Nicholas Calderbank, Damian Corcoran, Fiamma Bennett, Lester Lovelace, Joanna Bartholomew & Robert Bradford Are Our Special Guests at SpokenWord Paris, Monday, January 23rd! Theme: DISSIDENCE

Nicholas Calderbank is a British actor and director based in Paris. He has worked extensively in cinema, television and theatre. (And–in our words and not his– is a consummate professional). Founder of the On Stage and Open Space theatre companies he has produced plays by Shakespeare, Pinter, Mamet and others.In recent times he has focused on writing and performing his own material.

Damian Corcoran is an actor, and director as well as a voice artist and language coach. He has been acting in France for over 25 years and has a wide experience in theatre, film dubbing and voice overs, primarily in English.Theatre is his passion and he has acted in and helped produce a number of plays from Shakespeare to Neil Labute in theatres in and around Paris such as Le Nesle, L’Atelier, and Le Sudden. He regularly performs in public readings for Moving Parts Paris and presents his own poetry for Spoken Word Paris. He is co-founder of Brava Productions, and Open Globe Theatre Paris.Specialising in English narrations for documentaries, Damian is an accomplished voice actor and dubber working for some of the biggest film and TV production companies in Paris such as Studio Lincoln, Dubbing Bros, Ce Qui Meut as well as Arte, Canal+ and Imagine.

Fiamma Bennett has been performing and creating dramatic and comedic works since 2010 in English and French. In 2008, Most recently, In 2022,  she shot a television mini-series “L’île Prisonnière”.Continuing her collaboration with directors Jos Houben and Emily Wilson, she played Despair in the English mask “Cupid and Death”  In 2018 she worked with Theatraverse as an actress and toured at the Edinburgh Festival in the bilingual play “Monsieur Somebody”  She also played Hedda in “Hedda Gabler” (Ibsen) at the Jonquière theater; had the honor of reading for Peter Brook. She is part of a first adaptation of Deadmans cellphone in French: “Appels en Absence” at Lucernaire, recites in English the role of Cordelia in “King Lear”, She played in a Dadaist piece “Répertoire” in 2014. She has also participated in many short films, including Something Like That which was selected to open the Cannes Film Festival in 2022, and received the Best Actress award for the 24 Hour Film Project in 2014 for her role in”Kidnapping”. She also shot “A Poem of a House” for the National Trust, which allows visitors to see William Morris’ women come to life on the walls of his home, The Red House.

Born in London, and trained in the UK, Kester Lovelace has been living and working in Paris for over 30 years. He is associate artistic director of Drama Ties – a professional theatre company, which he founded in 1999, and for whom he’s written and directed a dozen shows. He also directed the first French production of Jonathan Harvey’s Beautiful Thing in 2009 in Paris, and on tour. On screen, he’s worked alongside Clémence Poésy in Jeanne Captive, Alex Lawther and Lambert Wilson in Les Traducteurs, and coming soon, with Léa Seydoux in La bête. He also works as a voice-over artist, on commercial, corporate and documentary projects, as well as radio fiction. He’s a coach and acting teacher at theatre schools in Paris, including the Conservatoire National Supérieur d’Art Dramatique. His podcast drama, My Lunch with Frank will be released in 2023.

Joanna Bartholomew Performing very early became central to Joanna. Coming to France as a young adult, she pursues the quest for the link between the body and the spirit, which continues today in her approach to acting. Actress and director, she also creates costumes and objects. She is the artistic director of Compagnie Lynx:;

Robert William Bradford is an American actor who worked extensively in San Francisco and Los Angeles before relocating to France; Nick directed him in his first stage roles in Paris – as Lee in True West and Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing. Fate (and Nick’s writing talent) has brought them back together and this time they share the stage…both literally and figuratively!

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