CAST ANNOUNCED FOR

LIGHTSPEED FROM PEMBROKE DOCK

Lightspeed from Pembroke Dock, a co-production between Wales’s acclaimed new writing company, Dirty Protest, Chapter and the Torch Theatre, takes the 1979 Pembroke Dock building of the full-scale Millennium Falcon as its inspiration.

Following a casting process that saw us meet with almost a hundred Welsh and Wales-based performers, we are excited to announce that the full cast for the play will be Keiron Self, Jack Hammett, Sian Davies and Dick Bradnum. Keiron and Dick will both be well known to audiences across Wales for their numerous television and theatre appearances including My Family (Self), and High Hopes (both actors). Pembrokeshire-raised Sian will be known to Welsh speaking audiences from Pobol Y Cwm. Jack is a relative newcomer to the theatre scene, but has already racked up performances with Dirty Protest, The Other Room and Volcano Theatre Company.

We saw 90 actors during casting for this production and the quality of performances was astounding. We are really thrilled to be working with such a great cast and delighted that so many actors from across Wales wanted to work with Dirty Protest and it seems were as excited by Mark's script as we are. Thank you to everyone who came to see us - it was a treat!


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KEIRON SELF                                             

Keiron is most widely known for playing hapless dentist ROGER BAILEY in BBC1’s sit-com MY FAMILY. Other television includes STILL OPEN ALL HOURS (BBC1) ABERFAN: FIGHT FOR JUSTICE (BBC WALES) BBC Wales sketch show LUCKY BAG, HIGH HOPES, CRASH (BBC Wales) and CASUALTY (BBC 1), THE MIMIC (Channel 4).

Film includes: BITTERSWEET SYMPHONY, BENNY AND JOLENE for Verve Pictures, A WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS TIME and BLACK MOUNTAIN POETS for Jolene Films, BLUE MONDAY for Blue Monday Films, CHARIOT for Chariot Films.

Keiron has worked extensively with MAPPA MUNDI THEATRE COMPANY over its 24 year history playing Hamlet, Henry V, Feste in Twelfth Night, Orlando in As You Like It, Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Valmont in Dangerous Liaisons, Sir Charles Sedley in Compleat Female Stage Beauty and various characters in Still Life and most recently Sir Edward Clarke in the Trials of Oscar Wilde. He also wrote Still Life, co-adapted Canterbury Tales and The Three Musketeers for the company, adapted Moll Flanders and directed Tartuffe.

Other theatre includes: Bob Acres in Sir Peter Hall’s West End production of THE RIVALS, THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS, THE BORROWERS, THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE, ARABIAN NIGHTS (Sherman Cymru), Heisenberg in COPENHAGEN (Theatr Cadair) FEAR OF DROWNING (Black Sheep Theatre)

Malcolm in BEDROOM FARCE, Angus in NEVILLE’S ISLAND (Black Rat), Jimmy in A HISTORY OF FALLING THINGS (New Vic Theatre),  Buttons in CINDERELLA and Much in ROBIN HOOD (Hiss and Boo/Newport Riverfront Pantomimes), LOVE AND MONEY (Waking Exploits)  REVERIE (yellobrick). 

He has worked extensively for Radio 4 and Radio Wales.

Keiron is also a writer adapting AESOP’S FABLES, CYRANO, THE WHITE FEATHER and BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE for Theatr Na N’Og. With co–writer Giles New he has written extensively for TV and Radio, credits include SADIE J (CBBC), GROOVE HIGH (Disney Channel), SHAUN THE SHEEP (Aardman) and MITCHELL AND WEBB (BBC 2). They currently have several feature film projects in development with LUPUS FILMS, Stephen Fry’s company SPROUT and the BFI.

Keiron is very happy to be in hyperspace, as he has been a Star Wars fan since childhood. Favourite character - Han Solo. Punch it Chewie!

 


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JACK HAMMETT

Jack graduated from Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in 2016. Credits whilst at RWCMD; The London CuckoldsThe Taming of the ShrewThe Winter's TaleMOJOSavedConspiracy and The Rover. Professional credits include En Folkefiende by Brad Birch for Squint Theatre, The River by Jezz Butterworth with Red Oak Theatre. And Voice over for SEGA's Transformers.  Jack has also worked with The Other Room, Volcano Theatre, Dirty Protest, Theatre503, Run Amok, Critical Ambition, Theatre Uncut, Pleasance Theatre and Chippy Lane Productions


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SIAN DAVIES

Originally from St. Dogmaels in Pembrokeshire, Sian trained at Arts Educational Schools London. Her theatre credits include Y Fenyw Ddaeth O'r Môr (Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru), Melltith y Brenin Lludd (Cwmni Mega), Spangled (Mercury Theatre Wales), Sinderela (Martyn Geraint Cyf), Everyday an Adventure and No Ball Games (New Wolsey Theatre). She has also worked extensively on screen in both Welsh and English, in productions such as Parch (Apollo), Reservoir Safety Campaign (Welsh Water), Doctors (BBC) and Casualty (BBC), as well as recurring roles in both Pobl y Cwm (BBC) and Gwaith/Cartref (Fiction Factory).


Sian is particularly excited to be a part of a new play set in her home county.


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DICK BRADNUM

 Dick is an actor and a writer. His acting credits in a career spanning 25 years include Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth for the English Shakespeare Company and Malvolio in Twelfth Night for York Theatre Royal. Television includes The Office, My Hero, High Hopes and Belonging (BBCTV) and Caerdydd (S4C). He has appeared in many Radio Dramas for Radios 3 and 4 and was for several years a compere on the comedy circuit. In 2016 his one-man show Dick Johns What Midlife Crisis? played to sell-out houses at Chapter, Cardiff; and the sequel Let’s Talk About Death, Baby will play at the same venue in September 2018. 

Dick is Lead Tutor at Young Actors Studio, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. He is a veteran pantomime Dame, most recently in Jack and the Beanstalk at Blackwood Miners Institute. Dick lives in Penarth with his wife and three children. As the writer Dick Johns he won the 2015 Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook Short Story Award for his story ‘Joy’.