A Throne of Shadows

Cast & Crew

Simon Brandon The Antic, Richard II

Simon trained at East 15. Theatre: The Government Inspector (Shaw Theatre), Citiest of Cities (The Scoop, London Bridge), Three Sisters (Arts Theatre), Rumpelstiltskin (Jersey Opera House/Roses Tewkesbury), Pericles (Rose Theatre, Bankside), Macbeth (OSO, Barnes). TV includes: Tattoo Fixers (E4) Fred Dinenage Murder Casebook (Crime & Investigation)  and Dubplate Drama (channel 4) , Dreamteam (Sky TV), Darren in 4 episodes of the interactive teen series: Wannabes (BBC/Illumina Digital) Film includes: Cleon in Pericles (Kamel Films, Italy), Claudio in Measure for Measure (Press on Features), Mercutio in an open air production of Hamlet, recorded for Phillip Pullman’s The Butterfly Tattoo (Dynamic Entertainment DEH), Ibiza Undead (Templeheart). Radio: Horatio in Hamlet (Classical Radio Drama).

Rosalind Blessed- Bishop Of Carlisle

Rosalind trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama. This year she performed Agrippina in “Octavia” at the Barbican for the R.S.C.  Other roles include, Henrietta in “The Hollow” (Mill at Sonning), Gonoril in “King Lear” (Guildford Shakespeare) with her father in the title role, Emilia in “Othello”, Wife of Bath in “Canterbury Tales”, (Southwark Playhouse) Tamora in “Titus Andronicus” (Arcola) Molly Brown in “Iceburg Right Ahead” (The Gatehouse), Sylvia Plath in “Letters Home” (New End Theatre) TV: Doctors. FILM: “Naked in London”, “Cloud Cuckoo Land”, “Re-Evolution” As a writer Rosalind has written with many sketch shows but most notably many years of “Fat Hammond’s Bango Lounge”, which went to the fringe twice. She had an extended run of her play The Delights of Dogs and the problems of People at The Courtyard and then in Edinburgh. Her next play “Tales from Behind the Twitching Curtain” will have it’s first outing at The Soho Theatre in December.

Martin Cort – John of Gaunt

Martin Cort trained at LAMDA alongside fellow students Janet Suzman and Donald Sutherland in the 1950s. His career has taken him to numerous theatres throughout Britain working in local repertory theatre and touring with the Royal Ballet Company as first actor and narrator. In London he played at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, Regents Park Open Air Theatre, The Theatre Royal, E15, Festival Hall, The Shell Theatre, South Bank and at the Worlds Book Fair in Earls Court.TV: Doctor Who, Dixon of Dock Green, No Hiding Place, ITV Playhouse.

Carolyn Pertwee The Duchess Of York

Carolyn trained at RADA where she received an honours diploma. She enjoys considerable success as both actress and writer. Her work ranges from leading roles with the Old Vic Company, playing opposite Vivien Leigh, and numerous television credits to stage and radio writing, including an Afternoon Play commission from BBC Radio 4 TV: Peep Show, The Grove Family, Compact, The Robinsons, The Scarlett Pimpernel.

Francesca McCrohon – The Queen

Francesca trained at  East 15. Since graduating in 2010 some of her credits include playing the lead in the Turner prize winning artist Laure Prouvost’s feature film ‘The Wanderer’, touring to Tate Britain and other art galleries in a piece of performance art and appearing as a featured performer in Rotterdam and London’s Art Nights. On stage, her favourite roles include the protagonist in Poe’s ‘Tell-Tale Heart’ for New Apollo, Billy the Boy Scout in Soop’s ‘Scallywags’ and Nell Gwynne in ‘Playhouse Creatures’ for Adroit Theatre. She is the co-founder of Tormented Casserole with whom she has been performing in her own co-written and devised piece ‘Gilded Butterflies’, which debuted at the Leicester Square Theatre and has subsequently enjoyed runs in Brighton, Portsmouth and London. It is set for a three week run this November at The Hope Theatre in Islington. Her most recent work includes a schools tour as Lady Macbeth for APP, playing The White Witch in Secrets Beneath’s immersive Narnia experience and rehearsed readings for Pluto Productions and Belarus Free Theatre. She also teaches drama, performs regularly in murder mysteries and as a corporate Role-Player.

Gregory Cox – The Narrator

Gregory Cox has had an extensive career over 35 years in film, TV and theatre. He trained at the Bristol Old Vic and has toured with the National Theatre and has made several West End appearances. TV includes: Poirot, Coronation Street, Keeping Up Appearances, Doctors, Eastenders, Maigret and Grace and Favour. Film includes: X-Men: First Class, Carnivore: Werewolf In London. Gregory toured the UK throughout 2016 with The Mousetrap company as Paravacini.

Tristan Pretty- Henry Bolingbroke

Tristan’s film appearances include: Human Hijack, Matt Preston in Cyborg Invasion, and Clued Up. Tristan worked with Simon on a short film “Sour Milk” which is due for release soon. Tristan’s words:
“I’m a very out going fellow. Known for my height, presence and sense of humour. My experience to date includes stage, TV and film. I’ve managed to branch out across multiple genres and always looking for the next challenge to stretch myself and really enhance a project. I believe in the team of the community and want to help myself and others survive, thrive and grow to our full potentials. I play ‘angry’ and ‘passionate’ quite well, and in my 40 years, I’ve been blessed with a wealth of personal experiences, both wonderful and tragic to draw on for inspiration.”

A Throne of Shadows

Richard II****

31st October – 2nd November 2018


The Antic


Bishop Of Carlisle

Rosalind BLESSED

Duchess of York


John of Gaunt

Martin CORT

The Queen

Francesca McCROHON


Gregory COX

Henry Bolingbroke

Tristan PRETTY

King Richard II



Camera, Lighting: Keith Balderson Sound: Keith Balderson Costume: Royal Shakespeare Company BBC Shakespeare – Henry VI (1983) BBC Shakespeare – Comedy of Errors (1983) Lucy Appleby Mad World Martin Cort Past Tymes Tailoring Art:          Kate Balderson, Keith Balderson Thanks:    Lucy Appleby, Peter Hodgeson. Composer: Hicham Chahidi Editor(s): Simon Brandon, James Balderson Director: Simon Brandon Producers: Simon Brandon & Keith Balderson Duration: 3 x 8- 10 Mins Approx Episodes.

Original Pilot Episode

Good King Richard?

23rd April 2018 Pilot Episode Transmission: 23rd April 2018, (youtube) 29th July 2018 (Hoxton screening)