Peter Pearson - Lord Atkin
Peter is an actor, poetry speaker and narrator. He recently appeared as the King of France, three dukes and a lord in Summon Up the Blood! at Wokingham Theatre. Other Wokingham performances include Lionel Esby in Racing Demon, Rudyard Kipling in Haig's My Boy Jack, Wilhelm Furtwaengler in Taking Sides, Roote in Pinter's The Hothouse Captain, and Horster in Ibsen's An Enemy of the People. Parts for other companies include Jesse Kiplinger in Simon's Plaza Suite, Howard in the premiere of Snelgrove's Making Time, Goldberg in Pinter's The Birthday Party, Juror #3 in Twelve Angry Men, Duke Vincentio in Measure for Measure, Guy Jones in A Chorus of Disapproval, Lambert Le Roux in Pravda and the eponymous doctor in Dr Faustus. Peter has read poems on BBC Radio 4's Poetry Please! and on LBC radio for Gyles Brandreth, and won the Lockwood West Poetry Speaker's Prize at the national Speak-a-Poem competition. As narrator and poetry speaker, Peter took part in several WWI commemorations, including Days to Remember in Reading and Binfield, in the 4th August Vigil Concert and in a Wilfred Owen concert, Letters to My Mother, at All Saints Dunsden.
Jess Hadleigh - Betty (Atkin's Daughter)
Jess' theatre credits encompass both acting and directing . She just completed a highly successful 23 April-2 May 2015 run as co-director of Frost/Nixon at Wokingham Theatre. Jess very much looks forward to her role as Betty, a role she refers to as "an utter gift." Also in 2015, Jess had roles in Wokingham Theatre's Summon Up the Blood!, an RBC Open Stages Project. Jess is earning high praise for her on stage work as she continues to take on challenging and protagonist parts, such as the title role in Helen Edmundson's Mary Shelley and as the doomed American school teacher Martha Dobie in Lillian Hellman's The Children's Hour. Previous roles have included Isabella in Measure for Measure, and Sibyl Vane in Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray at the Oxford Brookes Theatre. As a director, Jess has directed Pericles, one of Shakespeare's lesser known Greek epics, and Wuthering Heights at South Hill Park Studio Theatre.
Jeremy Radburn - Lord Wright
Jeremy has been a member of the Wokingham Theatre for a number of years, most recently portraying Falstaff, the Cardinal of Winchester and the King of France, among other characters, in Summon Up the Blood! Previous roles included Harry in Racing Demon, Dr. Ranke in Ibsen's A Doll's House, Collins and Sideway in Wertenbaker's Our Country's Good, Sidney in Ira Levin's Deathtrap, Bill in Alan Ayckbourn's in Mind. Parts for other companies have included Hector in The History Boys, Lucio in Measure for Measure, Trigorin in The Seagull, and Cliff in Cabaret. As a member of the Backstage Theatre Jeremy played parts in Michael Snelgrove plays, including Making Time, Bums on Seats, Stacked, Gaspers, and Meeting Mona. In 2014, Jeremy performed as the aging Handel in a combined drama and music presentation, Traveling with Handel, performed with the Readding A440 Choir in Reading and Binfield.