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Kerry is a London-based Canadian actor who has worked extensively in theatre, film and television and voice over. His theatre work includes productions at The National Theatre and The Donmar Warehouse and he has appeared in the West End in The Normal Heart and Frost/Nixon.
His film & TV credits include Barbra Streisand’s Yentl, Little Shop of Horrors, Labyrinth, playing Ronnie Corbett’s godson in Sorry! and Mr Beaver in BBC’s The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. More recently he has been seen in Patrick Melrose and The Trip To Spain, as well as New Tricks, Mr Selfridge, The Trip, Life’s Too Short, Not Going Out, Dr Who and Steven Poliakoff’s Gideon’s Daughter. For BBC Radio, Kerry has acted in hundreds of plays including his own adaptations of Dr Strangelove and A Confederacy of Dunces. He has been the voice of Bill Bryson and Woody Allen, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Mark Twain, as well as the far more serious Gnasher in Dennis and Gnasher, Sir Topham Hatt (The Fat Controller) in Thomas and Friends (USA) and Diesel in Thomas and Friends (UK). He plays dozens of characters in the BAFTA and Emmy-winning series The Amazing World of Gumball (Cartoon Network).
Kerry and two actor friends discuss being in Yentl. Lots of Barbra stories!
The radio play about Stanley Kubrick that was talked about at great length in the episode, written by Kerry and starring Henry Goodman.
Rachel describes herself as a performance maker and writer with a background in theatre, live art and comedy. She explores the idiosyncratic cultural and political constructs that inform the way we are together, as people, just trying to figure it all out. Her work wrestles with female, Jewish and Queer identities and their intersections.
She makes performance work as a solo artist and collaborates with a range of artists including Greg Wohead [Story #1 / Gaping Hole] and nat tarrab as mars.tarrab – the 2017 Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust Award Winners. Recent commissions have included HOME Manchester/The Entertainment Group, Leeds Playhouse, The Junction, Cambridge; Royal Court Tottenham; Fuel Theatre and Ovalhouse. She’s been on residencies recently including The Orchard Project and Asylum (NY), Playwrights Centre (Minneapolis) and Playwrights’ Workshop (Montreal) and Cove Park (UK) She is a fellow at the Birkbeck Centre of Contemporary Theatre, have taught workshops on University courses in the UK and artist development programmes in the UK, Canada and the US. Rachel is also a regular contributor to ‘Pause for Thought’ on BBC Radio 2.
Rachel is also the brains behind a fantastic YouTube series called PickleWatch where she quite literally reviews pickles.
*This episode was recorded under lockdown conditions.