Chris Hudson / Jack Jackson
Hanging in There is Chris’ first major film role. He has taken the lead on stage in plays including Black Comedy, Private Lives, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Romeo and Juliet, Nicholas Nickleby and Hamlet. As a director, his credits include The Glass Menagerie, What the Butler Saw, As You Like It, Playhouse Creatures and The Two Gentlemen of Verona. Chris is also the founder of Historyonics Theatre Company, for which he has written The History of Britain (2000 Years in 2 Hours!), A Muse’s Will and Broken Soldier.
Elizabeth Joyce Morris / Anna Jackson
Elizabeth is a LAMDA accredited actress and mother of four. She began her professional career at the age of eight when approached by Channel 4 Schools and later went on to join the Royal Shakespeare Company in their production of David Edgar’s Pentecost. She took a long career break to raise her family, coming back to acting ten years ago. Since then she has worked on a wide variety of projects from corporate video and TV pilots through to voicing characters for computer games and live character performances. Hanging in There is her first feature film.
Craig Shelton / Dave
Craig is a trained drama teacher, having completed his PGCE at The Central School of Speech and Drama in 1998. He has led a successful Performing Arts department at a comprehensive school in Coventry for the last 17 years. His favourite roles in amateur theatre have included Francis Hensall in One Man Two Guvnors, Dr Farquhar in Mindgame, Stalin in The Collaborators, Falstaff in an adaptation of Shakespeare’s history plays and Alex in A Clockwork Orange. Craig’s only previous film role was as Dad in the short film We’re the People (People See From Trains). Craig thoroughly enjoyed working on Hanging in There and bringing the morose and, on the surface, unsympathetic character of Dave to life. He has realised two things as a result of working in this film: one, that testicular cancer affects men at such a young age and two, that he really needs to improve his golf swing! He currently lives in Coventry, is married to Joanne and has three lovely children; Beatrice, William and Freddie.
Olivia Hunter / Trisha
Olivia is known for her stage work and comedy. She has played the lead in Stop Kiss at Leicester Square Theatre, as well as other West End theatre productions. She has also toured nationally from Shakespeare to Withering Heights to the role of Daphne in Scooby Doo. She has received critical acclaim and was recently quoted by Broadway Baby as ‘definitely one to look out for’. Olivia is also a standup comedian who has recently broken onto the circuit.
Matt Chamberlain / Howard
Matt’s first media experience was in radio where he co-presented a Sunday show called PDQ for BBC CWR. His interest in film and television started in 2001, where he landed work as an extra in the Vinnie Jones movie Mean Machine followed by the BBC sitcom 2 Pints of Lager. After that he concentrated on his career in telecoms. In late 2013, Matt decided to give it another go, with a supporting artist part in a Channel 4 reality show, which lead to him being cast in his first speaking role in Hanging in There. Since wrapping as Howard, Matt has helped with crewing, camera work and editing the behind the scenes footage for the DVD.
Ruth Herd / Jenny
Ruth mixes motherhood with acting, mainly of the stage variety. Her theatre credits include Mindgame, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, The Exorcism, Loveplay, The Philanthropist, The Last Yankee, and The Thrill of Love in which she played Ruth Ellis. Hanging in There is her first feature length movie, although she has also starred in a number of shorts. She is very proud of her son Eric, now three, who also made his film debut in Hanging in There, as Jenny’s little boy. It has been a wonderful experience for them both.
Imogen Archer / Dr Ellis
Like a few other members of the cast this is Imogen’s debut feature film, but not her first time in front of the camera, having starred in short films and trailers for theatre work. Her extensive theatre work includes playing Eliza Doolittle in Pygmalion, as well as lead roles in The Exorcism, Hitchcock Blonde, Wuthering Heights, Privates on Parade, Relatively Speaking, The Thrill of Love, Arsenic & Old Lace, The Crucible & Our House.
Kathy Haigh / Dr Lambert
Kathy is a part time nurse and health visitor in West Sussex. She is also co-founder of Castaway Drama (www.castawaydrama.co.uk) bringing theatre, comedy and murder mystery across Sussex in venues both large and small. Since 2009 she has acted and directed annually with Drip Action Theatre in the Arundel Theatre Festival. Her stage roles include Liz in Ring Ring (by Geoff Saunders) in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Elaine in Breathing Corpses and Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire.
Richard Tyrrell / Dr Marsden
Richard has been involved with acting – both on and off stage – for many years. It all started with set building and general technical work, until he succumbed to the lure of the lights around 20 years ago. Twenty years covers a lot of roles, ranging from the mediocre through the moderate to the marvellous, spanning comedy to classic and crime. Much recent activity has been with the Castaway group (of which he is a founder member) and the Arundel group Drip Action. The coming together of these groups led to the connection with Geoff Saunders, and the rest is history.
Linda Clark / Dora
Linda trained at East 15. Favourite theatre and TV roles include: Mrs Danvers in Rebecca, Fraulein Schneider in Cabaret, Mrs Beckoff in Torch Song Trilogy and, most recently, Rose in Broken Strings. In Repertory: Evy Meara in The Gingerbread Lady, Bet in April in Paris, Ethel Banks in Barefoot in the Park (Colwyn Bay) and Helga ten Dorp in Deathtrap (Newpalm Productions). Touring: Aunty Ivy in Girls’ Night Out and its sequel Girls’ Night Out in lbiza, Rita in The Real Monty Keeps It Up, The Landlady in Two and Cassandra in Geoff Saunders’ Manny’s Party. Pantomime: Wicked Witch in The Wizard of Oz, Carabosse in Beauty and The Beast and also Sleeping Beauty. Film: Hanging In There, Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime and Bare, which stars Steven Arnold and Brendan Coyle.On TV: Linda played Jackie Busher in That Peter Kay Thing, Magistrate Mary Bolland in Emmerdale, a Carrionite witch called Bloodtide in Doctor Who and Janet Dent, Marcus’ Mum, in Coronation Street.
Paul Chittleborough / Mr Lancaster
Paul started his performing career back in the 70’s when he took part in The Ghost Train and he became instantly hooked. Since then he has appeared in many plays, comedies, pantomimes and musicals. Parts played include Mary Sunshine in Chicago, Nicely Nicely Johnson in Guys and Dolls, Hines in The Pyjama Game, to name but a few. With London-based Consenting Adults Drama Company he played Guy in My Night With Reg and toured as Morris in Benny’s Funeral, written by Geoff Saunders. Recently Paul has been performing with the London Gay Mens Chorus and is currently rehearsing for their 25th Anniversary concert at the Royal Festival Hall London.
Beth Wyatt / Alice
Beth’s acting career began in panto at the age of two. She went on to participate in youth theatre for many years including playing the mother of Pippi Longstocking in its first UK production. She has performed in various plays over the last 10 years, including the first two stage versions of Hanging in There, playing the parts of all the doctors and Alice, who she now reprises in the film version. As a Drama Teacher at a secondary school in Solihull, she is usually directing more than acting these days; productions include Hamlet, Bugsy, The Wizard of Oz and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She is also co-founder of ‘Little Limelight’, a drama class for toddlers. Beth hopes to return to acting on both stage and screen when her children are a little older. Hanging in There is Beth’s first feature film.