The Community Centre!

A new laugh out loud multi-ethnic situation comedy!

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A Brand new, feel-good comedy show


Nicola Gardner - Creator, Writer & Actress



Patience, the Receptionist & Sister Richards

Nicola Gardner is the creator of 'The Community Centre'. Nicola is also a writer and an actress. Nicola staged 'The Community Centre' at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Manchester in September 2016 & more recently in August 2018 at the Windrush Millenium Centre, Manchester. Nicola is also the writer of 'The Last Appointment', a black comedy shown at the Sheffield Crucible Theatre in April 2017 as part of the 4x15 event for emerging playwrights. Nicola produced & performed in the show ‘White is the new Black’ for the Greater Manchester Fringe Festival in 2017 and was nominated for Best Actor award. As an actress, Nicola has had featured roles in prime time TV productions such as 'Coronation Street', 'Emmerdale', 'The Royal' & 'Brookside'. Nicola appeared in the eponymous role in 'A Caribbean Abroad' at the Library Theatre and also as Ariel in 'The Tempest' at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, the New Vic & other UK theatres for the Northern Broadsides Theatre tour. Nationwide stage roles include the part of Gladys Nyika in Ankur Theatre's production of ‘Mwana’ at the Tron Theatre, Glasgow & the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh. In 2016 Nicola also again appeared in 'The Tempest' for Terra Nova Theatre Company in Belfast, playing the part of Queen Alonsa. Nicola is a stand-up comedienne with appearances at the Frog & Bucket & other venues on the comedy circuit. Nicola has performed in radio plays for BBC Radio 4, most notably playing Poppy the lead in ‘Whoopi Goldberg’s Country Life’ by Shelagh Delaney. Other radio work includes ‘Number 10’ with Sir Anthony Sher, ‘Ashes to Ashes’, ‘Shells on a Woven Chord’, ‘Chaos by Design’ & ‘Bad by Default’ all for BBC Radio 4.  


Director, Producer & Cast

  John Klark 

Director

John Klark graduated from the prestigious Royal Court’s Young Writers Programme. John has directed plays at the Contact Theatre and 24/7 Theatre Festival. John wrote & directed ‘The Way Men Breathe’ a powerful, explosive drama that was longlisted for the Bruntwood prize for playwriting. John is passionate about the diversification of theatre audiences. He is featured at www.8thwondercreatives.com. John first directed The Community Centre in 2016.​

Tony McPherson

Brother Leroy

Tony McPherson is a Jamaican born actor. Tony appeared as a series regular, Woody Woods in 'Grange Hill' in 1982 followed by the BBC drama series 'Life and social skills'. Tony was cast in 'The Waterfront gang' drama series for Lexington Studios, Hollywood. Tony has appeared in ‘Where will we live’ at the Southwark Playhouse, ‘Chartists Rising’ at Shakespeare's Globe Bankside, ‘One man, Two Governors’ at the Old Joint Stock Birmingham & ‘The Community Centre’ in Manchester, 2016 & 2018

Alex Kapila 

Anisha, Community Farm Worker

Alex Kapila is a versatile actor with a strong stage & screen presence. Alex has undertaken postgraduate studies in Shakespeare & studied Greek and Roman drama at University. Alex has worked with a lot of new writing and devised and improvised projects. Alex has had featured roles on TV & is also a professional presenter. Alex has a great talent for comedy.

Andrew George

Brother Myers

Andrew studied at Leeds Drama College & also gained a degree from Manchester University. Andrew has played diverse parts such as a drunken theatre critic in the premiere of ‘Sugar Kane’ at the Edinburgh Fringe, and in June this year the role of Horse in ‘The Full Monty’. He has appeared on TV as a detective in ‘Scott and Bailey’ and a club bouncer in ‘Coronation Street’. Andrew is also a singer in a soul band and also regularly appears in pantomime.



Liam Grunshaw

Robbie, White Rasta Caretaker 

Liam trained at the Central School of Speech & Drama and has toured Europe and the US in productions ranging from classical tragedy and physical theatre to pantomime. Theatre credits include 'The Package' at The Lowry, 'Othello' (Lass Productions), 'The Rise & Fall of Little Voice' (Assembled Junk) 'The Reluctant Human' (Peopleshow Theatre) 'Daughters of the Game' (Battersea Arts) and 'Ghost from a perfect place' (King's Arms)

Janet Lilley

Bev, Community Farm Worker

Janet's experience spans both stage and screen: most recently appearing in Obituary on a Postcard at Bolton Little Theatre earlier this year. Janet has appeared in both Emmerdale, Coronation Street and pilot TV shows, such as the Liverpool crime drama, Matopulas. Janet has just played the lead role in a short film about the Bolton Whitmanites.
 


Deborah Colphon

Sister Johnson

Deborah Colphon trained at the Kingdom Drama School in London. Deborah appeared in the feature film 'Mubarakan' and also the BBC4 TV series 'The Detectorists'. Theatre roles include a production called 'Voices of Dagenham', part of an event to celebrate Women's Day' playing the role of a Ghanaian woman. 

Garry Cook

Producer

Garry Cook has a dynamic track record of production. With a media background, Garry is a producer and promoter of theatre and performance, putting on shows in a variety of venues, and engaging new audiences with the arts & performance.

Garry created Lancashire Fringe Festival in 2016 and has worked with several artists & performers on a series of one-off shows. His work in the arts also includes writing and photography. Garry presents photography projects as theatre performances & he has won development commissions with Fuel Theatre and Derelict Live.