The Director of this production is Fran Morley
Fran is returning to direct for Maskers after an absence of about 25 years. Long ago shows include Womberang and The Accrington Pals at The Gantry, Flare Path and Noises Off at The Plaza in Romsey, and Canterbury Tales and The Three Musketeers at Mottisfont Abbey. She was Youth and Community Director at the Nuffield Theatre for many years and only retirement (and a long rest!!) have brought her happily back into action with Twelfth Night.
Viola (a shipwrecked young woman who disguises herself as "Cesario") is played by Suze Avery
Following roles as a mouse, an androgynous fairy, and a succession of boys, Suze was delighted to be cast in a straightforward female role; only to discover that (spoiler alert!) Viola dresses as a man, falls in love with a man who thinks she’s a man, and has a woman fall in love with her! Who was it who said that the course of true love never did run smooth?!
Sebastian (Viola's twin brother) is played by James Fairley
James joined Maskers to play Pip in Great Expectations. He was previously a member of Applause Youth Theatre in Dorking, where his greatest stage memory is receiving a standing ovation from Sir Michael Caine at the Leatherhead Festival. Previous roles include Jack in Vinegar Tom, Laurence in Abigail’s Party and Haemon in Antigone. James is very excited to be working with a great crew and cast in bringing this classic to life.
Duke Orsino (Duke of Illyria) is played by Ruben Sanchez-Garcia
Ruben joined Maskers in 2010 and has appeared at Hamptworth as a pirate in Treasure Island, Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Passepartout in Around the World in 80 days. Other acting credits include Soldier in Chair, Peter in Zoo Story and Andrey in Afterplay. He directed Butterfly Kiss at the Maskers Studio in 2013 (mentored by Fran Morley) and Don Quixote for Maskers' final production at Hamptworth last year. He's looking forward to going back to the 80s and putting an exotic accent to Orsino.
Olivia (a wealthy countess) is played by Ruby Tansey-Thomas
Ruby has been a member of the Hampshire theatre scene since the age of ten when she joined the Nuffield Youth Theatre. Since then she has been in many productions of Shakespeare’s greats, including a touring production of Much Ado About Nothing, a version of The Tempest rehearsed in under 24 hours, and a physical theatre adaptation of Macbeth, among others. A recent graduate from the University of Exeter, she is very excited to return to Southampton and make her debut for Maskers in one of her favourite EVER shows.
Malvolio (steward in Olivia's household) is played by Alec Walters
Alec hasn’t appeared with The Maskers for some years, so he is delighted to be back once again. Notable roles from the past include: The Duke of Buckingham in The Three Musketeers (also directed by Fran Morley), Macduff in Macbeth, Demetrius in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hans in Ondine, Jack in The Importance of Being Earnest; plus various other open-air plays including: Wild Oats, The Hypochondriac, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Alice, Lysistrata, and Thieves’ Carnival.
Maria (Olivia's gentlewoman) is played by Sarah-Jayne Wareham
The last time SJ performed in the open air for Maskers, she was a parrot in Treasure Island. Definitely more lines to learn for this one but she still gets to flap around causing mischief and mayhem! Her most recent productions for Maskers include Comfort Me with Apples, An Edwardian Christmas Soiree, Magrat in Wyrd Sisters and the title role in Antigone.
Sir Toby Belch (Olivia's uncle) is played by Adam Taussik
Since joining Maskers 15 years ago, Adam has played characters of many ranks, from peasants to kings (with a smattering of vicars and soldiers), but never before a knight (though Don Diego in last year’s Don Quixote was almost there). For this show, Adam will also be renewing the Shakespearian tone of A Bunch of Amateurs, in which Dennis was keen on his food and drink, and channelling the spirit of Dionysus into the hard-drinking Sir Toby's 'cakes and ale'. He hopes his Belch lives up to the name...
Sir Andrew Aguecheek (friend of Sir Toby) is played by Sam Hussey
This is Sam’s first show with Maskers and only his second foray into the world of Shakespeare, having previously played Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. More usually found performing in musicals, his previous roles include Bill in Made in Dagenham, Joe Casey in Our House, Dick Whittington, and numerous ensemble parts. He’s very much looking forward to his first open air production!
Feste (Olivia's servant, a jester) is played by Hazel Slawson
Since joining the Maskers in 2017, Hazel has appeared in Around the World in 80 Days and Wyrd Sisters, performing in a variety of roles including a Guard, a Sailor and Robber #3. This is her second outdoor show and she is delighted to appear in Twelfth Night with a character that not only has a name, but also has a guitar!
Fabian (a servant in Olivia's household) / Sea Captain are played by Sue Dashper
During Sue's time in Maskers, she has been involved in a number of productions, including Contractions and Metamorphosis in the Studio and Sitting Pretty and An Italian Straw Hat at the Nuffield Theatre. She has been in many outdoor productions at Hamptworth: Don Quixote, Around the World in Eighty Days, The Jungle Book, Ann Boleyn and Treasure Island. She is currently enjoying the challenge of Shakespeare in the outdoors and is excited to be playing in this new venue.
Valentine (gentleman attending on the Duke) / Antonio (man who rescues Sebastian after the shipwreck) are played by Jez Minns
Thinking he would never act again, Jez took a few years off from the theatre to write poetry and paint watercolours. But he missed the Maskers so much that two years ago he came back and since then has been in every show he can. He is delighted to be in Twelfth Night and the 1980s theme brings back many embarrassing memories from his teenage years!
Curio / Officer / Priest are played by Angela Stansbridge
Angie has been a member of Maskers since 1973 and has enjoyed playing a wide range of parts in plays including: Room at the Inn, Ten Times Table, The Comedy of Errors, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Treasure Island and The Importance of Being Earnest. She also directed Mistletoe Junction. Angie won the Maskers’ Award for Best Supporting Actor for her multiple roles in last year’s summer show, Don Quixote! She is also part of the hardworking Marketing Team and is rarely seen without flyers and posters to pass around. Angie is enjoying playing multiple parts again in Twelfth Night and seems to have become typecast as a man!