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Buddleia Maslen-  Alice, The Apartments, Linda,  At Least I Can Dance Buddleia is a performer and support worker from East London. She trained at Fourth Monkey drama school. She is a member of JPP theatre company, creating and performing work for Phantasmagoria Cabaret (Hoxton Hall) and variety shows at the Rich Mix and Poplar Union. Her other credits include: ‘Witness’ (Fourth Monkey) ‘Smile, Darling’ (Arcola Theatre), and ‘Liz and Mary’ (King’s Head Theatre).

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Alain English – Adam , The Apartments, Benefit Consultant 1, Victorian Doctor 1 At Least I Can Dance Alain is an actor and a poet based in London. He has extensive experience acting on stage in a wide variety of roles, most notably as King James in "5/11" and Mark Antony in "Julius Caesar" (both Network Theatre) as well as Prince Escalus in "Romeo and Juliet" (Stockwell Playhouse). Alain has worked with the Arcola Mental Health Theatre Group in "Headlines" in 2019 and "The Pleasure of Your Bedlam" in 2020. Alain also works with support workers instructing them about supporting people with autism/Asperger's Syndrome.  He is Artiste-in-Residence at the Tea House Theatre in Vauxhall. His website can be found at

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Brandon Thorne- Voice of Alan Godwin, Chorus,  The Apartments, Joe At Least I Can Dance Brandon is an actor with a lot of experience of poor mental health, whether his own or those close to him. These experiences lead him to start making performance pieces in hopes to raise awareness and understanding of the struggles many face due to their mental health. 

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Sharon Trotter- Phyllis, The Apartments, Lottie, At Least I Can Dance Sharon usually appears with Woodhouse Players Leytonstone, Network Theatre and other East London Drama groups.  She trained at City Lit and is delighted to be supporting new writing with Bird Mouth Collective

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Avi Mendelson- Eddie The Apartments, Linda’s Ex- At Least I Can Dance Avi Mendelson is an Angeleno turned Londoner who makes theatre and writes essays. His recent theatre credits include Headlines (Arcola Theatre), The Pleasure of Your Bedlam (also Arcola), and The Bacchae (Tower Theatre); much of his work is energised by a belief that theatre can provide crucial communities for those interested in the topic of mental health. Avi also has expertise in the study of English Renaissance drama, and he enjoys working with actors dramaturgically to illuminate the history and culture in which older plays are embedded.

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Laura Lamas, Chorus, The Apartments, Therapist, At Least I Can Dance Laura Lamas was born in Aveiro, Portugal, in 1981. She has been living and working in London, UK, since 2012. She was a teacher in arts education in Portugal. She is an autism specialist drama teacher, an educator, observer and communicator, appreciator of others' sense of humour  passionate about people, director, performer, and storyteller.

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Sasha Bond- Chorus, The Apartments, Psychic, Benefit Consultant 2,  Victorian Doctor 2,  At Least I Can Dance Actor, Visual artist, Facilitator, Writer and Contemporary dancer. Sasha has been collaborating with the Bird Mouth Collective for half a year, and previously collaborated with a few of the members of the Arcola Mental Health Community Theatre Company, on Headlines and Pleasure for your Bedlam, and the Bacchae at Tower Theatre. Sasha has played a few varied choral roles and supporting roles over the years;  a grandma, a psychiatric patient, a care assistant, a divorced mother, a witch, a teen, a soldier, a toxic friend, a plant and a Maenad. Sasha has worked  with Emergency Exit Arts/Walk the Plank, Blue Elephant Theatre, London Bubble Theatre, Arcola Theatre, You Me Bum Bum Train Theatre, Shite Productions and smaller indie film companies. Sasha has also trained in scenic art, prop making, costume and Technical theatre, as well as in Salsa, Contemporary dance (Corali), Tango, Street dance, Camperio martial arts, Commercial dance, Voice acting, Producing, Facilitating (Lewisham Youth Theatre and The Old Vic) and Creative Writing (Futures Theatre).

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Andrew Neil Carpenter-  Writer/Performer  Prologue Poem Clowns, and Scene change poem Swans  Chorus The Apartments, Dresser, Benefit Consultant 3, Victorian Doctor 3, Dancer, At Least I Can Dance Andrew has been a poet and short story writer for as long as he can remember. He has been published in Under the Fable and on the Culture Cult imprint, although his work most often appears on Facebook, where there are two Andrew Neil Carpenters, and he is both of them. He started indulging in performance several years ago for reasons that remain unclear, and has since been seen regularly at Poetry Mondays in Hackney, the Lantern Society in Farringdon, with the Rrrants Collective at various locations around London.

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Kimber Wright- Lighting Designer/ Light Operator, Bartender, Prologue, The Apartments 
Kimber has been working her magic in lighting for Network Theatre and Woodhouse Players for the last ten years.  She also designed lights for the Poetry Project at Tower Theatre, and The Adventures of Kiki Hot Pants.  She once again teams up with Michelle to light up the stage.

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Verity Rowsell -  Playwright, The Apartments  Verity is a performance artist, poet and architect living and working in South East London. With a background in theatre arts, Verity has a particular interest in performance poetry and has been regularly performing at the prestigious ‘Poetry Mondays’ events in Hackney since 2020. Her poetry explores themes of memory, nature, city life, loss and the complexities of human experience. She is currently studying Creative Writing and English at Birkbeck, University of London, alongside running her own architectural practice based in Deptfort.

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Michelle Hanks- Playwright , At Least I Can Dance

Bird Mouth Founder, 

Director- The Apartments & At Least I Can Dance Michelle is an actress, emerging writer and director.

She most recently performed in Next Please, part of The Key Worker's Cycle at Almeida Theatre. Michelle also performed with Arcola Theatre Mental Health Company and Arcola’s Women’s Company. Favourite shows there include, The Pleasure of Your Bedlam, Mind Games, The Elephant Leaves the Room, 143 I Couldn’t Have Done without You, Smile Darling and Women of Troy. Elsewhere in London, Michelle has performed with Page to Stage at Arcola Theatre, Script to Performance and Woodhouse Players.  

Michelle also performs her poetry with Keep It Under Your Hat, a monthly poetry night curated by Rosie Reed Gold, and Poetry Mondays, curated by Gabriel Moreno. In 2021 Michelle directed, and performed her poetry in The Poetry Project at Tower Theatre.  Next her short play, And I was Fine, was featured at Theatripy in 2019 with Script to Performance, and Light at the End of the Tunnel, was featured at the 2019 Stoke Newington Literary festival with Sparks Theatre Collective, as well as part of Three Short Plays at Shamiyanna.  Michelle also directed her play, The Adventures of Kiki Hot Pants at Ryan’s Bar in 2017. 

Michelle has a BA in Theatre from University of Northern Colorado and also studied at The National Theatre Conservatory Summer Intensive. She has performed in theatre's throughout San Diego, Denver and Prague.

Michelle would like to thank Ryan’s Bar, the wonderful cast/ fellow Bird Mouth collaborators, Kimber for her lighting design, Simon Howard and Rosie Reed Gold for their photography and Jason Why at London Poetry Books for his extra support in marketing and promotion. 

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