Ruby Potts/ Birdie
Mollie is a graduate of 13 Performing Arts School, owned and run by Jack P Shepherd. Her passion is for live theatre with named credits including: "Fairy Godmother" in "Cinderella Needs A Fella" January 2017, "Nancy" in "Oliver!" July 2016, "The Genie" in "Aladdin" in January 2016 and "Marty" in "Grease" in July 2015. Other productions have included "Bugsy Malone", "The Grinch" and numerous LAMDA exam showcases for which she achieved distinction in all her exams. Mollie has taken part in the "National Theatre Connections" programme during her time in school, performing in "The Wardrobe" and "The Mobile Phone Show" at the Lowry Theatre in Manchester. Studying performance studies at college, and hoping to go on further to continue her studies in London and get her degree in Musical Theatre, Mollie is extremely excited to have such an incredible opportunity so early in her acting career.
Kyle Brookes is a UK-based actor, who has appeared in films produced in England and the USA.
Giant Leap Films (in production)
Kyle, Digital Empire
Group Dane, 2016
Giles, Fairytale of Liverpool
Giant Leap Films, 2016
Innately passionate about his craft, Kyle’s acting career began at an early age, appearing in local theatre productions across Merseyside, England. After training in method acting, he gained a variety of experience in film and television productions.
Mac, Police Follow This Van
Moss Briggs, Normandy
Independent Productions, 2015
Prisoner (lead), Three Minutes To Go
Brotherman Pictures, 2013
Some of his theatre productions include Noel Coward's Waiting In The Wings and The Games Afoot. Kyle is looking forward to the upcoming production dates for Beautiful Monster in New York and cannot wait to bring the vision of Lord Byron to life. In between rehearsals for Beautiful Monster , Kyle has made his directorial debut in his new short film series Three Men And A Muse which is currently in post-production.
After moving to Manchester from his native Yorkshire to pursue his passion for acting, training at The Arden, with a 2:1, Jack went on to forge a career working primarily in Manchester's vibrant indie theatre scene.
John Polidori/ Giovanni Aldini
Ben is a new face at Skint Productions, but is no stranger to the theatre. Having completed his studies in Drama at the University of Cumbria and a Masters Degree at East 15 Acting School back in 2013, Ben thoroughly enjoys getting into the creative process onstage. Whether it involves newly written works or classical revivals, Ben has delved into the Fringe Theatre scene, starring as Ben in Harold Pinter’s ‘The Dumb Waiter’ for Edinburgh Fringe back in 2010, and as Marc in the newly devised play called ‘Infraction’ for the Camden Fringe back in 2014. He recently had his directorial debut earlier this year with newly written work ‘Virtual Reality’ as part of the Manchester Fringe under Postcard Theatre. He signed with Lemon Casting this year to get more experience with Film and Television, and has subsequently found supporting artist roles in BBC and ITV productions since then. However, he is very excited to be treading the boards again in the intense role of John Polidori, as he is intrigued by the rich history and mystery surrounding Mary Shelley and her fellow writers as they discovered their legacy to the world.
Recent credits include:
Peter Mark Roget – ‘An Experiment with an Air Pump’ by Shelagh Stephenson – Curtain Theatre, Rochdale (2015)
As Himself – ‘Under The Covers’ by Contact Youth Company – Contact Theatre, Manchester (2015)
John Throne – ‘folksonomy’ by Contact Youth Company – Contact Theatre, Manchester (2014)
Marc – ‘Infraction’ by Kate Callaghan – White Bear Theatre, Kennington/ Etcetera Theatre, Camden (2014)
Abanazar/Genie – ‘Aladdin’ by Pyramid Productions, Pantomime Tour (2013)
Young Mary Shelley/Claire Clairemont
Wendy Laurence James
Wendy Laurence James has the distinction of being the only performer to appear in all of Skint Theatre's productions since 1999. As an actor/singer she has appeared professionally in theatre, radio and TV across the UK for over 30 years. She is also in a Cabaret Duo ' China Dolls' which has been performing across the UK since 1990.
Credits include: Various Regional Pantomime from 1984 to 1993.TV – Featured Artist - Billy and Wallys Big Night Out : SKY series 1996/98, Radio – Featured Artist - Radio Merseyside and Billy Mahr Shows, Radio Magic - Billy Butler. Cabaret - China Dolls - Professional cabaret duo, Recording - China Dolls Album, Esmerelda in Sanctuary - Original Cast Recording. Choreography - 1983 – 1993 North West Regional Theatre including, Chicago, Guys and Dolls, Oklahoma, Grease, Jack the Ripper, Yearly pantomime and Variety shows.
Her Skint credits include: Musical Narrator/Maisie/Choreographer - Basic Black (Manchester) , Letty/Choreographer - Some Fine Day (Manchester),Eva - Betty Grable's Legs (Manchester), Eileen - Guts ( Manchester, Edinburgh Fringe) Rita - Tricks (Manchester, Edinburgh Fringe), Theresa/Choreography - Kissing Ringo (Liverpool), Sylvie - A Family of Women (Manchester, New York Fringe), Mrs Darling - Mrs Darlings Bed n Board (UK Tour , New York Fringe), Lizzie Stride/Choreography -The Rippers 5 (Manchester, London, New York Fringe).
She is thrilled to be back in this latest production Beautiful Monster playing the part of Mary Shelley in this iconic and revealing story of the last days of the author of Frankenstein.
Wendy would like to thank her friends and family for their continued support but especially her daughter who makes her production debut in the company as its PR representative.
Karlton is the life force behind Skint Productions, a Manchester, UK-based theatre company, which he founded in 1999. As a playwright, he has found acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic. His plays, which
have been performed throughout the UK, include Basic Black, Some Fine Day, Guts, and a World War II trilogy: Betty Grable's Legs, A Family of Women, and Mrs. Darling's Bed 'n' Board (the latter two having been presented at the New York Fringe Festival).
His musicals Tricks and Kissing Ringo (both with composer Louisa Jay) have been performed in Edinburgh, London, and Liverpool. Kissing Ringo is currently in pre-production for an anticipated New York run. His new musical The Ripper's 5 (music by Louisa Jay) was performed in New York at the Lyn Redgrave Theatre, the Salford Arts Theatre in Manchester and also an extened off Westend run in London. Karlton also worked on a musical theatre project in collaboration with Earl Wentz, several of his collaborations with Earl Wentz were heard in 2006's American Composer Series special tribute to Earl Wentz in New York.