And The Cast Goes To…
A Bunch of 'Would Be' Thespians - 9 Australians and One Brit
Darcy Brown as Jonathon
Darcy is a graduate of the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA). His theatre credits include the one-person play Peddling (MTC), the national tour of Henry V (Bell Shakespeare; Green Room Award for Best Ensemble), The Merchant of Venice (Sport for Jove), We Are the Ghosts of the Future (The Rocks Bizarre Festival), The Uncanny Valley (Griffin Theatre Company), Rough Draft #27: Lighten Up (STC), and Fireface (Stories Like These/ATYP Under the Wharf).
His film credits include the shorts Real Estate, Q & T, and From Here to Paternity.
Darcy won the 2014 BBM Drama Award to undertake further study in the United Kingdom, received the Trinity College Drama Award (Medal), and was invited to work with Kevin Spacey in an onstage Shakespeare workshop at Sydney’s Lyric Theatre. He is also an accomplished magician.
Francine Cain as Understudy
Francine Cain is a Helpmann Award-nominated musical theatre star. She graduated from WAAPA Music Theatre in 2009 and soon after she landed her fist professional Musical Theatre show. Francine was the winner of the 2010 Rob Guest Endowment Scholarship, which took her to New York where she worked with some of Broadway’s greatest performing arts tutors. Francine’s credits include Regina in the Tony Award winner Rock of Ages (Helpmann and Green Room Award nominations), and understudying Truly Scrumptious in the Australian tour of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Francine Cain embarked in an 18-month national tour playing Frenchy, one of her dream roles since a young girl, in Grease The Musical for GFO. Proving she is an excellent character actress next came Everybody Loves Lucy, where Francine, looking remarkably like Lucille Ball, got to play the Hollywood icon come Television queen of comedy to rave reviews in a one woman show directed by Helen Dallimore. Most recently Francine played the role of Calliope in Xanadu The Musical, for which she received rave reviews from the critics and audiences.
Adam Dunn as Trevor
Adam has starred in, written and produced numerous short films.
- Winner of the AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD FOR ‘DRAWCARD’, LA Comedy Festival 2016.
- Winner of the Special Grand Jury Prize at the New York Friars Club Festival for his short film STATUS UPDATE that he co-wrote and starred in.
- Following that his next film CASH COW was a finalist at the world’s largest short film festival Tropfest.
- He also created Clean & Jerk, the bromance with a benchpress about the exploits of an overweight personal trainer who needs personal training.
Adam has starred across many award winning advertisements (two of which took home Cannes Lions) , featuring in our AAMI National Ad Campaign, and McCain ‘Healthy Choice’ campaign.
Adam has had appearances on Australian TV shows, including “Old School”, “Packed To The Rafters”, “Wild Boys” . “Unindian” is Adams first full length feature film released in October 2015 !
Luke Joslin as Robert
Since graduating from the University of Western Sydney and ACTT, Luke has forged hugely successful career in both musical and legitimate theatre, as well as being highly sought-after as a director. Luke most recently appeared in the new musical based on The Seekers, Georgy Girl and, prior to this, Machu Picchu (STCSA/STC). Luke toured Australia in the 25th anniversary production of the Cameron Mackintosh behemoth Les Misérables. He has also played a number of leading roles in children’s theatre: Foxy in Pinocchio for Windmill Theatre/STC, Andy in The 13-Storey Treehouse (CDP), and Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz (Riverside Theatres). Additional musical theatre credits also include: The Threepenny Opera (Malthouse/STC), Annie and Dr Zhivago (Gordon Frost Organisation) Avenue Q (Arts Asia Pacific), Assassins (Neil Gooding Productions), Dirty Dancing (Jacobsen Entertainment) Titanic: The Musical (Seabiscuit Productions), Sunday in the Park with George (Q Theatre), Karaoke: The Musical (Guy Noble), Guys and Dolls (ATG/Donmar Warehouse). Luke’s outstanding performance as Nicky/Trekkie Monster in Avenue Q was recognized with two awards: the Helpmann Award for Best Male Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical and a Green Room Award Best Male Actor in a Featured Role (Music Theatre). Luke made his directing debut with Beaconsfield: The Musical. He has since gone on to direct Back to the 80’s, Giggle & Hoot & Friends Live Show, Thank You For Being a Friend, Annie, and Songs For a New World.
George Kemp as Dennis
George studied at London’s prestigious Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Whilst in London he worked with The Hampstead Theatre and The Young Vic among others. Since returning to Australia, George, as well as working for Bell Shakespeare, has appeared in The Sydney Theatre Company’s productions of “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead” and “Cyrano de Bergerac”, “Bull” for The Old Fitz (Sydney Arts Guide Winner of Best Independent Drama), Sport for Jove’s multi award-winning “The Taming of the Shrew” as well as several short films and national and international commercial campaigns.
