Less is MORE and Middlesbrough Theatre present


By Ed Waugh and Trevor Wood

A darkly funny tale from the Northeast authors of the hit comedies Dirty Dusting and Waiting for Gateaux.
When Katy Dream left drama school she walked straight into a starring TV role in The Revengers. Sadly, her days as Gemma Peel - the leather-clad, crime-solving, kung-fu queen of Tyneside are long gone. 25 years later she's back to being plain old Katy West, the apron-clad, debt-ridden, dancing queen of Nowhere. Her husband, Jimmy, a Castro-obsessed Marxist, has been in a wheelchair since a shipyard accident and spends his time training for road races and making soup.
When Katy's new agent manages to secure her an audition for the role of Portia in a touring production of The Merchant of Venice she sees a light at the end of the tunnel. Enter Gary, a charming but sinister loan shark, who is about to turn her world upside down…

 ‘… while they’ve proved they can make us laugh, this shows they can also craft plays with real depth.’ – THE METRO

MIDDLESBROUGH THEATRE - 28/02/18 - 03/03/18
Craig Fairburn - Gary

Craig began acting in 2013 at The People's Theatre in Newcastle Upon Tyne, enjoying several roles in plays such as Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing, and Happy in Death of a Salesman.
He has since ensconced himself in the Newcastle theatre scene, performing regularly at Alphabetti Theatre, as well as being selected to be part of Northern Stage's flagship Artist Development program NORTH in 2016, perform...ing in a brand new version of 'Animal Farm', as well as the first performance outside of London of Luke Norris' play 'Growth'. Craig and his fellow NORTH alumni, went on to form a new theatre company called 'Theatre Hoodang!'
Theatre Hoodang's debut show "The Wrong Honourable Game Show" was premiered to a sold out audience at Northern Stage in 2017 and received an excellent reception.
Craig also enjoys performing musically, either in bands or solo, playing guitar, mandolin as well as dabbling in percussion.
This is Craig's first time working with Less Is More theatre company, and he is looking forward to rehearsing and performing with new friends in The Revengers.
Laura Lonsdale - playing "Katy"

Laura is a proud "Smoggy", born and bred in Middlesbrough, she trained at Sylvia Young Theatre School and ALRA.
Leaving Drama school Laura went on tour with Hull Truck Theatre company in a show called STUDS. Since then Laura has never looked back, here are some of her further credits -
Mandy Wild - Studs - Hull Truck theatre (national tour) and Arc - Stockton. Shelia - The Shy gasman - Southwark playhouse. Maxine - Like a Virgin - National tour. Sandra - Beautiful Thing / Reggie Fluety - Laramie project - Hazel Pearson theatre. Denise - Miss Crispy 1988 - National tour. Jean - Your Home in the West / Helen Stott - A Nightingale Sang / Carol - Shakers / Edith Blithe Spirit - Middlesbrough Theatre. Jackie - Waiting for Gateaux / Rita - Educating Rita - Customs House.
T.V credits:
Denise - The Royal - ITV. Nancy - The Eustace brothers - BBC 1. Tracy - Bodies - BBC 2. Barbara - Mrs David - BBC 2. Sara - (Regular) - Rocket Man - BBC 1. Sandra - Dalziel and Pascoe - BBC 1. Film credits:Liz - Awake - Short film.
Phil Harrison - playing "Jimmy"

Originally trained locally at SBTC before moving to London to continue studying acting at ALRA. Stage works have been many and varied, from Orsino to Odysseus and Titania to Hook. Phil spent 15 years working with CTC in theatre for young people. His TV credits include "The Dumping Ground", "George Gently" and "Vera".

For the last 10 years Philip has been getting killed and maimed on oil platforms and power stations around the UK and the world
Director - Michele Plews.

Michele is a freelance Director, Actor, and Project Manager and Celebrant. Current and recent projects include...: Salamander Song, a new play produced about the closure of SSI and performed in Redcar, commentating for Stockton Borough Council outdoor events, directing and producing Playhouse Creatures and recreating a 17th Century theatre experience, directing and producing For Want of A Bob, with Boss Theatre, a new play inspired by Stockton's Dr M'Gonigle. As a performer in Periplums WW1 outdoor heritage event in all five boroughs as well as co-ordination of participants and company liaison for Periplum SIRF's 2012 festival finale company.

Michele has also previously worked with less is MORE as a writer and director of The Last Caretaker, a play for one actor and four puppets performed at Middlesbrough Theatre as part of the 2016 New Writing Festival and co-directing 13 Minutes Past, a series of rehearsed readings of new writing from Teesside writers with a local theme

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