Christie Barnes (Jem)
Christie currently teaches dance in York and continues to perform. Recent performances include; The Yorkshire Trios with Next Door But One, The York Mystery Plays for BBC iPlayer, Less than Human (2020) A View From the Bridge (2019), InHospitable and Insignificant (2018/2019), Objects of Terror (2017), Everything is Possible (2017), Volpone (2017), and Eve in the York Mystery Plays (2016).
Heather Carter (Mrs Flowers)
Heather is an avid crafter using many different media including cards, boxes, tag books of all sizes, also called memory books, felt work, beadwork, wirework and leather… she also paints and work with resin as well as being a musician. Acting has been her main passion, and she has always made up her own plays since being a teeny tyke – she just loves acting and acting at every given opportunity, also doing voice-over work. Heather is part of the Out of Character theatre company based at York St. John’s University. They were the last to perform in The Studio at York Theatre Royal before lockdown and its refurbishment.
Mark Gowland (Mr Hammerton / Jake)
Mark is a graphic artist-designer and performer.
He is a founding member of Out of Character Theatre Company with performances including Voices of Reason (2021-22), In/Significant (2019), In/Hospitable (2018), Retail Therapy (2015-17), Disturbing Shakespeare (2015), and in collaboration with York Theatre Royal in Less Than Human (2020), Objects of Terror (2016-17), Henry IV (2012), Tales From Kafka (2010, 2014). He has also performed in York Theatre Royal’s community plays In Fog and Falling Snow‘ (2015), and Everything Is Possible (2017). Mark has made design and video work for Converge York, CERT, Emerging Voices, Fool(ish), CoCreate Dorset, Northern Dance Academy and Katie Ventress Dance School.
Phil Massey (Coachman Tom)
Phil has been acting from an early age, having graduated from the National Youth Theatre and National Youth Music Theatre onto the Cambridge Footlights. He did a 10-year spell teaching and living in Madrid, where he became a member of the Madrid Players theatre group, notably playing Benedict in Much Ado About Nothing. More recently Phil has played Pontius Pilate in the 2016 York Mystery Plays.
Livy Potter (Jane)
Livy is a York-based writer and performer. Her debut short play, Beautiful Man, was shortlisted for Ilkley Playhouse’s 8x8x8 playwriting festival in 2020 and published in the festival anthology playtext. An audio version was played on BBC Radio York and she also performed it live at an Ilkley Literature Festival event in 2021. She is a member of the York Settlement Community Players (YSCP) committee, having last performed with the group in their production of The Seagull in York Theatre Royal’s Studio in 2020. She started acting in 2016 and has since performed across the UK at the Minack Theatre, Harrogate Theatre and Ilkley Playhouse.
Julie Speedie (Annie)
Julie Speedie moved from London to York in 2002. She has a keen interest in local history, and is a member of the Clement Hall Local History Group. She still frequently visits London – virtually speaking – where she enjoys tours of the city and lectures about its history. She has been involved in the York Mystery Plays since 2012 as both actor and singer, and is looking forward to appearing in this year’s wagon plays; also in York Theatre Royal’s latest community production, The Coppergate Woman. Julie is a regular participant in local play-readings with the Quarantine Players, both in person and on Zoom; and is a front-of-house volunteer at 41 Monkgate.
Emma Wise (Mrs Hammerton)
Emma is a Mentor with Dramacube Movie-Makers, York where the team have recently completed a 7 session schedule, enabling 25 home-schooled youths to realise their original fictional narrative in the medium of film. Inspired by this next generation of storyteller’s interaction with the city’s world-famous medieval bar walls, the project formed part of the 5th annual ‘York Walls Festival’ in May 2022.
Emma has been contributing to local period content over the last two years. Passionate about her native county, INNovating was the ideal next step in building on this wealth of research, complex heritage and immersive access to Yorkshire’s past.
Clara – Winner- Best Period Drama at South Coast Film Festival, UK. Title Role: Clara Clarkson Clara – Episode One. ‘Is your wife even cold yet?’
Gene Winner – British Invasion, Spooky Empire Film Festival, US. Lead Actor: Lauren Gene Short Film