Meet our fabulously talented cast and crew members…
Chairman, Actor, Director, Stage & Lighting Design
Roy combines acting with directing and set and lighting design. He is proud of the range of productions the Alexandra Players have put on in recent years. Highlights include The Passion Play in Greenwich Park, a joint production of David Copperfield with the Roan Company and playing 'Davies' in Pinter’s The Caretaker. Directing credits include The Killing of Sister George, Crown Matrimonial, Daisy Pulls It Off and The Flint Street Nativity. He has appeared in many productions over the years, some of the most recent being 'Charles Stanton' in Dangerous Corner, 'Neville' in Neville’s Island, 'Mellersh Wilton' in Enchanted April and 'Stewart' in Private Fears In Public Places. This year he played 'Colonel Melkett' in Black Comedy.
Actress, Backstage Management, Group Publicity
Janet joined the Players in 1978 and has played many roles, from junior heroines through middle-aged matrons to mischievous grannies. Some favourite roles have been 'Queen Mary' in Crown Matrimonial, 'Emma' in Way Upstream, 'Granny' in Haywire, 'Olwen Peel' in Dangerous Corner, 'May Archer' in A Foot in the Door and 'Jocelyn Thripp' in We Happy Few. She enjoyed being Pensioner-age witch 'Granny Weatherwax' in Wyrd Sisters and 'Miss Furnival' in Black Comedy.
Pamela has been a member of the group almost from the inception of The Alexandra Players and has played an assortment of characters over the years. She recreated 'Phyllis', the terrible playwright, in Play On! in 2011, a character she first played 25 years ago. During periods of 'resting' she has studied for OU qualifications and taken trips to Kenya.
Actor, Director, Stage Manager
Keith trained at the City of London Polytechnic student union bar in Moorgate, and then at The British Oak, Blackheath, before passing out with flying colours (before his eyes). Joined the Alexandra Players in 1987, and has been trying to leave ever since. Appearances in plays such as Round and Round the Garden, Time Of My Life, It Could Be Any One Of Us (all by Sir Alan Ayckbourn), dressing up as women in various pantomimes; The Caretaker (Harold Pinter); 'Inspector Jack Frost' in Cat’s Cradle (Leslie Sands). Keith has also directed, stage managed, sold tickets at the door, and played with sound and lights. His appearance in The Flint Street Nativity as 'Wise Frankincense' marked his lisping debut. This year he played 'Frank' in The Memory of Water, 'Neville' in Season's Greetings and directed Black Comedy.
Jackie has been with the group since 1987. She has taken part in many productions and directed four, including We Happy Few, as part of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Open Stages Project. In February of this year she trod the boards with her husband Keith in The Memory of Water, a moving and dramatic study of the interaction between three sisters in the aftermath of their Mother’s death. In June she had the pleasure of few lines but maximum impact as the ghostly 'Mistress of the House' in Who Calls? She recently took on the important task of stage management for Season's Greetings, creeping around backstage, making sure both props and actors appeared, as if by magic, in the right place at the right time.
Actress, Stage Manager
Sue has been with the Players for 20 years and in that time has taken on roles in productions as varied as Gigi, Steel Magnolias, Gaslight, Stepping Out, David Copperfield and My Sister In This House. In recent years she performed as Daisy’s trusty sidekick, 'Trixie Martin', in Daisy Pulls It Off and 'Barbara Jackson' in Pack of Lies. In 2014 she played 'Azuriel' in Sleeping Beauty before giving birth to Aisling, a sister to Conor. As a busy mum of two, Sue is less able to commit to as many acting roles but was stage manager for the RSC Open Stages production of We Happy Few and the Philip Ayckbourn premiere of Timeshare, and in 2015 took on the loveable character of 'Magrat' in the stage adaptation of Terry Pratchett’s Wyrd Sisters. Last year she was 'Angel' in The Flint Street Nativity, and this year 'Lane' in Who Calls?
Actress, Director, Costume, Props
Janet joined the Alexandra Players in 2000. Over the years, she has taken many varied roles, including directing Murder Mistaken, Groping for Words and The Essence of Love. She appeared as the lead 'Susan' in Good Things, the likeable but hapless heroine who rebuilds her life through her interactions with the varied characters who enter her charity shop. Then she played the drunken has-been actress in We Happy Few, our RSC Open Stages production. She was last seen on stage last year as the Shepherd in The Flint Street Nativity. Earlier this year she directed Who Calls?
