The Performers

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Robert Harper

Robert has always had an immense passion for radio, which began after receiving a Highly Commended award for his entry into the Carlton Hobbs competition in his last year of attending the Welsh College of Music Drama in '94. During his first two years working in theatre and T.I.E. for companies such as Made In Wales and Theatr Iolo, he also worked hard at realising his dream of working for the BBC Radio Drama Company. A number of of roles in BBC Radio Wales productions ensued and then an audition for the RDC landed him a 12 month contract. That year gave him an amazing opportunity to work with numerous wonderful producers, writers and actors and to fully immerse himself in the medium of dramatic radio production.

He's acted in over 200 radio plays and radio serials, a selection of which include Against The Grain, Aunt Julia and The Scriptwriter, Einstein In Cromer, People Like Us, The Tree of Liberty, War & Peace, Anna Karenina, and was also a lead character, Matt in BBC Wales radio soap opera Station Road.

Robert is also an experienced voice artist, having recorded commercials, computer games, TV narration, short stories, animation and much more for companies worldwide.

Not just a pretty voice, Robert has performed on TV in The Bench, Dirty Work, The Bill, and Tati's Hotel, and in a number of Short Films and Features.

His theatre work includes the Corman/Grimes in Serious Money for Waking Exploits, the Duke in Measure for Measure, Launce in Two Genteleman of Verona, Séan Tyrone, Fragments of Ash, and can be seen this June/July in Invisible for Next Page Productions.

Robert is also co-founder of County Channel TV and Artistic Director of Bare Fiction, with which he is planning a national project for 2014.

Robert Harper
Heledd Baskerville

After studying Welsh & English at Cardiff University, Heledd trained at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama.

Her theatre credits include: Fairy Rainbow in “Sleeping Beauty” (Oldham Coliseum), Lady Macbeth in “Macbeth” for Wales Theatre Company, Norma in "Be My Baby" (Oldham Coliseum), Viola in “Twelfth Night” for Ludlow festival and Portia in “Merchant Of Venice” for Ludlow Festival and Welsh tour.

Heledd’s television credits include: “Casualty”, “Doctors” and “Torchwood” for the BBC. On S4C she has appeared in “Pobol y Cwm” (BBC Cymru), “Y Pris” (Fiction Factory), and all five series of “Teulu” (Boomerang). Further credits include “A Mind To Kill”, “Triongl” and “Caerdydd” (Fiction Factory) and “Emyn Roc A Rol” (Tonfedd Eryri). She recently filmed an episode of the new, Aberystwyth based detective series “Hinterland” / “Y Gwyll” (Fiction Factory), due to air in Welsh on S4C later this year, and in English on BBC Wales and BBC 4 in 2014.

She also played Coventina in “Voices From Vindolanda” for BBC Radio 4.

Heledd Baskerville
James Baker

James graduated from The University of Wales – Lampeter with a BA in Media Production in 2010 for which he studied Film and Television production, Screen and New Media Writing and Photography amongst others.

In 2012 he accidentally played multiple parts in The Longwood Players' production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest and discovered a love of performance. Later that Summer he designed and operated both Light and Sound for The Newcastle Emlyn Attic Players' production of Mixed Doubles. Before the year was out he had enrolled on the Performing Arts BTEC at Coleg Ceredigion in Aberystwyth and is having the time of his life there.

He would like to spend as much as possible of the rest of his life writing Comic Books, Plays, and creating Performance Art.

James Baker
Robert Broadhurst

Robert Broadhurst, works include: Jonathan in Walk on Mars, Rodolfo in A View From The Bridge, Alfie in Alfie and Maxime in Hotel Paradiso.

Rob is currently a second year Drama student at Aberystwyth University. Having worked primarily within the theatre in the past Rob has found voice acting a tremendous and exciting new experience. His past roles in the theatre have ranged from him playing authoritarian roles, to deeply sinister characters, to light hearted and highly charismatic parts. He makes his voice acting debut in Burn the Rich and My Mother Told Me for the EarCandy projects and is very interested in pursuing voice acting further.

Robert Broadhurst
Matt Christmas

Since returning to Aberystwyth in 2009, Matt has appeared in numerous and diverse productions for groups including Castaway Community Theatre, Louche Theatre, The Wardens, What Was That? Productions, and Theatre Rue of Machynlleth. He will shortly feature in Sarah Kane’s “Phaedra’s Love” with a new company, Run Amok Theatre. Working with Leftfield Productions, he recently portrayed Wilfred Owen for a full-length radio drama about the poet’s experiences during the First World War. Matt is delighted to be working on the Earcandy project and hopes that many more opportunities to explore radio performance present themselves in the future.

