Meet The Cast

Emile Clarke - Actor 
Emile is a LIPA trained actor having appeared in a variety of commercials, film (Two A.M, Out With a Bang) and theatre (Little Mermaid / Egg theatre, Love The Life You Live../ Leicester Curve) working with establishments such as The Natural Theatre Company, Bristol Old Vic and Untold Theatre. He has toured the UK and Paris working in children's theatre with recognised companies including Disney and The Museum of London. Alongside this he also creates as a writer and spoken word poet. He will be joining Strike A Light for Pinocchio later this year.

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Leanne Vincent - Choreographer & Dancer

Leanne is a Contemporary dancer based in London. She attended LCDS (London Contemporary Dance School), and thereafter joined Motionhouse Dance Company as their apprentice gained skills in acrobatics and circus. Through numerous projects and collaborations, freelancing has allowed Leanne to deepen her love of film merging the art forms together in multiple films she’s made with film artists. Leanne is currently obtaining her MA in Dance Movement Psychotherapy at Goldsmith's university.

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Clifton Harrison - Viola 

Viola and viola d’amore player Clifton Harrison has performed as a chamber musician,  recitalist, and orchestral player throughout the UK, Europe, United States, Central America, and Asia. He studied violin and viola at the Juilliard School and Royal Academy of Music. Clifton is the violist in the acclaimed Kreutzer Quartet with whom he has recorded extensively. As a member of the quartet, Clifton has been artist-in-residence at Oxford University, Goldsmiths University, and Southampton University, with close ties to the Royal Northern College of Music. He has given masterclasses across the globe and has worked with the London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Opera House, London Chamber Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Aurora Orchestra, Chineke! Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia, and most of London’s period performance ensembles. An active London session musician, Clifton can also be heard on many film and television soundtracks.  As a researcher, Clifton focuses on two distinct areas: 17th and 18th century viola d’amore music from the Germanic region, and Black and Minority Ethnic classical and contemporary composers/sound artists.

Recent releases are on the Hyperion, Universal Music, Sony, NAXOS, Warner Music, Navona Records, NMC Records, Métier, and Signum Classics labels.

 
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Jordan Whyte - Actor 

Recent credits include: Scrooge in A Christmas Carol (RBL Theatre Co); Grandmama in the award-winning Little Mermaid (Pins and Needles and The Egg, Bath Theatre Royal); Claire in Falling  (Theatre Alibi); Pam Murphy in the Radio 4 adaptation of The Dragon Man; Avril in Three Girls (BBC1); and Sarah in Unspeakable (Channel 4). 

Recent theatre includes: Memory Points (Platform 4) which was part of the Secret Southbank season, Blackout (Theatre West), The Mysterious Vanishment of Pobby and Dingan (Travelling Light), and The Queen's Knickers (The Egg).

Other theatre includes: The Boy who Climbed into the Moon, Curiosity Shop, Goucher’s War, The Ministry of Fear, The Crowstarver, Teapot, A Flying Visit, Cobbo, Spies, Caught, Lost & Found, Close to Home, One in a Million, Why the Whales Came, Little White Lies and many more (Theatre Alibi); Othello, A Savage Song, Glorious Death, Pericles, Canterbury Tales, The Three Muskateers (The Common Players); Kassandra,The Arabian Nights, Sleeping Beauty, and the The Importance of Being Earnest (Kaos Theatre).

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Sophie Haynes - Cello 

Cello has always been at the centre of Sophie's life, taking her around Britain and Europe with various performance opportunities. From her base in London, Sophie negotiates a diverse schedule of solo recitals, chamber music, orchestral playing, historical performance and teaching. Born and raised in Gloucester, Sophie moved to London to undertake her Bachelor and Master's degrees at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, studying with Richard Lester, Tim Lowe, Pierre Doumenge and Joe Crouch, during which time she was awarded the Waddell Prize, the Wolfson Award and the City Education Award for exceptional achievement.

 
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Phoebe Kemp - Assistant Director
Phoebe Kemp is an actor and theatre maker based in Bristol. She trained at East 15 Acting School, as one of the first graduates of BA World Performance. Phoebe’s work has been rooted in the South West since graduation, and is an associate artist at Town Hall Arts, Trowbridge and Wyldwood Arts. This is Phoebe’s second project working with archives, having researched, written and performed in “May”, a one woman production based on the life of Rosa May Billinghurst, a disabled suffragette. Phoebe recently directed the first performance of the Speaking of Witch Collaborative “Witch:Unburied, Unburnt, Unbound”. This is her first project with Strike a Light, and is very excited to be joining the creative team of “Never Better”.

 
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Carys Eaton - Stage Manager

Carys is a freelance Stage Manager, Event manager and Technician. She is delighted to be returning to Strike a Light and Blackfriars for the second time. Since last working with SAL Carys has been Event Managing the Virtual Orchestra for Philharmonia Orchestra. Other Stage Management credits include Contentment Productions, Lyric Hammersmith and Royal College of Music.

 
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Caroline Jester 

Caroline is a writer, dramaturg and educator and her work has been published by leading publishers Bloomsbury, Routledge and Oberon Books and  she has worked for theatres regionally, nationally and internationally. Her work over the last few years has been interview based and it has been a privilege to have conversations with so many inspiring people for the Never Better project.


Eliott Sheppard - Producer/Production Assistant

Eliott trained at Coventry University in Theatre and Professional Practice, before going on to train in Stage Management at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Recently he has got involved in Events Management and in the future would aspire to run his own arts festival, something which has been inspired by his involvement working with Paradise Green at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

His credits include; The 39 Steps (The Barn Theatre), Producer & Promoter Workshop (Strike a Light Festival), Coram Boy (Jenny Wren Productions), The Sad Club (Sherman Theatre), asimplelife (Moya Jane Productions), The Elephant Man (Bristol Old Vic), Four Play (Wardrobe Theatre), and Pomona (Belgrade Theatre).

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