Meet the Cast Quality Street 2023

“It was heart-breaking to have to abandon this production in 2020 when it was being enjoyed by so many. We are thrilled to be working with our wonderful partners at New Vic Theatre to bring it back to stages up and down the country with a fantastically playful company. They capture the wit and wisdom of J.M. Barrie’s delightfully comic characters, as well as the Halifax women who helped us make the original show. We can’t wait to get it back on the road.”

Laurie Sansom, Artistic Director and CEO

Now, meet the cast!

Jelani D'Aguilar

Jelani D'Aguilar

Fanny / Isabella / Sandra

Theatre credits include: My Voice Was Heard But It Was Ignored (Red Ladder Theatre Company), Planet Caravan (People Zoo), Snow White’s Privilege (N.I.A.M.O.S.), Super Longs (Avi Media), How We Sing Our Bodies (Leeds Playhouse), Invisible (Footlights) and Our Country’s Good (St. Peters Arts). 

Television credits include: Vera (ITV), Knorr Mississippi (Commercial, Fat Lemon). 

Alice Imelda

Alice Imelda

Charlotte Parratt / Jo

Alice trained at the Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance. 
 
Theatre credits include: Stick Man (Freckle Productions), I Spie (The Telling), Creating Carmen (CarmenCo), The Mad Ones (BJW Productions for Derby Theatre), Tell Me On A Sunday (The Old Laundry Theatre), Winter Holiday (Metta Theatre), Sense & Sensibility, Bold Girls (Theatre By The Lake), Too Much Punch For Judy (The Gatehouse / Camden Fringe Festival), Sixth Form Romeo (Derailed Theatre), Junkyard (Headlong Theatre), Three Wise Monkeys/Spitting Distance (Bush Theatre) and The Lost Boy (Catherine Wheels). 
 
Film includes: My Dinner with Hervé (HBO/Red Castle).

Aron Julius

Aron Julius

Valentine Brown

Aron trained atThe Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.

He has recently appeared in the Northern Broadsides production of As You Like It (directed by Laurie Sansom), A Christmas Carol and Love, Liverpool (Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse).

Theatre credits include: A Raisin in the Sun (Sheffield Crucible / Eclipse), Choir Boy (Royal Court Theatre London) and Our Day Out (Royal Court Theatre Liverpool).  

Television credits include: Death In Paradise, Puppy Love, Moving On (BBC) and DCI BANKS (ITV). 

Film credits include: Death On The Nile, directed by Kenneth Branagh (Twentieth Century Fox).   

Credits whilst training include: Medea, Othello, A Midsummer Nights Dream, The Last Days Of Judas Iscariot, Romeo And Juliet, Linda and Into The Woods. 

Paula Lane

Paula Lane

Phoebe Throssel

Paula trained at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. 

Theatre credits include: Brenda / Lane / Valerie / Marion in Road (Oldham Coliseum), Katie in The Ceremony, Belle in Cat Sitter – Vignettes (Hope Mill Theatre), Lauren in Kinky Boots (UK and Ireland Tour), Rachel in #Bemoremartyn (Hope Theatre / Southwark Playhouse) 

Television credits include: Father Brown, Call The Midwife, Coronation Street, Going Postal, Doctors, Heartbeat and The Royal. 

Paula has also worked on numerous voiceovers.

Along with her husband actor Tom Shaw, Paula founded the Lane Shaw Academy in 2015 and successfully runs drama workshops in their local town of Hebden Bridge.

Alicia McKenzie

Alicia McKenzie

Mary Willoughby / Lotte

Alicia McKenzie trained at the Identity School of Acting and National Youth Theatre.  

Theatre credits include: Small Island (National Theatre), Bleak Expectations (The Watermill Theatre), Jack and the Beanstalk, A Christmas Carol (Stephen Joseph Theatre), Jekyll and Hyde, Wind in the Willows, The Crucible, Blonde Bombshells of 1943, Summer Holiday (Pitlochry Festival Theatre), Quality Street (Northern Broadsides), Wind in the Willows (New Vic Theatre), Women in Power (Nuffield Southampton Theatres and Oxford Playhouse), Whisky Galore (Oldham Coliseum / Hull Truck Theatre / New Vic Theatre), Peter Pan (Mercury Theatre), Cinderella (Octagon Theatre Bolton), In the Night Garden Live (Minor Entertainment Ltd), Macbeth (Infinite Jest), Fuse (Satellite) (Sheffield Theatres), The Life and Death of Martin Luther King (American Drama Group Europe), Muscavado (Burnout), Rapunzel (Tutti Frutti Productions), The White Witch of Rose Hall (Okai Collier), In a Pickle (Oily Cart / Royal Shakespeare Company) and Ring a Ding Ding (Oily Cart). 

Television credits include: Eastenders (BBC) and The Thief, his Wife and the Canoe (Story Films ltd / ITV). 

Short film includes: Parents Together Forever (Old Hall Films) and In a Rush (Shea Black Productions). 

Alex Moran

Alex Moran

Ensign Blades / Arthur / Brenda

Alex is a multi-award-winning actor from Yorkshire. He graduated from the University of Central Lancashire with a first class acting degree (Hons) and the Jane Horrocks Award for Outstanding Achievement.

