'Twelfth Night'


The Guildhall Theatre


8th - 12th March 2016


Charlotte Matthews & Chris Scott

"Fast, funny and beautifully crafted"
Review from The Theatre Monkeys

"A brilliant team effort"
Review from Artsbeat

This year marks the centenary of the Battle of the Somme and this production is set around 1916. While the first day of the battle was considered the worst in British military history, it was also an age of escapism - the music halls thrived and ragtime was in full swing.

Washed up on the shores of Illyria, Viola disguises herself as a boy in order to find a way home and to discover the fate of her lost brother.

On her journey she discovers a world of disguise and deception. A world where you may not be who you say you are. A world of hopes and of love. But as she discovers, if you live with your head in the clouds, strange things are bound to happen.

A comedy of the bitter sweet, a comedy of the melancholic, a comedy of sadness, illusion and delusion mix in a heady atmosphere of a lost world as it hurtles toward a desperate finale.

All photographs taken by Bryan Cleary.


Directors - Charlotte Matthews & Chris Scott
Production Assistant - Katyana Malcolm
Stage Manager - Ken Owen
Lighting Director - Steve Greatorex
Lighting Operator - Neil Jones
Sound Designer - Alex Vilkaitis
Choreography - Lulu Baiser
Set Design - Charlotte Matthews & Chris Scott
Set Build - Ken Owen & Neil Jones
Wardrobe Mistress - Flora Palmer
Wardrobe Assistants - Jane Roy & Ann Sharpe
Seamstress - Vanessa Anderson
Props - Helen Cornfield & Michelle Angus
Prompt - Margaret Arnot
Publicity - Edward Pickering-Symes
Press Officer - Joan Chambers
Business Manager - Bryan Cleary


Antonio - Neil Scott
Curio - Martin Weston
Fabian - Phillip Hodgkiss
Feste - Alex Vilkaitis
First Officer - Jonathan Wolff
Maid - Kelly Herrick
Malvolio - E. Montgomery Ashford
Maria - Leni Robson
Olivia - Niki Caister
Olivia's Housekeeper - Chris Bloor
Olivia's Woman - Elizabeth Cordes
Olivia's Woman - Sarah Hartshorn
Orsino - Richard Whitehorn
Priest - Ian Arnot
Sea Captain - Martin Pearson
Sebastian - Stuart Mourton
Second Officer - Terry Powles
Sir Andrew - James Dean
Sir Toby - Ian Currie
Soldier - Barry Elms
Valentine - Elspeth Reid
Viola - Laura Smith