Kerri Hall graduated from Edinburgh University with a degree in Neuroscience in 2007. During her time in Edinburgh Kerri performed extensively with EUTC and the EU Footlights and was a member of the long-running improvised comedy troupe The Improverts. Now based in London she is a member of Al Smith’s Kandinsky Theatre Company and the award winning puppetry company Pangolin’s Teatime. She made her West End Debut in July 2009 as Bobby in Ella Hickson’s Eight, and her US debut in the same role at the Ringling International Arts Festival in October 2009. Other credits include Gail in acclaimed playwright Lucy Kirkwood’s first production The Umbilical Project (Edinburgh Fringe 2007) and Haozkla with Pangolin’s Teatime (Winner of Best Ensemble at NSDF 2007).
Gwendolen Chatfield trained at RSAMD and made her West End debut with Ella Hickson's Eight in July 2009. Before training she gained a degree in Anthropology from the University of Edinburgh where she had been extremely involved in theatre and for two years was a member of Scotland's longest-running improvised comedy troupe The Improverts. Gwendolen is also a member of the multi-award winning puppetry company Pangolin's Teatime. She has an extensive musical background in guitar, piano, accordion and voice, writing and performing much of her own work. Recent RSAMD theatre credits include; Cassius in Julius Caesar, Hedda in Hedda Gabler, Paulina in A Winter's tale.
Michael Whitham began his performing career in Glasgow, appearing with Patchwork Theatre and training as a singer with Lewis Allan. He came to Edinburgh University in 2004 and while studying appeared in a huge range of shows, including performances as George in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Boyet in Love's Labours Lost and Reverend Parris in The Crucible. He also directed and produced several plays, and performed improvised comedy for two years with the Improverts. Michael graduated last year, and originated the role of André in Eight's run at the Edinburgh Fringe 2008. The show's tour to New York in January and subsequent West End run marked his professional debut.
Tom Ferguson gained a first class degree in Politics from the University of Edinburgh in 2008, and is now represented by Mary Fitzgerald and Lucy Johnson at Curtis Brown. Theatre credits include Mercutio in Romeo & Juliet (EUTC), Jakob in The Bird (Kandinsky), and Fairbanks in Radio (Kandinsky), for which he won the Best Actor award at the National Student Drama Festival 2007. He has worked broadly for Radio 3 and 4, with highlights including Franzis in Caligari by Amanda Doulton (Radio 3), and Troilus in Troilus and Criseyde by Lavinia Greenlaw (Radio 4). Tom is a founding member of the award-winning company Kandinsky, and will be playing the lead in Limehouse Nights in February 2009.
Alice is currently a student at the University of Edinburgh and is an active member of Bedlam theatre. She has been involved in four Edinburgh Fringe productions, including her directorial debut in 2006 with Anthony Minghella’s Whale Music, and has an extensive musical background in violin, piano and voice. She is also a member of the National Youth Theatre, and plans to attend drama school after her degree. Some of her most memorable roles include Mary Warren in The Crucible, Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Martha in The Children’s Hour and Agnes in Agnes of God. Alice played Mona in the debut production of Ella Hickson’s award winning Eight.
Simon began his stage career as a child, performing in various speech and drama festivals across the North-West of England, eventually earning a diploma in Speech and Drama. By the time he came to Edinburgh University, he had taken leading roles in many highly successful shows, with parts ranging from Marius in 'Les Miserables' to Romeo. In his first year of University, he starred in a number shows - always with great reviews - before joining the cast of 'Eight' as Jude.
Holly's extensive theatre repertoire includes Bernarda in 'The House of Bernarda Alba', Agrippina in 'Britannicus', Elizabeth Proctor in 'The Crucible' and Sasha Jansen in a critically acclaimed adaptation of Jean Rhys' 'Good Morning, Midnight'. She is also a member of the multi-award-winning puppet company Pangolin's Teatime, and performed with them at the 2008 Edinburgh Festival. Holly is in her final year at the University of Edinburgh. Holly plays Bobby in ‘Eight’.
Ishbel McFarlane has directed, performed in and produced with numerous companies in Scotland. With the EUTC she has played, among other roles, Doris in Alan Bennet’s Talking Heads, Harper in Caryl Churchill’s Far Away and Electra in Euripides’ play of the same name. From 2007 to 2008 she was part of the devising and performing company for an adaptation of Jean Rhys’ Good Morning Midnight. In Tantrums’s first production, Eight, Ishbel played Millie. She will be acting as assistant director of Precious Little Talent in Fringe 2009. Ishbel is also a member of puppet company Pangolin’s Teatime they will be performing again at NSDF09. Ishbel won the LAMDA UK and Ireland Advanced Communication Award in 2004. She is the founder of ‘Poetry Schmoetry’ and one of the comperes of the Traverse Theatre’s ‘Wildfire’ new-writing nights. She is currently completing a postgraduate research degree in English Literature and History of Art.
Solomon is currently a second year English Literature Honours student. He has starred in numerous productions with the EUTC including 'The Crucible' and 'Closer'. Prior to beginning university, Solomon interned at the Shakespeare Theatre in Washington DC and was awarded Excellence in Acting for his performance in the Folger Student Shakespeare Festival. He has also worked with the Young Shakespeare Company based in North London. Solomon plays Miles in ‘Eight’.
Henry has appeared on BBC Radio 4 and national television in the UK. He is a member of Scotland's longest-running impro comedy troupe 'The Improverts' and is involved with the National Youth Theatre. Currently completing his last year of university, he has appeared in numerous student productions including 'The Crucible', 'Attempts on her Life' and 'The Homecoming'. In 2008, he cast, produced and directed a successful production of Steven Berkoff's 'The Trial'. He aspires to continue acting when he graduates in the summer. 'Eight' marks his professional theatre debut.
Ella Hickson / Writer / Director
Ella graduated from Edinburgh University in May 2008 and brought her first play 'Eight' to the Edinburgh Fringe in August. Ella has recently finished her second play ‘Precious Little Talent’ which will open at Bedlam Theatre during The Edinburgh Festival 09. Ella has recently taken part in the Traverse's 'Wildfire' New Writing scheme and her work will appear in 'Ink' a new writing night to be performed at The Traverse in April. Ella spends her time writing and running her new production company ‘Tantrums’
Xander Macmillan / Technical Director
In his spare time from technical work, Xander is an Electronics and Computer Science undergraduate at the University of Edinburgh. His theatrical projects have included hour-long soundscapes and devices for remotely triggering falling apples from on-stage trees. His university work has something to do with wireless and you'll totally be buying it next year.
David Tyndall / Graphic Designer