Introducing… Roughshod 2015

We’ve now said goodbye to our 2015 Roughshod company after an amazing tour, but we thought you might like to see how we introduced them…

Erin Burbridge

Erin-Headshot-WEBI spent a year and a half at the London School of Economics before deciding that the world of theatre looks far more exciting and appealing. Last year I also interned at HTB Church in London, which I loved. I am a big Liverpool FC fan and I really love glitter.

Roughshod is such an exciting challenge and I can’t wait to take powerful theatre into unusual places and seeing God impact hearts through the stories we tell. It’s a huge task but I can’t wait to take it on!

Mark Fromings

Mark-Headshot-WEBHello, Mark here! I’m 21 years old and live in Dartford (Northwest Kent), and studied Economics at the University of Warwick. Although my degree is in something seemingly scary and dull, my passion in life is definitely theatre. I’ve been acting since I was 8 and I am very excited to combine this creativity with the gospel as a part of Roughshod!

The thing I’m most looking forward to in the coming months is meeting a bunch of great people and learning more about God. When I’m not in the theatre (not often), I love a relaxed round of golf, a kick about in the park or a good board game (challenge me to a game of Boggle if you dare…)

Naomi Gale

Naomi-Headshot-WEBBeing born and bred near the south coast in Dorset, it feels pretty surreal to now be joining Roughshod all the way up in York! However, I can’t wait to begin the next phase God has called me into, and I am so excited that he has called me to Roughshod, where I can exercise my love of performing in a way that’ll glorify God, and spread His love!

I have just graduated with a BA (Hons) in Education with English and Drama from the University of Cambridge, (and no, I didn’t learn how to be a teacher!), and I’m looking forward to utilizing what I’ve learnt these past three years in the tour.

I strongly feel that the arts have a powerful part to play in ministry, and I love that I’ll be doing drama with a purpose! I’m particularly excited to make new friendships, tackle new challenges, develop my skills, and to perform and work with such a variety of people! What a blessing!

Charles Merritt

Charles-Headshot-WEBAt 18 I’m the youngest member of this year’s Roughshod company. I’m currently applying to a number of drama schools hoping to continue my training. I’m sure my time with Roughshod (though just until Easter – after which Daniel will be joining the company) will be very useful in developing my abilities. I am very much looking forward to touring around the country and challenging our audiences with exciting and thought provoking performances. After years of struggling with education, myself and my confidence, I am finally doing what I love full-time and I can’t get enough of it.

Jenni Street

Jenni-Headshot-WEBAnswering the question of where I’m from is always a little difficult for me – I was born in Chile in South America where my parents were missionaries, but grew up in Halifax in West Yorkshire, and now live in Long Eaton near Derby!

As a regular attendee of the Riding Lights Summer Theatre School it has long been my ambition to become a Shoddy myself. Imagine my delight when I was told that I would be joining this amazing team, spreading the Word of God through drama and storytelling, my two passions! I cannot wait to get started!

I’ve recently graduated from the University of Warwick with a degree in English and Theatre Studies. Mark was at Warwick in the same year as I was and we were probably frequently in the same room, but we only met when we came to the Roughshod audition!

I’m really looking forward to growing in my faith and confidence as I take the gospel through drama to those who are thirsty and hungry to hear it. Bring on Roughshod 2015!

Roughshod will be touring their new show, Irresistible, from the 7th March 2015.