Following two successful runs in Manchester, Kate, our protagonist, took London by storm. But, before heading back to her home town of Liverpool with an extended, two-act play, she's stopping off where it all began, in Manchester at 53two...
Following a Showcase at Manchester Actors’ Platform, during which, Gemma Brodrick had sung a self-penned parody of a Justin Bieber song, it was decided that this character might just have a life beyond this one performance. Simon Naylor, Director of MAP Prods and ‘Don’t Cha’ teamed up with Gemma and MD Francesca Fenech, to bring to life the first of 3 chapters, so far, following Kate and her adventures.
Manchester Actors’ Platform & MAP Productions
The Manchester Actors’ Platform, MAP, was created in 2015 by actor/acting coach Simon Naylor. Designed to benefit adult actors, its focus lies primarily on providing services required at an affordable cost. MAP hoped to bridge the gap between the affordable and the achievable. Simon’s background as an actor means that he has, and still is, experiencing just how tough the industry can be, not just to break into, but to survive in. Combining his 10 years teaching experience at some of the country’s leading drama schools, a rich and varied experience on stage, screen and radio and some reassuring Northern roots, all of the services MAP provide aim to cut out the b*******t. MAP Productions was established in 2016 and launched with a sell-out show of Andrea Dunbar’s ‘Shirley’. Since then they have gone on to produce their own work both in Manchester and across the country, providing paid work for primarily working class actors, in new-writing and re-imagined regional productions. MAP Productions and their work have been nominated for and received both Manchester Theatre Awards and Northern Soul Awards and manage Manchester’s largest independent theatre, 53two.
Gemma trained at Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts where she graduated
with a BA Hons in acting.
Gemma has recently completed her second UK tour of Cilla The Musical where
she originated the role of Pauline. She is rejoining the cast in August for the third
leg of the tour.
Television and Film credits include 'Pauline' in Cilla, (ITV); 'Karen' in The Good
Karma Hospital (ITV); 'Shona' in 4 O'Clock
Club (CBBC); 'Michaela' in Sex & the Chippy (Lime Pictures) - 'Maisy' in
Crownton Dobbie; 'Young Annie' in
Stalin My Neighbour; and 'Julie' in Suburban Gothic.
Theatre credits include 'Polly Nichols' RIP (Kings Head Theatre,
London); 'Sasha' in Secrets (Epstein Theatre); 'Paris' in Desperate
Scousewives (Floral Pavillion Theatre); 'Princess Aurora' in Sleeping Beauty
(Echo Arena); 'Sasha' in Escorts the Musical (Tour); 'Balladeer' in Assassins
(Chelsea Theatre, London); 'Mary McGinty' in Once a Catholic (Landor
Theatre, London); 'Tina' in Beside the Seaside (Unity Theatre); 'Little Red'
in Red Riding Hood (Liverpool Actors Studio Theatre); Fuscia Groan' in
Gormenghast (Edinburgh Fringe Festival); 'Lead Vocalist' in Be Our Guest
(Tour) 'Lead Vocalist' in Musicals in the Night (Tour). Additional theatre
credits include: Twopence to cross the Mersey (Empire theatre); Oliver
(Playhouse Theatre); A Christmas Carol (Playhouse Theatre).
Follow Gemma on twitter @GemmaBrodrick
Or even better follow Kate!
Francesca graduated from the BA Acting course at The Italia Conti Academy in
2011 after moving to London from Malta. Roles after graduating include Fairy Primrose in
Sleeping Beauty (Gordon Craig Theatre, UK Tour), Evelyn in King Tut - A Pyramid Panto
(Charles Court Opera), Juliet in Redefining Juliet (Ovalhouse), Shelley the Snail in Pinocchio
(Charles Court Opera), Ensemble/Irma in Our Town (Almeida Theatre), Tracy in Hairspray
(Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage), Helen/Nancy/Christina/Tina in Elegies for Angels,
Punks and Raging Queens (Pitgems Creative Theatre Company). She is also a pianist
and Musical Director and has worked with Such Stuff Productions, Goldsmiths University,
Young Actors Theatre and Manchester Actors’ Platform. She is represented by Caroline
at Felix De Wolfe.
Directing credits include; ‘Miller’, which received a transfer offer to Trafalgar Studios in London’s West End, Coram Boy (Italia Conti Graduate Show), Oliver Twist (Edinburgh Fringe), One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest (Chelsea Theatre), A Moment Of Silence (ETC Theatre), World Premieres of 'Don’t Cha' and 'Stay Happy Keep Smiling' and Northern Premiere of 'Freak' (53two). Simon is also Artistic Director of 53two and Director of MAP Repertory company and MAP Productions.