Martin Dimitrov (Narrator)
Originally from Bulgaria, Martin is a 23-year-old actor now Liverpool based. He has been cast in “One million tiny plays about Britain”, George Orwell’s “1984” and various Bulgarian plays. Martin has recently worked on the short films “Rambling melody” and “The take”. Currently a member of Liverpool Network Theatre Group, Martin is experienced in stage combat, boxing, kick-boxing, muay thai, karate, wrestling and systema. He also speaks Bulgarian, English and Russian, likes to sing and is interested in music, writing and directing. Although a self-trained actor, Martin is currently undertaking a drama course at university.
Chrissie Burns (Wench)
Having completed a three-year specialist course in dance and drama at IM Marsh College Liverpool, Chrissie graduated from the University of Newcastle with a B.Phil in drama and a Diploma in drama therapy. She then began a successful and happy career in teaching. For the past year, Chrissie has trained with Merseyside Academy of Drama performing at Liverpool’s Lantern theatre. From September, she joined The Actors Lab for part-time professional actor classes.
Laura Mutch (Courtier)
Laura is a 22-year-old student who is passionate about performing. In 2013, she began her Creative and Performing Arts course at Liverpool Hope University. Since moving to Liverpool, Laura has become a creative actress by combining practises from both music and drama. She has taken part in various performances ranging from musical theatre productions to contemporary art pieces, and is currently involved in filming for a web series to be shown later this year. Her experiences at university and living within Liverpool’s diverse cultural have enabled Laura to grow and mature as a performer. She feels very privileged to be part of ‘The Page to Stage Festival’ and to be cast in ‘Truly Exotic’.
Charles Britton (Merchant)
Charles is a 65-year-old with over 30 years acting experience. His recent roles include Mr Osbourne in Norwegian Wood (changes from a really nice man to an extreme bad man), Fred in Second chance saloon (plays a drunk at the bar throughout the whole play – not bad for a teetotal in real life), Richard in a musical version of The Devil rides out and Chief inspector Riley in Impact (a sort of Poirot character). A wide-ranging selection ideal for his role of the Merchant masquerade in ‘Truly Exotic’.
Melonie Bartosz, aka Meljoy Costume Design (Queen Elizabeth I/Truly Exotic)
Mel has a classic model/actress background (Granada TV. BBC. Albert Dock, Granada Sky) She was requested by Cubby Broccoli to audition for the James Bond film Octopussy (not sexy enough maaannn!!), as well as being the original ‘ASDA bum’ (‘before’ being boot-delicious was fashionable and ‘flat as a pancake’ was sooo it!!). Her TV appearances include Granada Reports/News night/Tony Wilson’s Other side of midnight. Mel has also modelled internationally having been crowned Miss Tenerife, whilst shooting a catalogue campaign photographed by David Bailey. More dubiously, she has been privately jetted to the home of ‘Shergar’s’ owner (spoiled rotten…thank you). Mel has enjoyed success with special effects – working on prosthetics for a celebrity advert, and inventing special ‘earthquake’ effects for the ‘motorola’ advertisements. Recently, Mel felt compelled to start a costume design business gradually introducing her designs to Manchester International Airport over a period of a few years and whenever an ‘ event’ needed to be celebrated (God bless the Chinese New Year…That’s where I met Truly Exotic’s writer, Frank!!). Her designs have been photographed world-wide. Her costume designs can be found at www.meljoy.co.uk