The stars of the show
Liddie Harper (Sophie)
Hi, my name is Liddie. Right now, I’m completing my final year of Theatre: Writing/Directing/Performance at University of York so this production is what I think about and look forward to when the workload feels impossible. I’ve always loved acting, meaning I was in some very questionable roles when I was younger. Playing a Hare Krishna in a production of Chess when I was 10 is definitely up there. Interesting facts include my mum’s second cousin being Jake from The Tweenies (I know right, legends only) and I went to the open auditions for Star Wars in 2013. Unfortunately J.J Abrams and I had artistic differences (or I slept in and got turned away). So I guess you’re welcome Daisy Ridley.
Angel Lloyd (Esther)
Hi, I’m Angel, I’m originally from Newcastle, but am currently completing my final year at Uni of York, studying Theatre: Writing, Directing and Performance. I’m so excited to be a part of Squabbling House’s production of Blink! I love acting and fondly remember my onstage debut as ‘moustached policeman #2’ in Oliver, age 12. Shortly after, I played Charlie Chaplin in a short film I wrote/directed for a history project… I too am noticing a typecasting of moustached men. However I have since appeared in Northern Stage’s production of A Song for Ella Grey (2017). I also graduated from BFI Scriptwriting Academy in 2015 and since being at Uni have had two original plays staged in York’s Drama Barn, one of which I co-starred in. Interesting fact? My goal in life up until the age of thirteen was to be Mrs Lovett – to the extent that I would walk around in Mrs Lovett hairdos and transform our living room into a meat-pie parlour… I imagine my parents are glad that I’ve renounced this ambition. I still love Sweeney Todd though and could probably sing you the entire musical – whether you’d like me to or not is another matter entirely…
The brains behind the operation
Thomas Leadbeater: Producer
Throughout his degree, Tom has held roles both on and offstage, including that of writer and director. His theatre credits include: The Liar by Pierre Corneille (University of York), Amphitryon by John Dryden (University of York) and The Wonderful World of Dissocia by Anthony Neilson (University of York).
Amy Noriko Ward: Director
During her time at university, Amy developed a keen eye for both scriptwriting and directing. Her theatre credits include: Turcaret by Alain-René Lesage (University of York), Nine Million and Counting: A Collection of Documentary Plays (University of York) and Mother Rachel (Collaboration with Lisa Peschel, University of York).
Robbie Nestor: Assistant Director
Robbie developed an interest in dramaturgy and scriptwriting during his time at university. His theatre credits include Bomb Happy by Helena Fox (Everwitch Theatre), Pomona by Alistair McDowall (University of York) and The Revenger’s Tragedy by Thomas Middleton (Well Fangled Theatre).
Hannah Eggleton: Dramaturg
Hannah has taken on a variety of roles in the theatre both at university and in London. Her theatre credits include: Homegrown (National Youth Theatre), Hyde Park by James Shirley (University of York) and Amphitryon by John Dryden (University of York).
Miranda Lowe: Stage Manager
Miranda has worked on a host of productions in a variety of roles over the past few years. Her theatre credits include: Murder, Margaret and Me by Phillip Meeks (Shadow DSM; York Theatre Royal), All New People by Zach Braff (University of York) and Pomona by Alistair McDowall (University of York).
Megan Bailey: Set, Lighting and Costume Designer
While at university, Megan developed a passion for set design. Her theatre credits include Pomona by Alistair McDowall (University of York), Turcaret by Alain-René Lesage (University of York) and Alice in Wonderland by Theresa Heskins (Assistant Model Making; Northern Stage).
We also thrilled to have Nicholas Newman as our sound designer on this project.