The Play Authors Fringe Press Gallery


Alan Cox as Max Newman MP

Alan most recently appeared in Hannah Eidinow's production of Playing with Grown Ups at the Brits Off- Broadway festival at 59E59, where he previously performed the critically acclaimed Cornelius by J. B. Priestley. His work in this neglected classic, which started at London's Finborough Theatre, was described as "monumental" by The Guardian and "Wonderful!" and "Virtuosic" by The New York Times. His other theatre work includes seasons at the National Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Chichester Festival Theatre. He made his West End debut in Strange Interlude, and recent appearances include The Creeper and The Importance of Being Earnest. Off- West-End he appeared in the London premieres of Longing, The Earthly Paradise, The Flu Season, The Rubenstein Kiss and Passion Play. His film credits include The Dictator, Contagion, August, The Auteur Theory, Mrs. Dalloway, An Awfully Big Adventure and Young Sherlock Holmes. A long list of television credits include starring opposite Laurence Olivier in John Mortimer's A Voyage Round My Father in 1982 and as Alan Bennett in the Peter Cook and Dudley Moore dramatisation Not Only But Always.


Joanna Bending as Eleanor Hopkirk

Joanna trained at RADA and has a huge range of experience in theatre, film and television. In theatre she has most recently appeared as Connie in Under the Mulberry Tree (Festival Theatre Edinburgh) and as Emily in Hand Over Fist (Comedians Theatre Company / Seabrights) for which she was nominated as Best Solo Performer by The Stage. Other highlights include playing Emma Finger in Phallacy (Kings Head Theatre, dir. Andy Jordan), Viviane in Two Women for One Ghost (Regents Park, dir: Laura Baggaley), Lady Macduff, in Macbeth (O.S.O, dir: Ross Livingstone). Joanna made her stage debut at the National Theatre in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. She then did a National Studio production of Bulgakov's The Master and Margarita. She has played Ruth in Blithe Spirit and all the female characters in Intimate Exchanges at Frinton. In television she has played roles in Holby City, Eastenders, Coronation Street, Doctors, The Sarah Jane Adventures, The Bill, Love Soup and PMTV. In film she has played roles most recently in Second Coming (Hillbilly Films), Tick Tock Lullaby (Valiant Doll) and Holiday (Waveland Pictures).


Laurence Dobiesz as Dan Regan

Laurence trained at The Oxford School of Drama and has since worked at the Royal Shakespeare Company, Chichester Theatre and for directors such as Blanche McIntyre and Caroline Steinbeis. Recent theatre work has included playing Edward Snowden in Four Days in Hong Kong, at the Orange Tree Theatre (directed by Phoebe Barran). He has also had roles in When Did You Last See My Mother? as Dennis, Trafalgar Studios (dir: Blanche McIntyre), MixTape, as Steven, High Tide (dir: Natalie Ibu), Twelfth Night, Valentin, RSC (dir: Gregory Doran) and Greek Street as Jimmy at the Tristan Bates theatre (dir: Alice Lacey). In film he has had roles in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (dir: Guy Ritchie) and in Testament of Youth, BBC Films / Heyday Films (dir: James Kent). On television, Laurence has shown his Polish heritage in The Bill and in 2012's Verbatim Riots for the BBC as well as playing young Herbert Pocket in Great Expectations, also for the BBC (dir: Julian Jarrold). Laurence also provides the voices of politicians and headlines in Radio 4's What the Papers Say, every Sunday evening.

Director: Hannah Eidinow

Hannah is a multi-award winning director including five Scotsman Fringe First Awards at the Edinburgh Festival for An Instinct for Kindness (recipient of the Argus Angel Award 2012; nominated for Best Solo Performance Whatsonstage Awards 2012); Somewhere Beneath it All, A Small Fire Burns Still by Dave Florez; Lockerbie: Unfinished Business by David Benson; What I Heard About Iraq adapted from an article by Elliot Weinberger; and Gone by Glyn Cannon. Further credits include: Playing with Grown Ups by Hannah Patterson (Theatre 503 and Brits off-Broadway Season at 59E59 Theatres, NY); Maurice's Jubilee by Nichola McAuliffe (ATG No. 1 UK Tour 2013; Edinburgh Festival 2012 - Best Actress Stage Award for Nichola McAuliffe); Hand Over Fist by Dave Florez (Edinburgh Festival 2012 - nomination for Stage Awards Best Solo Performance); A British Subject by Nichola McAuliffe (Arts Theatre 2011; Edinburgh Festival & Brits off-Broadway Season 59E59 Theatres, NY, 2009); The Lady From The Sea, a new version by Frank McGuinness (Arcola; BBC Radio 3); New Israeli Political Drama Platform Series (Royal National Theatre).