Written by Michael Snelgrove

Directed by Bart Lee

Produced by Niki Robinson

Performances
Thu 30 Jul 7:45 pm
Fri 31 Jul 7:45 pm
Wed 5 Aug 7:45 pm
Thu 6 Aug 7:45 pm
Fri 7 Aug 7:45 pm
Sun Aug 7:45 pm
Ticket prices
Adult £12.50
Concessions £10.00
Under 18 £8.00
Family of 4 £36.00
 

Bums on Seats is the perfect comedy show for a summers evening.

In a tatty provincial theatre, a new play called ‘Fecund’ is being staged. This uproarious adult comedy introduces everyone involved in a series of hilarious scenes linked by a chorus of usherettes. The stage manager has a blinding hangover, the leading actors range from pretentious to bitter to plainly incompetent, the new marketing assistant used to work for British Rail, the author is lecherous and unscrupulous and the others are just as outrageous. The second act centers on the audience, an equally mixed and unharmonious group. Chaos erupts just as the theatre’s major sponsor arrives. Funny, satirical and technically inventive, Bums on Seats is a treat for theater fans from start to finish.

Cast

Wendy/Wendel - Usher(ette)
Tim Schulz
Petronella - Usherette
Sarah Devon
Jacintha - Usherette
Fay Dondi
Estelle Nettlebank - Marketing Asst.
Kelly Wright Warhust
Mo - Stage Manager
Maxine Robinson
Benedict Thrush - Actor
Dan Simpson
Zara - Actress
Geri Farrell
Hugo - Actor
Julian Hirst
Roland Luckett, Author
TBC
Werner Meister - Actor
David Wembridge /
Huw Mordecai
Tanya - Sponsor
Sally Rowe
Lionel Heap - Labour Polititain
Henry Haswell
June Heap - Lionel’s wife
Sophie Spencer
Gerald Bliss Hart - Conservative
Chris Walker
Marcia Bliss Hart - Gerald’s wife
Rebecca Moir
Aaron Zoffany, Rich Eccentric
Charlotte Sharland
Chorus/supporting actor
Sandra Matthew
Chorus/supporting actor
Heather Eley
Chorus/supporting actor
Sue Brown

Production Team

Guest Director
David Edwards
Director
Bart Lee
Producer
Niki Robinson
Costume designer
Jan Allen
Stage Manager
Liz
Front of house manager
Gemah Allen
Technician
Jack Ackland
Technical Consultant
Stephen Harrison

Creative Team Biographies

David Edwards

David has been acting, directing and producing for more years than he cares to remember. He has attended courses in Film and Drama at Reading University, Mime and Mask with Theatre de Complicite and a short course in Directing with the RSC. He co wrote twelve episodes of the BBC TV sit com The Peter Principle starring Jim Broadbent and won the Daily Mail Le Haden Trophy for best actor in the film Lost Property. He founded Backstage Theatre Company over 20 years ago and subsequently toured plays, either acting or directing, worldwide.

More recently he has been seen acting or directing plays at Wokingham Theatre, South Hill Park, and with various other touring companies. He is delighted to be involved with the Windsor Globe theatre in Bums on Seats a play he was involved with in the original production which previewed at SHP and the Edinburgh Festival.

Bart Lee

Bart is a theatre director, writer, performer and teacher. Credits include working for NYMT, RUG, ACE, artistic Director of The Castle in Wellingborough, theatre director at Sherborne School, theatre artist in residence at South Hill Park, creative director for The Windsor Globe, Theatre Director at Artemis Studios and head of drama at Hurst Lodge School. He has directed many shows in many places including Alls Well That Ends Well, Wind in the Willows, Moby Dick and House and Garden (all outdoor productions). His website is www.bartleetheatre.co.uk.

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Niki Robinson

Niki co-owns Artemis Studios Performing Arts School, Artemis Agency and Artemis Productions as well as The Windsor Globe Open Air Festival.

She has been working in performing arts since the age of 8 when she appeared on C-ITV. She began her professional training the B.R.I.T performing arts school in London at 15 (she was in the Founding Year - one of the first 100 students) and has continued her training ever since - she believes you are never finished! She is also an alumni of The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama where she undertook her post-graduate training.

Niki has produced a very long list of professional shows, pantomimes and large community led productions as well as school productions. Her professional theatre company currently has Arts Council funding and began exploring digital media hybrid productions in 2013. She also develops short films and is currently in development on two productions with BBC writers.

