"MEET THE CAST"
The Importance of Being Earnest
In our new series we introduce the members of the cast of The Importance of Being Earnest. This week we focus the two male leads from the play. Check back each week to meet the rest of the cast.
Jonathan Badgery (Algernon Moncrieff)
Jonathan has been a member of Thorpe Players since 2012. By day, Jon is a science communicator, making live presentations and audio/visual resources to inspire the learning of science. Jon joined Thorpe Players because he had been looking for a group that worked with his teaching career. He really enjoys being part of Thorpe Players. “There is a great sense of community and it is very supportive group with opportunities for all.”
He has taken the roles of Raleigh in Journey’s End and Hugo in The Vicar of Dibley as well as many supporting roles. His states that his favourite production so far is Journey's End as it was his first serious drama and an opportunity for real characterisation. Jon has a great sense of humour and, unsurprisingly, states “I love performing comedies but particularly enjoy roles where I get to eat a lot on stage”. You might have seen Jon as the compere for our “Anything Can Happen” improvisation evenings (and also at this year’s TSATC St. George’s Fete). These productions, conceived by Jon and based on the TV series ‘Whose Line Is It Anyway’ have been well-received and great fun for all involved.
He has served on our Business Committee and has performed a variety of backstage roles including Props Master.
He is married to Tabitha (who is playing Gwendolen) and in his spare time is an avid toy collector and is a Lego creative expert.
Justin Self (John Worthing- Jack )
Justin has been a member of Thorpe Players for 9 years. He says,” In that time I have been lucky enough to be part of an extremely diverse range of productions from heart wrenching dramas like Journey’s End to musicals such as Jack the Ripper and The Pajama Game not to mention all the comedies both classic and contemporary and a few thrillers to boot.”
Favourite genre? “To choose a favourite genre would be very difficult as each one has its own individual magic, however I really don’t think you can beat a comedy. The joy as a performer to deliver a beautifully written punchline and to receive a room of laughter truly is a great feeling.”
“Treading the boards Is probably the hobby I chose to throw myself the deepest into, though I also enjoy gardening, walking my two lovely dogs Juno & Bilbo, DIY, cooking and generally staying active.”
He currently serves on the Play Selection Committee.
During his spare time he works as a steelwork draughtsman for a company based in Dereham. “I find the mix of the triviality of steelwork and the seriousness of theatre a very rewarding life balance,” he says.
The Importance of Being Earnest is one of his favourite plays, and he hopes you will all enjoy our production.