The Director of this production is Mary Stone
Mary is delighted to be presenting her one-act play, Yards Apart, for its world première at Maskers. It will be the fifth show she has directed, following: Lemons, Lemons, Lemons, Lemons, Lemons (2019), God of Carnage (2016), Colder Than Here (2013) and the NODA award winning Last Train to Nibroc (2011). Mary has also directed for The Chesil Theatre's 10x10 festival, produced several shows and worked backstage in a number of roles from Stage Manager to Lighting Operator. Mary used to tread the boards too, and had roles in Entertaining Angels, Kindertransport, Blood Wedding, An Inspector Calls and Habeas Corpus all at The Chesil Theatre. Mary has also written comedy sketches, short plays, a short film and has had a short story published in an online anthology of horror stories!
Mark is played by Colin Russell
Although this is Colin’s third production with Maskers, having been on stage in Wyrd Sisters and Don Quixote, he is pleased to be on stage at Maskers Studio at last. It is also a treat to be in the first production of a new play. He hopes that you will share his excitement.It is an odd feeling that his wife, Jane, is in the other “half” of your evening’s entertainment but rehearsals never coincided! They will have to catch up in the bar afterwards.
Viki is played by Anna Hussey
Anna joined Maskers over 2 years ago and has been involved both on and off stage. Debuting with Maskers in Wyrd Sisters as part of the ensemble in 2018, Anna has contributed backstage and helped with marketing in 2019 before returning to the Maskers’ stage for 100 to play Nina in October. Anna has been involved with local dramatic groups since 2014 and started off exclusively in costume. The acting bug grabbed her in 2016 when she performed in A Midsummer Night’s Dream as Snout the Tinker with the Curdridge Players. She has also performed with SUP in And Then There Were None as Mrs Rogers, contributed to their war memorial performances of For the Fallen and has just finished a production of The Railway Children where she played Mother.Anna is over the moon to be cast in Yards Apart as it’s an exciting new production and gives her the opportunity to explore and build on the character of Viki with Mary and Colin, as well as exploring themes about perceptions, beliefs and tolerance.
Sharks in the Custard
The Director of this production is Jez Minns
Jez is not a complete newcomer to directing. In his younger days he directed some adventurous, large-cast shows for an amateur company in Warwickshire. However, this is his first time with Maskers and he has been amazed by the professionalism and expertise of everyone involved. Normally an actor, Jez was last seen in the Maskers’ Christmas show, The Flint Street Nativity, in which he played the seven-year-old bully-boy, Bradley Jerrams.
Liz is played by Jill Desborough
Jill has been a Masker since 2014 and has enjoyed acting in a variety of roles. Highlights include The Jungle Book (Hamptworth) and The Killing of Sister George (Studio) and several Christmas Shows. While acting remains her first love, she has recently branched out into backstage roles, including stage managing last year's Christmas Show and directing Quartet.
Vera is played by Allegra Carlton
Allegra has played a range of character parts in numerous productions in Southampton for local amateur companies over many years. Highlights have included Rossignol in Marat/Sade (Nuffield Theatre), Aunt Betsy Trotwood in David Copperfield (Nuffield Theatre), Miss Prism in The Importance of Being Earnest (Nuffield Theatre) and Lady Catherine de Bourgh in Pride and Prejudice (Mottisfont). She has also been involved in costume design and wardrobe in a considerable number of productions for Maskers (recent shows include Great Expectations, The Importance of Being Earnest, Don Quixote and Quartet). She is delighted to be cast in Sharks in the Custard, where her East Yorkshire origins are standing her in good stead.
Mair is played by Jane Russell
Jane is delighted to be taking part in her second production for Maskers – a completely different challenge to that of Mary in The Flint Street Nativity – and she has enjoyed working with fellow Maskers to bring this one act show to life. Although having performed in over 25 productions with both RAODS and EOMS since rekindling her love of acting in 2012, playing the part of Mair in Sharks in the Custard is the first time that Jane has had to master a Welsh accent: an interesting challenge but the perfect opportunity to binge watch Gavin and Stacey!
Bridget is played by Kate Grundy-Garcia
Guest 1 is played by Clare Minns
Guest 2 is played by Graham Buchanan
Graham is a founder member of Maskers and is still actively involved with the company both on and backstage.
Atlas Cleaner is played by Albie Minns