Eve Stebbing (on the left, next to Patience Tomlinson, Company patron after the first Norfolk Non-Stop)
... is the founder and Artistic Director of Spin-Off Theatre Company. "I never intended to stay in Norwich for more than three years to do the Drama Course at the University of East Anglia, but discovered the dialect and imagination whilst still a student... and never looked back!" Since arriving in Norwich, Eve has discovered that she is treading in the footsteps of other Stebbings, who blew into East Anglia with the Vikings.
Apart from writing, directing and producing all the company shows, Eve has also worked as Education Associate at Shared Experience Theatre in London, teaches one to one acting, and continues to write as one of the main theatre critics for the Eastern Daily Press. She has recently begun contributing to the Daily Telegraph.
Paul Preston Mills
Like Mark, Paul has been in the company since the beginning. He is well known for his mesmerizing performances, particularly the one man shows in pubs, playing cult Norfolk hero: Rowland (son of Rowland, son of Rowland, son of Rowland, Rowland's son.). The last show: Norfeo! - was the longest ever written by Eve: "It was twenty two pages of close typed script. It wasn't a play: it was a novel: she should never have been allowed that year off to explore other genres," said Paul...and then gave such a towering performance at the puppet theatre, that the lighting operator shook him by the hand. Paul is also well known on the cabaret scene and as a DJ. He is set to tour Central America as a Street Performer this summer.
Apart from writing, directing and producing all the company shows, Eve has also worked as Education Associate at Shared Experience Theatre in London, teaches one to one acting, and continues to write as one of the main theatre crit
ics for the Eastern Daily Press. She has recently begun contributing to the Daily Telegraph.
Sadie McMahon (middle)
Sadie is famous for her wonderful mobile expression, comic timing and on-screen charisma! Spin-Off has been a big part her acting career. As a working performer, she has masses of experience including tours, static productions and plays on the London Fringe. She has also appeared in various commercials, films and Holby City.
Mark David Nash (photo - Mark playing Dogberry. Who says Method doesn't work?)
Mark trained at the Actors Centre in London, but was drawn back to his beloved home of Norfolk, where he has enjoyed many wonderful times with Spin-Off. What Mark loves about being with the company is the range of different work: from film and radio, to performing on the edge of the river bank: "You never know where you'll be next." Mark is a founder member of Spin-Off.
Jonathan is well known on the London scene and in Edinburgh for his work with comedy line-up: Comedy Bitch.
He has made the Norfolk dialect a life-long study, and is the only man ever to pull off a Rowland show in Paul's absence, locking the audience in his gaze like a stoat would a rabbit. "Finding Spin-Off was like coming home." He once said.
Beth Lewie (centre)
Beth auditioned for the role of Ma Storm - Spin-Off's long running heroine of Undertow and Snapped! - by singing down the phone. The only thing to match the naturalness of her voice is birds. Beth is famous for devising ways to make other actors corpse on stage. She is a founder member of Spin-Off and a keen advocate of music as a way of helping people with special needs.
Dan Amis (as Bottom in Midsummer Nights Dream)
(Dan as Bottom in Midsummer Nights Dream) Daniel received rave reviews for Spin-Off as Bottom in A Norfolk Midsummer's Dream, being described as "wonderfully gormless" by the Eastern Daily Press. He was brave enough to accompany Eve to Edinburgh the following year with a two man, dialect version of Twelfth Night, which was described as "cheeky" and "lyric". He is famous for reducing all around him to helpless laughter.
Cate Agnew (her image for Musical Comedy Undertow)
Cate works as a stage and garden designer, as well as pursuing her work as a painter. "When I began my career in the 1960's, I did large, architectural work, now I make miniatures." Her best remembered work for Spin-Off was the huge, kite shaped dragons for The Merchant of Venice in the Cathedral Close as part of Theatre in the Parks 2001.
Genius archivist and Spin-Off staunch ally, Paddy was the first to suggest we had a website (and set it all up.) Paddy should be employed immediately as a researcher for the B.B.C: he recently spontaneously did the background on what turned out to be one of R4's Hundred Objects, out of personal interest. "I wondered why I couldn't get hold of any of the books" he said. YOU AT THE BBC: if you're out there reading this: you need him!