Cast

Tom Crowley – Inspector Fleet

Tom Crowley is best known as Eric Chapman in the Prix Europa-nominated podcast sitcom Wooden Overcoats, as one of the presenters of fiction anthology podcast Story Etc., and as the founder of the theatre and live events production company Crowley & Co. With Crowley & Co., he produces a monthly variety showcase, The Night (Brasserie Zédel) and is producing the Old Red Lion Theatre's Christmas show: his own modernised stage adaptation of Dickens's Great Expectations. http://crowleynco.com @crowleeey

LAYLA KATIB – Clara Entwhistle

Layla's theatre credits include: Charlotte Bronte in Bronte (Thistledown Theatre); Sue Bayliss in All My Sons, Fanny Dashwood in Sense and Sensibility, Caroline Bingley in Pride and Prejudice and The Servant in Blood Wedding (Oxford Theatre Guild); Faith in Kindertransport (Troika Theatre); and Jenny/Kate in The Sgt Pepper Show (ElevenOne Theatre).

Peter RaE – The Narrator

Peter trained at Mountview. He was most recently seen as Don John for the Oxford Shakespeare Company's Much Ado About Nothing, and is currently in rehearsals for Jamaica Inn with TheatreLab, to be performed at The Tabard from November to December. Other theatre credits include: Bernard Marx in Brave New World, Bob Cratchit and Marley's Ghost in A Christmas Carol and Guy in One Language, Many Voices (TNT); Charles in Blithe Spirit, Claudius in Hamlet, and Felix in The Narcissist (English Rep). He is a founder member of The Woodstock Players in New York. Web-series credits include ShamPain (& co-writer), and Vultures. Audio-drama credits include Doctor Who (Big Finish). @mrpeterae

Gemma Arrowsmith – Augusta Bell / Madam Fortuna / Whistler / Tiller

Gemma is a comedy writer-performer. Most recently, she has written for and appeared in Tracey Ullman’s Show (BBC) and Tracey Breaks the News (BBC). Her acting credits include Upstart Crow (BBC), Charlie Brooker’s How TV Ruined Your Life (BBC) and Vic Reeves’ Ministry of Curious Stuff (BBC). She has written for Dave Gorman’s Modern Life is Goodish (Dave), Newsjack (BBC Radio 4) and The Now Show (BBC Radio 4). Her third solo show Gemma Arrowsmith: EARTHLING was at VAULT Festival, Brighton Fringe, Cheltenham Science Festival and Green Man Festival in 2017 and is touring the UK in 2018. gemmaarrowsmith.com @mmaarrow

Richard Soames – Dr Salik / Ravenmaster

Richard is an actor, writer, comedian and improviser. He is one quarter of BBC Radio 4, Chortle-Award nominated sketch group The Beta Males and co-wrote and performed in the Edinburgh Best Newcomer Award Nominated Show The Story Beast. He plays Lord Fear in the hit nostalgia comedy show Knightmare Live, regularly improvises with Monkey Toast, and often guests with Austentatious. He recently played Feste in Twelfth Night at The Leicester Square Theatre and performed various roles on BBC 1’s Michael McIntyre’s Big Show. He is currently working on a new solo show for 2018. @richardsoames

Nicholas Collett – Chief Warder Whitlock

Theatre includes the RSC (Barbican), Bombur in The Hobbit (Queen’s Theatre, West End) and over 40 repertory appearances including Everyman Liverpool, Wolsey Ipswich, and Library Theatre, Manchester. His award-winning solo shows Spitfire Solo, Nelson - The Sailors’ Story and Your Bard have toured the UK, Australia and USA. Television includes Timebusters, Knightmare and many commercials – he won the 2016 British Arrows Craft Award for Best Performance by an Actor for the Currys ad Laptop with Jeff Goldblum. He has appeared in many Radio 4 Afternoon Plays with luminaries like Charles Dance and Miriam Margoyles and has read The Morning Story. nicholascollett.com @nikolakolai

