Production Profiles: Cast Member Nathan Thomas

London based, British born. Actor, model and youth worker, Nathan Thomas grew up in London with Jamaican parents. He attended and trained at both Morley Drama studio and Anna Shears Drama school. As an actor he has participated in various forms of productions from stage, film, TV and an interactive radio play. Nathan discovered his passion for performing arts when he was a small child being cast for his school nativity play. Ever since Nathan has been pursing this passion with great enthusiasm and determination. He continues to nurture and develop his skills.

Nathan will be playing Sammy in White Witch at the Chelsea Theatre from April 4th until April 30th.

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Production Profiles: Cast Member Elisa Boyd



Elisa honed her craft by training at the University of Birmingham and ArtsEd. London. She has made numerous Theatre and TV and Film appearances.

Her theatre credits include A Christmas Carol at the Rose Theatre in Kingston and Trafalgar Studios in London, Sweet Charity at the New Wolsey Theatre in Suffolk, The Borrowers at the Northern Stage Theatre in Newcastle, Brother Love’s Travelling Salvation and Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime for the No. 1 Tour, A Big Day For The Goldbergs at the New End Theatre in London, Sunset Boulevard at the Watermill Theatre in West Berkshire which also had a transfer to the West End at the the Comedy Theatre (now the Harold Pinter Theatre), She Stoops to Conquer at the Birmingham Rep, ISL laboratory at the Almeida Theatre in London and for the Sydney Theatre Company, Amadeus at the Wiltons Music Hall, Five Thirty and Gift of The Magi at the King’s Head in London and a UK Tour as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet.

Her TV credits include Orchestra for production company Tiger Aspect and US comedy Good Job, Thanks!

Her Film Credits include London to Brighton, Sogni D’oro, Art In Heaven, Children Of Sorrow, Lola Malady, Standing Room Only, The Sun Always Shines and Galatea.

She is also an award winning writer and director. Her first film as writer – director (Sogni D’Oro – Dreams of Gold) won Best Drama at the Portobello Film Festival in London and her second- Art in Heaven- is currently touring the International festival circuit.

Elisa Boyd will be starring as Annie Palmer in White Witch at the Chelsea Theatre from April 4th until April 30th.

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Production Profiles: Cast Member Claire Jeater


As part of our continuing series production profiles we take a look at actress Claire Jeater. Claire will be playing the role of Madame de Libertat the wife of Bayon de Libertat, Master of the Breda Plantation in the on stage production of Black Spartacus.

Claire was part of the original team workshopping and recording Black Spartacus for radio.

Most recently Claire played Grace Kingsley in the thriller Fatal Encounter at the Gordon Craig Theatre Stevenage, Goneril in Phil Willmott’s “Lear” at the Union Theatre, Southwark and this time last year she was entertaining up to 800 people a night playing Frika the Goddess of Marriage in an ensemble production of “The Ring Cycle” at the Scoop, the free open-air theatre on the South Bank (nominated for an Offie for best ensemble).

She trained at Guildford School of Acting where she was chosen by the extraordinary director Leah Thys to play Olga in “Three Sisters” graduating in 1993. Her first job was playing Helena in Bedford Theatre Company’s beautiful open-air production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” shortly followed by a stint in panto as Dandini. She went on to play Laura in “The Woman Who Cooked Her Husband” directed by John Forgeham and the title role in “Candida”.

Lots of touring followed playing the wicked Miss Minchin in “A Little Princess”, Witch One in “The Witches” and Ladybird in a ten month tour of “James & the Giant Peach” both for Birmingham Stage. At the Canal Cafe and Edinburgh she received outstanding reviews for her portrayal of an alcoholic ex-Miss UK in the musical comedy “Everyone Loves Me”. When Claire lived in South East London she played Lady Macbeth at the Broadway Theatre Catford and joined Caribbean theatre company, Blue Mountain to play Desdemona in their tour of “The Perfect Blackman”, she also went to Dubai with UKTT to play Jacqueline in “Don’t Dress for Dinner” and understudied all the female roles in “Charley’s Aunt” directed by the late Mel Smith for Bath Theatre Royal.

Roles at the open-air lakeside theatre at Hever Castle include; Miss Gibson in “Daisy Pulls it Off”, Ruth in “Blithe Spirit”, Mary in “Caught in the Net”and Jackie in “Hayfever”.

