CAST of 2016 TOURING PRODUCTION

Pulse Records Limited in association with Bill Elms are pleased to announce their cast for the 2016 touring production of Twopence To Cross The Mersey.

CAST BIOGRAPHIES

Eithne Brown

Eithne appeared in the original production of Twopence To Cross The Mersey in 1994 as Helen Forrester. She was privileged to meet the great lady herself, Helen Forrester, who had travelled from Canada to see the opening performance. Eithne’s son, Neil, was in the chorus so it was a family affair! As a founding member of the wonderfully evolving repertory company at the Royal Court Theatre, Eithne performed in ‘Brick Up The Mersey Tunnels’, ‘Two’, ‘Night Collar’, ‘Lost Soul’, ‘Dirty Dusting’ and ‘Ladies Day’. Many of the shows were directed by Bob Eaton. Other favourite plays include: ‘Shirley Valentine’, ‘Educating Rita’, ‘Tartuffe’, ‘Billy Liar’, ‘The Full Monty’, ‘Abigail’s Party’ and ‘Alfie’. Eithne was also in the original cast of ‘Blood Brothers’ at the Liverpool Playhouse and, on its transfer to the West End, Eithne took over from Barbara Dickson for over 50 performances. On television, Eithne appeared as’ Chrissy Rogers’ in ‘Brookside’ and has also appeared in: ‘Emmerdale Farm’; ‘Room At The Top’ and ‘Mobile Warriors’ to name a few. On radio Eithne has shared a presenting seat with Sean Styles for BBC Radio and has performed in radio plays including: ‘In Loving Memory’, ‘Silver Grey’ and ‘Blood In The Mountains’. Eithne is a seasoned pantomime performer playing ‘Queen Rat’ in Dick Whittington. Future projects include a return to the Royal Court Theatre in ‘Mam I’m ‘Ere’. Her regular ‘Evening with Eithne Browne and Friends’ at (Blackburne House) continue to prove very popular.

Chris Jordan

Christopher Jordan graduated from drama school, in London, ten years ago. He now lives in Calderdale, West Yorkshire. Last year, he was asked to work in Liverpool for the first time in ‘Noises Off,’ The Royal Court Theatre. Christopher’s other theatre credits include: ‘Romeo and Juliet’, ‘Private Lives’, ‘The Tempest’, for Oxford Shakespeare Company, ‘Getting On’ and ‘Beauty and The Beast’, York Theatre Royal and ‘Hedda Gabler’ at The Old Vic. Christopher’s numerous TV credits, include: ‘Moving On’, ‘The Syndicate’, ‘From There to Here’, ‘In The Flesh’, ‘That Day We Sang’ together with TV ‘Soaps’ including: ‘Emmerdale’, ‘Hollyoaks’ and ‘Coronation Street’.

Chris was delighted to be asked back to Liverpool, by Director Bob Eaton, to perform in ‘Twopence To Cross The Mersey’.

Maria Lovelady

Originally from Widnes Cheshire, Maria trained at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London; she also studied musical theatre for three years at Liverpool Theatre School. Professionally, Maria has played a wide range of parts including ‘Juliet’ in Shakespeare’s Romeo And Juliet, ‘Marianne’ in Sense And Sensibility, ‘Isabella’ in Wuthering Heights and ‘Dorothy’ in The Wizard Of Oz. She has also performed as a dancer in several shows, including ‘The Ken Dodd Happiness Show’ at various venues around Liverpool.

Maria is excited about performing as ‘Helen’ in Twopence To Cross The Mersey. She is also looking forward to working alongside her first acting coach - Brian Dodd 20 years after their first meeting! Maria would like to thank all of her family and friends for their continued support, enthusiasm and endless cups of tea. Follow Maria on twitter - @MariaLovelady

Jake Abraham

Jake returns to the Liverpool stage after taking time out to complete several TV/film projects and reunites with Director Bob Eaton. “I’ve worked with Bob many times, the first when I was 12. It’s exciting to be back on stage in my home town and I’m really looking forward to touring with Twopence To Cross The Mersey”. Jake’s credits include: Theatre: ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’, ‘Council Dept. Blues’ Liverpool Royal Court, ‘On The Ledge’, ‘Brown Bitter’, ‘Wet Nellies And Scouse’, Liverpool Everyman Theatre, ‘Guiding Star’, The National, Cottesloe and ‘The Pinocchio Boy’ on UK Tour.

Television: ‘Game Of Thrones’, ‘Prisoners Wives’, ‘It’s Ok To Be Ray’, ‘Justice’, ‘Holby City’, ‘The Bill’, ‘Liverpool 1’, ‘Sharpe’s Gold’, ‘GBH’, ‘The Govenor’, ‘Blood On The Dole’, ‘Red Dwarf’ and ‘The Brittas Empire’. Film: ‘Spike Island’, ‘Tamla Rose’, ‘Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels’, ‘London Boulevard’, ‘American Cousins’, ‘Virgin Of Liverpool’, ‘51st State’, ‘Mean Machine’, ‘Parole Officer’ and Blonde First’.

