About the Players
Al Barclay (Don Pedro/Friar Francis/Watch/Ursula/Messenger) started acting at Harrow School. Then, at Reading University, while studying for an English degree, he quickly became President of the Drama Society and played numerous Shakespearian leads including Richard III and Leontes. His true training was at Guildhall. While there, he represented in the William Poel Festival at The Globe, worked closely with Patsy Rodenberg, and played Malvolio in the third year. Shortly after graduating, he reprised Malvolio for The Original Theatre Company, selling out with 5 stars at the Edinburgh Festival. He has worked six consistent years at Sprite Productions in Yorkshire, playing diverse Shakespearian roles outdoors, for directors including Lucy Kerbel, Charlotte Bennett, and Alex Hassell. He recently toured Ireland and the UK with Richard III for Love and Madness, directed by Ben Kidd, playing Buckingham. The tour included two packed shows in The Tower of London, the very place where Buckingham was beheaded. Al also works closely with The Factory, both in Amsterdam and London, on Hamlet and The Odyssey with Tim Carroll and Louis Scheeder, and regularly with diverse companies such as Coney, FanSHEN, and Baz. When not working on classical text, Al has worked on films with directors as diverse as Stephen Fry (Bright Young Things) and Luc Besson (The Lady). He has fronted up award winning Indie short films and provided voiceovers for children's toys. He tweets at @alhimself.
Paul O'Mahony (Benedick/Dogberry/Conrade) is delighted to join Actors from the London Stage for the second time, having previously appeared in A Midsummer Night's Dream in 2010. Theatre credits include Mary Broome, The Seven Year Twitch, Factors Unforeseen, Sing to Me Through Open Windows, a season of five plays by Vaclav Havel, Nan, Playgoers and The Twelve Pound Look (all at The Orange Tree Theatre); Othello (Royal Shakespeare Company); The Taming of the Shrew (Plymouth Theatre Royal); The Suppliants (Battersea Arts Centre); Ice (English Touring Opera); Next Door (Out of Balanz). He is co-Artistic Director of Temple Theatre with whom he created UNMYTHABLE which won the Three Weeks Editors' Award in Edinburgh 2012 and has toured to more than 75 theatres across the United Kingdom, Europe, and New Zealand. With Temple he also devised Out of Chaos, which in 2008 won Bilbao's ACT Festival and the 100˚ Festival in Berlin. Their latest show, Norsesome, premiered at the Midland Arts Centre this summer, and will be touring the UK next spring. In 2011, he translated and adapted three Greek tragedies to create The House of Atreus that was produced at the Barbican. He is Associate Producer at Jermyn Street Theatre where his credits include All That Fall, St John's Night and Mother Adam. Paul studied Classics at Oxford University where he was awarded a Cawkwell Scholarship, two Cawkwell Prizes for Classics, and an Ancient History Scholarship.
Claire Redcliffe (Hero/Leonato/Sexton/Watch) trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. Theatre credits include A Midsummer Night's Dream, Cyrano De Bergerac (Grosvenor Park Open Air), Charlotte's Web (Derby Playhouse), Stepping Out (Salisbury Playhouse), Quality Street, Outward Bound and Perchance to Dream (Finborough), When We Are Married (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Great Expectations and Tom’s Midnight Garden (Manchester Library), As You Like It, The Merchant of Venice and Much Ado About Nothing (Lamb House, Rye), Oliver (Cyprus), Hamlet (The Factory), Top Girls (Watford Palace and Greenwich Playhouse), Felt Effects (Theatre 503), High Society (West End), The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Kindertransport (Bolton Octagon - MEN Best Actress Nominee), Question Time (Arcola), A Midsummer Night’s Dream and High Society (Open Air Theatre, Regent’s Park), The Road To Ruin, Engaged and The Beggars’ Opera (Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond), Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (Theatr Clywd Cymru). Television credits include Cuckoo (BBC), Doctors (BBC), EastEnders (BBC), Holby City (BBC), The Royal (ITV), Auf Wiedersehen Pet (ITV). Film credits include Charlotte Gray, The Busker and The Coin (Short).
Georgina Strawson (Beatrice/Don John/Balthasar/Verges/Boy) studied English at Nottingham University before training to be a professional actor at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. Recent professional highlights include developing a comedy sketch show, Joan and May both for the stage and screen, Macbeth and The Winslow Boy at the Bolton Octagon with David Thacker, and most recently Dorothea in the World Premier stage adaptation of George Eliot’s Middlemarch by Geoffrey Beevers. Georgina has workshopped new plays for children in schools for the Edinburgh Festival and taught English and Drama in secondary schools.
Jack Whitam (Claudio/Borachio/Antonio/Margaret) has performed on most of the major stages in England since graduating from The Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. These stages include the Royal Shakespeare Company (Macbeth, King Lear, Anthony and Cleopatra, Pilate), The National Theatre (Emperor and Galilean), The Globe (Hamlet), and many of the regional theatres in the United Kingdom. He is also a founder member of The Factory Theatre. He has worked in British film (Man Up, Powder) and television (The IT Crowd, Doctors, Citizen Kahn) As well as acting, Jack is a writer/producer of the award winning web series The Art of Awkward Conversation which is currently in development with network television. Jack also runs a weekly drama workshop for young people in London and has directed a number of plays with them. He also loves songwriting and has been in a number of bands. This is his second tour with AFTLS (Othello, 2013).