Radio work includes the Empress Drusilla in “Not Tonight Caligula” directed by John Antrobus for Wireless Theatre and Madame Libertat in “Black Spartacus” directed by Joseph Charles for Thee Black Swan. Claire was a regular co-presenter with Henry Kelly on “Clubhouse” an audio magazine for blind golfers (Radio 5-Live)

Film credits include Margaret in “Caregiver” (Star Cinema), Vanessa in “Women & Babies” (Tailormade Films).

She can currently be seen in the advert break on “Long Lost Family” (ITV) towing a delightful 1960s caravan.

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Production Profiles: Cast Member Carmelita Bennett


As part of our continuing series production profiles we take a look at Carmelita Bennett. Twenty two year old Dance Graduate Carmelita will be appearing in the new production Black Spartacus when it comes to the Courtyard Theatre in August.

Carmelita started dancing before she was even three years old and at the age of five performed within The Carol Straker Dance foundation in the production of ‘In Celebration of My Sisters’ at the Royal Albert Hall in the late 90’s. She went on to study dance and has taken part in many dance troupes in London before going on to join the Tropical Isles Carnival Band.

Performing at Alexander Palace, Nottinghill Carnival, The Place London, Laban, Southbank, The curve Theater Leicester and various other locations in and across London, Carmelita has, as of this July, graduated from De Montfort University Studying dance and wishes to push further into developing her skills and perform professionally.

Continuing the passion her dad had for ballroom dance, Carmelita takes a keen interested in mainly contemporary dance, but is a lover of all styles and participates in all forms when possible. As she recently graduated Carmelita is planning to continue her education by pursuing entrance to dance intensive courses in New York for the next Academic year.

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Production Profiles: Cast Member D’Adrian Tomlin

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As part of our continuing series production profiles we take a look at D’Adrian Tomlin. D’Adrian will be appearing in the new production Black Spartacus when it comes to the Courtyard Theatre in August.

D’Adrian Tomlin is a professional Actor, and Spoken word Poet who comes from the heart of South London. Son of the one of the leading Pioneers in the Caribbean Theatre world Charles Tomlin, D’Adrian has followed his Father’s footsteps as he has been acting for 9 years and still going strong. He trained at the BRIT School of Performing Arts & Technology in 2006 where hegraduated with a Triple Distinction for a BTEC National Diploma in Theatre (Acting). After leaving the BRITS in 2008 he then went on to further his training with an award winning part time drama school called Identity Drama School. He was placed into the advanced group, and undertook extensive drama workshops for two days a week. During his time at the drama school he also continued further education in the same year by attending Brunel University where he graduated with a Second Class Bachelor of the Arts, Joint Honours Degree in Drama, Film, and Television Production studies in 2011. Being at the drama school, and university at the same time was a challenge, which showed his hard work, and dedication to the arts both professionally, and academically.

In his first year at Identity Drama School he did a showcase entitled ‘Kofi’ directed by Principal of the school Femi Oguns at the Arcola Theatre based in Dalston (East London) where he won the school’s Best Actor ‘Clive Dailey’ award 2008. Due to his success and phenomenal progress in such a short space of time in the drama school’s curriculum he got moved up to the Professional group, and signed unto the drama school’s agency (Identity Agency Group). His very first audition with the

agency was for the Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in 2009 for a production called Frontline written by award winning playwright Che Walker, directed by Mathew Dunster, and he was successful in claiming the role. Due to his quality performance in the play, he was invited back by the Globe within that same year to play multiple roles in a play called A New World A Life of Thomas Paine directed by the head artistic director of the Shakespeare’s Globe Domonic Dromgoole. Since then D’Adrian has had a good career to date performing on well established stages such as the Theatre Royale (Stratford East), Soho theatre, The Half Moon Theatre in (Look to the Sky by Courttia Newland), Drill Hall theatre, Tristan Bates Theatre (West End), the Croydon Warehouse theatre, the Croydon Clock tower, Birmingham Drum theatre (in Raggarella starring Charles Tomlin, and Devon Morgan). He has also played leading roles in two music videos by mainstream artists Devlin Featuring Yasmin, and You me at six Featuring Chiddy Bang (number 1 in the MTV American rock charts 2011) both music videos were aired on music channels such as MTV Base, The Box, and Starz TV and all together currently has a total of 10, 443, 133 views on youtube to date. Earlier in 2014 has also acted and co-directed a music video entitled Live free by an independent artist called Rae.