For four years Niki acted as an education consultant to The Children's International Arts Organisation (CIAO!) organising festivals and outreach which brought theatre and music to 1000's of children and teenagers every year as well as running an ACE funded resident theatre company and acting as Education Manager for a large arts centre.

She still occasionally works as a professional actress, and is a qualified teacher of post compulsory education, an Arts Award tutor and a children’s film teacher for Uscreen/BFI.

She is has a post graduate qualification in Applied Theatre, gained with the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in association with the National Theatre. She is currently taking an MA in her spare time, and hopes to start a PHD in 2017.

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Stephen Harrison

Stephen has been involved in the arts from an early age as a musician and actor. He graduated with a degree in Software Engineering and worked in the IT industry before becoming a professional lighting designer, stage manager and sound engineer.

Stephen also works as a photographer, film-maker, and video editor.

Whenever possible, Stephen spends time working on youth development projects in remote parts of the world, such as Borneo, Ecuador, Ghana and Fiji.

When not filming or leading expeditions abroad, Stephen is a company manager for large tours, recently completing a National Tour of "Lotties' war" before its West-End transfer, and he will take "The Great Gatsby" out for Blackeyed Theatre later in 2015.

Stephen co-owns the Windsor Globe with Niki Robinson and Bart Lee.

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Cast Biographies

Tim Schulz

Tim’s original profession was as a marine biologist in Australia. This lead to television work and upon realising that his true passion was acting, he moved to London and retrained at The Poor School and RADA. His recent stage credits include Toad in Wind in the Willows, Buckingham & Richmond in Richard III, Friar Laurence in Romeo & Juliet and Mary Sunshine in Chicago. He has also appeared in commercials for British Airways and Heineken this year, as well as a brand new show with Liz Hurley - The Royals. His most recent project was directing the sell-out show ‘15% of The Seagull’ at the Edinburgh Fringe. Tim made his South Hill Park debut last Christmas - playing the Genie in Aladdin.

When he isn’t on stage, Tim runs an award winning pub and restaurant in Goring on Thames with his partner (www.catherinewheelgoring.co.uk). Tim is represented by the Artemis Agency (www.artemisagency.co.uk).

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Sarah Devon

Since completing her MA in Classical Acting at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Sarah’s credits include playing Clytemnestra in “Electra” with Found Space Theatre, Rosalind in “As We Like It” with Fast & Loose Theatre Company, The Player in “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead” with Enigma Theatre and she recently participated in a one-night review, “Rural Rumpus” with the newly formed, The Giddy Goats. Obsessed with Shakespeare, Sarah used to be a member of The Versophiles, a Shakespeare reading group at the Rose Theatre, Kingston. Sarah has had the pleasure of working with The Windsor Globe before, playing the Nurse in “Romeo and Juliet” and a variety of roles including Queen Margaret and the Duchess of York in “Richard III”, so she is very excited to be appearing with them again in Bums on Seats! She hopes she is not too much like her character in real life, although she can see some distinct similarities…

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Fay Dondi

Fay has appeared in several productions at SHP including ‘Brassed Off’, ‘House & Garden’ and in the studio theatre ‘Bugs’ and was also involved in the Windsor Globe’s production of ‘A Mid Summers Night Dream’.

She has also previously appeared at Wokingham Theatre in their seasonal production of ‘Farndale, A Christmas Carol’ and the Rose Street Players in ‘The Office Party’.

Fay has recently taken a few years break from theatre to bring up her two children but now returns to SHP for ‘Bums on Seats’ and is delighted and thrilled to be part of a wonderful cast and production.

Kelly Wright Warhurst

This is Kelly’s second time working with her old drama teacher Bart, after taking the lead in ‘Electra’ last year which she thoroughly enjoyed! Currently working in a Primary School, Kelly hopes to one day combine the two and teach drama. Kelly has really loved working on this production of ‘Bums on Seats’ with such a fantastic cast and crew and hopes you all will enjoy it!

Maxine Robinson

Maxine is very excited to be part of this hilarious production! She says "Bart Lee, our director, has a reputation for directing (and writing) “different” and “alternative” theatre and this is certainly no exception!"

She initially trained at Arts Educational School in Tring, Hertfordshire then completed her theatrical education in London studying Drama, Mime, Movement & Dance before joining a repertory company in Islington!

Professionally, She has had numerous featured TV roles for Channel 4;  BBC TV and ITV.

