Discovering she had a passion for acting and singing in 2002 after successfully shaking her way through an Opera audition, Emanda has continued to shake her way into many productions for both stage and film.
Matt graduated from the ‘Actors College Of Theatre & Television’ (ACTT) in Sydney in November 2007 where he completed their three-year ‘Advanced Diploma Of Arts – Stage & Screen Acting’. In 2008 he also completed the prestigious ‘Acting Shakespeare’ course at the Royal Academy Of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London.
Matt has appeared in numerous productions of Shakespeare plays including As You Like It (Touchstone/Impulse Theatre), Macbeth/Comedy Of Errors (Banquo & Antipholus Of Syracuse/Sydney Shakespeare Festival), King Lear (Edmund/RADA), Midsummer Night’s Dream (Egeus/ACTT), Richard III (Lord Rivers/New Theatre), Much Ado About Nothing (Benedick/Acting Factory) and Antony & Cleopatra (Mark Antony/Genesian).
Other theatre appearances include ‘Far Away’ (Caryl Churchill) at the Sydney Theatre Company and many other community theatre productions from Moliere to Tony Kushner (where most of his lines were in Afghani!). Matt has appeared in numerous commercials, several feature films and many short films. He has been directed in a music video by the late Heath Ledger and played a priest in a short film starring Derek Jacobi, directed by BAFTA Award winning Australian director, Hattie Dalton.
Matt is looking forward to making his Edinburgh debut with EONN-ic Eclections and hopes this experience brings him back to Edinburgh many more times in the future.
The love affair began in high school where Orlena first enthralled her excited peers with ‘Nigel the Nerd’ and then later a precocious prefect. Her teenage audience may have been mercilessly unhooked, yet Orlena was more hooked than ever.
Thereafter a slew of contemporary theatre productions ensued including “The Adman,” “Daisy Pulls it Off” and “Jake’s Women;” plus several lead roles in Sydney’s ‘Short & Sweet’ annual theatre festival. The film world has also been dabbled in, with lead and voiceover roles in short films plus a splash in Bruce Beresford’s Mao’s Last Dancer.
Today Orlena has finally realized that the pursuit of drama is best kept on-stage; where the most illuminating of conflicts can be harmlessly played out.
NICHOLAS DAVID WHYATT
Nicholas David Whyatt grew up in rural Australia….given that there’s not a great deal going on in country Australia….it was here that he discovered his passion for the arts. First through his love of comics, then to books, then to poetry, then to plays, theatre and film and now he’s back to comics.
Nicholas has been in several stage productions growing up like ‘Oliver’, ‘Guys and Dolls’, ‘The Great Wall of China’ among others, and is now is blessed to join Matt Butcher, Orlena Steele Prior, and Emanda Percival on stage as a part of EONN-ic Eclections at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2009.