Cast & Creatives – Sylvia

Mercedes Bahleda (Kate) 

Mercedes’ theatre credits include: The Glass Menagerie (Headlong/The Duke of York Theatre); Macbeth (Teatro Nomada); The Lehman Trilogy (National Theatre Productions/Piccadilly Theatre); The Public Domain (The Barbican); The Burial at Thebes (The Embassy Theatre); The Rover and Henry The VII (RCSSD); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (721 Broadway); Agamemnon – The Rock Opera (New York, Here Centre for the Arts). Recently, Mercedes played Peggy Guggenheim in Thor Klein’s feature film Leonora In The Morning Light. Other film credits include Florian Zeller’s The Son (Sony Pictures). TV credits include: Eric (Netflix) and Avenue 5 (HBO).

Louisa Beadel (Sylvia) 

Louisa trained with the National Youth Theatre Repertory Company. Theatre credits include: Fisherman’s Friends the Musical (Hall for Cornwall, UK/Canada Tour and Original Cast Recording); Fame (West End and UK Tour); King Lear (Shakespeare’s Globe); Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Future Conditional (Old Vic); Dick Whittington (Key Theatre); The Wind in the Willows (Mercury Theatre); La Lune (LAS Theatre); Three Sisters (Pleasance London/Squint Theatre); Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood: the Rock’n’Roll Panto (City Varieties Music Hall, Leeds);  The Sunset Five (Hull Truck/DugOut Theatre); Wolf’s Child (Wildworks at Felbrigg Hall); Dick Whittington: the Rock’n’Roll Panto (CVMH); The Blonde Bombshells of 1943 (Upstairs at the Gatehouse); Tory Boyz; Romeo and Juliet; Prince of Denmark (Ambassadors Theatre, West End).

TV credit include: Call the Midwife (BBC). Rehearsed readings include: This Changes Everything; The Lights Turn Blue; Second Person Narrative (National Theatre Studio). Workshops include: Tabby McTat (Freckle Productions); The Pirate Cruncher (Goat and Monkey); Red (Tonic Theatre); Long Story Short (Squint/West Yorkshire Playhouse); Chimera (Wildworks); Moth (Bush Theatre). Louisa is an associate of the National Youth Theatre.

Gary Fannin  (Greg) 

Gary Fannin is an American actor based in London. He studied Theatre at The University of Texas at Austin and later at Webber Douglas Academy in London. 

He was a long standing member of the comedy troupe The Reduced Shakespeare Company at the Criterion Theatre in London’s West End. The shows included: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare – abridged (where he played Hamlet more times than Olivier and Gielgud combined, and got way more laughs); The Complete History of America – abridged and The Bible; The Complete Word of God – abridged. Other recent theatre credits include Savage (The Arts Theatre); Thick (Diorama) and The Exonerated (Hope Mill Theatre). 

Recent Film credits include: Lift (Netflix 2024), Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny (2023), Catching Dust (2023), INC (2023), Jim (Best Actor winner at Iris Prize Film Festival 2022). Television credits include: Day of the Jackal (coming 2024), Culprits (Disney 2023), Red Rose (Netflix/BBC), The Power (Amazon), Black Earth Rising (Netflix/BBC), Fearless (ITV) and 24: Live Another Day.

Alex Murdoch  (Tom / Phyllis / Leslie) 

Alex recently appeared as Hook / Mrs Darling in Catherine Dyson’s adaptation of Peter Pan (Sherman Cymru).  Theatre credits include:  Curtain Up (Theatr Clwyd); Life of Galileo (Young Vic); Dance to the Bone (Sherman); Nobody (The Other Room); We know not what we may be (Metis, Barbican); Lifegame, Permission Improbable, Animo (all Improbable Theatre); Everything by my side (LIFT); Pub Rock, Hard Hearted Hannah And Other Stories and Meat and Two Veg (all Cartoon de Salvo); The Wooden Frock, Ghost Nets, Roger Salmon (all Kneehigh). TV  credits include: Casualty, Doctors, The Sixth Commandment, Eastenders and A Very English Scandal (all BBC) – this year appearing in Emmerdale and Until I Kill You (both ITV) and Extraordinary for Disney+.

For 20 years she ran cult indie theatre company Cartoon de Salvo, touring nationally and internationally everywhere from theatres, festivals, allotments, welsh valleys working men’s clubs through to Edinburgh British Council showcase, Hong Kong and Washington DC.  As a writer she was 2018 Writer in Residence at Theatr Clwyd and has been commissioned by National Theatre Wales and the Royal Shakespeare Company.  As an improvisor she’s worked with the Comedy Store Players and Improbable Theatre (along with shows, running their open space events for the UK theatre community). Latest improv projects include Scandalgate and her ‘twoprov’ Alex and Siobhan. 

