As You Like It: 19th – 20th June

A digital performance showing on the 19th June (cast A.) and 20th June (cast B.). See cast details below.

The magical forest of Arden is the play’s famous setting, where a gallery of eccentric characters comes together to find love, fortune, redemption…and themselves. Banished from the court by her deceitful and treacherous uncle, Rosalind disguises herself as a boy, not knowing that the man she loves, also on the run, is behind the next tree.

Shakespeare’s enticing tale of mistaken identity, heartfelt romance, and the endearing fumbles and foibles of love.

Book Tickets

Professional Development Day – Friday 18th

Professional Development Day (Friday 18th June) features digital events designed to empower and support young creatives to forge forward in their professional careers.

These online workshops, and talks, are being facilitated by Bath Spa University Alumni organisation Leading Light Collective and Naomi Knox who are proud members of the SparkFest community.

4pm: Taking Up Space in the Industry

6pm: Managing Your Organisation

Club Supreme: Behind The Scenes

Ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes of a show in the middle of a tech run?

We dropped in to visit the tech for Club Supreme to find out!

CLUB SUPREME is the brainchild of Ramshacklicious, brought to life collaboratively with Bath Spa Productions, Natural Theatre Company and with support from Nordland Visual Theatre.

Visit Bath Spa Live For more information about the show and to book tickets.

Billie-Jo Rainbird

Billie-Jo Rainbird (she/her) is an actor, producer and co-founder of Andraste&Co Theatre Company. Billie-Jo is excited to be producing her first professional piece (Sugar, Honey, Ice, Tea) and hopes to use her natural organisational and leadership skills to give this piece justice. Billie-Jo is a 2020 Acting Grad from Bath Spa University whose favourite types of theatre are Shakespeare, post-modern and children’s theatre. Her credits since graduating include: Benvolio and County Paris in a movement based performance of ‘Romeo & Juliet’ with Momentum Acts; a three week primary school tour of ‘Dick Whittington and his Cat’ with Rainbow Theatre South West, where she played multiple characters including Dame Sarah; ‘Othello Online’ with Momentum Acts as Brabantio; and Tal Gal in The Egg Ensembles ‘ROUTES’ .

Teddy Andraste

Teddy (she/her) graduated Bath Spa University in 2020. She is a first gen student so this is a very big achievement. Teddy is incredibly proud of the work Andraste&Co have been putting out, especially considering they’ve done all of this throughout a pandemic. By the end of this summer, three of her pieces of writing will have been in Sparkfest Digital. Her favourite show to have directed on was Anatomy of a Suicide by Alice Birch. It was the first piece she solo directed and it showed her how difficult plays and themes often have the most to offer creatively. Teddy is passionate about In-Yer-Face theatre and anything non-naturalistic. Her biggest theatre inspirations being Artaud, Berkoff and Sarah Kane.

Jodi Kristjanson

Jodi Kristjanson is a 2020 graduate of Drama Studio London. She has a particular love for classical theatre and physical theatre, as well as radio drama. In addition to being an actor, Jodi is a pianist, singer, and dancer and this year, she has also been teaching musical theatre. She is honoured to be working with Andraste&Co. to share stories and bring attention to such an important topic, especially in a time when those in unsafe homes are made even more vulnerable due to the pandemic. Jodi’s love of acting is rooted in her love of good, human stories, and through her work in Sugar, Honey, Ice, Tea she hopes to learn from and embody her character and give expression to her story. Some of her recent film and theatre credits include Amy Evans in Hallmark’s A Winter Getaway, Margery in The Country Wife, Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Isabella in Measure for Measure.

Esther Warren

Esther Warren is a Acting graduate from Bath Spa University and prior has trod the boards of countless village halls and school auditoriums. The stage always represented a blessed escape from the self — an hour or two in which one could endeavour to be literally anyone else. Now she is less interested in the transformative effects of theatre on the stage and more in its potential to affect change in those watching. In 2016 she co-founded BlackDog Productions and has worked as actor, director, and sound & lighting designer across their plays. Howl, the company’s debut production, gave her the opportunity to tackle themes that were truly personal. Since then, she’s been seeking out work with the same level of truth. She hopes to bring perspective to the company of Sugar, Honey, Ice, Tea and receive different perspectives in kind. I am excited to work with such talented and generous practitioners and look forward to being challenged personally and artistically as we create together.

Joe Deighton

Joe Deighton, (he/him) is a 20 year old East Londoner and 2020 graduate of the Court Theatre Training Company. His graduate performances included Port by Simon Stephens where he played Billy Keats, ROAD by Jim Cartwright where he played Eddie and Skinlad and Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew where he played the comedic Hortensio. In his spare time, he has a passion for cooking, is a cinephile and loves to write sketch comedy. Joe is passionate about making theatre with a sincere message and challenging the audience to think. He enjoys the work of everyone from Bennett to Berkoff, Stephens to Shakespeare and brings every character he works with to life with diligent preparation and hard work. Joe hopes that he can give a voice to those who suffer from domestic abuse in his performance in Sugar, Honey, Ice, Tea.

Joanna Clarke

Represented by David Ball Management

Joanna (she/her) studied History at Cambridge University (whilst taking part in 27 student productions) and then went on to train at Arts Educational Schools. Recent credits include Gobstoppers, a collection of online solo vignettes with Angel Theatre Company; original digital musical Shift + Alt + Right with ALP Musicals and a filmed version of Romeo&Juliet with Guildford Shakespeare Company. Playing Juliet and putting her own, modern spin on a classic character, as well as multi-rolling with a cast of 4, has been an acting highlight. In addition to a love of Shakespeare, Joanna is a strong singer and creatively is always looking to collaborate on new writing and work on theatre projects that provoke thought. This is what drew her to Sugar, Honey, Ice, Tea and she hopes she can bring honesty and sensitivity to stories that deserve to be told and listened to.

Alexandra Ricou

Alexandra (she/her) is an actor, writer and drag artist who trained on the Acting Masters course at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, graduating in 2017, and has an English Literature degree from the University of Warwick. Her favourite role to date was as Dromio of Syracuse in Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors during her drama training at Mountview. Alexandra is passionate about theatre which challenges its audiences and provokes conversation, particularly concerning topics around the environment and human rights. She is thrilled to be a part of Sugar, Honey, Ice, Tea and hopes to broaden her emotional connection as a performer through this project, and to tackle its sensitive subject matter with care and nuance. Her previous theatre credits include Apricity Theatre’s The Breach (Touring, 2019), Definitely Louise (Brighton and Edinburgh Fringe, 2019), YAOW Theatre’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare on the Hill, 2018).