Earthquakes in London

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An epic rollercoaster of a play travelling from 1968 to 2525 and back again, driven by an all-pervasive fear of the future and a guilty pleasure in the excesses of the present.

It’s Cabaret, we’ve got our heads down and we’re dancing and drinking as fast as we can. The enemy is on its way, but this time it doesn’t have guns and gas it has storms and earthquakes, fire and brimstone....

Earthquakes in London includes burlesque strip shows, bad dreams, social breakdown, population explosion, worldwide paranoia. It is a fast and furious metropolitan crash of people, scenes and decades, as three sisters attempt to navigate their dislocated lives and loves, while their dysfunctional father, a brilliant scientist, predicts global catastrophe.

In September 2019, NOW! Theatre presented Mike Bartlett's classic play to sell out audiences at London's Ovalhouse theatre.

Meet the Cast

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Louise Lilja

Freya

Louise Lilja is very excited to be taking on the role as Freya. As a child, she performed in her native country of Sweden. Her London stage debut came in 2019, when she performed the role of Sarah in an abridged version of Earthquakes in London. She works as an extra in her spare time and can, for example, be seen in the movie The Kingsman. Louise’s interest in nature and sustainability led to a position in a Norwegian consultancy where she specialises in Experience Design. She has a keen interest in people and animals alike, which has made her get involved in several charities globally.

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Freya Lund

Jasmine

Freya is delighted to be playing Jasmine and she is very excited to put on a play that relates to something she is passionate about: the climate crisis. Recent theatre credits include, Val in Love & Money (Network Theatre), Sophie in You Love That I’m Not Your Wife (The Players Theatre NYC), Sarah in August 8TH 1974 (Alpha Theatre, Thalia Festival NYC), Sonia in Our Lady Of 121st Street (Marylyn Monroe Theatre NYC). Recent film credits include, Margo in Killer Christmas (Shaker Productions), Chloe in Boozy Micky (Beniot Perrin Films), Jessica in The Cochlear Effect (433 Productions), Britney in In Vino Veritas (KDE).

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Liz Love

Sarah

Liz is delighted to have the opportunity to play Sarah "in full", reprising the role she shared in an abridged version of the play earlier this year. She has recently returned to acting from business life where she was a regular public speaker and interviewee on TV and radio. She has attended various acting courses and performed in the City Lit production of Blue Stockings in December 2018. Her early experience in theatre was as a member of a theatre-in-education company, devising and performing mainly Shakespeare workshops. She is continuing her theatre studies, having recently completed a course in regional accents.

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Marion Armand

Jo

Prior to joining the Now! Theatre production, Marion has taken a variety of short courses over the past two years, including screen acting and improvisation. The role of Jo (originally Tom) in Earthquakes in London is her first participation to a full production. When Marion is not acting, she is an advisor in a consulting firm. Marion is originally from France, and has a keen interest in dance, modern art and creative writing.

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Robert Brett

Robert

Ran away to sea at the tender age of twenty three working on tankers, container ships, research ships, cruise ships and super yachts. Also did a lot of work in shipyards around the world, including Sweden, Finland, Norway USA, and the Far East, building oil rigs (not on my own). Most interesting job? Partnership in a tanzanite mine in Tanzania, lost a lot of money but was great fun. Now semi-retired do work on an ad hoc basis for a wide variety of people.

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Annabelle Gardner

Casey, Receptionist, Liberty

Annabelle is delighted to make her theatrical debut in Earthquakes in London., playing Casey, Liberty and Receptionist. She joined Now! Theatre after taking an acting short course at City Academy. By day, she works as a researcher in documentary development. She previously ran a workshop for the Rich Coast Project, using participatory documentary to build awareness of land rights issues. She is dedicated to storytelling and using its potential for activism, connecting communities and individual expression. She is also a proficient pianist and keen songwriter.

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Britte de Groot

Peter,Emily

Britte is excited to make her London stage debut in Earthquakes in London, playing Peter and Emily. She is also a singer and has previously starred in resistance opera Thijl, on location in her native Holland. Currently, besides acting, she focuses on singing musical theatre and pop. Britte will be finishing her Meisner training at The Salon Collective in 2020. She also loves to write monologues, scenes and poems. Before moving to London, Britte worked as a production assistant and assistant-producer for PIT Producties, a musical production company in Amsterdam that specialises in Sondheim’s work.

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Chris Hamill

Carter

Chris Hamill is better known as his musician stage-name Limahl, former lead singer of 80’s band Kajagoogoo and co-writer of their worldwide No’1 hit Too Shy. As a solo artist, he collaborated with Academy Award winning producer Giorgio Moroder on the theme-song for the film The Neverending Story which became another global hit. Before the music career beckoned, Limahl performed in several professional theatre productions, including Joesph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Godspell, Murder At The Vicarage and Aladdin. Three years ago, Limahl decided to return to acting and has been enthusiastically re-training. He is delighted to be involved with this production of Earthquakes In London.

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Pauline Heggen

Grace

Pauline, who plays the role of Grace, is extremely proud to be joining the Now! Theatre production of Earthquakes in London. Pauline has taken several short acting courses at ArtsEd, RADA, City Lit, Acting With Method, The Actors Temple and The Actors Studio. She received her Access to HE (Drama) diploma from City Lit in July 2019. Pauline hopes to continue training. She has acted in two short films: Verity and Between the Minds. She has worked as a runner and production assistant on short films and student films. Pauline’s first stage performance was Elsie in Warp and Woof in June 2019. She is an accomplished pianist and drummer.

