Who We Are
Gemma trained at The William Esper Studio in New York under Bill and Suzanne Esper. She recently appeared in the BAFTA winning ITV drama The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies and performed a bi-lingual role in Teatro Inestable / Red Sky Theatre's A Veces / Sometimes in Valencia, Spain.
Other work includes Rosalind in As You Like It at The RSC's Dell, and Katerina in A Woman Mov'd at Colston Hall, both for RippedScript; a rehearsed reading of Robin Mukherjee's Silence in the Studio at The Theatre Royal, Bath's Ustinov Studio; Theatre Uncut at the Bristol Old Vic; and The Chainmakers' Strike at The Riverside Studios with And Then We Danced.
Gemma is a founding member of Akrasia Productions and an associate artist with Hecate Theatre Company with whom she has twice performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
Bethan is a Bristol-born actress with training in Stage Combat, Puppetry, Ensemble, Movement, Singing and much more. She has recently graduated from the Birmingham Theatre School where she undertook postgraduate studies; prior to that she received her BA (Hons) in Drama and Theatre Studies and Performance Studies from Aberystwyth University. Bethan is also a current member of the National Youth Theatre.
Bethan says: "I am thrilled and honoured to be part of such an amazing cast and team, the story we are telling is so important and gets more poignant every time I read it."
Past credits include: Evergreen in the Avon Valley Immersive Christmas Event; Eleanor (lead pupeteer) in Heartwood (Edinburgh Fringe); Milady DeWinter in The Three Musketeers (The Old Fire Station, Birmingham); and Sally Bowles in Cabaret (The Old Fire Station, Birmingham).
Leo grew up surrounded by theatre in his childhood home, Longborough Festival Opera. Leo worked in all areas of the opera house from stage management to playing a slave and acting the part of an avaricious singing dwarf! Before going to the University of Leeds to study English Literature and Theatre Studies, Leo played Hamlet with the Gloucestershire Youth Players. Leo continued to act in contemporary and classical works, including some of his own writing, during his studies at Leeds and Heidelberg. Leo has recently graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, performing at the Edinburgh Fringe, Glasgow's Citizens Theatre, and Shakespeare's Globe Theatre.
James is a young actor who has recently graduated from College with an Extended Diploma in Performing Arts. He is currently working as a freelance actor in stage and film and is studying with the Academy of Performance Combat. Some of his notable recent performances include: Tybalt (Romeo and Juliet), Clifford Bradshaw (Cabaret), Inspector Pissani (Accidental Death of an Anarchist), Salty (Teechers), Cinesias (Lysistrata).
June is thrilled to have been asked by Eva Schloss to direct and take And Then They Came for Me on tour in the South West of England. She has extensive experience directing theatre, from children to professionals and has directed short plays in London at The Pleasance and Soho. She has an MLitt degree, with emphasis in directing Shakespeare, from Bread Loaf School of English, Middlebury College, Vermont and Oxford, UK, and an MA in creative writing from California State University, Chico. After her thirty-year teaching career as Head of Theatre and English in secondary schools in California, she moved to England, where she and two talented colleagues set up The School, an advanced performing arts school for young people in the Nailsea area. She has travelled extensively in the US, Mexico, Peru and France and lives in Shepton Mallet with her husband and their golden retriever, Gatsby.