Cast & Creatives

Cast & Creatives

Cast

Edith Kirkwood - Jane Austen

An English Literature graduate from York University, Edith has regularly toured nationally with Riding Lights Theatre Company. Recently, Edith has performed with Wrongsemble in family shows Billy Shakes: Wonder Boy and Peter Pan in the Park. She has toured with Pintsize and Ten Ten Theatre, played Mary Tempest in York Theatre Royal’s Peculiar Distractions; Maisie in Slung Low and Pilot Theatre’s Blood and Chocolate; Mary Magdalene in York Mystery Plays 2012 and Sarah in Two Planks and a Passion, both produced by York Theatre Royal and Riding Lights. Edith trained with National Youth Theatre Wales and Sherman Cymru, and is also a workshop facilitator and classically trained musician. In her spare time, Edith enjoys carpentry, dressmaking and watching Wales play rugby.

Jenni Lea-Jones Mrs Austen

 Jenni Lea-Jones trained at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London. Her theatre credits include Ru in Come and Go performed in Paris, Shylock in The Merchant of Venice performed in Venice, Mistress Quickly in Merry Wives of Windsor and Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (both Italian tours), Ibsen’s Peer Gynt and Hedda Gabler at the Riverside Studios in London, national tours of Britain with shows such as Gilbert and Sullivan's The Mikado with Illyria Theatre Company, Jane Eyre with Blue Orange Theatre and international tours with shows such as Shakespeare's Comedy of Errors for Theatre Set-Up and Alan Ayckbourn's Relatively Speaking with White Horse Theatre. Radio Credits include two series' of Araminta Spook for BBC Radio 4.

Thomas Hewitt Jane's Suitors

Training: The London School Of Musical Theatre.

Credits. Fantastic Mr Fox (National Tour/Lyric Hammersmith), Wind In The Willows (Brighton Open Air Theatre) Romeo & Juliet (The Madinat Dubai), Midsummer Nights Dream, Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory, Aladdin, (DUCTAC Dubai) Peter Pan (88 London Road) Firing Life (Camden Fringe) Caucasian Chalk Circle (St Leonard's Church Shoreditch), Honk (Lost Theatre).

Film: The Catch, Psychopaths Anonomous (short)

Oliver J Brooke 
Mr Austen/Mr Clarke

Oliver J Brooke graduated with a degree in music from Bristol University and spent the next ten years as a touring singer songwriter, culminating with being signed to Inception Productions, a london based record label.

Oliver has a particular interest in Film and is about to return to studies at the Drama Centre in London to do a Masters in Screen Acting.

He is delighted to once again be able to be a small cog in a production that combines both his musical and acting passions.

Creatives

Timothy Trimingham Lee
Director

Timothy Trimingham Lee has directed extensively in the UK and internationally. His credits include Sam Shepard’s Buried Child (nominated for two Off West End Awards) at Upstairs at the Gatehouse, the first London revival of Terry Johnson’s Dead Funny at the Old Red Lion Theatre, the Bermudian premiere of Long Day’s Journey into Night for the Bermuda Festival of the Performing Arts, and the first production to be presented at the St. James Theatre, the new musical Midas by Jimmy Jewell and Nick Stimson. He was assistant director for the first Broadway revival of Rodgers and Hart’s The Boys from Syracuse. He received his MA in Directing at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. He is a Drama League Directing Fellow and Associate Lecturer of Music Theatre at London Studio Centre.

Arlene McNaught
Musical Director

Arlene trained in Musical Direction at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts after graduating from the University of Glasgow with an MA in Music and Theatre Studies. She has worked as an MD in the UK and the US. 

Recent credits as MD include The Good Person of Szechwan (Bridewell Theatre), It Tastes Like Home (Clapham Fringe) and Bat Boy (Mitchell Theatre). As assistant MD: Into The Woods, Jane Eyre, Oklahoma!, Heathers and as pianist: Suburbaret (Arts Theatre, London and Edinburgh Fringe). As a composer Arlene's work has been featured in theatre festivals.

Rob Winlow 
Writer

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