JOANNA POPE Performing in THE SIGNIFICANT OTHER FESTIVAL

Venue: The Vaults Theatre, Waterloo, London SE1 7NN 

17 – 21 April 2018 at 7:30 pm, matinee on 21 April at 2:30 pm

JOANNA POPE

A Northern actor from Lancashire and a relatively new client we are keen to show off; Joanna is performing in the Significant Other Festival from 17-21 April 2018, playing a Factory worker who has suppressed her feeling about her boss for years, to discover at his retirement party, that he too feels the same.

AGENT REMARKS:

Joanna plays a timed factory worker that finds her voice as the play unfolds and portrays the character honestly.

Joanna has been involved in numerous projects in films, short films, music videos, and plays; her first appearance on stage being a rendition of One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest by In Debt Theatre Company in 2003. More recently, she is known for her roles in I’m Still Here (2013), Twenty8k (2012), and Restaurant Replay (2016).

 

REVIEWS:

“I’m sure there was blood, sweat and tears putting this show together, but the team’s talent and hard work make it look easy.” ★★★★★ Female Arts

“The Pensive Federation have reaffirmed their position as one of the most exciting new writing companies.” ★★★★★ View from the Gods

 

This will be the festival’s ninth production and most ambitious project yet.  It is an annual new writing event run by The Pensive Federation, who create and produce 10 new 10 minute plays in just 10 days that all come together to make one complete play. All with the Pensive mantra of the ‘extraordinary in the everyday’ and the ‘magic in the mundane’.

The plays are connected through the themes of community and relationships, while exploring the phrase ‘significant other’…

Significant Other: colloquially used as a gender-blind term for a person’s partner in an intimate relationship without disclosing or presuming anything about marital status, relationship status, or sexual orientation.

In the play, it is 1988, where the UK experiences a sharp decline in it’s manufacturing industry. The story follows Jack and his last day in the firm he built from nothing. Being the town’s biggest employer and social hub, the fall of the firm meant a loss of a community pillar. See what happens to a town when the heart is ripped out of it’s community.

For Complementary Tickets, please call Lennie on 07917157748 or for further details and festival tickets, click here.

Venue: The Vaults Theatre, Waterloo, London SE1 7NN

17 – 21 April 2018 at 7:30 pm, matinee on 21 April at 2:30 pm

JIMMY RIANI-CARTER Stars in ‘COCONUT’

Coconut has powerful potential, points of purpose that focus on a complicated mix of faith and identity.
– Daniel Perks 

11th-28th April Ovalhouse Theatre, London, 52-54 Kennington, Oval, London, SE11 5SW.

“It is Jimmy Carter that draws the eye more often than not, as his discovery of religion morphs into a militant following of its teachings. Through a subtle transformation, we observe his desperate need to find a collective that overshadows all of his personal relationships. Carter’s interpretation breeds a toxic requirement for misogynistic obedience; we recoil as we witness Dohil’s personality convincingly wither and wilt.”  

 Daniel Perks

JIMMY is a versatile, seasoned stage actor and singer who is currently playing Simon, the love interest in ‘COCONUT’, in a new play written by Guleraana Mir.

Originally from South Shields, Jimmy trained at Drama Centre and is now permanently London based. Jimmy recently appeared in the critically acclaimed ‘The Giant Killers’ at Edinburgh Fringe. Other credits include; ‘Closer’ (South Shields Custom House), ‘Othello’ (Baron’s Court Theatre), and ‘Romeo & Juliet’ (Iris Theatre).

Kuran Dohil & Jimmy Carter (image courtesy of Greg Goodale) 

 

‘Coconut’ follows the story of Rumi, (played by Sukh Ojla: Black MirrorEastEnders), a British Pakistani woman who tries to convert her British boyfriend to Islam as they explore their faith and preserve their identities.

The play aims to create a debate regarding the separation of your religion and your identity. It also touches on the subject of how one’s opinion of their religion may change depending on whether they are born into it or had just discovered it as an adult. Portraying the complexities surrounding the identity of a British Muslim.

