Manchester Lines – the cast

Want to know where you might have seen the cast of Manchester Lines elsewhere on stage, film, and television? Take a look at their biographies…

John Branwell plays Eugene
Library Theatre: The Life of Galileo, numerous productions at the Wythenshawe Forum Theatre.
Stage: Oedipus, The Cracked Pot, The Game, all Northern Broadsides; Comedians, Bolton Octagon Theatre; See How They Run, Othello, The Taming of the Shrew, The Magistrate, all Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester; If I Were You, Woman In Mind, Mr A’s Amazing Plays, Way Upstream, The Safari Party, all Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough; The Sea, Theatre Royal Haymarket; Hobson’s Choice, Watermill Theatre, Newbury; House and Garden, Salisbury Playhouse; The Safari Party, New End Hampstead; Dick Whittington, Derby Playhouse; Comic Potential, Lyric Theatre, London; The Crucible, When We Are Married, both Leicester Haymarket Theatre.
Television: Doctors, The Innocence Project, Crouch, EastEnders, The Site, Holby City, City Central, all BBC 1; The Cops, BBC 2; The Forgotten Fallen, BBC 4; Emmerdale, Foyle’s War, Coronation Street, Midsomer Murders: Death and Dreams, Always and Everyone, all ITV; Shameless, Who Stole the World Cup?, Channel 4.
Film: West is West, Rebecca.
Radio: Lila, The Blackpool Detective, I See The Moon, Joseph Andrews, all BBC Radio 4; The Leeds United Play, BBC Radio 5.

Claire Brown plays Pauline
Stage: Guilt and Shame, Soho Theatre/The Caves, Edinburgh; Daisy Pulls It Off, Watermill Theatre, Newbury; My Mother Said I Never Should, Watford Palace Theatre; Macbeth, Edinburgh Lyceum/Nottingham Playhouse; Roots (Best Actress nomination, Manchester Evening News Theatre Awards), Strawgirl, The Adoption Papers, all Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester; The Hamlet Project, Chameleon’s Dish/Arcola Theatre; Newsrevue, Canal Cafe Theatre.
Television: Holby City, EastEnders, Doctors, all BBC 1; The Bill, Lewis: ‘Allegory Of Love’, Trial and Retribution, ITV; The Tudors, Showtime.
Film: The Pursuit.
Short film: Smoke.

Amelia Donkor plays Shanti
Trained: LAMDA.
Stage: I Have a Dream, Polka Theatre; Home Death, Finborough Theatre; Six Seeds, Told By An Idiot/National Theatre; The Seagull (workshop), Theatre Royal Haymarket; Arabian Nights, New Vic Theatre, Stoke; Shangri-La, Lime Pictures/The Roundhouse; Rage Fantasies, Theatre 503.
Television: EastEnders, Doctors, Holby City, all BBC 1; The Bill, ITV; Trial and Retribution, ITV.
Radio: Pigeon English, BBC Radio 4.

Dominic Harland plays Arnold
Pianist, musical-director, performer and composer Dominic Harlan studied piano at London’s Royal Academy of Music, during which time he made his Wigmore Hall recital debut partnering the legendary opera singer Dame Gwyneth Jones. He has since performed throughout the UK, Europe, Japan, India, The Gulf and North America, broadcast live for BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM, and recorded discs for Warner Sunset, Naxos and Avie. He can be heard playing piano music by Liszt and Ligeti on the motion picture soundtrack Eyes Wide Shut, starring Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman. Dominic’s recent work as musical director includes Ain’t Misbehavin’- The Fats Waller Musical Show (Oxford Theatre Company), Britten’s Canticles (Streetwise Opera), Modern Major General (Proteus Theatre), Ceremony of Carols (Streetwise Opera), Johnny Boy (Glyndebourne Education), Mahler’s Rückert Lieder (Streetwise Opera), and his own arrangement of The Magic Flute (Brighton Festival).

