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EP02: The story so far…

The drama was recorded remotely in the Midlands, UK, due to coronavirus social distancing in 2020.

Funding for the episode was provided via a micro-grant from Coventry City of Culture Trust.

Emily Jane Brooks

Plays Rachael

Emily studied theatre at the University of Warwick and at the Central School of Speech and Drama. She was also the recipient of a BBC Fame Academy bursary. Emily has extensive experience in theatre and as a principal vocalist. Emily’s work includes TV & Film and she is a member of wartime singing sensations The D-Day Darlings, finalists on Britain’s Got Talent (ITV).

The group were awarded a BRIT certified breakthrough award for their debut album “I’ll Remember You” with Sony Music. They released their follow up album “I’ll Remember You VE Day Celebration Edition” in May 2020 to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of VE Day, it reached number 5 in the Official UK Album Charts.  

Philip Kingsley Elton

Plays Lee

Philip trained, BA Hons Acting, at the highly accredited Birmingham School of Acting.

Since graduating with honours, Phil has been busy gaining valuable experience in various performance styles including: Short and feature films; theatre; television; radio; voiceovers; TIE; body painting; pantomime and festivals.

Loretta Hope

Plays Vanessa

Loretta Hope trained in musical theatre, at Stratford-Upon-Avon College, before branching out into other forms of expression and entertainment, including circus theatre, protest art, body art, social/political performance and more.

Image by Ross Grieve

Oraine Johnson

Plays Luke

Oraine is an actor, composer, singer and writer. Studying at Birmingham Theatre School for 3 years then receiving a BA Hons in acting, Oraine credits include T.V, commercial adverts, short films, national and international theatre tours and musical arenas.

Oraine is a multi-instrumented musician that has composed for theatre productions and produced music for Warner Brothers records.

Beginning to write was a necessary step for Oraine as he felt as a black male British actor he was underrepresented in an industry that he loves and is a part of. Lucid was created to represent a diverse modern fresh story that would allow a multicultural cast to be a part of a fantastic story set in the UK.

Alexander Doddy

Plays The walk-in centre nurse

Alexander has a variety of experience on stage and screen with everything from shorts, features and voice work to classical stage all over the UK.

Trained in Biomechanics, physical theatre and Stage Combat (APC), he excels in creature and costumed characters. 

Olivia Finch

Plays The clinic nurse

Olivia trained at Birmingham Ormiston Academy for acting BTEC diploma.

With experience of playing roles such as Jasmine in Earthquakes in London; Lina Lamont in Singing in the rain; Sarah in Our house and Ariel in Footloose, she has been involved in short films, Festivals, Commercials, Modelling and LAMDA exams.

Lynne Payne

Plays The EPU nurse

Lynne studied Theatre at Lancaster University and has worked in a range of jobs throughout the film and theatre industry, from Performance roles to Casting and Pre/Post-Production roles.

She began her career as a Professional Dance Artist working successfully out of the North West. She then co-founded the new-writing production company “Random Productions”, performing in and producing small to mid-scale theatre productions in 2005 which, over several years, toured nationally, to great acclaim. Later re-branded Rotten Park Road Productions.

She has since produced numerous mid scale new writing productions for the stage, feature films, documentary and comedy and is Company Director & Creative at Rotten Park Road Management.

Dawn Butler

Plays The Midwife

Dawn trained at the Midland Academy of Dance and Drama in Nottingham in the early 90’s, and went on to work with such companies as Hull Truck, Birmingham Rep, Yorkshire Women Theatre, Sixth Sense and Nottingham Playhouse’s Roundabout.  

She has taken guest roles in programmes including Dangerfield, The Locksmith, Crossroads, Family Affairs, and Emmerdale.  Most recently, Dawn has appeared at Birmingham’s Old Joint Stock Theatre in Two; Beautiful Thing; and Di and Viv and Rose, and with Wolverhampton’s Arena Theatre in There is None Who Does Good and Burning Books.

In 2018 she reprised her role as Barbara in Holding Baby for Roaring Theatre, played the title role in The Mother at Hereford’s Courtyard, and produced and performed in her own play Deep Breaths for Smiling Eyes Theatre.  She currently plays the semi-regular role of P.C. Pat Dyson in BBC’s Doctors; and is a regular cast member for Walsall Arena’s annual Pantomime.

Rachael Smith

Creator, writer, producer and editor

Rachael studied Journalism (BA Hons) at the Surrey Institute of Art and Design (now the University for the Creative Arts) and is a journalist, producer and mentor working in the UK with experience in digital journalism, radio and podcasting.

An arts enthusiast and passionate writer, this is her first audio drama production.

Although new to audio drama, Rachael studied Theatre Studies at college in Coventry and her singing voice can be “heard” on the award-winning film Bohemian Rhapsody, having had confirmation from 20th Century Fox that a sample she sent into a call-out was mixed into a scene in the movie.

Via major podcast channels and on YouTube where highlights are captioned

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