Shakespeare's Queens directed by Roz Riley with assistance from Dimity Raftos. The actors are Rachel Ferris, Kath Perry and Patrick Trumper. Lighting design and technical operation are by Stephen Dean.

The Producer

Straylight Australia
Shakespeare's Queens: She-wolves and Serpents is Straylight Australia's fourth production, following Light Bites, Tasty Treats and  Shakespeare's Mothers: Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know .

The company was formed by Actor/Manager Kath Perry to provide opportunities for Australian actors, writers, directors and other theatre practitioners to showcase their work at the Edinburgh Fringe and to wider audiences both overseas and in Australia. By presenting original work at a high professional standard to international audiences, the company also aims to increase awareness of Australia's strong and growing capability in developing and delivering excellent theatre. 

Here are brief biographies of Company members.

George Cartledge (Composer)
George is to busy writing music to update his biography but has written music for us before - notably for our first Edinburgh Fringe shows 'Light Bites' and 'Tasty Treats'. This production features his stirring, eerie accompaniment to the Macbeth section. Contact Straylight for more information or if you'd like to get in touch with George.

Stephen Dean (Lighting Design and Technical Operation)
Stephen has been active in theatre for many years and has skills in all of the backstage arts, especially those that use new technology. Lighting is his major interest and he has designed many shows for companies in South Australia, including recent work for Unseen and Accidental Productions with upcoming work for Galleon Theatre and the Adelaide University Theatre Guild.

Stephen designs many of the shows appearing at the Bakehouse Theatre for the Adelaide Fringe. These have included two recent shows for Straylight Australia: 'Shakespeare's Mothers: Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know', in 2011 and 'Shakespeare's Queens: She-wolves and Serpents', in 2012.

Stephen works at a variety of venues around town as a multi-skilled venue technician. He is constantly developing his skills and is always keen to help others starting out in the industry. Stephen also writes a Technical Theatre Blog, 'Ramblings of a Techie', and articles for the trade magazine CX.

Rachel Ferris (Actor)
Rachel has been performing on stage since the age of three and has worked with Theatre In Education company ‘Class Act’ for the last 6 years taking shows into hundreds of high schools in NSW.  Her theatre credits include: A Winter’s Tale, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Fallen Angels, The Burlesque Effect, Heterodex, Black Rock, 12 Angry Men and Kindertransport.  Also a highly skilled dancer, Rachel tapped her way through the Sydney Olympic Opening Ceremony and performed in the musical Cinderella at Melbourne Children's Theatre for 3 consecutive years.  Rachel also appears from time to time as burlesque performer Lusty Towers.  TV credits include the US series Deadly Women, Home and Away and Forensic Investigators.  Rachel is represented by Bronwen Gault Management.

Kath Perry (Actor)
Kath has been working in London for the past three years. Her theatre credits there include: Noah's Ark (Blue Elephant),The Days of the Commune (White Bear), Bombshells (Henley Fringe), A Woman of No Importance, An Ideal Husband and The Importance of Being Ernest (Greenwich Playhouse) and  Estranged (The Courtyard).  Previously, in Sydney she appeared in Mrs Klein, The Hollow, The Childres's Hour, When She Danced, A Perfect Ganesh, Iron, Wildest Dreams and Cymbeline (Factory Space), Richard III, The Girl on the Sofa, The Man Who…, Life After George and Dancing at Lughnasa (New Theatre). 

Kath produced two shows for the 2009 Edinburgh Fringe – Light Bites and Tasty Treats, playing multiple roles in both and was awarded two four star reviews for them from The Scotsman. Her last production, Shakespeare's Mothers: Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know, was a success at both the Edinburgh (2010) and Adelaide (2011) Fringe Festivals.

Kath also works in film and tv and is represented by Bronwen Gault Management in Australia and Julie Fox Associates in the UK.

Patrick Trumper (Actor)
Patrick has been working as an actor for over twenty years. His numerous Shakespeare credits include the title role in Macbeth, Polonius in Hamlet, Orsino in Twelfth Night, Sir Andrew Aguecheek in another Twelfth Night, Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Kent in King Lear and Antipholus of Syracuse in The Comedy of Errors. He has also played Rosencrantz in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Amadeus in Amadeus, Algernon in The Importance of Being Earnest, and the Hippy Dad in the national tour of It’s a Dad Thing. On television, Patrick has had guest roles in Darwin’s Brave New World, All Saints, Wildside, Farscape, The Escape of the Artful Dodger and Police Rescue. He was last at the Adelaide Festival in 1994, touring schools as part of the Youth Education Program and is very happy to be coming back.

Dimity Raftos (Assistant Director)
Dimity studied drama at Newcastle University where her roles included Sally Banner in Dorothy Hewett's The Chapel Perilous and Electra in The Libation Bearers. She also has a Masters of Theatre Studies from the University of NSW. She has performed with the Hunter Valley Theatre Company in Us or Them and The One Day of the Year as well as in many independent productions. Dimity was involved with Sydney’s Greek-Australian company Take Away Theatre from 1992 to 2004 as producer, administrator, actress and production crew. She performed in The Forty Lounge Cafe and The Taming of the Strigla and directed Take Away's The Prodigal.  Her voice was also a presence in Bogdan Koca’s Sydney Art Theatre The Last Sentence Before Execution. With Roz Riley’s Factory Space Fringe Theatre she has appeared in Tom Stoppard's Hapgood, Desdemona, The Story of a Handkerchief (at the Tap Gallery), All’s Well That Ends Well, Poppy, and as Merteuil in Dangerous Liaisons.

Roz Riley (Director)
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