Alumni

Penelope McGhie

Penelope is an actor known for the films Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows parts 1 & 2 and Elizabeth, The Golden Age. TV includes The Crown, Wolf Hall, Silk, Holby City and EastEnders. For the past twenty years she has appeared in numerous productions at the National Theatre as well as working regularly in the West End. She also holds an MA (Distinction) in Actor Training & Coaching from Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and works regularly with Cygnet as a Visiting Tutor and Mentor. See Penelope talk about the value of her Cygnet training.

Louis Dempsey

Louis Dempsey is an actor and writer, known for Cloud Atlas (2012), Grabbers (2012) and Revolver (2005). On stage he has recently work on Skylight, The Weir and The Taming of the Shrew (The Globe). Hear Louis talking about his training with Cygnet.

Kate Godfrey

Head of voice at the Royal Shakespeare Company. On leaving Cygnet Kate joined The Northcott, Exeter where her roles included Sonia in Uncle Vanya, she then went on to work with director Mike Alfreds at the National Theatre in The Wandering Jew and Countrymania. She also played a number of guest roles on television prior to becoming a highly respected voice practitioner with a Diploma from RCSSD and has been Head of Voice at the RSC since 2015.

Harvey Robinson

Harvey has appeared in Jerusalem by Jez Butterworth in the WestEnd and on Broadway, in what you will at Shakespeare’s Globe and a number of national tours. He is a composer and actor and his music has been heard in BBC4’s Detectorists as well as on BBCRadio and in a number of theatre productions.

Andrew Howard

Born in Cardiff, Wales, and living in Los Angeles, Andrew is known most recently for his roles in highly acclaimed HBO series Watchmen and Perry Mason. Also for his turn as Gennady in Limitless and Bad Frank Philips in Hatfields and McCoys. Stage roles included Alex DeLarge in A Clockwork Orange, Peer Gynt in Peer Gynt, Orestes in Electra at theatres, including The Royal National Theatre (London) and The Donmar Warehouse (London).

Tom Hackney

Tom Hackney is the highly successful creative producer for Original Theatre company, most recently: The Croft (2020); The Night Watch (2019); Napoli, Brooklyn (2019); Caroline’s Kitchen (co-produced with Anthology – UK tour and New York).

Hakan Bengtsson

Håkan Bengtsson is an actor, known for Wallander (2008), De utvalda (2020) and Bron/Broen (2011).

Katherine Senior & Mathew Parish (Tilted Wig Theatre founders)

Katherine Senior and Matthew Parish formed Tilted Wig Productions in 2017. They have 12 years’ experience producing and touring plays throughout the UK both as Tilted Wig and Creative Cow – a Devon-based theatre company we co-founded in 2007.  Over this time we have taken over 20 productions out on the road.