BARACK AND THE BEANSTALK had its opening night at the OSO Arts Centre in Barnes, London, on September 15th 2014, and continued for five riotous nights before moving to the Canal Cafe Theatre in Paddington for four more.
Now we are looking for other opportunities to play this highly topical piece about an America up to its eyeballs in debt, run by a Mad Hatter's Tea Party of wrangling politicians, rulemakers and financial sharks.
THE ORIGINAL TEAM
Ross Livingstone - director After starting life on stage, screen and radio Ross moved into youth drama theatre and subsequently professional theatre. Ross became a founder member and artistic director of The Old Sorting Office Arts Centre, London SW13, in 2000. Numerous shows include A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Ruffian on the Stair, The Caretaker, A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, An Evening with Gary Lineker, Macbeth, As You Like It, Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night, Much Ado About Nothing, The Dumb Waiter, Loot, The Entertaining Mr Sloane and many more including a selection of new plays. Broke Britannia! was a major success at the OSO and Edinburgh, and EuroCrash! its sister show was critically acclaimmed in Berlin, Frankfurt, London and Birmingham. Barack and the Beanstalk is the third in the trilogy under Ross's direction.
Clare Mitchell - technical director Clare has been developing a huge CV and has worked across London in various theatres including Theatre 503, Battersea, The Etcetera Theatre, Camden and various other fringe venues. She has been involved with two shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe including Broke Britannia!, EuroCrash's sister show, in 2010. For six years she was technical adviser and stage manager at the OSO Arts Centre, London SW13, where she was involved in numerous shows including The Importance of Being Ernest, Much Ado About Nothing, Macbeth and many more.
Semane Parsons - Princess, Hillary Clinton, Standard & Poor's Semane’s previous theatre credits include: Hamlet (The Space Theatre), Dickens Dreaming (Handplay Productions), The Warden (Upstairs at the Gatehouse), Titus Andronicus (Barons Court Theatre), Cinderella (Partytime Productions), An Experiment with an Airpump (Phoenix Players, NYC), Enchanted April (Phoenix Players, NYC) and Three Sisters (Griege Theatre, NYC). She has appeared in several short films, most notably as Vanessa in Betserai, a short film for which she was nominated for a Best Actress award at the World Music and International Film Festival in Washington DC. She trained at LAMDA, Terry Schreiber Studios in New York and the University of Cape Town, South Africa.
Nicholas Di Santo - John Raven (a lawyer), Ben Bernanke Nicholas graduated from St James Senior Boys' School in 2013 with A Levels in Drama and Theatre Studies, English and Sanskrit. Nicholas was Captain von Trapp in The Sound Of Music performed at the Royal College of Music. A year later Nicholas joined the National Youth Theatre. He is applying for drama schools in 2015.
AmyBeth Smith - musical director AmyBeth hails from Aberdeen, Scotland, and won her first music prize at the age of eight. After graduating from the Iain Tomlin School of Music in Edinburgh with an honours in performance, AmyBeth went on to win three scholarships from the University of Aberdeen, including the prestigious Principal's Music Scholarship. Having graduated in 2011 with a postgraduate diploma in opera, AmyBeth moved to London where she has run vocal programmes for musical theatre companies and schools including Phoenix Theatre, Kidz on the Hill, Upbeat Music, Stage Studio and Ashcroft summer school in Croydon.
Marcus Massey - Barack Marcus played George Soros, John McFall and Andy Hornby in the original Broke Britannia! in 2010 at both the OSO and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Among other work since then Marcus has played a bitchy transvestite in the Raindance Best Feature-nominated Live East Die Young, a washed-out rock musician in Meeting Rhino, a Bosnian gangster banker in The Offering, an abused husband in Would You Like Some Berries? This July Marcus played Kenneth in Hitchcock Homage, a lesbian twist on Hitchcock's Rope at the Barons Court Theatre. His website is www.marcusmassey.com
Elly Lowney - Barack's Mom, Standard & Poor's, Christine Lagarde Elly trained at The Central School of Speech and Drama following a two-year diploma at Redroofs Theatre School, where she was awarded Graduate of the Year. Recent productions have included A Comedy of Errors and Hamlet with the Principal Theatre Company. The Ugly Sister in Cinderella at The Novello Theatre Ascot. Mabel in Fame at The Bloomsbury Theatre. Elizabeth Hope in The Hatpin at The Blue Elephant Theatre. Mrs Beaver in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe at the Novello Theatre Ascot and Grete in Sight Unseen at The Battersea Arts Centre.
Rob Peacock - Michael Milken, the Giant, Moody's, Jamie Dimon Rob has recently graduated from East 15 acting school and this is his fringe theatre debut. Originally from South Wales, Rob is now living and working in London. Theatre School credits: Yeh-Shen the Chinese Cinderella, Wild Honey, Black Snow, Pride and Prejudice, Three Sisters.
Duncan Mason - Jack Daw (a lawyer), George Dubya, Putin, Fitch, Neel Kashkari Duncan trained at East 15 acting school. His roles have included Jim Lee in Till the Boys Come Home at Sydenham Arts Festival, Aamil in The Eighth Continent at the Tristan Bates Theatre, Gaspard in A Tale of Two Cities, and Badger in Wind in the Willows at the Corbett Theatre. He loves comedy and improvisation as well as classical theatre.