Ready to meet our cast for The Drawer Boy?
First up we say a huge Billingham Players welcome to Kelvin Witherspoon-Sudron.
I joined Billingham Players to help out on a Tuesday (#TuesdayCrew shout-out). Leading from that I auditioned for The Drawer Boy and was delighted to be offered the part of Miles. This will be my first time appearing in a play and I am very excited to be part of this amazing show. Hope you enjoy it as much as I have.
Next up for our Drawer Boy cast, we’re delighted to welcome David Lynch back to Billingham Players.
The last of David’s many appearances with the Players was as the urbane and kindly Old Gentleman in December’s The Railway Children. And now his part as the grizzled and gritty Morgan couldn’t be more different.
David says: “There’s some wonderful comedy as Morgan outrageously tricks and teases the naïve ‘city boy’ Miles about the reality of farm life. But it was the poetry, emotion and tenderness of the play’s big moments that made me so keen to do The Drawer Boy. This play is a great find and a real gem and I feel hugely privileged to be involved. It’s one of the most challenging parts I’ve had for some time.”
Last but not least, our final cast member for The Drawer Boy is Andrew Stockdale.
Involved in theatre from a young age, Andrew gained a place with The National Youth Theatre. Since then he has acted and directed in many productions. His most recent role was as Henri in Heroes with Billingham Players in 2017. He is looking forward to the challenge of playing Angus and playing alongside David and Kelvin in The Drawer Boy.
And finally it’s time to meet our Drawer Boy director, Wendie Middleton.
Wendie has worked in theatre since the age of 18, when she discovered what a thrill it was and decided that this was eventually to be her long-term career path. Since then she has studied drama, taught drama, directed, produced, made the costumes and props, been front of house and back stage, made the tea and ate the biscuits, been the make up artist, operated the lighting and sound desk, built the set, sold the tickets, bought the tickets and bought the t-shirt (and worn it out!) oh yes and has acted in lots and lots in both professional and amateur companies, most recently directing “Tinned Goods” for Middlesbrough Theatre amateur company and award winning pantomime “Frankenstein the Panto” for Nunthorpe Players.
Theatre credits include, Annie in Calendar Girls, Gwenda in Bizaar and Rummage, Liz McCann in What I Did at School Today, Pam in Miss Crispy 1988, Arkadina in The Seagull, Mrs Prentice in What the Butler Saw, Mamie in Little Women, Geraldine in The Vicar of Dibley and many more.
This is the first time Wendie has directed for Billingham and is thrilled to be able to do so, although it’s been some what daunting with the caliber of actors we have here.
Wendie truly hopes you enjoy this play as much as she has and would like to thank everybody for their help and collaboration ❤️
So sit back, relax and have a tissue at the ready…
Now that you have met all of the cast, the next thing to do is decide when you’re coming to join us. Opening Monday 1st July and running until Saturday 6th July, we very much look forward to seeing you there!