As a character actress, she thinks that diversification is paramount which has enabled her to continually learn new skills. She's been a director; producer; an acrobat and skin artiste among other things and performed in Panto; straight drama; musical theatre and even appeared as Professor Sprouts double in Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows II.

This will be her 4th community production with South Hill Park. Previous roles were:- Sister/Ensemble/Compère in Brassed Off; Miss Tibbs in Fawlty Towers; Ruth in Stepping Out. She is also currently in rehearsals for another series of Fawlty Towers, reprising her role as Miss Tibbs, which will be at The Wilde this October!

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Dan Simpson

After studying with the Cambridge Footlights and graduating with high honours from RADA, Dan quickly rose up the ranks through the West End, receiving glowing reviews for his lead performances in ‘Les Miserables’, ‘Equus’ and a one-man show of ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ which The Guardian claimed ‘reached uncharted and deserted heights of acting. This is what Stanislavski was preparing for’. Dan arrives at South Hill Park following a record 27th season of his prime-time US Talkshow on PBS, in which he won an Emmy for his interviewing prowess - it’s claimed his incisive questions alone stopped Hilary Clinton’s Presidential Campaign dead in its tracks. Taking up the role of Benedict is seen as an act of charity from Dan, as he brings his international, Oscar- Award winning stardom to the local arts centre he holds close to his heart, as his childhood was spent in Bracknell. You can find out more about Dan through his website www.itsdansimpson.com.

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Gerri Farrell

Gerri is very excited to be a part of this production, having played Petronella many years ago, and appearing in Mike Snelgrove’s plays – “Stacked” and “Gaspers”. After a 5 year break from the stage, in 2014 she played Ellen Dean in The Studio Theatre Company’s “Wuthering Heights” and Tilly Crenshaw in “The Far Side” for 2Heavy Productions. During this break, she continued to work on commercials and voiceovers, filmed a segment for Whoop n Wail’s “Exclusion” as Nan, worked on rehearsed readings - Shirley in “Birdwatching” for the Traverse 50 project, Martha in “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” for Wokingham Theatre - in addition to corporate roleplay and films for organisations in the UK, Europe and Africa.  Gerri appeared in Blackeyed Theatre’s first production - “Effie’s Burning”, Audrey in “Blue Remembered Hills” “Misery” playing Annie Wilkes.  Other roles: Mrs Fraser “Stepping Out”, Hobby “Teechers”, Mhari “The Rise and Fall of Little Voice”. Lulu “The Birthday Party”, Toine “Piaf”, Luciana “A Comedy of Errors”, Tanzi “Trafford Tanzi”, Dogberry “Much Ado About Nothing”, Hannah “A Chorus of Disapproval” and Monica in “Daisy Pulls it Off”.  Gerri is a director of CentreStage Partnership, a leading drama development company based at South Hill Park – www.cstage.co.uk and is represented by Alchemy Active Management.

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David Wembridge

The Windsor Globe and South Hill Park are two of David’s favourite theatre places, so Bums on Seats, with its own SHP history, has been huge fun. A small part in the first Windsor Globe production, A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream, was followed by assistant- and co-directing the next two years’ productions. He has written and jointly put on several pieces in the Studio Theatre at SHP, including An Absurd Evening, Blather and Ubu, an adaptation of Alfred Jarry’s playful, unruly classic, with the Studio Theatre Company, and recommends the forthcoming plays Valediction, about the poet John Donne, and Love’s Labours…, adapted by Jess Hadleigh (both in the Studio, and in which he plays a small role).

He fell in the lake in rehearsals for SHP’s fortieth anniversary production, Moby Dick, directed by Bart, but was saved from contracting Weil’s disease by the regular quantities of whisky drunk with the director. Thank you to everyone—but particularly, Bart—for the adventure.

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Huw Mordecai

Huw is delighted to be back at SHP and working with Bart again. In the past he enjoyed ‘All’s Well’ and Bart’s outdoor version of ‘Moby Dick’. This season he is also in ‘Alice in Wonderland’ and ‘Fawlty Towers’.

Sally Rowe

Sally is delighted to be returning to South Hill Park following the success of last year’s production of ELECTRA (Found Space Theatre Company). Her TV credits include Mrs Fen in TOPSY AND TIM (Darrel Macqueen/BBC), PINOCHET’S LAST STAND and numerous commercials.

She enjoys dancing, painting and muddy walks with Watson, the border collie (well, maybe not the muddy part).

