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Ian Cullen

Ian has been a professional actor since he was twelve and won a scholarship to RADA at the age of sixteen.

He acted with the Royal Shakespeare Company for three years, has appeared often in the West End and toured extensively. His many TV appearances include four years as D.C. Skinner in Z Cars. In 1998 he created the role of Angus Hart in the C5 soap Family Affairs and played him for two years.

Theatre & Film

His most recent appearances have been in Harbour Lights, Badger, both for the BBC, and the film Gabriel and Me with Billy Connolly.

You can see the trailer for Ians' latest film, Paladin - dawn of the dragon slayer here.

He has written more than forty scripts for radio, television, film and theatre. Ian can be seen each Christmas at Hatchlands Music Museum in Guildford where he provides the words in the annual Christmas concerts performed by words & music group, Ayres & Graces.

In addition to his professional activities Ian is in demand as a theatre director and teacher. He is Artistic Director for The Surrey Heath Young Actors’ Company and teaches acting in several schools and colleges. He has performed his ‘Living Shakespeare’ in Paris, Hamburg, New York and throughout the U.K.

"I was classically trained as an actor at one of the best drama schools in the world. I have attended classes and taught all over the world. Ian Cullen taught me so many things the experts failed to teach me. Absolutely enlightening, utterly useful and fascinating."

Steven Morley ( The Director of Drama at the City of London school for girls )

Living Shakespeare (Devised and presented by Ian Cullen)

Shakespeare and his fellow actors were expected to perform on demand and at short notice a play they may have not looked at for months or years. As an aide memoir he hid clues in the layout and punctuation of his scripts. These hidden guidelines also enabled new plays to be staged with very little rehearsal.

The clues have been handed down through successive generations of professional actors and formed the basis for Sir Harley Granville-Barker’s definitive “Prefaces to Shakespeare.

With audience participation “Living Shakespeare” explains Shakespeare’s end word discipline. His reasons for changing from prose to verse and back again. How he used alliteration, tongue twisters and other verbal conceits to guide his actors. Mid-line full stops, colons, semi-colons and commas, hard or soft words long and short words, unexpected verbosity, terse dialogue, half lines, spread dialogue and perfect or fractured iambic pentameters all play their part.

The workshop is guaranteed to make Shakespeare more accessible and enjoyable and prepares the way for participants to perform selected scenes before an invited audience.

Yvonne Quenet

Yvonne trained as an actress at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama then after early experience in repertory joined the National Theatre Company which was at that time under the direction of Sir Laurence Olivier.

She appeared many times, most notably in The Three Sisters, Much Ado About Nothing and a play by Beatle John Lennon,
In His Own Write

TV, movies and teaching

Her many TV appearances include the play In Two Minds, directed by Kenneth Loach, and Hassan in which she starred as Yasmin with co-stars Sir Ralph Richardson and Sir John Gielgud.

She went on to to appear in The Collector, the inaugral production at the now renowned Bush Theatre in London, and took part in many national theatre tours including The Anniversary, A Christmas Carol and the famous thriller Something To Hide.

Her films have included Tam Lin, with Ava Gardner, Flower in the Park, The Cherry Picker, Multiplication and The Golden Dolphin.

For the past twenty five years she has devoted much of her time to teaching drama at St. Catherine’s School For Girls, Farnborough Hill and other schools or colleges.

In 1982 she was a founding director of the acclaimed Surrey Heath Young Actors’ Company, based in Camberley, for whom she still runs Saturday morning drama workshops for young people, as well as directing or assisting with SHYAC productions.

Yvonne was also a founder member for the well known words and music consort group Ayres and Graces whose annual Christmas concerts at the music museum Hatchlands Park have sold out each year since 1990.

She recently played Queen Victoria at Osborne House, Himley Hall near Birmingham and other venues in Dear and Gracious Lady. She appears regularly in Images of the River, (a journey in words and song along the River Thames), A Tudor Gallery and other Ayres and Graces programmes.

View a short clip from the Midsumer sotry.
A Midsummer night's Dream clip

View a short clip from the Romeo & Juliet sotry.
Romeo & Juliet clip

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