a theatre by the lake and york theatre royal production, in association with ensemble


Devised by Annie Castledine, Steve Trafford and Elizabeth Mansfield

Showing Fri 23 March – Tue 10 April

The Performers

Elizabeth Mansfield

Elizabeth Mansfield

(Edith Piaf)

Elizabeth has been working in theatre, radio, TV and film since the 1970s. She trained at Elmhurst Ballet School, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and later, in opera at the City of Leeds College of Music.

She has performed many leading roles in UK regional theatres and London’s West End, in plays, music theatre and musicals, winning an Olivier Award nomination for ‘Best Actress in a musical’ and ‘Best Actress’ in the UK Theatre Awards for her performance in Marie - The Story of Marie Lloyd at the Fortune Theatre.

She has worked extensively on radio, and was nominated ‘Best Actress’ in the Sony Radio Awards while a member of the BBC Radio Drama Company. She has worked in television and film, appearing in several popular TV series, such as Coronation Street and The Bill.

She founded Ensemble in 2001 with Steve Trafford, since when she has devoted her time to producing, performing and writing for the company. Over the last three years, Elizabeth has also been working as facilitator and performer with Rosetta Life’s inspiring project Stroke Odysseys; developing programmes of work across communities and hospitals which give voice to stroke survivors within a supportive, creative space.

Patrick Bridgman

Patrick Bridgman

(The Pianist)

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.