Directed by Virginia Harrington
Virginia Harrington – Director
Virginia has played a wide variety of roles for Arena, KCA Players, Poole and Parkstone and Bournemouth Little Theatre. She began directing after attending a Noda Summer School Course for directors. Virginia directed two Dinner Theatre productions at The Chine Hotel, ‘Lord Arthur Saville’s Crime’ and ‘Blithe Spirit’. She has since directed seven plays for BLTC and several workshop productions.
Virginia has loved all the plays she has been involved with and ‘Hayfever’, her first for WAC, is no exception. She considers she is very fortunate to be part of such a talented team, and hopes you enjoy watching the play as much as she has enjoyed directing it.
Pete Beebee – Richard Greatham
Peter has recently been concentrating on his History degree, he has however been involved in Direct Theatre Improv group where he has performed on a regular basis.
He is an experienced actor who has had a colourful professional career from Shakespeare street theatre, film and movement and dialogue for computer gaming.
He is happy to be involved with WAC this year.
Lizzi Briscoe – Jackie Croyton
Lizzi has recently completed her performance degree from Southampton Solent achieving a 2:1.
Throughout her studies she has taken part in many productions including Perfect 10 (Jess), Sweeny Todd (Mrs Lovett) and Fame (Carmen).
You may also recognise her from this years Doc Martin episode one! She is delighted to now be involved with the Wessex Actors Company.
Jan Smiles – Clara
In 2012, Jan played the formidable Paris landlady, Madame Boussiron in the Bournemouth Little Theatre production of ‘We’ll always have Paris.’ In September 2013 she took on the role of Susan in a charity performance of Alan Bennett’s Talking Head, ‘Bed among the Lentils’. Then followed Bunny in Poole and Parkstone’s production of ‘A Murder is Announced’ and Miriam Chester in Broadstone Players’ production of ‘Snake in the Grass’. This year she has played the part of Lady Alice Miller in Peter Coke’s “Breath of Spring” at B.L.T. Jan is delighted to have the opportunity of working with Ginny and the team at W.A.C..
Lotte Fletcher-Jonk – Judith Bliss
Lotte has been active in drama since the age of 8 and is fortunate to have played a wonderful variety of parts – female, male and animal – with a variety of groups in various countries and in a range of venues – indoors, open-air and on screen. Amongst her most notable and/or enjoyable parts she lists Bertha in ‘After Mrs Rochester’, William Shakespeare’s Bottom, Hamlet’s side-kick Rosencrantz, Mari in ‘Little Voice’, and doing ‘The Bible – Abridged’ by the Reduced Shakespeare Company. Ruth in Noël Coward’s ‘Blithe Spirit’ also features high on the list – little can beat the wonderful language and wit of Coward – and she is very pleased to be focussing on “diction and alacrity” once again!
Peter Watson – David Bliss
This is Peter’s first appearance with this particular band of strolling players. However, he is no stranger to the Dorset stage having worked with Broadstone Players Theatre Group for many years and, on the way, taken parts in Shakespeare, Restoration Comedy, Panto and as a guest with other groups. Favourite roles have been Frank in ‘Educating Rita’ (Broadstone 2014) and the French Policeman in ‘‘Allo, ‘Allo’ (Ferndown 2006). He has previously played Charles Condomine in ‘Blithe Spirit’ (Arena 2006) and is looking forward to being part of another Coward creation – despite promising himself that this year he would take it a little easier!
Nathan Linsdell – Sandy Tyrell
Nathan has recently finished his degree in performance.
Outside education he has performed around Hampshire and Dorset, most recently playing Stanhope in R.C Sheriff’s ‘Journeys End’ and Chris in Arthur Millers ‘All my Son’s’.
Carole Allen – Myra Arundel
This is Carole’s third role with Wessex Actors Company, having played Hippolyta in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Mistress Page in The Merry Wives of Windsor. She is delighted to be back and is looking forward to working with such a talented cast. She has been involved in Drama – acting, directing and teaching for many years. She has toured with a Youth Theatre Company and also with a Children’s Theatre group. She has been involved in Community Theatre and has played many stage roles. Carole has also performed locally with BLTC, BOAT, P&P Players and Castle Players. Having worked with some pretty amazing directors both amateur and professional she is looking forward to being directed by Virginia for the first time.
Harriet Webb – Sorel Bliss
‘Hay Fever’ will be Harry’s first WAC acting gig, although she was involved with last year’s ‘Canterbury Tales’ in a back-stage role. She has always been involved with the theatre, either on stage or behind the scenes. She particularly enjoyed her several roles in Castle Players production of ‘Under Milk Wood’, that Jo Puttick directed.
She hopes that Hay Fever will be a welcome distraction from her MA studies in Illustration at the Arts University Bournemouth.
Sean Beaumont – Simon Bliss
This is Sean’s second 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.