His main lead role was in a production called the Hate Play by Contemporary Theatre Company for Young People (Box Clever) in 2010. The play was for a Theatre in Education Tour, which addressed the topic of bullying through Hate crime. It was toured for a month around Hull, and Nottinghamshire to over 10 schools in both districts. Also being an ambassador for the company whilst in the schools, he facilitated workshops after each performance, and would get the young people involved through a technique called Forum Theatre where they had the opportunity to get involved in the play making their own decisions as to how they would have liked a particular scene to take place. This then followed up by a discussion afterwards where the audience had the opportunity to make observations to the cast about the issues portrayed in the play, which took place. Due to the success of the production, and the positive feedback given by the audience, and the staff from each school, D’Adrian was invited back by Box Clever Theatre Company to do the same tour again in the year 2011, and has kept up a working relationship with them ever since.

D’Adrian’s spoken word poetry is innovative, creative, and original. During each poem he sends words of encouragement to empower, and uplift his audiences with a positive message. As described by him, his poetry is just “a depiction of his daily thoughts” being interested in history, and the true meaning of life, and our purpose on earth his poetry also seeks to educate, and spread knowledge, wisdom, and understanding, through entertainment in his words he enjoys “Edutaining” his audience. Due to his background in Acting, Characterization, and rapping he refers to his style of delivery as a “Flowetry” giving the audience a mixture as he is therefore able to bring them on a journey with him, and he really paints a canvas of images with his words as if he were performing a monologue with different colours, tones, clarity, and executed detail.

Click here to see one of D’Adrian’s spoken word performances

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Production Profiles: Cast Member Jim Findley

Jim Findley


As part of our continuing series production profiles we take a look at actor Jim Findley. Jim will be playing the titular role of Toussaint L’Ouverture who was known as The Black Spartacus.

Jim has recently completed a national tour of Inside Out Of Mind for Meeting Ground Theatre company and Lakeside Arts. The film version of this production will be released in September 2015.

His extensive theatre work includes Gulliver’s Travels for Dragon Breath and Leicester Curve Theatre, and Lakeside. Other work at Lakeside includes Natural Breaks and Rhythms, where he was proud to share the Lakeside stage with a jar of his March 2006 Batch of Pepper Sauce.

He recently appeared in Of Mice and Men at Nottingham Playhouse where his other work includes: Tom’s Midnight Garden, The Silver Sword, Under the Story Tree, and Moon On A Rainbow Shawl, which toured nationally.

He also appeared there in The Cherry Orchard, Feydeau’s A Flea In Her Ear, and a western version of Macbeth; as part of Pip Broughton’s Ensemble Repertory Company,

Other theatre work includes: Rona Munro’s adaptation of Watership Down for the Lyric theatre in Hammersmith; The Ghost Downstairs and Moll Cutpurse for New Perspectives; and A River Sutra for Indosa at Three Mills Island Studios.

He was The original Playboy of the West Indies for Oxford Playhouse/Tricycle Theatre, and also played the part in the BBC’s Play For today version. He appeared in Lee Hall’s critically acclaimed, award winning new version of Brecht’s Mr Puntilla and his Man Matti for The Almeida Theatre.

He co-adapted and performed V.S Naipaul’s novel Miguel Street for Edinburgh’s Theatre Workshop, The Latchmere Theatre and Andrew’s Lane, Dublin. The critically acclaimed One-man show was the first time any of Naipaul’s work had been brought to the stage.

Jim has numerous television credits including Silent Witness, Doctors, Livin’ It, EastEnders, Casualty, Dr Who-Resurrection Of The Daleks, and Johnny Jarvis. His film credits include: Cry Freedom, Socrates and Playing Away.

Jim has done extensive Radio work including Poetry Please, Silver Street, The Year In San Fernando and The Painterboy of Demerara.

He also directed Blue at The Nottingham Arts theatre.

Jim is proud to be part of SITC (Sport In The Community), where he has been an F.A. Football Coach for over 20 years. He is also a student of Yoshinkan Aikido a Japanese martial art developed after the second world war.

To find out more about Jim’s character in Black Spartacus check out the article Who was the Black Spartacus? 

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