Runner, writer and actress
Not only an actress, but a stubbornly uncompetitive runner too. Founder Member of Theatre Rue, Nicola studied drama at Warwick University, trained at Cygnet Theatre, Exeter and studied clowning with Peta Lily and Spymonkey’s Aitor Basauri and Petra Massey.
She has worked with theatre companies both in the UK and Hong Kong. Early theatre work includes various devised roles in Shakespeare For Breakfast, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Doto in Christopher Fry’s A Phoenix too Frequent, and Director and performer in Mark Lewis’s What Wen Wong? for the Hong Kong Fringe Festival.
All this was before entering a varied career in radio broadcasting, first in Hong Kong voicing and producing promos on the bi-lingual radio station Metro Networks and presenting her own evening show on RTHK, and a Saturday morning breakfast show on BFBS. Back in the UK she was the voice of East Anglian travel news on commercial radio, ending up working as a producer, roving reporter and presenter on various features and programs for BBC Radio, her favourite being the popular Sunday Gardening program on BBC Radio Suffolk.
Since returning to the stage with Theatre Rue, her roles have included Julia in George Orwell’s 1984, Doris in Bernard Slade’s Same Time Next Year, Miss Shepherd in Alan Bennett’s Lady in the Van, Chlamydia in Angus Barr’s Very Hard Times, Claire in Office song by Nick Wharberton.
Nicola also co-devised and performed in the musical comedy show Wanted For Crimes Against Jazz, with Carolyn Pallon. The show debuted at the Brighton Fringe Festival and was featured at Leicester Square Theatre.
She was delighted to have been asked by writer Gwynne Edwards to play Marilyn Monroe in his solo show about the screen icon.
Runner, writer and TV Actress
Andrea Edwards trained at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff and subsequently at L’Ecole Phillipe Gaulier and the Central School of Speech and Drama
Recent theatre work includes playing Mawgain Tagworthy, in the open air celebration of the life and works of Roald Dahl, CITY OF THE UNEXPECTED (National Theatre Wales, Nigel Jameison), Dorothy Lawrence in a national tour of DOROTHY’S WAR (Janys Chambers), multiple characters in THE D WORD and THE WAITING ROOM (written and Directed by Janys Chambers), Theatr na nOg’s Welsh / English production of WE NEED BEES / GWOBR Y GWENYN GWEITHGAR (Written by Katherine Chandler & Directed by Phyl Harries), Welsh tour of the multilingual Fran Wen production DIVIDEDEFAID (Directed by Iola Ynyr), Nakomis in HIAWATHA (Haymarket Theatre, Basingstoke) and UK tours of Harold Pinter’s ASHES TO ASHES and Steven King’s MISERY (Bold Theatre Productions).
She was delighted to get the opportunity to play Sleeve in the English language premiere of Howard Barker’s A WOUNDED KNIFE (David Rabey, Lurking Truth Theatre Company).
Television credits include Miss Perkins in the BAFTA nominated drama series GWAITH CATREF (Series 2, 3, 4 & 5 Fiction Factory / S4C); Abigail Carmichael in CORONATION STREET (ITV); Elaine Dawson in EMMERDALE (Granada); Mary Kelly in JACK THE RIPPER (National Geographic); STELLA (Sky 1) and the BBC period Drama THE WYVERN MYSTERY.