Cast

SARAH HARPUR as Alice Chapman {Core Cast}

Sarah Harpur is an award winning Comedian and raiser of one human and a teenage cat. She has a lot of ideas. Some of them are good, most of them bizarre. In 2003 she went to UCOL where she received a certificate in Performing Arts and in 2005 she graduated from the Eastern Institute of Technology with a Diploma in Performing Arts: Drama. In 2009, Sarah won the Wellington and National Raw Comedy Competition and was also named Best Newcomer at the NZ Comedy Guild Awards. Sarah is part of comedy act The Comediettes and she will be performing her solo show at the prestigious Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August 2010. Sarah also writes a very funny blog.

JACOB ROSEVEAR as Luke {Core Cast}

Jacob Rosevear likes to act, write and dance. Whilst he usually does one at a time, he has managed to combine his pastimes in two full length theatre shows featuring salsa dancers from all over the world (including multiple world champions) in which he wrote, acted, danced and directed. He’s also performed solo at salsa festivals in Sydney, New York and Cali (Colombia). In his spare time, Jacob works as a solicitor.

EMMA OLSEN as “Mad” Mary {Core Cast}

Emma Olsen began performing stand-up comedy at 18. After winning best newcomer at the 2006 Wellington Comedy Awards, she went on to win the 2007 National Raw Comedy  Competition. In 2008 she performed in The Double Header and in 2009 as part of comedy trio The Comediettes alongside Sarah Harpur and Jim Stanton. She hasn’t done much since, why you ask? Emma is desperately trying to complete a BA at Victoria University so she can be employable (that is a joke since no one with a BA actually gets a job). Emma considers “Mad” Mary the greatest character she has played, largely because of the wonderful hair, the amazing costumes, the booze and the fabulous eyelashes she is allowed to play with each week. Emma also enjoys talking about herself in the third person, it’s all the rage!

ELLIOT TRAVERS as Tim {Episode 1.1}

Elliot has been performing throughout the Wellington region for the last 5 years and has worked extensively on screen. Elliot has starred in various webisodes, several TVC’s and a considerable number of short films. Elliot’s screen credits include Packed, Home by Christmas, Dusk, Mis-Drop, Blackout directed by Chaz Harris and Squeaky Wheels directed by Sir Peter Jackson. Elliot is currently completing filming on several independent  features and preparing for a new short film.

ADAM KOVESKALI as Zac {Episode 1.2}

Adam Koveskali has an extensive amount of  experience as a performer ranging from theatre to film as well as music and fashion. A top graduate from the New Zealand College of Performing Arts, Adam has featured at the Circa and Downstage theatres and regularly features in the South Pacific Salsa Congress, 48 Hour Furious Filmmaking, and WOW (World of Wearable Arts). Whenever he’s not performing Adam can be found playing “mum” to a gaggle of art school students, or perhaps spotted checking out the hotties along Oriental Bay on Sundays.

LUKE HAWKER as Ethan {Episode 1.3}

Studying almost all aspects of theatre and performance from an early age and being accepted into the prestigious NIDA Young actors program, Luke Hawker began his film career at WETA Workshop in September of 1999. Working on The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Luke was employed both within the workshop and on set as a creature effects artist. After being promoted to the position of Moulding Department Supervisor in 2003, Luke was a lead make up artist and on-set coordinator on King Kong. Whilst working at WETA Workshop, Luke continued working as an actor, involved heavily in theatre and was also cast in the lead role on a low budget feature. Inspired, Luke began writing his own screenplay which became the Award winning feature film Blackspot which he co-wrote, co-produced and went on to star in the lead role as well as being Post-Production Coordinator. Blackspot was completed in 2007 and went on to play at 9 International Festivals and win two awards. Luke has since become a full-time actor and his prolific list of credits in theatre, arts festivals and the independent film industry, has bolstered his profile within the Wellington entertainment arena. Luke’s screen credits include I Think I’m Going, Blackspot, Kissy Kissy, Black Sheep and Avatar.

 SIMON SMITH as Patrick {Episode 1.4}

Simon Smith has been acting in and around Wellington for the past 12 years. In this time he has performed in such productions as Frogs Under the Waterfront (winner best outdoor production Fringe Festival 2009), Love Puke, Hypnotastic, Sensible Susan and the Queens Merkin, Black Tuesday and most recently Ben Hur the epic (winner best comedy at fringe festival 2010). Simon played one of the lead roles in the Award winning feature film Blackspot and wrote the screenplay for the 2010 V48 Hour Wellington winner Balls and Chain. Simon has studied and performed improvised comedy for the last 10 years, trained at the Loose Moose Theatre in Calgary, Canada and is the former co-creative director of the Wellington Improvisation Troupe.

