Julius Caesar Cast Bio | Alice

With Julius Caesar now in previews, we’ve been interviewing the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School actors cast to play alongside theatre professionals, Julian Glover and Lynn Farleigh.

Here we get to know Alice, one of the Theatre School’s talented rising stars.


Character_Cards_Alice_Kerrigan2Alice Kerrigan
Lucia

BOVTS: Grace in Sex With A Stranger (Directors’ Cuts, Wardrobe Theatre); Speed in The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Duckling Smith/ Meg Long/ Rev. Johnson in Our Country’s Good, Nora in A Doll’s House, Titania/ Snug in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Ensemble in Love and Information, Marge Murray/DJ Shadow/Trish Stiger in The Laramie Project, Hannah in Days of Significance, Olivia in Twelfth Night, Lady Teasel in The School For Scandal, Helen in The Vortex. Pre BOVTS: Ellie in The Electra Project (Edinburgh Fringe); Dee Morden in BBC Casualty, Carol in No Kaddish and Camarthen (Warp Films).

Where are you from and how did you get into acting? 
I am from Brighton! I would always jump at the chance to be in the school plays and I was very lucky to go to a school that had a great drama department.   I also used to attend a part time theatre school on the weekends called The Theatre Workshop.  They were so passionate about nurturing talent and It was fantastic.  I was there from the age of 13 up until the age of 18 when I auditioned for drama schools.  It started as a fun hobby but then grew into a love that I knew I couldn’t do anything else.  Now I’m at the Bristol Old Vic woo!

Who are you playing in Julius Caesar and what challenges have you faced in that role? 
I’m playing Lucia, Cinna The Poet and the Cobbler. When having multiple roles you have to make sure each character is a different individual and believable which can be tough.  The verse is always a challenge, but having trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and being guided by Simon, Julian and Lynne during this process we have all learnt so much and tackled it together.

What’s your favourite thing about training at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School?  
100% the people.  Having shared a very unique experience with such a great group of friends who are all so supportive and incredibly talent is absolutely amazing.  Each person has their own special journey throughout training and it’s such an exciting process of discovering, exploring and having fun!

What’s the best thing about working with Julian Glover, Lynn Farleigh, and John Hartoch?
They are so knowledgeable, caring and such fun to be around.  I keep trying to soak up all their little gems of advice and the fact they are willing to share this with us and help us throughout the process is incredible.  We are very lucky indeed.

How does it feel to be taking Bristol Old Vic’s stage in your graduating show?
SCARY!  But I feel so lucky.  This is such a great opportunity at such a beautiful theatre.  What a way to end the last three years!


This June we reunite with Bristol Old Vic Theatre School to present Shakespeare’s riveting political drama Julius Caesar. For more info and to book tickets, click here.

Julius Caesar Cast Bio | Rosy

Ahead of the run, we’ve been interviewing the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School actors cast to play alongside theatre professionals, Julian Glover and Lynn Farleigh in Julius Caesar.

Here we get to know Rosy, one of the Theatre School’s talented rising stars.


Character_Cards_Rosy_McEwenRosy McEwen
Octavia

BOVTS: Emily Webb in Our Town (Circomedia); Deadeye in Treasure Island, Isabella in Measure for Measure, Dysart/ Jill in Equus, Christian/Little Girl in Festen, Queen Mary in Vivat! Vivat Regina!, Alithia/ Margery Pinchwife in The Country Wife. Pre BOVTS: Becky in We Lost Elijah, Desiree in Pains of Youth (both Stage @ Leeds); Miranda in Waking The Dead, Lizzie Hutton in Cranford (both BBC1).

Where are you from and how did you get into acting?
I’m from London. It was at school that I first came to love drama, taking part in any play I could. I then went off to university and studied something completely different, debating whether acting was something I wanted full time. As soon as I stopped I wanted it back, so ended up at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Who doesn’t love running around pretending to be other people all day?

