Marina O’Shea and Tessa Gaukroger are the team behind O&O. Together, they have toured four original shows around the UK and created a six part film series as a comedy duo. 2017 has seen them move away from comedy and instead expand O&O into a performance collective. O&O are currently working with a number of artists across a variety of disciplines to create their first ensemble show, The Way I Look.
A performer, theatre maker and writer, Marina has worked extensively in theatre and film since graduating from the University of Exeter studying BA Drama, specialising in Dance Theatre. Originally from Brixton, London, she’s written for The What The Frock! Book of Funny Women and performed with various stage and screen companies including Screenbound Pictures/ Odeon Entertainment, Cineon Productions, Oceanallover and with O&O since co-founding it in 2013.
An experienced comedy performer and deviser, Tessa’s previous theatre credits include Tanya in Jerusalem (Exeter Northcott/West Country tour), Beatrice-Joanna in The Changeling (Sam Wanamaker Festival/ The Globe) and Tina in Beta (House Party Collective). She performs and develops new work with improv troupe Degrees of Error, including new show The Writers’ Room and their hit improvised play Murder, she Didn’t Write.
Roland George Harrad is a singer and actor from Bristol. His first professional engagement was in series one of Skins as the singing voice of the lead character Tony. He’s since sung in professional productions of operas including including Carmen, The Magic Flute and Elisir D’amore. He spent most of last year touring across Spain with a theatre company and in December was involved in a production of Gillbert & Sullivan’s Iolanthe with Forbear! Theatre in London, where he was assistant director as well as playing a lead role.
Emerson Pike is an Exeter based actor and theatre maker. He has performed with several Devon based theatre companies including Four of Swords, Sun & Moon, Substance & Shadow and Entertainingly Different working on a mixture of classical texts and new writing. Roles include Victor Frankenstein in Frankenstein, Sir Toby Belch in Twelfth Night and The Constable in Christie In Love.
Oliver J Harris is an actor from Bristol, who specialises in devised and physical theatre. He graduated from Rose Bruford College in 2016, and also studied puppetry and alternative theatre at DAMU, in Prague. During his time in the Czech Republic, he toured a puppetry show to a number of festivals across the country. In 2016, he also collaboratively devised a piece entitled Et In Arcadia Ego with Andrzej & Teresa Welminski, two key members of Tadeusz Kantor’s original company (Cricot 2). Alongside The Way I Look, Oliver is currently developing his own solo performance.
Igne Barkauskaite will be joining O&O to direct The Way I Look for it’s first UK tour this Autumn. Igne trained at “L’Ecole Internationale de Theatre Jacques Lecoq” (2011 – 2013) and also holds a BA in Drama at UWE (2008-2011). Whilst in Paris, Igne has also had an opportunity to train with Peter Brook (International Centre for Theatre Research) and Nina Dipla (Tanztheatre Wuppertal – Pina Bausch). After completing her two – year course at Lecoq, Igne continued her research at Istituto Nazionale del Dramma Antico (Syracuse) where she also worked as a visiting movement and improvisation teacher for the undergraduate actors’ course (2013-2014). As a performer and theatre maker Igne has also collaborated with The Missing Pieces (Hamilton House), The Edible Theatre (Bristol Old Vic), The Mechanical Animal Coorporation (The Paintworks, Bristol Old Vic, Edinburgh Fringe), Panevezio Dramos Teatras (Lithuania) and others.
Alex Hoyle is stage manager and head technician at the Bristol Improv Theatre, and has worked extensively as an improvised lighting and sound designer for Degrees of Error Theatre on their hit show Murder, She Didn’t Write. He was also technical manager for O&O on the UK tour of their show The Good Stuff in 2016. He rejoins the company for the Autumn tour of The Way I Look this October.
With thanks to our associate producer Kerrie Seymour, movement specialists Catarina Lau and Holly Durant of B:Spoke dance collective, director Steve Bennett, voice coach Abbe Martin and musician Tom Chudley Evans for all of their help and guidance throughout the devising process, and to our associate artists Peter Baker, Alice Lamb and Ben Gilbert for their work in the early stages of the project.