Cast and Company 

Sylvia                                                Lucy Fleming
Marion                                             Roberta Taylor
Lily                                                    Tessa Bell-Briggs
Gita                                                   Indira Joshi
Shirley                                              Olivia Llewellyn
Bridget                                             Eileen Pollock
Amy                                                  Hayley Squires
Joy                                                    Sharlene Whyte 

Director                                            Peter Gill
Designer                                          Bruce McLean
Lighting Designer                            Hartley T A Kemp
Composer & Sound Designer       Christian Mason
Costume Supervisor                      Carrie Bayliss
Casting Director                             Sarah Hughes
Associate Director                          Max Key
Assistant Designer                         Danielle Dent-Davis
Production Electrician/
Assistant Lighting Designer           Chris May
Assistant to Bruce McLean            Violet Vincent
Scenic Painter                                  Malcolm Key
Hair                                                   Domenico Sansare at Gina Conway
Musician: Flute                                Audrey Milberés
Musician: Tuba                                Jack Adler-McKean

Production Manager                      Andy Beardmore
Stage Manager                                Hannah Gore
Technical Stage Manager              Charlotte Oliver


Lucy Fleming 1

Lucy Fleming first worked with Peter Gill in “A Collier’s Friday Night as part of the Royal Court Theatre Company under Bill Gaskill.

West End theatre credits include: Richard II and Edward II (Prospect and West End) When Did you Last see my Mother, Out of the Question, Don’t Start Without Me, Hay Fever, Middle-Age Spread, A Personal Affair, A Kind of Alaska, Our Song, and The Constant Wife. Other theatre credits include:  As You Like It, An Ideal Husband, A Patriot for Me, Time and the Conways. (all at Chichester Festival Theatre), Twelfth Night (Crucible Theatre), A Yard of Sun (Nottingham Playhouse)
Also plays by Somerset Maugham, Rodney Acland, P G Wodehouse, Feydeau, Neil Simon, Christopher Fry and Harold Pinter.
Television Credits include: Richard II, Hay Fever, Smiley’s People, Pride and Prejudice, Ever Decreasing Circles, The Avengers, Cold Warrior, Wycliffe, Nancherrow, A Dance to the Music of Time, Mr Bean, Heartbeat, Rosemary and Thyme, Law and Order and Survivors. Film credits include: Ken Loach’s A Misfortune, The Sorrows, Katherine Mansfield, The Boat that Rocked. Radio credits include: Bond Correspondence, From Father with Love, 50 Years of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. 

Roberta TaylorBW - must be credited - Justin CanningRoberta Taylor was born in East London and trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama.

She began her professional career at the Citizens Theatre Glasgow, a theatre she has returned to many times in thirty five years, most recently in 2014 to play Gertrude in Hamlet.
Her other theatre credits include: The Last of the DeMullins and The Reunion (both at Jermyn Street), Pygmalion (Garrick), The Entertainer, Winding the Ball and Arms and the Man (all for Manchester Royal Exchange), Romeo and Juliet (Lyric), A Free Country (Tricycle), The Seagull (Birmingham Rep), The Two Noble Kinsmen, The Lorencaccio Story and Sons of Light (RSC). Television Credits include: Series regulars for The Bill and Eastenders. Also Holby City, Doctors, Father Brown, Bleak House, Silent Witness, The Knock. Film Credits include: The Witches, Tom and Viv.
Roberta’s other passion is writing and she has published two books so far: a memoir of her grandmother titled ‘Too Many Mothers’ which stayed in the Sunday Times top ten list for 10 weeks and a novel ‘The Reinvention of Ivy Brown.’ Last year, her letter to an unknown soldier was included in the published edition of the collection of letters.
She is currently working on her third book.

bell-briggsTessa Bell-Briggs trained at the Rose Bruford College.

Her West End credits include Steaming (The Harold Pinter Theatre), Situation Comedy (Ambassadors Theatre) and The Woman In Black (Fortune Theatre).  Tessa has played Anne-Marie in A Dolls House and Clara in Hay Fever (both for the Royal Exchange, Manchester) and Emily Bronte in The Brontes Of Haworth (The Stephen Joseph Theatre, directed by Alan Ayckbourn).  Other work includes the title role in Shirley Valentine and Ange in Abigail’s Party.  Tessa has toured extensively in the U.K. and Germany and has played in Repertory at the Churchill Theatre Bromley, the Nuffield Theatre Southampton, the Library Theatre Manchester, the Palace Theatre Westcliff and the Century Theatre Keswick.
Tessa’s extensive Television appearances include ; Poirot – The Third Girl (Granada), Eastenders, Holby City, Five Days, Harry Batt, The Grid, Silent Witness, Birds Of A Feather, Play For Today and The Brittas Empire (all for the BBC), a Russian con woman in SKINS (Channel 4) and several characters in The Bill and Rumpole Of The Bailey (Thames).
Tessa recently filmed the feature The Christmas Candle with Susan Boyle (Pinewood Films).