Who are you playing in Julius Caesar and what challenges have you faced in that role?
I’m playing an array of characters – Plebeian, Artemidora, Caesar’s servant and Octavia. It was important for me to find variation between each one. Luckily the characters are naturally very different. With Octavia, who only comes in at the end of the play, yet has the highest status (being Caesar’s heir) I wanted to make sure she had this the moment she arrived, which I initially struggled with due to her lack of establishment as a character. With the help of Simon, Lynn and Julian they have all helped me to give her strength, as the only female leader it was vital to me that she stood easily among the men.

What’s your favourite thing about training at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School?
The people. The surrounding actors have helped and inspired me to put all the things we’ve been learning into practice. The school offers you so much in terms of technique and everyone develops their own style, which manifests into a creative, innovative and exciting environment.

How does it feel to be taking the Bristol Old Vic stage in your graduating show?
I can’t wait! It’s more about the professionalism of the whole process, from rehearsals to press night it’s wonderful to experience life at a industry theatre.


This June we reunite with Bristol Old Vic Theatre School to present Shakespeare’s riveting political drama Julius Caesar. For more info and to book tickets, click here.

Julius Caesar Cast Bio | Rosie

Ahead of the run, we’ve been interviewing the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School actors cast to play alongside theatre professionals, Julian Glover and Lynn Farleigh in Julius Caesar.

Here we get to know Rosie, one of the Theatre School’s talented rising stars.


Character_Cards_Roseanna_GrayRosie Gray
Decia

BOVTS: M in Crave (Directors’ Cuts, Wardrobe Theatre); Mrs Gibbs in Our Town, Joyce in Treasure Island, Isabella in The Merchant of Venice, Alithea in The Country Wife, Mary Stuart in Vivat! Vivat Regina!, Pia in Festen, Jill in Equus. Other: Some People Talk About Violence (Camden People’s Theatre & Summerhall); various in Nothing (Lyric Hammersmith & Camden People’s Theatre); Hedda Gabler in Hedda Gabler, Hester in The Deep Blue Sea, Jess in Mammals, Paula in The Positive Hour (all Warwick Arts Centre).

Where are you from and how did you get into acting? 
I grew up in a place called Chalfont. St. Peter in Bucks (about twenty mins on the train from Marylebone in London). I love stories and have always been fascinated by the human mind – the theatre seemed like the perfect place to explore those things.

Who are you playing in Julius Caesar and what challenges have you faced in that role? 
I’m playing Decia (one of the conspirators), Octavia’s attendant and a pleb. I find Shakespeare can feel like a bit of a juggling act at the beginning of the process – respecting the verse and poetry while remaining truthful etc. but having guidance from Simon, Julian and Lynn has been invaluable.

What’s your favourite thing about training at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School?
Learning from those around me, whether it’s teachers, directors or my peers. I write down my favourite bits of advice in a little notebook I carry around. I’ve also laughed a lot over my two years at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School – my year are a cheeky bunch and I’ll miss them a lot.

What’s it been like to work with Julian Glover and Lynn Farleigh?
A gift. They’re so generous with their extensive knowledge and great fun to have around. They also seem to genuinely care about our progress which is really touching.

How does it feel to be taking the Bristol Old Vic stage in your graduating show?
I feel incredibly lucky and grateful to have the opportunity to perform in this beautiful space. It feels like the perfect stepping stone into the professional world.


This June we reunite with Bristol Old Vic Theatre School to present Shakespeare’s riveting political drama Julius Caesar. For more info and to book tickets, click here.

Julius Caesar Cast Bio | Chris

Ahead of the run, we’ve been interviewing the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School actors cast to play alongside theatre professionals, Julian Glover and Lynn Farleigh in Julius Caesar.

Here we get to know Chris, one of the Theatre School’s talented rising stars.


Character_Cards_Chris-Jenks2Chris Jenks
Pindarus

BOVTS: B in Crave (Directors’ Cuts, Wardrobe Theatre); Valentine in The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Major Robbie Ross in Our Country’s Good , Ben in Days Of Significance, Michael in Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me, Semyon in The Suicide, Duke Orsino in Twelfth Night, Sir Peter Teazle in The School For Scandal, Jedadiah Schultz in The Laramie Project, Flute in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Pre BOVTS: Worker in The Tin Forrest (National Theatre of Scotland and SYT); Algernon in The Importance of Being Earnest (The Theatre of Arran).