Currently artistic director of Glyndebourne’s Opera Experience workshop programme, Dominic devises and leads workshops for some of the country’s leading arts institutions including Wigmore Hall, Opera North, Garsington Opera, Opera Holland Park, and English National Opera. He also runs workshops for the European organisation RESEO, Netherlands Opera and most recently, Muziekcentrum van de Omroep (MCO), Amsterdam. Dominic recently devised, directed and performed in When Yesterday We Met…, a family show that plays Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall on 22 October 2012 – for more information visit

Bettrys Jones plays Anna
Stage: The Snow Queen, The Rose, Kingston; Sixty Six Books, Bush Theatre; The Dark Philosophers, Told by an Idiot/Edinburgh Traverse; And The Horse You Rode In On, Told by an Idiot/Drum Theatre Plymouth/Barbican; The Dark Philosophers, Told by an Idiot/ National Theatre Wales; The Crucible, Regents Park Open Air Theatre; War Horse, National Theatre; Measure For Measure, Cariad, both Theatr Clwyd; Box, Birmingham Rep; To Kill A Mockingbird, West Yorkshire Playhouse/Birmingham Rep/tour; A Midsummer Night’s Dream, A Comedy of Errors, Royal Shakespeare Company/Novello Theatre; Quinto Quarto, Union Theatre, Southwark; The Little Years, Orange Tree Theatre; Wait Until Dark, Garrick Theatre; Party Time, One for the Road, both Battersea Arts Centre.
Television: Skins, Company Pictures/Channel 4.
Film: Private Peaceful.

Anne Kidd plays Jessie
Stage: Jack and the Beanstalk, The Snow Queen, Communicating Doors, Yellow on the Broom, Kes, Philumena, She Stoops To Conquer, all Perth Rep; Cold Turkey at Nana’s, The Kiss, Dough, Two, all Oran Mor; Impossible Things Before Breakfast, Perfect Days, both Traverse Theatre Edinburgh; Waltz of the Cold Wind, Less Is More Productions/Tron Theatre; __Mary Rose_, The Price, both Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh; Sundowe, Eden Court, Inverness; E’polish Quine, Dogstar; Sweet Bird of Youth, The Snow Queen, both Dundee Rep; Katie Morag, Mull Theatre/tour; Perfect Days, Coliseum Theatre Oldham; Absurd Person Singular, Pitlochry Festival Theatre; Gilt, Caledonia Dreaming, both 7:84; The Grapes of Wrath, Dundee Rep/7.84.
Television: River City, Recovery, Monarch of the Glen, Tutti Frutti, all BBC 1; Happy Holidays, Still Game, both BBC Scotland; How Not To Live Your Life, BBC 3; Commander II, ITV; Missing, SMG TV Productions.
Film: Red Road, The Jacket, Donovan Quick, Gregory’s Two Girls, Taggart.
Radio: Perfect Days, The Prisoner Of Zenda, Vivat Rex, all BBC Radio 4.

Tachia Newall plays Omar
Television: Coronation Street, ITV; Young Dracula, Doctors, Waterloo Road, Moving On, all BBC 1.
Stage: Some Like it Hip Hop, Zoonation; Crystal Kisses, Breaking Cycles/Contact Theatre, Manchester; Babul and the Blue Bear, Contact Theatre; Ghost Boy, 20 Stories High/national tour.
Radio: Locksmiths, Somewhere Between a News Clipping and the Gossip Section, Das Goat, all BBC Radio 3; The Janitor, Stone, Whoopi Goldberg’s Country Life, The Barber and the Arch, all BBC Radio 4.

Marcquelle Ward plays Louis
Television: Tatis Hotel (Cymru BAFTA nomination), The World According to Mya, both BBC Wales; Doctors, Dance X, BBC 1; Tracy Beaker Returns 2 Cyber Bullying, CBBC; Coronation Street, Britannia High, both ITV; Dance Extra, BBC 3, various programmes on Nickelodeon.
Radio: Craven, BBC Radio 4.
Other credits: Marcquelle played Jed in Ed Sheeran’s music video for ‘Small Bump’, is the Nike freestyle champion, the face of JD Sports (modelling), and Dance X winner who toured with Rihanna and Ciara at every major UK arena.

Manchester Lines 12 Jun – 7 Jul 2012 at Number One First Street