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Cast and Crew Profiles

The 2014 Canny Space production of ‘The 39 Steps’ was staged with the following cast and crew

Richard Hannay – Pip Chamberlin
Pamela – Helen Bowie
Clown 1 – James Barton
Clown 2 – Christopher Strain

Director – Corinne Kilvington
Design – Jonny Chambers

With thanks to Amanda Gerry at the Churches Conservation Trust, David Farne, Chris Forman and The Royalty Theatre.

Cast photo’s and Bio’s

Pip (1)

Pip is a Mackem born and bred and trained professionally at E15 Acting School, London. Since graduating (BA Acting) in 2003, he has performed in a variety of projects, theatre productions and TV.

Recent TV credits; VERA: SERIES IV (ITV), PC Arncliffe – EMMERDALE (ITV).

Theatre Credits include; Higgs ‘STRING’ (Teeside new writing festival), ‘HORRIBLE HISTORIES’(National Tour) Birmingham Stage Company, Host ‘MISS CRISPY 1988’ (Customs House/Newcastle Theatre Royal), ME & MY SHADOW (GIFT Festival), Micky ‘YOUR HOME IN THE WEST’ (Middlesbrough theatre), ‘BY THE GRACE OF GOD’ (Live Theatre), Mathew ‘THE DICE HOUSE’ (Hen & Chickens), ‘SEVEN OTHER CHILDREN’ (Bolton Octagon), Dame Spam – (Bruvvers Panto), Pesca ‘THE WOMAN IN WHITE’ (Carriageworks, Leeds)

Pip is delighted to be performing in his home town, especially in such an unique venue as ‘The Canny Space’.

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“The 39 Steps” marks Helen’s twelfth play under director Corinne Kilvington, and her fifth time working with Theatre Space North East, having been cast as ‘Miranda’ in last year’s production of “The Tempest” and the ‘Queen of Hearts’ as part of the Roker Illuminations. Helen’s roles have included ‘Millie” in “Thoroughly Modern Millie”, ‘Edith Harnham’ in “The Day after the Fair”, ‘Claire’ in “Proof” and ‘Julia Simmons’ in “A Murder is Announced”, all at the Royalty Theatre. Helen is looking forward to the challenge that “The 39 Steps” poses and collaborating on future Theatre Space productions

Jim Barton

Jim Barton has worked in the north east for the last four years and has been involved with various theatre companies based there, such as Bubble and Squeek, Base Theatre Company, A Quite Word, Cranked Anvil (formally Sunderland rep), Write on Tap, Mixtape and Theatre Space North East.

His recent work consisted of Gutter beat (Write on Tap) (2014), Mixtape (Mixtape) (2014), (2013), The Tempest (Theatre Space North East) (2013), I heart South Tyneside (The Customs House) (2013), Rehearsed Reading Night (Cranked Anvil) (2013), A Mid Summer Nights Dream (Theatre Space North East) (2012), The Mysteries (The Customs House) (2012), Living room (Wright on Tap) (2013), Chrysalis (Wright on Tap) (2012), Hamlet (Bubble and Squeek) (2011).

He has also directed ‘All Is Safely Gathered In’ by ‘James Withey’ for ‘Write on Tap’ (2014) and ‘Two’ by ‘Jim Cartwright’ for the Westovian Theatre (2013).

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Christopher Strain completed a conservatoire acting course at the British American Drama Academy and graduated from the Newcastle Performance Academy with a First-Class BA (Hons) Degree in Acting. Performances during training included 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 Dominic in “Testing Times” (playing the lead opposite “Coronation Street” star Pauline Fleming) and the MC in “Gee But It’s Good To Be Here!” at the Trent House Theatre, Ferdinand in “The Tempest” (Theatre Space), Les in “East” (Customs House Theatre), Demetrius in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (Theatre Space), 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; 2008 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”.