The actors

Rebecca Norris

Characters: Lynne and Marge

Rebecca Norris

 

Rebecca trained at the Academy of Creative Training, graduating in 2012. Since then she has played Mary in a radio adaptation of ‘Caught In The Net’ by Ray Cooney and been a cast member of the satirical comedy sketch show ‘The Treason Show’. In 2013, she appeared in the award-winning ‘Big Bite-Size Breakfast’ shows to sell-out audiences at the Brighton and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals, This show then led to a tour of Australia in 2014, appearing at Perth Fringe World, Adelaide Fringe Festival and Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

Rebecca also plays Sybil in Faulty Towers The Dining Experience.

Personal reviews:

The New Current – 5* review, Brighton Fringe 2015:
Norris is incredible as the bride's mother who loves her daughter greatly but loves the fact that her ‘Southern’ husband Will allows her to play the class card a little more than she would have normally. And as Aunt Marge she is simply breathtaking as her accent and mannerisms change which allows her some insanely funny and at times cutting one-liners flow with ease.


Suzanna Hughes

Characters: Lynne and Marge

Suzanna Hughes

 

Suzanna joined ITI in 2012, to play Sybil in ITI’s Faulty Towers The Dining Experience, and has performed that role all over the world, from Australia and Dubai, to Belgium and Malaysia, Edinburgh Fringe and London's West End. She started playing Lynne/Marge in 2017, also acting as assistant director, and is part of the cast for ITI’s new show, Pamela’s Palace. Previous credits include the worldwide launch of Hitman – The Video Game, Sky 1's Thorne, Channel 4's My Mad Fat Diary, the US TV drama Suspicion, and numerous theatre, commercials, voiceover work and corporate films. She especially loves accents, character work and comedy.


Katie Cooper

Characters: Vicki, Kate and Val

Katie Cooper

 

To date, Katie has specialised in dramatic acting, comedy, physical theatre and singing. Since graduating from W.A.C Arts in London 2008, she has performed at The Young Vic, Southbank Centre, Assembly Rooms, The Old Market, BAC, Greenwich Theatre and many more. She has also worked with Gomito Productions, Strangeface and Longnose Puppets. Katie has been directed in clown by Philippe Gaulier, Dr Brown, Mick Barnfather, SpyMonkey and Cal McCrystal. In addition to being a full time member of Wildheart & Lyric, she has also written and devised a sellout, five-star one-woman show for kids 'Mrs McMoon'.

For ITI, Katie also performs as Sybil in Faulty Towers The Dining Experience and is co-deviser and performer in Pamela’s Palace.


Danielle Briers

Characters: Kate, Val, Vicky

Danielle Briers

 

Originally from the West Midlands, Danielle moved to London to train at The Academy of Live and Recorded Arts. Since graduating in 2013 she has been involved extensively with Kinetic Theatre Company, touring theatre for young people around the Midlands, the South East and the Isle of Wight. Alongside acting, Danielle also has an aptitude for directing and has led several educational plays for young people and people with learning difficulties. Danielle is also a great singer, as well as an ardent fan of devised and immersion theatre. As part of the show since the start, she has won 5-star reviews in London’s West End, Australia, Edinburgh Fringe, Brighton Fringe, and Raffles Singapore.

Personal reviews:
‘Guaranteed fun and great improvisation!’ 5* City Nomads, Singapore
‘Hysterical antics of the Kat-Slater-like groom’s mother’ 5* The Mumble, Edinburgh Fringe


Rhian McLean

Characters: Vicki, Kate and Val

Rhian McLean

 

Rhîan is from South Wales and grew up being surrounded by all things folk...including being partial to a bit of clog dancing at national level. She trained at the Birmingham School of Acting and has toured classical, documentary, comedy and whimsical works – from Shakespeare to new writing – around Europe, China, SE Asia and the USA. As a creative artist, Rhîan loves being involved in theatre where risks are taken, theatre that doesn’t just entertain an audience but also challenges and keeps them guessing. She is very much drawn to being involved in theatre which is collaborative and ensemble, where skills in improvisation, devising and playfulness are key to the artistic process. And this, she says, lends itself brilliantly to playing 'Sybil' in Faulty Towers Dining Experience and 'Kate & Val' in The Wedding Reception.


Stacey Evans

Characters: Vicki, Kate, Val and Lynn, Marge

Stacey Evans

 

Stacey graduated from Guildford School of Acting with the Graduate Acting Award 2007. Her recent credits include: Vernon God Little (Burn Bright Theatre), Anne of Green Gables and the theatrical premiere of Neil Gaiman's Stardust (Forest Forge Theatre Company), feature film Kids In Love (Ealing Studios), and Seat 25 winner of Best British Film at the London Film Awards 2017. She is also a stand-up and sketch comedian who can be seen as Jan Pigh in the sexually charged cookery show, Some Like it Hotpot. Stacey joined ITI in 2016, taking on all five female roles in The Wedding Reception.


