Professional Shakespeare troupe, The Wet Mariners, will be performing their stage adaptation of Twelfth Night on Saturday 21st August. We are ecstatic that they are joining us for the fourth year in a row ...
So, who are The Wet Mariners? Made up of professional actors, this troupe began working together during their third year at LAMDA. They continue to come together each year to form The Wet Mariners and perform Shakespeare to sell-out audiences at their resident venue, The Willow Globe Theatre in Wales, and now The Arches Theatre too.
We're a Shakespeare theatre troupe that pop up in the countryside to mess around with the audience and tell stories. Actor led, no director, just words and play!
For those of you who have seen The Mariners in action, you will know they are fun and energetic characters who give an incredible performance. Which Mariners will be joining us? A cast of six will be taking on this Shakespeare comedy. All have performed on our outdoor stage in previous years, so you will certainly see some familiar faces. Joining us will be:
- Amy Marchant: She was last at The Arches in 2019 when she played Juliet, in Romeo and Juliet.
- Jamie Wilkes: You may recognise him from the BBC/HBO adaptation of Philip Pullman's 'His Dark Materials', where he played The Pale Faced Man. He has most recently starred in 'Finding Alice' on ITV alongside Keeley Hawes and Joanna Lumley, playing 'Dan', Hawes' brother. His credits also include: 'Mr Selfridge (ITV), 'Electric Dreams' (Channel 4/ Sony/ Amazon), 'Catch-22' (Hulu), 'Vanity Fair' (ITV/Amazon), 'Diary of a Teenage Girl' (Southwark Playhouse), 'Titus Andronicus' (Shakespeare's Globe), 'The Comedy of Errors' (Shakespeare's Globe), 'The Shoemaker's Holiday' (RSC), 'Two Noble Kinsmen' (RSC).
- Kat JackM: Kat has most recently been in Channel 4's Hollyoaks. Last year she starred in 'The Salisbury Poisoning' as a police officer, and also in Sky One's 'COBRA' with Robert Carlyle as news reporter, Cressida McGuire. She has also appeared in Bleak House for Sky Arts, alongside Stephen Mangan. Her theatre and TV credits include: 'An Inspector Calls' (Webber PW Productions), 'Agamemnon' (Cambridge Arts Theatre), 'Bleak House' (Slam TV / Sky Arts), 'Coronation Street' (Granada), 'No Offence' (Abbott Vision/C4).
- Tom Syms: Tom has written and directed the sell-out Trial TV for immersive performance-makers Secret Theatre, London. He also has many theatre credits to his name, including: 'Alice's Adventures Underground' (Les Enfant Terribles), 'Back to the Future' (Secret Cinema), 'The Merry Wives of Windsor' (The Willow Globe), 'For the Trumpets Shall Sound' (The King's Head). As well as a great performer, Tom is also skilled in aerial work, puppetry and trapeze!
- Shazia Nicholls: Shazia has a wealth of theatre credits to include The Winter's Tale, Antony and Cleopatra - alongside Ralph Fiennes - and Macbeth at The National Theatre, Twelfth Night, Much Ado About Nothing and Medusa. She also starred in 'Girls Like That' at the Unicorn Theatre, which was streamed online during lockdown. You may also recognise Shazia from BBC One's hit drama Doctor Foster.
- Sophie Whittaker: Sophie has continued her teaching career and joins the The Wet Mariners when she can. For the Mariners she has played Dumaine (Love's Labour's Lost), Petruchio (The Taming of the Shrew), Alonso/Duke Ferdinand (The Tempest), Duke Senior/Duke Frederick (As You Like It), Friar Lawrence (Romeo and Juliet), Everyone Else/Fairies/Mechanicals/Hippolyta (A Midsummer Night's Stream).
We are very lucky to have this talented troupe back with us again. We can guarantee that you will be wowed with their spectacular performance. Find out more about The Wet Mariners by clicking here and tickets are still available to 'Twelfth Night' on 21st August.
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