Wessex Actors Canterbury Tales
Directed by Jo Puttick
Sean Beaumont – Sean Reeve
This is Sean’s first venture with WAC, he has performed with many other local theatre groups including Arena, Impact, Bournemouth Shakespeare players and Ferndown Drama.
He trained in Stratford Upon Avon and has dabbled in television work whilst living in Bristol, but prefers the theatre and spends his time away from running a bar doing as much as he can.
Paul Mole – Rev. Paul Priest/MC
Paul contracted the acting bug at a very early age and became involved in both school, county and workshop productions accordingly.
He studied Performing Arts at Canterbury University and has been afflicted by the performance disease to this day.
Squeezing his love for theatre between a busy teaching job and various parental responsibilities has resulted in Paul working with Arena Theatre, Bournemouth Little Theatre Company, Fladermouse Productions, Brownsea Open Air Theatre and Burnt Toast Theatre Company.
This is Paul’s second outing with WAC and he hopes that you enjoy the performance as much as he has enjoyed rehearsing it.
Pamela Brewer – Mrs Pam Bath
Pamela began her theatre career in Glasgow,where she was born,as a “hoofer” dancing in more musicals than she can remember. She studied drama at the London Centre of Theatre Studies and graduated into The Actors Company with a rep season of Ibsens “Pillars of Society” at Jermyn Street Theatre,Piccadilly.
Since moving to Dorset she has performed in several productions with Arena Theatre including James and the Giant Peach, Smokey Joes Cafe, Popcorn, Calender Girls and directed Camp Confidence and Ladies Day in 2009.
Her previous role with Wessex Actors Company was as Miss Prism in The Importance of Being Earnest in the 2013 Tour in a glorious 32 degrees centigrade. Here’s hoping for another Hot One with Canterbury Tales!!
Scott Sullivan – Sir Scott Knight
Scott has been involved with WAC from the very beginning. He’s usually found beavering away as Jo’s Production Manager or managing the Box Office, but he has been known to tread the boards.
He is usually found acting with Arena Theatre where he has had a good old run in some fab parts in shows like Blue Remembered Hills (Willie), Bouncers (Les) The 39 Steps (multiple characters), Jekyll and Hyde (Mr Sanderson), Macbeth (Ross) and Collaborators (Doctor).
As well as all of this he has appeared with BOAT (Winters Tale, Merchant of Venice, Macbeth and Measure for Measure), as well as other Bournemouth Little Theatre productions and Castle Players productions.
His acting for WAC includes playing Francis Flute/Thisby in A Midsummer Nights Dream and Lane the Butler in The Importance of Being Ernest.
Basically, he’s been bothering audiences for over 20 years and so has more than enough experience to once again bother our lovely WAC audience.
Toby Trimby – Toby Franklyn
Toby has a vague memory of an animated fox in a top hat introducing him to the notion of having a career in Acting and, although it didn’t occur to him at the time, he has enjoyed letting his projects take him all around the country. He gained a degree in Theatre and Performance at University of Plymouth and attended The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts where he achieved an MA.
He has dabbled in panto; playing the eponymous role in Aladdin and the non-eponymous role of Colin the Goblin in Jack and the Beanstalk as well as Silly Billy in Mother Goose. He performed in the Dickens thriller, The Black Veil with Bruce James Company where he was the understudy to 2/3 characters.
In October 2014, he was directed by Patricia Richardson in David Auburn’s Proof playing Hal and he is very proud that Canterbury Tales is his hat-trick Theatre tour with WAC – having portrayed Victor Prynne in Private Lives and Algernon Moncreiff in The Importance of Being Ernest (his favourite character).
In October 2014, he also completed his first shortfilm and hopes it will be the first of many. Toby is very grateful to the Theatre Community in Dorset for being so welcoming, since I’m not a local boy, and offers his thanks to everyone involved in WAC for being so supportive. And, as up and down as the Artists lifestyle can be Hi diddle dee dee, the actors life for me!
Marie Bushell – Miss Marie Pardoner
Marie has been acting since the age of six and in 2012 graduated from the ‘Arts University Bournemouth’ with a BA (Hons) degree in Acting.In her final year at the University she performed in several plays and was asked to perform with the professional theatre company ‘Hoodwink’ celebrating the ‘National Trust’ on Brownsea Island.
Since graduating Marie has performed in Arena’s production of ‘Jerusalem’ and Brownsea Open Air Theatre’s 50th anniversary production of ‘Pericles.’ She also has performed in Bournemouth Little Theatre Company productions of ‘There Came a Gypsy Riding’ and ‘Proof,’ and ImpAct Theatre’s production of ‘Neighbourhood Watch.’
Marie is delighted to be appearing in her second production with the Wessex Actor’s Company where previously she performed in their production of ‘Private Lives’. She is thrilled to be back and working with such a talented cast and crew.
Matthew Ellison – The Miller
Matthew’s first opportunity to act came in 1985 as a teacher in Hemel Hempstead when he was cast as Cliff in the school production of Cabaret. He was immediately bitten by the bug and has since played over 80 roles in a variety of plays and musicals.
Matthew has performed with many different theatrical societies including The Barn Theatre in Welwyn Garden City, Reading Operatic, Progress Theatre, Berkshire Shakespeare Players, Bracknell Drama Club, Shinfield Players, Wokingham Theatre, Bournemouth Little Theatre, New Forest Players, and Chesil Theatre in Winchester.
For the past eight years he has been an active member or RAODS at The Plaza Theatre in Romsey, where he recently directed a major production of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.
His favourite roles include Graham Whittaker in Alan Bennett’s monologue A Chip in the Sugar from the Talking Heads series, Jenkins in Pinter’s The Caretaker, Malvolio in Twelfth Night, Fagin in Oliver!, and Emcee in Cabaret.
This is Matthew’s first production with Wessex Actors Company.
Producer / Director – Jo Puttick
Jo has been involved in drama for over forty years. He started with ‘All Saints Dramatic Society’ in Southbourne as an actor in AmDram, whilst also attending Poole College’s Drama Course and acting for Brownsea Open Air Theatre (BOAT).
He then moved to ‘Castle Players’ at Lytchett Matravers in 1983 and continued acting for many years. However, in 1985 he says he ‘suffered a bad mad turn’ and decided to try his hand at directing.
His first play as a director was ‘The Miracle Worker’ for Castle Players and the excellent reviews it received spurred him on to continue directing from then onwards, at first whilst still occasionally acting, but latterly concentrating solely on directing.
His last production, before Wessex Actors Company (WAC), was the highly successful ‘Hamlet’ for BOAT in 2009. Since starting WAC Jo’s directed our first two productions; ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ and ‘The Merry Wives of Windsor’, but invited guest Directors for WAC’s last two productions – ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ and ‘Private Lives’.
However he’s directing this year’s production of ‘Canterbury Tales’ and can’t wait to get started!
Jo’s efforts as a director have won many awards.
Properties & Front of House Manager – Eve Puttick
Sound & Lighting – Janine Williams
Front of House – Lyn Richell
Continuity – Harriet Webb