Nerine Skinner

Characters: Vicki, Kate, and Val

Nerine Skinner

 

Nerine trained at The Brit School and then Arts Educational Schools. She has worked in many different areas of the industry; recent credits include seven musicals and two plays on a P&O cruise ship; The Songs of our Lives (Garrick Theatre, London); and The Genie of the Ring in Aladdin (Salisbury Playhouse). She is also part of a comedy duo called Franks and Skinner (the name with the agreement of the great man!!); as part of that, Nerine has worked with Slung Low as a Russian Cossack Dancing Frog Tamer, been a clown compere for shows at Rich Mix, and won 5-star reviews at Edinburgh Fringe in 2015 for their premiere show Franks and Skinner Presents: Myself and Myself. Most recently they have recorded TV pilot episodes for CBBC. She joined ITI in 2017, specifically to play Kate/Val/Vicky in The Wedding Reception, and now also performs in Pamela’s Palace.


Karina Garnett

Characters: Lynn & Marge

Karina Garnett

 

Karina Garnett graduated from Middlesex University where she trained with John Wright. Since then she has had a varied and exciting career touring with theatre companies all over the UK, Ireland, the US, the Netherlands, Germany, Turkey, Egypt and Singapore. She has performed mask theatre with Trestle and Strangeface, brought to life children's classics such as The Gruffalo and Room on The Broom with Tall Stories, and worked extensively with Young Vic-based performance and installation company Fevered Sleep. Karina is also a puppeteer and has worked with theatre-rites, Blind Summit, Polka, Indefinite Articles, The Little Angel, RSC, The Globe and Scratchbuilt productions. For ITI, Karina has been playing Sybil in Faulty Towers Dining Experience since 2012, and in that role has won 5-star reviews in Denmark, Europe and Australia, as well as at Edinburgh Fringe and in London’s West End.


Donna Gray

Characters: Lynn & Marge

Donna Gray

 

Donna studied Acting at Drama Centre (University of the Arts London) following an extensive dancing career working on shows with Alan Partridge, Harry Enfield & Chums, BBC’s Pride & Prejudice and Emma. She has travelled the world as an actor and her credits include Byzantium (Neil Jordan) and Lily & The Clown (Chris Gilbertson), and featured commercials such as Innovo and Asda. Donna has been playing Sybil in Faulty Towers Dining Experience since 2012, touring the UK, Norway, Ireland, Antigua, Kenya, Barbados and Australia. And as a writer of her own material, Donna is delighted that her new show, ‘Pamela's Palace’, is now included in the ITI repertoire, starting with Edinburgh Fringe 2018.


Laura Sheppard

Characters: Lynn & Marge

Laura Sheppard

 

Laura is from South Yorkshire and trained at the Rose Bruford College. Her theatre work is extensive, most notably including Dinner Ladies and Dinner Ladies, 2nd Helpings (No.1 Tours/DGM), the original touring adaptation of Jacqueline Wilson's highly acclaimed children's novel Double Act (Polka Theatre/Watershed), the revival tour of the Broadway musical I Do! I Do!, and the national touring production of Whistle Down The Wind (Bill Kenwright Ltd). Laura also provided vocals for the award-winning animated feature, Don Quixote (BBC/HBO), and performed in a one-woman show of songs from Broadway musicals, Songs From Shows. For ITI, Laura also performs as Sybil in Faulty Towers Dining Experience, touring the UK, Ireland and Australia; she performs regularly in that show’s London West End residency.


Bethany Smith

Characters: Vicki, Kate, and Val

Beth Smith

 

Beth is a mezzo-soprano belter, with a particular interest in contemporary musical theatre. She studied musical theatre at the Colchester Institute, before moving to London to complete her training and to study for her MA at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. Credits while training include Beth in Merrily We Roll Along, Alexandra Spoffard in The Witches of Eastwick, and Alice Fisher in Billy the musical. Since completing her training, Beth has been working on the ITI admin team, but is excited to get back to her first love: acting. Performing in The Wedding Reception is her first interactive acting role – and her first professional one too! We’re excited to have her on board.


