John is an exemplary performer and has been refining his acting from a very young age, he has always excelled creatively and artistically . John’s first ever performance occured whilst he was in Primary School which was held at the Globe Theatre. John went on to curate his acting by attending the Young Vic, which lead to John securing his first major role as A in Sarah Kanes critically acclaimed production, Crave also held at the Young Vic. John has gone on to study at various institutions to improve his craft, his most recent performance was as Derek in a remake of the the thought provoking piece, Jungle, which was held at the Stockwell Playhouse.
“Embodying a character, seeing life and telling a story through the characters eyes has always been very intriguing for me as a performer”. Toheeb hones his craft and sharpens it at any given chance but it hasn’t always been smooth sailing for Toheeb. He trained at the Identity School of Acting where he plunged into the world of just “being” and letting things play out by themselves. Toheeb is at his best with a script in his hand. “This is my safe haven”.
Gideon currently works as Front of House at the Theatre Royal Windsor and cannot wait to be on stage and perform in And There Was War! Not a stranger to the stage, he has performed in productions such as Grease and Oliver and would like to continue performing, aspiring to appear in both stage shows and films in the future.
Acting first began for Gideon
Nia is a British actress, born in South London and raised in Buckinghamshire by both her parents. Since dancing from the age of four, Nia went on to further her skills and studied at Middlesex University in Performing Arts and continued her training part-time at The Identity School of Acting. Nia Woodward’s credit includes: No Eden, Triston Bates Theatre, Elizabeth Uter Doubt, The Courtyard Theatre, Suresh Patel Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf, Martina Laird The Vote, The Donmar, Josie Rourke.
Kristine grew up in Norway where at an early age she discovered her passion for acting and found her second home in Youth Theatre. After taking a break from acting to study International Development Studies, she decided to give acting a real shot and moved to New York to study acting at the William Esper Studio. Since moving to London 3 years ago she’s been acting in various short films, voice over projects and is very exited to be back on stage with And There Was War.
Acting has always come naturally to Hakeem and it’s not something he restricts to the stage! Hakeem is often described as dramatic or eccentric by his friends. This will be Hakeems third time in And There Was War “I really love the message it portrays and the way it has been brought to life each time has been astonishing. This is something bigger than us! The other cast members and I are pleased to be able to do our part and help bring clarity on the matter of Good vs. Evil in this world”.
Phoebe is Musical Theatre trained and has been a Musical Theatre teacher for 5 years and is very passionate about making a difference to children’s lives and helping them achieve the best that they can. Phoebe’s recent credits include Street Dancer 3 (T Series Official), Illegals the game show (Waterloo East Theatre) and Buckets & King Lear (The Orange Tree Theatre). Phoebe has been looking forward to And There Was War from the start of the process and is very grateful to be in a mixed Christian production which also reflects her Catholic faith as this the type of production she has been wanting to be part of for a very long time. She is looking forward to seeing how And There Was War grows and continues it’s journey.
Megan started her training with the National Youth Theatre at 17, she then went on to study at East 15 Acting School. Megan enjoys teaching performing arts to children and is a workshop facilitator for UpFront Theatre Company. She co-founded Lippy Theatre Company where she devised the show Survival of the Fittest and is an associate artist for Selah Theatre Company. Megan has absolutely
Adam / Orion / Shem
Nobuse Junior , a Law graduate from UWE is also a trained actor from London. From Identity drama group, to Maktub Theatre where the great Meisner works were taught and now Unseen Drama, Nobuse Jnr continues to work on his craft. His most notable works comes playing Gerald Martin On West End for Salome to Playing Jimmy Cliff in the feature documentary Rudeboy and now Jason in the PAFF award winning film ‘BAiL’. Nobuse Jnr is currently working on a number of series and short films and a off west end theatre performance. Along with acting, Nobuse Jnr loves football, music and spoken word, he also helps run weekly workshops at a theatre group called Maktub Theatre Group. a Law graduate from UWE in 2017.
Callum Edwards Manning
Callum, the youngest member of the cast is 19 years old and is a BRIT school graduate.
Callum has performed on CBBC, The BBC and ITV. Callum has performed as part of the National Theatre Connections and has performed at the Young Vic, BAC, Albany Theatre and Bush Theatre. Callum began acting and performing when he was 12 and when he firstgave his life to Christ and became a Christian was when he felt God showed him that it was his will to use Callum creatively through acting and music for God’s glory and since then he has been involved in running many church dramas and performances in the hope to engage people with the message of the gospel.
“I auditioned for ATWW as I believed God was calling me to use this gift as a ministry and I hope that I will continue to do more faith based projects to glorify God and also shine for Jesus on secular platforms like actress Leticia Wright does”
Demelza is a Birmingham based professional actress. Her most recent role was playing Marie in Proforca Theatre Company’s 5 * rated ‘At Last’ at The Lion and Unicorn Theatre. Demelza has
starred in many Midlands-produced independent films and theatre productions, and can be heard as the voice of the Nurse in ‘Jesus Piece’ for BBC Radio. Demelza is very much looking forward to working with Final Call Productions for the first time. She is extremely excited and honoured to
be performing in ‘And There Was War,’ a play that she has no doubt will change many lives.
