Eddie Alford was in the RAF for 4 years after dropping out of 1st Vet at University College Dublin. Punishment, and they were going to sort him out, but failed! He became fascinated with planes and when the Easter Rising was forthcoming he started researching WW1 Irish Air Aces. He's written about 3 of them. The war action in France is more or less factual. The scenes in Shannon Harbour and the love story is fictional. He uses projections and film for scenery and background and doesn't use props or sets. Just 3 stools on stage and authentic costumes. His day job is an A-level practical examiner and has also taught Drama and Theatre at a large FE college in Surrey. This is his eighth production on the Brighton Fringe, all the writing being his own. He has a degree in Drama and Theatre and a Masters in "Writing for Stage and Screen" from Sussex Uni. He writes using episodic structure, each scene is self contained yet follows a narrative. H's basically a story teller and gathers information and stories from local communities and gets permission to write them in plays.
Cast (in order of appearance)
Lauren Whedbee - Grace
Lauren is an Actress and Musical Theatre performer from Brighton. She trained at London College of Music, receiving a Masters in Musical Theatre. Since graduating, has appeared in various Musicals, Pantomimes, Short Films, Feature Films and in Theatre. Lauren is pleased to be playing Grace and to be able to honour all the partners who have lost and who are still losing the people they love to the call of duty.
Gerald Dorrity - Sergeant O'Reilly/Christian
Gerald Dorrity is an Irish actor making his Brighton Fringe debut. Having toured extensively in Ireland, then completing his Acting and Stage Combat degree at East 15 he spent the following few years working in London on stage, screen and everything in between. This last year has been spent writing, producing and laying down roots in Brighton.
Nick Bennett - George
Making his professional debut on this stage. Nick is eagerly pursuing his passion as an actor. With past performances in Metamorphosis (Gregor Samsa), 448 Psychosis (Depp) and Our Country’s Good
(Captain Tench/Ralph), to name a few.
During his time in the Chichester Youth Theatre he co-wrote and played the lead in a short piece called Killing Mr Cofford (Mr Cofford). Nick's outgoing and driven personality is often reflected in every aspect of his roles both physically and
Eddie Alford - The Voice and Dan
Eddie writes, directs and occasionally plays cameo roles. He has previously won an Argus Angel Award for Artistic Excellence and has been nominated for best new writing. This is the eighth production in The Fringe and has toured in Ireland with some of his productions. He has an MA in Creative Writing from Sussex University and taught Performing Arts and Theatre Studies at a large F.E. College.
Sophie Methuen-Turner - Nora/Sophie
Sophie graduated from Queen Mary, University of London, before acquiring a PGCE in Drama from the University of Greenwich and training in Repertory theatre. Sophie is an international performer, whose previous work includes the Nurse in Romeo and Juliet and Princess Diana in Bid For Freedom.
Trefor Levins - Mick Mannock/Priest
Trefor graduated from the Academy of Creative Training and has been acting for many years, from comedic roles to dramatic ones, in theatres, open air, Fringe and also interactive.
Roles have included Joe Orton in Diary of a somebody, Victor chanderbise and Poche in A Flea in her ear, Caliban in The Tempest, Horatio in Hamlet, Harry Brewer in Our country’s Good, The maniac in A death of an Anarchist, Mr Martin in Bald Prima Donna, John Merrick in the elephant man, Michal in The pillowman, Toby Cartwright in ways and means and Walker in Dad’s army.
Andy Moseley - Lighting Design
Andy has been involved with the Fringe productions since 2015 and is looking forward to Chichester 2019.