Viv studied theatre at the University of Wales in Aberystwyth, UK and completed her studies at the University of Waikato. In the past she has worked as a stage manager, a drama teacher, and a lecturer in Theatre Studies. Currently, as Senior Lecturer in Drama Education, Viv teaches and carries out research into drama as pedagogy. Up to now, Viv has played only minor acting roles in theatre productions in Hamilton, including The Two Noble Kinsmen, A Winter’s Tale, and The Laramie Project. Viv has really enjoyed the opportunity to work with Gaye, the cast and crew on Rabbit Hole. Playing Becca has been a profound and amazing experience.
Nick has had an interest in Theatre ever since the age of ten and has engaged in the practice and practise of performance ever since. In his role as a teacher of Drama, he every so often steps onto the stage to put his money where his mouth is just so his students don’t accuse him of talking through his… um… hat. He has worked with many theatre groups in Hamilton and in whatever those places outside of Hamilton are called. He’s been here so long he can’t remember. It’s been an outstanding experience for him working with everyone involved in this production and we haven’t even done it for an audience yet!
Stephanie is well-known locally, and has performed at Dunedin’s Fortune Theatre, and at Bats Theatre for the Wellington Fringe Festival. She has also performed in Hamilton Fringe Festivals, most recently in Words Unspoken and Six Bad Arthouse Plays. At the 2011 Fringe she co-wrote, directed and performed in The Word Becomes Me, which won “Best New Work”. She has performed with Carving in Ice as Mum in Cow and Mrs Givings in In the Next Room or the vibrator play, the highlight of her acting career thus far. As always when working with Gaye, Steph has found the process of bringing Rabbit Hole to life rewarding, emotional and exciting. She thanks everyone involved for this wonderful experience.
There was a time when Fiona performed with most theatre groups in Hamilton tackling everything from Masha in Chekhov’s The Three Sisters through Olivia in Twelfth Night, to parts in Tom Stoppard’s After Magritte, McClure’s The Beard, Sartre’s Huis Clos, Frayn’s Noises Off and on to Well Hung and even Shakers. After that, she ‘rested’ for some years and turned to food - writing a regular column for the Waikato Times. Gaye gave Fiona the opportunity to return to acting as Vivien Bearing in W;t; one of Fiona's favourite roles to date. Rabbit Hole is a welcome opportunity to work again with Gaye on another brilliant play.
Philip has been performing in local productions for the last three years. Earlier this year he played Nick Bottom in the Slip of the Tongue production of a Midsummer Nights Dream, as part of the Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival. This year Philip was selected to join the SGCNZ Young Shakespeare Company and travel to the Globe Theatre in London to perform and learn. This is Philip’s first production with Carving in Ice and he’s thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Working with such talented cast and crew has been a real privilege.
Conor is a 19 year old university student who has this year taken every opportunity available to pretend to be someone else. After playing Larry in Cow and Harker in Dracula, Conor now returns in Rabbit Hole as youngster Jason Willette. As a thespian raised in the fabulous word of non-naturalistic theatre, this very real and emotionally touching play has allowed Conor to finally engage his empathy cannons and establish a real connection with this fictional yet developed character.