Gareth is a 3rd year student studying Theatre and Performance at London Metropolitan University. He is an actor, dancer and singer and began his career at The Oval house Theatre. Gareth has appeared in The Grandfathers at The Oval House Theatre, The land of Fibs at Canada Water and his 2nd year performance Hello Dust, his favourite role to date where he played a Drag Queen! “My love for acting began when I saw a performance of Eugene Ionesco’s The Bald Prima Donna but what I love the most is the exploration of a character and then bringing that character to life on stage. Gareth has played various roles in And There Was War in the past and was in the very first performance in 2011 as Gabriel. Gareth is also part of the FCP team and is an Assistant Chroeographer in this production.
Eve / Mary Magdelene
Soolaya-Rose is a trained actress in both screen and stage. From a very young age Soolaya had a passion and drive for Acting, Singing and Performing. Before going off to drama school she joined a theatre company called GYT at age 15 where she had the chance to perform lots of different plays at different theatres and events for many years. She also did a short performing course with Point Black and went on to join Black Arts Production Theatre Company where she performed yearly productions at the Bernie Grants Centre and the Park Theatre. Since graduating she has been involved in a number of short films, independent feature films, role-play, adverts, theatre plays and musicals. Soolaya-Rose has also started writing monalouges and she enjoys dancing.
Cain / Ham
Originally from Lagos, Nigeria. Based in south London Emmanuel Lawal is a trained actor at the Arts University Bournemouth (BA Hons Acting), and Identity Drama School. Emmanuel was also part of Greenwich and Lewisham Youth People’s Theatre (GLYPT) where he attended masterclasses and was involved in a few of their projects. Emmanuel has been involved in various theatre productions, short films, student films and some radio work. As well as a having passion for acting, his other hobbies and interests include Directing and Drumming.
Sarah is a stage and screen actress, who has had a passion for acting from a very young age. Sarah moved to London to attend drama school and graduated in 2018 from the Drama Centre London, where she studied MA Screen Acting Her most recent roles have been on screen projects and Sarah is thrilled to join the Final Call Productions team and return to stage, where her acting career began. As a child, Sarah actually played Mary for several years in her local Christmas Nativity.
Her screen credits include ‘Rhinoceros in Love’ by Jenny X. Wann, ‘About Time’ and ‘Celeste and Jesse’ directed by RTS N. Ireland award winner Richard Elson. Theatre credits include ‘Great Expectations’ and ‘The Accrington Pals’ at Criterion Theatre, and ‘Cat and Mouse’ at The Belgrade Theatre.
Joseph / Noah
Cal-I Jonel is an actor, singer songwriter and musician from East London.His passion for drama was ignited in Year 9 when his drama teacher spotted his potential during a school performance .Cal-I followed his passion for performing arts right through to further education.Whilst working as a secondary school teacher and Head of Department, Cal-I continued to develop his creative passion through writing and directing plays and digital video productions for youth groups in his local community. After a 10-year career in education, he moved on to train at Identity School of Acting. He is also a company member at Maktub Theatre group.Cal-I enjoys using acting as a way to tell new and untold stories. He relishes the challenge of portraying truthful characters on stage and screen.
Natasha has a performing arts background and from an early age has loved to perform in dance shows, musicals and plays. Natasha has a degree in performing arts and has performed at a vast variety of places including the Shakespeare Globe Theatre, The Young Vic Theatre and Stratford Circus Arts Centre. She has directed and choreographed many dance shows and plays and enjoys working with children. Natasha is a member of the FCP team. This is Natasha’s third time working on the production And There Was War as an actor and also behind the scenes. She is looking forward to her new role as assistant choreographer and Angel Anzhela and working with a new cast bringing new energy and perspectives to the play.
Dannielle ‘Rhimes’ Lecointe
Rhimes Lecointe is a Visionary, Performer, Choreographer, Creative Coach, Speaker and Business owner and has played many different roles on both stage and screen. Rhimes Choreographed alongside Ashley Banjo and performed with Diversity on a number of arena tours, Rhimes is the Choreographer for the musical ‘In the Willows’ and ‘And there was War’, she worked as an assistant Choreographer and Dance Captain on The 2012 ‘Olympic Opening Ceremonies’ and was assistant choreographer on ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ (BBC). Rhimes was Associate Choreographer on ‘An Officer and a Gentlemen’ and ‘Everybody’s talking about Jamie’ currently on at the Apollo Theatre as well as the Movie. Rhimes is an advocate for young people, a pioneer for women and an encourager in her sphere of influence. Rhimes has independently pushed to empower and inspire the next generation of artists as well as create a platform for her own profound artist vision.
Sarah & Katherine Baker
Sarah had been working as a garment technologist for various high-street retailers for 15 years before moving her area of expertise into making and designing historical and stage costumes. Some of the companies that she has worked with include The Three Counties Youth Ballet, The Chelmsford Opera, Addicted 2 Dance, The Edmonton Drama Group and The Georgina Pay School of Dance. She also makes and hires historical costumes for re-enactment days and fancy dress. Sarah’s daughter Katherine has been assisting her on multiple productions over the years, helping with costumes, props, fittings and backstage work.
…..and let’s not forget our cast & crew from previous productions!