James’ Theatre Credits include: Romeo in Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare’s Globe), Alexander in Gertrude’s Secret (Pure Bedlam Productions), Paul Baumer in All Quiet on the Western Front (Nottingham Playhouse), Grim in In My Name (Yaller Skunk), Stephen in The Back Veil (Bruce James Productions), Orlando in As You Like It (British Shakespeare Company) and Pistol in Henry V (British Shakespeare Company).
TV and Film credits include: Mercutio in BBC Shakespeare, Andy Garsdale in Missing and Martin Fowler in EastEnders (all BBC), Liam in Left Outside (Goliath), PC Parkin-Betts in Lethal (Pure Film Productions), Jim Acosta in Semper Fidel (Independant) and Grant in Blessed Burden (Yardboy Pictures).
Radio Credits include: Liam in 8 Feet and Rising and Joey in The Homecoming (All BBC Radio 4).
Boris trained at The Arts Educational Schools London on the BA Acting course. Roles whilst in training included Malcolm in Macbeth, Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet and Euan in David Greig's Victoria.
As well as being Assistant Artistic Director of Grassroots Shakespeare London, Boris also runs Wavelength Theatre Company, where he has written and directed three plays. Wavelength have performed in London and at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2010 with the new play, For Your Entertainment and in 2011 with another piece of new writing, Unnatural Selection. In 2012, Unnatural Selection was revised and translated for a production that Boris directed at The National Academy of Theatre and Film Arts in Sofia. The production was supported by the British Council and is currently being performed in the repertoire. He has also continued acting, appearing in The Malcontent (Custom/Practice) and as Reece in Gravity (The Birmingham Rep).
In August 2012, Boris played Don Pedro in Grassroots’ production of Much Ado About Nothing. He was the Rehearsal Director for the company’s Christmas 2012 season. In 2013, he performed in the Grassroots' Summer of Love rep season at the Old Red Lion Theatre as Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, and Costard in Love's Labour's Lost. When not acting, directing or writing, Boris is a professional photographer who produces a lot of the online content for Grassroots:
EMILY JANE KERR
Emily Jane Kerr is an actress from Hertfordshire. She trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.
Since graduating she has been performing on stage and screen, and has also turned her hand to writing (Shakespeare for Breakfast 2012 – C Theatre).
Emily has performed in many and varied venues, including Shakespeare’s Globe, The Hampstead Theatre and The Arts Theatre. Credits include: Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream and Stephano in The Tempest (both Grassroots Shakespeare London), Julia in Waiting for Space (Trafalgar Studios), Erda in Wagner's Ring Cycle (Wagner 300, British Library), and Mary, the lead in the brand new musical Jog On (Tristan Bates).
For more info and to find out what she had for breakfast, follow her on Twitter: @emjkerr.
Adam is an actor, writer and comedian in UK sketch group The Beta Males, who have recently appeared on Radio 4's Sketchorama. Adam is a recent graduate of LAMDA's 2 year Acting course.
As a writer, he was a winner of Four Stories, a short-film script-writing competition curated by Roman Coppola and The Director's Bureau and his winning film, Eugene, currently has over 3 million views on Youtube.
He's very much looking forward to working with Grassroots again after appearing in their Winter 2012 rep of The Tempest and A Midsummer Night's Dream.
LODOVICO/ FIRST GENTLEMAN
John graduated from East 15 Drama School in 2013. A strong and versatile character actor with great stage presence, John recently finished a run at the Calder Bookshop Theatre as Martin in Loose Ends as part of the Theatre For Identity .
His credits include Polonius (Hamlet), Gayev (The Cherry Orchard), Shooter (Action) and numerous short films. John will be appearing as MacDuff for Rift Theatre Company's Macbeth in the summer.
This is John's first appearance with Grassroots Shakespeare London.
Nari recently appeared in Disney's upcoming Cinderella film and this summer he will be reprising his role in the Broadway transfer of Macbeth directed by Kenneth Branagh and Rob Ashford.
Nari's professional credits include: The Donmar's Piaf, The Old Vic's Duchess of Malfi & The 24 Hour Plays. He trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama where he played Othello in Othello and Oberon in A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Annabel graduated from Central School of Speech and Drama (BA Acting 2006). This is her debut in a Grassroots Shakespeare London show.
Other experience includes:
Theatre: Jenny Trauma (The White Bear), Portia The Merchant of Venice, Hippolyta & Titania (stand in for Hermia) A Midsummer Night's Dream (Chapterhouse UK Tour), Princess Lotus Blossum Aladdin Panto (Brewery Arts Centre), Irene Tuesday (The Pleasance), Elle Elle and the Cabaret Musical (Theatre Delicatessen), Zenocia The Custom of the Country (White Bear).
TV: Rowana Jenny and Vinny Uncut (Pilot, JEu).
Film: Sophie Fifteen (Short, Th2ng), Susan Sc25 (Short, Kjetil Alexander Gudmestad), Ivy My Soviet Kitchen (Teaser Trailer, Tailormade Productions), Tess F**king, Drifting, Grasping, City Lights (NFTS, Ola Jankowska), Girlfriend Ikea Furnishing Project (E & J Higham), Lisa Ohms (Bruno Centofanti), Various decapitated zombies Colin (Marc Price).
Voice Over: Narrator A Witch In Love and A Witch In Winter (RNIB), Narrator Lynx: Dust (Mark Goldfinch), Narrator for several Language Tapes (Cambridge University Press), Narrator The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie (RNIB), Narrator Love in the Lakes (Hart McLeod). Viral: Girl (lead) The Lung (Channel 4 & Cancer Research).
THE DUKE OF VENICE/ SECOND GENTLEMAN
After working in TV production for 10 years, James trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama, graduating in 2010.
Theatre credits at Central include Duke Vincentio in Measure for Measure and Brachiano in The White Devil.
Other credits include Dromio of Ephesus in The Comedy of Errors at the Labour of Love festival at the Rose, Kingston, and Capulet in Romeo and Juliet at Catford Broadway.
Recent film includes the short Hell Hath No Fury and the newly released British Youth Film Academy feature Friends of Money directed by Adam Lee-Hamilton.
Helena trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts.
Since completing her degree she has appeared in the Canal Café’s NewsRevue, Seven (The Lyric), Crimble (Old Red Lion Theatre), Carbon Dating (The Brockley Jack Theatre), He(Art) (The Shooting Star) and various commercials and music videos.
This will be Helena’s West End Debut and she is brimming with excitement to be tackling such a brilliant text with Grassroots!
Jim was an original member of the Hush-Hush Ensemble, performing classic plays in site specific areas in Deptford, S.E London. Hush-Hush Productions in which Jim performed include: Dr Faustus, Antonio in The Tempest, Sir Toby Belch in Twelfth Night, Tamburlaine in Tamburlaine the Great Pt1 & Alsemero in The Changeling.
Other Theatre credits include: Delio in The Duchess of Malfi (Mercury Theatre Colchester), Kent in King Lear (Tabard Theatre) & a new play Mercy & Redemption (Delirium).
TV: Call the Midwife, Sherlock, Dancing on the Edge (Stephen Poliakoff), Dr Who Christmas Special, Secret State, Law & Order UK, Torchwood, Murder on the Victorian Railway & Turn the World Down.
FILM: Adventurer Curse of the Midas Box, The Best Offer, Skyfall,
Cheerful Weather for the Wedding, The Manual, The Fallen Word & The Juror.
Jim is delighted to be a part of Grassroots production of Othello.