The Director of this production is Sam Hussey
This is Sam's directorial debut. Sam joined Maskers in 2019, when he played Andrew Aguecheek in Twelfth Night. Since then, he’s been involved in several productions, playing everything from Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing, an escaped Texan convict, Fist, in Four Weddings and an Elvis, Mr Tumnus in The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe - a joint production between Maskers and Light Up youth theatre - and Mr Flay in Gormenghast.
Eric Swan is played by Ian Wilson
Ian has been a member of Maskers since 2007 when he was cast in Accrington Pals. Since then, he has played a wide range of roles including Parris in The Crucible, Brendan in The Weir, Fool in Wyrd Sisters, Bolingbroke in Richard II, Sloan in Butterfly Kiss and, most recently, Ford in The Merry Wives of Windsor. He has also directed for the company: Closer, Chair, 100 and Zoo Story. Playing Eric will be very different from anything he has done in the past, and he is very much looking forward to the challenge.
Linda Swan is played by Jane Russell
Last seen as the eccentric medium Madam Arcati in Blithe Spirit, Jane is delighted to be playing Linda in her seventh Maskers’ production, a role that she desperately wanted after reading the script. She says that it’s just so fast paced and hilarious, you can’t help laughing! Previous productions have included Sharks in the Custard and four Christmas productions – her favourite being Mary in The Flint Street Nativity. An active member of both RAODS and EOMS, Jane most recently directed the RAODS sell-out outdoor production of Swallows and Amazons.
Norman Bassett is played by James Lawson
James joined the Maskers in 2007, performing in many shows, including Treasure Island in the open air, Crimes of the Heart at the Nuffield and Accrington Pals in the Studio. While it has been 6 years since James last trod the boards, performing in 2018’s Wyrd Sisters at The Berry Theatre, he has been active behind the scenes, including stage managing 2019’s Happy, directing the hilarious Four Weddings and an Elvis in January 2022, being production manager for last year’s Gormenghast, as well as acting as compère for several cabaret nights in the Studio.
Mr. Jenkins is played by Jez Minns
Jez has been working in the theatre as an amateur, and sometimes professional, actor for the last 35 years. Most recently he played Lord Henry Wotton in The Picture of Dorian Gray in the Maskers Studio. Other recent appearances for the Maskers include Tiny Tim in Christmas with the Cratchits, Borachio the drunkard in Much Ado About Nothing and the bullyboy Innkeeper in The Flint Street Nativity. When he is not doing theatre, Jez enjoys painting and sketching and writing poetry.
Uncle George is played by Paul Baker
Paul has been in over twenty-five shows in the open air for Maskers and rarely ventures indoors. During that time he has played a variety of roles including Weasel Norman in The Wind in the Willows and Thomas Cromwell in Anne Boleyn and often multiple parts in the same production, as evidenced when he played four different characters in The Three Musketeers. This is Paul’s third production in a row inside, having played Sepulchrave in Maskers’ April 2023 production of Gormenghast and Chris Kriegle, the Santa Burglar, in Sorry! Wrong Chimney. As his character undergoes a lot of physical punishment in the play, Paul wonders if the director has something against him.
Sally Chessington is played by Emma Kirkpatrick
Emma has been with Maskers since 2021 and made her debut performance in Out of Focus. She then performed in our outdoor show, The Three Musketeers, where she enjoyed playing a variety of different characters. Now Emma is back, after a bit of a break, to play as Sally Chessington in this laugh out loud, fast paced play.
Dr. Chapman is played by Marie McDade
Marie joined the Maskers in 2011 and has enjoyed a wide range of roles in both the studio and outdoor shows. These have included: Our Town, Richard II, Much Ado About Nothing, Jungle Book, Around the World in 80 Days, Wyrd Sisters, A Bunch of Amateurs, The Three Musketeers, Out of Focus, Gormenghast, Jane Eyre and, most recently, Sorry! Wrong Chimney.
Mr. Forbright the Undertaker is played by Philip de Grouchy
Philip was most recently recently involved in Almost, Maine as an actor and Blithe Spirit as director. He has been active with the Maskers and local theatre since time immemorial (nearly).
Ms. Cowper is played by Dawn Gatrell
Dawn was last seen playing dual roles in Almost, Maine. Prior to that she appeared as the tavern owner in The Merry Wives of Windsor, in Gormenghast, playing one of the twin aunts and in the nautical anthology Time and Tide. Before joining Maskers, Dawn performed in pantos at The Bent Brief pub and in The Shadow Factory, which premiered at the Nuffield City Theatre.
Miss Dixon is played by Tash Priddle