The Missing Mysteries - Cast Biographies

Simon Arm-Riding

Simon came to York as a student many years ago and liked it enough to stay for good.

Attending the York Theatre Royal's Adult Theatre Workshop encouraged him to take part in more productions, starting with this one. In his day job he does something with computers, so acting makes a nice change.

Victoria Delaney

Victoria Delaney first performed at the Theatre Royal at the tender age of eight. Since then Victoria has performed everything from serious drama to musical theatre around the country.

Her television credits include NBC America’s Crusoe, ITV's Wuthering Heights, BBC's Spooks and ITV's Married Single Other.

Victoria is shooting two feature films this year and will be appearing as Emilia in Shakespeare's Othello at York Theatre Royal in the autumn

Joe Gregory

Originally from Bristol, Joe moved to York 5 years ago to study History at the University of York. Now he works as a support worker, primarily supporting those with learning disabilities.

He began acting at the end of 2011 with local, York-based theatre group, The Lords of Misrule, with whom he is still involved today, having just finished a run performing Ben Johnson’s Volpone, as a singing dwarf...

He has also acted with the notorious York Shakespeare Project, playing the part of Abraham Slender in the successful summer production of The Merry Wives of Windsor. He is now very pleased to be a part of the Modern Mysteries, and to play his part in York’s fantastic Mystery heritage.

Rachael Hoffman

Rachael Hoffman is a 3rd year performing arts student at Teesside University.

Fun loving, hard working, caring and passionate individual, Rachael is determinded to work very hard to achieve her dreams. 

Sebastian Hulkkov

Sebastian is an aspiring poet & drama practitioner. He studied at Imperial and Nottingham.

Acting experience includes As You Like It (York Theatre Royal), Hands Off (Bar lane Studios), Much Ado About Nothing (York Shakespeare Project), Flea in Her Ear (Questors Theatre Ealing). With New Theatre, Nottingham: The Crucible, Seven Minutes Thirty One, Alice Through The Looking Glass (Edinburgh Fringe, C too), Great Expectations (Lakeside Arts Centre, Nottingham).

Other experience includes directing & acting in Purgatory by W.B Yeats; amateur stage productions of As You Like It, Arsenic and Old Lace and Schweyk In The Second World War (South London Theatre); Fortune n’ Glory (student film), Performance poetry at venues across the North-East.

John Hoyland

As well as playing Peterson in Resurrection and George in Neither the Day nor the Hour for the Modern Mysteries, John Hoyland is playing John the Apostle in the York Mystery Plays 2012.

Although new to the stage, John has narrated audio tours of York for both and

John juggles a bit and has been known to breathe fire. However, he is not available for children's parties.  

Harrison Lee

Harrison has been involved in several productions at York Theatre Royal over the past twelve months, and the York Mystery Plays Project is promising to be the icing on the cake.

In preparation for training with Birmingham School of Acting later this year, he has flown to Neverland in a top hat, fought atop high Dunsinane Hill, directed insects, mourned the death of a deer in As You Like It, and is now thoroughly enjoying condemning humanity to a life of misery and toil on a regular basis as Adam in the York Mystery Plays 2012.

Hopefully his additional performance as an angel will bring out his better side...


Gareth Lewis

Gareth is pleased to finally not be typecast in an effeminate male role. Oh, hang on! Regardless, he is excited to have a speaking part in the 2012 Mysteries project, a promotion from his crowd role in the Millennium Mystery Plays.

Gareth has just graduated from Manchester University and whilst there had the questionable luck to be cast as Lewis Carroll in every student play he did (including when he escaped to Hong Kong for six months). He has also been an active member of the York Shakespeare Project, and was recognized by critics as bringing a certain amount of hair to the role of John of Lancaster in Henry IV.

Katie Macintyre

Katie's already had a whirlwind year performing as Celia in As You Like It, at the York Theatre Royal this June. She's also just been given the part of Desdemona in the upcoming YSP production of Othello, to be performed late October.

The Modern Mysteries however, have been the perfect fit for Katie, allowing her to explore characters as comfortably odd as herself.

Terry Moran

Coming to ‘Am-Dram’ somewhat late and armed only by an indifferent set of skills acquired playing a Zartian (don’t ask!) and ‘Ratty’ in school productions, Terry discovered that the delights of dressing up, wearing makeup and pretending to be someone else could not only be legal but were completely addictive. In pursuit of this addiction he has played a number of characters ranging from Sergeant Everest in Panic Stations, via Walter Bryce in Natural Causes to Algernon Moncrief in the Importance of being Earnest.

He has also been in several plays by local playwright, Peter Gordon, including Par for the Course, The Reunion, Secondary Cause of Death and Death by Fatal Murder. Terry was last seen, doing untold damage to Shakespeare’s reputation, as Malvolio in Twelfth Night.

