KALINA KOEVA

(Daisy Meredith)

 

Kalina is a student at the European School of Luxemburg. She had her first experience at the school’s drama classes in 2018, acting in several plays there ever since, including  “Kissed The Girls And Made Them Cry” by Arlene Hutton, “Greece! The play” and “Dark Road” by Laura Smith (also performed at the FEST 2022) and Stephen Gregg's Trap, performed in March 2023.

In 2022 she joined the BGT English Theatre Company and was cast in the central role of Emily Dickinson in Eloïse Heger-Hedloy's "I Can't Tell You - But You Feel It". She has now bee givewn the lead role of Daisy in "Daisy Pulls It Off"  to be staged in March 2024.

In 2022 Kalina had an internship with the Rotondes theater in Luxembourg city, assisting the director with the Project “VIP”, organizing the final rehearsals and helping backstage. Recently, she began attending Conservatoire du Luxembourg where she takes German diction and acting classes, currently rehearsing for the play “Bernarda Albas Haus” by Garcia Lorca to be perflormed in early 2024.

 

CAELI COLGAN

(Trixie Martin)

Caeli first got involved in theatre in the chorus of Pirates Productions Oliver Twist and Scrooge the Musical. As a member of New World Youth Theatre she featured in shows such as Bertie’s War. Caeli was also a stagehand for the BGT’s The Road to Huntsville (2021) and Di And Viv And Rose (2022). She performed at FEST 2022 with the European School Drama Group, playing the lead role in Dark Road by Laura Smith. Caeli was also part of a workshop directed by Alexander Zeldin at the Grand Theatre developing his new play The Confessions. She was also heavily involved in the workshop progtramme to help develop the BGT Theatre's production of I Can't Tell You - But You Feeel It during the summer and autumn of 2022.

In January 2023 she played Brutus in an all-female-abridged version of Julius Caesar directed by Tony Kingston at the Luxembourg School Shakespeare Festival and in March 2023 performed in the European School Drama Group production of TRAP, as well as the partially-devised piece Brainstorm with New World Youth Theatre.

 

KIM BIREL

(Story-Teller 1/  Mademoiselle/Winnie)

Having first been on stage at the Conservatoire in 2007 for „Goldlöckchen“, Kim started doing English Drama in school where she played in „Witch Hunt“ and „Selfie“. She joined the BGT for  „Charles Dickens - The Best of Men, the Worst of Men“, in January 2020 and subsequently made her stage sword-fighting debut as Roaslind in We Happy Few in December 2021. In April 2022 she played Aasha Manitou in Eloïse Heger-Hedloy's new play about the poetry of Emily Dickinson, "I Can't Tell You - But You Feel it" 

She was scheduled to appear in The Coronavirus Chronicles earlier thiatyear, but was unable to participate when the performance dates were postponed. This is her fourth BGT production and she is also on the organising committee and treasurer for the Festival of English-Language School Theatre (FEST asbl)

 

 

ELISE CAPY-PIETRZAK

(Alice Fitzpatrick)

From 2015 Elise performed in various shows at Le Carré.Belle-Feuille in Boulogne-Billancourt, near Paris  in a theatre group for kids from the Dia Danse organization.  In 2015 she was in Les héros de notre enfance, in 2016  Charlie et la Chocolaterie ( Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), in 2017  J'ai trop peur de David Lescot, and in 2018 Le monde sans enfants. 

Since 2019 she has been in the European School English Drama Group where she has appeared in  4am, Dark Road (also performed at the Festival Of English Language School THeatre 2022), Kiss the Girls, Julius Caesar (as Marc Antony in an abridged all-female version for the Luxembourg Schools Shakesepare Festival in January 2023) and TrapDaisy Pulls It Off is her first show with the BGT English Theare Company.  

 

 

BJØRN CLASEN

(Mr Thompson)

Infected by the incurable thespian virus in 2007, Bjørn has been on stage in many BGT productions since — starting as Oberon in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, going via Mr Rochester in Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre, to Scrooge in Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol and then playing Dickens himself in June Lowery’s biographical Best Of Men, Worst Of Men. Before and after graduating as a Stage Director from the Theaterakademie Mannheim in Spring 2023, Bjørn has directed a few short plays, most recently the two-hander Last Chance Saloon for the 2023 Festival of European Anglophone Theatrical Societies. In November 2023, he is both co-directing and playing a part in the interactive murder mystery Scherenschnitt (Shear Madness), which will be performed at the Theatrium Steinau and the Frankfurter Autoren Theater.