Leonie Hill

Characters: Vicki, Kate, and Val

Leonie Hill

 

Leonie trained in musical theatre at Millennium Dance, then went on to study classical acting at LAMDA, graduating early to film Mama Mia The Movie. On stage she has enjoyed both classical and modern roles, including the title role in Miss Julie, Maria in Twelfth Night, Hannah Kennedy in Mary Stuart, Mistress Sawyer in The Witch Of Edmonton, Sylvie in Much at The Cock Tavern, and a run of News Revue – the world's longest running comedy show at The Canal Cafe. She recently played in the UK no. 1 tour of Peter Pan Goes Wrong with Olivier Award winners, Mischief Theatre. On screen, she has played guest leads in The Bill and Doctors, and filmed roles in feature films Aux and Nude. She joined in 2017 to play Katie and Val in The Wedding Reception.

Dave Tremaine

Characters: Marvin and Will

Dave Tremaine

 

David studied Drama, Film and Theatre Studies at Roehampton Institute London and later trained at the Academy of Creative Training. His previous credits include Rosencrantz in the 2007 Argus Angel Award winning production of 'Hamlet', Lenny in Harold Pinter's 'The Homecoming', Trofimov in 'The Cherry Orchard', the title role of Patrick Marber's 'Don Juan In Soho', as well work for Bite-Size Plays at the Brighton and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals. He appeared in the highly successful British feature film 'White Collar Hooligan' which was released in 2012 and is also a cast member of long-running satirical sketch show 'The Treason Show'. David has appeared in UK and Australian tours for Interactive Theatre International.

Personal reviews:

The Sussex Newspaper - 5* review, Brighton Fringe 2015:
David Tremaine gives his all as the groom, Will, and also the wonderfully camp and emotional wedding planner, Marvin.


Ben Hood

Characters: Ricky and Ray

Ben Hood

 

Ben trained at the University of Salford. His theatre work includes lead roles at Salford's Lowry Theatre, Manchester's Library Theatre and The Dance House. Now based in London, Ben works predominately in theatre, most recently in a tour of Hunter S. Thompson's Fear & Loathing In Las Vegas, playing 10 characters. Other work includes the role of Jason in Medea at the UK International Physical Theatre Festival. Ben works extensively in interactive theatre, both in the UK and internationally for companies such as Heritage Arts and Bearded Kitten, and on advertisements for Bacardi and 3 Mobile. He has been a performance director for Secret Cinema, has performed for BBC afternoon radio plays, appeared in BBC 1's Doctors, and is a festival entertainer for Secret Garden Party and Glastonbury. He is currently filming in the lead role as Lewis Silva in the feature film Play Judas due for completion late 2015.

Personal reviews:

The New Current – 5* review, Brighton Fringe 2015:
Hood, first as flat-cap wearing Northern no-nonsense talking Ray and later as the, at times tactless, Best Man Ricky, is a comedic delight. His asides to the guests as Ricky are priceless and the book he’s been keeping on Will and the wedding is priceless.


Oliver Harrison

Characters: Ricky and Ray

Oliver Harrison

 

After training at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts, Oliver furthered his professional training with comedic and clown experts such as Philippe Gaulier, Spymonkey, Dr Brown and Mick Barnfather. He is an accomplished performer specialising in comedic, devised and physical work, both as a solo and collaborative theatre maker. Oliver is co-founder of Wildheart & Lyric, a successful touring theatre company that devises raucous physical comedy and has recently collaborated with the critically acclaimed Mick Barnfather. Oliver has also enjoyed great success in his solo show, Signor Baffo. Oliver has a passion for making original, dynamic theatre that incorporates clown, slapstick and expert stupidity and he continues to work with other brilliant companies like Dreamthinkspeak, Bureau of Silly Ideas, Gomito and Long Nose Puppets.

Oliver also plays Manuel in Interactive Theatre International’s Faulty Towers The Dining Experience, appearing in London’s West End and touring Europe.


Jack Baldwin

Characters: Ricky and Ray / Marvin and Will

Jack Baldwin

 

Jack read classics at Kings College London then trained at LAMDA, and he has a wealth of experience in film, radio, theatre… even opera! His most notable recent TV was The Rochdale Pioneers, an acclaimed documentary about the Co-operative movement. Also on film/TV: Henry IV part I, A Political Life, and the forthcoming 'Coldfall'. Theatre credits include Henry V, Henry IV part I, Titus Andronicus, Pericles, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Shakespeare Conspiracy, Comedians, Don Juan and What the Butler Saw. On radio and podcast, he’s done The Spiral Stair, Brasshead, and Last Stand, and in opera Tosca, Peter Grimes, and The Macropulos Case. He is also one third of sketch group The Expeditionary Force, and has been playing Basil in Faulty Towers The Dining Experience since 2012, touring widely and appearing in London’s West End regularly.