Matt Christmas
Rebecca Collins

Rebecca has a background in theatre and performance. She holds a BA in English Literature and Drama and an MA in Performance both from Queen Mary University of London. She is currently undertaking a fully funded practice-based PhD at Aberystwyth University investigating listening, the voice and speech as theatrical modes of being. Her work varies between the live and audio-based. From the audio piece Imaginative Exercise In Situ (Madrid, 2010) set in a bar that mixed autobiographical snippets about relationships from the artists’ past whilst experimenting with present moment interactions to Untitled commissioned for Performance Studies International (London, 2006) a durational live piece based on the International Declaration of Human Rights. Her work is driven by a curiosity related to how an audience accesses and engages with a performance experimenting with structures of participation and presence in the ‘now’ moment. Her research has been disseminated in peer-reviewed journals and her work has been performed in the UK, Germany, Spain and Brussels at a variety of festivals and conferences. These include The Reina Sofia Museum (Madrid, Spain), La Casa Encendida (Madrid, Spain), Arena Festival (Nuremberg, Germany), The Arts Depot (London, UK), The Basement (Brighton, UK), Arnolfini (Bristol, UK) and a.pass (Brussels, Belgium).

Rebecca Collins
Branwen Davies

Branwen trained as an actor at The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama where she started writing and performing her own work. Following years of working as an actor mostly for Welsh language TV and Theatre companies she decided to focus on writing for Theatre and TV instead. Since moving to Aberystwyth two years ago Branwen has enjoyed performing in the Writing for Performance Group's readings and radio plays.

Branwen Davies
Jim Finnis

Jim is a mature computer science student, but don't hold that against him. He's been acting in community projects with the Arts Centre's Castaway company for over ten years, including significant parts in 'Crave' by Sarah Kane, Shakespeare's 'Love's Labour's Lost', and ‘Wind in the Willows.' In his spare time he's a bad painter and worse fencer.

Jim Finnis
Christopher T Harris

Chris is a second year student of Drama at Aberystwyth University. He is a previous student of the Royal Welsh College’s Young Actor’s Studio. His previous theatre credits include The Producers, Gormenghast, Kitch, Punk Rock, Les Miserables, Doctor Dolittle, I.E.D and A View from the Bridge.

Christopher T Harris
Milly Jackdaw

Milly Jackdaw began her acting career in 2002 working with Southwark Playhouse and ENO Baylis before becoming a full time member of Purple Broccoli Theatre and touring environmental theatre to schools throughout London. Her work with Purple Broccoli beautifully united her biggest passions, theatre, nature and children and gave her opportunities to create meaningful performances which, she believes had a great impact on children's lives and outlooks. She raised tens of thousands of pounds to take environmental theatre and educational residencies into schools, literally planting seeds for the future.

During this time Milly developed her ability as a storyteller and in 2008 put all her efforts into this aspect of her work. Since then she has written and performed six full length, storytelling shows working in collaboration with artists and musicians and incorporating, poetry, sound, music, dance, physical theatre and visual art into the performances. She loves the fusion of art forms and also really values the power of a good story simply told, allowing the listener to do the rest of the creating.

Milly is currently performing with sound specialist V Robinson with whom she has created a full length adaptation of The Nightingale by Hans Anderson. This production takes the healing aspect of what Milly is aiming to do to another level by incorporating healing sounds into an already transformational story. A new piece is in the pipeline for Christmas, watch this space.

Some of Milly's work has been made into audio recordings and she is keen to develop this aspect, making it more widely available. She is also very excited to be taking acting roles once again and in being involved with EAR Candy. It is her lifetimes ambition to be a voice artist and to create concious, animated films for children. Do get in touch if this is something you are interested in co creating.

Milly Jackdaw
Julie McNicholls

Julie McNicholls joins this project straight from playing the part of Ruth in 'Calendar Girls' at Aberystwyth Arts Centre. Most recently she played the part of Sgt Pom-Pom in 'Aladdin', a role which marked her 13th appearance in the Wardens' pantomime. She has also performed in a number of other productions, most notably playing the part of Moll in Moll Flanders the musical.

