Harold – The Last Elected King

The Artists

Brett Brown

Harold’s Story

Brett Brown is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), London.  An award winning actor and singer, he has performed with Opera Australia, The Royal Shakespeare Company, Shakespeare’s Globe, the BBC, and in plays and musicals on London’s West End. He has performed in international Shakespeare festivals, and his one-man performance of Shakespeare’s Henry V played to critical acclaim throughout Europe.  Film includes the Academy Award winning The Theory of Everything. Solo recitals include the works of Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, Rachmaninoff and Britten.

Filip Krenus

The Poet’s Story

Filip trained at East 15 and Drama Centre. He is the Artistic Director of Honey-tongued Theatre Productions and one of co-creators of Midsummer Scene Festival in Dubrovnik, Croatia.

Theatre includes: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Twelfth Night and Hamlet (Midsummer Scene Festival, which he co-produced for Midsummer Scene Festival. School for Scandal (directed by Jessica Swale), The Winter’s Tale (LittleBIG Shakespeare), King Lear and Dido, Queen of Carthage (Greenwich Theatre), Bent by Martin Sherman (Landor Theatre/Tabard Theatre), Orestes – Re-Examined (Southwark Playhouse), Peer Gynt (Riverside Studios), Hell Screen (Oval House), Richard III and Macbeth (Faction Theatre Company), The Rivals (Camden People’s Theatre), Jane Eyre adapted by Polly Teale (Brockley Jack Theatre) and Shakespeare Inc. (Rosemary Branch Theatre).

Leon Berger

The Messenger’s Story

Leon has taken major guest roles with the Royal Opera House, English National Opera, Welsh National Opera, Scottish Opera, New Sadler’s Wells, Pavilion Opera and with many touring companies. He has sung over 100 operatic roles. Recordings include two solo albums of George Grossmith’s Victorian comic songs (A Society Clown and The Grossmith Legacy). Leon has performed in all 14 G&S operas for many companies including G&S For All, The Magic of D’Oyly Carte and at the International Festival at Buxton & Harrogate. In 2014 he was a featured soloist in the G&S from Scratch gala at the Royal Albert Hall. Musicals: Chess (Prince Edward), Hollywood Pinafore (Barbican), Oklahoma (Liverpool Playhouse). Theatre: Rosina New Shakespeare Company (Regent’s Park), Streetwalker (Bush Theatre), Christmas Carol for Palketto Stage (Italian tour), Final Lullaby (Imago Mundi). Television: The Real Mr Pooter, Lives Of Jesus and Millennium. Film: Strangers in the Night (Livid Films). Director & Designer: Pearlfishers, Merry Widow, Gondoliers, Ruddygore, Yeomen of the Guard, Patience, The Gondoliers, Don Pasquale, Die Fledermaus, Orpheus in the Underworld & Cendrillon. For Parrabbola he has taken part in many projects, including Stephen Storace in Eating the Peach (Swaledale Festival),  Alfred Barker in Land of Liberty, Joe in Tales from Cabbage Patch Island,  and the MC in The Modern Pierrot Show  in Margate.

Steve Morley

The Farmer’s Story

Steve Morley was born in Bradford in Yorkshire.  After a short spell in uniform with Bradford City Transport, he left for the bright smoke of London to pursue a career as an actor, a profession which has intermittently entertained him for forty years.  For over a decade he was Sergeant Lamont in TV’s ever-popular The Bill (for which he also worked as a script writer). But forget the world tours of great Shakespearean roles, forget the invite to Hollywood, forget even being the vet in Emmerdale, Steve still regards his greatest claim to fame as winning an award for being the first man to appear nude on Irish radio. 

Steve has published five novels, three collections of plays and a book of short stories and is currently Director of Drama at The City of London School for Girls

Julian Hutton

The Soldier’s Story

Julian’s acting credits include,  Jane Doe, Jason Piper Productions 2016, The Stem, Rose Theatre Kingston 2015, Half a Cod a Day Parrabbola 2015, The Dickensian BBC 2015, The Infiltrator, Good Films 2015, Her Majesties Grief Unit, Notown Productions 2015, Hypolotus, Catharsis Theatre Company 2015, Sootenna, Notown Productions 2014, The Bill, Pearson Productions 1999, Fightback, Colway Theatre Trust 1998, Twelfth Night, Full Cry Theatre Company 1997, Mister Screenworkz 1996.