Going back to the characters’ themselves, Daniel Perks commented:

Mir writes complex characters, ones that aren’t perfect or self-aggrandising, ones that keeps us engaged in this constantly shifting power dynamic.

Explore the depths of Jimmy’s characters with us in ‘Coconut’, and be sure to look out for this actor-singer’s stellar performance.

 

Venue:  Ovalhouse, London, 52-54 Kennington, Oval, London, SE11 5SW.

Performance dates: 11th-28th April 

For a full list of Tour Dates, please click here 

For Complementary Tickets, please call Lennie on 07917157748 

Introducing ALEX FORMAN

ALEX is a bear of a man, standing over 6’4 tall with a personality to match. Originally from Essex, Alex is a charming and enthusiastic actor. He joined the agency last summer and has been working consistently ever since. He trained in Community Theatre, where his love for theatre blossomed and his talent to entertain was apparent. Click to see more of his accents here.

 

Some of Alex’s work

What a couple of weeks Alex has had! Last week Alex booked a corporate job playing a Manager in a new Sainsbury’s recruitment film, directed by Matt Broughton, than booked a role in a huge Immersive Theatre event for HighJam, playing a 90’s Raver. The week came to a close with yet another offer to perform at this years Edinburgh Fringe in a show called, Very Blue Peter.

Preview’s in London on 24th-25th July at Theatre N16 and STYX. For more information bout Alex, or to book comps, please call Lennie on 07917157748 or email agent at msftmanagement@gmail.com

THE WHITE PLAGUE Receives 4 STAR Reviews

THE WHITE PLAGUE is “a really intriguing piece of theatre that throws the audience into the centre of a major crisis whilst removing one of the five senses that enable them to understand and cope with the world around them”, according to one review by Terry Eastham.


PAUL CROFT

Paul Croft is an engaging, funny, lucky actor who works consistently, going from show to show over the last 6 months. Paul is currently playing the lead role in, THE WHITE PLAGUE, written and directed by Alexander Raptotasios, the founder of London-based international theatre collective, Ferodo Bridges. If you love immersive theatre you must see this show, or should I say…’feel’ this show. The audience experiences the story through every sense apart from their sight. Sharing the ‘white blindness’ of the characters by wearing specially designed masks. The audiences will hear, feel and even smell the action as it unfolds around them.

November 2017 Client Round-Up

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November Client Round-Up

 KEVIN LAYNE

A Mercenary, A Pilot, A Rebel, A Drug Dealer; but let’s not typecast Kevin, he can do comedy too!

 What a roller coaster year for Kevin Layne, thank’s to Casting Director Nina Gold, who kept him busy with two features and a TV role! Kevin is still on cloud nine, after working with Spanish film director, J.A. Bayona, on ‘JURASSIC WORLD: Fallen Kingdom’ (previewing June 22, 2018) and American film director, Rian Johnson,  on ‘STAR WARS: The Last Jedi’ (in cinemas December 15, 2017). Over the summer, Kevin was filming another feature called, 15 MINUTES DE GUERRE, in Morroco, by French film director, Fred Grivois. The film is based on a true story about a school bus that was taken hostage from the air base in Djibouti, in 1976. Kevin plays a Somalian called, ‘Barkhad’ who is the leader of the rebels responsible for taking the schoolchildren hostage.  The film is produced by Capture the Flag and will premier 2018. Kevin ended the year in Glasgow, filming ‘Patrick Melrose’ a new TV Mini-Series by German film director, Edward Berger. While Kevin is excellent at playing ‘baddies’ and transforming himself from an American to a Somalian with ease, he is also very keen to show-off his more vulnerable, lovable side in 2018!


MATTHEW LEONHART 

A recipient of the Top 40 Artists Under 40 Award by Perspective Magazine.