James Marlowe as Max
James Marlowe trained at LAMDA. Theatre includes the Olivier Award winning The Play That Goes Wrong (Duchess Theatre), Peter Pan Goes Wrong (UK Tour), Macbeth (Mercury Theatre), Primetime (Royal Court), The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (Park Theatre), The Bunker Trilogy (Southwark Playhouse, Edinburgh Festival and Australia), Capitalism is Crisis (Arcola), Blue Man Group (NYC, Boston and US tour), The Captive (Finborough), The London Cuckolds (Pleasance) and When We Meet Again (BAC).
Jordan Prosser as Understudy
Jordan Prosser is a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts, working as an actor, writer and director across both stage and screen.
He has appeared in Jonathan M. Shiff’s The Elephant Princess, as a voice actor in Happy Feet 2, and as a director his short films have screened at numerous festivals both locally and internationally.
In 2007 – 2008, Jordan helmed the two-man play The Landlords at the W.E.T. Season (Belconnen Arts, Canberra) and the Melbourne Fringe Festival. After staging a science / comedy theatre trilogy at the You Are Here Festival (2011 – 2013), Jordan joined a group of Australian playwrights to adapt Japanese novel Battle Royale into a site-specific performance for Filipino collective Sipat Lawin. The controversy surrounding the production led to the creation of the award-winning documentary theatre piece Kids Killing Kids at the 2012 Melbourne Fringe Festival and the 2013 Next Wave Festival.
In 2015, Jordan joined a group of international artists at the Asian Arts Theatre Festival in Gwangju, South Korea, performing in Raya Martin’s How He Died Is Controversial.
Brooke Satchwell as Sandra
Brooke has been working as an actress since 1994 Her first role was on Neighbours, where she was quickly embraced by the viewing public as a favourite. She won a Logie Award for Most Popular New Talent and a People’s Choice Award for Most Popular Teen Idol. She turned her hand to theatre and starred in a production of The Caribbean Tempest and later The Graduate. She returned to TV with a regular role on the series Water Rats followed by White Collar Blue. All this before she was 21 years old.
Brooke was cast in the acclaimed miniseries Tripping Over, which shot in the UK and then the telemovie Small Claims. Away from drama Brooke appeared on Play School to the delight of children and parents alike. Brooke has also starred in Fox8’s Dangerous opposite Joel Edgerton. Disney cast her for the female lead in Sue Brooks’ Australian comedy feature Subdivision. Audiences also enjoyed seeing her back on stage in The Clean House for Black Swan (WA) and QTC (Qld). In 2012, Brooke joined the cast of Seven’s Packed To the Rafters. Following this, Brooke was cast in the lead role of Grace in Wonderland (2013-15), which ran for 3 seasons. During this time, Brooke also appeared in Black Comedy for the ABC, and will reprise her role in 2016. Most recently, Brooke completed her third season of Dirty Laundry for ABC1 as co-panellist to Lawrence Mooney. She appeared in the web series Footballer Wants a Wife, Bleak for ABC TV and has completed shooting the Feature film What Time is My Heart. Brooke will be seen in 2016 in Jack Irish (Guy Pearce) for Essential Media. She is thrilled to be returning to the Stage in the Ensemble Theatre’s JACK OF HEARTS, directed by David Williamson.
In 2014 Brooke narrated “Crack Up”, a heart-warming documentary following a group of Australians participating in a comedy course aimed at people with mental illness and breaking the stigma surrounding mental health. Brooke has worked as a camera operator on documentaries, produced short films and continues to develop her own projects. In 2015 Brooke was asked to join a select group of high profile Australians on ITV & Network Ten’s “First Anzacs” reading the letters and diaries of men and women from The First World War.
Brooke is a ceaseless campaigner for causes she is passionate about and has been an ambassador for the RSPCA, World Vision and the Make A Wish Foundation. Brooke continues to be an ongoing campaigner for Make Poverty History and The Bottled Water Alliance, and is a donor and advocate of the Sunrise Orphanage Siem Riep. As an ambassador for Save the Children, Brooke confronted her fear of heights by abseiling 36 floors of the Gold Tower in 2012 and again in 2013. This year, Brooke was part of the “Don’t DIS My Appearance” campaign launch, supporting the work of the Butterfly Foundation.
Nick Simpson-Deeks as Chris (Director)
Since graduating from NIDA with a B.A. in Acting at the age of 21, Nick has forged a diverse career comprising everything from film and television to theatre, musical theatre, and cabaret.
He is a three-time Green Room Award nominee, having earned consecutive nods for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical (for Assassins in 2014, and Pacific Overtures in 2015); and Best Lead Actor in a Musical, for his portrayal of Robert in Company in 2016 – all for independent Melbourne outfit Watch This.
Other notable stage credits include Ned: A New Australian Musical (Groaning Dam Productions), The Parricide (La Mama), The Shakespeare Review (Australian Shakespeare Festival), Tim Winton’s The Turning (Perth Theatre Co.), Jerry Springer the Opera (Sydney Festival / SOH), Somewhere (Q Theatre), Risky Lunar Love (504 Producers), A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Much Ado About Nothing (Night Sky Productions), Twelfth Night (American Studio Theatre), Handbag (Focus Theatre Co. / Seymour Centre), Away, and Falling on My Left Ear: A Show about George Wallace (Railway Street Theatre).