Bethany Pitts (Director)

Bethany Pitts is an award winning theatre director and dramaturg who trained on the National Theatre Studio Directors Course and as Resident Assistant Director at Theatre Royal Plymouth and Theatre 503. Directing credits include: The Misandrist by Lisa Carroll (Arcola Theatre); The Beach House (Park Theatre); Juniper & Jules by Stephanie Martin (Soho Theatre); Sirens by Kenny Emson (Mercury Theatre); Fuck You Pay Me by Joana Nastari (Bunker Theatre, Vault Festival & Edinburgh Fringe – People’s Choice Award); 3 Billion Seconds by Maud Dromgoole (Vault Festival, Paines Plough Roundabout); A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Gynaecologic Oncology Unit by Halley Feiffer (Finborough Theatre); Brutal Cessation by Milly Thomas (Assembly Edinburgh, Theatre 503); Spine by Clara Brennan (Underbelly Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Soho Theatre & UK Tour – Fringe First Winner); Tether by Isley Lynn (Underbelly Edinburgh Festival Fringe); Free Fall by Vinay Patel (Pleasance). Assistant / Associate directing credits include: Song at Twilight by Noel Coward (Theatre Royal Bath); Abi by Athia Sen Gupta (Derby Theatre / Queens’ Theatre Hornchurch); Frogman by curious directive (Shoreditch Town Hall / Norwich Theatre Royal / UK Tour); Dark Vanilla Jungle by Philip Ridley (Soho / Pleasance – Fringe First winner 2013); Theatre Uncut (Traverse Theatre Fringe First Winner 2012 / Young Vic 2013).

Cara Evans (Set & Costume Designer)

Cara Evans is a London based performance designer. Cara graduated in Design for Stage from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and is also an associate director at OPIA Collective and a reader at the Royal Court.

Theatre credits as Designer/Co-Designer include: Feral Monster (National Theatre Wales); Sleepova (Bush Theatre); Dear Young Monster (Bristol Old Vic Studio); The Living Newspaper (Royal Court); Sirens (Mercury Colchester Studio); Get Dressed! (Unicorn); Queer Upstairs (Royal Court); Body Show (Soho Theatre); It’s a Motherf**king Pleasure (National Tour); SK Shlomo: Breathe (Royal Albert Hall); F**king Men (Waterloo East); The Beach House (Park Theatre Studio); Love Bomb (National Youth Theatre); Baba Joon (Swansea Grand Studio); Bright Half Life (King’s Head); The Misandrist (Arcola); Instructions for A Teenage Armageddon (Southwark Playhouse); Blanket Ban (New Diorama, UnTapped); A Different Class (Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch).

As Associate Designer for Chloe Lamford, Teenage Dick (Donmar School’s Tour).

Peter Small (Lighting Designer)

Peter is an Offie and Theatre & Technology Award nominated lighting designer working across theatre, dance and opera. In 2018 Peter was nominated for two Off West End Best Lighting Awards for Black Mountain and A Girl in School Uniform (Walks In To A Bar).

Theatre credits include: The School For Scandal (UK Tour); Kathy & Stella Solve A Murder (The Ambassadors Theatre & Edinburgh Fringe); The Great Murder Mystery, The Greatest Night of the Jazz Age and The Great Christmas Feast (all with The Lost Estate); 17 Minutes (Edinburgh Fringe); Orlando (59E59 New York); The Misandrist (Arcola Theatre); Shrek The Musical (Mercury Theatre, Colchester); The Ritual Slaughter of Gorge Mastromas, The Caucasian Chalk Circle, The Priory and A Skull in Connemara (all at the Dailes Theatre, Latvia); Dido’s Bar (Dash Arts UK Tour); Twelfth Night (Kew Gardens); What Remains for Us (Bristol Old Vic); Red (Polka Theatre); 2020: Collections (Tara Arts); Baby Reindeer (Bush and Edinburgh Fringe); Lady Chatterley’s Lover (UK Tour); Square Go (UK Tour, 59E59 Theater New York and Edinburgh Fringe); Lit (Nottingham Playhouse Tour and Online); All or Nothing (West End and tour).

