Debbie Radcliffe - Annabel Chester


Debbie went to Exeter University (BA Hons Drama & English) and began her career by working in Repertory theatres in Birmingham, Farnham and at the Tramshed, Woolwich. She then spent twelve months travelling around Devon and Cornwall with the Orchard Theatre. Nine months of doing four plays in Middle and Renaissance English with the Medieval Players was followed by many more years of touring theatre, as well as Fringe theatre in London, playing a variety of leading roles in Shakespeare and modern classics. Acting work has taken her to Canada, Australia, Malta, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia and the Middle East as well as theatres throughout Europe and the UK. Hamburg is one of her favorite German cities and Debbie was seen on the English Theatre's stage last winter in Derek Benfield's FUNNY BUSINESS, playing Angela ForwadDO (who liked her gin!). Previous seasons include STAGE STRUCK (1999), DON'T MISSUNDERSTAND ME (2002), FUNNY ABOUT LOVE (2012), TOUCH AND GO (2016), and HERE LIES JEREMY TROY (2018). Favorite roles throughout the years include Eliza in PYGMALION, Kate in THE TAMING OF THE SHREW, Lady Macbeth in MACBETH, Portia in THE MERCHANT OF VENICE, Nell in PASSION PLAY, Alison in LOOK BACK IN ANGER, Amanda in PRIVATE LIVES, Madame Arkadina in THE SEAGULL, Helen Damson in THE GIFT OF THE GORDON, and Lady Bracknell in THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST. Debbie also works as a freelance community consultant and has most recently been involved in an appraisal of an 18th century Girls Charity School in Edmonton, for the London Historic Bulidings Trust. She is an artist, researches local history, and has written several articles for the Royal Society of Chemistry about Dr Alphonse Normandy, a 19th century desalination pioneer and expert on food adulteration. She is a community activist and local campaigner at home, being a founder member of the Bloomsbury Residents Action Group. Debbie is delighted to be returning to perform at The English Theatre in an Alan Ayckbourn play especially under such unusual circumstances. She has been keeping a diary of life during Covid-19.

Jan Hirst - Miriam Chester


Jan trained at The Academy of Live and Recorded Arts.

Theatre credits include Judy in FUNNY BUSINESS, Berthe in BOEING BOEING, Edna Chapman in NO DINNER FOR SINNERS, Jane in ANYONE FOR BREAKFAST, Sheila in RELATIVELY SPEAKING, Margery in DON'T MISSUNDERSTAND ME, Mary in CAUGHT IN THE NET, Sister Aloysius in DOUBT (All for The English Theatre of Hamburg); Mother in THE UNLOST (The Arcola); Isabella in THE SPANISH TRAGEDY (Rose Theatre); Mrs. Adams in BE MY BABY (Union Theatre); Miss Clemson in LITTLE BOY (Cuc, Liverpool); Mrs Murphy in WINDERMERE (Actors Studio, Liverpool); Valentina in STARS IN THE MORNING SKY (Riverside Studios); The Minister in ONE NINETEEN (The Arcola); Susan in ABIGAIL'S PARTY, Ruth in ROUND AND ROUND IN THE GARDEN (Wolverhampton Grand); Sister George in THE KILLING OF SISTER GEORGE (Northern Lights Theatre Co.); Mary in TABLOID CALIGULA (Union Theatre; Angela in SKYSCRAPING (Soho Theatre); Ghost of Christmas Present in A CHRISTMAS CAROL (Wimbledon Theatre/Gala Theatre, Durham); Miss Tesman in HEDDA GABLER (Greenwhich Playhouse). TV and Film work include Maria in INDULGENCE, Traveller in MURDER MAPS; Old Woman in THE FOG; WPC Jenny Liddell, THE SUN POLICE FEDERATION AWARDS; Marion in THE COST OF LOVE, Dorothy in TOTAL REACTION (Indie Award of Excellence); Eileen in ACCIDENTAL HEROES (BBC1); Sarah in MY DARLING WIFE (Straight Curve Production) BAFTA Nominated 2008; Janet in THREE MINUTES MOMENTS (All Enquiries Productions); Lady Cromwell in SECRETS OF THE DEAD (Channel 4). Various commercials include most recently featuring for BAYER, BRITISH TELECOM and O2. Jan is excited to be back and feels privileged to be part of The English Theatre of Hambur's reopening in these challenging times.

Joanne Hildon - Alice Moody

Joanne trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts where she was awarded the Ralph Richardson Memorial Award and The National Confederation of Drama School's Lilian Baylis Award. She represented Mountview playing Isabella in Shakespeare's MEASURE FOR MEASURE at The William Poel Festival at the Royal National Theatre. Theatre work includes: SIENNA RED (tour for Peter Hall and Ben Kenwright); MRS WARREN'S PROFESSION and YOU NEVER CAN TELL (tour for Michael Friend Productions); HITLER DANCES for Paul Tomlinson (Greenwich); WAS HE ANYONE? for Elgiva Field (Union); THE MISSION for Annie Castledine (Red Roaster Festival); STORMIN' JACK NORMAN for Polly Irvin (Nightingale); IMAGINE DROWNING for Ed Bartram (Rosemary Branch). Television, film and radio include: YOUNG AMERICANS, INGNORANCE IS DANCING and PLAY DEAD  for Danny Cannon (Channel 4); GRANGE HILL for Paul Annette (BBC); A SIMPLE MAN for Adam Bennett (Wychwood Films); HAT for Timothy Holden (Three World Films); THE PARTY GAME for Kevin Curtis and WATERLAND for David Hunter (Radio 4). Commercial credits include: Muller Yoghurt, Marmite, Crown Carvery and KFC. This is Joanne's third play for The English Theatre of Hamburg where she previously played Louise in WHY NOT STAY FOR BREAKFAST and Camille in DEADLY GAME. Joanne was also the Principal of her own Performing Arts School for children and adapted and staged several productions for the school. Joanne is delighted to be returning to the ETH once again.

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