Phil Oakland

Characters: Ricky and Ray

Phil Oakland

 

Phil spent 3½ years bent over for Mickey Mouse, playing quadruped Ed in Disney’s The Lion King, followed by stints as Timon, Zazu and the deliciously evil Scar. Other non-human roles include the King of the Trolls in Peer Gynt, a hob-goblin in a national tour of The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, and a tractor in These Things Do Happen for NTC (‘the most fun!’). He made his London West End debut in Les Enfant Terribles’ The Vaudevillains, originating the role of Gaston Garceau, the silent but deadly mime artist; the show went on to Edinburgh Fringe and sold out. Phil joined ITI in 2016, winning 5-star reviews as Manuel in Faulty Towers The Dining Experience, and as Ray/Ricky in The Wedding Reception.


James Heatlie

Characters: Ricky and Ray

James Heatlie

 

James is a performance graduate from The City Lit in London and has trained in stunt combat. His many theatre, musical theatre, TV and film credits include Batman Begins, The Paul O'Grady Show, appearing as Frank Sinatra in Sinatra: The Final Curtain, and as Edgar in Sir Jonathan Miller’s production of King Lear in Covent Garden. In Venice, he took on two roles for five months in Italy’s longest running theatre show, Venezia: The Show, and in France he toured for three months with Quorum Theatre Company, performing and leading workshops daily. He is also a photographer, artist, poet and songwriter. He started winning critical an d audience acclaim for his performances with ITI from 2016, as Manuel in Faulty Towers The Dining Experience, and as Ray/Ricky in The Wedding Reception.


Otis Waby

Characters: Ricky and Ray

Otis Waby

 

Otis is an Actor, Writer and DJ who trained at LAMDA. Recent theatre credits include Michael Morpurgo’s King Arthur (Gilded Balloon, Edinburgh), national tours of Roast (Hen & Chickens), and A Pool Hall at The Edge of The World and Woman In The Wall (Theatre 503), and a lot of Shakespeare. For TV, he’s appeared in The Job Lot Series 2 for Big Talk/ITV 2, and in I Shouldn’t Be Alive on Discovery Channel. Recent film credits include Art Is and Goddard & Others for New Troy Productions. Otis joined ITI in 2017.


Meredith Colchester

Characters: Marvin & Will

Meredith Colchester

 

Meredith (aka Merry) is a graduate of Brighton University and has a background in live performance and film. He first set up a film company, Gallivant Film, producing mostly music videos and documentaries; he himself has appeared in over 20 films, and in 2012 starred in the feature film, The Scandalous Four. But Merry’s main passion is live performance, particularly puppetry and devised, interactive and immersive theatre. With two others he set up SlashTheatre, staging successful comedies like Buddhism, is it just for losers? and The Room In The Elephant. For ITI, he has been performing as Basil in Faulty Towers The Dining Experience since 2016, winning 5-star reviews in London and on tour in Australia and the UK.


Rob Langston

Characters: Marvin & Will

Rob Langston

 

Rob is a graduate of Drama Studio London who has been involved in many exciting theatre projects – such as the hit site-specific theatre production You Me Bum Bum Train, the Ibsen Theatre company's Peer Gynt at London’s Riverside Studios, and the improvisation group The Improdigies at The Roundhouse. A massive fan of British comedy from a young age, Rob also writes comedy himself, co-writing and co-performing in the comedy podcast Jim and Rob's Podcast Rambles. He also produced and starred in the short film Sock, which showed at the London Short Film Festival and Colfilmic festival in Manchester. For ITI, Rob also plays Basil in Faulty Towers The Dining Experience, in which guise he has toured extensively, appearing in the UK, mainland Europe, Scandinavia, South Africa, Thailand, the Philippines, India, Barbados, Portugal and Australia. Rob has also appeared with the show at the Edinburgh Fringe and in London’s West End.


Hayden Wood

Characters: Ricky & Ray / Marvin & Will

Hayden Wood

 

Hayden began his career working as an actor and composer at the Edinburgh Fringe with the critically acclaimed Belt Up Theatre. Since then he has worked as an actor all over the world. Credits include Chris in The Play That Goes Wrong (London’s Duchess Theatre); Richard II (Arcola/ Houses Of Parliament); Alice's Adventures Underground (Vaults); The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (Park Theatre); and The Bunker Trilogy (winner of the Bank SA Adelaide Fringe Best Theatre Award 2014). Fantastically in tune with physical comedy and silly moustaches, Hayden began playing Basil in ITI’s Faulty Towers The Dining Experience in 2017, winning 5-star reviews in London’s West End and on tour in the UK and Australia.