 

 

 

CHERYL FAIRON

(Ensemble Girl/Stage Manager)

 

Starting out as a dancer, Cheryl first came in contact with the stage at the age of seven. Taking various dance classes over the years, she performed at numerous venues including the Kulturfabrik Esch-sur-Alzette and the Neumünster Abbey. After dancing in the Lycée Michel Rodange production of “Hairspray”, she decided to try out the English Drama option in 2021 where she acted in “The Internet Is So Distract—OH LOOK A KITTEN”, (which was also performed at the 2022 Festival of English-Language School Theatre - FEST) and “DNA”.  In 2023, she participated in a short course for acting at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. 

Besides acting, she has become a published writer through her winnings at the Prix Laurence in 2022 and 2023. 

Daisy Pulls it Off” is her first show with the BGT English Theatre Company.

 

 

CATRIONA GILLHAM

(Madame Skoblowska /  Musical Director)

Catriona has been on the Luxembourg English-speaking theatre scene - both on stage and behind the lights - since 2016. In parallel, she has been pursuing her musical studies (classical and baroque singing and orchestral percussion) at the Conservatoire de la Ville de Luxembourg and the Conservatoire du Nord. She is very excited to be able to put some of those skills to use by helping with the musical bits of 'Daisy Pulls It Off' - even if they mostly consist of hymns being sung out of tune by unenthusiastic school pupils in assembly. She also studied Russian at university, which she hopes will help a bit with feigning a Russian accent during the play!

 

JOSIE HATCH

(Sybil Burlington)

Josie is a student at the International School of Luxembourg, where she has performed in several musicals, including Les Miserables, West Side Story and Little Shop of HorrorsShe also acted in the play Monsters, which was performed at the 2022 FEST (Festival of English-Language School Theatre). Josie is enrolled in IB Theatre and has recieved multiple LAMDA (London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art) awards with distinction. In 2022 she worked as a stage-hand  in the BGT's Di And Viv And Rose and participated in the workshops to help develop I Can't Tell You - But You Feel It.

Daisy Pulls It Off is her first on-stage role for BGT Theatre Company.  

 

 

 

 

 

REWA JAIN

(Belinda Mathieson)

Rewa Jain is a 15-year-old aspiring actor/director, in 9th grade at the International School of Luxembourg. She made her theatrical debut in a 5th grade production of Rock Bottom. Since then she has taken part in numerous musicals and plays, starting with West Side Story. Next she played the role of Luciana, in Shakespeare’s A Comedy of Errors, and then Helena, in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. In 2022, Rewa choreographed and acted in the musical Moana. Most recently, Rewa co-directed a middle school production of The Ramayana and helped choreograph it. She is also currently an IGCSE drama student. In addition to theatre, Rewa has been dancing since she was six years old (1st grade), taking ballet and jazz classes. In the summer of 2022, Rewa took part in Dance School Cathy Moes by Li Marteling’s Just Dancing ’22 show at the Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg.

 

MARK KAYSEN

(Sound)

An engineer by training, Marc works in the digital archiving department of the Luxembourg National Museum of Archaeology, History and Art. He jumps at any opportunity to apply his technical skills to creative and cultural projects, and he has been involved in the local arts scene as a sound, lighting and projection technician for several English-language shows, including the BGT’s "The Best of Men, The Worst of Men""The Road To Huntsville" and Di and Viv and Rose, and "The Names I Known You By" for 13 Theatre at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. In 2021 he worked with Samsa Film on the subtitles and website for an interactive documentary film project, he is on the creative committee for the Festival of English Language School Theatre (FEST), and he plays the saxophone in the Rollingergrund wind orchestra.

 

 

 

JUNE LOWERY

(Mrs Granville)

 

June Lowery first fell in love with theatre when the RSC started annual tours to her home town Newcastle in 1977. She met Tony Kingston at university, where they worked together on many student productions, with June in the lighting box in an all-female tech crew. A founding member of BGT eV in Berlin, she was persuaded to move from crew to cast in BGT’s 2nd production "Lettice And Lovage", and has happily mixed back stage and on stage action ever since. Favourite roles include Cordelia in "King Lear," Olivia in "Twelfth Night", Ruth in "Blithe Spirit" (twice) and the lead role of Hetty Oaks in "We Happy Few" in December 2021.  In April 2023 she played Emily Dickinson's mother in I Can't Tell You But You Feel It". June has also adapted and written scripts for the stage, including "Jane Eyre", "Little Women" , "A Christmas Carol" and most recently BGT’s "The Best of Men, the Worst of Men". She is currently writing on a Muder Mystery for LEAPA (scheduled for summer 2024).

 

   ALEXANDRA MANAFOVA 

(Ensemble Girl/Stage Manager)

 

Alexandra recently graduated from the University of Bristol, having completed her studies in Biochemistry. She fell in love with theatre at the age of six when she took drama classes at school for the first time and has since taken part in over 15 projects. She was a member of the European School English Drama Group for seven years, appearing in numerous shows (including a production of Daisy Pulls it Off in 2017). In her final year at school, she made her debut as stage manager, working on a production of Girls Like ThatDaisy Pulls it Off is her first show with the BGT Theatre Company.

