Script Surgery: Birthday Cast

Written by on February 26, 2022


Jenny – Mum – Catherine
Michael – Phillip
Steve – Patrick
Anna – Rosanna
Dylan – Richard
Clarissa – Joanna
Pamela – Lauren
Dave – Samuel
Suited man – Charlie
Tracy Bargate – Narrator


is an actor, writer and musician from London. Theatre credits include: Twelfth Night and King Lear (The Minack Theatre, Cornwall); Olly’s Prison and Blood Wedding (The National Theatre of Malta); As You Like It and The Roaring Girl (Shakespeare’s Globe/Royal Conservatoire of Scotland); The Witch of Edmonton and Scorched (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland). Television and film credits include: The Electrical Life of Louis Wain (Amazon/Film4), Kiss Me First (CH4/Netflix); The Lost Pirate Kingdom (Netflix) Dixi3: Game of Dixi and Dixi4: Friends4ever (CBBC). Writing Credits: David is a regular writer for Anna Barbara Films in Los Angeles, including contributions to their upcoming Feature Film My Mental Health is Fine, starring John Cleese. Other screen work includes Father & Friend (Fever Dream); & Birthday (Anna Barbara Films). David wrote & directed his first TV pilot Stranded in Copenhagen in 2021.

Us is his first play.


“Classically trained, Joanna is an American actress based in London. Recently she has had
films screened at several UK festivals and was a part of a digital production for Edinburgh
Horror Festival. She is represented by City Actors Management.”

Samuel Freeman is a Welsh Actor Musician and Musical Director who trained at Bath
Spa School of Music and Performing Arts.
Working in rep and touring theatre, Samuel has performed internationally with the likes
of Selladoor, Big Wooden Horse, Young Shakespeare, Torch, Prime, Splendid, Three
Inch Fools, and Omnibus.
He has featured in over 10 shorts, television with ITV and music videos for the bands A
Silent Film and Alluri. He starred in the feature film The Young Cannibals which is
available on Prime Video.
He has developed new writing with the likes Tanika  Gupta (RSC, Royal Court) and
Victoria Gould (Complicité), EXTANT and London City Hall. He is an associate artists of
ACE, Stage One and Emerge supported Calf 2 Cow.


Jane is an actress/director who graduated from the BA Acting course at ALRA in 2017 where she was a BBC Carlton Hobbs finalist. Credits include: 100 Paintings (MakeSpace Productions), Mating in Captivity (King’s Head Theatre), Cooking for Candice (Oxford Playhouse) and Paris in the Rain (Little Windmill Productions), for which she was nominated for Best Actress at the New Renaissance Film Festival, London.

Charlie is a native Crouch Ender (pre-Balsamic!) and made his stage debut at Coleridge Primary School in a Christmas play back in the 1970’s.  He followed this up with Evening Classes at Mountview Drama School (it was at the end of his road) and took on spear carrying duties in many a student production.       He made his professional debut as a teenager at Jacksons Lane Arts Centre in a show about Mary Seacole.

Since then he has worked as an actor in theatre, TV, film and radio & audio.

Highlights include the double Olivier nominated play, THIS HOUSE (The National Theatre/The Garrick Theatre, London), playing Oscar Wilde in IN EXTREMIS (King’s Head and national tour), being trapped in Monkswell Manor in THE MOUSETRAP (St Martin’s Theatre) and portraying Mr Johnson in MR SELFRIDGE for ITV.

Recent work includes the critically acclaimed stage production EMMELINE (The Cockpit Theatre, London) in which he played Keir Hardie, the award winning comedy short film LONELY IN LOCKDOWN: COUPLES THERAPY, and the radio biog-drama about Alan Whicker THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WORLD which is on BBC Radio 4 soon.


trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. She has appeared in numerous audio dramas including several series of DOCTOR WHO, THE AVENGERS, and as “Lucy” in DRACULA opposite Mark Gatiss. Rosanna’s extensive theatre career includes playing “Marion” in the 2021 tour of ABSURD PERSON SINGULAR; “Elvira” in BLITHE SPIRIT; “Brooke” in NOISES OFF and she opens in the Olivier Award Winning HOME, I’M DARLING this Spring. TV credits include DOCTORS; SPECIALS (BBC); THE GRIMLEYS (ITV).

