About the Players

Spring 2016 Tour: Actor Biographies


SAMUEL COLLINGS (Lysander/Oberon/Flute/Cobweb) His theatre credits include A Midsummer Night's Dream (Squerryes Court); Macbeth (Omnibus); Sleight & Hand (Highbrow TV/BBC Arts/Edinburgh); Softcops, Antony & Cleopatra (RSC/Public Theater NYC/Miami Gablestage); Othello, A Midsummer Night's Dream (Chester); Mansfield Park (UK Tour); Collision, Stand Up Diggers All (Latitude); Lady Windermere's Fan, Edward II, Lady From The Sea, The Comedy Of Errors (Royal Exchange); The Black Diamond (Punchdrunk); Sexing The Cherry (Southbank Centre); The Man With The Flower... (Oxford Playhouse/Greenwich Theatre/Tour); 12 Dancing Princesses (V&A); The Carnival (Southwark Playhouse); Breakwater (Liverpool Everyman); So Little Of You Left (Young Vic Genesis/Tour); Dr. Faustus, School For Scandal (Greenwich Theatre/Stage On Screen); Ex, The Big Break (Hampstead Theatre); The Garden (Riverside Studios); Without Laughing (Theatre 503); An Inspector Calls (Dukes Lancaster); The Alice Project (BAC/Spill/Sprint); Dr. Faustus (Liverpool Playhouse); Lock The Gates (Lyric Hammersmith); Misper, Dido & Aeneas (Glyndebourne); Hanging Around (Kneehigh/NYT); The Curse of the Egyptian Mummy (Regent's Park). Television and film credits include New Tricks, The Bible, Holby, The Insiders, HEX, NSPCC, Doctors, Dan Clark's Guide To Work, Envoi, Sc.25, Bluebird, The Briefcase, A Tale of 2 Girls, and Message In a Bottle. Radio credits include various BBC productions and live broadcasts.


CHRIS DONNELLY (Bottom/Demetrius/Egeus/2nd Fairy) has worked extensively in schools and universities and presently runs the education and outreach arm of Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory. He teaches Acting and Voice on a freelance basis and directs/teaches at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School when available. Chris is delighted to be back with AFTLS, having performed previously as Feste/Orsino/Fabian in Twelfth Night and the title role in Macbeth. Chris has also had the pleasure of being part of the highly acclaimed, award winning Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory theatre company ensemble since its inception in 2000, enjoying such roles as Launce (Two Gentlemen of Verona), Bottom and Puck (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Stephano (The Tempest), Iago (Othello), Autolycus (The Winter’s Tale), Pompey (Measure For Measure), Tranio (The Taming of the Shrew), and Diomedes, (Troilus and Cressida). He has appeared in leading contemporary roles both in London, in rep, and on various tours. Chris also has many television credits including No Offence, Derren Brown: Fear and Faith, Prime Suspect, Vital Signs, Fat Friends, Silent Witness, and the character of Damion Spinks in Eastenders. Radio experience includes many plays for BBC Radio 4 including Soldier Soldier, Call Waiting, and Gilgamesh – all award winning dramas.


FFION JOLLY (Helena/Quince/Hippolyta/Quince/Moth/Mustardseed/1st Fairy) trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Theatre credits include Fields Unsown (Attic Theatre); The Energy Show (Science Museum Live); Mansfield Park (No.1 tour); The Girl with the Iron Claws (The Wrong Crowd); Sam Rose in the Shadows (Tucked In); Money Matters (Nabokov); Fitzrovia Radio Hour (No.1 Tour); Macbeth (Baz Productions); Richard II, The Comedy of Errors, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and The Tempest (Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory); Othello (Creation Theatre Company); Auricular (Theatre 503); The Elephant in the Room (Wimbledon Theatre); Basura and Race For Paradise (INCA, Southwark Playhouse). Film credits include Camel Toe (Sonny), Timedancer (Microsoft), All the Wars by The Pineapple Thief (Macfarlane Productions), Callum (Broken Hearted Youth), O Romeo, Romeo… (Paul Purnell Films). Radio credits include An Unchoreographed World (BBC Radio 4), Romeo and Juliet (Wireless Theatre Co.). Ffion has also provided her voice talents to several video games including Divinity: Original Sin (Pitstop Productions) and The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 (OMUK). She was nominated for the Ian Charleson Award for her work on A Comedy of Errors (SATTF). Ffion has led workshops in schools on behalf of Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory, the Fitzrovia Shakespeare Hour and The Soho Theatre. At Hurtwood House she coaches people individually on how to get accepted into drama school.


PATRICK MOY (Theseus/Puck/Snout/Peaseblossom) trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA). He has worked extensively in theatre throughout the UK and Ireland including seasons at the Royal Shakespeare Company, Shakespeare’s Globe, and the Abbey Theatre. He has played leading roles in productions including Abigail’s Party, The Lieutenant of Inishmore (Curve, Leicester); Richard ll (Ouroboros/Everyman/Abbey); The Playboy of the Western World, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Glass Menagerie (Lyric, Belfast); The Taming of the Shrew, The Merchant of Venice (RSC); Titus Andronicus (Shakespeare’s Globe); Hamlet, The Importance of Being Earnest, She Stoops to Conquer (Abbey); The Duchess of Malfi (Loose Canon); Amadeus (Ouroboros); The Playboy of the Western World, Lovers (Lyceum, Edinburgh). Other productions include The Comedy of Errors (Shakespeare’s Globe); The Clearing (Shared Experience). He was nominated for the Ian Charleson Award for the role of Malcolm in Macbeth (Lyceum, Edinburgh). He has also worked in television, film, radio, and has narrated many audiobooks and voiced a regular character on the CBeebies animated series Footy Pups. He has a postgraduate award in “Teaching Shakespeare in Theory and Practice” from the University of Warwick/RSC.


CLAIRE REDCLIFFE (Titania/Hermia/Snug/Philostrate/Starveling) trained at The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA), the oldest drama school in the United Kingdom. Her theatre credits include Much Ado About Nothing (AFTLS); 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, 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, High Society (Open Air Theatre, Regent’s Park), The Road To RuinEngaged, and The Beggars’ Opera (Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond); Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (Theatr Clywd Cymru). Television credits include Cuckoo (BBC), Doctors (BBC), EastEnders (BBC), Holby City (BBC), The Royal (ITV), and Auf Wiedersehen Pet (ITV). Film includes Charlotte Gray, The Busker and The Coin (Short), and Carvery (Short).

LUCY CULLINGFORD (Movement Director) Recent theatre credits: The Jew of Malta (Royal Shakespeare Company); Constellations (Manhattan Theatre Club, Broadway/West End/Royal Court); Abigail’s Party (Curve Theatre); The Mother, Intimate Apparel, The Double (Bath Ustinov); The Spanish Golden Age Season (Bath Ustinov/Arcola/Belgrade); The Revenger’s Tragedy (Hoxton Hall); 20 Tiny Plays About Sheffield (Sheffield Crucible); Yerma (Hull Truck/Gate Theatre). As Choreographer: The Secret Adversary (Watermill Theatre). Lucy is currently Children's Dance Repetiteur on Matilda The Musical, RSC. 

BOBBY DELANEY (Composer/Musical Director) is an actor and a composer. As an actor he has worked in the West End, in Regional Rep', and on tour. Composing and Musical Direction credits include Calamity Jane (Watermill Theatre and tour); As You Like It, The Merchant of Venice, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Twelfth Night (The Lamb Players).