Company - Cast

AUDREY BRISSON

AUDREY BRISSON

Gelsomina

Audrey trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama. She also studied Classical Singing at Cegep St-Laurent, Canada. As a child and teenager, Audrey worked extensively with the Cirque Du Soleil as a vocalist and acrobat. She performed in their international tours of Reinvente and Quidam and will be taking part in the Cirque Du Soleil 30th Anniversary Concert.

Theatre includes: Midnight's Pumpkin and The Wild Bride (both Kneehigh), Miss Hedgehog in The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (Kensington Gardens), The Elephantom (National Theatre), Dead Dog in a Suitcase & Other Love Song (Kneehigh), Juliet in Romeo and Juliet (Rose Theatre, Kingston), Bella Chagall in The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk (Kneehigh) and Dea in The Grinning Man (Bristol Old Vic).

Film includes: Hereafter directed by Clint Eastwood and W.E. directed by Madonna.

Television includes: Money (BBC) and Outlander (LBP Outlander Series 2 Ltd).

STUART GOODWIN

STUART GOODWIN

Zampano

Film and TV credits include: The cult classic Rita,Sue and Bob Too, Oscar nominated Cashback, BAFTA winning Cops, BAFTA winning State of Play.

Theatre Credits include: Kneehigh Theatre Company: The Wild Bride (San Francisco, New York, New Zealand, UK) 2011-13 and its radio spinoff for the BBC, Midnights Pumpkin at Battersea Arts Centre and a USA tour of Tristan & Yseult. 2014-15

Great fun was had working with Sally Cookson in the re-telling of Sleeping Beauty at Bristol Old Vic, 2015/16. This was followed by an outdoor, promenade production of Cyrano de Bergerac getting to grips with beautiful poetry and a very large nose!

In the midst of all this Stuart built an off-grid log cabin house for himself and his family on a small piece of the beautiful Sussex countryside. ‘The Crossing, Forest Row’ (facebook) is a small farm vision he created with his amazing wife, hosting events, workshops and fundraisers to share the dream and support this community initiative. Members of the Land Workers Alliance that is currently lobbying parliament for a fairer share of subsidies for small scale farms.

BART SOROCZYNSKI

BART SOROCZYNSKI

Il Matto (The Fool)

Bart Soroczynski is a Canadian performer whose extensive credits range from Quebec’s Contemporary Circus to the stages of the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford, the English National Opera in London, and to the stages of Switzerland’s National Theatres.

Theatre includes: The Vast Domain directed by Tim Kramer and Katharina Knie directed by Michael Finger & Tim Kramer (both for Stadttheater St. Gallen, Switzerland. Performed in German); The Three Sisters (Company Arts Theatre directed by Craig Duchar with music by Nigel Kennedy, London); Benvenuto Cellini directed by Terry Gilliam (English National Opera); The Fool and The Princesses/Son Of A Fool directed by Michael Finger (Cirque de Loin, Switzerland); The Mouse and His Child directed by Paul Hunter and The Merry Wives of Windsor directed by Phillip Breen (both for the RSC); Tell Them That I am Young and Beautiful with Kathryn Hunter directed by Marcello Magni (Arcola); Missing by Gecko Theater Company directed by Amit Lahav (The Place, London/UK Tour); Somewhere La Mancha and The Tempest directed by Irina Brook (Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord, Paris/world tour. Performed in French); Papa You’re Crazy (Monologue for William Saroyan Centenary Festival, Yerevan Armenia).

Extensive theatre work in Paris includes: The Scarlet and the Black, Island of the Slaves (both for Theatre du Conte Amer); The Mother and The Shoemakers with Monique Stalens and Oedipus Rex directed by Luca Giacomoni.

Film: Goldfish, directed by Patrick Taylor (UK); Son Of A Fool/The Fool and The Princesses, directed by Michael Finger (Switzerland); Magique, directed by Philippe Muyl (Canada-France) and Nomade: At Night The Sky Is Endless, directed by Pierre Seguin (Canada).

Contemporary Circus: Nomade, directed by Daniele Finzi Pasca (Cirque Eloize-Canada/world tour) and a host of further leading circus credits in his native Canada and in France.

Bart is also a published author, has worked internationally as a Master of Ceremony and has taught at Cirque Arctique, a creative project for Inuit Youth, in Canada. 

MATT COSTAIN

MATT COSTAIN

Ensemble

Theatre Includes: Hetty Feather (West End and National Tour, Olivier Award nomination for Best Entertainment), Wendy and Peter (RSC), The Histories Cycle, Henry IV Pts 1&2, Henry V, Henry VI Pts 1,2 & 3, Richard III (RSC, Olivier Award winner Best Ensemble Production), Warhorse, The Birds (National Theatre), Macbeth, Pericles, Man Falling Down (Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre), The Tempest (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), Romeo and Juliet (Rose Theatre Kingston), A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Dr. Faustus, The Master and Margarita (Chichester Festival Theatre), Treasure Island (Theatre Royal, Haymarket), Buddha - Monkey! (West Yorkshire Playhouse), The Thought That Counts (Theatre Rites at The Barbican), Jason And The Argonauts (BAC) and The Millennium Show (The Dome / 02).

