A midsummer Night’s Dream Fall 2015 Actor Biographies

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CHRIS DONNELLY (Bottom/Demetrius/Egeus/2nd Fairy) has worked extensively in schools and universities and presently runs the education and outreach arm of Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory. He teaches Acting and Voice on a freelance basis and directs/teaches at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School when available. Chris is delighted to be back with AFTLS, having performed previously as Feste/Orsino/Fabian in Twelfth Night and the title role in Macbeth. Chris has also had the pleasure of being part of the highly acclaimed, award-winning Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory theatre company ensemble since its inception in 2000, enjoying such roles as Launce (Two Gentlemen of Verona), Bottom and Puck (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Stephano (The Tempest), Iago (Othello), Autolycus (The Winter’s Tale), Pompey (Measure For Measure), Tranio (The Taming of the Shrew), and Diomedes (Troilus and Cressida). He has appeared in leading contemporary roles both in London, in rep, and on various tours. Chris also has many television credits including No Offence, Derren Brown: Fear and Faith, Prime Suspect, Vital Signs, Fat Friends, Silent Witness, and the character of Damion Spinks in Eastenders. Radio experience includes many plays for BBC Radio 4 including Soldier Soldier, Call Waiting, and Gilgamesh – all award-winning dramas.
FFION JOLLY (Helena/Quince/Hippolyta/Quince/Moth/Mustardseed/1st Fairy) trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Theatre credits include Fields Unsown (Attic Theatre); The Energy Show (Science Museum Live); Mansfield Park (No.1 tour); The Girl with the Iron Claws (The Wrong Crowd); Sam Rose in the Shadows (Tucked In); Money Matters (Nabokov); Fitzrovia Radio Hour (No.1 Tour); Macbeth (Baz Productions); Richard II, The Comedy of Errors, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and The Tempest (Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory); Othello (Creation Theatre Company); Auricular (Theatre 503); The Elephant in the Room (Wimbledon Theatre); Basura and Race For Paradise (INCA, Southwark Playhouse). Film credits include Camel Toe (Sonny), Timedancer (Microsoft), All the Wars by The Pineapple Thief (Macfarlane Productions), Callum (Broken Hearted Youth), O Romeo, Romeo… (Paul Purnell Films). Radio credits include An Unchoreographed World (BBC Radio 4), Romeo and Juliet (Wireless Theatre Co.). Ffion has also provided her voice talents to several video games including Divinity: Original Sin (Pitstop Productions) and The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 (OMUK). She was nominated for the Ian Charleson Award for her work on A Comedy of Errors (SATTF). Ffion has led workshops in schools on behalf of Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory, the Fitzrovia Shakespeare Hour, and The Soho Theatre. At Hurtwood House she coaches people individually on how to get accepted into drama school.

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