Jackie Smith-Wood – Lady Lucretia / Quaternius

Jackie Smith-Wood trained at Webber-Douglas and is an actor and director. She received a Best Newcomer nomination for her role as Eliza Doolittle in Shaw’s Pygmalion opposite Peter O’Toole, and played Portia to Timothy West’s Shylock for the Old Vic Company’s The Merchant of Venice. Other stage productions include: Macbeth, Man and Superman, See How They Run, The Royal Baccarat Scandal, Master Forger, Private Lives, Beasts and Superbeasts. TV work includes: Mary Crawford in BBC 2’s Mansfield Park, Secret Orchards, Bergerac, Minder, Oxbridge Blues, Bright Smiler, Strange but True, House of Eliot and Maneaters of Kumaon.  

Phillip cotterill – Septimus Bell / Professor McRory

Phillip Cotterill trained at LAMDA. Theatre credits include two national tours of The Borrowers and numerous plays for BMH Productions, ElevenOne Theatre and The Oxford Theatre Guild. Radio credits include two BBC Radio 4 Afternoon Plays with Watershed Productions. Phillip was an improviser with the critically-acclaimed Edinburgh Improverts and is a writer-performer with award-winning comedy troupe The Dead Secrets.

Nicholas quartley – Lord Merrick

Nicholas Quartley has had over fifty years of acting experience, appearing in over fifty Shakespearean productions, and in the works of numerous other playwrights ranging from Euripides to Anouilh and Wycherley to Pinter. He has played kings, princes, dukes, knights of the realm, even a hermit and a Prime Minister - but never a Home Secretary ... till now. He is currently rehearsing Whose Life is it Anyway?

Molly Beth morossa – Miss Waverley / Cabbie

Molly Beth Morossa is a performer, writer, theatre maker, cabaret artist and goth. A guest writer on Wooden Overcoats Seasons 2 (episode 1) and 3 (episode 7), she has also written material for The Unseen Hour, and voiced Carol Da Vinci in Hector Vs The Future. She is known for her award-winning solo shows Carnival of Crows and Greywing House, and work on the London cabaret scene. She co-hosts Crowley & Co.'s The Night at Brasserie Zedel in Piccadilly and is a regular contributor to the London Horror Festival. mollybethmorossa.co.uk @MBethMorossa

debbie leigh-simmons – Mrs Hampshire

Debbie trained at Italia Conti. Theatre credits include: Romeo and Juliet and The Tempest (S4K/No1 tour); Dancing in my Dreams (OTTC); A Christmas Carol (Theatre Maxim); Namus (Sadler’s Wells); Peter Pan (White Rock Theatre, Hastings and Theatre Royal Nottingham); Fahrenheit 451 and Canterville Ghost (European No1 tour); Jude The Obscure (Yale University); Trojan Women (Actors Of Dionysis); Candide and Cinderella (Landor Theatre). Film/TV Credits include: Bel Ami (19 Entertainment); Bright Star (AFFC); Young Victoria (YV Productions); Vanity Fair (Focus Features); Parades End (BBC); Crimewatch (BBC, 2 episodes). Radio credits include: Dr Who 1001 Nights (Big Finish).

chris sugden – Chief Inspector Keller

Chris Sugden is a comedy writer and performer, and one half of the writers of Victoriocity. Previous works include The Curiositorium and Buxton Fringe Best Comedy Show Bulletproof Jest (The Dead Secrets). @ChrsSgdn

ida berglöw-kenneway – Queen Victoria

Ida Berglöw Kenneway is a member of award-winning sketch and improv comedy group The Dead Secrets, who have toured their improvised show Hickory Dickory Murder and most recent sketch show The Curiositorium. She is also currently performing alternative comedy biopic Nathan & Ida’s Hot Dog Stand, written and performed with Nathan Peter Grassi. Ida is also the founder and Creative Director of actREAL, a social enterprise that uses theatre to engage people with academic research on complex social issues. @IdaPersson

joseph berglöw-kenneway – Warder Ralgrieve

Joseph’s work on stage has encompassed a broad range of comic and dramatic roles down the years. Comic roles include Max Brod in Bennett’s Kafka’s Dick, and just about all the rude mechanicals in various productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. A strong biographical thread has run through the dramatic parts he has played including William Hogarth (The Art of Success), Alan Turing (Breaking the Code), and Charles Darwin (Trumpery). Most recently he played Judge Brack in Hedda Gabler at Wokingham Theatre.