Nick joined the world renowned company of Pina Bausch’s Tanztheatre Wuppertal for Masurca Fogo as part of the 2000 Sydney Olympic Arts Festival (Capitol Theatre), played Skeets Miller in the 2010 concert performance of Adam Guettel’s Floyd Collins at Sydney’s Angel Place City Recital Hall, and was the alternate Frankie Valli in the original Australian cast of Jersey Boys at Melbourne’s Princess Theatre (Dodger Theatricals / New Theatricals / Dainty Consolidated). In 2015, Nick toured to Auckland as Fraser in Michael Gow’s Sweet Phoebe with Both Sides Now Theatre Co.—of which he is a founding member – and in 2016 he performed the Australian premiere of Douglas Rintoul’s awardwinning monologue Elegy to critical acclaim (Midsumma / Lab Kelpie / Gasworks).
Onscreen, Nick is best known for portraying journalist Archie MacMahon in both seasons of the award-winning drama series The Circuit (SBS / Media World), and Rhys Mitchell in Channel Seven’s Winners & Losers. Other screen credits include Underbelly: Fat Tony & Co. (Nine Network), Mr & Mrs Murder, (Fremantle Media / Channel Ten), Wentworth (Fremantle), The Strange Calls (Hoodlum / ABC), City Homicide (Seven Network), Stormworld (Great Western Entertainment / Brightlight Pictures), The Postcard Bandit (Pacific Coast Entertainment), and Play School (ABC). Nick played Billy Name in Jim Sharman’s 2012 film musical Andy X, portrayed Irish rider Pat Smullen in the 2012 feature film The Cup, and from 2008-2013 played Daniel Bookham in Murder under the Microscope – an online environmental mystery game for NSW Department of Education and Training.
Nick is a Mike Walsh Fellow, a recipient of Inscription’s Macquarie DEST Youth Award, and a graduate of Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s prestigious School at Steppenwolf in Chicago. He has taught musical theatre, improvisation, Shakespeare, screen acting, and advanced acting techniques for a variety of schools Australia-wide including ATYP, Talent Company of Australia, Patrick Studios Australia, The National Theatre, Centrestage and NIDA Open.
Tammy Weller as Annie
Since graduating from the University of Southern Queensland with a Bachelor of Theatre Arts majoring in Acting, Tammy Weller has worked as an actor, producer, and writer around Australia.
Her theatre credits include Macbeth (wit inc), Coriolanus (Heartstring), Soul of a Whore (Baker’s Dozen Theatre Company), Maple and Vine (Bottled Snail Productions), Wind in the Willows (Australian Shakespeare Company) and The Grand (White Rabbit Theatre Ensemble). She has toured Queensland and Victoria with deBase productions (Fly In Fly Out, Popping Lead Balloons), and throughout Queensland with Lightwire productions (Thoughts Have Feelings Too, Spirit of the Mask), and La Luna Youth Arts (Yarnin’ Up). She has appeared in the webseries The 27 Club, several television commercials, and has recently appeared in Molly on Channel 7. Tammy is currently the voice of Ben and Jerry’s Openair Cinemas.
In 2010, Tammy wrote, produced, and performed Single Admissions at the Adelaide Fringe Festival, and in a sell-out season at Metro Arts in Brisbane as part of the Allies program. Single Admissions was nominated for six Matilda Awards including Best Independent Production and Best New Australian Work. In 2014, Single Admissions was published by Playlab press. Tammy also works as a remedial massage therapist. She enjoys spending her free time interpretive dancing. Tammy is a proud member of MEAA.
Matthew Whitty as Lincoln
A Melbourne based actor, Matt graduated from the VCA in 2012 with a Diploma of Dramatic Art, and was chosen by Red Stitch Actor’s Theatre as the Graduate Ensemble member for 2013. He played four lead roles during his time there. Burns in Penelope, Tommy in About Tommy, William in FoxFinder and Sam in NSFW. In 2014, Matt co-wrote and starred in a one man show for the Perth Fringe Festival in conjunction with MKA Theatre of New Writing, directed by Kat Henry. In the same year, Matt starred in ‘Stray’ at La Mama. In 2015 Matt was part of the MTC’s NEON Festival of Independent Theatre in Dirty Pretty Theatre’s production of The Lonely Wolf, directed by Gary Abrahams. Matt has also appeared on television in ‘Neighbours’ and ‘Rush’, in various short films, and in the Melbourne Fringe Festival and Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Most recently, Matt performed the role of Jonah in the successful Australian premiere of Bad Jews in 2015 which went onto tour nationally in 2016, this was directed by Gary Abrahams. He is also starring in an upcoming web series entitled ‘The Ex-Ex’.