Great Expectations The Play

Cast

Jack Ellis - Jaggers

Jack Ellis Jaggers

Jack is probably best known for his portrayal of villainous prison warder Jim Fenner in the ITV series Bad Girls.

Theatre includes: Hastings in Sam Mendes’ Bridge Project production of Richard III and as Leon Czolgosz in Mendes’ opening production of Assassins at the Donmar Warehouse. For ATC London, he performed all over the world in: Don Quixote, The Provok’d Wife, The Tempest, Measure for Measure and Ubu. For the RSC: Hamlet, Cymbeline and Twelfth Night,Much Ado About Nothing with Mark Rylance at the Queens Theatre. For Bill Kenwright: Mal in If I Were You, Charles in The Grass Is Greener, and Colonel Jessep in A Few Good Men at Haymarket Theatre.

TV includes: D.I Muddiman in Prime Suspect, The Knock, Coronation Street, House of Saddam, Rome, Lewis, Blue Murder, Sweet Medicine, Waking the Dead, The One That Got Away, Where the Heart Is.

Films include: It’s Alive

Chris Ellison - Magwitch

Chris Ellison Magwitch

Chris is probably best known for his portrayal of DI Frank Burnside in The Bill, a character who then went on to have his own series.

Prior to The Bill, he played a collection of villainous hard men and corrupt cops stretching back to the early days of The Sweeney. TV also includes: New Tricks, Casualty, Ellington, The Professionals, Minder, Dempsey and Makepeace, Widows, Judge John Deed and EastEnders.

Films include: COOLIO with Danny Dyer; Buster, Bonded by Blood and Basement.

Theatre work includes: a season at the RSC; two seasons at the Library Theatre, Manchester; Bill Sykes in Oliver! at the Noël Coward Theatre; Brian in Once a Catholic at Wyndham’s Theatre; Catch Me if You Can (Bill Kenwright UK Tour).

Chris Ellison also studied to be a fine artist at Camberwell School of Art. His works can be viewed on his website. www.christopherellison.co.uk

Paula Wilcox - Miss Havisham

Paula Wilcox Miss Havisham

Theatre includes: Bea by Mick Gordon (Soho Theatre), Canary by Jonathan Harvey (Liverpool Playhouse and tour), Dreams of Violence by Stella Feehily (Out Of Joint), La Cage Aux Folles (Playhouse Theatre, London), Whatever Happened To The Cotton Dress Girl? (New End Theatre, Hampstead), General Review Of The Sex Situation (Jermyn Street Theatre); Anyone Can Whistle (Bridewell Theatre), The (Female) Odd Couple (Apollo Theatre, London), Shirley Valentine (Duke of York’s, London), The Queen and I (Vaudeville Theatre, London); Henceforward… Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles.

Television includes: Mount Pleasant, Series 1 & 2 (Sky TV/ Tiger Aspect), Rock and Chips (BBC), Sandwiched (BBC), Moving On (BBC), Touch Of Frost (ITV), Emmerdale series regular (ITV), Blue Murder (ITV); Green Green Grass (BBC), The Smoking Room, Series 1 & 2 (BBC); Footballers’ Wives (ITV), The Queen’s Nose (BBC), Man About The House (ITV), The Lovers (ITV).

Paul Nivison - Adult Pip

Paul Nivison Adult Pip

Paul has worked with numerous Scottish theatre companies, including seasons at The Royal Lyceum incl. Death of A Salesman, Volpone, School for Wives, Pitlochry Festival Theatre incl. Sunshine Boys, Breaking The Code,The Magistrate; The Traverse incl. Tally's Blood, Quartz, Dundee Rep incl. The Weavers; Brunton Theatre incl. Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet; Byre Theatre incl Broadway Bound, Wait Until Dark; Perth Theatre incl. Slab Boys, What Every Woman Knows, A Sense of Justice where he also co-wrote and played Widow Twanky in Aladdin.

He has also worked at Manchester Library Theatre incl. Rents, Pinocchio, TAG incl. As You Like It, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Piaf at Citizens Theatre, Glasgow and Mother Goose in Inverness.

Radio: Anima, The Eleventh Commandment, The Fourth Foreigner, The Missing.

