by MATTHEW DAVIES
One ‘Favourite’s’ descent is another ‘Favourite’s’ ascent.
It is the 18th century: Queen Anne lays old and sick in bed, she is drinking copious amounts of brandy as she fortifies herself in preparation for the meeting between herself and her childhood friend, confidante and adversary – Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough. ‘Brandy’ explores the characters of two powerful women, the interpersonal politics waged in the monarch’s bedchamber, private backstairs and the corridors of court and the effect their friendship had on a nation.
Brandy was first performed at South London Theatre as part of their new writing programmed in 2010.
Creative Curve Theatre Company was set up in 2014. The first production was Brandy at St John’s, Waterloo. In 2018 Creative Curve Theatre Company developed and performed The Blitz Herstory as part of the Waterloo heritage weekend. The ethos of the company is the retelling of history from the women’s perspective.
Performance Dates and Venues:
- Beckenham Theatre Centre, 46 Bromley Rd, Beckenham BR3 5JD
26th & 27th July 2019, 8 pm
- The Canal Cafe Theatre, 13 Westbourne Terrance Rd, London W2 6NG
1st & 2nd August 2019, 7.30 pm
- theSpace on North Bridge, 19 North Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1SD (situated in the Hilton)
12th to 17th August 2019, 4.10 pm
- Queen Anne (aka Mrs. Morley) Niki Mylonas
- Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough (aka Mrs. Freeman) Zoe Teverson
- Mary the Maid Laura Gamble
Laura Gamble (Mary the Maid)
Laura Gamble trained in Drama Performance at London South Bank University where she played the eponymous Little Red Riding Hood and The Herald in Peter Weiss’ Marat/Sade. She performs with various theatre groups in South East London, including Theatre 62, Bromley Little Theatre, the Hayes Players and the Network Theatre in Waterloo. Her favourite roles include Bella in Gaslight; Gabriella in Boeing Boeing; Eve in Her Naked Skin and Isobel in An Experiment with an Air Pump, for which she won a best supporting actress award in the Bromley Theatre Guild Full Length Play Festival.
Niki Mylonas (Queen Anne aka Mrs. Morley)
Niki Mylonas trained at the late Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art. She has acted in films, on radio, video, television and on stage both at home and abroad. She is a writer of plays an author of non-fiction and an abridger of Shakespeare plays.
In 2012 Niki founded ‘Classical Radio Drama’ a company she is proud to have abridged (to 1 hour), produced and acted in four Shakespeare plays to date all of which can be heard on YouTube.
Credits include: Lead roles in Cyprus Trilogy (London and Cyprus Tour) Nurse – Romeo and Juliet (London and Paris Tour) Mrs Gummidge – David Copperfield (London and Cornwall Tour) Verity – She Wears Scented Rose (World Premiere – Razor Sharp Productions) Anfisa – Three Sisters (Arts Theatre Studio West End). For her radio company: Juliet – Romeo and Juliet, Helena and Titania – A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Lady Macbeth and Third Witch – Macbeth and Gertrude – Hamlet.
Brandy is now Niki’s 4th outing with the director Lorraine Spenceley and her third production with Creative Curve Theatre Company having appeared in Her Naked Skin as Mrs Schliefke – Network Theatre, as Pauline in The Blitz Herstory – St John’s Crypt and now her 4th as she is reprising her role as Queen Anne after her award-winning performance at Beckenham Theatre Centre followed by a charity performance at St John’s in 2014.
A fan of Scotland, Niki visited Edinburgh four times in the past; first finding a meaningful encounter, called to audition for rep the 2nd and an envious audience member during the festival the last two visits. Niki is both thrilled and very proud to be performing this year; her 5th visit and in an excellent award-winning play at that. May there be many more visits to Edinburgh in the future.
Zoe Teverson (Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough aka Mrs. Freeman)
Brandy marks Zoë’s Edinburgh debut.
Zoë studied as a child with Patricia Hammond and was one of the first ever intake of students at the industry funded BRIT School, before being awarded a three year acting scholarship to The Arts Educational Drama School.
Her work in London includes Gillian Holroyd in Bell, Book and Candle, Claire Greenleaf in Code of the West, Charlotte in Good Morning Alamo!, Elizabeth Bartholomew in Murderer, ‘M’ in Crave, Queen Isabella in Edward II, Andromache in The Trojan Women and Mistress Tenterhook in Westward Ho! Zoë played real life 1930s socialite and another woman of great political influence, Lady Hazel Lavery in the one woman piece, A Very Leading Lady at The Guildhall Gallery. Zoë was a long term member of Kent Rep based at The Lakeside Theatre in the grounds of Hever Castle. Roles there included Julia in Fallen Angels, Wendy Windwood in It Could Be Any One Of Us, Kate in The Taming of the Shrew, Doris in The Owl and the Pussycat, Deborah in Happy Family, Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Rosalind in As You Like It, Susannah in Bedroom Farce, Sybil in Private Lives and Olivia in Twelfth Night. Zoe has also featured in short films, independent feature films and numerous commercials.
Contact Creative Curve for more information:
phone: 07890 303159