Actress, Director, Professional Photographer
Juliette is a talented photographer, actor and musician. She joined the Alexandra Players in 2000 and has appeared in many of our productions since then including Steel Magnolias, Stepping Out, Blithe Spirit, David Copperfield and My Sister In This House. She directed Absurd Person Singular in 2010 and played 'Lotty Wilton' in the delightful comedy Enchanted April in 2012. More recently she played 'Clare Beaumont' in Daisy Pulls It Off, had a small part in Good Things and took the leading role of 'Hetty Oak' in our RSC Open Stages production of We Happy Few. She played 'Mary' in our recent production of The Flint Street Nativity, 'Vi' in The Memory of Water and 'Mrs Abernethy' in Who Calls? before directing our most recent production, Season's Greetings by Alan Ayckbourn.
Mark joined the Players in 2003. In 2009 he took on his first directing role with J. B. Priestley’s Dangerous Corner and appeared as 'Geoffrey' in Ayckbourn’s Absurd Person Singular. He played the critically acclaimed part of 'Angus' in Neville’s Island and 'Saul Watson' in Play On! In 2012 he played 'Frederick Arnott' in our “close to faultless” production of Enchanted April, the 'Duke of York' in Crown Matrimonial and 'Ambrose' in Private Fears In Public Places. In the last four years he has played 'Bob Jackson' in Pack of Lies, 'Frazer' in Good Things, 'Fusspot' - the Lord Chamberlain, in The Sleeping Beauty, 'Duke Felmet' in Wyrd Sisters, 'Eddie' in Timeshare, 'Star' in The Flint Street Nativity and 'Harold Gorringe' in Black Comedy.
Actress, Backstage, Refreshments
Liz took part in the joint Church/Players pantomime in 2004. She enjoyed her role as Fairy Godmother so much she was inspired to join the company and has acted with the Players in a number of roles. When not acting she helps backstage or with interval teas.
Actor, Lighting Operator
Andrew has been a constant presence within the group since 2011 and as well as having appeared in a number of productions, has also contributed by assisting with lighting for one or two of their performances.
Originally from South Africa, Rose did a drama course led by Professor Bud Castle at the Johannesburg College of Education. In 2010 she joined the Henley Players before moving to the UK with her husband in 2011, when she joined the Alexandra Players. With the Players she has done backstage work and acted in Crown Matrimonial (Elizabeth, Duchess of York), Daisy Pulls It Off (Belinda), Good Things (Scotch Doris), Pack of Lies (Sally), Sleeping Beauty (evil fairy Carabosse), We Happy Few (Flora Pelmet), Cinderella the Untold Story (O’Reilly The Fairy Tale Fixer), Wyrd Sisters (Nanny Ogg), Cat’s Cradle (Peggy Fletcher), Timeshare (Marina) and Who Calls? (Twilley).
Rosalind has over 30 years of experience in Amateur Theatre, largely in operettas with the Ferrier Operatic Society. Having appeared in many musicals including Iolanthe, The Gondoliers, HMS Pinafore and Trial by Jury - all operettas by Gilbert & Sullivan, Ros made her return to dramatic theatre in 2013 and is also a member of the Blackheath Rock Choir.
Actress, Assistant Director, Website Manager & Social Media Administrator
Louise’s love of performing began in her final year at Primary School when she was cast in the role of ‘Baloo’ for a production of The Jungle Book. She later studied Drama at secondary school and Media Studies for A’level. In 2012, Louise decided to revisit her love of acting and discovered The Alexandra Players via Twitter. In 2014, having appeared in several plays with us, she took over responsibility for maintaining our website, social media pages and designing our publicity material. Leaping at the chance to assist in directing Timeshare in 2016, she enjoyed learning about the different aspects that go into putting a production together. Louise loves being able to express her ideas creatively and collectively amongst the group and has learnt a lot, fueling further ambitions to direct and even write a play herself one day. We last saw Louise on stage in February 2017 when she was cast as 'Catherine' in The Memory of Water.
Wyrd Sisters was the fifth Alexandra Players production that Daisy was involved in, and since then has been very happy to play multiple parts, really enjoying the scripts. In 2016, Daisy appeared in The Alexandra Players production of Wyrd Sisters and appeared in Annie in London's West End. Later that year, she played the part of 'Gonzalo' in The Tempest for School's Shakespeare and regularly enters dancing and singing competitions - often performing open mic sets at the Tudor Barn in Eltham.
Before joining The Alexandra Players, Mark's last big acting role was the lead Shepard at his school's nativity! Mark has always loved performing and has spent the intermittent years as a percussionist in a variety of different bands and music styles, including folk, rock, ska, and soca reggae. He has played in varied locations such as Glastonbury, Leicester Carnival, Trance parties and even Battersea Power Station. Mark will always be ready to bore anyone with his other great love; Motorcycling. He is a qualified advanced rider and advanced motorcycle instructor. He also looks rather fetching in a dress as we so discovered when he played a dame, 'Della' in Cinderella: The Untold Story. He has also appeared in Wyrd Sisters and Cat's Cradle.
