The Cast

Douglas Gray

Douglas had his first professional job with the Pontardawe Arts Centre’s ‘The Merchant of Venice’ in 2014.

 

Since then he has worked with various companies including: Lighthouse Theatre (The Chimes), Fluellen Theatre (No Known Grave, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Railway Children, A Child’s Christmas in Wales, Richard III and As You Like It), 4th Wall/Frapetsus (Bouncers), Tent of Xerxes (The Body of an American, Johnny Got His Gun), Pontardawe Shakespeare (The Merchant of Venice, A Midsummer Night’s Dream) and Avant Theatre (Love Labours Won, Cardiff Fringe Festival).

He has also been involved in the Pontardawe Script Slam, voice over work for BFI and additional Theatre in Education work.

Gerry Fitzpatrick

Gerry trained as an actor at Bath Spa University and graduated in 2011. He has been part of a variety of different shows in theatre and TV.

 

He has played such roles as Chino in West Side story, Mark Anthony in Julius Caesar, the Friar and Prince Esculus in Romeo and Juliet, Mikey in The Kitchen.

 

He has done sight specific theatre around the UK, has toured all over the UK and Ireland with various shows and last year toured Italy for 6 months teaching English through drama with a theatre in education company called Theatrino.

James Scannell

James is Swansea born and bred; he trained at the University of Wales, Trinity St. David, Carmarthen, where he gained BA 1st Class Honours in Theatre Studies. He has worked extensively as an actor, workshop leader, role-player, drama facilitator/teacher, and director. He has worked with a multitude of companies from across the UK, including Fluellen Theatre Co; Black RAT Productions; Frame By Frame Theatre Co; Pontardawe Arts Centre; 4th Wall Productions; The Festival Players; Ignition Theatre Co; Lighthouse Theatre Co. As well as having toured all over the UK, James has also been fortunate enough to perform on home soil on many occasions.

 

James was part of the original cast of the first rehearsed reading of Letters Home at Pontardawe Arts Centre, as part of their inaugural Script Slam programme. James is delighted to be involved in the project and has loved working on site at Morfa Bay, Pendine, where he has previously had the pleasure of directing a piece of site specific theatre for the UWTSD, entitled A Lost Boy based on the Great War and Peter Pan.

Chrissie Neale

Chrissie, a professionally trained actor, recently graduated from the Guildford School of Acting with an MA in Acting.  Some of her prominent credits include Thea in Hedda Garbler directed by Yolanda Vazquez of The Globe Theatre, London.  Bertha in the Accrington Pals performed at the Electric Theatre, Guildford. TV credits include  Nuts & Bolts and Mine All Mine where she enjoyed working with Griff Rhys Jones.

 

Chrissie recently returned to her home town, Swansea and worked with Fluellen Theatre Company in the Grand Theatre and Blue Remembered Hills where she played Audrey. Most recently Chrissie played Wilbur in Charlotte's Web for Swansea's Outdoor Theatre Festival at Oystermouth castle. During training Chrissie worked with the renowned Volcano Theatre Company, devising physical theatre pieces using the work of playwright Sarah Kane.

 

Chrissie has an avid interest in history and has a true love of Shakespeare and  played Brutus in Julius Caesar where her qualifications in stage combat came in useful.  Chrissie is a trained singer and has appeared in many musicals including the role of Liesl in The Sound of Music at The Sherman Theatre, Cardiff.

 

Sarah Louise Tyler

Sarah-Louise Tyler is a Cardiff-based actress who trained at Drama Studio London.   She is experienced in a range of film, TV and theatre, having worked on award-winning films such as “Masterpiece” and “In this Room”. 

 

In theatre, Sarah has performed in numerous plays in London, Cardiff and on national tours, including Anna in Closer, Paulina in Death and the Maiden and Cinderella in panto.  More recently, she played a district Nurse in the 30th Anniversary episode of Casualty and has just wrapped on independent feature Hiraeth with Dark Art Films.

 

Sarah-Louise worked with Jaye on a Christmas story set in WW2 for Mercury Theatre Wales 14/15 and is really happy to be working with her again on this evocative story.

Matthew Bool

Matthew, from Aberdare in the South Wales Valleys, has been acting from the age of 12.  He joined a local Am-Dram company called Showcase, it was here that he fell in love with acting, and decided that was what he wanted to do for the rest of his life.

 

He studied at Aberwysyth University, where he dscovered a wider range of theatre.  The experience he gained there would stand him in good stead for embarking on his acting career.

 

His first professional acting job came through Fluellen Theatre Company, and he has continued to work with them playing such parts as Speed in Two Gentlemen of Verona, and Jonathan Harker in Dracula. He has recently worked on a film called Videobox which will be screened later this year.

 

Johnny Ostle

Born in 1989, J.O.'s interest in acting started with poetry recital, when he began the school poetry reading competitions at Hereford festival at the age of 7, going on to perform in a number of school and youth theatre productions. At the age of 18, he attended Oxford School of Drama and later went on to further courses at Northumbria University. Having made his first steps into the world of acting, J.O. is delighted to participate in letters home.

 

With his great great grandfather having fallen at the Somme in 1918, J.O. is delighted to contribute to Letters Home, as a fitting memorial to him and others lost in the war.

Oli Curry

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Andrew Kanias

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