Cast and Crew Profiles

Toby Jack – Antonio

Toby is delighted to be joining the cast of ‘The Tempest’ in the role of Antonio.
Toby has most recently been seen starring in the ‘Rat Pack’ UK Tour. As a classically trained tenor, Toby was the obvious choice to play the role of low baritone crooner Dean Martin.
Recent credits include: Bobby in ‘Swing Rattle & Roll’ (UK Tour), Billy in ‘Carousel’ (Riverhead Theatre), Curly in ‘Oklahoma!’ (Curtain Up), Dentist in ‘Little Shop Of Horrors’ (Caxton Playhouse). Toby has performed as a lead vocalist across the UK in shows ranging from Big Band and Musical Theatre all the way to Eurovision!

Toby can currently be seen around the UK performing his solo show ‘The Rat Pack Years’ – details can be found on his website, also on twitter @toby__c.

Alex Russell

Alex Russell – Prospero
Alex started acting 10 years ago when a friend asked him to take part in a short sketch after someone had dropped out at the last minute. After this baptism of fire, he got the acting bug and become a member of the East End Theatre Company in Newcastle (now defunct).
In 2007, Alex joined the Progressive Players based at the Little Theatre in Gateshead, regularly acting on stage playing a variety of roles in dramas, comedies and thrillers. When not on stage, he is usually engaged in backstage work (lights, sound, props or stage management).
Now he have taken early retirement from full-time work, and is actively seeking new opportunities and challenges to build on his acting skills and experience.

Chantalle Helm

Chantalle Helm– a third of Ariel
Chantalle is seventeen years old and has been writing and performing from a very young age. After a series of school plays, including one critically acclaimed role as a Christmas tree aged seven, she joined Northern Star Theatre Arts, where she has performed on the Empire’s stage twice. After the Tempest, Chantalle will be taking on the role of Simone in the Royalty Theatre’s “A Bedfull Of Foreigners” from the 22nd to 28th September.


Chris Strain – Fernando

Christopher Strain trained at the British American Drama Academy and the Newcastle Performance Academy. Performances during training included Iago in ‘Othello’, Brutus in ‘Julius Caesar’, Tim in ‘24 Hour Plays: Manly’ (Old Vic New Voices) and Ferdinand in ‘Rough Magic’ (co-production with Royal Shakespeare Company). Professional theatre credits include Les in ‘East’ (Customs House Theatre), Dr Spivey in ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’ (Customs House Theatre), tours of ‘Oliver Twist’ and ‘A Christmas Carol’ and Lt. William Avery in ‘We Got Mittens Too!’ (November Club; Newcastle Journal Culture Award for Performance of the Year). He has also appeared in various features and short films (including the BAFTA-nominated ‘I am Nasrine’), as well as writing, directing and performing in his own one-man play, ‘Diary of a Madman’.
Christopher is delighted to be working with Theatre Space again, having played Demetrius in their inaugural production of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’.


Corey Adam Muizelaar – Musical Sprite
This is Corey. He is 12 years old and has appeared in many productions across Sunderland, while training with the Royalty Theatre Youth Academy (run by Theatre Spaces’ Artistic Director). Previously, Corey has appeared in last year’s Theatre Space NE production of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, ‘Back to the 80’s’, ‘Teechers’, and ‘The Tempest’. Corey has also been an extra in BBC’s ‘George Gently’.

Corinne Kilvington

Corinne Kilvington – Director
Corinne is a North East based actor, director and facilitator, and Artistic Director of Theatre Space NE – a company which creates theatre for none theatre spaces. She has recently performed lead roles in shows such as Hobson’s choice, Macbeth, Brassed Off and Shakers in various theatres in the North East and is excited to be part of the upcoming production of Two at the Westovians Theatre. She can also be seen in schools across the region working with companies such as Shadow Theatre Arts (which she runs) and Gibber.
This is the second our door promenade performance that Theatre Space NE have created and she is proud to be working with such a talent group of actors to being you The Tempest. You can follow the company @theatrespacene on twitter or facebook to keep up to date with the latest production information.


Daisy Gardner Hall– a third of Ariel
Daisy is fifteen years old and has been taking part in drama for the past three years. Her first role was a chorus member in a school production of ‘Camp Rock’. She has since taken part in ‘Beauty and the Beast’ (chorus member), ‘Back to the 80s’ (chorus) ‘We Will Rock You’ (police officer and chorus) and two versions of ‘The Tempest’ (Ariel). She is part of the Royalty Theatre’s Youth Academy where she takes part in showcases. Daisy would like to study drama and theatre studies at collage and would one day like to write her own plays.

Helen Bowie
Helen Bowie – Miranda

“The Tempest” marks Helen’s twelth time working with director Corinne Kilvington, and her second time working with Theatre Space North East, having been cast as Helena in last year’s production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”. Previous productions have included ‘Millie” in “Thoroughly Modern Millie”, ‘Miss Brannigan’ in “Back to the 80’s”, ‘Edith Harnham’ in “The Day after the Fair” and ‘Claire’ in “Proof”. Helen would like to thank everyone who has helped to make this production such an amazing experience and Corinne for paying her in food!