For Terry, who is from Leeds, a performance in York ensures a continued guarantee of a well deserved acting obscurity in his home town.

Kayleigh Oliver

Kayleigh is currently a Masters student at the University of York, studying Theatre.  Originally from Sunderland, she is currently in the depths of writing a play centred around Sunderland history.  

Since coming to York, she has been involved in various projects, but the most exciting was the York Shakespeare Project’s Merry Wives Of Windsor – performing at RSC Open Stages in Stratford was a definite highlight of the year. Kayleigh has been performing in Gilbert and Sullivan Operas since the age of 11, and started her own theatre group in 2010, Dauntless Theatre, dedicated to performing new and surprising versions of the operas. She directs, produces and frequently performs with the group, both in the North East and at the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival. She is also directing HMS Pinafore with Jorvik Gilbert and Sullivan Society right here in York, to be performed in September. She has a love of challenging accents in shows, and hopes you enjoy her latest.

James Osman

James is 16, from Kent and now lives in York. Having only recently moved to York he is trying to get himself involved in as much theatre as possible and is enjoying being in the York Mystery plays 2012 playing the roles of Shepard 1 and Apostle Andrew and his role as Joseph in Refuge.

Previous experience includes: Finalist in Student Shakespeare competition Off by Heart Shakespeare documentary aired on BBC2, Patroclus in Troilus and Cressida, Hugh Oatcake in Much Ado About Nothing both with The York Shakespeare Project.

He has also recently been accepted into The National Youth Theatre of Great Britain.

Malcolm Poole

Malcolm has from his teenage years written for the stage and has produced and directed with Smart Arts Theatre a Harrogate based drama group which he was instrumental in setting up in the early 90’s.

Malcolm appeared alongside Robson Green in the 1992 Mystery Plays, appearing principally as John the Baptist and in other supporting roles.

Malcolm was associated with Knaresborough Players for a number of years, writing, producing and directing successful pantomimes and latterly appearing as the werewolf in Dracula.

Having had a lifelong love of musical theatre Malcolm finally found his voice in 2010 and subsequently has performed with York Musical Theatre in The Slipper and The Rose, the premier of Armada The Musical and in April 2012, the 100th Anniversary Concert production of Titanic at York Theatre Royal.

Malcolm has more recently been association with Sixlips Theatre, York. Malcolm appeared as the Doctor in the stunning production Close and had the privilege of being an assistant Director on the recent Sixlips production of Tilling. His latest appearance being as The Warden of Charities in Sixlips masked production of Gogol’s A Government Inspector at the Riding Lights Theatre, York.

Malcolm has this summer completed a short film entitled “Wanted” by Anastasia Sokolova.

Malcolm is currently co-ordinating the Grand Opera House York Stage Experience where a group of talented young people aged 10 – 21yrs are performing a production of Fiddler on the Roof.

Frances Simon

Frances wanted to be an actor at the tender age of six.  Her mum remembers her getting the yellow pages and calling up Stagecoach Theatre Arts and saying she wanted to go there.

Apparently the Principal asked Frances how old she was and when she replied "six" and she told her to put her parents on the line.

France was involved in various plays at Secondary school and remembers being chosen to play Boxer – the tired worn out horse who gets sent to an abattoir.

She recalls being quite disappointed that she got the role having wanted the role of Squealer which was a larger part.  Her acting teacher re-assured her that there were no small parts, only small actors and that Frances was chosen as she had the ability to move the audience. That is something that has always stuck with her.

At 17, Frances auditioned amongst 2,500 hopefuls for the National Youth Theatre where the likes of Jude Law, Daniel Day Lewis and Helen Mirren began their careers.  Francers won a place and it gave her a tremendous amount of confidence. In her 20’s, she trained at The Webber Douglas Academy and after graduating worked for the BBC. Credits include Casualty, a National Tour and BBC radio.

I am returning back to acting after a 6 year break after having my daughter.

I am currently involved in the York Mystery Plays 2012 playing the angel Gabriel which is proving to be a wonderful experience and is fuelling Frances ambition to go back into the business.

Charikleia Sinani

Charikleia, born in Greece, started her acting career as one of the comical Greek characters known as 'karagiozis' at primary school. As a student she got involved with the university amateur group in Thessalonica, Greece.

Since her arrival at the UK, she has been Nurse Parsley in Secondary Cause of Death and Curio in Twelfth Night. She is trying to get to grip with the pronunciation of English "S's" with a little bit of help from God (Ferdinand Kingsley) and is hoping to get more English parts.

Charikleia got involved in this play for a little angel delight. 

Anna Soden

Anna has been a member of York Theatre Royal Youth Theatre for a number of years.

She has had roles in York Theatre Royal’s critically acclaimed The Railway Children and Peter Pan.  Anna is currently playing the part of Eve in York Mystery Plays 2012 for the Carpenters Cast.

