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Behind Closed Doors Shakespeare

As part of the Waltham Forest Virtual Culture Programme 2020.

Watch and engage with brilliant local theatre from the comfort of your own couches!
Local professional actors have filmed themselves performing some of Shakespeare’s most famous monologues from any outdoor space they have access to...balconies, gardens and even windows becoming their stage.

Enjoy, respond and tell us what you think.

Response Project

We were thrilled by the amount of people getting in touch who were inspired by the project and would like to try a Shakespeare monologue of their own.

We welcomed all local residents to get involved; we had a fantastic response and we received videos from people who have never performed Shakespeare before, young people, keen performers & professional actors.

Links to Behind Closed Doors Monologues

& Cast Information


Keith Hill - Jaques

Walthamstow based actor Keith Hill has worked at length with Scaffold Shakespeare, including performances at Hampton Court, and toured very widely (which is not, apparently, his way of saying he lives in his car) as Polonius, Claudius, and various other ne’er-do-wells. He played Prospero at Cambridge over ten years ago, (which is where he first met East London Shakespeare Festival, as they now are) and has specialised ever since in much misunderstood men (and occasionally women). He has appeared in Rep in various towns rather more than is sensible, but loves it. He is now about about to start popping up all over the internet in a variety of guises. He also has a very attractive way with an audiobook, if you’re asking. Contact either through the festival, or agent: info@dgpmtheagency.


Joseph Adelakun - Cassius

Joseph is from East London and is a graduate of Rose Bruford College.

Theatre credits include: The Winter’s Tale, Comedy Of Errors (National Theatre), Julius Caesar, Antony and Cleopatra, Titus Andronicus (RSC), Richard II (Arcola Theatre), What The Thunder Said (Theatre Centre), Boi Boi Is Dead (West Yorkshire Playhouse, Watford Palace Theatre), Back To The Future (Secret Cinema), In the Jungle of the Cities (Arcola Theatre), Whole (20 Stories High), Run! A Sports Day Musical (Polka Theatre).

Screen credits include: Pokémon: Detective Pikachu (Legendary Entertainment), The Mime, Love Bitten (Dan Allen Films), Rosemary Jane(London Film School) and Little Big Planet PS Vita (Sony)

Audio credits include: Radio Elusia (Boundless Theatre)


Ursula Early - Viola

Ursula is a theatre producer, director and actress based in Waltham Forest. Ursula trained at Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Her TV credits include: Eastenders, Doctors, The Bill, Life Begins and several independent films.

Stage credits include: The Endings (Soho Theatre & Nottingham Playhouse), Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Elbows, (Arts Theatre/Theatre Royal Stratford East), Surplus Women (Theatre Royal Bath Ustinov), Powerhouse, Last Manor Standing and The Power Of Love (Pleasance Theatre, London & Edinburgh), Wives As They Were Maids As They Are and Animal Magnetism (Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds and Haymarket, Basingstoke), Much Ado About Nothing and Twelfth Night (Cambridge Shakespeare Company), Guests (Hall For Cornwall), Master Of Mayhem (Eastern Angles), Just For Fun (New End Theatre), Diamond (Kings Head), Blame (Sphinx Theatre Company – Tour), The Glimmer (Bristol Old Vic Studio) and many more.

Producing and Directing: Alongside being one of the founders and directors of ELSF she is director for Waltham Forest based theatre and community company Blackhorse Arts. She is also Producer and Programmer for Walthamstow’s performance venue CentrE17.


Rosie Ward - Olivia

Rosie trained in Acting at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts.

Theatre Credits include: Ariadne Ovid’s Metamorphoses (EdFringe & Vaults Festival, PantsOnFire), Cleopatra Anthony & Cleopatra & Goneril King Lear (Cambridge Shakespeare Festival); Lady Macbeth Macbeth – UK Tour & Viola Twelfth Night – Bloomsbury Theatre + UK Tour (Young Shakespeare Company); Soloist New Musicals Project – Leicester Square Theatre & Soloist British Musical Future Hosted by Stiles & Drewe – The Other Palace (AsToldBy)

She was part of the Original UK Cast of "35MM - A Musical Exhibition,” which ran at Pleasance, Islington, Greenwich Theatre and Bedlam at EdFringe; and worked with the composer of 35MM, in RSO in London - The Music and Lyrics of Ryan Scott Oliver at The Other Palace. She is an original collaborator & cast member of Journeys, a devised physical comedy which has travelled to Lithuania, Belgium, Germany, London (Tristan Bates) & Edinburgh (Gilded Balloon.)


Catherine Skinner - Rumour

Television credits include: Catastrophe (Channel 4); Trauma (ITV); Close to the Enemy (Stephen Poliakoff); Trying Again (Sky); Call the Midwife, Casualty, Doctors, Henry 8.0 (BBC); Housewife 49 (Granada)
Theatre credits include: The Crucible (RSC); The Rover (Southwark Playhouse); Mirror Teeth, Little Madam by James Graham (Finborough Theatre) both directed by Kate Wasserberg; Switzerland by Nick Payne (Hightide Festival); Taketh Me Away (Pleasance Edinburgh); Twelfth Night (Sprite); Forward, Transmissions, The Witches (Birmingham Rep/ ATG Wyndhams)
Radio includes: The Chemistry Between Them (playing Margaret Thatcher), One Day, Love Chat, What Is Missing From Your Life, The Archers (BBC Radio 4)

She has produced work for her own company, The EQ, including: Waltham Forest commissioned Silver Sunday – a “Vintage Humans” Afternoon Tea celebrating what people gain with age and bringing generations together. She also produced “All Together Now” with Mrs H and the Sing-Along Band, bringing local pre-school children and older people from the local community together at a series of concerts across the borough.


Jack Bence - Puck

Jack is born and bred in East London, and has been a professional actor for 16 years. He is now based in Walthamstow.

Jack will be appearing alongside John Boyega in the upcoming BBC drama, 'Small Axe' directed by Steve McQueen.

TV/Film Credits Include: Sherlock, Peep Show, Eastenders, Bad Education, Casualty, Holby City, Hollyoaks, Misfits and Trial and Retribution, Waking the Dead, The Bill, Parents of the Band, The Interceptor, Law and Order UK.

He has performed in the West End and in multiple UK tours. Theatre Credits include Rough Cuts (Royal Court), Swimming (EdFringe) Menagerie Theatre Company, Ajax, Macbeth & A Skull in Connemara (in rep, Riverside Studios) Love and Madness.

Repsonse Project Cast


Part of the Waltham Forest Virtual Culture Programme 2020


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