Julian has taught performing arts and is represented by Artjunky as a painter of abstract art

Liam Abbott

The Recruit’s Story

Liam Abbott is a 19 year old, London based filmmaker. Through various British Film Institute (BFI) courses and schemes, Liam has had experience in all areas of film production, from acting all the way through to post-production. Over the last few years, Liam has taken on several acting roles in order to create his short films, most notably “Jack in the Box”, directed by Max Mena, a student at the University of the Creative Arts. He has currently finished his first feature film and is now working on his next feature film script.

Stephanie Harte

The Healer’s Story

Stephanie trained at Drama Centre London and Regents School of Drama, Film & Media where she spent one semester abroad at D.A.M.U in Prague. She is an actor, performer and storyteller who is currently working on her debut solo show ‘My month of mothers ruin’.  
Film credits include: The Library, Vandalis and My Name is Alice
Theatre credits include: Daughter of the Forest (Komola Collective), The Escapists (Alma Tavern Bristol), Tina in the Green Dress (Camden Roundhouse), The Lesson (Space Arts Centre) and the European premiere of Ilyas Afandiyev’s, ‘You’re always with me’.

Brian Abbott

The Abbot’s Story

As an actor Brian’s extensive professional career began with the World Premieres of Samuel Beckett’s Theatre 1 and Theatre 2 where he played Morvan and the Blind Fiddler respectively. The productions were designed by the Australian Artist Sir Sidney Nolan, for the Oxford Playhouse. Since then, it has included the lead roles of Titus Andronicus and Faustus with Triple Action Theatre, three extended seasons with the Royal Shakespeare Company – Stratford, The Barbican, The Aldwych, and West End transfers, and Kevin Spacey’s Old Vic production of The Ice Man Cometh. He has also worked with repertory and touring theatre companies up and down the country, many of which are sadly no longer with us.

It was this constant working on and soaking up the plays of great playwrights – past present and to be – that was the school that taught him to write.

On television : Doc Martin, Banged up Abroad – Nepal; Casualty, David Copperfield,  Merseybeat, The Bill  and the Bafta nominated The Kid in The Corner.

Film, has included Lucky Break, Faust, and the Bollywood  films Hattrick, and Take Three Girls.

He’s been very lucky.

Sovra Newman

The Lady of the Night’s Story

After training at the Arts Educational, Sovra joined a singing and dancing cabaret act touring Europe. In the UK she worked in repertory theatres up and down the country as a straight actress and singer. Roles include Minnie in the Daughter-In-law, Mrs. Manningham in Gaslight, the title role in Peter Pan, Malena in John Gabriel Borkman, and a UK tour of Amadeus with Keith Michel as Salieri. She played Sandy in a national tour of Grease. Edith In the stage version of ‘Allo ‘Allo opposite Gorden Kaye. She has also appeared in numerous Christmas Shows and Pantos including a UK Tour of Mr. Men’s Magic Island playing Little Miss Sunshine. Her opera roles include: The Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute, Norina in Don Pasquale, Angelica in Suor Angelica, Marcellina in The Marriage of Figaro and Cunegonde in Leonard Bernstein’s Candide.  For Parrabbola Sovra was part of A Sailor Returns and in the film Tales of Cabbage Island.  Sovra also runs community music projects in and around London, most recently a project about Mrs. Elizabeth Chesterton the founder of Central & Cecil (C&C) a charity providing homes for all walks of society. 

Olivia Negrean

The Embroiderer’s Story

‘Olivia has an MA in Performance Art.

She trained with the Actors Class in London and was part of Fourth Monkey Theatre Company.

Olivia has performed in repertory theatre in both London and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, including an all female production of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. This past spring she participated with Parrabbola in their production of Romeo and Juliet at the International Shakespeare Festival in Craiova, Romania.

Susan Hingley

The Wicca Wife’s Story

Susan is a British actress based in London and working internationally. Born in Tokyo, raised in London and Munich, she is trilingual and speaks English, Japanese and German.  

She trained at Ecole Phillipe Gaulier in Paris and East 15 Acting School.  

