Specialist Advice in Education and Culture

CAST - In Order of Appearance

Writer - Lewis Owens

Lewis Owens received his PhD from Cambridge University (Queens’ College) in 2000 for his thesis on the Greek writer Nikos Kazantzakis, on whom he has published widely including the acclaimed book Creative Destruction: Nikos Kazantzakis and the Literature of Responsibility (Mercer University Press, 2002). From 2004 – 2009 he served as President of the UK Shostakovich Society and was the writer and producer of the documentary The Unknown Shostakovich (Sky Arts) featuring Valery Gergiev, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Vladimir Fedoseyev, St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Maxim Shostakovich and the poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko. Lewis is the founder and owner of EdmissionUK and was the Executive Producer of Kazantzakis’ early work Comedy: A Tragedy in One Act last year at Sadler’s Wells. Forthcoming projects include a play on Oscar Pistorius and a film concerning the life of French-Jewish cardiologist Dr Olivier Ameisen.

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Director - Victor Sobchak

Born in Odessa, Ukraine, Victor later studied drama in Leningrad and mime in Moscow.


With his experimental theatre – studio, he premiered plays by Beckett, Pinter, Frisch and others in the USSR. Victor has directed over 400 plays worldwide and written over 40 stage adaptations as well as own plays. He has taken part in many International festivals around the world, including 12 times at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and his companies have toured extensively from Moldova to Lake Baikal and from Berlin to Cape Town.


Victor has lived in London since 1995 where he created ART VIC Anglo Russian Theatre, Actprovocateur Int. and Theatre Collection.

In 2011 he received an ‘outstanding achievement' award and 'Time Out' named him as 'the directing machine.'

This is his first collaboration with EdmissionUK.


Nick Simons (Sir Douglas Veale)

Nick trained at Central School in London and has worked in Canada, USA and Sweden with companies such as Stratford Ontario, Theatre Group LA, Theatre Calgary and National Theatre Ottawa.


Since returning to the UK he has worked with the RSC and recently played ‘Father Zosima’ and ‘The Grand Inquisitor’ in Victor Sobchak’s adaptation of The Brothers Karamazov. Nick’s films include Experiment, Old Man Dies and Heritage Africa.

Tara Crabbe (Miss J Watson)


Tara graduated from The Poor School, London in 2013, and her theatre credits since include: Cathy in Wuthering Heights (Aquila Theatre US Tour), Miranda in The Tempest (Aquila Theatre US Tour), Mina in Dracula (The Workhouse Theatre) and Young Woman in Comedy: A Tragedy in One Act (Sadler's Wells) last year.


TV/Film credits include 'Who wants to be a Billionaire?' (SkyLiving), 'Al Bayda: Anatomy of a Warcrime' (Channel 4 News), 'The Shopping List' (SonderMedia), and  'Office Release' (KashKahn Productions) which was shortlisted for the 'Let's All Be Free' International Film Festival.



Patrick Farrimond (David Hawke)

Patrick's most prominent acting roles include Laertes in Hamlet, Krapp in Beckett's Krapp's Last Tape, and Victor in Pinter's One for the Road. For Victor Sobchak's and Shaban Arifi's company Theatre Collection he has appeared as Homais in Madame Bovary and Wolfsheim in The Great Gatsby. As a writer he has written a few prose-to-play adaptations, including Camus' The Fall, which he has also prepared for film production. As a translator he is the only person ever to have translated Ghelderode's play Don Juan into English (from the original French). In addition, recently Patrick stage-managed Theatre Collection's acclaimed production of Sartre's No Exit.


Andrew Conway (Vladimir Filatov)

Andrew grew up in Epsom and studied for a degree in English and Drama at Brunel University after which he studied acting at The Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art. Theatre credits include Lysistrata at the Bloomsbury Theatre and Holiday Snaps at The New Wimbledon Theatre Studio, as well as various short films predominantly in collaboration with indy film company Plainview Films. In his spare time Andrew tries to stay in shape with swimming and martial arts. Andrew is excited to be part of this production and many more to come.


Conor Craig-Stephens (Yuri Loginov)

Training: The Poor School

Theatre Credits Include: The Proud Youth in Comedy: A Tragedy In One Act directed by Stephen Oswald (Sadlers Wells), Dracula in Dracula directed by Stephen Oswald (Canting Crew), Konstantin in The Seagull directed by Victor Sobchak (Theatre Collection), Snooks in Market Boy directed by Christopher Dunham (Workhouse Theatre), Teddy Lloyd The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie directed by Trudi Rees(Workhouse Theatre).