Represented by: www.stevensonwithers.com.

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Henry Haswell

Henry Haswell plays the part of Lionel Heap. His previous acting experience consists of various productions with Artemis Studios, including the National Theatre Connections play ‘Pronoun’ and an adaptation of Oliver Twist. Getting involved with this production has been a great way for him to take a break from my academic pursuits at university, and do something he really enjoys. He hopes the audience get as excited about the play as he is.

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Christopher Walker

Chris has been “treading the boards” on and off for the last 30 years in various local amateur theatrical groups, and has tackled everything from Shakespeare, pantomimes, comedies, dramas, thrillers and musicals.

His most recent shows have been for East Berkshire Operatic Society, performing in Mack and Mabel (2013), The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (2014), and Eurobeat - Beyond Eurovision (2014). He also appeared as one of the victims in Agatha Christie’s - And Then There Were None - for Studio Theatre Company at The Wilde - SHP in 2014.

Chris is happy to be working for The Windsor Globe Theatre in this production of Bums on Seats, playing a nasty Tory councillor, (but please don’t boo and hiss though!), and will also be appearing again at South Hill Park in October for the production of Fawlty Towers 2, again for Studio Theatre Company.

Rebecca Moir

Rebecca has been involved in drama from an early age and has developed her interest into many areas of theatre over the years. She has worked as a Professional Stage Manager, most notably for GSA (Guildford School of Acting) and has also performed as a Professional Puppeteer, having been trained by Marcus Clarke of the Henson Corporation. She has designed sets and served as technical Director on many shows, co-ordinating lighting and sound design along with special effects. Rebecca holds a BA Hons in Drama and Theatre Studies with English Literature, and a PGCE from Reading University; one of the most highly thought of teaching institutions in the country, under Andy Kempe.

Directing Credits include; ‘Our Day Out’ by Willy Russell, ‘Our Country’s Good’ by Timberlake Wertenbaker, ‘Colder than Here’ by Laura Wade, ‘Peter Pan’ by Piers Chater-Robinson, ‘Teechers’ by John Godber, ‘My Mother Said I Never Should’ by Charlotte Keatley, ‘Top Girls’ by Caryl Churchill, ‘A Semblance of Madness’ by John H. Newmeir.

Acting credits include; ‘Our Country’s Good’ by Timberlake wertenbaker, ‘Daisy Pulls it Off’ by Denise Deegan, ‘Saturday, Sunday, Monday’ by Alvin Kleein, ‘La Bete’ by David Hirson, ‘A Chorus of Disapproval’ by Alan Ayckbourn, ‘Stepping Out’ by Richard Harris, ‘The Wind in the Willows’ by Alan Bennett, ‘The Elephant Man’ by Bernard Pomerance, ‘The Hothouse’ by Harold Pinter, ‘Accidental Death of an Anarchist’ by Dario Fo.

Rebecca is a teacher and director for Artemis Apollo community theatre company.

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Charlotte Sharland

Charlotte has performed in a large number of shows, including professional pants and dramas. Her goal is to become a TV and Film actress. She is a busy member of both Artemis Teen Theatre Company - where she is about to take a lead in Les Miserables, and she is a young producer and writer for Missed Out at South Hill Park. She says one of the things that makes her a bit different is that she has a phobia of sponges, and that that phobia doesn't actually have a name!Agent: www.artemisagency.co.uk

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Sandra Matthew

Sandra is in her second year of being involved with drama. She finds it a great way of enjoying herself and not getting in trouble! The cast, directors and crew are all very helpful and patient. Sandra is a member of Artemis Apollo community theatre company and has recently taken a LAMDA acting exam.

Heather Eley

Heather is very proud to be a supporting member of the Bums on Seats cast. She an amateur actress with two years experience. She says it has been fantastic to work with the other cast members on this show and she is looking forward to the performances.Heather is a member of Artemis Apollo Community Company, and has recently undertaken LAMDA exams to further her skills on stage.

Sue Brown

Sue has been performing for many years as a community actor. This is her second performance with the Windsor Globe; she last appeared in Much Ado About Nothing in 2012. She has two grown up daughters who are both musicians.

When she is not treading the boards, Sue works in the Science department of a prestigious international school in Surrey. She also runs a local Brownie pack. Sue has been a member of the Artemis Apollo community theatre company for a number of years, where she studies technique and takes LAMDA exams to further improve her stage skills. She is also a fully qualified lady plumber!