Theatre N16 / Balham / 1st Feb - 13th Feb 2016

The Company

Polly - Victoria Morrison

Ben Keenan

Victoria is a young English actress who, in 2013, made her acting debut on stage in London in the Alan Ayckbourn play Improbable Fiction, directed by Jimmy Walters. Her short film debut Swoon, directed by Sophie King went onto both The Underwire Festival and The BFI Future Festival.

Her feature film debut was in Stuart Brennan's 2014 film Plan Z and later that year followed Martin Scorsese exec produced Tomorrow, directed by Martha Pinson.

More recently, Victoria has played the lead role in Lana MacIver's short Handle with Care and had a supporting role in David Izzat's feature A Christmas Carol.

Victoria is being tutored by Daniel Dresner and working on her professional development at The Actor's Centre in Soho.

"I am absolutely thrilled to be playing the part of Polly. I have worked with both Lana and Andrew on the piece since inception and watched both Polly and the plot evolve to a place we can all be proud of. Polly is a dream role for young actresses: spirited, sharp and far from saccharine."

Peter - Ben Keenan

Ben Keenan

Ben Keenan had extensive experience on both stage and TV in Northern Ireland before moving to London 14 years ago.

Since then he has been a regular in the highly acclaimed show The News Review and achieved considerable success in The Amused Moose.

Ben is much in demand as a voiceover artist and presenter. He is delighted to be back in theatre.

Ben on the play...

'This is a really important subject matter that doesn't get the attention it desperately needs and I'm proud to be a part of this production to raise awareness of this issue'

Director - Lana MacIver

Lana MacIver is a director and actress trained at the Drama Centre London at Central Saint Martin's. She has since directed several short films including Untouchable starring Georgina Leonidas (Basil Brush, Harry Potter) and A Night Deity, both of which were nominated at the Portobello Film Festival.

Most recently Lana has directed comedy web series Wannabes which earned her a 'Best Director' nomination at the Rio Web Festival in November 2015.

Lana has previously worked with Andrew, directing the fantastic musical Songs From A Ledge, which garnered a five star review from 'What's on Birmingham'.

... an absorbing tale of familial estrangement and heart break. By the end, I truly loved the characters. An evocative evening filled with life, love and laughs.

Malaka Chowdhury

Writer - Andrew Sharpe

Andrew is a playwright based in Warwickshire. Goodnight Polly Jones', is his second full length work. It was conceived in early 2015 and, after encouragement from Lana MacIver one night in Camden, developed extensively in workshop in 2015.

Andrew would like to thank all of the actors and creatives that gave of their time during that workshop period and particularly Stephen Oswald and members of the Canting Crew.

His first show was in 2013, he and Amy Kakoura wrote the musical Songs from a Ledge. Regular cabaret and fringe theatre engagements in London and provincially culminated in a well-reviewed and popular run at the Old Joint Stock Theatre in Birmingham in November 2014. See www.songsfromaledge.co.uk

He was a Solicitor in an inner city private practice until 2013 since when he has concentrated on writing and the arts. His experiences of individuals caught up in the justice system in that busy practice has informed his writing of this wholly fictional story.

Stage Manager - Nadia Akhtar

Nadia has recently completed a BA in Drama and Performance Studies at London South Bank University (2015).

In the early stages of her career, she completed a work placement at Southwark Playhouse (2013) and later, acted as Venue Manager at Battersea Arts Centre for the 'London Stories' festival (2013).

Some of her recent credits include Macbeth (2014), The Madman and the Nun (2014), Red Sky Blue Sky (2014), Uglies Take Penge (2014), London Short Play Festival (2015) and Filumena (2015).

Sound & Music Designer - Oscar Garvin

Oscar graduated from Goldsmiths College with a degree in Music in 2014 and has since worked mainly in Television and Games.

In 2014, he was Composer Assistant on the BFI Documentary Thriller "The Confessions of Thomas Quick" and in 2015 he was Composer Assistant on the BBC Documentary "Mumbai High: The Musical" and had his music featured on a national Nescafé commercial.

With a love for Jazz and the orchestra, his work is often related to orchestration and orchestral composition. His work for games draw on his Jazz background featuring band and electronic elements.

Thanks also to:

Set Designer - Kirsty Turner

Graphic Artist - Jakub Kotwica