Natalie grew up in Bolton and has been acting and dancing since the tender age of 4.
After graduating from Mountview Theatre Academy of Arts and working nationwide within the world of theatre and dance, Natalie carried out an internship with world renowned physical theatre company DoubleEdge Theatre over in Massachusetts (USA) and was invited to stay on as a guest resident artist. Touring Boston, New Jersey, New York, and Baltimore with their 2009 Chagall tour.
TV credits include (ITV) Crime Drama Paranoid, and (BBC) Doctors.
This is Natalie's debut at the Royal Exchange, and first appearance back in theatre after having to take a six year break following an accident, which means she now rolls instead of walks. After her abscence from the stage she is delighted to be working with both Graeae and the Royal Exchange combined. Natalie has been working with Equity for a number of years to help raise the need through all forms of media to better represent the disabled community. "We are all very different, yet fundamentally the same".
Hermi was born and raised in Eritrea until she became deaf at the age of 7, moved to USA and UK. She is very excited to be portraying the part of Adela in this production of House of Bernarda Alba! Trained at Deafinitely theatre creative hub scheme. Her first acting role was 2015 working on the short film 'What Not to do When Hitting on Someone' by Channel 4/Scope and 'Scream Queens' by Melodie Roulaud. Hermon's theatre experiences include the role of Dragon in 'You've got Dragons' and Artist/Madam/Fortune Teller in SCENES FROM A SUITCASE with Taking Flight. Street Theatre 'Nodus Tollens' with Deaf and Hearing Ensemble. Commercial and corporate credits include Smirnoff and Purdey's. When she’s not acting, Hermi enjoys fashion blogging, photography, icing decorator and she is an identical twin!
Chloë Clarke graduated from the Bristol Academy of Performing Arts in 2009. She has since worked in theatre and television with a particular passion for inclusion and integration, and has been an Associate Artist of Taking Flight Theatre Company since 2014. Her most recent television appearance was a principle role in S4C's comedy series Dyddiadur Dews. Audio description is a focal point of her work and she has directed pieces that explore its use creatively. This will be Chloë's first performance with Graeae and her debut at the Royal Exchange Theatre.
Philippa trained at Drama Centre London graduating in 2013. She has worked with Graeae Theatre Company on their Write to Play programme over the last two years. Most recently Philippa performed at The Hampstead Theatre as part of The Women Taking Centre Stage Festival with Sphinx Theatre Company and Graeae, playing the role of Jade in Karen Featherstone's, "Boys on Bikes" directed by Jenny Sealey.
I've wanted to be an actor since I was 4 years old so I'm delighted to be in my first professional role. I was recently in Graeae's training programme as part of their original Ensemble, where industry professionals taught us in a variety of different performance genres. It was brilliant, it really helped me learn and grow as an actor. I also loved working with Jenny Sealey and the rest of the Graeae team and so I'm really excited to be working with them again! Most recently I was involved in a production of the Crucible with Cube Essential Theatre at the Minack down in Cornwall.
Originally from Co. Wicklow, Paddy started her career as a dancer at the London Palladium , and went back to her variety roots in 1992 as Diamond L il for Disneyland Paris, returning to England to play Emma, Lady Hamilton in a one-woman show for the Greenwich Festival. Favourite roles in Rep (Canterbury and York) have included Nina in The Seagull, Kate in She Stoops to Conquer, Amanda in Private Lives and Annie Parker in When We Are Married. At Leicester Haymarket she was Grandmother in The Witches, and at Nottingham Playhouse last year, Maryjohnny Rafferty in A Skull in Connemara. During a happy two years in Auckland Paddy played Lulu in Lulu, Sarah Brown in Guys and Dolls, and Golde in a record-breaking production of Fiddler on the Roof.
Other musical credits include Beggar Woman in Sweeney Todd (Bristol Old Vic), Mrs.Wyse MBE in Mapp and Lucia (Jermyn St.), and national tours of Olde Chelsea (Christine), Ken Hill's Phantom (Carlotta), Four-Note Opera (The Soprano) and King's Rhapsody (Marta). London Theatre includes St. Joan of the Stockyards (Queens), Liza of Lambeth (Shaftesbury),Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Lyric) , Follies (Festival Hall) and Camera Lucida (Barbican).
Workshops include The Pain Project (Arcola Theatre), The Gothic Game (Bridewell), Assisted Suicide (National Studio) and Charlotte:Life or Theater? (Soho Theatre and Amsterdam). Daisy in ' Driving Miss Daisy ' Canal Cafe Theatre. Tv and Film credits include Ant and Dec, Derek, Holby City, London's Burning, Metrosexuality and Keen Eddie, and last year she was awarded best actress in the Global Independent Film awards for the short film "Spoons".
Recently Paddy was Geula in the award-winnng play "Tierra del Fuego" at the Bookshop Theatre,where earlier she had played Russian princess Sofka Zinovieff, telling her life story as she baked bread and made borsch to share with the audience each night after the performance. *(As this was fringe theatre, there was a great deal of nightly washing-up to be done!). Also an audio reader, Paddy has 48 unabridged novels to her credit, but she always reckons her best credits to be son Mat, a writer and performer, and daughter Bimla, an events producer.