TV and Film work: River City, Taggart, High Road, City Lights, The Stamp of Greatness, Shoot for the Sun and the award-winning short Narrow Gauge.

Grace Rowe - Estella

Grace Rowe Estella

Grace trained at The Central School of Speech & Drama.

She most recently played the rôle of 'Phyllis' in the Olivier Award winning production of The Railway Children at London's Waterloo Station.

Other theatre credits include: Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird (York Theatre Royal/No.1 UK Tour); House Maid in The Railway Children (London Waterloo Station); Foible in The Way of the World (Barons Court Theatre); Kate in Rentaghost (UK Tour); the title role in Cinderella (The Hazlitt Theatre/The Cresset Theatre).

Film credits include: Young Woman The Sleeper (Short Film); Emma Wrong Love (Short Film).

Taylor Jay-Davies - Young Pip

Taylor Jay-Davies Young Pip

Taylor was born in Swansea and studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Feature film credits include: Hunky Dory and Submarine (both for Warp Films). Short films include: Dark Angels and Dead or Alive.

TV credits include: Sparticles (CBBC) and Casualty (BBC).

Theatre credits include: Great Expectations (UK Tour), The Passion (directed by Michael Sheen), King Henry The Fourth (Part I) and Under Milk Wood, which toured China, I’m Not Where I Used to Be (WGTC), and The Bacchae (Trinity).

Katy Allen - Camilla Pocket

Katy Allen - Camilla Pocket

Katy is probably best known for her role as Ethel Hallow in TV’s The Worst Witch. Other television credits include: Daddy’s Girl, EastEnders, E20 and Casualty, as well as numerous commercials.

Katy’s theatre credits include: the title rôle in Snow White (Chapterhouse Theatre Company). Other credits include: Daniel Deronda (Upstairs at the Gatehouse, Highgate), Waiting for Lefty and Table Manners whilst studying at the American Academy of Dramatic Art in Los Angeles, as well as the New Shakespeare Company Ltd’s production of Watership Down (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre).

Katy has appeared in many short films and has recently made her feature film debut in The Seasoning House, which was selected as the opening film at London’s FrightFest Festival 2012. Katy has played the role of Camilla Pocket and understudied that of Estella in the recent touring production of Great Expectations.

Gareth Glen - Cousin Raymond / Bentley Drummle

Gareth Glen - Cousin Raymond Bentley Drummle

Gareth’s theatre credits include: Faith Fall (Oran Mor & Bristol Tobacco Factory), Supply (Oran Mor), Romeo & Juliet, A View from the Bridge, Guys & Dolls ( Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh); A Midsummer Nights Dream (Brunton Theatre), The Real Thing (Bristol Old Vic), Beauty and the Beast (Cumbernauld, Carnegie Hall),; Jamie the Saxt, What Every Woman Knows, The Captive, The Fear of Breathing (Finborough Theatre), The Riot Act (Nottinghill Gate).

TV and Film credits include: River City (BBC), Low Winter Sun (Tiger Aspect) Sea of Souls (BBC), The Ghost Squad (Ch 4), Foyles War (ITV), Holby City (BBC), Taggart (STV),Casualty (BBC),Rockface (BBC), So Good (Off The Radar) Another World (Leigh Productions), Gypsy Girl (ITV)

Josh Elwell - Joe Gargery

Josh Elwell - Cousin Raymond

Josh trained at LAMDA. He works in theatre and television, both as an actor and puppeteer.

Recent theatre includes: A Christmas Carol with The National Theatre of Scotland and the tour of Great Expectations with Beckman Unicorn. He has worked with many companies incl. Hoodwink Theatre, Forest Forge, Fevered Sleep, Trading Faces, Watershed Productions, Oddsocks Productions, The Besht Tellers, The Tricycle Theatre, Arts Threshold and Salisbury Playhouse.

He was an Associate Director at Forest Forge Theatre Company, Basingstoke Haymarket and Proteus Theatre Company. He also ran his own company, Wild Wood Theatre.

Josh appears regularly on children’s BBC. He appears in Scoop, Gigglebiz and Nuzzle and Scratch as well as DJ Loose in ZingZillas, Billy the Badger in Big City Park and William in The Adventures of William Whiskerson. He also appears across the USA as Mr Birthday in Pajanimals for Sixteen South, Sprout and the Jim Henson Company.