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Yashi Jain

Mrs Andrews,Supermarket worker

Yashi, who will be seen as Mrs Andrews and Shop Assistant, is extremely thrilled to be part of Earthquakes in London. The youngest member of the team, this is the first time Yashi will be part of a professional production. She hails from India where she has performed locally but decided to learn acting when she moved to London for her Masters. As part of her undergraduate degree she has written, directed and shot a number of short films and documentaries. Yashi, who enjoys reading and travelling during her down time, hopes to continue performing and growing.

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Roland Kay

Colin

Roland is delighted to be reprising the role of Colin once more after first tackling the role in an abridged version of the play earlier in the year. Roland has previously appeared in City Academy's musical theatre productions of Lend Me a Tenor and Aladdin and starred as Satan in Simon Wegrzyn's I Am Envy. He is a keen singer who is particularly passionate about Musical Theatre and is always keen to meet up with like-minded performers for on-line duets and collaborations. Roland is currently undertaking Meisner training with The Salon Collective.

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David Martinez

Steve

David is thrilled to be making his London theatre debut with the Now! Theatre company. Hailing from Kansas City in the United States, he has been seen in The Importance of Being Earnest, Deathtrap, and Midsummer Night’s Dream, among others. He most recently performed regularly with the KC Improv Company, and served as the company’s Education Director. His background is in environmental science and he has spent most of his career working at the Kansas City Zoo with animals, both human and non-human.

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Topher Palmer

Young Robert

Topher is from Philadelphia, PA and trained at Proctors Theater in New York. His recent television credits include The Feed (Amazon/Studio Lambert) and Alex Rider (Sony Pictures Television). He is stoked to be joining the talented cast of Earthquakes in London in his London stage debut.

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Bogdan Porumb

Doctor Tim, Daniel, Business Man, Polar Bear

Bogdan, who plays the roles of Doctor Tim, Daniel, Business Man and Polar Bear, is delighted to be joining the cast of Earthquakes in London. He originates from Romania but moved to London in 2015. Bogdan has made his theatrical debut in Play On! in 2011. Since he arrived in London, he has taken classes and short courses in improvisation, clowning, Meisner technique and public speaking. Bogdan enjoys playing football and is a keen reader of fiction.

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Mishal Shah

Simon, Roy

Mishal is making his debut with Earthquakes in London.. The characters of Simon and Roy are as different from each other as chalk and cheese. He sees this as the perfect opportunity to showcase his skills. Mishal has previously taken many short courses in acting, including improvisation, method acting, and scene study. He’s a huge Quentin Tarantino and Martin Scorsese fan. Mishal has previously performed in Shiamak Davar dance shows, performing to a variety of dance types: contemporary, hip hop, and Bollywood for the past 2.5 years. In his spare time he’s a fitness enthusiast and a passionate football fan.

Meet the Team

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Heather Long

Director

Heather has a BA Hons in Acting from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. As part of her teaching experience, Heather has worked with inner city schools taking workshops and touring productions of Shakespeare works. She also runs spoken word and voice training workshops for young people. As well as experience in acting and directing, Heather has worked extensively on writing projects for The Bush Theatre, The Arcola, Soho Theatre and Vault Festival 2018. Heather directed an abridged version of Earthquakes in London. as part of City Academy's 2019 Truth season.

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Alice Catanzaro

Stage Manager

Alice has started in the theatre as an actor. After training for a few years, between Italy and London, and participating in various projects, she decided to move backstage. Alice has been training as a Stage Manager at City Lit over the last year and a half. She worked as Assistant Stage Manager in Blue Stockings, Deputy Stage Manager and sound operator in Warp and Woof, both for the City Lit theatre company. Recently she was Stage Manager, and operated sound and light for This play will solve climate change with the Reusable Theatre company at the White Bear Theatre.

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Pauline Heggen

Assistant Stage Manager

Pauline, who plays the role of Grace, is extremely proud to be joining the Now! Theatre production of Earthquakes in London. Pauline has taken several short acting courses at ArtsEd, RADA, City Lit, Acting With Method, The Actors Temple and The Actors Studio. She received her Access to HE (Drama) diploma from City Lit in July 2019. Pauline hopes to continue training. She has acted in two short films: Verity and Between the Minds. She has worked as a runner and production assistant on short films and student films. Pauline’s first stage performance was Elsie in Warp and Woof in June 2019. She is an accomplished pianist and drummer.

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Roland Kay

Producer

Roland is honoured to acting as producer for the first time on NOW! Theatre's inaugural production. He is passionate about giving people the freedom to explore outside of the bounds of everyday life through theatre and to run with scissors, like your mother always told you not to. After months of planning and preparation, he is delighted to see the actors working together in the rehearsal room.

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Louise Lilja

Assistant Director

Louise Lilja is very excited to be taking on the role as Freya. She has been acting since childhood in her native country of Sweden and made her London stage debut in 2019, performing the role of Sarah in an abridged version of Earthquakes in London. She works as an extra in her spare time and can for example be seen in the movie The Kingsman. Louise’s interest in nature and sustainability led a position in a Norwegian consultancy where she specialises in Experience Design. She has a keen interest in people and animals alike, which has made her get involved in several charities globally.

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Liz Love

Associate Producer

Liz has welcomed the opportunity to combine her business experience with her love of theatre. With a background in marketing and start-up companies, she has found the new challenges of helping to put together this inaugural production for Now!Theatre both exciting and a fabulous learning curve. She is looking forward to many more productions in the future!