Zoom and Gloom creatives

Cast

  • Hannah – Nathalie Codsi
  • Sam – Gergo Danka
  • Ben – Robin Hemmings
  • Alice – Shaelee Rooke
  • Jake  – Alex Stedman

Creative team

  • Writer & Director – Toby Hulse
  • Technical Stage Manager –  Oliver Wareham
  • Animators – Tom Lewis and Carolina Santos

Further info

Nathalie Codsi – Hannah

Nathalie is very excited to be part of this project, allowing her to have a little respite in this lockdown, and to collaborate and create again with a fun team on even a funnier script. She trained at City Lit and most recently, Jacques Lecoq in Paris, and wants to make more collaborative, clown based, physical theatre.

Nathalie loves to work in a collaborative, devising and improvised way and has worked with companies such as Vamos Theatre, Curious School of Puppetry, and Tessa Bide’s Arnold’s Big Adventure where she co-devised her first family show.

Gergo Danka – Sam

Gergo is a Hungarian-born and raised actor and dramatherapist. He had spent 15 years working as a professional actor in theatre, film and TV – mostly playing various Eastern European baddies. He continues to work as a voice over artist, but his main thrust of work has been applying drama-based training in the corporate, legal and medical sectors.

In addition, Gergo is a trained and qualified drama psychotherapist, working with families in adoption, as well as with elderly dementia patients.

Robin Hemmings – Ben

Robin Hemmings is an actor and musician who specialises in direct address and story-led theatre, using live music, puppetry and clowning. He has worked with Bristol Old Vic, Oxford Playhouse, Tobacco Factory Theatre, Kenny Wax Family Entertainment, Mousetrap Productions, Bolton Octagon, Eastern Angles, ALine Art, Pins and Needles, Oxford Story Museum, Birmingham Stage Company, Prime Theatre, Reading Between The Lines, and Tucked In Productions.

Shaelee Rooke – Alice

Shaelee Rooke is an actor and creator of sketch show comedy. She has worked with: Bristol Old Vic; Oxford Playhouse; Theatre503; Hope Theatre; Wardrobe Theatre; ALine Art; & SoHo Playhouse (NYC).

Shae is co-founder and producer of the award-winning Paperbark Theatre, who specialise in producing new Australian writing. Paperbark’s production of This is Where We Live, in which Shaelee played the title role, was Critics’ Pick in Time Out New York and won Best Overall Play at the New York Fringe Festival.

Her comedy duo, Toucan, have been featured on the BBC and The Comedy Crowd, and were finalists in the 2019 Leicester Square Sketch Off.

Alex Stedman – Jake

Theatre credits include: Igloo (Travelling Light Theatre/ Bristol Old Vic) Out Of The Dark (Rose Theatre Kingston) Return To Elm House (Battersea Arts Centre) Primary Playmaker (Oxford Playhouse) Witness For The Prosecution (London County Hall) Pink Mist (Bristol Old Vic/ Bush Theatre/ UK Tour) Layla’s Room (Theatre Centre); Henry Walker & The Wheel Of Death (Roughhouse Theatre). Alex has appeared in episodes of Skins (Company Pictures) and Casualty (BBC).

Alex is also a writer and has had work performed at Theatre 503 and Theatre Royal Plymouth as part of the Plymouth Fringe Festival.

Toby Hulse – Writer/Director

Toby Hulse is a playwright and director who creates theatre for young and family audiences, and in educational contexts. He has made work for: Bristol Old Vic; Polka; the egg; Oxford Playhouse; Theatr Clwyd; Watermill, Newbury; Leeds Playhouse; The Theatre, Chipping Norton; Lakeside Arts, Nottingham; Birmingham Old Rep; Southwark Playhouse; Theatre Shop, Clevedon; The Point, Eastleigh; ALine Art; Bristol Old Vic Theatre School; and Goat and Monkey.

Toby has twice won the Distinguished Play Award from the American Alliance for Theatre and Education, for his plays To Dream Again (2018) and Beowulf (2019).

Oliver Wareham – Technical Stage Manager

Oliver is graduating from the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School (BOVTS) with a BA (Hons) in Professional Stage Management specialising in Theatre Sound. He has recently completed work on A Christmas Carol at Bristol Old Vic working as a member of the sound department. Throughout his time at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School Oliver has been actively searching for work and has worked in a number of venues in and around Bristol including the Tobacco Factory and the Theatre Royal Bath. Oliver has just completed placement with Autograph sound in London.

Professional Credits as Sound No 3: A Christmas Carol (Bristol Old Vic). During training at BOVTS as Sound Designer: Her Naked Skin (Circomedia), Earthquakes in London (Bristol Old Vic Weston studio), and as Sound Operator: Elephant Man (Bristol Old Vic).