Patch trained as an actor at Mountview has and enjoyed a career in various disciplines since graduating.
Most recently he has focused on writing, and has written and performed several plays. Patch is also an
accomplished guitarist.



Catherine regularly works with new writers.   In her early career she founded a theatre company that focussed on female writers before going on to on to work with Joint Stock. She has appeared at The Royal Court, Arcola & Soho Theatre to name a few.

Recent stage includes: Elizabeth Barrett Browning -Victorian Women In Bed (Live stream) Kay in Parched at The Criterion Theatre (New Writing Festival) Woman in Burning Tower of Grenfell (Community Fundraiser) Hilda in Neighbourhood  Watch at The Gordon Craig Theatre. Marjory in 100 Paintings.

TV Includes:  Morag McNichol – Inspector Lyndley (BBC) Elizabeth Garret-Ladies of Langham Place (BBC). Selma & Clarice (S&C Productions)

Film Includes: Edith -in award winning short Edith, Judith -in award winning Kingsland, Claire in Where I belong (Cine-Parallel)


Theatre credits include; ‘Twelfth Night’ (Orsino / Feste) & ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ (Claudio / Dogberry, National Tours) ‘Karaoke Play’ (Darren, Bunker Theatre), ‘A Clockwork Orange’ (Various Roles, Park Theatre, Soho Theatre, International Tour), ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’ (Lord Henry Wotton), ‘Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde’ (Henry Jekyll & Edward Hyde), ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ (Algernon, all Italian Tours) ‘Persuasion’ (Captain Wentworth, Rosemary Branch Theatre), ‘Birthday Suit’ (Nick, Old Red Lion), ‘Honey, Baby’ (Pavel, White Bear Theatre), ‘The Cow Play’ (Owen, Rosemary Branch Theatre), ‘Jane Eyre’ (Various Roles, Rosemary Branch Theatre), ‘The Oresteia: Eumenides’ (Apollo, CPT), ‘Venus Quarry’ (Ed, Broadway Theatre Catford), ‘Love In The Past Participle’ (Arthur, Tabard Theatre.)

For TV: ‘Eastenders’ (BBC), ‘Inner Workings’ (Peter Greenhall Productions)

Audio Work includes: ‘The Tiger Who Came To Tea’ (ZipZap), ‘Love Island, Interactive’ (Unrd) and ‘Wind Therapy’ (Jack Judd Films)

Olly Roy trained at The Guildford School of Acting and graduated in 2017. Since graduating he has worked on several indie features and short films. Last summer he appeared in a new piece of theatre performed at Above the Stag theatre.


Tracy is an actor and movement director based in North London.
Her theatre work ranges from “3 Winters” (National Theatre), the No 1 UK tour
of Michael Morpurgo’s “Butterfly Lion” (Mercury Theatre – shortlisted for a
TMA Award), “20:24” (the sold out 5* interactive show from Secret Theatre) –
“As You Like It” (New Vic); “Camino Real” (Young Vic); “She” (Soho Theatre);
and the fully masked “Veil” (Horse & Bamboo). Recent films include political
feature “Scandal in ‘97” (Amazon Prime), and shorts “Shoal” (shortlisted for a
BAFTA and a BIFA), the ambitious single take time travel film “Chronos” and
award winning “You’re The Stranger Here” (Best film LSFF)
Tracy’s recently movement directed the 4* “Belvedere” at the Old Red Lion,
and has just acted in the radio drama “The Phantom Construct” and film
“Normal Family”

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