Queen Ayesha (Cheltenham 2016, Cheltenham 2015, Germany 2015)
Victoria Bolley from a young age proved to be a very dramatic young lady. She took an interest in acting at the age of 10 when she beat a list of hopefuls to play the lead role in 'The Wizard of Oz' at her local theatre in her home town of Devizes. Because of this, Victoria started singing lessons in order to help her further her passion of musical theatre which originally began when she was taken to see 'Miss Saigon' at the age of 5. She earned a lead role in an award winning touring production of 'The Boyfriend' at the age of 15, and since then has gone on to become a very diverse singer and entertainer across the UK, adapting to whatever is put her way. In 2011 she joined the Caamora Theatre Company as chorus member and an understudy for the 'She' leading role of Ayesha. In February 2012 she featured as Ayesha in one of the Cheltenham shows performed at the Playhouse Theatre. Subsequently, she was offered the role of Eva Bonaduce in Clive Nolan's 'Alchemy', which she first performed in Katowice Teatr Slaski during the musical's world premiere in Poland in February 2013 and subsequently at the Playhouse Theatre in Cheltenham, as well as in Holland and several UK venues. In August 2014 she performed the role of Eva Bonaduce in the Off-West End production of 'Alchemy' at the London Jermyn Street Theatre. Recently, together with Natalie Barnett and Ryan Morgan, she formed a hugely successful cabaret trio, Symphony. She takes great interest in staging shows for charities and good causes with the help of her family and friends. Victoria keeps her feet firmly on the ground and will always be proud of her roots as a hard working farmers daughter, and would like to sincerely thank her family for all of their never ending support.
Robbie Gardner was trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama. His musical credits include: 'Babes in Arms' (Everyman, Cheltenham), 'Godspell' (Everyman, Cheltenham), 'Return to the Forbidden Planet' (Bacon Theatre, Cheltenham), 'Free and Easy' (Edinburgh Fringe), 'The Buccaneer' (Farnbourgh Theatre, London). He was a lead vocalist for production suite (Costa del Sol, Spain and Porte Plata, Dominican Republic) and a lead vocalist for Focus Theatre, a cabaret group touring around the UK. He then went on for three years to be the lead vocalist on the P&O’s Australian cruise line. His theatre credits include: 'Murder in the Cathedral' (Playhouse, Cheltenham), 'Women Who Cooked Her Husband' (Everyman, Cheltenham), 'Dancing with Auntie' (Edinburgh Fringe), 'Viva la faff' (Canal Café Theatre London). His TV credits include: 'Flattened' (ITV), 'Anatomy of a Human' (Discovery Channel.) He joined the Caamora Theatre Company in November 2014 and debuted as William Gardelle at the Christmas production of Clive Nolan's 'Alchemy' in Devizes. Robbie is currently working as a Managing Director at an established silk printing company outside of Tewkesbury.
Gemma Louise Edwards
Ustane (Cheltenham 2016, Cheltenham 2015), Queen Ayesha (Holland 2016)
Gemma Louise Edwards was born and bred in Liverpool and began her musical training early in life.She gained extensive experience performing in theatre productions and musicals, as well as being a popular choice for weddings, hotels, luxury cruise liners and corporate events. Gemma recently appeared on The Voice UK, and has now become a recognisable name in the world of classical music and crossover classics in and around the UK. In addition to this, she has also appeared on “The Holiday and Cruise“ for Sky TV and spent 5 years at sea performing on cruise liners Costa Cruise and Thompson. With some incredible fixtures on the horizon, Gemma’s future certainly looks bright. Her simply sensational voice engages audiences and takes them on a musical journey.
Chris Lewis started his music and stage career with various local bands. Worked with Robert John Godfrey (The Enid) on a symphonic rock album 'Fall of Hyperion' alongside the talents of, among others, the guitarist Jim Scott (The Pretenders) and percussionist Tristram Fry. At present, thanks to Cathy Keating and Dorothy Frances, he performs concert pieces ranging from easy listening through rock to opera. In 2011 he joined the Caamora Theatre Company as a chorus member and an understudy for one of the 'She' leading role of Holly. In February 2012 he featured as Holly in one of the Cheltenham shows performed at the Playhouse Theatre. Subsequently, he was cast in the role of Thomas Anzeray in Clive Nolan's 'Alchemy', which he masterly performed on a CD, during the world live premiere of the musical in Poland in February 2013 and subsequently at the Cheltenham Playhouse Theatre as well as in venues in Holland and the UK. In August 2014 he performed the roles of Thomas Anzeray and Milosh in the Off-West End production of 'Alchemy' that took place at the Jermyn Street Theatre in London.