Theatre includes: Wendy and Peter Pan, Orphan of Zhao, Boris Godunov, A Life of Galileo (Royal Shakespeare Company); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare’s Globe, International Tour), Dorian Gray (National Theatre Japan, Japan Tour) Around the World in 80 Days (New Vic / Manchester Royal Exchange), Hamlet (Honey Tongued, Croatia), Pioneer (Curious Directive); One Million, All That Is Solid Melts Into Air, Home (Tangled Feet), Splash! (Lyric Hammersmith / GDIF / Latitude Festival), Catch / Ulov (Greyscale Theatre / Almeida), The Snow Queen (Lawrence Batley Theatre), Before I Sleep (dreamthinkspeak), Soho Streets (Soho Theatre)

Television includes: Doctors, Sumo TV

Film: Shino’s Show, The Gloaming, Household Gods

As Assistant Director: Tell Them That I Am Young And Beautiful (Arcola),

Matt Marks

The Priest’s Story

Matt is a composer, musical dramatist and performer. He studied Creative Arts at Nottingham Trent University, Composition at the University of Nottingham and Musical Theatre Writing at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, where he received the Frederic Loewe ASCAP award for Musical Theatre.  He has an extensive CV composing original scores for theatre, dance and performance, including work for Nottingham Playhouse, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Sheffield Crucible, Tell Tale Hearts, Retina Dance and Polka Theatre. He has had work performed in Gdansk, New York, Hobart and Shanghai.
He is an associate artist with Maison Foo, with whom he composes, devises and performs.  Matt is also a specialist in music and drama for children and adults with moderate and severe learning disabilities, particularly through his work with Nottingham Playhouse and Bamboozle Theatre Company.

For Parrabbola he has written music for Pericles, The Winter’s Tale and Romeo and Juliet, in Poland, The Czech Republic and Romania.

As a musician, Matt plays accordion with The Balkan Express and Maniere Des Bohemiens and keyboards with the jazz trio Kiplefti as well as numerous other bands.

For more about Matt’s work please visit

Alistair Park

The Brother’s Story

Alistair has directed, sung and acted in many productions across Shakespeare,
Sondheim, Verdi, McGuinness, Offenbach, Mozart, improvised comedy, new writing
and even Winnie-the-Pooh.

He has been a keen supporter of Parrabbola since “Landof Liberty”, a community play about the Victorian Chartist movement, because it brings communities together to create unique site-specific performances.
At home, he is more usually found on the school run, playing ‘cello and baking.

Graham Shackell

The Fisherman’s Story

Graham Shackell is a performing arts practitioner working in the fields of Storytelling, Circus, and Theatre, as a Theatre practitioner he specialises in; Commedia dell’ Arte, Stage combat, Site Specific, Ensemble, (Pre)Historical, Political, and Physical Theatre.  He regularly teaches at colleges and Universities across the UK and delivers residencies internationally.

Joan Blackham

The Mother’s Story

Last year Joan voiced her first two video games as High Priestess in Dark Souls 3 and Mary in Fragments of Him.

Theatre highlights include the original cast of Calendar Girls; King Lear, Man of Mode and Across Oka for the RSC; Jane Eyre for Shared Experience; When We Are Married at West Yorkshire Playhouse and Kenneth Williams’ production of Loot.

Recent TV: Take Five, Raised by Wolves, New Tricks, Whitechapel, Doctors, Midsomer Murders, Honest, and Judge John Deed.

Film credits include Masaryk, The Battle for Sevastopol, The Sweeney and Noel Clarke’s The Knot, Bridget Jones’s Diary, Mothers & Daughters and Plenty.

David Monteith

William’s Story

David is an actor, director, tutor and founder of the Geek Syndicate Network. He is a long time collaborator with Parrabbola performing both domestically and throughout East and Central Europe. He has extensive Shakespeare experience including most recently, Oberon in A Midsummer Nights Dream at the Arts Theatre and Prospero in The Tempest at The Orange Tree Theatre.

Davidhas performed lead roles for original plays by award winning authors Brian Clemens and Benjamin Zephaniah. He has most recently directed a performance of Don Giovanni for Dulwich Opera Company and co-hosted a series of documentaries for the BBC last year as part of the Geek Syndicate.

Stephanie Lodge

The Sister’s Story

Stephanie is originally from South Yorkshire, moving to London 13 years ago to train on the BA (Hons) in Acting at Italia Conti Academy. 
Credits include: To Be A Wife (Hen & Chickens) Half a Cod a Day – Parrabbola Theatre (Brighton Fringe, Devon tour) The Door – 8Fold Theatre (The Park Theatre); Blind Date – Descent Theatre (Southwark Playhouse); The Bald Prima Donna (The Space); The Door – 8Fold Theatre (The Warren, Brighton Fringe); Airport (The Broadway Barking); Session One (Theatre 503); The Single Utamaro (Carriageworks / Bradford Playhouse); Pinocchio (Colour House Theatre); Stench (LIT Ensemble), Many Happy Returns (Union Theatre); Mrs Affleck (National Theatre); Frenzy for Two (Pure Groove); Prose and Cons (Union Theatre)