We are delighted to announce the casting of our second Factory Company – the resident professional ensemble that will perform new in-house productions of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Timberlake Wertenbaker’s Our Country’s Good between February and May 2019.

    Following his critically acclaimed production last year of A View From the Bridge and his autumn 2018 production of Beautiful Thing, Mike Tweddle, Artistic Director of Tobacco Factory Theatres, directs his dynamic interpretation of one of Shakespeare’s best loved comedies. Then, Anna Girvan, who cut her teeth in Bristol and at Tobacco Factory Theatres, takes on Wertenbaker’s twentieth century masterpiece about the morality of crime and punishment.

    For A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the four lovers will be played by Evlyne Oyedokun (Julius Caesar, RSC), Paksie Vernon (Network, Angels in America, National Theatre), Joseph Tweedale (Macbeth, A View From the Bridge, Tobacco Factory Theatres) and Dan Wheeler (Romeo and Juliet, Insane Root Theatre). In the fairy world, Charleen Qwaye (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, National Theatre) will play Titania, Luca Thompson (Shakespeare’s Worst, Bristol Shakespeare Festival) plays Oberon and Puck will be played by Kim Heron (Translunar Paradise, Light, Ad Infinitum). Amongst The Mechanicals, Heather Williams will play Bottom (Up Down Man, Myrtle Theatre and Tobacco Factory Theatres).

    In Our Country’s Good, the progressive Captain Arthur Phillip will be played by Luca Thompson and the opportunistic Second Lieutenant Ralph Clark by Joseph Tweedale. Danann McAleer (King Lear, Bristol Old Vic) will play Captain David Collins and the role of Liz Morden will be played by Kim Heron.

    For the full cast list and cast biographies, see below.

    Directors Mike Tweddle and Anna Girvan lead a creative team of local and national artists for both productions, including Designer Anna Reid (Twelfth Night, Southwark Playhouse), Sound Designer Max Perryment (The Convert, The Young Vic), Lighting Designer Chris Swain (Beautiful Thing, Tobacco Factory Theatres) and Fight Director Kaitlin Howard (Twelfth Night, HOME Manchester).


     Wed 20 February – Sat 06 April 2019

    Puck Kim Heron                                                 Helenus Joseph Tweedale
    Egeus/Quince Danann McAleer                 Demetrius Dan Wheeler
    Lysanda Evlyne Oyedokun                            Bottom Heather Williams
    Charleen Qwaye           Hermia Paksie Vernon
    Luca Thompson

    BY Timberlake Wertenbaker

     Wed 17 April – Sat 11 May 2019

    Liz Morden/Captain Watkin Tench Kim Heron     
    Robert Sideway/Captain David Collins Danann McAleer            
    Duckling Smith/Captain Jemmy Evlyne Oyedokun
    Black Caesar/Midshipman Harry Brewer
    Charleen Qwaye
    John Wisehammer/Captain Arthur Phillip
    Luca Thompson
    Second Lieutenant Ralph Clark
    Joseph Tweedale
    Major Robbie Ross/Ketch Freeman/John Arscott Dan Wheeler
    Dabby Bryany/Lieutenant George Heather Williams
    Reverend Johnson/Mary Bryant/Meg Paksie Vernon


    Kim Heron is a Bristol based actor and theatre maker and co-artistic director of In Our Hands. She trained in Lecoq-based acting and devising at LISPA. Theatre credits include: Translunar Paradise and Light (Ad Infinitum), Outpost (Green Ginger), The Mill City Of Dreams (Freedom Studios), and Rocky Shock Horror (The Wardrobe Theatre).



    Danann McAleer’s theatre credits include: Frankenstein (Red Rope), The Tempest, The Comedy of Errors (The Lord Chamberlain’s Men), King Lear (Bristol Old Vic), Don Quixote (The English Concert), The Human Ear, The Wind In The Willows, The Tempest (BOVTS), A Thin Ghost (solo show), King John (Hammerpuzzle), King Lear (Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory). Film/TV credits include: Is That All There Is? (post-production), Awumbuk (post-production), Seven Days That Made the Führer (Channel Five), Watch Over Me (CBA productions), Efa – Kayla Painter Music Video, Conversations With Strangers (James Sampson Films).