Matthew is one of those lucky actors that can work effortlessly on stage and screen. Recent reviews include; “Matthew Leonhart, who provided a solid performance all evening, he really shines…Equally charming and terrifying…totally mesmerizing to watch…Leonhart proves he can deliver comedy as successfully as drama.”(thepublicreviews)  –  See, it’s not only his agent and his mother that think’s Matt is special!  I will let you in on a little secret about Matt, he studied at the California Institute of Arts, there, he picked up an American accent that he decided to keep and which probably helped to land him his current recurring role in Berlin Station for Epix’s – of course, we also need to thank Casting Director Kate Ringsell for taking a chance on him too!

ARIANA-LEBRON METZNER
This Latina, (who is also fluent in German), is full of love for life and is beautiful inside and out. Ariana is pure positive energy and we are so happy to be celebrating her nomination for best actress in the feature film, ‘Flor de azúcar’ on Thursday 30th November.

AGATHE FERRÉ
A young French actress living in London and one of our newest clients, Agathe emphasizes a sincere and genuine acting approach. Agathe can be seen in Anna Alfieri’s 2017 Feature Film ‘BORDERLINE,’ as well as Bruce Burgess’ 2017 show ‘PRIVATE LIVES OF THE MONARCHS’ where Agathe was cast to play elegant Queen Charlotte. Bilingual in both English and French and trained at Reims Conservatoire in France.

DILEK ROSE
Dilek is a seasoned theatre performer and a graduate of Bristol Old Vic.  This year Dilek was on two tours with ‘OCTOPUS’ , written by Afsaneh Gray and directed by Pia Furtado and the ‘TWIST’, written by Chino Odimba and directed by Natalie Wilson for Theatre Centre.  Dilek has a powerful look and stage presence and is perfect for Middle Eastern TV roles as well as classical theatre heroines.

ALEX FORMAN
A new client with a great track record of winning people over! He is enthusiastic, eccentric and always plays character roles with a twist. Alex is currently in HONG KONG performing in’Project Mayhem’, an immersive show based on the film ‘Fight Club.  From his turn as Warden Freeman at the‘ALCOTRAZ COCKTAIL BAR’ to his role as Dame Nanny Nakeroo in ‘SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS’, Alex never wanes.  He was born to play comedy roles as perfect for children’s shows.

MEGAN AFFONSO
Megan Affonso is a new client in need of a break! Don’t misunderstand me, we are grateful for all the TV Casting and offers, but can we please get her in the room for a speaking role? Megan is a Euro-Asian actress, half Portugees and half Korean and professional musician. She can sing, (she even has her own band) and play the Cello and the Piano to a very high level. There is a perfect role out there for Megan, I just know it!

JANINA SMITH
Janina is an Agency Favourite and one of our hardest working clients. In fact, we have to remind her to sleep sometimes! Edgy, stylish and really funny, Janina makes you laugh one minute and cry the next. She has the energy to carry a solo show, (DYSPLA’s 2017 production of,  ‘YOU WILL FAIL HER), and the generosity of spirit to share the focus in immersive theatre. A trained dancer with tons of alternative performance credits under her belt, but all she really wants for Christmas is a speaking role on Telly.

REKHA JOHN CERIANYN
Rekha has a background in Broadcast Journalism with an excellent RP accent, who is well-suited for those TV/Feature film news anchor characters, as well as theatre and comedy roles. Or better yet, which she could do with precision. Rekha joined the agency in 2014 and has not stopped working. Rekha just finished performing in ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ directed by Paul Anthony at Waterloo East Theatre and has a great mix of credits. Just to top it all off, she is an excellent singer too.

REBECCA WARD
Rebecca is a classically trained singer and theatre performer. She is currently performing  ‘Inside Pussy Riot’ at the Saatchi Gallery, until 24th December 2017. Rebecca has worked with Les Enfants Terribles and Secret Cinema repeatedly, which is a testament to her professionalism and versatility. We discovered Rebecca at SundaySurgery earlier this year and have seen her perform an array of roles – she is a firecracker waiting to light up the sky!