About the show
Its December 2011, Christmas is coming, and the Winter Solstice, and the Summer Olympics will be taking place in London. Zac, a retired British army NCO, has set up a security company and won the contract to protect a sensitive archaeological site near Stonehenge, the object of a very English punch-up over politics, money, land, heritage, history and weird religious cults. Should be no problem for a man who helped to sort out Northern Ireland and The Balkans – if only they’d do things the Army way.
A new comedy drama written by Sian Williams and directed by Anne Pearson.
"EXCELLENT. A TOUR DE FORCE PERFORMANCE. (I WAS) TOTALLY CAUGHT UP IN ALL OF THE STORIES ZAC TOLD US." Audience member, Forest Forge
"COMPELLING. VERY MOVING AND THOUGHT PROVOKING - LAUGHTER AND REAL EMOTIONAL PUNCH." Audience member, Forest Forge
"5 out of 5 stars. A RIVETING STORY, BEAUTIFULLY TOLD." Forest Reviews
"WE REALLY ENJOYED IT AND WOULDN'T HAVE MISSED IT FOR THE WORLD". Audience member, Forest Arts
"THIS ONE MAN PERFORMANCE WAS BRILLIANTLY DONE BY ELTJO." Audience member, Forest Arts
ELTJO DE VRIES
Eltjo is a Bridgwater based actor who has been performing, directing, tutoring and storytelling since graduating from The Guildford School of Acting in 1991.
His acting work includes appearances in touring productions of The Woman in Black, Sleep of Prisoners, Cold Comfort, Teechers, Murder by the Book, Alice in Wonderland and his one-man part scripted, part improvised version of A Tale of Two Cities.
For eight years he worked as part of the professional in-house team for Isle of Wight Theatres at Shanklin Theatre, appearing in and directing numerous shows, plays, musicals and pantomimes as well as facilitating workshops for adults and children. He then went on to feature for several years in Summer Seasons and Pantomimes produced by Spotlight (IoW) Ltd.
In 2013 he was asked to be a member of the tutoring/production team for First Act (a group set up for adults with disabilities and special needs).
Most recently he has played The Agent in a short film entitled Jacob’s Ladder which was shot in Bristol and is awaiting release.
Over the years Eltjo has also become an acclaimed Improv-Storyteller – taking old folk tales, myths and legends, which he re-interprets for an adult audience, to festivals, libraries and Arts Centres.
After graduating from the Wimbledon School of Art in Theatre Set and Costume Design, Julie’s first job was designing a schools’ tour of Pinocchio for Upstream Children’s Theatre. She went on to design for many small/mid-scale touring companies including The Tricycle Theatre, Kilburn, Avon Touring Theatre, Riding Lights and L’Ouverture. Julie also worked as assistant to the renowned designer, Yolanda Sonneband. After a very hectic career in London, which combined a busy career with a part-time teaching job at Mountview Theatre School, Julie took up the job of Theatre Leader for Cheshire. The job consisted of two elements: creating and running a Resource Centre for the County and designing the large-scale county productions. During that time Julie did designs for Christmas at Tatton and a teacher tour of The Merchant of Venice which went to Germany. She also supervised the design element of many student productions including Antigone, The Tempest, Joan of Arc and 2041.
In 1992 Julie took up a new post, Production Arts Lecturer at Yeovil College as part of her remit she designed many College productions which included: Cabaret, Sweet Charity, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Little Shop of Horrors, Sweeny Todd and Spamalot; she also continued freelancing and work included The Rain has Voices for Take Art and Marylin for Pretty Good Girl. Julie also completed her MED.
Since leaving Yeovil College Julie has designed Giants and Plays in the Park for Wassail Theatre Company as well as Defender of the Dead for Boiling Kettle Theatre Company.
John says he has “careered through life with a guitar and a song in my heart”. He has worked all over the world, singing and playing. He has also worked as a technician for bands, conferences and festivals. Clients include: Microsoft, Commonwealth Leaders’ Summit, Telecom, BMA, various heads of government in Australia, New Zealand and the UK Bar Association, Trowbridge Festival, Glastonbury Festival, Wimborne Festival, Auckland Festival and Dunedin Festival of the Arts.
Images, posters and photography. Jacqui lives in Somerset. She is a folk singer, song writer and freelance photographer.