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The Company

Adrian Preater

Artistic Director

Adrian formed Hotbuckle in 2006 with his wife, Gemma Aston. He has since written, adapted and directed all of Hotbuckle's shows to date as well as performing in them. Adrian trained at Bretton Hall and the Central School of Speech and Drama before appearing in such films as 'Gosford Park', 'Love Actually', Branagh's 'Magic Flute' and 'Enigma'. Adrian has worked with many and varied theatre companies including Major Road, Oddsocks, London Bubble, Boxclever and Richmond's Orange Tree.

Gemma Aston

Executive Director

Gemma formed Hotbuckle with Adrian in 2006, having trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Fiona. Gemma has previously worked with Oddsocks, the Royal Shakespeare Company and Boxclever. She was Special Events, Conference and Banqueting Officer at the Ironbridge Gorge Museums Trust but now is currently an events director while remaining an integral part of the company.
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Joanna Purslow


Recent work includes; Helena in All’s Well That Ends Well, Beatrice in A View from the Bridge, Kate in She Stoops to Conquer, Judith Bliss in Hay Fever, Katherina in The Taming of the Shrew, Mistress Ford in The Merry Wives of Windsor and May in Accrington Pals – all for Shropshire Drama Company. Annemarie Lobbenberg in Silhouette for Love Lee Productions . Shakespeare’s Will at Hamlet’s Elsinore Castle, International Shakespeare 400    Conference April 2016 , followed by full UK premier. Her other one-woman show Ursula Queen of The Jungle transferred from Edinburgh to the remote Naga communities of North East India.
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Callum Anderson


‘Pride & Prejudice’ will be Callum’s third tour with Hotbuckle. Last year, he played the role of Pip in our production of ‘Great Expectations’. Since graduating from The Guildford School of Acting, Callum has appeared as a guest character on Coronation Street and earlier this year, he played the role of Jim in ‘Ramona Tells Jim’ at The Lion & Unicorn Theatre in London. Other stage credits include ‘Cosmonauts Last Message’ (PATS Studio Theatre), ‘Oedipus and Antigone’ (Bellairs Theatre) and ‘Table’, (Rex Doyle Studio Theatre). Callum is delighted to be joining Hotbuckle again for our Spring and Summer tour.

Nichola Woolley


Nichola's recent credits include Becky in 'In Her Strength' (Stage - Leicester Curve and Y Theatre), Diane in 'Nativity Uncut', various roles in 'Fables from the Great North Wood' (Short Film and Stage for Septimus Theatre) and Mary Mallon in Smithsonian Channel's 'Searching For Secrets'. Nichola trained at Drama Studio London. She sings with the all-female choir 'City Academy Songbirds' and is one of the current voices of the History HIT podcast series 'Ancients', part of the History Channel. This is her first time performing for Hotbuckle Productions and she's super excited to be touring with such a wonderful company around the UK and Ireland. 

Fiona Leaning

Creative Director

Fiona joined Hotbuckle in 2009.  After training at Middlesex University and studying acting at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Fi worked with the RSC, then with The Wooster Group in New York as an Associate, touring with them throughout the US and internationally . 
Sam Elwin - Actor
Theatre Credits: Macbeth (regional tour), There’s No Place Like (national and international tour), One Last Thing (For Now) (Old Red Lion), Godless Monsters (King’s Head Theatre), and Isabella (Theatre Utopia). Sam Elwin trained at ArtsEd. He also works as a musician and composer.

Beth Organ - Actor

Beth trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.
Her Theatre credits include: Noser: The Start-Up Musical (Edinburgh Fringe); Julie Blinks (Pleasance Theatre); What We May Be: The Many Faces of Shakespeare’s Women (Awkward Tree); The Widow in the Water Garden (North Country Theatre); Oranges and Elephants (Hackney Empire); Brassed Off (#1 UK Tour, York Theatre Royal/The Touring Consortium).
Film includes: What’s A Nice Girl Like You Doing In A Job Like This?, Unfolded Past and Notes of an Insomniac.
Beth is a company member of Acaprov: The Improvised Acapella Musical. 


Past Hotbuckle Alumni and associate actors in the Hotbuckle family

Emily Rose Hurdiss - Actor

Emily-Rose began her training as a member of The National Youth Theatre and went on to train at The Oxford School of Drama and later gained a BA Hons Degree in Acting at Bath Spa University. Theatre Credits include, Laura in The Glass Menagerie, Helena in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Nights Dream, Miss Havisham in Great Expectations (both toured in the UK and Ireland) and     Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice which after touring the UK and Ireland went on to tour in China. She played Cathy in Emily Bronte’s classic Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre for Hotbuckle Productions. 

Davin Eadie - Actor


Having trained at ALRA his credits include for  TV: Waking the Dead and Five Days (BBC). Theatre: John Proctor, The Crucible; Pip, Great Expectations; Don, Market Boy (Royal and Derngate). Ed, Entertaining Mr Sloane and Nathan, Guys and Dolls (Stantonbury Theatre). Slim, Cowboy Mouth (Playhouse).

He also collaborated with a group of local artists in Northamptonshire to create a new play, 60 Miles by Road or Rail, which premiered at the Royal and Derngate in 2018. Davin played Mr Rochester in the Spring Tour of Jane Eyre. 


Virginia Lee       

Virginia trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. She appeared as Bathsheba in HB's "Far from the Madding Crowd" in 2016/17 and has appeared in HB's "Potted history of the Industrial revolution" at Ironbridge Gorge Museums as well as "Cinderfella". 


Matthew Rothwell 
Matthew studied in York, before going on to train in Liverpool. His HB work includes Gabriel Oak in Far from the Madding Crowd and Abraham Darby in HB's "Potted history of the Industrial revolution" 
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Luke Lampard 

After studying English Literature at Warwick University, Luke trained in acting at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. Luke played Mr Rochester in HB's 2018 leg of Jane Eyre as well as appearing in HB's Cinderfella at Ironbridge Gorge Museams

Peter Randall 

Pete trained at Central School of Speech and Drama. He joined Hotbuckle to perform as Thenardier in Les Miserables,  Uriah Heep in David Copperfield, Captain Wentworth in Persuasion and Mr Knightley in Emma. (now married to Emily! see below)

Emily Lockwood
Emily trained at Queen Margaret in Edinburgh before joining Hotbuckle to play Estella in Great Expectations, Fantene in Les Miserables, L'il Emly in David Copperfield, Anne in Persuasion and Emma Woodhouse in Emma. ( married to Pete with 2 HB babies  - Daisy and Bertie)
Clare Harlow 
Clare trained at Mountview Acadamy of Theatre Arts, joining Hobuckle to perform as Mary in Persuasion and Harriet Smith in Emma.
Mimi Edwards
Mimi trained at Mountview Acadamy of Theatre Arts. She joined Hotbucke to play Fanny Robin in Far from the Madding Crowd and Cathy in Wuthering Heights.

Andrew Chevalier  

For Hotbuckle: Marius in Les Miserables and David Copperfield.  Andrew trained at Drama Studio London and is a member of award warning theatre company The Faction. His theatre credits include Blood Wedding, Fiesco, Three Sisters, Othello, A Midsummer Night's Dream and Mary Stuart

Ben Warwick
Ben trained at Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He Played Pip in Hotbuckle's first classic adaptation - Great Expectations.
Dean Gribble
Dean Studied at the Birmingham School of Acting. He played Heathcliff in Hotbuckle's 2017/18 Wuthering Heights.

Bertie Mann 

Bertie studied at the Guildford School of Acting and perfored in Hotbuckle's first two shows - Get Writing With Rosie and Joshua in 2006/7

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