When she is not on the main stage you can catch her masquerading around York Museum gardens as a Punk Angel in The Modern Mysteries.

Margareta Szabo

Margareta was born in Budapest to a Greek mother and a Hungarian father. Margareta graduated out of the National Hungarian Drama School and then she went on studying English literature at the Pazmany Peter Catholic University (Budapest). She also studied in London at the Central School of Speech and Drama. She moved to York 4 months ago.

Margareta has won roles in In The Land Of Blood And Honey, Angelina Jolie’s début directorial feature film. She has also worked with Jon Jones in the ITV mini series The Titanic and in Sergio Mimica-Gezzan’s The Pillars Of The Earth and was the main character of the international Président Brie Cheese TV Commercial of 2012. Margareta has also featured in a primetime Hungarian Soap Opera and had residency in the Chamber Theatre, one of Budapest’s most avant-garde Theatre companies. 

Margareta has always looked toward documentary film and the realism movement for her inspiration in Cinema and Theatre. Recently she has been seen behind the camera learning the nuts & bolts of production, coproducing a feature documentary Folie á Deux- a madness made of two. This documentary is shot over a 5 year period, set in York in collaboration with award - winning local filmmaker, Kim Hopkins.

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Anna Thirkettle

Anna is about to start her second year at York University, studying Writing, Directing and Performance.

Whilst being in York, she has performed in student adaptations of Cabaret, Sondheim’s Into the Woods, and Posh by Laura Wade.

Anna is making her debut as a Producer next February, producing a production of West Side Story, to be staged at the University’s prestigious Central Hall.

Peter Watts

Training: National Youth Theatre, under Joel Scott.

Peter is currently studying a BA in Writing, Directing and Performance at the University of York. Recent productions have included The History Boys, Beckett’s Waiting for Godot and Deathwatch by Jean Genet.

Peter recently made his York Theatre Royal debut as Touchstone in As You Like It; he is set to appear later this year as Cassio in Mark France’s production of Othello.

Juliet Waters

Juliet is married to Jez, has one daughter Lydia and currently teaches in the Foundation Stage at Copmanthorpe Primary School.

She caught the acting bug whilst still at school and went on to study a ‘Creative Arts’ degree in music, art and drama at Bretton Hall, Leeds University.

After completing a PGCE in Plymouth and London she came back to York and has performed many lead roles in musicals and plays on the amateur stage ever since.

Her favourite roles include Florence Vassey in Chess, Desiree Armfeldt in A Little Night Music and Jessie in Last Tango in Whitby. Juliet has always wanted to do the York Mystery Plays and is delighted to be involved in the acting and singing for the main production and in The Modern Mysteries.

Julliet says this has been a fantastic experience in a memorable year and would like to say a huge thank you to everyone involved!

Roger Wood

Roger's first 26 years were spent in the Midlands, followed by a short spell in the West Country, before moving to live in York for the past 40+ years. He retired from a Senior HR position in Industry 9 years ago.

Roger is a trained Guide at Castle Howard and serves on the Board of the Grand Theatre and Opera House Ltd, Leeds.  He is also a Rotarian, an active 40 year service member of a well-known nationwide Charity and Chairman of a Parochial Church Council in the Howardian Benefice.  Rogers other interests include sport, especially Rugby and Cricket (Member of Yorks CCC), music, reading, travel, good beer and the theatre.  Roger did some Amateur Dramatics locally 30 years ago, but participation in the York Mystery Plays 2012 and the Modern Mysteries alongside is a whole new and exciting experience ...... and what a WOW it is!

Roger is married to Helen, his long-suffering wife who indulges and sometimes shares his various passions and has two super grown up Step-sons living away!

Joanne Wragg

Joanne is a talented musician playing the Tenor Saxophone, Flute and Ukulele. She is a founder member of Dynamics, a community based band who play around York and the City of York.

Joanne is an accomplished singer with many musical credits including:

May 2010: The Wizard of Oz, York Theatre Royal.  York Musical Theatre Company; October 2010: House of Dracula, Frazer Theatre,  Knaresborough,  Knaresborough Players; December 2010: What the Dickens, York Mansion House. York Musical Theatre Company; January 2011: Snow White, Frazer Theatre, Knaresborough,  Knaresborough Players; April 2011: The Slipper & the Rose, York Theatre Royal, York Musical Theatre Company; July 2011: World premiere, Armada The Musical,  Joseph Rowntree Theatre, York, York Musical Theatre; January 2012: Cinderella, Frazer Theatre, Knaresborough. Knaresborough Players.

Joanne’s growing reputation enabled her to secure the lead role of Helen for the May 2012, World Premiere, of Going Grey (The Musical) at Upstage Theatre, York, with the Drip Drop Theatre Company. 

Her latest role was in June 2012, in Wanted, a short film by Anastasia Sokolova.


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