STUFFED the play, by Lucy Joy Russell and Holly McFarlane
Lucy Joy Russell: Co-writer
Lucy is a passionate writer and first time playwright. She and her partner went through four cycles of IVF between 2013 and 2015 in the hope of finding an answer to their ‘unexplained’ infertility. At the same time, Lucy studied for MScs in Psychology and Occupational Therapy whilst also working as a healthcare assistant at Kings College Hospital in London. The initial idea for a comedy about fertility was born during many a night shift, speaking with patients on the ward about their own experiences of children and childlessness and the need for a different narrative. An advocate for ‘Career Change following Adversity’ and an Occupational Therapist in the NHS, she supports people who have just experienced a first episode of psychosis.
Rory Fairbairn: Director/Billy
Rory is the Artistic Director of Red Squash Theatre, trained at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. He played Raleigh in Immersion Theatre’s 2016 national tour of Journey’s End, and reprised this role in Mesh Theatre’s 2017 site-responsive production in Ypres (*****, The Telegraph). Directing credits include Macbeeth (Red Squash Theatre), Chew (Red Squash Theatre) and Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead (Northern Stage). Acting credits include Journey’s End (Mesh Theatre), Man Hug (Bury St Edmunds Theatre Royal), Madame X (Jack Studio Theatre), Blackout (Hope Theatre) and Earthquakes in London (Broadway Studio Theatre).
Holly McFarlane: Co-writer/Producer/Dr Dingwall/Frances/Carole
Holly is the Creative Producer of Red Squash Theatre, trained at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Writing credits include one-woman show Nuts, about a London Bridge street-seller. Theatre credits include Moonflowers (Tumble Dry), The Author’s Voice (This Time That Place), Othello (Erratic Dramatics) and Streetcar Named Desire (The Arches). Film includes Cleared (Charlotte Regan – Raindance Film Festival 2017), Prawn (Rocket Room – TriForce Film Festival 2017), Dagenham (Brit It Films) and Eve (JK Films).
Faye Maughan: Kim
Faye trained at the Birmingham School of Acting and London Studio Centre. Theatre credits include Fear and Misery of the Third Reich (Jack Studio Theatre), O Jackie (Barons Court Theatre), Much Ado About Nothing (Waterloo East Theatre), Comedy of Errors (Attila Theatre), A Christmas Carol (The Globe Players), The Fatal Friendship (The Rose Playhouse) and The White Devil (Tristan Bates Theatre).
Ben Scheck: Jack
Ben trained at the Poor School, and his 2017 credits include feature film Criminal Audition (Mordue Pictures) and stage plays Tree in the Sky (Doppelgänger Productions) and Antigone (Actors of Dionysus). Other theatre credits include Flick Comb (Immercity), Hecuba (Catharsis Theatre) and The Seagull (Theatro Technis).
Dorothy Cotter: Grace/Dr Samantha
Dorothy trained at the Gaiety School of Acting, Dublin. Theatre credits include Hand (Cockpit Theatre scratch night), He’s Not There (Arcola Theatre), The Dance Hall (Bloomsbury Festival) and Plain Speak (London Irish Centre). TV credits include Scúp (BBC Northern Ireland), The Tudors (Showtime) and Bel’s Boys (ITV). Dorothy recently wrote and produced a short film and has had two short plays performed at the Chelsea Theatre scratch night and the London Irish Short Play Festival.
Alexander Tol: Colin/Dr Char
Alexander trained at the London Academy of Dramatic Art. Theatre credits for 2017 include Macbeeth (Red Squash Theatre), Journey’s End (Mesh Theatre), Number 40 (From the Gut Theatre) and Ripe (Divergent Theatre). Television credits include Victoria (ITV) and De 12 van Oldenheim (Endemol Shine Nederland).