Rehani (Cheltenham 2016, Cheltenham 2015), Ustane (Germany 2015, Holland 2016)
Verity Smith is an award-winning, Cheltenham based singer and actress, known for her powerful vocals and engaging stage presence. She has had a varied musical career to-date including touring with Pendragon as a backing vocalist, lead singer for Robin of Sherwood, Knights of the Apocalypse (the recent remake with the primal ITV cast), portraying Aretha Franklin in the Joliet Blues Band - a tribute to the Blues Brothers and Peggy Lee in the C'Mon Everybody Show. Verity has performed on some notable stages across Europe including Carfest, Glastonbudget, De Boerderji, Z-7 and Camp Besitval, and is at her happiest when she's singing - whether that's in the shower or in front of thousands of people! Verity also performs in function bands at weddings and corporate events, and is a session singer for local studios having had a few singles released under a pseudonym with the Almighty Records label. She has self-released an EP on iTunes and her second release Parentheses came out Summer 2016, both in physical and downloadable form. In 2013 she was offered the role of Mrs. Muncey in Clive Nolan's musical 'Alchemy', which she performed at the Cheltenham Playhouse Theatre as well as in venues in Holland, Germany and the UK; this was then expanded to include the part of Jessamine for the off West-End production, a role she made a triumph! She has also played both Rehani and Ustane in Clive Nolan's reworking of his previous musical, 'She'. Verity won the Emma V Johnson Cup for Opera at the Worcester Festival of Performing Arts 2015 and, following a scholarship, continues to regularly train with her vocal coach - you never stop learning. Verity is totally obsessed with her cats.
Ross Andrews is an actor, singer, writer, composer, TV presenter, and director. Over the last 30 years he has performed all over the world, on stage and TV. His performing career started in a Cheltenham dance school, and the Everyman Youth Theatre, and has acted in lead roles such as Tevye in 'Fiddler on the Roof', Adam in 'Seven Brides for Seven Brothers', and many more. As a writer and composer he has written musical adaptations of the classic novels, '1984', 'Gullivers Travels', 'Lady Chatterley's Lover', and 'Fall of the House of Usher'. He has performed for many years in festivals with his soundtrack band, writing new soundtracks to old black and white horror films including, 'Nosferatu', 'Dr Caligari', 'Metropolis', The Last Human', and 'Night of the Living Dead'. He has many books released mostly about the Paranormal, including the Books in Amberley's Paranormal series, 'Paranormal Cheltenham', 'Paranormal Forest of Dean', and 'Paranormal Oxford', and because of his love of the paranormal has appeared in the last two TV series 'Great British Ghosts'. In 2013 he joined the Caamora Theatre Company and was cast in the roles of Captain Farrell, Ben Greaves and Professor King in Clive Nolan's 'Alchemy'. In August 2014, he performed the roles of Captain and Greaves at the Jermyn Street Theatre in the London off-West End. His first love is musical theatre, and he has spent the last 10 years performing his musical theatre cabaret show all over the world, which he managed to fit in between gigs with his band 'Frankensteins Lobster – The World's First Rock Ukulele Band'.
Ian Baldwin has a first class honours degree in Performance Art and Media from The University of Gloucestershire and has been performing in some form or other for the past twenty five years. Currently, he is a horn player with 'The Joliet Blues Band', playing some of Britain’s largest festivals as well as a part-time bassist (amongst other things) for 'Frankenstein's Lobster' (The World’s first ukulele rock band). He has also written original music to a number of plays and musicals. Most recently he has appeared as Wackford Squeers in an adaptation of 'Nicholas Nickleby', and is a regular voice artist for InEar Entertainment’s horror based audio books as well as appearing as Mr Bradshaw in their podcast sitcom – 'Supermarket Matters'. He was also part of the Chorus in the Cheltenham production of 'Alchemy', where he also understudied the role of Milosh. This, in between improvising as part of the Offstage Theatre Company’s 'Off The Cuff' show and teaching adults the art of improvised comedy, as well as shouting ‘Great Scott!’ as Dr Watson in a series of Sherlock Holmes spoofs for BBC radio has kept him pretty busy over the last couple of years. This February he finished writing the second in a series of children’s books and has a short story being published later in the year. In August 2014 he directed and performed in the Off-West End production of 'Alchemy' at the London Jermyn Street Theatre. Directing 'Alchemy' was not be the first time that Ian was part of a London show having been lucky enough to appear on the Olivier stage at the National Theatre not only once, but twice in new plays as part of the BT National Connections initiative in the mid-nineties. Although not his directorial debut, 'Alchemy' is certainly the most high profile show that he has undertaken in this role and he has greatly enjoyed the challenge!
Rehani (Holland 2016)
Emily Frechter was born in Hertfordshire and now lives in Cheltenham. She has been performing since the age of 4 in small school productions and subsequently in Dance and Performing Art Summer School taking lead roles in shows like 'Oliver Twist' (cast as Oliver), and 'The Rocky Horror Picture Show' (as Janet), as well as leads in small pantos. She joined The Caamora Theatre Company in June 2015 as a chorus member and a solo dancer and took part in the jubilee production of Clive Nolan's musical, 'She', staged at the Cheltenham Playhouse in September 2015 and in the concert production performed in November in Reichenbach, Germany.
Rehani (Germany 2015)
Joy-Amy Wigman originally trained at The London School of Musical Theatre. She has performed in various theatre, short film and radio productions over the years as well as working as a solo singer. Joy-Amy is a writer/performer for the monthly comedy sketch show 'Knowing Smirk', which has recently seen success at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She joined the Caamora Theatre Company in early 2015 and took part in Clive Nolan's musicals 'She' and 'Alchemy' at 'The Fire and the Quest' jubilee festival at the Cheltenham Playhouse in September 2015.