Interviews with Friends 4

This will be the 4th in this series of Q&A with Gemma Aston and some of her Friends and colleagues who work in the Arts and Culture Industries.

Watch the interview first in your own time and then come along for the LIVE Zoom Q&A. You can just listen in or ask Jonny and Laura a question.

Jonny has been working as an actor for the RSC for several years and has had an incredibly successful career. Laura has been equally as prolific and successful in her musical career, having worked with some fabulously diverse musicians and writers, and also having recorded her debut album ‘Acrobats’.

These two make a great double act and never cease to amuse and entertain! join us for a great evening of banter. bring wine and nibbles!

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Jonathan Broadbent

Jonathan is currently a member of the RSC and hopes to re-open in Stratford this Summer in The Comedy of Errors. In 2019/20 he was in the Shakespeare’s Globe Ensemble, performing the title role in Henry VI as well as Buckingham in Richard III and Mistress Quickly in Henry IV and Henry V.

He won an OFFIE for his performance as Felix Humble in Charlotte Jones’ Olivier Award winning Humble Boy at the Orange Tree Theatre, and the Clarence Derwent Award for his performance as Guy in the Donmar’s Olivier nominated production of My Night With Reg in the West End. He played Reg in Chichester Festival Theatre’s production of The Norman Conquests, and the Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz for Sheffield Theatres for which he was nominated for a UK Theatre award.
With the RSC he has had leading roles in The Comedy of Errors, The Tempest, Love for Love, Queen Anne and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

His long-term collaboration with Filter Theatre has seen him play Tusenbach in Three Sisters and Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Lyric Theatre, and Orsino/Aguecheek in Twelfth Night – a production that has toured nationally and internationally for over ten years from Lancaster to Los Angeles.

Stints in the West End include Ghost Stories with Andy Nyman and A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Dawn French as Bottom.

He voices the characters of Bill and Ben in Thomas & Friends and has appeared in The Crown, Father Brown, EastEnders, Silent Witness and Gimme Gimme Gimme for the BBC. He has been directed by Kenneth Branagh on film in As You Like It and The Magic Flute, and recently filmed Benediction written and directed by Terence Davies, about the life of Siegfried Sassoon.

He teaches at BADA, ICAT and The Actor’s Centre and is currently voicing Alzheimer’s Society’s Memory Walk campaign.

Laura Moody

Laura is a cellist, vocalist, songwriter, composer and theatre performer.
Most recently she composed and performed in several consecutive productions for Shakespeare’s Globe’s Sam Wanamaker Playhouse: Love’s Labour’s Lost, Macbeth, After Edward and Deep Night, Dark Night.

Other theatre includes: several productions at The National Theatre, tours with Filter Theatre, Meredith Monk Company and the role of the solo cellist in Broken Glass at the Tricycle Theatre and in the West End. In November 2014 she released her debut solo album Acrobats to major critical acclaim. She has since toured the album extensively in the UK and to major festivals.

Other recent works include Medium for vocalising, ‘mind-reading’ string quartet and award-nominated scores for dreamplay at The Vaults Theatre and Mary Rose for BBC Radio 3. Parallelist, a collaborative music theatre work with the sound artist Clay Gold dealing with theories of consciousness,
premiered at the 2017 Aldeburgh Festival and will tour next year. For fifteen years she was a member of innovative string quartet the Elysian Quartet, known for its pioneering performances and recordings of contemporary classical, experimental and improvised music. She is the arranger for Radiohead’s Philip Selway film scores. Other artists she has worked with include: Bjork, Anna Calvi, Antony and the Johnsons, Peter Gabriel and Kate Tempest.


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