Directing and Movement Direction includes: The Histories (RSC - Aerial Director), Wendy and Peter (RSC - Aerial Consultant), Secret Cinema - The Empire Strikes Back, Brazil, One Few Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, Blade Runner (Site Specific - Director), Immersive Cult - Alice, Mardi Gras, Berlin 1989 (Site Specific - Director), Never The Same (Bridewell Theatre - Director), Storm (Barbican Theatre - Director), Opening Ceremony London 2012 Olympics (Aerial Captain), Zangoora (Kingdom of Dreams, New Delhi - Aerial Consultant).

NICCOLÒ CURRADI

NICCOLÒ CURRADI

Ensemble

Born in Florence, Italy, Niccolò graduated in cello and chamber music at Scuola di Musica di Fiesole. He started his career as a musician and later moved into acting and singing, graduating from  A.G.Garrone (Bologna,Italy) and Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts.  His theatre credits include:  Hotel for Criminals (New Wimbledon Theatre), Poppies - A New Musical (The Space), How Will I Know (Brighton Fringe Festival), What You Will (Actor's Church, Covent Garden), The Cherry Orchard (New Wimbledon Theatre), Up From Paradise (New Wimbledon Theatre), The Notorious Mrs Ebbsmith (Jermyn Street Theatre), Celebrating Silvermann (Hippodrome Casino), Dr Selavy's Magic Theatre (New Wimbledon), Nymph Errant (Bernie Grant Arts Centre), The Love of the Three Oranges (Teatro Comunale di Firenze), Jack, or The Submission (Teatro Metastasio, Prato, Italy), Edward Scissorhands (Teatro Politeama Pratese, Italy).

Niccolò would like to thank his family, especially his mum and dad, for the great support they have given him throughout his career.

SOFIE LYBÄCK

SOFIE LYBÄCK

Ensemble

Sofie is originally from Finland. Her training includes Performing Arts School in Gothenburg, Sweden, SITI Company Intensive in New York and East 15 Acting School in London (MFA). Sofie's work as an actor, dancer and choreographer has been seen in a variety of stage productions in the Nordic countries. She is a co-founder of the Finno-Swedish music theatre company HjonTeatern. 

Theatre credits include: Sugar, West Side Story, and The Full Monty - the Musical at Wasa Teater, Finland; Cowgirls at The New Finnish Theatre and the national tour in Sweden including Stockholm Dramatic Theatre; My Fair Lady, The Wind in the Willows and The Wizard of Oz at Vaasa City Theatre, Finland amongst others.

Other credits include: Next to Normal at Wasa Teater, Finland (choreography); The Wind in the Willows at Vaasa City Theatre, Finland (choreography); Hon som fick veta at HjonTeatern, Finland/Sweden (dance and choreography); Mitt Hjärtas Hem at Torgare Sommarteater/HjonTeatern (actor,co-writer, choreographer).

FABRIZIO MATTEINI

FABRIZIO MATTEINI

Ensemble

Fabrizio Matteini is an actor, director and singer who was born in Genova, Italy. He graduated from the Theater Academy at the Teatro Stabile of Genoa in 1998 and in Ancient Drama cum laude at the Univ. Of Genova. Fabrizio has worked in theatre, cinema and television in Italy, France, Spain, Belgium and the U.S. As an actor he has worked with many top Italian directors and also with the film director Peter Greenaway in a stage project in Italy.

Fabrizio has created and directed several shows and been teaching acting for years as well as Drama and Direction at the University Theatre IUAV in Venice. He won a Hystrio Vocation Award in 2004. In 2010 he wrote and directed "What has Mafia to do in Genoa?”. Since 2013 he has been Artistic Director of Valle Christi Theatre Festival (Rapallo, Italy).

He is Cardinal Mosca in MEDICI: MASTERS OF FLORENCE a new TV series starring Dustin Hoffman and Richard Madden just premiered on Italian television with planned broadcast in the UK in 2017 and he recently appeared in EURYDICE for Teatro della Tosse in Genoa.

Fabrizio is delighted to play in Sally Cookson's LA STRADA - his first theatre project since his recent relocation to London.

NIV PETEL

NIV PETEL

Ensemble

Niv originally trained in Israel, where he worked for a number of years in theatre, TV and voiceovers, and won the award for Best Actor in Theatre for Youth and Children, 2014.

Theatre credits in Israel include: Much Ado About Nothing (Ber Sheva Theatre); The Comdey Of Errors (Ber Sheva Theatre); Company (Ber Sheva Theatre); Mother Of Him (Beit Lessin Theatre). Niv is the Israeli voice for Hiccup in How To Train Your Dragon amongst many others. Since he graduated from Mountview Academy in 2015, Niv’s credits in the UK include: NotMoses (Arts Theatre); Knock Knock (Etcetera Theatre), a one man show which he wrote and directed; Little Red Riding Hood (Hoxton Hall).

