Making Tracks #5

Meet the cast – part 2


SUP’s new production of family favourite THE RAILWAY CHILDREN pulls into NST Campus in Southampton, 22-25 January 2020. You can book here – and tickets start at just £10

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Anna Hussey (Mother)

AnnaAnna has been with SUP for one year, and has enjoyed being part of both Agatha Christie’s Then There Were None and appearing in SUP’s wartime anthology For The Fallen. She is very excited to step into the role of Mother in The Railway Children, especially as she gets to perform her biggest role to date on the Nuffield stage. Anna has spent many years backstage, so is very grateful for all the opportunities that SUP offers her on stage.

_MG_8576Sam Hussey (Mr Szezcpansky, Detective, Superintendent, Worker)

This is Sam’s first show with SUP, having stepped in to play the role of Mr Szezcpansky and some ensemble parts. He is by no means new to the local theatre scene, though, having tried his hand at everything from Shakespeare to musicals. He’s looking forward to his first time on the Nuffield stage, and has particularly enjoyed being able to try out a new accent!

Rameen Jamal (Maid, Mrs Perks)IMG_6315

A graduate from the London College of Music, specialising in Musical Theatre for Actors. Rameen has been performing from a very young age and has spent her entire academic career studying: Performing Arts, Musical Theatre, Acting and Dance. Rameen has a keen interest in the Shakespearean era, physical theatre and spoken voice. She makes her return to performing after an eight-year hiatus as a new member of the SUP in The Railway Children.

_MG_8573Deborah Knight (Cook, Worker, Crowd/Passenger)

Deborah has been dabbling in acting and puppetry since the last century, joining SUP in 2018. Her most memorable roles include the Mayor of the Munchkins and a chocolate egg-laying chicken, both with ACTS. She enjoys singing with local natural voice choirs and leading a meditation group – and last December, played Mrs Christmas at Furzey Gardens for SUP/Minstead Trust.

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This is Maisie’s first production with SUP. She has been performing since she was 10 and is currently applying to go to drama school. Some of her favourite roles include Anita in West Side Story and Hamlet in an all-female production of the play. Maisie is a keen singer and enjoys writing poetry.

_MG_8345-2Jamie Lawrie (Jim, Detective, Perks child, Crowd/Passenger)

Jamie joined SUP in 2019, and is keen to develop his acting skills. His first role with the company was in the hilariously slapstick The Man On The Floor segment of Neil Simon’s London Suite, performed at the Rose Theatre, Eastleigh in October 2019.

Jenni Watson (Mrs Viney, Crowd/Passenger) _MG_8569

Jenni’s love of acting was ignited when she was an extra in the film A Man For All Seasons whilst at drama school. Over the years she has performed for many local groups, her favourite roles include Vladimir (Waiting for Godot), Lady Booby (Joseph Andrews), Ellie Dunn (Heartbreak House), Lady Capulet (Romeo and Juliet), Paulina (Winters Tale), Red Queen (Alice), Nancy (Sitting Pretty), Caraboss (Sleeping Beauty), Mrs Pearce (Pygmalion), Angela in (Vicars) and Clara (Hay Fever). Jenni is looking forward to The Railway Children – it should be absolutely spiffing!

Photo 07-10-2018, 16 07 19About the director

Paul Green has been acting and directing in the Southampton area for more than 40 years. He joined SUP in 2018 to direct our acclaimed production of Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None, presented right here at NST Campus in January 2019. For SUP, he also co-wrote, directed and acted in the wartime anthology For The Fallen, which toured various venues and festivals in the summer of 2019. For RAODS, he directed Mary Shelley by Helen Edmondson at The Plaza Theatre in September. He is delighted to be directing The Railway Children as it allows him to use a variety of techniques, including his signature physical theatre style and imaginative stage effects. This production also gives him the opportunity to play with humorous material as, after all, theatre should be fun as well as creative.

THE RAILWAY CHILDREN at NST Campus, 22-25 January 2020 – matinee Sat 25th Jan

Book now: call 023 8067 1771 or click here

Tickets from just £10




Making Tracks #4

Meet the cast – part 1

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SUP’s production of THE RAILWAY CHILDREN arrives at NST Campus in Southampton, 22-15 January 2020. You can book here – tickets start at just £10


Chris Aland (Father, Doctor)

A longstanding member of SUP, Chris has acted, directed and worked backstage for the Photo 18-12-2019, 19 36 41company. His memorable role as General MacKenzie in Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None last year culminated in his grisly death – in the audience.

Chris particularly enjoys the Totton Festival of Drama: in 2019 he appeared in Tennessee Williams’ And Tell Sad Stories of the Deaths of Queens, and he will return in 2020 in The Man On The Floor from Neil Simon’s London Suite. In December 2019 he played Father Christmas at Furzey Gardens for SUP/Minstead Trust.

Kerrie Brady (Phyllis)

Photo 18-12-2019, 20 14 00Kerrie joined SUP in 2017, deciding to return to acting a year after completing her A-level in Drama. She was immediately cast as the police detective in Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency.

Since then, she has appeared with SUP at the Totton Festival of Drama 2018 in Darlings, You Were Wonderful! and in A Jolly Sinister Jape at the Rose Theatre, Eastleigh. Kerrie is currently the SUP Secretary.

Jess Capes (Bobbie)IMG_4407

Jess trained at the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts. Previous credits include working with alternative rock band Mallory Knox on a music video, as Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and numerous parts in short films. For SUP, she suffered a shocking fate in Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None. At Totton Festival of Drama 2019, Jess won the Best Supporting Adult Player award for SUP’s Ghost Story.

Gavin Costigan (Old Gentleman)

Gavin Costigan’s first role for SUP was in Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None, in which he successfully managed to murder the rest of the cast each evening. His recent follow-up role as Billy in London Suite gave him the opportunity to channel his inner dodgy financial advisor. In The Railway Children, he seems to have no significant character flaws. There are two things you need to know about the Old Gentleman… and Gavin is both of these.

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Gavin (left) and Paul

Paul Cresser (Perks)

A member of SUP since 2010, Paul started acting in 1993, appearing as the Thunderbird ‘Brains’ in a pantomime. His favourite roles include Seth Starkadder in Cold Comfort Farm, Bob in How The Other Half Loves and Dirk in Douglas Adams’ Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency.

Other highlights include ‘blink and you’ll miss him’ appearances in TV series Victoria and Albert, The Mayor of Casterbridge and EastEnders. Paul’s SUP production of And Tell Sad Stories of the Deaths of Queens won the Technical Achievement at Totton Festival of Drama 2019.

Stefan Dimitrov (Butler, Perks child, Crowd/Passenger, Hound) 80465508_1308392902673272_7719644492638191616_n

Keen to learn more about theatre and the craft of acting, Stefan joined SUP a few months ago.

This is his first production with SUP. Stefan is also interested in learning behind the scenes.

Sarah Fergusson (Perks child, Hare, Crowd/Passenger)

Photo 18-12-2019, 19 49 26Sarah has been with SUP for three years, playing several widely-varying roles and learning a great deal behind the scenes. A brilliant prompt during rehearsals, her favourite and most notable parts for SUP include the fabulous Mrs Drudge in Tom Stoppard’s The Real Inspector Hound, in which she ‘cut her teeth’ in comedy, and as Mrs Semple in Neil Simon’s London Suite, both at the Rose Theatre, Eastleigh.

Last December she played Mrs Christmas at Furzey Gardens for SUP/Minstead Trust.

THE RAILWAY CHILDREN at NST Campus, 22-25 January 2020 – matinee Sat 25th Jan

Book now: call 023 8067 1771 or click here

Tickets from just £10