Other roles include Mrs Otter (The Adventures of Mr Toad), Maria (Love's Labour's Lost), Louise (Road), Elizabeth Proctor (The Crucible), Wicked Gwennie Lewis (Rape of the Fair Country), Maisie (The Boyfriend), Hobby (Teechers) and Fanny Squeers (Nicholas Nickleby Parts One and Two).

For Louche Theatre she originated the role of Kate in the world première of The Remnants of Once Fine Girls, played the part of Queenie in Be My Baby (both productions transferred to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe) and, in 2012, co-directed and co-starred as Theresa in Alan Ayckbourn's How The Other Half Loves.

Film credits include Karen in Biodiversity for FFAB:UK, Cantre Gwaelod, Shattered and The White Hare. She also co-starred in the music video for Ordinary Strange by Underclass.

Julie is a member of Elinor Powell’s singing group, Sgarmes and the lead singer of The Hornettes, a 1960s trio set-up by Bafta award-winner Ric Lloyd of the Flying Pickets.

Julie McNicholls
Tom O'Malley

Tom O'Malley has performed in a number of productions by Castaway Community Theatre, Bold Productions, Louche Theatre and Aberyswtyth Arts Centre Community Theatre. He has been in Under Milk Wood, The Birthday Party, Twelfth Night, Loves Labours Lost, Krapp's Last Tape and Blue Remembered Hills.

Tom O'Malley
Adam Redmond

Adam is a first year student of Drama and Theatre Studies in Aberystwyth. Since starting his studies at Aberystwyth he has rekindled his passion for performance by appearing as Mike in Arthur Miller’s A View From The Bridge; Larry in Patrick Marber’s Closer and various student film works. Blood in Brecon is his first radio play. Next year he will appear in a student production of David Mamet’s Glengarry Glen Ross as George Aaronow.

Adam Redmond
Izzy Rabey

Izzy Rabey is a performer, singer and Drama facilitator currently working at Aberystwyth Arts Centre as the Stage School Drama tutor. Izzy graduated from the University of Exeter with a BA in Drama in 2012 and since then has been working in Aberystwyth with various companies and bands. Izzy is back and forth from London performing with comedy group Simply the Jest (www.simplythejest.co.uk) who are doing a full run at Edinburgh Fringe Festival this summer. Izzy has recently formed a new theatre company with Aberystwyth University students and graduates called Run Amok who have their first production of Sarah Kane’s Phaedra’s Love happening in June 2013. Izzy gigs with The Bill Sutton Jazz Trio as a vocalist, and soul-reggae duo Mother’s Ruin. Izzy is hoping to pursue an MA in Applied Theatre in September 2014.

Izzy Rabey
Sian Taylor

Sian studied Performing Arts at Stratford-upon-Avon College, De Montford University, and has an MA in Practising Performance from Aberystwyth University, for which she created [In]Tangible Traces, an audio tour of Aberystwyth. In 2010 she took part in the Theatre Company Apprenticeship at Aberystwyth Arts Centre, working with Joao Garcia Miguel in his adaptation of The Cherry Orchard, and participated in the 2010-11 Reach the Heights training for Community Artists.

Since moving to Wales in 2006, Sian has been involved with various productions as performer, assistant director and stage manager, working with Louche Theatre, Theatre Rue, Drowning Fish productions, National Theatre Wales/Rimini Protokoll, and Pendulum as well as being involved with the Writing for Performance group since Beginnings.

Sian has also led workshops and directed various youth and community groups including the Ceredigion Drama Project, Camden People's Theatre, Redgrave Youth Theatre and Bedford Young Players.

Sian Taylor
Norma Izon

Norma lives on a smallholding in Pontrhydfendigaid with her husband and has been working in community theatre for the last 13 years, first with Castaway and then joining other groups in Aberystwyth.

She was involved in the Beginnings and Playpen projects for the Writing for Performance Group.

Norma Izon
Tracey Goddard

Since moving to Aberystwyth for study Tracey has performed quite regularly. Other than her Drama and Theatre degree scheme her first role was as Jeanette in the Curtain Call Society’s production of The Full Monty. She also wrote and directed a one act play Are You Ready Yet in the Broad-Ways society first One-Act Festival. Tracey has performed for the Warden’s Society appearing in The Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby parts 1 & 2 and for Castaway in The Shakespeare Show. After joining the Writers for Performance group in September, Tracey has taken part in both scratch nights and the Playpen event in Terry Bailey’s play Grave Men Near Death. Her voice was chosen to narrate the Post grad Admissions videos on the Aberystwyth University YouTube channel.

Tracey George

Earcandy performers