The Emperor and the Nightingale

by Neil Duffield, based on The Nightingale by Hans Christian Andersen

Showing 26 November - 14 January 2017 Previews 25 November 2016, 7.00pm

The Performers

Patrick Bridgman

Patrick Bridgman

(Father / Dragon King / Monkey)

This will be Patrick's fifteenth production at Theatre by the Lake. He appeared in the inaugural season in 1999, in three subsequent Summer Seasons, in The Maid of Buttermere in 2009 and two Christmas shows The Wizard of Oz (as Wizard/Professor Marvel) and, most recently, The Emperor and the Nightingale, in the role of the Dragon King. That show featured an array of musical instruments played by the cast – in Patrick's case, lots of percussion and a debut on the gou zheng (a traditional Chinese zither).

He trained as a musician at Chetham's School of Music in Manchester, the Junior School of the RNCM and at St. Anne's College, Oxford, but after graduation pursued an acting career, though often with a musical aspect. His work has taken him on extensive tours nationally and internationally as well as several visits to Lancaster Dukes, Bolton Octagon and Manchester Library theatres.

His most recent appearance was as another pianist, wearing a dress, in the premiere of D'Eon at the Hope Mill Theatre in Manchester.

Towards the end of last year he played Robert Preston's urologist in Coronation Street. He lives in Cockermouth.

Sally Cheng

Sally Cheng

(Xiao)

Amy Gardyne

Amy Gardyne

(Nightingale)

Amy is an actress and musician who graduated from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in 2014.

Since graduating, Amy has toured the UK twice with Heartbreak Productions as Emma in Emma, Maria/Moth in Love’s Labour’s Lost, Miranda/ Ariel in The Tempest and Lady Caroline Cava/Ellie the Maid in Murder on the Terrace. Between these two tours, Amy performed in UK schools as Jack in Jack and the Beanstalk (West End in Schools), recorded a concept album for new musical Holagues (Steve Peet) and filmed the protagonist Girl in Wolfskin (Playview Productions), both to be released in early 2017. Most recently, she workshopped the role of Debra in new musical Plots (Finn Anderson) at the Theatre Royal Stratford East, and the Citizens Theatre, Glasgow.

Alongside her performing, Amy co-owns a boutique theatre gift and book shop in Leamington Spa called the Stagey Fox, and is servant to her cat, Pippin.

Frances Marshall

Frances Marshall

(Peasant woman / Servant)

Frances trained at Webber Douglas and has a drama degree from the University of Hull.

Previous work at Theatre by the Lake includes The Emperor and the Nightingale, The 39 Steps, Abigail’s Party, Fallen Angels, and Swallows and Amazons.

Other theatre credits include A Brief History of Women, written and directed by Alan Ayckbourn (Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough), The Massacre at Paris (Rose Theatre), The Busy Body (Southwark Playhouse), Phyllis in The Railway Children (York Theatre Royal/ National Railway Museum), Private Resistance (Eastern Angles), The Merry Wives of Windsor (Stafford Festival Shakespeare), Coal Not Dole (Tour).

Frances is an actor/director for Shakespeare’s Globe Read Not Dead project where she recently played Kate in The Taming of A Shrew.

Film/TV includes the most recent Elton John music video, A Good Heart, Stephen Poliakoff’s Capturing Mary (BBC 2), Mr Gibson (Project 7).

Audio work includes The Sacrifice of Sherlock Holmes (Big Finish).

Ed Parry

Ed Parry

(Servant / Monkey)

Ed recently graduated from Rose Bruford College in actor musicianship, and is very excited to be making his professional debut, since training, in such a beautiful part of the country.

Credits while training include: Foreverland, Urinetown: the Musical, The Hostage, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and The Merchant of Venice. Other credits: Friedrich in The Sound of Music (the London Palladium).

Joel Sams

Joel Sams

(Li-Si)

Joel is delighted to be back here again, three years after playing John in Swallows and Amazons.

Other credits include: John in We Didn’t Mean to Go to Sea and Charles Dickens in Round the Twist (Eastern Angles); Bertie Wooster cover in Jeeves and Wooster (Mark Goucher and Mark Rubinstein, Duke of York’s and national tour); Gratiano in The Merchant of Venice (ADG world tour); Algernon in The Importance of Being Earnest and Frank in Mrs Warren’s Profession (the English Theatre of Hamburg); Pinocchio (Redbridge Drama Centre); Ratty in The Wind in the Willows (Lord Chamberlain’s Men); Twelfth Night and Romeo and Juliet (GB Theatre Company); Othello (ADG world tour); The Bed Before Yesterday (the Mill at Sonning); Outlying Islands, She Stoops to Conquer, Wild Honey and Arcadia (Pitlochry Festival Theatre); Coriolanus and Blue Sky State (Mercury Theatre, Colchester); Exit the King (Tabard Theatre) and Big White Fog (Almeida).

Joel trained at Guildhall.

Martin Sarreal

Martin Sarreal

(Wu)

Martin was born in Malaysia to parents of Filipino, Portuguese and Chinese heritage. Having been active in the performing arts throughout his life, Martin made his stage debut as a dog in a Year 6 production of Cats.

Since then, he has continued to pursue acting alongside his studies, appearing in the stage productions of 100 Saints You Should Know and Spring Awakening in 2011. Having moved to London in 2012 to train at Drama Centre London, Martin made his professional London stage debut in 2013, playing the male lead in The Butterfly Lovers at the Blue Elephant Theatre. Shortly after, he joined the National Theatre production of Here Lies Love as the DJ, as well as playing a series of multiple roles in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and UK touring production of Dickens Abridged.

Martin is delighted to be a part of the Theatre by the Lake Christmas season.

Silas Wyatt-Barke

Silas Wyatt-Barke

(Tiger King / Clockmaker)

Silas trained at Rose Bruford College in actor musicianship.

Theatre credits include: Denys in The Go-Between (Apollo Theatre, West End); Dr Seuss’ The Lorax (Old Vic Theatre); Sunny Afternoon (Harold Pinter Theatre, West End) and Jack and the Beanstalk (Key Theatre, Peterborough).

Credits whilst training include: Into the Woods, The Fall of the House of Usher, ’Tis Pity
She’s a Whore, Nicobobinus, The Crucible, All My Sons and Uncle Vanya.