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Shakers (Re-stirred)
by John Godber & Jane Thornton

Dates 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 May 2004 @ 7.45pm. Tickets: £9 (£7 concs)
Venue: Landor Theatre, 70 Landor Road, Clapham, London SW9 9PH. (MAP)
Bookings:

CAST

Mel - Gabby Vautier
Adele - Fliss Walton
Carol - Jess Flynn
Nicky - Phoebe Jones

CREW

Directed by Richard Ings
Produced by Darren Lee
Stage Managed by Rachel Goldsmith and Sukhraj Dhillon

Assistant Director: Selina Asombang
Lighting: Alistair Macdonald
Sound: Sally McElhayer

Publicity: Vicky Henniker, Clare McDowall, Michael Hubbard

With thanks to:
The Actors' Centre, The Finborough.

CAST BIOGRAPHIES

Gabby Vaultier (Mel) studied drama, theatre, television and film at King Alfred's College in Winchester. Theatre includes: The Woman Who Cooked Her Husband, The Revenger's Tragedy (Network Theatre Company), Stepping Out (Maddermarket Theare, Norwich) and, as director/choreographer, Sweet Charity (The John Stripe Theatre, Winchester). Gabby also admits to some dodgy appearances on various programmes in the hope that it would lead to a Blue Peter presenting career!

Fliss Walton (Adele) can be seen playing the lead in the award winning short film A Naked Eye. Her TV credits include Abigail in The Crucible for the BBC. A founder member of The Conspirators Of Pleasure, Fliss has just performed at the Royal Albert Hall in their new piece What Are You Looking At?. Fliss particularly enjoys comedy pieces where she can let her infectious sense of fun out to play.

Jess-Luisa Flynn (Carol) studied performance for two years at college before deciding to work in the industry. She has worked behind the scenes in both television and theatre, including for the BBC, Company Pictures and The Gate Theatre, London. Her most recent credits include the short films Scarred, Drunk and Sleep Comes Down. She has also worked on several commercials and performed with the Royal Court Young People's Theatre, London.

Phoebe Jones (Nicky) grew up in South Africa and has been performing on stage since her early years, becoming more serious in high school where she took principal roles in several performances as well as acting in and directing her own play. She attended National Drama events annually where she received recognition for her work. After school she worked on a few commercials in Cape Town before moving to London to study drama and dance at college. She is currently training in TV and film acting as well as presenting and production.

PRODUCTION NOTES

"Yorkshire’s own contemporary Shakespeare..."
- Lyn Gardner, The Guardian on John Godber

"Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to SHAKERS, the trendy bar in the main street where the neon light shines out into the night, tempting passers-by. It's the place where dreams come true, where time stands still, where everyone wants to be seen - from the checkout girls to the chinless yuppies..."

Chelsea Players present Shakers Re-stirred, a bitter-sweet and deliciously amusing portrayal of four cocktail waitresses’ loves and lives. The play looks behind the image of the smiling cocktail waitress, on a typical night in a trendy bar. The talented female cast not only portray the down-trodden waitresses, but also the people they serve - from the sleazy businessman, the girls on a night out, and the lads about town...

This is an intriguing look into the lives of Adele, Carol, Mel and Nicky, and the people who shape their lives, for better or for worse.

BEHIND THE SCENES

Richard Ings (director) has spent most of his life on one stage or another. He first acted and directed with Cochester Youth Theatre back in the 1980s before giving it up the in 1990s, only to rediscover the pain and exhilaration of the process last year. He has recently performed in a production of The Odd Couple with Chelsea Players and was delighted to be given the opportunity by them to direct this production, his first play at the helm since moving to London ten years ago.

Darren Lee (producer) studied film and drama at Reading University. His theatre credits include Othello (Edinburgh Festival) and Macbeth (Riverside Studios, London). Previous plays for Chelsea Players include Some Explicit Polaroids and The Odd Couple. Darren has also written and directed two of his own plays; Kiss Her by the Hand and Dead In Tibet. This is his first producing role.

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