The Merchant Of Venice

William Shakespeare 8-12 October 2012 @AEHarris “Awesome performance tonight… go see” “Fantastic production of Merchant of Venice… if you get a chance to see it… we thoroughly recommend it” Director/Designer: Robert F. Ball Assistant to the director: Jonathan Lloyd Cast: Stefan Davis, Hal Geller, David Hill, Danny Hoxton, Anneka Johnson, Hannah Parker, James Parsons, Michael…

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Robert F Ball, Artistic Director

Robert is the founder and first artistic director of FRED. After a first career in marketing and communications, Robert recently returned to full-time education. He has completed an M.A. in Shakespeare and Theatre at the Shakespeare Institute, and in 2012 finished studying and researching for an M.Phil. in directing and dramaturgy at the University of…

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Jonathan Lloyd, Associate Artist — Writer in Residence

Jonathan is a writer, performer and theatre-maker. He has been Fred’s writer-in-residence since 2012. His commissions include The Lasting Sense of Sudden for SHOUT Festival 2013, Diary of a Nobody and Blythe Encounter. Alongside his work for Fred, Jonathan also writes and performs his own work which often has audience interaction and participation as its main focus.

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Abigail Walton, Education Officer and Associate Artist — Writer

Abigail is a Birmingham-based playwright and theatre maker. Since completing her MPhil in playwriting at the University of Birmingham in 2012, she has been involved in various productions as writer and performer. In 2016 she wrote Winners for Fred, which played at that year’s Birmingham Fest. She is an experienced workshop facilitator, and has toured…

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James Parsons, Associate Artist — Actor

James Parsons recent credits include: STAGE Charles Pooter – The Diary Of A Nobody, Lawrence – Thinking Straight, Antonio – The Merchant Of Venice (FRED), Reece/Myles/others – Awakening (Big Script), Morris Dixon – Present Laughter (Tread The Boards) FILM Stellman – Parallel Lines (Future Imperfect Productions), The DJ – Broadcast (Darkline Entertainment), Harland – Partner…

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Peter M Smith, Associate Artist – Actor

After a glittering childhood career during which Peter played, among many notable roles, a snowman, a dragon, a wizard and several women, he took an unforeseen hiatus to study the physical sciences.He returned to the stage and has been regularly creeping across the boards since 2006 when he very much enjoyed being nailed to the…

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Forrester & Fletcher, Associate Artists — Writers

Oliver Forrester & Dominic Fletcher are a playwriting duo from Birmingham. They seek to create skewed reflections of reality with their state-of-the-nation satire. At once hilarious and harrowing, their work challenges audiences to consider the absurd consequences of contemporary British culture. Every last word of their work is written collaboratively.  Forrester & Fletcher have been writing…

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