About the actors

Darcy Dann (Ella)

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Darcy grew up in South East Melbourne, with a childhood that consisted of laughter, Harry Potter, happiness, and performing arts. Deciding to be an actor, she auditioned for the Ballarat Arts Academy as soon as she completed VCE. Darcy’s University credits include Rosie in CABARET THE MUSICAL, directed by David Wynen, Wendla in SPRING AWAKENING, directed by Tom Healey, and writing her own short self-devised cabaret LOVE LETTERS TO JK under the direction of Fiona Scott-Norman. Upon graduating from university, Darcy has worked with Australian Shakespeare Company in their 2015 & 2016 seasons of ALICE and PETER PAN IN NEVER NEVERLAND, playing White Rabbit and Princess Tiger Lily. Darcy wrote, produced, and performed in her full-length cabaret ACCIO ADULTHOOD as part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival in 2015, for which Robyn Womersley was the associate musical director. The show received positive reviews, and had sold out nights. Darcy hopes to continue learning and growing as an actor, even when she turns 70 years old.

Dennis Manahan (Noel)

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Dennis trained at the University of Southern Queensland acting school and has appeared on TV in NEIGHBOURS, STINGERS, SOMETHING IN THE AIR and HOUSE HUSBANDS, as well as various feature and short film roles. Dennis’ stage career includes a number of productions with the Australian Shakespeare Company including MACBETH, HENRY IV PART 1 and ALICE IN WONDERLAND. He also played the lead character, Vietnam Veteran Ronnie Giles in TUNNEL RAT by Neil Cole at the Malthouse Beckett Theatre in 2011, followed by the title role in the hugely successful season of Neil Cole’s GROUCHO at Chapel Off Chapel in 2012; remounted at the Historic Capri Theatre in Adelaide for the 2013 Adelaide Fringe. Dennis has appeared on the Melbourne Stage performing, INCONSOLABLE by Raimondo Cortese for Metanoia Theatre Company, and as Chyp Wood in Danny McGinlay’s DEATH OF A SALESMAN: THE SITCOM, and has just finished playing The Father in La Mama’s sell out season of Jon Fosse’ NIGHT SINGS ITS SONGS.

Verity Higgins (Jan)

Verity graduated from the VCA, and has worked as a director, actor, project co-coordinator, and lecturer in performing arts. As an actor she has performed most recently in Tracy Bourne’s THE HOUSE AT THE END OF THE LINE, ELLA’S CHOICE, THE DR BLAKE MYSTERIES, and films THE MAN WHO CAUGHT A MERMAID, BROKEN, ECHO, THIS LITTLE PIGGY, GABBY’S FIRST TIME, NIGHT SHIFT & NATHAN LOVES RICKY MARTIN. Verity’s career includes working in the UK as Assistant Director and actor for North Country Theatre in 2005. On returning to Australia, Verity took up a position of Regional Arts Development Officer with Regional Arts Victoria in Ballarat where she coordinated a wide range of projects. Her independently produced documentary about a community choir THE BIG SING, was acquired and broadcast on the ABC in 2010. Since returning to freelance work at the end of 2013 Verity has worked as a freelance director, actor & producer. As a director her recent theatre work THE FREDA EXPERIENCE about pioneering Australian mountaineer Freda du Faur, had sell out seasons at both the Castlemaine State Festival and NatiFrinj in 2015.