Holly Khan (Sound Design)

Holly is a British/Guyanese composer, sound designer and multi-instrumentalist. Creating scores for theatre, film and installation. 


Most recent theatre work includes: A Child of Science (Bristol Old Vic); the Olivier nominated Blackout Songs, This Much I Know, Biscuits for Breakfast (Hampstead Theatre); Tess (Turtle Key Arts / Sadler’s Wells); Dreaming and Drowning (Bush); I Really Do Think This Will Change Your Life (Colchester Mercury); Duck (Arcola); Northanger Abbey, Red Speedo (Orange Tree Theatre); The Invincibles (Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch); Unseen Unheard (Theatre Peckham); Laughing Boy, Jules and Jim (Jermyn Street Theatre); Mansfield Park (The Watermill); The Beach House (Park Theatre); For A Palestinian (Bristol Old Vic/Camden People’s Theatre, OFFIE nominated for Best Sound Design); Amal Meets Alice (Good Chance Theatre Company, The Story Museum); Kaleidoscope (Filskit Theatre Company, Southbank Centre/Oxford Playhouse); Ticker (Alphabetti Theatre, Newcastle / Underbelly, Edinburgh/Theatre503).

Film and Installation work includes: Becoming an Artist: Bhajan Hunjan (Tate Kids); One Day (Blind Summit Theatre, Anne Frank Trust); Sanctuary (Limbic Cinema, Stockton Arts Festival); Song for the Metro (The Sage Music Centre, Newcastle); It’s About Time (UN Women/Battersea Arts Centre/Mayor of London); Their Voices (RAA & Global Health Film Festival, Barbican).  

Christina Fulcher  (Movement and Intimacy Director)

Christina Fulcher works nationally and internationally as a movement director and intimacy director. She trained at the Royal Central School of Speech & Drama with MFA in Movement Directing & Teaching. She is a Senior Lecturer teaching actor movement and intimacy practice at LAMDA, Leeds Conservoatire, and The BRIT School. She co-founded the Inclusion Collective, offering inclusive practice training. As Movement and Intimacy Director credits: Romeo & Juliet (Guilford Shakespeare Company/Orange Tree Theatre); Now & Then (English Theatre Frankfurt); When We Died (EdFringe/UK Tour/VAULT Festival); Silla (Northern Opera Group); Beg for Me (EdFringe); The False Servant (Orange Tree Theatre); Cherry Jezebel (Everyman Theatre Liverpool); Cinderella (Barn Theatre); Death and Dancing (Kings Head Theatre). As Movement Director: Ruckus (UK Tour/Southwark Playhouse/EdFringe); Paper Tin (English Touring Opera); Straight White Men (Southwark Playhouse); Stages, Don’t Talk to Strangers (VAULT Festival); The Rape of Lucretia (Trinity Laban Conservatoire). As Intimacy Director: Bhangra Nation (The Birmingham Rep); 1984: The Immersive Experience (Hackney Town Hall); Vincent River (Greenwich Theatre); Arminio (Royal Opera House); Village Idiot (Nottingham Playhouse/Stratford East); The Girl on the Train (Barn Theatre).

Marc Frankum CDG  (Casting Director)

Marc trained as an actor at Drama Centre London before moving into casting. For The English Theatre Frankfurt, Marc has cast Something Rotten!, Now and Then, Suddenly Last Summer, Sister Act, Secret Life of Humans, The Totalitarians, Young Frankenstein, The Girl on the Train, Switzerland, The Effect, Sweeney Todd, One flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest, The Children, Apologia, Cabaret, The Lion in Winter, Jekyll & Hyde – the Musical, Hand to God, Pygmalion, The Hound of the Baskervilles, Handbagged, Spamalot, The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Glass Menagerie, Disgraced, Death and the Maiden, Other Desert Cities, Ghost – the Musical and Strangers on a Train.

Marc has also recently cast The Children (Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds); The Walworth Farce (Southwark Playhouse Elephant); The Way Old Friends Do (Birmingham Rep/UK Tour); Sky Comedy Rep (Birmingham Rep); The Play what I Wrote (Birmingham Rep/UK Tour); Now Is Good (Storyhouse, Chester); Bang Bang (Northcott Theatre/UK Tour); The History Boys (Grand Theatre Wolverhampton); The Comedy of Errors, Baskerville, Aladdin, Moll Flanders, Pieces of String, Much Ado About Nothing, Clybourne Park, Noises Off, Macbeth (Mercury Theatre Colchester); The Full Monty (UK Tours); The Band (West End/UK Tour) and many more.