Emma Dears

Emma's career began at the age of nine when she was picked to play the title role of 'Annie' in the No 1 UK Tour. At 16 she left Liverpool for the big smoke to train at the Italia Conti Academy. Emma was lucky enough to land a part in her favourite musical 'Les Miserables'. Emma has performed in the West End shows 'Miss Saigon' and 'Oliver' at The London
Palladium. Emma was then given the opportunity to work at the prestigious Donmar Warehouse in the musical ‘Nine’ directed by David Leveaux. She then played her favourite role of Rizzo in 'Grease' again in London's West End. She has toured extensively with Shane Ritchie in 'Boogie Nights', as Carmen in 'Fame' and Mary Magdalene in 'Jesus Christ Superstar'.

At the age of 26 she was lucky enough to land a part in 'Nice Guy Eddy' starring Ricky Tomlinson for BBC1. This led to other appearences in 'Shameless', 'Brookside' and 'Hollyoaks' as well as numerous TV Commercials. In 2010, Emma fulfilled a lifelong ambition and finally wrote her very own musical called 'Judy & Liza' (a musical biopic about Judy Garland and her daughter Liza Minnelli). In this touring production Emma plays Liza Minnelli. Emma is thrilled to play the role of Mother in 'Twopence To Cross The Mersey' as she was originally cast in this role in 2007 but had to pull out when she found out she was expecting her first child, so it must be destiny!

Roy Carruthers

Roy is thrilled to be back in the North West appearing in ‘Twopence To Cross The Mersey’.
Born and bred in Walton, Liverpool, at the age of 35, a chance encounter with a friend, who worked in a local university, led Roy to enrol on a drama degree course as a mature student. Roy acquired an agent shortly after graduating.

He has played Frank in ‘Ladies Night’, Slater in ‘Funny Money’ and Santa in ‘Night Collar’,
Royal Court Theatre, Liverpool. The following three years he spent, playing ‘baddies’, at the Gracie Fields Theatre, Rochdale. Other theatre credits include: ‘The Fourth Wall’, Old Red Lion, Islington and ‘Mafioso’, Hill Street Theatre, Edinburgh. On TV he has appeared in ‘Longford’ with Jim Broadbent, Granada. ‘Good Cop’ with Warren Brown, BBC and as ‘Frank’ in the Feature Film ‘Sparkle’ (Magic Light Pictures) with Stockard Channing and Shaun Evans.

Roy has supplied over 50 character voices for audio books of the ‘Redwall Series’, by best-selling author, Brian Jacques and can often be heard on BBC Radio 4. Credits include ‘Cobwebs’ and ‘Brief Lives’, ‘The Sad Story Of Jim Thorpe’, ‘William Quilliam’, ‘The Sheikh Of Liverpool’ and ‘The Strange Case Of Oliver Cromwell’s Head’ plus two appearances on the Radio 4 show ‘Pick Of The Week’. Roy would like to dedicate his performance to Jean and the constant support he has received from her and her homemade gravy.

Phil Hearne

Phil has made many appearances on TV and stage including: Brookside, Coronation Street, Childrens Ward, How We Used To Live, In Suspicious Circumstances, Angels, The Insurance Man and One Summer. His theatre credits include:
The Golden Oldies, Noises Off, Council Depot Blues, Good Golly Miss Molly, Lennon, Country, Limestone Cowboy, The Good Companions and Hound Of The Baskervilles.

Some of Phil's favourite roles include: Sammy in 'Blood Brothers', Prospero in 'The Tempest' and Eddie in 'Stags and Hens'. Phil would like to thank Bob Eaton for inviting him to perform in Twopence To Cross The Mersey.

Tom Cawte

Tom is delighted to be a part of the 'Twopence To Cross The Mersey' 2016 touring cast. Most recently, Tom has been on our television screens as series regular Appraisal in 'Witless' for the BBC. He has also toured internationally with Cheek By Jowl as Mamillius in 'The Winters Tale' directed by Declan Donnellan, and will begin a second tour of the show at the end of the year.

Tom's first film role came in the feature 'London Fields' as Carlyle written by Martin Amis. Since then he has gone on to have numerous film roles, including Hugh in 'Comeback Kid', Stephen in 'DUETS' Josh in 'No Trace' and David in 'Among Sweet Flowers and Shades'. Tom has also been involved in music videos and commercials, most notably in the award winning music video 'Losing You' for Aquilo.

Tom made his professional debut on stage at Edinburgh Festival 2013 as Antony Sandel in the adaptation of the novel 'Sandel' directed by Glenn Chandler. Tom has since appeared as Dickie in 'The Lone Pine Club' touring production, Boy in 'Waiting for Godot' at the Cockpit Theatre, Andy in 'EAT' at Camden Fringe and Chase in site specific piece 'The Den'.