indira joshi BWIndira Joshi’s recent television includes ‘Amrita’ in VERA (ITV), ‘Deepa’ in TOAST (Channel 4), ‘Mrs Khan’ in FRANKIE (BBC), ‘Grishma’ in CORONATION STREET (ITV), ‘Erin’ in RED DWARF (BBC), ‘Pushpa Bakshi’ in INDIAN DOCTOR (Rondo Productions), ‘Chilha’s Mother’ in LIFE IS NOT ALL HA HA HE HE (BBC), and ‘Madhuri’ in THE KUMARS AT NUMBER 42, Series 1-7. 
Recent film includes ‘Kamala’ in BLUE TOWER (Raindance Award).
Theatre work in Delhi includes a host of plays by dramatists such as Lorca, Moliere, and Stoppard. Recent UK theatre includes ‘Itbar’s Mother’ in DARA and ‘Lady Woodvill’ in MAN OF MODE (National Theatre), ‘Renu’ in ONE NIGHT (Theatre Royal Stratford East) and ‘Khalda’ in BALTI KINGS (Tamasha). 
As well as her extensive acting career, Indira worked in voice over and presenting. She DJ’d on radio show A DATE WITH YOU in Delhi, and edited the award winning New World Times in San Francisco.  

Olivia Llewellyn BWOlivia Llewellyn trained at Lamda.

Theatre includes: Les Liaisons Dangereuses (West End), Comedy Of Errors (RSC), Shell Seekers (UK Tour), For Services Rendered (The Watermill), Timon Of Athens (National Theatre)
Television includes: Passer By, Doctors, Midsomer Murders, The Genius Of Beethoven, Kingdom, Lucan, Penny Dreadful Season 1&2, Musketeers, Call The Midwife, The Lizzie Borden Chronicles.
Film: Dimensions, The Death of Merlin, The Boat That Rocked

eileen pollockEileen Pollock Since co-founding the women’s theatre groups ‘Bloomers’ and ‘Camouflage’, Eileen has worked with most major Irish theatres (both touring and in-house), and taken theatre roles in Britain including Miss Hannigan in ‘Annie’, Masha in ‘The Three Sisters’, Brecht’s ‘Mother Courage’, and various other roles from Shakespeare to panto. She was also the first Anna in Marie Jones’ ‘Women on the Verge of HRT’. Recently she has played Mag in ‘Beauty Queen of Leenane’, The Murderess in Rona Munro’s ‘Iron’, the Irish-American labour activist Mother Jones, and Kathleen Behan of Dublin’s infamous Behan family, both in ongoing one woman shows. She currently works internationally with Global Arts Corps on a Northern Irish project about people coming out of recent conflict situations. On film she has worked with Ron Howard, Mike Leigh and Sydney McCartney. Eileen was Lilo Lil in the BBC’s long-running sitcom ‘Bread’.

Hayley SquiresHayley Squires trained at Rose Bruford College and graduated in 2010.

Television Credits include: Southcliffe, Murder ep1, Complicit and Call The Midwife.  Film Credits include: Polar Bear, Girls Night Out and Blood Cells.
Her writing credits include VERA VERA VERA (Upstairs at the Royal Court Theatre)

SHARLENE WHYTESharlene Whyte trained at RADA.

Theatre credits include: Nut (National Theatre), Treasure Island (Theatre Royal Haymarket), Julius Caesar (Lyric Hammersmith), Compact Failure (Arcola Theatre), Born Bad (Hampstead Theatre), The Three Birds (Gate Theatre), Arabian Night (Young Vic), Guiding Light (Nottingham).
Television Credits include: Critical, Jonathan Creek, Savant’s Thumb, Sadie J, Truckers, Run, Mightier Than The Sword, Spooks, Coronation Street, Doctors, Waterloo Road, Silent Witness, Casualty, Tracey Beaker, Tinsel Town, As If.
Film Credits include: High Heels and Low Lifes, Second Nature, Second Coming.

Peter Gill was born in 1939 in Cardiff and started his professional career as an actor. A director as well as a writer, he has directed over a hundred productions in the UK, Europe and North America, and is the founding director of Riverside Studios and the Royal National Theatre Studio. At the Royal Court Theatre in the 1960s, he was responsible for introducing D. H. Lawrence’s plays to the theatre. His plays include The Sleepers Den (Royal Court, London, 1965), Over Gardens Out (Royal Court, London, 1968), Small Change (Royal Court, London, 1976), Kick for Touch (National Theatre, London, 1983), Cardiff East (National Theatre, London, 1997), Certain Young Men (Almeida Theatre, 1999), The York Realist (English Touring Theatre, 2001), Original Sin (Sheffield Crucible, 2002), Another Door Closed (Theatre Royal, Bath, 2009) and A Provincial Life (National Theatre of Wales, Sherman Cymru, Cardiff, 2011).

Bruce McLean is a Scottish sculptor, performance artist and painter. He studied at Glasgow School of Art, and at Saint Martin’s School of Art, where he studied with Anthony Caro and Phillip King. In reaction to what he regarded as the academicism of his teachers he began making sculpture from rubbish. McLean has gained international recognition for his paintings, ceramics, prints, work with film, theatre and books.  McLean was Head of Graduate Painting at The Slade School of Fine Art London. He has had numerous one man exhibitions including the Tate Gallery, The Modern Art Gallery in Vienna and the Museum of Modern Art, Oxford.