THE COMPANY MEMBERS
Jude is the co-founder and Managing Director of Rah Rah Theatre Company. Jude trained at East 15 Acting School. As well as directing and co-writing all the Rah Rah Theatre Company shows, she has also performed in thirty of them. She has been a member of Legends Theatre Company (a Children’s Theatre in Education Company) for fifteen years and performs with them regularly. Jude’s compassion for her fellow human beings is what inspires and informs her work: whilst training to be an actor, she worked as a care assistant in a home for the elderly and also as an activity organiser in a brain injury unit where she saw firsthand the wonders of drama therapy; sometime later, running a drama club inspired her interactive schools’ shows; volunteering for the anti trafficking charity, Hope For Justice, really opened her eyes to the prospect of using theatre for social change; and, most recently, becoming a Mum has inspired her to be creative in a whole new way through the art of play, creating her imaginative preschool shows. When time permits, Jude still loves performing and being involved in new creative projects. Jude is a yes person, so please always ask!!!
Peter Martindale is an actor, choreographer and workshop leader for Rah Rah Theatre Company. Peter trained in London and Toronto before making his stage debut in London’s West End as the Telegraph Boy in “Me and My Girl” with Emma Thompson and Robert Lindsey. He then went to the Victoria Palace in “Charlie Girl” with Cyd Chariss and Paul Nicholas. Peter has been in numerous film and television productions in England, Germany, and Canada. Other credits include: "Alice in Wonderland", "The Boyfriend", "A Midsummer Night's Dream", "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers", "Grange Hill", "Leprachauns" with Whoopi Goldberg, Royal variety shows, a season at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre and a voice over for Channel 4.
Suzanne has taken great pleasure in working for Jude and the Rah Rah Theatre Company since 2011, performing as an actress in various shows, leading workshops, and assisting in the office. Since completing her training in musical theatre at Arts Educational, Suzanne has worked extensively in theatre, and also as a singer, presenter, and in the fields of voice-overs and commercials. Her theatre credits include "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat", "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers", "The Canterville Ghost", "The Grapes of Wrath", "Over The Rainbow", "A Christmas Carol" and "The Boyfriend", with pantomime roles including the title role in: "Cinderella" (several times!), and "Sleeping Beauty", as well as playing Principal Girl in: "Aladdin", "Dick Whittington" and "Beauty and the Beast" . Other work includes: presenting, and voiceovers for the BBC, as well being the voice of the Elf Fairy in animation film "The Princes’ Quest", and being featured in the recently re-dubbed 70’s cult hit, "Monkey". Suzanne has appeared in many TV commercials, most recently as a cheeky air hostess in the CheapFlights.co.uk ad! Lately, Suzanne has been involved in helping Natasha Gavin with her social enterprise 'I Know Why It’s Yum Mum!', working as her ‘Rainbow Fairy’ to help educate children about nutrition. (www.iknowwhyitsyummum.com) Most weekends, Suzanne sings lead vocals with 6-piece funk/soul band Shot2Funk (www.shot2funk.co.uk) and electro duo Rewind (rewindmusic.net), and in her spare time she keeps herself fit by teaching aerobics!
Gemma is an accountant, working in media. She co-founded Rah Rah Theatre Company with Jude, in order to develop her writing skills and see her work being performed. She strongly supports the values of Rah Rah's community theatre ethos. Gemma has been writing and performing stand-up comedy since 2009.
Monica is an actor and workshop leader for Rah Rah. She graduated from East 15 Acting School, where she studied a BA (Hons) Community Theatre degree. She is an actress and arts facilitator by trade and is always looking for new challenges. She has worked with a variety of different groups which include: young offenders, children with life limiting conditions, primary and secondary school level children, and young people. She has also worked with a variety of different art forms such as: Theatre in Education, contemporary, street theatre, reminiscence and, of course, improvisation.
Dave is an actor and workshop leader for Rah Rah. He started performing at a young age in South Africa, where he was born. At the age of 23, the call of the stage got the better of him and he left to come to London, to follow his dream of becoming a professional actor. Since moving to London, Dave has enjoyed success both on stage and in front of the camera. In his later years, he has found a good balance between his other love: fitness (where he works as a personal trainer and a bootcamp coach) and acting. Dave can now be seen running pub quizzes and entertaining guests at murder mysteries around the country. Rah Rah theatre company is where Dave is at home though, and he is happiest on stage educating the youth, entertaining the elderly or whatever endeavour Rah Rah Theatre Company is involved in next.
Jonathan first worked for Rah Rah as The Squire and The Cow in the 2014 touring production of "Jack and The Beanstalk". He is now also performing in "Enterprise: The Next Generation" which will be performed in a variety of schools across London. He is a recent Drama Studio London graduate, who has also set up his own company - Without Walls Theatre Company - which tours Shakespearean productions around Italy.
Ben Owora is notoriously vague about his background. All that is known for sure, is that he has spent about 18 years in the industry, after training in Dundee. In addition to developing the character of 'Rainy Day Bear', he has a strong background in both film and theatre, playing the lead in Plenitude/Peccapics “Together” and working with English National Opera and Dundee Rep.
Marc has been acting for around 9 years now. His work has taken him all over the UK and Europe, performing in various theatre productions. His main area of focus is comedy. He is currently making his way around the London open mic circuit as an aspiring stand up comedian. He is a size 8 shoe.
"Always good fun working with Rah Rah Theatre"- Marc Barnes
Simon Rhys Jones
Simon graduated in Performing Arts from Suffolk University and then spent 2 years honing his people & performance skills as a Pontin’s Bluecoat on the south coast. Simon has been a professional actor & presenter since 2006.
TV credits include: 50 Ways To Kill Your Lover; The John Childs Story.
Theatre: Aladdin; The Wizard of Oz; Jack & The Beanstalk.
Commercials: Jewson; Thorpe Park;
Corporate: NHS; Suzuki; Vodaphone.
Simon also has extensive experience working in Community Theatre & TIE projects around the country. His hobbies and interests include football and darts (although not being played at the same time, obviously…) theatre, cinema and pub quizzes.