Un-titled: A play about art, told by art
by Katy Matthews
When people say that art speaks to them, they don’t usually mean literally…
Nearing her 80th year, Gert has accumulated a lot of regret. Now she must do verbal battle with a bust of a Roman general, a Laughing Cavalier print and an overly emotional cubist portrait. Will she finally come to terms with her past, or fall apart completely? Directed by Judey Bignell.
Un-titled will be performed at the Rialto on the 8th May (1pm), 15th May (3pm), 29th May (3pm) and the 5th June (3pm)
Meet the cast!
Lesley Arnold as ‘Gert’
Lesley is a member of Rottingdean Drama Society where she has enjoyed a wide range of parts from strong drama to comedy and farce. Most recently Agatha in “Agatha Crusty and the Village Hall Murders” and Evelyn in “Kindertransport”. This is her debut in the Brighton Fringe Festival.
Cyril Blake as ‘Buster’
Cyril Blake has been acting in Brighton since emigrating from The North three years ago. He has specialised in playing character roles ranging from Colonel Pickering in Pygmalion to Father Welsh in Martin McDonagh’s The Lonesome West. He was last seen sporting a rather fabulous moustache as a 19th century Turkish dandy in Helen’s Shadow with Magichour Theatre. He has recently made his first foray into musical theatre and will be appearing in Brighton Theatre Group’s production of Jesus Christ Superstar in April and Legally Blonde in June.
Trefor Levins as ‘LC’
Trefor has been acting for 6 years now, but has wanted to act all his life. He started off in amateur theatre and is now studying at the Academy of Creative Training in Brighton. He has played many interesting roles including Joesph Merrick in ‘The Elephant Man’ and Michal in ‘The Pillow man’. He has acted at the Hawth in Crawley, The Archway in Horley, Green Room in Dorking and Polesdon Lacey open air. He has also been part of educational and children’s theatre, as well as a scare actor at Tulleys farm. He will also been starring in another Brighton fringe play this season, ‘The Bald Prima Donna’ at the Lantern Theatre. In the summer he will be performing at Polesdon Lacey again as Caliban in ‘The Tempest’.
Rachael Sparkes as ‘Lady’
Rachael has been acting since she was 10. She has been heavily involved in theatre throughout her education, graduating from The University of Sussex last summer. She broke into the Brighton theatre scene with New Venture Theatre’s 10 minute plays and is also involved in another fringe show this coming May. She will be going to London to study for an MA in acting at East 15 drama school in the autumn.
Aycan Garip as ‘Young Gert’
Aycan ‘no, that’s not how you pronounce it’ Garip has been performing from a very young age and to her parents’ dismay doesn’t intend on quitting any time soon. After landing a role as one of the leads in children’s TV series ‘Gimme 6’ at the age of twelve, she developed her love for acting. During her final year, she was coaxed into auditioning for Shakespeare’s ‘Twelfth Night’ where she landed the role of Maria, and was encouraged by cast and crew to continue to pursue acting. Since then she has continued performing on stage and on screen in Cyprus and the UK, in addition to writing and directing short films. In addition to this play, she is also playing Sam in ‘A Dirty Getaway’ with the Second Impression Theatre Company.
Simon Taylor as ‘Ralph’
Simon Taylor is 24 years old and has largely worked in Amateur Musical Theatre. Since going to University and working in TV, Simon has got back into acting, trying new acting styles in the past year, and is now looking forward to performing in the fringe festival.