Lydia

The Company

Chalk Roots Theatre is a multi-national group of interdisciplinary artists, formed in 2019 and working in a variety of mediums. We draw on our cross-cultural backgrounds and create performance examining hidden truths and human nature, often inspired by classic plays and literature. 

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About The Show

 Lydia has come from nothing and enters a family of three. She is gifted. Articulate. New. High hopes are placed on her future. And yet she never reaches her destination. 

Lydia is a story of a young woman growing up, shaped entirely by the voices around her. Told by an unseen presence, able to only whisper but not change anything, this audio drama explores how and why people end up living lives they never wanted to – and what it takes to rediscover the path forgotten. 

Having created work both for the stage and for online performance, Lydia will be Chalk Roots’ first audio piece, chosen from over a hundred submissions. The production draws on the radio experience of our creative team, along with our various cultural and performance backgrounds and the multi-disciplinary skills of our performers. 

From the writer, Simina Pitur: 

After years of writing poems at the kitchen table for my own amusement, Lydia came out of a desire to capture what it feels like to be a person traveling forward in time. At best, it’s a collection of moments that place you on the edge of understanding something very important. At worst, it’s being trapped in a story about a character that you will never meet, but whom you are desperately trying to figure out. Either way, there is great comfort to be drawn simply from paying attention to what is happening. I hope Lydia can serve as a reminder of it. 

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The Cast & Crew

James Viller (NARRATOR) trained at Drama Centre & The Boris Shchukin Theatre Institute in Moscow. Credits: Sebastian, Twelfth Night (Jack Studio Theatre); Ben, A Childs War (Take Note Theatre); Astrov, Uncle Vanya (Boris Shchukin); Alexander Dying For It (Drama Centre). He previously graduated in Law from City University of London and helped found Chalk Roots in 2019 with peers, with the aim of creating a deeply connected ensemble to make powerful theatre that make audiences feel alive. 

Jessica Kinsey (ANNOUNCER) trained at Drama Centre London & The Boris Shchukin Theatre Institute in Moscow. Credits: Viola, Twelfth Night & Cordelia/The Fool, King Lear (The Yard Players); Lady Macbeth & Juliet (The Globe Players); Various, Precious Little (Jack Studio Theatre). She is passionate about bringing classical texts to modern audiences, believing they can reveal so much to us about our humanity. 

Laura Pujos (MOTHER) trained at Drama Centre London & The Boris Shchukin Theatre Institute in Moscow. Credits include: Scandal & Beauty: Mark Gatiss on Aubrey Beardsley (BBC Four), Hyacinth, Scapino (Pentameters); Mary,3Women (dir. Tom Shkolnik); Claire, Blue Hour (Cannes Short Film Corner); Wynne, Dinner (Drama Centre). With Chalk Roots Theatre, Laura has performed as Gerda in Strindberg’s The Pelican and in the web series Out of Control. Half French-Half Londoner, she is also a trained musical theatre mezzo-soprano and is currently trying to write her first play. 

James Crouch (JAMES, BOY TWO) trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Credits there include Russ/Dan, Clybourne Park; Rochester, After Mrs Rochester; Buckingham, Richard III , (all RCSSD). Film work includes Winterlong (2018). Outside of acting, he is also a singer-songwriter and spoken word artist.  

Shaun Chambers (FATHER) trained at Drama Centre & the Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. Credits: Griffin, The Invisible Man (Jack Studio Theatre) The Hound of the Baskervilles (English Theatre, Frankfurt / Jermyn Street Theatre) Alex, Hello/Goodbye (Vienna’s English Theatre) Ivan Petrovich Voynitsky, Uncle Vanya (Boris Shchukin) The Twelve Tenors (China) Adolpho Pirelli, Sweeney Todd – The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (Twickenham Theatre). 

Johny Gill (FATHER GEORGE, BOY ONE, LAMBCHUCK, FUR) trained at Drama Centre & The Boris Shchukin Theatre Institute in Moscow. Credits: Lopahkin, The Cherry Orchard (Theatro Technis); Caliban, The Tempest (Drama Centre); The King, Alls Welll That Ends Well (Oxford Shakespeare Company); Yurovski, The Rasputin Show (Southwark Playhouse). He also works as an immersive historical actor and has a passion for physical theatre. 

Káit Feeney (GRANDMOTHER JEAN, POPPY) initially trained in the 1970s at University of London (St. Mary’s) and continued with 3 months at Penn State University, Tisch School of Arts and voice training at Trinity and RADA. She has performed a number of times at Southwark Playhouse with Directors Cut, and has provided the voice for fashion videos for Vogue Italia. She recently did her first music video with Stormzy and Loski and is a regular contributor to Mitch Day’s Story Time podcast. She starts filming a feature with Groucho Arts in April and a monologue, as part of Locked Down Briefs, after. Káit is also a professional theatre and event photographer but recently has been taking pictures of Nancy, her new Westie pup. 

Alma Reising (DOLLY) trained at E15 Drama School and Arts Educational School. She worked in the industry from 1978 to 1990, before returning in 2017. Recent credits include Alison Woolley in Harper Reagan (Tabard Theatre), Gonzalo in an all-female version of The Tempest (Brockley Jack), Modern Times & Love Shots II (Union Theatre); 100 Years (Southwark Playhouse). Recent short film/screen credits include the multi award winning ‘Unmissed’; Journey To You; Through The Aisles; and an online performance with New Moon Monologues. 

Andrea Johannes (THE BIRTHDAY CAKE, JAMBON) trained at Drama Centre London. Stage work includes Lamplighter, The Little Prince (Fuel, with Inua Ellams), Mole, The Wind in the Willows (Polka), and various roles at Drama Centre in pieces including Nell Gwynn and Uncle Vanya. Film and voiceover work includes Ellie (lead), Dartmouth Park (Ave Noir). She is currently in pre-production with the short film Spare Room, which she has written and will direct. 

Director: Saulius Kovalskas is a Lithuanian theatre director, award-winning radio director and co-founder of Chalk Roots Theatre, having graduated from the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre. His work explores the friction between reality and dreams: how archetypal ideas manifest themselves through (and thus drive) the individual’s ways of being. His last radio play, Duona, won second prize for short works at the 2017 UK International Radio Drama festival. 

Producer: Justin Treadwell born in Montreal, is a producer and technician. Joining Chalk Roots after their first production, he has worked on stage productions across the UK – as well as broadcast live shows and BBC-commissioned short films. 

Writer: Simina Pitur is a writer, based in Romania. Lydia is her first full-length play. 

Sound Designer: Raimundas Paulauskas is a Lithuanian audio engineer. His credits include work with Audioteka and the audio theatre company Bilietų Nėra, as well as Start FM. Freelance work includes 30 audio/radio dramas and documentaries, from shorts to series, including versions of Kafka’s Metamorphosis and Orwell’s 1984. His work (including a past collaboration with Saulius) has won awards in various festivals across Romania and the UK. 

Music for the production was composed by Gintė Preisaitė, and all graphic design is by Justina Burškaitytė. 

The production was recorded at BonaFide Studio, with engineering by Brian Bogdanovic: http://www.bonafidestudio.co.uk