The Croydon Avengers
Cast and Creatives
Seema Bowri - Regina
Adam Colborne - Petr
Urielle Klein-Mekongo - Laure
Seda Yildiz - Aisha
Writer: Oladipo Agboluaje
Director: Suzanne Gorman
Designer: Ellie Rose
Martial Arts Director:Alton Brown
Assistant Director: Victor Rios
Seema Bowri: Regina Seema is best known for played PC Leela Kapoor on The Bill for the three years. Other theatre credits include: My Country (National Theatre and UK Tour), Lisa’s Sex Strike (Northern Broadsides), Calcutta Kosher (Kali Theatre Co), Idol Pop (Quick Silver Theatre), The Big Magic and Monkey in the Stars (Polka Theatre), Jungle Book (Kazzum Arts) and lots of comedy Don't Look at my Sister..Innit!, Arrange that Marriage.. Innit! and Bollywood or Bust..Innit! (One Nation Under a Groove….Innit!!). TV and Film includes: The Bill (ITV), Doctors, Casualty, Doctors and Coupling II (BBC), Forty Days of Mourning (Junglee/Crumega Prods), The Divide (Canvas Pictures) and All About Me (Mondial Prods). Radio includes:Cooking By Heart (BBC Radio Drama) Tails you Lose and >From Bangalore with Love (BBC Radio 4), Westway (BBC World Service) and The Multicoloured Jackal (Right Angle Prods).
Adam Colborne Adam is an actor based in London. He trained at East 15 Acting school and graduated in Acting for Contemporary Theatre. He has worked in TV (BBC, E4) Theatre (Soho Theatre, Oxford Playhouse, Pleasance) and film (Journey's End, Leroy). His passion is devising theatre and bringing meaningful work to wide spread audiences. He also teaches Drama to young people in London.
Urielle Klein-Mekongo Urielle recently graduated from East 15 acting school. She is an actor and playwright and her one woman show “Yvette” ran at Edinburgh Fringe this year and will be touring in 2018.
Seda Yildiz Theatre includes: iAm (The Bush, Arcola, Southwark Playhouse), Parallel (Harrogate Theatre), The Space Between Us (Open Clasp UK Tour), Borderline Vultures (The Lowry), Fret (NTStudio), Hooked (ISO/Frantic Assembly), Fastburn (Kneehigh/The Scoop), Not Yet(Goethe Institute UK & Germany Tour), Beijing Olympics Closing Ceremony (The Birds Nest), Savages (Royal Court). TV, Film and Radio includes: Finding Fatimah (Feature), Bad Dates (Channel 4), Democracy (BBC), Home (BBC Radio 4), Clowns (Radio Wolfgang), Salvador (Sony), Yorkshire Rapper (Channel 4) Seda is also a Creative Associate for the National Youth Theatre.
Oladipo Agboluaje: Writer Oladipo has recently experienced success with his play "New Nigerians" at the Arcola Theatre ("deft political satire" - The Stage). His other stage plays include: Early Morning (Ovalhouse), Mother Courage and Her Children (adaptation, Eclipse Theatre, national tour) For One Night Only(PBAB), Captain Britain (Talawa/New Wolsey Theatre), God is a DJ (TheatreCentre), Knock Against My Heart, (Theatre Centre, UK/Nos Do Morro, Brazil), The Estate, Iya Ile (Tiata Fahodzi), The Christ of Coldharbour Lane (Soho Theatre), Knock, Knock (Les Theatrales Charles Dullin, France), The Hounding of David Oluwale (adaptation, Eclipse Theatre, West Yorkshire Playhouse and national tour), The Garbage King (Unicorn Theatre), Telling Tales, (Almeida Theatre), Giant Killers, (Polka Theatre), Threshold (Jepson Theatre, University of Richmond, Virginia). His awards and nominations include an Alfred Fagon Award, Olivier Award Nominee, and Writers Guild nomination.
Suzanne Gorman: Director Suzanne is the Artistic Director of Maya Productions. She has a track record in new writing and pioneering new ways of working. Her work as director on the The Honey Man was praised by The Guardian as “triumphant proof that small-scale need not mean limited ambition.” For Maya Productions she has directed Babel Junction, In Time, Superheroes:South of the River and Barefoot Gen. Other directing credits include:- Tales of the Harrow Road, Soho Streets, Moonwalking in Chinatown, (Soho Theatre) Bagpuss (Birmingham Stage Company/Soho Theatre) Behna (Kali/Soho Theatre), Only Connect (Shared Experience), Untold Stories;Aspects of Black and Asian Lives in Stratford Bow 1600 – 1850. (Theatre Venture), A Stoke Newington Mum On War (Young Vic Studio), Love at First Degree-Bliss (Leicester Haymarket) and Theatre Ambush, The Hairy Ape, Limbo, Pirivan Piuma (Sheffield Theatres). Suzanne is a Clore Fellow 2015/16.
Elle Rose - Designer Elle is a recent graduate of Rose Bruford College and a multidisciplinary and performance designer. Her curiosity and passion for learning leads her creative process- whether it be theatre, film or installation- to be gathered from a wide range of inspiration, with emphasis on mixing academia such as psychological and anthropological studies with artistic concepts to create beautiful, emotive outcomes. Elle has previously designed for a range of spaces and events, including studio and site-specific, as well as for productions in theatres and marquees. Her most recent credits include Costume Design for film In2ruders (dir: Naeem Mahmood. Post-Production), Production and Costume Designer for film Featherweight (Aukes Media. Post-Production), Set and Costume Designer for The Glove Thief at Tanner Street and Set and Costume Co-Designer for Little Foot at Southwark Playhouse.
Alton Brown Movement Facilitator Alton's blend of skills has helped to develop the show's unique movement aesthetic, based on his Karate experience. Alton has a background in arts administration, event management and community engagement at prestigious cultural venues such as The Roundhouse, the Theatre Royal Haymarket and the National Theatre, Royal Opera House & Southbank Centre. Alongside his work within the arts, he is an accomplished athlete & performance coach within the sport of Karate, having represented the English & British National Teams at the highest levels possible for over 15 years. He is a multiple European Champion & World Medalist, as well as the current Team Manager for the Great Britain university national team & Regional Coach for the National Governing Body for Karate in England.
Victor Rios : Assistant Director Victor Rios is a Bolivian-born Actor, Theatre Artist, Facilitator and Filmmaker. Victor was a member of the National Youth Theatre, Dream Arts, National Youth Film Academy and Young Associates at Ovalhouse Theatre. He has been performing since 2011 and has written and directed plays including “Don’t Close The Door” at the Barons Court Theatre, and the short film “The Longest Night", in which he played Charlie. His short film “Ringo” won at the Streatham Film Festival 2015. Since 2013 Victor has been a deviser/participant of The Paper Project, a collective of young migrant artists. Their latest piece Safina al Hayat was performed at Southbank Centre. His latest work, the film project “Eyes with No Barriers”, is based on the current refugee crisis and has been developed through workshops with young migrants. It was commissioned by Counterpoint Arts for Refugee Week 2015. Victor was recently a Project Manager at Spare Tyre and has worked as assistant director at Young Vic