Bella Speaight

BELLA SPEAIGHT

Bella SpeaightBell recently graduated from the University of Leeds where she studied Theatre and Performance. While at uni she took part in as many productions as she could get into. These included Blue Remembered Hills (Dennis Potter), Table (Tanya Ronder) and We lost Elijah (Ryan Craig), as well as many devised pieces and the short film STY.

At Leeds her interest in applied theatre led her to create a six-week theatre workshop programme for offenders at HMP Wetherby. She will soon be working with Clean Break, a theatre company that does life-changing work with women offenders. She recently completed an internship for the theatre company Out Of Joint, which fueled her excitement for new writing and production.

Recent performances include Elizabeth Bennett (Pride and Prejudice), the Jailer’s Daughter (Two Noble Kinsmen); Shakespeare’s Cordelia and Launce (and her dog Crab); and a ten-minute stand-up routine as the harassed owner of the world’s rudest parrot, Extremely Blue Peter. She was recently offered a place at her first-choice acting school, on the one-year graduate course at the Oxford School of Drama, which starts in September.

In Margarita Dreams Bella is calm and composed local Community Affairs reporter Rachel; ski god Horst; airhead Zoe, hijacked by her own legs; miffed Kate, who wants nothing whatsoever to do with Rob – or the broom-cupboard; Hollywood flak Leah; and finally Dr Emily Finn, founder and guru of the Shy People’s Encounter group, whose latest triumph is about to be the curing of Godfrey. Or, perhaps, not.