Christian Flint – Fisherman

Christian Flint is a professional actor and theatre director. He has worked in theatre making for over 30 years and travelled all over the world performing in a wide variety of theatre styles. He has trained as a dancer, acrobat, mime, comedian as well as working as an actor in many genres of theatre. Theatre companies he has worked with include Paines Plough, The Gate Theatre, Arcola Theatre, Lindsay Kemp Company, Nigel Charnock Company, Theatre Alibi, and Royal Shakespeare Company.  He and his partner Jackie Drew produce theatre work as Rhymenreason.  

Nathan peter grassi – Prince Albert / El Fantasma

Nathan Peter Grassi trained at Total Theatre: Annie Stainer’s School of Physical Theatre (Western Australia).  In 2010, Nathan co-founded Troika Theatre, an Oxford-based company who have performed both in the UK and abroad. Performance credits include: Romeo (Romeo & Juliet), Lord Arthur (Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime) and Rupert Cadell in their sell-out production of Rope. Nathan is a member of sketch and improv comedy adventurers The Dead Secrets, who have recently completed a UK tour of their improvised show: Hickory Dickory Murder. Nathan is also one half of Nathan & Ida’s Hot Dog Stand: an alternative comedy biopic very loosely based on a real life hot dog stand.

ben galpin – Julius Bell

Ben is currently touring the UK in The Hunting of the Snark, after a run in the West End’s Vaudeville Theatre. Other theatre work includes Potted Sherlock (Vaudeville Theatre), The Tempest (Thick As Thieves), Twelfth Night (Open Bar Theatre), A Christmas Carol (Open Book Theatre), Bite-Size Plays(St. James Theatre) and Romy & Julian (Vienna's English Theatre). Ben’s other credits include Qualms (BBC Radio 4), online comedy No Point and regular improv comedy shows. He trained at Drama Studio London after studying Chemistry at St John's College, Oxford. bengalpin.com @BenGalpinUK

Lucy Rayfield – Mrs Keller

Lucy Rayfield is the founder and director of Oxford-based theatre company Vitruvian Productions, which specialises in adapting and staging forgotten or little-known classical and Renaissance plays. The group has a strong outreach component, touring schools and festivals with productions by playwrights from Poliziano to Euripides. Lucy is also an actor, performing most recently in Tomahawk Theatre’s production of Much Ado About Nothing and Reverend Productions' Hamlet.

George mclean – Ticket Inspector / Porter / Mr Gray

George has performed professionally in theatre over 2000 times in over 35 countries, in venues as varied as The Grand National Theatre of China, castles across Europe, theatres all over the UK, school halls and even an abandoned cement factory in the countryside of Estonia. George has also performed on BBC Radio 4, reading shortlisted Man Booker Prize extracts. Theatre parts include Edgar in King Lear, Ariel in The Tempest, David in David Copperfield and many more. George's first full length play Love Thy Brother was produced at the Courtyard Theatre London and directed by award-winning director Sean Turner.

Jen Sugden – Mrs Pomligan / Miss Birch

Jen Sugden is a comedian and improviser, and one half of the writers of Victoriocity. She writes and performs with comedy troupe The Dead Secrets. Their most recent written narrative sketch show, The Curiositorium, was performed at the Brighton, Buxton and Edinburgh Fringes. Jen also improvises in the improvised Golden Age Detective Story Hickory Dickory Murder which toured the UK in 2016 and 2017. @JenSugden

laurence goodwin – Miss Bodkin / Concierge

Laurence is the Artistic Director of Thistledown Theatre based in Oxford, directing, producing or acting in projects for the company. She has also directed for other companies, most recently for a joint academic and educational project on medieval mystery plays at the University Church of St. Mary the Virgin. Laurence sings with the Cathedral Singers of Christ Church and is a voice over artist (you can hear her dulcet tones on the hop-on-hop-buses of many North American cities).