 

Isabelle Joss - Mrs Joe, Sarah Pocket, Molly

Isabelle Joss - Mrs Joe, Sarah Pocket, Molly

Isabelle trained at RSAMD.

Theatre includes: Take Me If You Need Me, I Heart Maths, Just the Job (Òran Mór), Great Expectations (Beckman Unicorn UK Tour), Scrooge (Cottiers Theatre), Entartet (Vanishing Point), Men Should Weep (National Theatre), David Leddy’s Sub Rosa (Fire Exit), Steel Magnolias (Tron Theatre), The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, The Servant o’ Twa Maisters, The Life of Stuff, Good Things (Pitlochry Festival Theatre, winner of Leon Sinden Award for Best Supporting Actress), Lifeboat (Catherine Wheels Theatre Co), Water Babies, Hansel and Gretel, The Selfish Giant, The Big Funk (Arches Theatre), Gilt (7:84), Shining Souls (Tron Theatre), Uncle Vanya (Theatre Babel), Electra (National Theatre Studio), The Reel of the Hanged Man (Stellar Quines).

Television: Life of Riley, Dear Green Place, Taggart, The Bill, Kitchen, Feel the Force, Goth

Film: Afterlife, American Cousins

Radio: Iona, Whoever You Chose to Love, Love for Lydia, Forever Young, For the Love of Willie

Suzanne Robertson - Biddy

Suzanne Robertson - Biddy

Suzanne trained at Samuel Beckett Centre, Trinity College, Dublin.

She was awarded an Irish Times Best Supporting Actress Award for her performance as Vivie Warren in the Abbey Theatre’s production, Mrs Warren’s Profession.

National /International theatre credits include: the Witch in Hansel and Gretel ( National Theatre of Scotland), Map of the Heart (Salisbury Playhouse), Lifeboat (Catherine Wheels Theatre); Twin Stars (Unicorn Theatre), Merlin the Magnificent (Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh), The Selfish Giant (Haymarket Theatre, Leicester), James and the Giant Peach and A Bear Called Paddington (Polka Theatre), Aladdin (Brunton Theatre), The Happy Prince (Macrobert Productions), Mr Staines (Pan Pan Theatre, Dublin).

Suzanne performed in the hugely successful Lifeboat for Catherine Wheels Theatre Company, which transferred to Broadway, was part of the Edinburgh Festival, the New Zealand International Arts Festival, and was the first production by a Scottish children’s theatre company at the Sydney Opera House.

James Vaughan - Wopsle / Wemmick

James Vaughan - Wopsle

Theatre includes: Buddy (Victoria Palace, London), Woman in Mind (Theatre Royal York), The Idiot (Contact Theatre, Manchester), The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (Liverpool Everyman), A Slight Case of Murder (Nottingham Playhouse), Alphabetical Order, The Gingerbread Lady (Mill at Sonning). Toured extensively in the UK and Europe.

Television includes: Coronation Street, The Bill, The Chief, Thief Takers, A Small Problem, Meat, Poirot, Casualty, The Locksmith, The Broker’s Man, The Knock, Wycliffe, Pollyanna, The Grimleys, Daylight Robbery, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Bugs, Invasion Earth, Goodbye Mr Steadman, AKA Albert Walker, Picking Up the Pieces, Dalziel and Pascoe, Sir Gadabout, Wall of Silence, Spooks, My Dad’s the Prime Minister, The Fragile Heart, Silent Witness, The 11th Hour, Whistleblowers.

Film: Wilde, Mrs Brown, The Commissioner, Bodywork, The Affair of the Necklace, Crush, Reuniting the Rubins.

Radio: The Change, Coming Up Roses, Absolute Power and No Commitments (all BBC Radio 4).

Rhys Warrington - Herbert Pocket

Nathan Guy - Herbert Pocket

Rhys was brought up in Carmarthen in South West Wales and is currently in his second year of study at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Whilst at the Conservatoire, theatre credits include – Macbeth, Romeo & Juliet and The Importance of Being Earnest.

Other theatre credits include Theatre Uncut (Traverse Theatre); Patagonia – The Long Journey (NYTW); Richard III (WGYTC).