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The Counterfeiters' Tragedy

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Cast biographies:

Robert Carragher - Roberto

Trained at East 15 Acting School. Theatre includes: Once Was Home, Orestes (Secret Centre), Sick of Goodbyes (Pleasance) and Mancub (Soho Theatre). Television: Munich: Mossad's Revenge (Channel 4). Short film: Musicians Think in Sound (You're It! Productions). Music video: Get Cape, Wear Cape, Fly - Call Me Ishmael (Partizan). Robert is currently busy translating and adapting Calderon's Life is a Dream.

Emily Chugg - Emilia

Emily trained at ALRA where roles included Polly Peachum in The Beggars Opera and Hero in Much Ado About Nothing. Theatre roles since have included Miranda in The Tempest and Helena in A Midsummer Nights Dream. TV includes As If, Holby City, Family Affairs and Casualty, and feature films Far East and Lycanthropy.

Bridget Collins - Giovanna / Girolamo

Bridget trained at LAMDA after studying at Cambridge University. Since graduating she has played Juliet in Romeo and Juliet for young professional theatre company Shoestring Shakespeare, and the title role in Antigone; other roles include Euphranea in The Broken Heart and Hessia in Dead Woman's Music at the Arcola. Her first film, Ruth and Maggie, premiered at this year's Slamdance Festival. Radio work includes Loose Ends.

Daniel Field - Benetto

Daniel Field has recently graduated from the 3 year BA (Hons) Acting course at Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts. During training, Daniel enjoyed playing Heros in Edward Bond's The Woman, and Reed Ash in The Legacy of Colonel Ash. In this production where he plays Benetto, he also contributed a great deal to the fight choreography.

Richard Keightley - Stefano

Richard trained at Drama Studio London, graduating last year. Theatre credits include the title role in Hamlet (York, Clifford's Tower), Purgatory (King's Head), Orgilus in The Broken Heart (Secret Centre Theatre), various roles for subVERSE (Jigsaw Theatre Ensemble / Common Air Theatre Company) and the title role in Dr Faustus (White Bear). Short film: Wilde Life (Seachange Productions). Richard has also done voiceover work for Rewind Films.

Robin Laine - The Duke

Robin's recent roles include John Scobie MP in the feature Guiana 1838 - best film, Belize Film Festival 2005 - and psychic investigator Robert Eldridge in Double Detective, a made for TV children's adventure, soon to be screened on the Propellor channel.

Lachlan McCall - Alessandro

Lachlan is making his first appearance for Secret Centre Theatre / Open Secret in The Counterfeiters' Tragedy. Previous theatre experience includes Racing Demon (Empty Space); Titanic (Fishers Farm); Phaedra's Love (Tabard Theatre); Sheppey (Tabard Theatre); Cleansed (Edinburgh Festival). He has also appeared in numerous Shakespearean and Jacobean productions including two separate versions of Ben Jonson's much neglected Sejanus, His Fall. Film includes Flowers Next Left; 8:47 and A-Cross. Television includes Inside Out and Botticelli (both BBC). Lachlan trained at the ArtsEducational Schools, London.

Juliet Oldfield - Octavia

Juliet Oldfield has recently graduated from the 3 year BA (hons) acting course at Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts and, during her time there she played the lead roles of Katrin in Mother Courage and Her Children, Moll in Moll Flanders and Viola in Twelfth Night. Since graduating, Juliet has featured in an Opel Car and a Yahoo advert as well as a voice over for a Nike Inc. advert soon to be released.

Bruce Panday - Ferryman

Bruce has been an Equity member for twenty years and appeared in productions on stage in the West End, Chichester Festival Theatre, Repertory and many tours. This is Bruce's first fringe production since 1984! TV appearances include: several outings in The Bill, a couple in London's Burning, lots of corporate films and a few adverts. Bruce plays the saxophone and once wore dark glasses for a year with Mari Wilson and the Wilsations.

Dillan Rankin - Pietro

Trained at East 15 Acting School. Theatre includes: The Playboy of The Western World (The Broadway Theatre, Mancub (Soho Theatre). Television: Munich: Mossad's Revenge (Channel 4). Short Film: In Your Hands (Groves Productions), Whispers in the Woods (Sadler Productions). Dillan is currently co-writing The Absinthe Monologues with Tax Deductable Theatre Company.

Hannah Richards - Lucia

Hannah trained at Mountview. Her theatre credits include Queen Margaret in The Tragedy of Richard Duke of York at The Bath Shakespeare Festival, Inez in Huis Clos at the Landor Theatre, The Queen of Narnia inThe Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, Roberta in The Railway Theatre at the Brewhouse Theatre. She has done various short films and adverts including Cancer Research UK.

Thanks to:
John Ginman, Corinne Micallef, Goldsmiths Drama Department, Lewis Penfold, James Bentley, Rodney Cottier and LAMDA, John and Susan at Torriano Meeting House, Emma Bettridge and the Pleasance Theatre, and Justine and Phil (QA Department at DDS London).

The Counterfeiters' Tragedy received its premiere production as part of the 2006 Open Secret season in London. 

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