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John Macneill


John trained at what is now the Royal Central School of Speech & Drama and has been in and out of the business for far longer than he cares to remember. John has worked all over the place including “Buddy” and “She Loves Me” in the West End, “West Side Story” at the National Theatre of Kenya, leading roles in “The Bill” and bits in “Black Books” and “Doc Martin” on TV, as well as “Hell Fire Corner” and “Barabas” (The Jew of Malta) at Hall for Cornwall. Most recently John has been in several short films, two of which won audience awards at separate festivals. He is really excited to be working on this play with such a great bunch of people.


Favourite place in Devon - The Hole in the Wall, Torquay


Bryony Maguire

Bryony Maguire is an actress from Totnes. In her spare time she runs a small theatre company called Bad Habit which creates its own musical adaptations of famous novels. She is honoured to have been given this opportunity and hopes to continue working.


Gareth Evans

Gareth is Exonian - more precisely, a 'Laner'. He ran up London to study acting at The Poor School before giving it up for a decade. Oddly, his favourite role whilst training was Inca in Shaw's 'The Inca of Perusalem'.

He's thrilled to be back; both onstage and on home turf.


Dean Elliott


A South West based performer, Dean's previous work includes performances with the award winning You Me Bum Bum Train, and as the lead in 'Skin Deep' with Substance and Shadow Theatre Company. He also creates and performs his own solo work and is currently working on his next show 'The Assistant'. His first show 'Blank' premiered at Exeter's Ignite Festival in 2013 and was reviewed as "extremely enjoyable to watch". He's delighted to be working on his favourite play, 'Jerusalem', with such a great team of people!


Favourite place in Devon: The Coastal Railway

Photo Credit: Benjamin Borley


Tony Leach


Tony has acted and played music in various shapes and forms around the South West, and beyond, since a young age. Last year he took an original musical, co-written with his two brothers, to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival - which remains one of his proudest (and most tiring) achievements. Tony has also composed music for local theatre and film, most recently for Somerset-based short film Walking Shadow, as well as an updated production of As You Like It, set in 1970.


Tessa Gaukroger


A South-West based actress and performer, Tessa tours nationally with her acclaimed comedy duo, "O'Shea & O'Gaukroger". Past credits include performances at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Hen & Chickens London, Soho Theatre and Shakespeare's Globe.


Favourite Place in Devon: Turf Locks.


Lydia Vincent


Lydia is currently a first year student studying English at the University of Exeter. She is passionate about acting, writing and playing music.


Favourite place in Devon: The Ness in Shaldon.


David Hill

Dave sort of fell into acting at university and he's kept at it ever since, despite trying to give it up for a while to spend more time with his young family. Roles have been many and varied, tragic and comic from open air Shakespeare tours to musicals, pantomimes, and radio drama.  He's also a regular performer with the murder mystery company Playing Dead.

The Professor

Geoff Nicholson


Geoff was a Headteacher for 17 years, before leaving to work in 9 countries, including Brazil, Kenya and South Korea. He now spends one day a week at Tiverton CAB helping people with debt problems.


Favourite place in Devon: Baggy’s (RIP), Croyde


Jo Portingale

Jo is easing back into theatre with this gentle portrayal of English country life. Jerusalem has characters that everyone knows or has heard rumours about... which part of each character do you recognise in yourself tonight?Add Description here


Conor Magee


Northern Irishman, Conor Magee was Head of Expressive Arts at Dawlish Community College before retiring from teaching. He has worked with deaf and hearing actors and has participated in a number of community projects and educational videos. Conor has lived and worked in Devon for many years.


Favourite place in Devon: He is particularly fond of the Cockwood area on the Exe Estuary.


Sebastian Richards

Seb is excited to be part of Jerusalem.  He has done some role-play acting before and has recently been in  youth club play about ghosts.  The last time he was in a field he was running for the try line with a rugby ball in his hand.Add Description here


Micky Richeson


Micky participated in the actor workshops offered as part of the New Jerusalem Project. This was his first return to acting since high school and he found he truly loved the experience.


Favorite place in Devon: Postbridge


Jasmine Brown


Soon to be an Exeter Drama graduate, Jasmine is aspiring to become a professional actor, writer and videogame developer. She has a thirst for the world and loves exploring new countries. However, Devon's beauty holds a very special place in her heart.


Favourite place in Devon: Dawlish Warren or Teign Valley.


Dona Bullion

Dona's background is Art and Design. Found theatre in 2000 and had many main roles Viola, Puck, Jane Eyre, Magrat, numerous supporting roles and cameo parts. If she is not acting she is set painting, leading costumes or props. She has written and directed for Street Theatre. Recent work, production designer for the film 'Walking Shadow'. 


Grace Plant

Grace Plant is a first year English student studying at Exeter University, but originally from Reading. Dedicated to pursuing a career as an actress, this is Grace’s first show in Exeter after performing as a singer, public speaker and actress both in the UK and Canada.



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