JOSH SAMUELS as Brad {Episode 1.5}

Josh Samuels has a passion for comedy. He’s written and performed in three of his own shows over the past year, and also regularly performs as a stand-up. Josh is a member of WIT (Wellington Improvisation Troupe) and studied improvisation under Julie Welch of The Groundlings when he attended the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Josh’s comedy group is called Breaking the 5th Wall.

JEROME CHANDRAHASEN as Satesh {Episode 1.6}

Jerome Chandrahasen has been performing in the New Zealand International Comedy Festival since 2004. His unique style of comedy saw him win the National Raw Comedy Quest in 2004, Best Newcomer in the 2005 NZICF and gain a nomination for the Billy T Award in 2006. His at times unconventional performances have both delighted and bewildered audiences and critics alike. Following on from his 2008 solo show Freedom, Jerome’s Variety Hour as part of the 2009 Comedy Festival tackled recession depression.

 

BRAD ZIMMERMAN as Vladimir {Episode 1.7}

Brad Zimmerman has worked with local theatre company The Improvisors, since 2006 and started doing stand-up comedy in late 2007. In 2008, after only a handful of gigs, he was a Wellington finalist, and subsequently national finalist in the New Zealand Raw Comedy Competition. He has performed comedy all over Wellington, and also at The Classic Comedy Club in Auckland. Brad spent the majority of 2009 living in the UK, performing in clubs including the famous London Comedy Store. He has also performed at the prestigious Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland. 101 Dates is Brad’s screen debut.

VANESSA BYRNES as Jane Chapman {Episode 1.7}

Vanessa is an award-winning actor and director who trained at Waikato University and holds an M.A. (Hons I) and at Te Kura Toi Whakaari O Aotearoa: NZ Drama School where she gained a Diploma in Professional Drama. Vanessa was based at Toi Whakaari for 11 years, where as Senior Acting Tutor she taught acting, history of theatre, directed productions and produced a wide range of camera and short film work. She has also been a core Board Member of Downstage Theatre, PlayMarket, and the Shakespeare Globe Centre (NZ) and has experience in PR and media relations. Vanessa and her family recently relocated to Tauranga, where she directs plays and teaches acting in this rapidly expanding part of NZ. Her vision for creative work is to converge disciplines and motivate artistic potential in those around her.

Vanessa is also a strong advocate for effective, creative, & inspiring Arts Management and Leadership. Screen credits include Scott Reynolds’ feature film The Ugly as well as television series Mirror, Mirror, Cover Story, Dark Knight and The Strip. Vanessa also performed in two of the first hard-hitting drink-driving television commercials, Either Way Caught. Vanessa has performed Shakespeare, Behn, Middleton, Purcell, Lorca, and two self-devised solo pieces. She toured A Midsummer Night’s Dream to Singapore and has also worked in London, Australia, and Los Angeles. In 2000, Vanessa was Assistant-Director to Tim Carroll on The Two Noble Kinsmen at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London and was the first Australasian to Assistant-Direct there.

NICK GORDON as Alejandro {Episode 1.8}

Nick is a handsome, entertaining and most importantly sensual individual. He is in his 20’s and was born in the year of the Rat (we’ll let you figure it out…). Nick recently completed a Law degree and a Bachelor of Arts at Victoria University and is exceedingly happy to be free of the clutches of academia. He hosts quizzes, does promotional and marketing work and also sings (often) with a particular penchant for lounge and Latin American music (Spanish and Portuguese). He loves travelling and languages and very much enjoys being paid for things he loves to do. If the project is right… his next boss could be YOU!

 

VERE HAMPSON-TINDALE as Conrad {Episode 1.9}

Vere was found by a pack of roaming wolves in a cabbage field as a young tyke. The den mother was a stand-in for Laurence Olivier in some of his early plays and from an early age tutored Vere in theatrical performance and how to chase and eat a fully grown Caribou. Many (particularly Vere himself) have commented that his effortless charisma and charm on camera draws parallels to such greats as Marlon Brando and early Vanilla Ice. Vere has performed in a number of short films and plays in Wellington and is currently finishing a BCA in Marketing at Victoria University and plans to study Acting overseas where it’s a bit warmer.

JESSICA MANINS as Eddy {Episode 1.10}

Nominated for Best Actress at the 2009 48 Hour Film Festival for Free Range, Jessica has starred in a number of short films including Half a Horse, Awake, Where Dad Walked and Baby. As the Casting Manager for New Zealand and Australia at StarNow.com, she is also a member of The Improvisors. Jessica’s screen credits include Godspell, Crab Island, Avatar, The Lovely Bones, Hot House, Emu and Paradise Cafe.