Film Credits include: Sinuous Hallow in The Hallow directed by Corin Hardy (Occupant Entertainment), Lord Francis Douglas in Murder on the Matterhorn directed by Tilam Remme (Spiegel TV), Chris in A Party For Nikos directed by Mark Charles (Entertaining TV)


Ian MacNaughton (Isaiah Berlin)

Theatre credits include Fyodor Karamazov in ‘The Brothers Karamazov’, (Theatre Collection), 2nd Old Man in ‘Comedy: a Tragedy in One Act’ by Nikos Kazantzakis, at Sadlers Wells, Lillian Baylis Theatre; the Bishop in ‘De Sade’, Theatre Collection and Hastings/Ratesby in ‘Richard III’. He played Lane & Merriman, ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’, the Voice in ‘Under Milk Wood the London Theatre New Cross. With Ineptrepid, he played David in ‘Father for Justice’. He played The Mayor/Gatekeeper in ‘The Castle’ Theatre Collection; Councillor Agar in ‘Regent’s Canal A Folk Opera’ Tour, the Musical Flying Squad. With Featherweight he played ‘Eye’, ‘A Tale of Gilead’. He played Boris in ‘Boris Got Buggered’, the Black Cap, Stage Punk.

Film Credits include: The Foley artist in ‘The Foley Fashion Film’, A Little Bit/ Feast Films, speaking poetry in ‘Unlined’, John Michael Mouskos,

Henry in ‘TV’ Graham Gunner, Joe in ‘A Day A Life’ Bongo Reef. He played Winter Blues Monster who was prevented from destroying the South Bank by Ant and Dec.




Penelope Day (Aline Berlin)

Penelope graduated from The Poor School in 2013 and also holds an MA in Contemporary Theatre Practice from Lancaster University. Her theatre engagements include performances at The Union Theatre, The Gatehouse, Deptford Albany, Birmingham Old Rep, Contact Theatre Manchester, Edinburgh Traverse, and recording for Listening Books.


Recent credits include a female York in Phil Wilmott’s adaptation of Henry VI, Queen Elizabeth in Richard iii, Mrs. Drudge in The Real Inspector Hound and Madam Lyubov Ranevskaya in The Cherry Orchard.  She has worked with Theatre Collection on a number of productions and is thrilled to be a part of Lewis Owens’s Like a Chemist from Canada: Shostakovich, Isaiah Berlin and Oxford.


Carl Gombrich (Public Orator)

Carl is the Programme Director of UCL’s interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences degree. Carl has degrees in Maths, Physics and Philosophy and was a professional opera singer before joining UCL in 2002. He enjoys making interdisciplinary links between all these areas (and more!) and has taught maths, physics, music and philosophy at a number of institutions in the UK and privately. As an opera singer, he has performed over 30 major roles with companies in the UK and abroad.


Guy Torrance (Hugh Trevor-Roper)

Guy trained at The Bridge Theatre Training Company and is no stranger to biographical/historical premiers, including starring in To Meet Oscar Wilde (Norman Holland, published Samuel French). Guy has appeared in many of Wilde’s plays on stage and radio as well as other comedies from various periods.


He has recently performed in Shakespeare’s Richard III (directed by Victor Sobchak) and is currently appearing in Henry V (Rambures & Nym) at Tolethorpe Hall (directed by David Roberts).


Chris Diacopoulos (Lord David Cecil)

Christopher is the artistic Director of Little Goblin Productions.  His first professional appearances were  at the age of 12 at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden.

Stage roles: Macbeth, Polymestor in Hecuba, The Father in Six Characters in Search of an Author, Faustus in Dr Faustus, The Actor in Swan Song, President Putin in the Truth, Richard in Richard the III and Anton in Ward 6.


Directing: Martha Jose and the Chinese Elvis, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Phaedra, the Witch. Christopher has spent the last two years cooperating, directing and co-directing with Victor Sobchak on projects including  Madame Bovary, The Seagull, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and Lolita.


Lucien Morgan (Dmitri Shostakovich)

Lucien Morgan has acted in theatre, television, radio and film. His roles have included playing a literary agent, Timothy Haldane, at the Kings Head Theatre and Andy Warhol in the feature film Love Potion. He has acted in every play that Chekhov wrote and has played King Theseus in both A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Oedipus in Colonus. This year Lucien played Lord Victor Stanbury in the feature film Witch, Harold Cultler in The Decay and will be playing Colonel Mike Wessex, a Special Forces Commander, in the horror film Vampire Resurrection.