Wayne T. Brown – Border Guard

Wayne has appeared onstage in musicals, plays and concerts. Previous roles include Ko-Ko in The Mikado, Don John in Much Ado About Nothing, and Andy Lee in 42nd St. In addition to being a theatre practitioner, Wayne is also Literary Co-ordinator at Theatre503.

Brian McMahon – Mr Tredgold

Brian McMahon is a Cultural Exchange Fellow at TORCH (The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities), Artistic Director of repertory theatre company Reverend Productions (www.reverendproductions.com) and a freelance actor. Recent credits include Hirsch in Ashes to Ashes (UK/Poland tour) and, as director, Violetta's Last Tango (Wilton's Music Hall). He will next appear as Brian Epstein in The Sgt Pepper Show.

Additional voices by Ana Armas Romero, Edwina Christie, Daniel D. Jordan, Jamie Potton and Martha Zumack.

Piano solos by David Guthrie.

Production Team

Writers – Chris Sugden & Jen Sugden

Chris and Jen are comedy writer-performers. Previous works include The Curiositorium and Bulletproof Jest with award-winning comedy theatre group The Dead Secrets. They hold PhDs in Science & Technology Studies (Chris) and Victorian Literature (Jen), which goes some way to explaining Victoriocity: no doubt because of the kinds of books cluttering up their flat, Chris developed the Even Greater London concept during their research, and after years of writing and performing scripted and improvised comedy together, they decided to bring it to life as an audio drama.

@ChrsSgdn @JenSugden

Producer – Dominic Hargreaves

Dominic Hargreaves is an Oxford-based sound designer and technical theatre practitioner. Recent sound designs include King Lear and Cyrano de Bergerac (Oxford Theatre Guild), The Tempest (Abbey Shakespeare Players) and The Curiositorium and Bulletproof Jest (The Dead Secrets). He is also a lighting designer, with recent credits including Blithe Spirit (Oxford Theatre Guild) and Avenue Q (Oxford Operatic Society). He also works in production and stage management roles and as a live sound Engineer. Dominic is generally not to be found on stage in theatrical productions, but has been known to appear in public singing and playing the violin.

@jmdhox

Director – Nathan Peter Grassi

Nathan Peter Grassi trained at Total Theatre: Annie Stainer’s School of Physical Theatre (Western Australia), a company specialising in devised ensemble performances but with a focus on creating solo work. Nathan is the Co-founder and Producer of Troika Theatre, an Oxford-based company who have performed both in the UK and abroad, delivering wrap-around workshops for international students. Nathan directed their most recent production, Kindertransport. Nathan is a performer and writer with comedy troupe The Dead Secrets and directed their award-winning show Bulletproof Jest. Nathan is also one of the creative team behind Nathan & Ida’s Hot Dog Stand: an alternative comedy biopic very loosely based on a real life hot dog stand.

Production Manager – Fiona Sinclair

Fiona Sinclair has been a stage manager for Oxford Theatre Guild (most recently Blithe Spirit and Mary Stuart at the Oxford Playhouse); ElevenOne Theatre (Bluestockings, Copenhagen, Emilie La Marquise Du Châtelet Defends Her Life Tonight, The Play’s the Thing, Vita and Virginia); Thistledown Theatre (Emma) and The Dead Secrets (Bulletproof Jest and The Curiositorium at Edinburgh, Buxton and Brighton Fringes).

Original Music: Jon Ouin

Jon Ouin was a founding member of the band Stornoway and has composed music for Oxford theatre productions by Oxford Theatre Guild (Sense and Sensibility, Festen, Mary Stuart), ElevenOne (Ada & the Engine, Blue Stockings), Justice in Motion (Bound) and most recently Hidden Spire (Sawdust). He has also written music for BBC radio drama series such as Tumanbay and School Drama, as well as for historical-themed TV such as Back in Time For The Weekend and, perhaps more relevantly, Queen Victoria’s Letters.

jonouin.com @jonouin

Artwork: Vince Haig

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