Jay Sykes

Jay Sykes – Trinculo
Jay Sykes is thrilled to be acting in this year’s Theatre Space NE promenade production of The Tempest – having previously played Romeo in Breakneck Theatre’s production of Romeo and Juliet, he loves promenade theatre, and believes the style lends itself well to exploring Shakespeare’s writing, and has thoroughly enjoyed the experience of working with director Corinne and the cast.
Jay’s other credits include Reuben in Breakneck Production’s ‘Bones’, Toad in Benchmark Theatre’s production of ‘Wind in the Willows’, and Monsieur Thenardier in ‘Les Miserables’ at the Halifax Playhouse.
Having graduated from a degree in Media Production, Jay is returning to the University of Sunderland in September to study a masters in Radio Production and Management, in order to pursue his ambition to produce radio drama. He wishes to tastelessly plug his work by suggesting you search for his dramas on his SoundCloud [link –], and to follow him @JayBeijaFlor.

Jim Barton

Jim Barton – Caliban

Jim Barton has worked in the north east for the last three years and has been involved with various theatre companies based there, such as Bubble and Squeek, Base Theatre Company, Cranked Anvil (formally Sunderland rep), The Westovian Theatre society and Theatre Space.

His recent work consisted of Hamlet (Bubble and Squeek) (2011), Chrysalis (Wright on tap) (2012), Living room (Wright on Tap) (2013), The Mysteries (The Customs House) (2012), Brassed Off (Westovian Theatre) (2012), A Midsummer Nights Dream (Theatre Space) (2012), I’ll be Back Before Midnight (Westovian Theatre) (2012), Jack and the Bean Stalk (Westovian Theatre) (2013), Rehearsed Reading Night (Cranked Anvil) (2013), Hobson’s Choice (Westovian Theatre) (2013), Dance to your Daddy (Westovian Theatre) (2013), I heart ST (The Customs House) (2013), The Tempest (Theatre Space) (2013).

He is to direct ‘Two’ by Jim Cartwright for September 2013 at the Westovian Theatre.


Kylie Ann Ford – Ariel
Kylie Ann Ford is an actor, face puller, co creator of North East based production company Generic Girl Productions and a Graduate of Northumbria University where she studied Drama. This is Kylie’s first performance with Theatre Space NE and she has enjoyed her time with them thoroughly, though she has to say that as she wants a part in their next production.
She is looking forward to braving the elements and running around a park in the name of Shakespeare, whom she loves dearly, and hopes you enjoy the show and the surroundings in equal measure. Recent Theatre credits include; Kitty in Charleys Aunt (Ion Productions) Angela in ASCO: the Supermarket Musical (As featured on BBC Three’s “Shoplife”), Sophie in Crawl (Generic Girl Productions), and Helena, Hippolita, Egeus, Snug and Fairies in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Northumberland Theatre Company), Frances Hunter in No Sex Please We’re British (Ion Productions). Check out Generic Girl Productions at


Megan Hopper – Stefano
Megan is currently studying Community Drama at Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts, developing skills in facilitating drama for social and political change. Previously she has performed as Audrey in ‘The Little Shop of Horrors’, a Moonshine Moll in Sunderland Empires adaptation of ‘Bugsy Malone’ and mostly an epic adaptation of ‘The Boy in the Striped Pajamas’.


Rachel Walsh– Gonzalo
Rachael is Co-Founder of the production company ‘Generic Girl Productions’ who aim to bring theatre to the masses whether they like it or not. Her first play, ‘Crawl’, premiered in June of this year and she is currently directing the Junior Westovians’ production of ‘Twelfth Night’ which goes on in October. Rachael is thrilled to be involved as an actor after enjoying the performance as an audience member last year and hopes you enjoy it as much as she did.


Sian Francis – Musical Sprite
Sian has recently completed university, studying for her degree in music as a singer. During this time she developed an interest in acting and dancing and went on to perform in the pantomime ‘Sinbad the Sailor’, and Lionel Bart’s musicals, ‘Blitz!’ and ‘Oliver!’ She has also worked behind the scenes as Deputy Stage Manager for the production of Bugsy Malone and operated lighting for various music performances. She has a great interest in this line of work and hopes to pursue it as a career. Sian is looking forward to performing in ‘The Tempest’.


Stan Dix – Alonso
Following his retirement from a career as an International Hypnotist for 32 years, Stan has continued to explore his love for local theatre. He has been previously starred in productions of ‘The Mysteries’ and ‘I Love Tyneside’ at the Customs House, and also in several productions by the Cleadon Village Drama Club; the ‘Odd Couple’, ’39 Steps’, ‘Ballroom Cougars and as Poirot.


Steven Jobson – Sebastian
Steven is 17 years old, he developed an interest in drama when he took part in a school production of ‘Camp Rock’ in which he played Brown Cessario. He then continued to partake in several plays. To date he has played: The Beast (Beauty and the Beast), Lionel Astley (Back to the 80’s), Dame Stoty/Ugly step sister (Cinderella), Theseus (Midsummer Night’s Dream) and Sebastian (The Tempest). He has also partaken in the plays and radio plays of local writers. He is in his second year of BTEC level 3 Music and hopes to move to London to attend Arts Educational to study musical theatre. His dream role would be to play the Phantom from Phantom of the Opera on the West End.