    Evlyne Oyedokun trained at Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. Theatre credits include: Julius Caesar (Royal Shakespeare Company), Head-rot Holiday (Hope Theatre), Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (Old Vic Theatre), The Cherry Orchard (Nottingham Playhouse), Ash (Park Theatre), Sapriya (National Tour).




    Charleen Qwaye’s theatre credits include: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (National Theatre at The Gielgud), UK tours of Chicago, Chess the Musical, I Can’t Stop Loving You, Oh! What A Night! and Viva La Diva, the European tour of The Blues Brothers and This Is The Night (Richmond Theatre), Kiki’s Delivery Service (Southwark Playhouse), The Taming of the Shrew, Doubt (Landor Theatre), 4:48 Psychosis (Edinburgh Fringe), The Full Monty (Charing Cross Theatre), Elephant Man, The Peculiar Tale Of Pablo Picasso, The Mona Lisa (Brockley Jack), performances of Classical Spectacular at the Royal Albert Hall. Film/TV credits include: Jerk (Somesuch Productions), Mind-reading Algorithms (Fat Rat Films) and Crimes Stories (ITV).

    Luca Thompson trained at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art. Theatre credits include: Shakespeare’s Worst (Bristol Shakespeare Festival), Peer Gynt (Ibsen Stage Company – Hackney Empire), Waiting for Godot (The Courtyard Theatre & Turin International Arts Festival), A Dangerous Woman (Gloucester Theatre). Based in the south-west, Luca also works with Bristol Old Vic, Hammerpuzzle Theatre and The Natural Theatre.


    Joseph Tweedale’s theatre credits include: Babe The Sheep Pig (Mercury Theatre), A View From the Bridge, Macbeth (Tobacco Factory Theatres), A Christmas Carol (Hull Truck Theatre), The Rise and Fall of Little Voice (Clwyd Theatre), Northanger Abbey (Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds), Alice In Wonderland, The BorrowersThe Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe (Sherman Theatre), Barnbow Canaries (West Yorkshire Playhouse), UKIP! The Musical (Hell Bent Theatre), Brief Encounter (Torch Theatre), The Girl Who Cannot Die (Certain Dark Things), Either/Or (Theatre 503), The TempestAlice Through the Looking Glass (Quantum Theatre). Film credits include: Dirt Ash Meat, Outdoors is Safer, Deadly Dinner Date, Exit.

    Dan Wheeler’s theatre credits include: Romeo and Juliet (Insane Root Theatre), Peter Pan (National Theatre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Comedy of Errors, The Taming of the Shrew, Twelfth Night, Pocket Comedy (Propeller Theatre Company), Alice’s Adventures Underground (Les Enfants Terribles), Ernest and the Pale Moon (Pins and Needles / Les Enfants Terribles), Wendy & Peter (RSC), Symphony (Nabokov Theatre Company), Wind in the Willows (Northern Stage), This Land: The Story of Woody Guthrie, Precious Bane (Interplay Theatre). Film/TV credits include: Blackout (Fascination Pictures), Poldark (BBC).

    Heather Williams is a Bristol based actor who trained at Hull University. She was Artistic Director of Myrtle Theatre for 14 years. Theatre credits include: Up Down Man, The Ugly Duckling, The Love I Feel Is Red (Tobacco Factory Theatres), Sleeping Beauty, Lovers Winners, Epsom Downs, Yerma, Blythe Spirit, An Enemy of the People, Romeo and Juliet, Under Milk Wood, Up the Feeder Down the Mouth (Bristol Old Vic), Up Down Boy (Salisbury Playhouse), Canterbury Tales (Southwark Playhouse). Film/TV credits include: Truly Madly Deeply and Whale Music by Anthony Minghella (BBC), Grandpa in my Pocket (BBC), Coronation Street (Granada), Grange Hill (BBC), Casualty (BBC) and Play Away (series regular/BBC).

    Paksie Vernon trained at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Theatre credits include: The Watsons (Chichester Festival Theatre), Network, Angels in America (National Theatre), Pandora (Etch/Pleasance Theatre), Kiki’s Delivery Service (Southwark Playhouse), The Philanderer (Orange Tree Theatre), Little Sure Shot, James and The Giant Peach, The Jungle Book (West Yorkshire Playhouse).


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