Where are you from and how did you get into acting?
I grew up on the wet and windy Isle of Arran (off the west coast of Scotland). My early acting career on the island was a bit stop-start with several of my school plays failing to gain a west end transfer. Competition was tough with role after role going to local sheep. At the age of sixteen I decided to venture onto the mainland and participate in courses with the Scottish and National Youth Theatres. I then auditioned for drama school and ended up at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.

Who are you playing in Julius Caesar and what challenges have you faced in that role?
I am playing Pindarus, Popilius, Plebeian 1 and Antony’s Soldier 1. Speaking the verse in a naturalistic way with a clear intention whilst also paying attention to the beats and line endings has been a challenge but one which has payed off and hopefully will make the dialogue clear for the audience.

What’s your favourite thing about training at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School?
Getting to spend 3 years with some very special people.

How does it feel to be taking the Bristol Old Vic stage in your graduating show?
It is a very exciting prospect. I love being in the theatre: the high ceilings, the smell, the atmosphere. It feels like a very significant place to be.


This June we reunite with Bristol Old Vic Theatre School to present Shakespeare’s riveting political drama Julius Caesar. For more info and to book tickets, click here.

Julius Caesar Cast Bio | Ross

Ahead of the run, we’ve been interviewing the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School actors cast to play alongside theatre professionals, Julian Glover and Lynn Farleigh in Julius Caesar.

Here we get to know Ross, one of the Theatre School’s talented rising stars.


Character_Cards_Ross_OdonnellanRoss O’Donnellan
Mark Antony

BOVTS: A in Crave (Directors’ Cuts, Wardrobe Theatre); Stage Manager in Our Town, Black Dog in Treasure Island, Claudio in Measure for Measure, Pandarus in Troilus and Cressida, Sparkish in The Country Wife, Cecil in Vivat! Vivat Regina!, Helge in Festen, Alan in Equus. Other: Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew at Shakespeare’s Globe (Sam Wanamaker Festival); Finn in Revolution (The Hollow Crown Films); Horatio in Hamlet (Folksy Theatre – National Tour); Martinez in In the Dead of Night (The Landor Theatre, London); Reader in Artemisia’s Frame (The Platform Theatre, London).

Where are you from and how did you get into acting?
I’m from Galway, in the West of Ireland. I studied Law in Trinity College Dublin before and worked as a human rights and social justice activist. While living in New York, I started taking acting classes with The Barrow Group. When my visa was close to expiring I had no jobs or internships lined up. I had no idea what to do next, but found out that a The William Esper Studio – a New-York-based Meisner school – was doing a summer course in London. In retrospect I don’t know what was going through my mind, but I moved there for the course, got a job in a bar and started applying for drama schools. BOVTS took me in and I’m so glad they did.

Who are you playing in Julius Caesar and what challenges have you faced in that role?
I’ll be playing Mark Antony, a close friend of Caesar’s and an army general. I always find tackling Shakespeare an exciting challenge but we’ve been very lucky to have Simon to guide us and to be able to draw from the experience of Julian, Lynn and John.

What’s your favourite thing about working with Julian Glover, Lynn Farleigh and John Hartoch?
All three of them are fantastic to have in the rehearsal room, contributing their knowledge and ideas and making time outside of rehearsals for one-on-one sessions. We really have been spoiled to have them.

What’s your favourite thing about training at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School?
The teachers are exceptionally knowledgeable and encouraging and the students are always supportive of one another – being a part of this creative community has been an honour.

How does it feel to be taking the Bristol Old Vic stage in your graduating show?
My mum is freaking out.


This June we reunite with Bristol Old Vic Theatre School to present Shakespeare’s riveting political drama Julius Caesar. For more info and to book tickets, click here.