He has appeared in the global tour of War Horse (National Theatre), the national tour and London run of A Clockwork Orange (Volcano), and boyhood club Liverpool FC’s international skincare commercial (Nivea).

Theatre credits include: Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin (Georgian Theatre Royal), Seeds (Oldham Coliseum); Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, The Count of Monte Cristo, The Invisible Man, 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea and The Body Snatcher (Harrogate Theatre), I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside (Library Theatre), Underdog (Home MCR), The Secret Garden (Halifax Square Chapel), Scrooge (Bury MET), One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (Customs House) and Tales From The Blackjack, for which he won the Manchester Evening News Award for Best Performance (The Lowry).

Alex will be touring across the UK again this Autumn in his new ghost story Shock Horror.

Louisa-May Parker

Louisa-May Parker

Susan Throssel

Louisa is from Manchester. She trained as an actor at Drama Centre London and The Arden. 

She played Susan in the original tour of Quality Street in 2020 before it was sadly cancelled due to the pandemic. Louisa has since become a mum and this is her first tour with a toddler in tow!  

Theatre credits include: Sitcom Stories (Edinburgh Fringe), If I Should Fall (RedBobble Theatre – Regional Tour), To Walk In Your Shoes (RedBobble Theatre – Regional Tour), Five Kinds of Silence (Arcola), The Iliad Live (Almeida), The Academy of Melancholy (Old Operating Theatre London Bridge), Three Sisters (Boris Shchukin Theatre Institute Moscow), Orestes (Imalis Theatre Greece) and A Good Day: Love, Death & Virginia Woolf (RNCM). 

Film / Television credits include: Coronation Street (ITV), Hollyoaks (Lime Pictures), Support (Film London), The Limehouse Golem (Number 9), Metronome (NFTS) and Death Comes to Pemberley (BBC). 

Jamie Smelt

Jamie Smelt

Recruiting Sergeant / Georgy / Lieutenant Spicer

Jamie was born and raised in Hull and now lives in North Yorkshire.  

He graduated from Bretton Hall in 2002 and this is his first show with Northern Broadsides.  

In 2022 he performed in the premiere of Macca & Beth, a new play by Gerry Linford at The Royal Court in Liverpool and has previously performed in a number of shows with the Leeds based, Red Ladder Theatre Company. These include The Damned United directed by Rod Dixon and based on the bestselling book by David Peace at The Edinburgh Festival and subsequent national tours, The Shed Crew by Kevin Feegan and Glory by Nick Ahad.  

He has also worked with the John Godber company in both Up ‘n’ Under and This Is Not Right.  

Recent television credits include Ackley Bridge (Channel 4), The Bay (ITV), Boat Story (BBC) and The Full Monty (2023 Disney+).  

Gilly Tompkins

Gilly Tompkins

Patty / Barbara

Gilly studied Theatre Arts at Bretton Hall College, Leeds University. 

Theatre includes: Murder, Margaret & Me (Tilted Wig Productions), Gangsta Granny (BSC Premiere National Tour and Garrick, West End), The 3 Emos (Hull New Theatre), Boeing Boeing (Oldham Coliseum), She Stoops To Conquer (Northern Broadsides), Rutherford and Son (Northern Broadsides & St.James Theatre, London), Brassed Off (York Theatre Royal, Bolton Octagon and National Tour). The Schoolmistress, Beauty & The Beast A Space Adventure (Stephen Joseph Theatre), Enjoy, Noises Off, Hayfever, Two (York Theatre Royal), Get Shortie, Live Bed Show, House & Garden (Royal & Derngate, Northampton), Talking Heads (Northcott, Exeter), Larkin With Women (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Thick As A Brick* (Hull Truck and Greenwich), Absent Friends (Greenwich), A Cloud in Trousers (Southwark Playhouse & York). Sexing Alan Titchmarsh (Pleasance, Edinburgh Festival). Fly Me To The Moon* (Stephen Joseph Theatre & Hull Truck), Office Party and Absurd Person Singular (Palace Theatre, Watford), Passion Killers* and Time Of My Life (Derby Playhouse), Lucky Sods (Hornchurch), Thick As A Brick*, Gym n’ Tonic*, Blood, Sweat and Tears* (Hull Truck and National Tour), On The Piste* (National Tour and Garrick, West End and Teechers* (National Tour and Arts Theatre, London). 

 * = Originated the part.  

Television credits include: Bridgerton, Citadel, Victoria Wood’s All Day Breakfast, EastEnders, Casualty, Birds of a Feather, The Queens Nose, Heartbeat and Barbara.  

Film credits include: Act of Will (Portman Entertainments), The Human Bomb (Griffin Productions) and Girls Night (Granada Films). Gilly has been in 18 commercials. 

Radio includes: “M” (BBC Radio 4) and The New Vaudeville Theatre (BBC Radio 3). 

As Director: Teechers (Hull Truck & National Tour) and as Co-Director to John Godber: Frankenstein (Hull Truck & National Tour).

Gilly is the Assistant Acting Coach on Lockwood & Co (Netflix & Complete Fiction).