Steven Vaughan - Fulk
Sophie MaSSa - Lizzie Turnip
Sophie has been performing since childhood, training in the disciplines of acting, singing and dancing. She completed her degree in Theatre and Performance at the University of Leeds before going to work as a vocalist for Disney Cruise Line in 2016.
Sophie has also worked as a professional session recording vocalist, and this year started working with Leeds Musical Theatre Choir.
Serena (Legally Blonde); Ensemble (Rent); Cinderella (Cinderella); Peter Pan (Peter Pan); Roxie Hart (Chicago); Sally (Supertown)
JaSon Weightman - Ranulf Hamanet
Jason trained in Musical Theatre at Liverpool Theatre School, and has appeared in many musicals, plays and concerts ever since.
Jason has received two regional theatre awards for best supporting actor in a musical and is delighted to be able to reprise his role as Ranulf Hamanet in Edinburgh which he originated in Leeds.
Sweeney Todd (Sweeney Todd); Jaime (The Last five years);
The Pirate King (Pirates of Penzance).
Dave CollinS - Hob Turnip
Dave has been performing for many years in musicals, plays and pantos. He once again is enjoying originating a role in another brand new musical written by Sidgwick and Sanders, having played Dreadman in Supertown at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2015.
Orin Scrivello (Little Shop Of Horrors); Jim Fenner (Bad Girls); Dreadman (Supertown);
The Cowardly Lion (The Wizard of Oz).
Emily Middleton - Malle Turnip
Emily has been performing since she was young and has been involved in theatre in Leeds since 2004. She loved being part of the first Sidgwick & Sanders production of Supertown in 2015 and is very excited to perform in this brand new musical at the Edinburgh Fringe festival.
JameS Pegg - Harry Beetroot
James has been involved in musical theatre since university where he performed in and musically directed shows for the University of Leeds Stage Musicals Society.
Since university, James has performed with several theatre companies across West Yorkshire.
Edges; The Addams Family; Spamalot; Made in Dagenham; Rock of Ages;
Whistle Down the Wind; Kipps: The New Half A Sixpence Musical.
Richard PaScoe - William Weseham
Richard has been performing in musicals, operettas and operas in Leeds for over 20 years. Richard has performed on large stages like Leeds Grand Theatre (e.g. Old Deuteronomy in Cats) and Leeds Playhouse (e.g. Caiaphas in Jesus Christ Superstar and The Judge in Sweeney Todd), but also small intimate spaces (e.g. The Baker in Into The Woods at The Studio at the Leeds Carriageworks).
Richard got hooked on musical theatre through performing opera. He finds the balance of vocal control, high drama and musical complexity an intoxicating mix.
Training: Richard studied voice, with a focus on opera, with Llyndall Trotman for 5 years.
Figaro (The Marriage Of Figaro); Papageno (The Magic Flute), Ping (Turandot);
Swallow (Peter Grimes).
MagnuS Cameron - Pogdon Turnip
Magnus has been performing in school and community theatre since he was young, and has also been involved in several professional and touring productions. He has studied drama at school and has trained in film acting. He is a member of the National Youth Theatre and an alumnus of the Carriageworks Young Theatre Makers and Opera North Youth Chorus.
Magnus originated the role of Pogdon in Plague’s original run and is over the moon to re-embody this turnipy twelve-year-old in his first visit to the Fringe!
Amy (Company); Sylvie’s Lover (La Naissance d’Osiris); Teen (Little Shop of Horrors);
Hector (Chaos), Soloist (Silent Night Creatives), Wickersham Brother (Seussical);
Joly (Les Misérables); Young Herbert Pocket (Great Expectations;
Sewer Child (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang); Romeo (Romeo and Juliet);
Young Billy Bigelow (Carousel).
Anita AdamS - Gundred
Anita trained at Bretton Hall in Acting and took specialisms in using theatre as an intervention and a tool for change.
Anita is a multi-award winning Director, Choreographer and Singer, with over 20 years experience. She has worked extensively with professional, community and youth groups and has numerous critically acclaimed productions under her belt. She has directed and choreographed over 60 full-scale musicals, over 20 Operas and Operettas and several plays and reviews.
Although Anita works mostly as a Director and Choreographer she has performed professionally several times over her 20 year career and is delighted to return to stage in Plague.
Clare Devine - Destiny
Clare got into performing at a young age and completed her training in Musical Theatre at Chichester Conservatoire where she worked under the direction of Ed Burnside and musical direction of Julian Kelly. As well as performing, Clare has directed for Carrot Napper Productions and worked in the casting department at Elstree Film Studios. Recently she has been performing in Leeds with LIDOS, most recently in Legally Blonde.
