THE CAST OF TWELFTH NIGHT

(LISTED BY ORDER OF APPEARANCE)

LIV BIRCH as

VIOLA/ATTENDANTS/ANTONIO

Liv has been involved in GYP’s last two tours as Luciana and Titania. Since leaving education, she has performed in numerous other professional shows (including performances with Chamberpots Theatre Company) and countless amateur shows during her time at Pate’s Grammar School. Along with acting, Liv is currently working towards her singing Diploma. She is also a teaching assistant at a local primary school, and for the Pauline Quirke Academy. She has recently joined the Cheltenham Operatic and Dramatic Society in their upcoming production of RENT. Liv is very excited to be returning to GYP as Viola in this year’s tour.

JOSH COTTELL as

ATTENDANTS/MALVOLIO/SIR ANDREW AGUECHEEK

Josh has just finished his first year reading music at Oriel College, Oxford with a choral scholarship. Whilst there, he has participated fruitfully in orchestras and bands as well as recently becoming the pianist for the Oxford Imps comedy troupe. Furthermore, he has made a name in the theatre scene and is looking forward to musical directing Threepenny Opera and Made in Dagenham, both at the Oxford Playhouse. He is also participating as a musician for NYMT this summer in their performances of 'The Beautiful Game’. In essence, however, he can't wait to be back actually on the stage.

CHARLIE POVEY as

ORSINO/SIR ANDREW AGUECHEEK

Charlie is currently studying Theatre Production at the Guildford School of Acting, this being his first GYP production. He has performed as part of professional tours of La Traviata and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and has had the opportunity to work in a range of venues including Charing Cross Theatre, Bristol Old Vic and The Actors Centre. Charlie has also worked as a voice actor in a variety of children's television programmes. He is looking forward to working with familiar faces, from his time at Pate's Grammar School, and new ones, in this production of Twelfth Night.

BARBARA DIESEL as

SIR TOBY BELCH/FABIAN

Barbara is new to GYP this year and is proud to be the 'baby' of the group at 17. Since the age of 6, she has been involved with various plays and short films in and outside of school. She is currently studying Performing Arts at Cirencester College, and spends her free time dancing, writing and singing showtunes a little too enthusiastically. Alongside performing arts, she is doing an A-Level in Film Studies and is interested in editing and directing. She is very excited to be taking part in such a new and unique performance: this year's Twelfth Night.

ELLEN GEORGE as

MARIA/OLIVIA

Ellen is going into her first year at Lancaster University to study English Language and Creative Writing. Over her years at school, she has taken part in multiple productions, such as Coriolanus and Antigone. She is greatly looking forward to her second year with GYP, after playing Francis Flute in last year's A Midsummer Night's Dream.

HARRY MORGAN-GRENVILLE as

SIR ANDREW AGUECHEEK/ANTONIO

Harry is new to GYP this year, having previously only been involved in school drama. His memorable theatre moments thus far include playing a drunk in a bar in Alan Ayckbourn’s play Confusions and an orgy-participating chorus narrator in Sophocles’ Antigone. Although this is Harry’s first Shakepearean role, he considers Twelfth Night an excellent place to start, and the combination of Sir Andrew and Antonio to be a particularly enjoyable one. Having recently finished A-levels, he is (hopefully!) due to begin studying classics at university in October, where he will be able to indulge his other theatrical passion, Greek tragedy.

JOHNNY ALLISON as

FESTE/FABIAN

This is Johnny’s first year with GYP and he is very excited to being playing the part of Feste. He has lived his whole life in Oxfordshire and is a member of The Musical Youth Company of Oxford (MYCO) and Oxford Operatics Society (OXOPS). With MYCO, Johnny has performed in three shows; Les Miserables as Monsieur Thenardier, 42nd Street as Bert Barry and The Hired Man as John Tallentyre. With OXOPS he has performed in one show; Fiddler on the Roof as Motel. He is currently on a gap year, waiting to apply to drama schools.

KATIE PAYNE as

OLIVIA/SIR TOBY BELCH

Katie is a first year Drama student at Birmingham University. Over the years she has performed in many venues, including Bristol Old Vic, RSC Dell Gardens and Minack Theatre, as well as two appearances on a West End stage with the Pauline Quirke Academy. Along with acting she has explored other areas of the theatre like directing, sound editing, music and art. This is her third year performing with GYP after appearing as Angelo in The Comedy of Errors and Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and she looks forward to being reunited with her GYP family for Twelfth Night.

HEATH HOMER as

MALVOLIO/ORSINO

Heath is a professional drama teacher, an amateur theatre director and has just completed their Theatre Studies Pre-U. They have taught predominantly 4-6 year olds at 'My Stage School' for two years and 'Stagecoach' for one year at which they have helped lead countless plays and showcases. Most recently, Heath has co-directed an amateur production of 'RENT' at Pate's Grammar School. Heath has a love and awe for theatre and is looking forward to continuing their adventures in the theatre when they go on to study at Birmingham University.

CADENCE WARE as

ANTONIO/SEBASTIAN/ATTENDANTS

Currently in Year 13, this is Cadence’s second GYP season, having played a multitude of roles in last year’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She has been involved with school drama for a long time, most recently acting in Macbeth, Antigone and Les Miserables. This will be her fifth Shakespeare play, and she hopes to continue her involvement with theatre whilst studying English at university next year.

CAITLIN DEVLIN as

SEBASTIAN/MARIA

Caitlin began acting at the age of ten, when she toured local theatres playing ‘Flora’ in The Turn of the Screw. Since then she has also appeared in Be My Baby and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof with the Patesian Players and as ‘Jenny’ in the short film The Wendy House. She was part of GYP’s Comedy of Errors tour in 2016 and Eclipse at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre. Caitlin currently studies English and Creative Writing in Warwick. In 2016 she premiered her new musical Lawless and is currently developing her play Aftermath with new theatre company Chamberpots.

SCARLETT WOOD as

FABIAN/VIOLA/SIR TOBY BELCH

Scarlett is delighted to be participating in Twelfth Night this year; the first Shakespeare work she read as a child and consequently her favourite. She studies Theatre: Writing, Directing and Performance in York where she has developed a passion for dramaturgy and investigating original performance conditions of Ancient and Early Modern texts. Scarlett has performed a variety of roles ranging from Dionysus in The Bacchae to Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest. Having played Hermia in GYP’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, she is excited to return as Viola and cross another fantastic Shakespearean heroine off her bucket list.