 

 

                                                                                   

CARA O'SULLIVAN

(Ensemble Girl/Stage Manager)

 

Cara has always had a special love for performing. She performed in various musicals at the International School of Luxembourg such as Les Miserables, West Side Story and Fiddler on the Roof as well as the school honour choir, allowing her to travel across Europe and earning her an award upon graduation. She recently graduated from Bath Spa University where she furthered her studies in Drama with a focus in Musical Theatre. At university, she explored, devised and performed in various productions such as Top Girls, The Girlfriend Experience and a rendition of Shakespeares Twelfth Night. Most recently, Cara was the musical director for her final collegiate production project of Carrie: the musical. Cara is looking forward to working with the BGT in Daisy Pulls It Off as she continues performing and begins building her career.

 

CAILIN REIFF

(Clare Beaumont)

Cailin did her first play- a primary school production of ‘Rock Bottom’ by Craig Hawes in 2019. Before that I performed in Annie the Musical (again, with my primary class). I joined the European School KIrchberg Drama Group in 2022 and performed in a production of Trap! by Stephen Gregg. She will be appearing in an upcoming European School Musical,inearly 2024 which she is also helping to write.  Daisy Pulls it Off  is her first production with BGT Theatre Company.

 

 

HANNE SIEBENS

(Monica Smithers)

Hanne is a student at the International School of Luxembourg (ISL), where she has been studying IGCSE Drama. She was exposed to theatre from a very young age, taking part in after school drama when she was little. Since the 5th grade, she has been in various school productions, some of which included "Twelfth Night" and "Comedy of Errors" by William Shakespeare, and "The Internet Is Distract-- Oh Look A Kitten!" by Ian McWethy.

 

Most recently she performed in a piece by Niklas Radström called "Monsters", performed at FEST 2022 (in Mersch, Luxembourg). She also attended Teenage Stage International Summer School in Ireland during the summer of 2022, where she attended a course on acting for the screen. In her spare time, she also enjoys writing. Next year she will be studying IB theatre at ISL and will continue to partake in the school's productions.

"Daisy Pulls It Off" is her first production fot BGT Theatre Company.

 

 LINDSAY WEGLEITNER

(Story Teller 2/Daisy's Mother)

 

Lindsay immersed herself in performing arts from a young age, playing regularly in school theatre pieces and studying acting at the local conservatory. After university and a brief career in Architecture, she moved from Canada to Luxembourg and happily joined the BGT. Her first role for the company was playing Blanche Ingram in BGT's “Jane Eyre” in 2010. Since then, she has appeared in numerous  BGT productions including "Opera Comique”, “Little Women”, “Blithe Spirit”, “Charles Dickens: The Best of Men, the Worst of Men”. Like many others performers in the midst of pandemic, she was eager to get back on stage and was more than excited to take part in The Coronavirus Chronicles with BGT in February 2021 and later that year also played the central role of Flora in We Happy Few. Most recently, in April 2023, she played Kaiyana in I Can't Tell You - But You Feel It  

 

JESSICA WHITELEY

(Miss Gibson)

 

Jessica Whiteley has been in theater in one way or another since the age of 11. She started acting with the BGT in 2007, where her many credits include Titania in "A Midsummer Night's Dream", Marmie in "Little Women", Mrs Cratchit in "A Christmas Carol", Catherine Dickens in June Lowery's "The Best of Men, the Worst of Men" and most recently she played Jocelyn Thripp in We Happy Few. 
 
 

TONY KINGSTON

(Director)

 
Tony did his M.A. at St Andrews University in the mid-1980s. Since starting work as a director with Foundation Theatre on the London Fringe in 1986, he has directed over 100 shows. He moved to Berlin in 1989 with his wife June, where they co-founded the BGT English Theatre Company in 1991. The BGT became a regular feature on the off-theatre circuit there, performing a wide range of plays by English-language authors. In the early 2000s the company began visiting Luxembourg on a regular basis and since 2006  has been based exclusively in Luxembourg. Tony splits his time between running multiple theatre classes in schools around Luxembourg and directing for the BGT. Through his work in schools here, he has become convinced of the high level of theatrical ability among young people and is committed to promoting new and promising talent through the BGT.  In 2018 he co-founded the “Festival of English Language School Theatre” (FEST)  and is currently chair of the organising committee for the event (https://www.fest.lu/). In recent years, he has also become a strong advocate of putting women centre stage, promoting work by women writers and producing plays which feature mainly or exclusively female actors. Recent examples of this are Picnic at Hanging Rock, The Best Of Men - The Worst Of Men,  The Road to Huntsville, We Happy Few and Di and Viv and Rose. Daisy Pulls It Off is the latest show on this theme and he is excited to be working again with such a talented team of female performers.