TATIANA SANTINI

TATIANA SANTINI

Ensemble

Tatiana was born in Corsica (France) and she discovered her passion for music at a very early age, singing, in particular.

Tatiana's love for performing grew and in 2012, after finishing her schooling, she decided to move to Paris to start her career as a professional Singer and Actress. Since then Tatiana has had many professional credits; she played the title role of 'Snow White' in the new musical of Guy Grimberg Productions which took place in the Bobino theatre, Paris and then toured around Europe. She did this role for a year. Last year Tatiana was also lead vocalist in the original cast of 'The Frozen Musical' at Disneyland Paris. She performed the show in French and English as she is fluent in both.

Most recently, Tatiana flew over to New York where she met many musicians and composers and performed a selection of their songs at the world famous cabaret '54 Below’.

Today Tatiana lives in London, and is really thrilled about his new adventure with La Strada her first big project over here!

TEOWA VUONG

TEOWA VUONG

Ensemble

When only a small child Teowa and her family were lost at sea for three months after fleeing the war in Vietnam. Despite being attacked by pirates and falling overboard, Teowa survived. She grew up in Scotland where she became passionate about music and performance.

She trained in Music at Dartington College of Arts, Goldsmiths and SOAS. Her violin credits include performing with Laurie Anderson at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Steve Reich at the Purcell Room, and recording at Abbey Road Studios with Moby. Her TV and film credits include Silent Witness BBC / A&E, Dalziel & Pascoe and alongside Tim Robbins in Code 46 (dir Michael Winterbottom). As a stage actress she has worked with The Race by Gecko Theatre Company (Battersea Arts Centre), Take Away by Mulan Theatre Company (The Lyric, Hammersmith) and The Warp directed by Ken Campbell.

As an inspirational violin teacher Teowa has developed her own teaching methodology, and was recently awarded a full Scholarship at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. She strongly believes in helping children find and develop a passion for music. Through her charity, Sponsor A Violin, she ensures that her workshops are accessible to all. Teowa's goal is to use music as a tool for peacebuilding and social change within the community. Those who know her would agree that Teowa’s most notable feature is her laugh, which has been described as a cross between Basil Brush and a warthog on heat.

TIM DALLING

TIM DALLING

Musician

Tim Dalling has worked as a musician, performer and actor since he left Glasgow School of Art in 1982. Travelling and busking brought him to Cornwall where he spent five years in the young, blossoming Kneehigh Theatre.

Moving to Newcastle upon Tyne in 1987 to become a dad, he continued performing with Live Theatre, Northumberland Theatre Company and Northern Stage. He also toured extensively for 25 years as the kilted fall-guy in comedy folk trio The Old Rope String Band (which became The New Rope String Band). In recent years he has also become a respected singer/songwriter and created his own solo theatre shows The Unhappy King and Aye, Coyote. Most recently he has been the Old Green Grasshopper in Northern Stage’s James and the Giant Peach.

LUKE POTTER

LUKE POTTER

Musician

Luke trained at Dartington College of Arts graduating with a BA Hons in Music Performance. He has worked in both the music and theatre industry since graduating in 2006. Theatre credits include: Musician in Cinderella (Unicorn Theatre), Musician, Ensemble and additional composition Hetty Feather (Rose Theatre Kingston, Vaudeville Theatre, Duke of Yorks Theatre, UK & International Tour), Link Deas and Musician in To Kill a Mockingbird (Regents Park Open Air Theatre UK Tour), Associate Musical Director in The Story Giant (Marine Theatre) and Associate Musical Director and Composer Outpost (Green Ginger, Tobacco Factory, Norland Visual Theatre).

His music credits include: composer and performer with ‘Yes Sir Boss’ and a performer on both Ergo Schmidt’s album 2 and Joss Stone’s album LP1. He is currently writing and performing for his solo project ‘Potts Music’.

T J HOLMES

T J HOLMES

Musician

T J trained at Central School of Speech and Drama.

His acting credits include: The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Shakespeare’s Globe and Liverpool Everyman); The BFG and I Was a Rat! (Birmingham Rep); The Threepenny Opera (Graeae); Spend Spend
Spend! and Some Like It Hotter (Watermill); As You Like It (Curve Theatre); Cider With Rosie and The Merchant of Venice (Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds); Beauty and the Beast (NIE) and What to Do When You Find a Dinosaur (Oxford Playhouse).

Television appearances include: Doc Martin (ITV); A Rogue and a Patriot (Channel 5) and Harry Hill’s Christmas Burp (Channel 4). T J has performed as a musician in Hansel and Gretel with Kneehigh and in Sally Cookson’s Cinderella - a Fairytale at the Unicorn.