Gertrude (Cinderella); Tinkerbell (Peter Pan)
Anna Halliday - The Black Death
Anna attends Tom Ball Live College and is delighted to be in Edinburgh the summer before she starts studying Musical Theatre at Mountview Academy of the Arts.
Anna is an accomplished singer who has appeared in many concerts and shows and won an outstanding performance award for her portrayal of Eponine.
Credits include; Johanna (Sweeney Todd); Eponine (Les Misérables);
Anybodys (West Side Story).
JenniFer WinStanley - Dr Jones
Jennifer is delighted to be reprising the role of Dr Jones in Plague and has previously enjoyed playing this and various other roles in amateur theatre groups in West Yorkshire.
Sleeping Beauty (Sleeping Beauty); Crystal (Little Shop of Horrors); Sour Kangaroo (Seussical); Susan Boyle (Supertown); Usherette (The Producers); Sarah (Company);
Mrs Turnbull (Betty Blue Eyes); Lucy T. Slut (Avenue Q)
Adam Folkard - Dr Boffle (15-20)
Adam has been involved in various West Yorkshire theatre companies for over 25 years including Rawdon AOS, Guiseley AOS, Yeadon AODS, Halifax AOS, The Grove & Rawdon TC, Stampede, BrassNeck Theatre and LIDOS.
The Plant - (Little Shop of Horrors); Rick (Bat Boy);
Leaf Coneybear (25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee), George (The Wedding Singer)
JameS Sidgwick - Dr Boffle (22-27)
James first performed at the fringe in 2008 with a university production of 'Sweet Charity'. Since then he has performed in a variety of roles, mostly in musicals, and one further time at the fringe in 2015, in 'Supertown', the first musical he co-wrote with Robert Sanders.
ChriS Hall - Mr Turner
Chris has been performing in shows since he was a boy, taking part in school plays and co-writing a King Arthur-themed pantomime with his brother. He joined his first amateur society in 2002 and since then has taken many roles with various companies in the West Yorkshire region. As well as musical theatre he is also part of a group called Songsational, who perform cabaret and sing at parties, festivals and other private functions.
Jud Fry (Oklahoma!); Seymour (Little Shop of Horrors);
Uncle Fester (The Addams Family); Sherriff Reynolds - (Bat Boy); Harry (Company);
Freddy Benson (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels); Franklin Hart Jr (9 to 5); Abanazer (Aladdin)
Phil Boothby - Master
Phil is not only new to the Edinburgh Fringe experience, he is also new to the performing world, having made his debut in LIDOS’ Legally Blonde earlier this year. He has now caught the performing bug and is looking forward to transforming himself and the audience back to the 14th century and its trepidations…
Emily Herbert - Urchin
Emily has been involved in theatre in Leeds from a young age, being part of the City Varieties Youth Theatre in her teens before moving on to join Bite My Thumb, where she performed in their touring productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Little Shop Of Horrors. She then went on to join LIDOS, where she enjoyed being in the premiere of Plague, followed by Cinderella.
Holly (Loserville); Ensemble (Little Shop of Horrors)
Nikki HoSker - Rose
This is Nikki’s 1st time performing at the Fringe after years of watching others. Nikki was part of the original Plague cast when it premiered and could not turn down the opportunity to tour at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Mimi (RENT); Vivienne (Legally Blonde), Ariel (Footloose), Tiger Lily (Peter Pan);
Amy Lodge - Milkmaid
Amy studied performing arts at college before joining a contemporary dance company for 9 years where she performed in theatres all over the country.
Amy has also been represented by MINT casting in Manchester where she did film and tv work for 4 years. She then fell back in love with musical theatre in 2019 when joining Bite My Thumb for their tour of ‘Little Shop of Horrors’.
Amy has since performed in pantomimes and musicals with LIDOS and was part of the original cast for the world premier of ‘Plague’ when it first took to the stage in September 2021.
Frenchy (Grease); Dancer (Dance United Yorkshire) Dancer (Peter Pan); Leggett (Cinderella);
Pilar (Legally Blonde)
Naomi MotherSille - Apple Seller
Naomi has always been a big fan of musicals and has been involved wherever she could throughout school, university and beyond.
Naomi performed with Liverpool student theatre society ‘LUST’ and Northampton Musical Theatre Company thereafter before moving to Leeds where Naomi performed in range of shows with community groups including Songs for a New World, RENT, and the world premiere of Plague which took place in September 2021! Naomi can’t wait to perform in Plague for the second time at one of the world's biggest arts and culture festivals, Edinburgh Fringe!
