Bank Holiday Rhyl in the '60's
Some authentic footage to set the scene !
Cast and Production
Hailing from Flint in North Wales, Ian is a veteran of stage and international screen with a career spanning over 40 years. His 5 year residency in Coronation Street as builder Owen Armstrong, made him a household name. His biography is testimony to his considerable versatility as a character actor, writer and director.
We are honoured he is taking the lead in this production.
Photo cred: Nelson Reeves
Steve Allan Jones
Steve is a native North Walian. He has provided keyboards/vocals and written with many rock and pop bands, most notably The Alarm and Spear of Destiny. Steve arranged and conducted Alarm songs with Mike Peters and the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra in New York. Credits for television/film/corporate work includes “Save the Cinema” and “Vinyl” (UK cinema release/ Sky movies) Gamepad for Sky TV, All Mixed Up, Video Jukebox and Kellyvision for ITV, English Heritage and Rolls Royce. Steve’s music featured on CBS’s Hawaii Five-O, ITV’s Emmerdale, BBC’s Grumpy Guide to Fashion and Celebrity Bargain Hunt Live. Steve’s music also featured on the RTS award winning short “Archie”.
Toby is a playwright and director who creates theatre for young and family audiences, and in educational contexts. He has made work for: Bristol Old Vic, Polka,The Egg, Oxford Playhouse,Theatr Clwyd, Watermill, Newbury,Leeds Playhouse,The Theatre, Chipping Norton, Lakeside Arts, Nottingham, Birmingham Old Rep, Southwark Playhouse, Theatre Shop, Clevedon,The Point, Eastleigh, ALine Art, Bristol Old Vic Theatre School; and Goat and Monkey. Toby has twice won the Distinguished Play Award from the American Alliance for Theatre and Education, for his plays To Dream Again (2018) and Beowulf (2019).
Matthew is 15. A professional voice actor playing the part of Chase in the 2021 UK dubbed ‘Paw Patrol The Movie’ and the ongoing Paw Patrol series. Matthew has played the lead role in a student production and two award winning horror shorts and supporting artist in two other short films. A member of 2 musical theatre companies having played roles including ‘Jeremy’ in ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’, the Lion in ‘The Wizard of Oz’, Fredrick in the ‘Sound of Music’, and supporting artist in ‘We Will Rock You’, and ‘Our House’.
A Music & Performance Graduate of Salford University, Chris began his 'showbiz' career as a small child. His parents, Roy & June, were the proprietors of a seaside theatre in their hometown of Rhyl. During the 1960s, 70s & 80s, Chris performed in and contributed to many Summer Season productions. His career spans 25 years in the UK and abroad, travelling the world as resident guest entertainer on board cruise lines including the 'Queen Elizabeth 2'. TV & Film credits include the character role of 'Johnson' in the BBC series 'El Dorado', and the drummer ‘Griff’ in Director Sara Sugarman’s punk rock movie ‘Vinyl’ (2013).
Ylena attends BOA in Birmingham and is delighted to be involved in this project. She is studying for her GCSEs with her favourite subjects being History and English. Ylena progressed from musical theatre to acting, performing in multiple shows at the Birmingham REP including the one she is working on now ‘Comment is Free' by James Fritz and her past show, 'Hope' ,which she co-wrote. Ylena would like to thank BOA and Steve Allan Jones for this amazing opportunity.
Alec graduated from BOVTS and has enjoyed a wide ranging career in theatre, from actor to practitioner, classics to improvised comedy and most recently enjoying close relationship with Birmingham Old REP as Director 2018-2022. Alec has worked with Birmingham REP, RSC, National Theatre, Royal Exchange. His passion is in the traditions of REP, a way of placing theater firmly at the heart of the community. Alec has played an active part in the Repertory Theatre revival alongside the Paul Taylor Mills company, Theatre Royal Windsor and the Pavilion Theatre clocking up nearly 200 roles in the last 10 years. He has several awards to his name, most notably ‘Best Over all Production’ NY Fringe, for his production of ‘This is Where We Live’.
Debbie has worked as a professional in the theatre industry for many years, both as a performer, creative choreographer, and theatre practitioner. She has also performed as a solo vocalist and in bands and worked as a voice over and recording artist. Debbie currently runs her own vocal studio, ‘Oddball Studio’ in Prestatyn, North Wales, teaching students of all ages for performance and examinations, as well as also working as a freelance arts practitioner teaching drama, musical theatre and as a choreographer.
Isabelle is a member of North Wales School of Dancing, performing in dance shows and dance competitions. She has performed as a juvenile dancer in professional Pantomime for Anton Benson and Just Entertainments. Isabella is a vocal student at Oddball Studio where she has gained Distinctions in all of her exams in Musical Theatre. Appearing in The Wizard of Oz later this year, Isabelle recently played the part of Lavender in Matilda Jr as a member of Powerplay Musical Theatre company.
Oliver first stepped on stage age 4 with North Wales School of Dancing, where he stayed until he discovered his love of acting. He began vocal lessons with Oddball Studio, where he recently gained a Distinction in his Musical Theatre exam. Oliver is a member of Powerplay Musical Theatre Company and recently played Tommy in Matilda Jr and will be performing in The wizard of Oz later this year.
Shania is a student at Oddball Studio, where she recently gained another Distinction in her latest Musical Theatre exam. She is also a member of North Wales School of Dancing, performing with them as a juvenile dancer in local professional pantomime with Anton Benson and Just Entertainments. Shania was recently chosen to take part in the UK Dance Championships in Liverpool.
Osian has a love for all things music and is a student at Oddball Studio, where he recently gained a Distinction in his first Musical Theatre exam. He is also a member of North Wales School of Dancing appearing in their shows in the local theatre. Osian is currently taking part competing in the Eisteddfod with his school. Alongside his music, Osian has a passion for football and plays for Prestatyn Celts.
This is Kim's first foray into acting and we hope it won't be her last.
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