Francis Adams (Lawyer Royall)
Since graduating from East15 Drama School in 2007, Francis has worked solidly in film, TV and his first love, theatre. His first professional role saw him cast as patricidal Coleman Connor in Martin McDonagh’s The Lonesome West, which made Time Out Critics’ Choice. Other comedic roles include henpecked Terry in The Anniversary by Bill McIlwraith; ‘bottle cap’ Joseph Flaherty in Martin Casella’s The Irish Curse; and Yermolay Lopakhin in The Cherry Orchard.
Having studied Elizabethan drama at university, he enjoyed playing Don Pedro in Much Ado About Nothing; Alonso in The Tempest; and brought a “remarkably sympathetic performance, full of pathos and warmth” to the role of Franklin in Arden of Faversham.
By far the most enjoyable of Francis’s experience of working with contemporary text came through the productions of The Laramie Project and bodies unfinished. In The Laramie Project (Tectonic Theatre), a verbatim theatre piece which tackles the subject of hate crime, Francis played 14 different characters. He is particularly proud of his portrayal of Dennis Shepard, the victim’s father. Francis was honoured to be cast as Alan in the world premiere of Lewis Hetherington’s bodies unfinished, directed by Timothy Stubbs Hughes. For an actor to be given the opportunity to embody a character that has previously only existed on paper thrilled him. Working with Tim and the rest of the ensemble made the experience the most happy and fulfilling of his career to date.
His film and TV credits include an episode of Banged Up Abroad (National Geographic TV) set in the Philippines where he played missionary Greg Williams, who was kidnapped by terrorists in 1998 and who escaped after 13 days of imprisonment and torture. He played alongside Sandra Dickinson and David Dixon (Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy) as the undertaker in The Magician’s Wife and is awaiting the release of Lilly and the Clown, a short film from Bagal Films where he was cast as the clumsy Son-in-Law. He has also appeared in the award winning films Washdays (Simon Neal) and The Cases of Detective Policeman – for which he won best actor award at the 2010 Landcrab Film Festival.
Joanne Gale (Charity Royall)
Joanne’s theatre credits in 2011 include Anya in The Cherry Orchard (Grey Swan, The White Bear Theatre), Puck in The Shakespeare Conspiracy (Chelsea Theatre) and various roles and puppeteering in The Velveteen Rabbit and Greek Myths (Kids in Edinburgh). Other theatre credits include Juliet in Romeo and Juliet (Docklands) (The Space), Alice in Daisy Pulls It Off (The Arts Theatre, West End and Baron’s Court Theatre), Carly in a new production Punch, with the Heat and Light company, (Hampstead Theatre), Hero in Much Ado About Nothing and Perdita in The Winters Tale (both outdoor venues), Nicola in The Common Good (Arcola and Roundhouse Theatres) and Chorus in Seven Against Thebes (Theatro Technis).
Film credits include the short film The Gathering, short listed for 2010′s Virgin Media Shorts competition, Abby in the online soap Heart and Soul, Leanne Baker in Doctors and Abbey in the indie feature Flash Mob and HappySlap, which were screened at Channel Four and the BFI. Radio includes Alex in The Burning Times for Radio 4.
Jeffrey Mundell – Lucius Harney
Jeffrey trained at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa. After appearing in Janet Buckland`s Thuthula at the National Arts Festival he joined her company, UBOM! and toured across the country with works including Shakespeare’s Macbeth, directed by Ingrid Wylde and a reworking of Andrew Buckland’s Bloodstream, directed by the renowned physical performer himself. A brief stint in Cape Town was highlighted by a run of Eve Szapiro’s Backwards in High Heels at the Artscape Arena, fruitful commercial work, as well as a series of theatre workshops for young people (Tall-Stories-Free-Falling was voted most enjoyable workshop at the Western Cape Schools Festival).
Since being in the UK, his theatre highlights include Touch, directed by award-winning writer/producer Rikki Beadle-Blair (Metrosexuality, Stonewall); a raucous run of William Patterson’s modern farce No Harm Done; and Jessica Luxembourg’s The Colorado Session in which his debauched, city banker, Donald was described as: “expertly played…and at times brilliant”.
Jeffrey has also been involved in a number of film projects – find out more by visiting www.jeffreymundell.com