The Director of this production is Paul Green
Paul has been acting and directing in Southampton and the surrounding area for over 45 years. He was the Artistic Director of The Talking Heads Theatre Pub in Portswood during the 90s. Since then, Paul has worked with many companies in and around Southampton. Paul has also directed at the Minack Theatre in Cornwall - a well-received production of The 39 Steps. He joined Maskers in 2013 and has acted in and directed several shows. Acting roles include an Italian Waiter in Betrayal, Akela the Wolf in The Jungle Book and most recently Mr. Samsa in Metamorphosis. Directing credits for Maskers include Di, Viv and Rose, and Around the World in 80 Days. The last show he directed was The Railway Children at the Nuffield Theatre Campus for SUP Theatre, just before lockdown in 2020. He has a background in physical theatre, and this heavily influences his approach. Ugly Lies the Bone appealed to him from a visual perspective, and he hopes that the audience will appreciate the emotional and immersive aspects of this brilliantly written play.
Jess is played by Emma Bates Garcia
Emma is a new member of the company who is thrilled to have found Maskers. She didn’t waste any time getting involved. After helping front of house with A Box of Delights, being backstage for Four Weddings and an Elvis and now cast in Ugly Lies the Bone, she is chuffed with her progression at Maskers! Emma is very happy to play Jess as she felt an instant connection with the character and is delighted by the professionalism and talent across the cast and crew for this moving play.
Kacie is played by Suzanna Tompkins
Suzanna is delighted to be performing in her first show with Maskers. She has had the pleasure of working with other companies within Hampshire; most recently she has been in Season's Greetings with RAODS and performed as Cecily in their outdoor production of The Importance of being Earnest last July. Since the pandemic, Suzanna also performed with YT2 at Totton Drama Festival, where she was nominated for best supporting actress in their production of The Sentinels. She is very excited to have truly gotten back into the swing of things and has really enjoyed getting to know the lovely people at Maskers and working with Paul again. Ugly Lies the Bone is a beautifully written play and is certainly a rollercoaster of emotions, with a very important message. She hopes you enjoy the show.
Stevie is played by Neil Maddock
Neil is originally from Bristol but has lived in Southampton for the past 20 years. Neil toured the UK with Activate Theatre Company, working in schools throughout the country. He then spent two years working with Detour Theatre Company in NZ and, whilst there, he also recorded an album of his original songs!
Neil has performed a variety of roles in his time including Peter (The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe), Jonathan Harker (Dracula), and Jesus (the Southampton Passion). He has appeared in musicals such as West Side Story and Half a Sixpence and was a member of the community cast for the 2019 run of The Shadow Factory at the Nuffield Theatre.
For the past 12 years, Neil has been running the charity Martis Productions (formerly E-QUIP Arts), which creatively communicates the Christian faith. In this role he has written, directed, and performed in a number of productions, from large outdoor events in Guildhall Square to one man shows in schools!
This is Neil’s first outing on stage with Maskers and he is excited to be joining a group with such a long, rich history of great productions.
Kelvin is played by Lee Taylor
This is Lee's third show with Maskers and he's having loads of fun with the character Kelvin. His dream is to pursue a career in acting and he hopes to go to Drama School. He enjoys uploading videos to his YouTube channel leeewithane . He currently works at The Forest Park Hotel in Brockenhurst.
This play tackles trauma and pain in creative ways that Lee hasn't seen explored before. The cast is amazing and every character has their moments. The energy that he brings to a scene drew Lee to Kelvin, a man who sees no error in his ways.
Voice/Their Mom is played by Hazel Burrows
Hazel has been a member of Maskers since the 70s, playing many roles, modern and classic. Among her favourite roles are Queen in Alice in Wonderland, Miss Prism in The Importance of Being Ernest, Mother in Pygmalion, Hanna in Little Women, Mai in Our Lady of Sligo, and Cissie in Quartet. Directing comedy has also been her great pleasure; her most recent show being Out of Focus.
The role of Voice/ Mom sets an enjoyable challenge with an American accent and a wide range of emotions.