His previous local experience on the professional stage has included Ensemble in a one-night gala performance of LA CAGE AUX FOLLES at the Opera House and The Narrator in INTO THE WOODS at the Palace Theatre.

The one role Geoff has played more than once and would gladly repeat is the magnificently mad Dr Rance in Joe Orton’s WHAT THE BUTLER SAW.

Geoff is pleased to be working with Organised Chaos on this exciting project. He is represented by Keddie Scott Associates (North).

 

 

Edward Evans / Policeman 2 – Macaulay Cooper

 Macaulay has recently completed his degree in Musical Theatre at The Arden School of Theatre. This will be Macaulay's first time performing with Organised Chaos Productions and is very much looking forward to portraying the character of ‘Edward Evans’ and ‘Policeman 2'. Previously he has also studied at West Cheshire College where he truly found his passion for acting and also had the chance to play 'Alan Strang' in a production of Peter Shaffers EQUUS, which was a truly great challenge and opportunity for him and this led to him gaining representation from Elizabeth Stocking at The Narrow Road Company agency. Macaulay has been with Narrow Road for a number of years now and in that time he has been featured in two adverts, the first a Nike World Cup advert ‘Winner Stays On’ in 2014 and most recently he has featured in McDonalds 'Breakfast' advert. Macaulay has recently returned from New York where he has performed Off Broadway at the Gene Frankel Theatre in a production of BEAUTIFUL MONSTER by Karlton Parris. Macaulay is looking forward to working with Organised Chaos in this production of OLD GROUND and performing the character of ‘Edward Evans’ and 'Policeman 2’.

 

 

Harry / Guard / Officer – Sean Mason

Sean Mason is an actor, improviser and writer. Stage credits include; Alan in RISING DAMP,  Godber in PORRIDGE,  Bob Ferris in WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THE LIKLEY LADS, Mr. Tortoiseshell in Jack Rosenthal's lost play for today HOT FAT, Martin Hannett (the critically acclaimed NEW DAWN FADES: THE STORY OF JOY DIVISION AND MANCHESTER and most recently Kemp in a revival of AUNTIE AND ME at the Manchester Fringe 2017. Sean is also a member of CSzUK, an improv comedy company that has performed across Manchester, the wider UK and the US and who have just enjoyed a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. He is delighted to once again be working with so many of the New Dawn Fades crew in this brave new play.

 

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