MARRAKECH by Graham Swannell
I CAN’T REMEMBER ANYTHING by Arthur Miller
In 2011/2012 Treading The Borders presented a double bill of great richness and depth. The plays were very different in tone, but surprisingly had much in common. Both dealt with lives in crisis – mid-life, and much later. And by a strange and inconsequential coincidence both featured characters who could not cook rice!
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Jane Houston Green – Vivien in Marrakech & Leonora in I Can’t Remember Anything
Jane has had a varied career that has taken her all over the place! She has performed, taught, choreographed and directed throughout the UK from Lerwick to London, Landrindod Wells to Leeds in village halls and major theatres. Credits include – Bouncers and The Office Party (Hull Truck), Tess (Pocket Theatre) Under Milk Wood (Brunton Theatre), Maister Michael (Borders Festival). Work has taken her to America and Spain and with the Maly Theatre Company to St Petersburg and Berlin. In 1995 she went to live in Zimbabwe and for twelve years was a leading figure in the theatre and film arena. Working with numerous companies she performed in over twenty-five productions including The Secret Rapture (Isobel), Last of the Red Hot Lovers (Elaine), Rape of the Belt (Queen Antiope), The Cherry Orchard (Ranyevskaya), The Power of Prayer (Helen), Romeo and Juliet (Nurse), Brighton Beach Memoirs (Blanche), Dangerous Liaisons (Tourvel), Antigone (Chorus Two), The Frog Queen (Mother). In addition, Jane has a variety of film and television credits – Treasure Seekers (National Geographic), Wild and Dangerous (BBC), Under The African Sun (TPI Productions), ‘Allo ‘Allo (BBC). While abroad she also worked for UNESCO with both local and international film directors and was chair of the judging panel for the 2001 Zimbabwe International Film Festival. Returning to the UK in 2007 she has worked on film projects with Speakeasy and Edinburgh University and regularly directed for Borders Youth Theatre. In 2011 she established Treading the Borders Theatre Company and has been further inspired by the way this venture is evolving.
Jacques Kerr - Walter in Marrakech & Leo in I Can’t Remember Anything
Jacques trained at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (when it was still the RSAMD) back in 2000. His previous acting credits on stage include: Antony and Cleopatra, The Tempest, and Antigone – all for the Edinburgh Graduate Theatre Group. In addition, he has performed in Macbeth (Shakespeare at Traquair), Othello (RSAMD), Titus Andronicus (Bard in the Botanics) Romeo and Juliet (Edinburgh University Theatre Group), The School for Scandal (Encore). For television he has appeared in Taggart (STV), River City (BBC), Life Support (BBC), Tinsel Town (BBC), Rebus (STV) and Dream Team (Sky One) and on film – Driving Lessons and Senseless (Matador Productions). He will shortly be appearing on BBC TV in Pramface. Jacques is represented by Doug Stiven at Stiven Christie Management. He is delighted to be involved in this inaugural production of Treading The Borders and hopes he can remember all his lines and not bump into the furniture.
Robert Sproul-Cran – Director
Robert is Project Manager of Voice Of My Own (VOMO) – a video access project for young people in the Scottish Borders. He also runs Northlight Productions, an independent TV and film production company based near Hawick. Since 1991 Northlight has produced prime time programmes for broadcasters including the BBC, Channel 4 and Discovery. Recent work includes “The Elemental” which Robert wrote and directed – a short supernatural film premiered at the Edinburgh International Film Festival and chosen in 2011 as the UK nomination for the Méliès D’Or awards in Spain. Robert started his broadcast career at the sharp end, on air for BBC radio and subsequently BBC Network TV. He worked as a newsreader, then sports producer, and went on to present network features from Scotland for BBC Manchester and Pebble Mill in Birmingham. In 2001 he launched Tartan TV, an overseas showcase for Scotland, and developed programming to the USA and Canada with broadcasts on over 200 stations to a reach of 131 million viewers. Robert co-presented the programmes, and was also part of the liaison group organising Tartan Day in New York. He has a BAFTA, awarded for the C4 programme he directed called “In Search of the Tartan Turban” featuring Hardeep Singh Kholi, and also awards from the Royal Television Society, Law Society of Scotland, and International Visual Communications Awards (IVCA).
Simon Watson – Stage Manager
Simon has been involved with theatre in the Borders for twenty years. In the past he has been a member of one of the local Amateur Operatic Societies and played a number of lead and major roles including Fiddler on the Roof (Tevye), South Pacific (Emile DeBeque), Oklahoma (Judd Fry), My Fair Lady (Alfie Doolittle), and Jesus Christ Superstar (Judas Iscariot). While normally found hiding behind lighting and sound desks he has recently turned his hand to directing and worked with a local drama group on their latest production. He is now due to start rehearsing a new show with them and this is scheduled for Spring 2012. In addition, Simon has been the ‘in house’ technician at The Wynd Theatre in Melrose for fifteen years and periodically worked with Borders Youth Theatre providing lighting and sound services to a large number of their productions.