Debbie Radcliffe (Alexandra Trevor-Roper)

Debbie has been a professional actor for over 30 years. She has worked in Rep and toured extensively – in medieval plays, Shakespeare and modern classics – throughout the UK and overseas. Theatre credits include Kate in TAMING OF THE SHREW (New End), Portia in THE MERCHANT OF VENICE (Village Theatre), Nell in PASSION PLAY (Rosemary Branch), Antonia in THE OPEN COUPLE (King’s Head) Cinnamon Mills in premiere of BASTARDZ (White Bear) and Edith Neville in JELLICO: THE MUSICAL (Shaw Theatre, London). Other theatre roles include Helen Damson in the South Australian premiere of Peter Shaffer’s THE GIFT OF THE GORDON, Lady Capulet & Benvolio in a 12 month world tour of ROMEO & JULIET (TNT/ADGE), Lady Macbeth in MACBETH and Lady Bracknell in THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST (New Triad). She played the title role in a devised project based on Virginia Woolf’s MRS DALLOWAY, took part in THE BAND PLAYS ON, a new writing festival at Greenwich Theatre and played Madame Arkadina in Theatre Collection’s 2014 production of Chekhov’s THE SEAGULL, directed by Victor Sobchak. She has recently returned from her fifth season at the English Theatre of Hamburg, playing Shirley in Derek Benfield’s farce ANYONE FOR BREAKFAST?  Debbie is also an artist, a community planner, a writer and researcher.



Clive Alexander (Francis Poulenc)

Clive Alexander returned to acting after a break of ten years in 2013 with appearances in The Government Inspector and The Visit for 'The Theatre Collection'.  This year he has appeared in The Witch for ‘Little Goblin Productions’, as George Bush Snr in the world premiere of We Macbeth; as Trigorn in The Seagull,  and as the title role in The Marquis de Sade. He recently returned from The Cambridge Shakespeare Festival where he appeared in Richard II and Othello.


Colin Uttley (Harry Hodson)


Colin is an experienced actor and writer. He co-wrote and performed in the award-winning shows Televisor and Horlicks and Armageddon in the Brighton Festival and his one-man-show, Ghost Trains, continues to tour festivals and spoken word events.


He has recently devised historical drama performances for Enfield Museums and the London Fire Brigade and, as a consultant for Spectrum Drama Theatre Company, Colin performs in many of London’s major museums. He can currently be seen as Albert Einstein in Anna and Albert at the Royal Observatory.


Colin is the voice of Hugo, the animated ventriloquist's dummy in the band Spacedog–where he can also be seen as himself.


Ruth Sillers (Translator)

Ruth Sillers has performed in many productions for theatres in London's West End, notably the National Theatre , the Young Vic Theatre and the Royal Opera House. Her television experience includes playing Mary Queen of Scots for BBC History. Her radio credits include many plays and readings for BBC Radio Drama such as Medical Detectives, Easy Virtue and The Professor and Poetry Please for Radio 4. She has recorded numerous audio books for the BBC and many other publishers. Recent recordings include classic short stories by Jane Austen, Katherine Mansfield and Virginia Woolf and First World War poetry anthology 'War Girls'.


Claire McCaldin (Margaret Ritchie)

Clare McCaldin has built a diverse career spanning the opera stage and concert platform, and has sung at the Salzburg Easter Festival, the Royal Opera, the BBC Proms, BBC Radio 3 and the Edinburgh International Festival.


She has performed new music by Cheryl Frances-Hoad, Cecilia McDowell, Brian Irvine, Alexander l’Estrange, Michael Zev Gordon and created roles and scenes for Opera North, Royal Opera, WNO and Aldeburgh. Madrigali dell’Estate, her first CD was awarded four stars by BBC Music Magazine. She has recorded Hugh Wood’s Laurie Lee Songs with Iain Burnside for NMC and her second solo CD for Champs Hill Records, will be released later in 2015.


She appeared in Errollyn Wallen’s Cautionary Tales at the 2014 Latitude Festival and in Stephen McNeff’s Prometheus Drowned, on tour for Nova Music Opera. Clare’s company McCaldin Arts continues to tour her solo shows, Haydn’s London Ladies and Vivienne.



