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Wind in the Willows: Creative Team

Dean Leon Finlan - Toad

Dean started his training at 10-year's old with the Betty Fox Stage School where he successfully auditioned for a role at the Royal Shakespeare Company for 6 months. He then became a member of the Central Junior Television Workshop along side Felicity Jones, Samantha Morton and Ryan Cartwright and many more. The workshop resulted in many more juvenile roles. At the age of 15 he was accepted by Birmingham Repertory Theatre's Young Rep where he had the opportunity to be cast in professional theatre. Dean then received early entry into the Birmingham School of Acting graduating with a Dance and Drama Award.

Since leaving BSA he has worked consistently as a full time acting professional. Working with companies such as BBC, ITV, CITV. Treading the boards on the RSC, Birmingham REP, Hippodrome theatre and Wolverhampton Grande locally. Born and Bred in Birmingham United Kingdom. Recently moving into feature films and always scratching that theatre itch when he needs to.

Dean is delighted to be apart of Wind and the Willows an iconic story told beautifully in Mike Kenny’s adaptation. Not to mention the exciting future of the Albany theatre. He wishes one and all a Merry Christmas - Poop, poop!

 

Paul Nolan - Mole

Paul is an actor, theatre director and writer based in Coventry.

Professionally he has been in the industry as an actor for over thirty years. He was a director and actor with the award winning Tic Toc Theatre Company and appeared in all of their national and community touring productions including the Fringe First winning play Hooligans which was transferred to the Donmar Warehouse and later filmed for television. He appeared in the 2004 BAFTA Winning short film Brown Paper Bag by Geoff Thomson. With his long term co-writer and collaborator Robert Wilkinson, they formed The Cheeky Chappies, and wrote and toured nationally and regionally. Works include: The Tale of Tommy Atkins, The Cheeky Chappies Coventry Caper, The Cheeky Chappies Seaside Shuffle, A Christmas Carol, Dick Whittington, Treasure Island and Robin Hood. Writing commissions have included the alternative Christmas productions for the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry; The Cheeky Chappies Christmas Cracker; The New and Improved Cheeky Chappies Christmas Cracker, and his own WW1 play based on a true events, The Window.

For the Albany Theatre - Paul directed Tom Murphyís A Whistle in the Dark, appeared in The Pity of War, and programmed for the main house 2018 The Window. He has worked with numerous companies including Talking Birds, The Shysters, Imagineer, Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Santè Theatre, Theatre Absolute, The Belgrade Theatre and Ego Performance Company.

Heís delighted heís poked his head above ground as Mole, and hopes you have a great time. Poop poop!

 

Craig Rogers - Ratty

After training, Craig started working in a variety of jobs ranging from National Theatre Tours, West End, TV, Film, to Web Virals, and Corporate Video.

Credits include Bill Kenwrights Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat (National Tour and West End), The Hobbit (National Tour), Phillip in Orphans, Angus in Neville’s Island, and King Theseus in The Theban Trilogy. TV includes various commercials, Casualty, Torchwood, and being slagged of by Catherine Tate in Dr Who as the hapless office worker Cliff. Other work includes Mole in Wind in the Willows playing Richard Hammond in a Rolls Royce corporate video, Hugo in feature film How to Become a Criminal Mastermind, and playing Brian Dunn in the up coming Si Fi Film Kaleidoscope Man.

Craig Has also produced and directed two Short films Stuck and The Promise, which was screened at the UK film festival.

Craig’s last two stage roles were Rob in the new play The Secret Life Of Dads, and the Cheltenham Everyman's production of Beatrix Potter and The Tailor of Gloucester where he received rave reviews playing Simpkin the cat in both the Gloucestershire Echo and the Stage, and is looking forward to playing Ratty in this new and exciting production of The Wind in the Willows.

 

Alex Lacey - Badger

Alex trained at Warwick University. Her recent theatre credits include: A Midsummer Night's Dream; Educating Rita; Duet For One; Much Ado About Nothing; As You Like It; After The End; Romeo and Juliet; Four Minutes Twelve Seconds; Anne Boleyn; Contractions.

As well as acting, Alex works as a professional singer and also writes. She has taken two self-penned one-woman comedy shows to the Edinburgh Fringe festival, where she was described by one critic as "hilarious and bizarre in the best possible way". Alex is very keen on woodland creatures, particularly owls, and she is delighted to be channeling her inner Badger for The Wind In the Willows.

 

Adaya Henry - Chief Weasel and other characters

Adaya trained at the Arden School of Theatre where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Musical theatre. Last year she won the overall title at the Birmingham Monologue Slam and was later championed by Channel 4 Drama at the national final at the Stratford East Theatre in London. She is part of JUMPROV, the UK's first ethnically diverse improvisation group which debuted at the Old Joint Stock in May. Recent credits include: Emma in Contractions at the Hereford Courtyard theatre, Dr Abdullah in Holding baby at BCU, Jasmine in Graycon a short film by CarmaFilm and more.

 

 

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