Actress / Make Up / Backstage
Emily's love for acting and all things theatre started at the age of 7 when she was given the role of 'narrator 8' in her school's nativity. In 2014 she found the Alexandra Players who welcomed her with open arms and whom she fell in love with! Since this time, she has gained a GCSE in drama and her love for theatre has grown even more. She is very keen to play bigger roles and start developing as an actress, with the help of her directors and fellow Players. Emily appeared as a member of the ensemble in Cinderella: The Untold Story and as 'Gabriel' in our 2016 production of The Flint Street Nativity.
A computer programmer by trade, Mark hadn't appeared on stage since playing 'Dracula' in a sixth form production of The Dracula Spectacular in 1993. As part of his mid-life crisis, (and trying to recapture his youth), he joined the Alexandra Players as part of the cast for Wyrd Sisters. Mark is thoroughly enjoying his time with the Players so far, and is keen to appear in future productions. He has so far appeared on stage as 'Sir Charles Cresswell' in Cat's Cradle and 'Young Eddie' in our premier production of Timeshare in 2016.
Production Coordinator, Actor, Director
Having been with the Alexandra Players over a year, Lee has helped back stage on the production of Cat’s Cradle, had a small walk-on part in Timeshare, then his first ‘proper’ role as both 'Herod' and 'Joseph', which he thoroughly enjoyed along with the rest of the cast, in The Flint Street Nativity. He then directed an excellent production of The Memory of Water in February 2017.
KATIE MELANI CLEANTHOUS
Actress, Stage Manager, Camera Assistant
Katie grew up in Paignton, a small town in Devon, where she did her A-Levels, one of which was in Drama, before she came to London to study Drama at the University of Greenwich where she not only gained more on stage experience but also further behind the stage experience including stage management, sound and lighting. Katie went on to perform in the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Olympics and is also a freelance camera assistant. She was Stage Manager for Cat's Cradle by Leslie Sands in February 2016 and has since appeared on stage as 'Young Paula' in Timeshare and 'Mrs Boone' in Who Calls?
Alex’s first role was as the 'Wicked Queen' in a school production of Snow White and the 21 Dwarves, and she’s been hooked ever since. More recently she has acted with the Lancaster University Theatre Group, in productions such as The Tempest and The Picture of Dorian Gray. This is Alex’s second acting part with the Alexandra Players, having previously played 'Clea' in Peter Shaffer’s Black Comedy which was directed by Keith Hartley.
Ryan joined the Alexandra Players in 2016, and playing 'Clive' in Season's Greetings was his first stage role with the group. He studied Drama at the University of the West of England, and has been involved in theatre with the Highbury Players (Portsmouth), as a founding member of FULL Theatre Company (Bristol), and with UWE Small Moving Parts (Bristol). He has appeared in many varied roles throughout his acting career from Shakespearean leads, to demi-gods, through to appearing on stage as Woody Allen. Season’s Greetings marks his first performance in four years, and he’s itching to get back to treading the boards.
This is Mark’s first (and hopefully not last) venture with the Players. He has previously acted and directed at the Edward Alderton Theatre, the Erith Playhouse and the Bob Hope Theatre. Previous roles include 'Sloane' in Entertaining Mr Sloane, 'Private Walker' in Dad’s Army, 'Benedick' in Much Ado About Nothing and 'Captain Ashwood' in It Ain’t Half Hot Mum. He has directed several plays, including Brimstone and Treacle, Rope, Abigail’s Party and Justifying War, a play about the Hutton Enquiry in which he played his namesake, 'Alistair Campbell'. His production of The Caretaker won a Bexley Arts Council award in 2006, and he recently adapted and directed the world premiere of a special amateur production of Some Mothers Do ’Ave ’Em.
Lighting & Sound Design
David Hawkett (lighting and sound design) enjoys all things techie backstage. He’s done sound or lighting for most of the recent Players’ productions. “The best bit about Am Dram is when it all comes together: actors, set, props, costumes, front-of-house, sound, lights - and, most important, the audience”, he says.
Set Design and Contruction, Front of House Manager
Rob is a regular in our front-of-house team and spends many hours on the stage creating our outstanding sets. He learned many of his set building tricks from the master of set design, Dave Townsend, with whom he worked for recent productions such as The Sleeping Beauty, We Happy Few, The Essence of Love and Wyrd Sisters, and with Roy Moore on Cat’s Cradle, Timeshare, The Flint Street Nativity, The Memory of Water and Black Comedy.
Set Design and Contruction
The man with all the clever ideas who creates the magic! Dave is well known amongst amateur groups in the Borough having provided many wonderful sets for plays and pantomimes that have been performed over the years. David's work drew gasps from audiences that attended our most recent production of 'Sleeping Beauty'. We really are very lucky to have him and Robert on board.