Colin Stone (piano)

Colin Stone has a particular affinity with the music of Shostakovich. In addition to his recent recording of the Twenty-Four Preludes and Fugues Op.87, he has recorded the two Piano Trios and the Piano Quintet (Classic FM “Instrumental and Chamber Disc of the Month” June 2008) and, with Rustem Hayroudinoff, he gave the first performance in the West of the two-piano version of the Fourth Symphony, op. 43a, a work which they have recorded for Chandos. He also recorded the two piano sonatas and Preludes Op.34 for Olympia (now available on the Regis label). Colin Stone also appears in the documentary film, “The Unknown Shostakovich” along with Vladimir Ashkenazy, Valery Gergiev, Yevgeny Yevtushenko and Maxim Shostakovich, first shown at the Barbican Cinema. He first performed the complete cycle of 24 Preludes and Fugues Op.87 at Cadogan Hall in London in a concert to mark the centenary of the composer’s birth: Vladimir Ashkenazy himself gave the pre-concert talk.


Colin Stone is a professor at the Royal Academy of Music in London and the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. Details of his other recordings and forthcoming concerts can be found on www.colinstone.co.uk

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Richard Moore (organ)

Richard currently pursues an active and varied musical career in London, as an accompanist, one half of the Illumina Trumpet and Organ duo (with Ellie Lovegrove), and as a solo recitalist. He is also Acting Assistant Organist at St Martin-in-the-Fields, where his duties include accompanying the three choirs in a busy schedule of services, and on BBC Radio 3 and 4.


Richard read Music as Organ Scholar of St John’s College, Oxford. He then took up a place at the Royal College of Music, studying Organ with David Graham.


A keen promoter of contemporary music, Richard recently premiered works by David Liddle and Paul Burke at St Paul's Cathedral in May 2014, St Albans Abbey, and Winchester Cathedral. Until August 2014, Richard held the William and Irene Miller Organ Scholarship at St Paul's Cathedral, where, in addition to playing for the daily liturgies, and training the choristers, he also played at a number of important occasions, including the funeral of Baroness Thatcher in April 2013.



Tanya Ursova (piano)

Tanya Ursova received her initial musical training at the Donetsk Prokofiev Conservatoire in Ukraine. She then continued her studies at postgraduate level at the Royal Academy of Music, where she won several prizes including the prestigious RAM Club Prize for the best piano accompanist. In 2009 Tanya was awarded PhD in Piano Performance at Goldsmiths College, University of London.


Tanya has performed as a soloist and chamber musician at St. James' in Piccadilly, the Ukrainian Embassy in London, the Pump Room in Bath, Warwick Arts Centre, Holywell Music Room in Oxford, Fitzwilliam College in Cambridge, Sheremetyev Palace in St Petersburg and other venues in the UK, Sweden, Italy, France, Greece, Russia, Ukraine, USA, Australia and New Zealand.

Roundtable Discussion

Dr Henry Hardy (Isaiah Berlin’s editor)

Henry edits the writings of the philosopher and historian of ideas Isaiah Berlin, the founding President of Wolfson College, Oxford. He became Berlin’s editor in the mid-1970s (while he was a graduate student at the College), and one of his original Literary Trustees in 1996.


Henry has been working full-time on Berlin since 1990, and has now edited or co-edited 18 of his books. He is currently working with Mark Pottle and Nick Hall on the last volume of a four-volume edition of Berlin's letters: this concluding volume is due to appear in October 2015


Anastasia Belina-Johnson (Moderator)

Dr Anastasia Belina-Johnson is a Deputy Head of Programmes at the Royal College of Music, London. She is a musicologist, writer, presenter, and opera director. She is the author of Die tägliche Mühe ein Mensch zu sein (2013), and A Musician Divided: André Tchaikowsky in His Own Words (2013). She is co-editor of Wagner in Russia, Poland and the Czech Lands: Musical, Literary, and Cultural Perspectives (2013), and her most recent publication The Business of Opera, co-edited with Derek Scott, is forthcoming with Ashgate in early 2015.


She is an International Artistic Director of Koncerty Urodzinowe Chopina (Birthday Concerts of Chopin Music Festival), Warsaw.

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Leonid Gorokhov (cello)

One of the finest cellists of his generation, Leonid Gorokhov often returns to his roots to perform in his home city of St. Petersburg. He studied at the St. Petersburg Conservatoire with Anatoli Nikitin and took part in masterclasses with Daniil Shafran.


Winner of Concertino Praga (First Prize) and Paris chamber music competition (Premier Grand Prix), Leonid Gorokhov is the only Russian cellist to be awarded the Grand Prix and the First Prize of the Geneva Concours (1986). In 1995 the European Association for Encouragement of the Arts awarded the Cultural Achievement Prize to Leonid Gorokhov for “exceptional talent and outstanding artistic accomplishment”.

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