Kayleigh NewSome - Tailor
Since graduating from CPA Studios, Kayleigh has enjoyed a variety of contracts, from touring productions, to a year long pantomime with Butlin’s! Since the pandemic she has enjoyed working on online concerts with local company LIDOS, before returning to the stage with them in Plague, and later their 2022 pantomime Cinderella.
Training: CPA Studios, graduating with the Colin Putz Award
Credits include: Dame/Daisy/Goose (Jack and the Beanstalk); Betty (Best of Broadway);
Carabosse (Sleeping Beauty); Vocalist (ABBA Here We Go Again/Swing into Christmas)
Matt OgleSby - Night Soil Man
Matthew Oglesby started singing in 1995, aged eight, at Blackburn Cathedral, moving to and staying in Leeds at 18 to further his musical studies, where he was also choral and conducting scholar at Leeds Cathedral, and directed the university Union Music Society Chamber Choir. A decade and a half later he is gaining some notoriety in West Yorkshire as a composer of choral, orchestral and stage music and as a graphic designer.
Scott Pennwood - Cliff
Scott has been a choral singer from a young age, winning his Dean's and Bishop's awards in the parish of Hove All Saints. He continued his training at the University of Leeds where he moved into Opera and Oratorio, before eventually partaking in Musical Theatre once graduated.
He has also directed two operas (Le Nozze di Figaro, Mozart, and La belle Hélène, Offenbach) to critical acclaim. Scott is proud to include Opera North, The Brighton Early Music Festival and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment as companies he has had the privilege of working for.
Onegin (Eugene Onegin); Pangloss (Candide); Escamillo (Carmen);
Frederic (The Pirates of Penzance); Papageno (Die Zauberflote), Grosvenor (Patience);
Bill Calhoun/Lucentio (Kiss Me, Kate); Gallanthus (The Poisoned Kiss); Lescaut (Manon).
Phil Reuben - Curate
Theatre has been a multilingual hobby for Phil, with time spent singing and acting in German as well as his native English. His most prominent role to date has been the lead in a production of Joseph, but his experience also extends to Shakespeare - and to improvised Agatha Christie plays!
Since moving from Frankfurt to Leeds in 2019, he's had the honour of joining the ensembles of both a unique original musical (Plague) and a bold re-imagining of a classic (Sweeney Todd).
Hänschen (Spring Awakening); Joseph (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat);
Sir Andrew (Twelfth Night); Ensemble (Plague); Ensemble (Sweeney Todd)
Beth Rowett - Flower Lady
At the age of 16 Bethanie joined Wakefield Youth Music theatre, where she developed her love of performing in musicals at Wakefield Theatre Royal. Then at 18, she went on to further her training at the prestigious Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (receiving her diploma from Paul McCartney himself!). At 19 Bethanie decided to pursue a Trinity College of London accredited 3 year professional Musical Theatre Level 6 diploma at SLP College Leeds.
Rusty (Footloose); Serena Katz (Fame), Woman 1 (Songs for a New World)
Emma Smith - Healer
Emma started singing as a youngster in the local church choir and at 16 she joined Leeds Youth Opera where she spent 10 years performing with them. Emma returned to the stage with West Riding Opera before joining Leeds G & S Society in 2013 where she still sings now.
As well as this Emma is involved with her local pantomime group, Bramley Parish Theatre Players, where she began on stage playing principal girl and now helps off stage. She also runs a local children’s drama group in Leeds, Class Act, putting on two shows a year involving children aged 2 to 18.
Cinderella (Into the Woods); Fido the dog (Paul Bunyan); Miss Schlesen (Satyagraha);
Michaela (Carmen); Pitti Sing (The Mikado); Olive (25th Annual Putnum County Spelling Bee);
Baker’s Wife (Into the Woods); Harry the Horse (Guys and Dolls);
Cast (I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change); Cast (Closer then Ever).
Joe Smith - Cobbler
Joe Smith is currently studying classical composition at Leeds Conservatoire where he also plays the French Horn. He played the French Horn in the premiere of Plague and more recently played it for Leeds Gilbert and Sullivan in their production of Sweeney Todd earlier this year.
Joe has performed with his local pantomime group, Bramley Parish Theatre Players, since the age of 5. Here he has taken on many daft lad characters and this year is assistant musical director alongside playing the part of Simple Simon in Jack and the Beanstalk. He is also playing the part of Lucas in The Addams Family in November 2022.
RoSS Tonkin - The Town Crier
Ross has performed in musicals since age 13 and loves everything about amateur theatre.
Performing at fringe is a first for him and considering his character is a drunken town crier, he believes he'll fit in quite well.