Alison is thrilled to once again be working with Jenny Sealey and Graeae Theatre Company. In 2015, she toured with Blood Wedding, playing the roles of Alma and a tramp. Previously, she was in Graeae’s street theatre productions, Prometheus Awakes and Iron Man. Alison was recently named an Artistic Associate with the all-female acrobatic company, Mimbre, and this summer for Shakespeare400, she was a performer in the company’s outdoor show, Wondrous Strange, at the RSC, Stratford. She has had the privilege of touring all over Europe with Mimbre, in the show Falling Up. Alison also just collaborated with Josette Bushell-Mingo developing a new work Brecht Bits, which has been optioned for a full-length production for Theatre Royal Stratforad East. Last fall, she was seen in the Paralympic trailer on e4, playing a villain. And, in 2014 in the role of Saartjie Baartman, Alison was part of the controversial work, Exhibit B, at the Barbican. Alison is developing a solo show, and as part of that creation, she has an ongoing blog, 4foot6.com.
Kathryn Hunter is an Olivier Award-winning Actress and Director. Acting credits include Peter Brook’s Fragments (2006 – 2015) and The Valley of Astonishment (2014 – 2016) at the Young Vic, Bouffes du Nord and on international tour; The Emperor and Kafka’s Monkey (Young Vic and HOME, Manchester); Cyrano De Bergerac (Southwark Playhouse); Hearts (dir. Robert Lepage for Ex Machina); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (dir. Julie Taymor for TFANA, New York); Antony & Cleopatra and King Lear (RSC); The Diver (Soho); Yerma (Arcola); The Bee (Soho, New York, Hong Kong, Tokyo); Calixto Bieito’s Celestina (King’s Theatre, Edinburgh); Whistling Psyche and Doña Rosita (Almeida); Richard III and The Taming of the Shrew (Shakespeare’s Globe); Macbeth and Electra (Leicester Haymarket); Far Away (Bouffes du Nord); The Rose Tattoo and The Devils (Theatr Clwyd); Live Like Pigs, The Recruiting Officer and Our Country’s Good (Royal Court); The Hypochondriac (Lyric Hammersmith); Women of Troy (The Gate); Romeo & Juliet (Watermill); Spoonface Steinberg (Ambassadors, Washington); Mother Courage (Shared Experience); The Skriker and The Visit (National Theatre) for which she won an Olivier Award for Best Actress.
As long-term associate of Théâtre de Complicité her credits include: Foe, Out of the House Walked a Man, Anything for a Quiet Life, Help! I’m Alive and The Winter’s Tale. Direction includes: Othello (RSC), The Birds (National Theatre), Mr Puntila and his man Matti (Almeida, Albery, Traverse), The Glory of Living (Royal Court), The Comedy of Errors and Pericles (Shakespeare’s Globe) and My Perfect Mind (Young Vic and tour).
Films include: Baby of Macon (dir. Peter Greenaway), Orlando (Sally Potter), All or Nothing (dir. Mike Leigh), Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Tale of Tales (dir. Matteo Garrone) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (dir. Julie Taymor).
Nadia trained at International Visual Theatre (Paris).
Theatre Credits include: NOTRE DAME (National Theatre), CAN I START AGAIN PLEASE (UK Tour), GROUNDED (Deafinitely Theatre at Park Theatre), A MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM (Shakespeare's Globe), WINDIBOPS (UK Tour), TYRANNOSAURUS DRIP (Stratford Circus), LOVE LABOURS LOST (Shakespeare's Globe), TANIKA'S JOURNEY (Deafinitely Theatre), GIRLS AND DOLLS (Southwark Playhouse), DEAFHOOD (Bristol Old Vic), INVISIBLE (Deafinitely Theatre) , I BELIEVE IN UNICORN and WE'RE GOING ON A BEARHUNT (Little Angel Theatre).
Other credits include: BRIGHTON FESTIVAL ACCESS (Brighton Dome), SONNET 30 (Short Film), MARGARET ASHMAN GALLERY (Still Photography), THE HUB (Television), BSL ZONE SHOWCASE (Internet), SNAPSHOT DICING WITH SEX (Documentary), ALL DAY (Short Film) and WICKED SERIES 2 & 3 (Television).
Theatre credits include: Beautiful Thing (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland); Dream On! (BBC Arts Live); Blood Wedding (Graeae Theatre Company/Dundee Rep); A Woman Alone (RCS/Ramesh Meyyappan); Rescuers' Speaking, The Irish Giant, Mouth of Silence (Birds of Paradise Theatre Company), I Confess (The Arches Theatre Company).
Film credits include: Perfume (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland), The Studio (RCS/Turtléar), A Love Divided (Solar Bear Ltd).
EJ is also founded Turtléar since August 2015, to prompting the events for deaf audiences/viewers and also give deaf artists the opportunity for their future career. She is currently in rehearsal and will be performance in "Scavengers" this December at Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
Theatre credits include: SITTING PRETTY (Arc Theatre Ensemble) and THE REVENGE OF THE GRAEAE, HISTORICAL BRIEFS, UPSTAGE CABARAVE and THE JUNGLE (Graeae Theatre Company). Film credits include: DEAD AND AWAKE. Television credits include: THE TNT SHOW, GRANGE HILL, A DATE WITH..., OVER THE EDGE - RHYMING CRIPLETS and LIFE SCHOOL.