JUNE LOWERY (Hetty Oaks)

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", and Ruth in "Blithe Spirit". 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".

 

LINDSAY WEGLEITNER (Flora Pelmet)

 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 was playing Blanche Ingram in BGT's “Jane Eyre”. Since then, she has appeared in a number of BGT productions including "Opera Comique”, “Little Women”, “Blithe Spirit”, and most recently in “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 this year.

 

HELNA O'HARE (Helen Irving)

Always cast in male roles at her all-girls school, Helena played Stanley Kowalski, Shylock, Mr Collins in Pride and Prejudice, Hamlet’s Uncle Claudius, and Cassius in Julius CaesarShe was overjoyed to be cast as a woman in her university’s production of Lorca's Yerma and then did no more theatre until 2014 when she joined the BGT cast for Little WomenSince then she has enjoyed being in several productions including Husband's Supplied, A Christmas Carol, The Best of Men The Worst of Men and The Coronavirus Chronicles. She has forged some lasting friendships and had a "lorra lorra laughs". Helena is also on the organising committee for FEST.

 

KIM BIREL (Rosalind Roberts)

 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“. Her first BGT production was in „Charles Dickens - The Best of Men, the Worst of Men“, in January 2020. She was scheduled to appear in The Coronavirus Chronicles earlier this year, but was unable to participate when the performance dates were postponed. This is her second BGT production. She is also on the organising committee for the Festival of English-Language School Theatre (FEST asbl)

 

RACHELKATHRYN LLOYD (Ivy Williams)

Rachel has lived in Luxembourg for 10 years. She is currently training in Opera at the Conservatoire and has just graduated with her Bachelor in Creative Writing at Open University. Aside from performing, she also enjoys participating in the behind-the-scenes aspects of theater productions and experiencing the workings of building a production from the beginning to end. She has been involved in English theatre in Luxembourg since 2015 with her most recent shows being Melusina with Pirate Productions, June Lowery’s The Best of Men, The Worst of Men with BGT and The Coronavirus Chronicles in February this year.

 

GINA MILLINGTON (Charlotte "Charlie" Peters) 

Gina Millington studied drama at Loughborough University from 2018-2019 before transferring to Durham University. She began acting at school aged 12, gained “distinction” in LAMDA grade 2 & 3 exams, has participated in “The West End Stage” musical workshop in London and took additional workshops on the Meisner Technique and Voice and Movement while studying at Loughborough. She also took a two-week intensive workshop in Acting Technique at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London in 2017

 Her numerous school shows include: “The Wizard of Oz” (as Dorothy);, Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None” (as Vera Stanhope); and Thornton Wilder’s Our Town(as Mrs Gibbs). She was also a dancer and co-choreographer for the musical “Phantoms” in 2014.

 Her theatre work outside school includes productions at major Luxembourg theatres like the Centre Culturel Neimënster, the Kulturhaus Mersch and the Gieseknäppchen Forum. Among these are: “Little Women” as Beth (BGT English Theatre Company, adapted by June Lowery 2014); “Fifty” by Archie Wilson as Jessica (NWTC /BGT Theatre 2015); “A Christmas Carol” as Martha Cratchit & Narrator (adapted by June Lowery; BGT 2016) and the Luxembourg premier of Tom Wright’s  “Picnic at Hanging Rock” as Amber (BGT 2018). In 2019 she played several main roles in the first BGT summer project for aspiring theatre professionals "Wolves Are Coming For You"

She has broadened her passion for acting to the screen with her film credits including extra work in “Toygun” (2016) and the lead roles in “Dominus Sathanus” (Samsa Films, 2018) and "Nevermore" which will be released later this year.

 

JESSICA WHITELEY (Jocelyn Thripp)

 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 credits include (among many others) Titania in "A Midsummer Night's Dream", Marmie in "Little Women", Mrs Cratchit in "A Christmas Carol", and most recently Catherine Dickens in June Lowery's "The Best of Men, the Worst of Men". 

 

BJØRN CLASEN (Reggie Pelmet)

Infected by the incurable theatre virus in 2007, Bjørn has been on stage in a dozen BGT productions — 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 and several roles in The Coronavirus Chronicles earlier this year.  Next to his day job in human resources, he is currently studying Stage Directing at the Theaterakademie Mannheim. He is also a co-organiser of the Festival of English-Language School Theatre (FEST)

 

ALESSANDRO STASI (Joseph Rosenbaum)

Truly passionate about acting - and theatre in particular - Alessandro is pursuing his dream of becoming a full-time actor. For this, he is studying drama and is planning to continue this after high school. He has been cast in lead roles in shows performed in school, including dramas (Macbeth, Bertie’s War) and musicals (Fame, Bugsy Malone, Alice in Wonderland). He has specialised in monologues, and is able to perform in English, French and Italian. He is currently attending Art Dramatique and Diction at the Conservatoire de Luxembourg and has received several LAMDA (London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art) awards with distinctions.  This is his first show with the BGT.   

He will have a taste of the Los Angeles stage at the American Music Drama Academy this summer as he has been selected for a virtual conservatory of two weeks. He also had a minor role in the short film "Mazes” (in production) as well as some walk-on experience in films.

 

ELKE MURDOCK (Gertrude Rosenbaum)

Elke was first lured to the stage for the multilingual Midsummer Night’s Dream production, as part of the Luxembourg City of Culture Festivities in 2007. In 2009 she made an appearance as Anya in the BGT’s first Luxembourg-based production: Verdict by Agatha Christie. In 2010 she was mean as Mrs Reed in BGT’s Jane Eyre. She dampened theatrical aspirations as Ruth in BGT’s Class Act by Celrste Koehler in 2012 and turned backstage in BGT’s production of Blithe Spirit by Noel Coward. She is delighted to be on stage again as Gertrude in We Happy Few.  

 

ELOÏSE HEGER-HEDLØY (Maureen,, Elsie, Usherette, ARP Warden)

Eloise is currently a student at the International School of Luxembourg, where she has played numerous roles in various school plays and musicals. She has studied drama for several years with the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA). Last year she portrayed Ellen “Nelly” Ternan in “The Best of Men, the Worst of Men” with the BGT English Theatre Company and earlier this year performed in several scenes in "The Coronavirus Chronicles".

 

 

CATRIONA GILLHAM 

(Musical Director &  Leonora, Bertha and the Woman)

Catriona first got involved in Luxembourg’s Anglophone theatre scene in 2015, when she played a strawberry seller in Pirates Productions’ performance of the musical ‘Oliver!’. Since then, she has been involved in various other shows by Pirates, the BGT and NWTC, either on stage or backstage in the lighting booth, where she enjoys exploring the more technical side of theatre. Her first show with the BGT was June Lowery's adaptation of 'A Christmas Carol' in December 2016. She began her musical journey at the age of seven by torturing her parents with the recorder, before learning to play the flute and (to a lesser degree) the piano. She has sung in various Luxembourg-based choirs, and is currently preparing for the premier prix exam in singing at the Conservatoire de la Ville de Luxembourg. She also studies orchestral percussion, and plays with the Rollingergrund Harmonie."

 

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, Wolves Are Coming For You, The Best Of Men - The Worst Of Men,  David's RedHaired Death and The Road to Huntsville.  “We Happy Few” is the latest show on this theme.