When we have a shy, unavailable or overseas author and we want to read their story at an event, we use actors, or people who just love reading aloud.
When we run Solstice Shorts, we ALWAYS use actors.
some of them have worked with us so often we’ve created individual pages.
Here are biographies of some of the people who have helped us out on various occasions, sometimes only for the princely fee of a book – a badge – and a drink. We are hugely grateful to them all.
Adam read Mirror by Cherry Potts for us at Ealing Library.
Alistair is not only an expert in post production he also has considerable experience as an actor and voiceover artist. He has an extensive range of voice types and accents, particular comedy voices. As well as producing a recent audio Doctor Who story featuring Tom Baker and the Daleks, he is now working on new Blake’s 7 stories featuring the cast of the original television series, and he plays Zen and Orac, the two ship’s computers.
Alistair read Zwo by Alan Graham for us at Misty Moon Gallery June 2013, and What does H20 feel like to the Tadpoles? by Tom McKay and Free Cake by Peng Shepherd at the launches of Weird Lies in October 2013 at Misty Moon and The Royal Observatory Greenwich.
Having retired she misses the chance to show off, so is happy to read for us at any opportunity.
Alix read She Didn’t Believe in Ghosts by Jacqui Downs at South Norwood Library, and Games I’ve Played and the People I’ve Played Them With by Nathan Goode at Clapham Books.
Bertie read Red by David Mildon for us at the London Lies launch at London Review bookshop.
Carrie read The Suitcase by Rosalind Stopps for us at the London Lies launch at London Review bookshop, and How to Grow Old in Brockley, also by Rosalind, at Clapham Books, and has read for us at The Story Sessions several times, when authors are unavailable. She will be reading The Real McCoy by Cherry Potts at Other Worlds at Misty Moon Gallery for BrockleyMax.
He is a member of the writing/performance groups Player Playwrights and Liars’ League
He is an experienced director of theatre and audiobooks, he has written prose for local radio and , several short plays, and is amongst those contributing to the second and third volumes of You And Who, a series of Doctor Who article anthologies for charity.
Cliff read A Time and Place Unknown by Jason Jackson for us at Misty Moon Gallery June 2013,
Hollow Man by Rebecca J Payne, and ChronoCrisis3000 by Andrew Lloyd-Jones at the Weird Lies launches at Misty Moon and the Royal Observatory Greenwich in October 2013.
Heriot by Richard Smyth at Lewisham Library December 2013
Danielle Fenemore trained at Mountview. Her stage credits include My Fair Lady (Cambridge Arts Theatre), The Ripper (New Players Theatre), Honk (George Square), Sweeney Todd (Union Theatre), SpeedDating the Musical (Jermyn Street Theatre), An Act of Twisting (Kings Head Theatre), Tony Blair the Musical (Gilded Balloon), and It’s Only Make Believe (Upstairs at the Gatehouse).
Danielle read Are We Nearly There Yet? by Emily Pedder for us at The London Lies Launch at London Review Bookshop, and again at Waterstones Oxford Circus.
Gill read How to Grow Old in Brockley by Rosalind Stopps and A Second-hand Emotion by Cherry Potts for us at Tall Tales at the Tavern in 2012
Gloria read The Horror, the Horror by Katy Darby for us at Brick Lane Bookshop, Tasting Flight by Catherine Sharpe for us at Deptford Lounge and Ealing Library and Birdland by Joan Taylor-Rowan at LSE Branching out festival
Greg Page was cast as Joseph in his infant school nativity at the tender age of 6. Somebody put a tea towel on his head and he became someone else. He was hooked. Whilst he continued to pretend to be someone else for much of his life he only turned professional comparatively recently. Since then he’s managed a season at The Globe, a radio play for the Beeb, a few small films, lots of readings, podcasts and fringe theatre, some TV ads and is generally enjoying life.
Greg has read Rich & Strange by Bartle Sawbridge at LSE Branching Out Festival, and Rat by Liam Hogan at the London Lies launch at London Review Bookshop.
Henrietta Clemett’s credits for TV include Doctor Who, Doctors, The Bill and Ultimate Force. Film credits include Run Fatboy Run directed by David Schwimmer. Her theatre work includes performances at The Pleasance Theatre London and Edinburgh in the debut of Who’s Harry, which won a Fringe First at the Edinburgh Festival. Other work includes numerous short films, commercials and voice over.
Henrietta read The Museum of the Future at the Weird Lies Launch at the Royal Observatory Greenwich
Jo read Monsieur Fromage by Rosalind Stopps at LSE Branching Out festival.
Katy reads for us regularly, both her own work and on behalf of Alison Willis (Takeaway), at the Lovers’ Lies launch at Keats House, and Simon Hodgson (Thieves We Were) at Clapham Books.
Kim read What does H2O feel like to the Tadpoles? by Tom McKay at the Keats Festival.
Lisa read Girl with Palmettes by Martin Pengelly at LSE Branching Out Festival in April 2013.
He was on the Steering Committee in the early days of the Gate theatre Notting Hill,
Associate Director at the Northcott Theatre Exeter and the first Artistic Director of the Brockley Jack Theatre.
As an actor, seasons at the RSC and National. Many appearances on TV and Feature films and a lot of commercial Voice Over work.
Mike read For Your Ears Only by Bartle Sawbridge and How to Win at Scrabble and Life by Clare Sandling at Tall Tales from the Tavern.
Phil read Incurable Romantic Seeks Dirty Filthy Whore by Martin Pengelly for us at the London Lies launch at London Review bookshop, and reprised this story at Clapham Books in July 2013.
Ray Newe has played a wide variety of
Theatre includes The Enchantment at The National Theatre and Breezeblock Park at The Liverpool Playhouse.
Ray read ChronoCrisis 3000 by Andrew Lloyd-Jones at Misty Mooon gallery in June 2013, The Runner by Alan McCormick at Bookseller Crow on the Hill, and Lenny Bolton Changes Trains at LSE Branching Out Festival
Rhik read O Happy Day by David Bausor at the Peckham Literary Festival, and Candyfloss by Maria Kyle at Lewisham Library.
Sarah read Dara by Jessica Lott for us at Ealing Library and Deptford Lounge.
Sean Patterson trained at RADA. He has appeared in the West End in Michael Frayn’s Look Look and The Royal Baccarat Scandal. For the company aboard the QM2 he has appeared in Richard III, Great Expectations and Confusions. On TV Sean has appeared in London’s Burning, The Bill, Peak Practice and Mosley. Sean is reading Surf & Turf by Mi Holliday at Other Worlds, Misty Moon Gallery for BrockleyMax.
Silas is reading This isn’t Heat by Richard Smyth at Other Worlds, Misty Moon Gallery for BrockleyMax.
Sophie read Content Management by Derek Ivan Webster for us at Misty Moon Gallery June 2013
Sophie will be seen later this year playing Rebecca Locke in a series called The Paradox, a project which she helped devise as a short film in 2011. She is involved in several new writing initiatives in London. Her professional credits span the full spectrum of theatre, TV, commercials, film, voice over, rehearsed readings and most recently role play. Sophie read Speaking in Tongues by Rebecca Gould for us at LSE Branching Out festival.