Silas Hawkins is an old Christmas ham with wide experience of voiceover, audiobooks, film and stage. Favorite credits include : all the voices for animated children’s series Summerton Mill, broadcast on CBeebies, Bob the talking cyberdog in Scottish Manga animation Rogue Farm, quadrilingual character voices for the computer game Haven – Call of the King and, most recently, a juicy role in a forthcoming audio Dr. Who for Big Finish Productions – a particular thrill given the family Dr. Who connection ( father, Peter Hawkins, provided the very first Dalek voices.)
Silas has been a reader for Liars’ League ( showcase for unpublished short fiction) since its inception some 10 years ago and many of his previous renditions can be heard in its online archive e.g. ( favourite ) My Last Friday Night John Race. This years stage credits have included the monologues Cornet Solo by Ben Francis and I’ll be along D’reckly by Mark Lindow, featuring, respectively, a doleful, Welsh ice-cream-van-man and a bereft Cornish grandad.
Neil Bell studied drama at Oldham College and has played character roles in such TV series as Buried, Shameless, Murphy’s Law, Ideal, City Lights, The BillCoronation Street, and Casualty, and the films 24 Hour Party People (2002) and Dead Man’s Shoes (2004). He had a regular role in Downton Abbey, and more recently in Peaky Blinders.
Susie Hennesy is an actor and writer, who was awarded a doctorate from Loughborough University’s School of the Arts, English and Drama in 2015. Susie has performed in a variety of genres and guises, and roles, to date, have included Sarah, in Harold Pinter’s The Lover; Grusha in The Caucasian Chalk Circle; Masha in Three Sisters; Ma Ubu in Ubu Roi; Lydia in The Rivals; Miss Bell in Fame; and Suzannah in Hair. Susie has recently had her first audio play, To Be There, produced, and is collaborating on a screenplay, Finding Angels, which will be filmed in the New Year.
Marian Cox coaches students in preparation for LAMDA examinations. She is an Associate Member of the Association of LAMDA Teachers (AALT) and of the Society of Teachers of Speech and Drama (ASTSD). Marian performs with the all-female Rose Company, bringing dramatic texts from the past to contemporary life’.
Marian will be reading stories and poems for Dusk at Lancaster.
Jay Bradley is an actor and writer, who is a member of both Nottingham Writers’ Studio, and The Actors’ Workshop. Jay’s acting credits include Cinesias in Lysistrata; Gary in Catharsis; Dr Denman in The Last Stockade; John Allen in Redemption; Tony in Letting Go; and, most recently, Anthony Bon Coup in a regional tour of Murder at the Masquerade Ball. Jay is currently in the process of filming two original screenplays, Little Mouse and Finding Angels, which he wrote this year.
LEO ATKIN has been an actor for 40 years, and has recently returned from playing George, the boxing coach, and covering Billy’s Dad, in Billy Elliot the Musical UK tour. Other work includes: Feste in Twelfth Night and Rev. Humphrey in See How They Run, to rave reviews, both for Original Theatre Company; Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, for the Octagon Theatre, Bolton; Lear in an acclaimed international tour of King Lear for ADG Europe; Grandfather in The Old Curiosity Shop for NTC; Old Gobbo & Duke in Merchant of Venice for Northern Broadsides Theatre Co.; Dick Whittington and Beauty and the Beast for the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry; Squire Trelawney in Treasure Island with Birmingham Stage Co.; Dr von Whackoff in Saucy Jak and the Space Vixens at the Albany Stage for the National Theatre. And on TV: Coronation Street, Doctors, Merseybeat, Coasting and 999 for the BBC.
Leo wil be reading stories and poems for Dusk at Lancaster
ELIZABETH PARKER grew up in The Forest Of Dean and now lives on the harbour in Bristol. Both places inspire her writing. She has been published in Magma, The Interpreter’s House, Raceme, The Stony Thursday Book, Southword and Agenda. She has been shortlisted for The Bridport Poetry Prize, The Melita Hume Prize and The Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Competition and was a prizewinner in the 2016 Troubadour International Poetry Prize.
Her debut poetry pamphlet Antinopolis was published by Eyewear Poetry in 2016 and her poem ‘Rivers’ was featured in the Eyewear anthology The Best New British and Irish Poets 2016. Her first full poetry collection will be published by Seren in April 2018.
Elizabeth’s poem for Dusk, Dusurah, will be read at Bristol on Dcember 21st.