Brand New Beginnings
by Matthew Ford
In an alternate, present day Wales, people have become dependent on social media. Online dating is commonplace, and half of all UK marriages end in divorce. Seth and Tristan a couple in their twenties, have signed up for treatment at Brand New Beginnings, a company with a procedure that wipes all the bad memories from your relationship, replacing them with false, happy memories developed in a laboratory. As the procedure is explained, the couple begin to have second thoughts.
Matthew is a new to the world of directing. Only having directed two full length plays, “Abandoned” and “The Universe plc” – both performed sold out runs – he excited to be part of this brilliant project. Outside directing Matthew has guest starred in the award nominated web-series "Whovians", be seen in "Packaged," one of the It’s My Shout short films that was aired on BBC and even has been nominated for best supporting actor by the Glamorgan Drama League. Matthew also likes to write scripts in his spare time where he has found some success, with his writing being performed all over the UK, online and even across the pond in New York City.
Christopher Maxwell graduated from the Academy of Live & Recorded Arts (ALRA North) in 2016, and since acted in productions in Cardiff and in the North West. Christopher has also helped make short films throughout his young career and has since taken up the pen and paper and begun writing short stories.
HAROLD T SPENCER
Harold's acting journey began in theatre: playing such roles as Le Chevalier Danceny in Dangerous Liasons, Dr David Kelly in the devised play Harrowdown Hill (centered around the Iraq war) and Feste in Twelfth Night. Aside from acting in some student films, Harold's first real foray into the wonderful world of film acting came with his role as Edgar on Whovians Season One with this very company. Having had such a blast, he looks forward to seeing what comes next with this production. When not acting and working as a supporting artist, Harold can be found developing indie video games and is currently on a TV production apprenticeship.
Sarah is an actor and musician. Since making her acting debut in 2016 with Axon Theatre in “Being Norwegian” – performing at both the Cardiff and Edinburgh Fringe Theatre Festivals – she has had numerous lead and supporting roles in other theatre productions. These have included “Abandoned” with Dramatic Moose & Watchers Productions, “The Great Gatsby” with Everyman Theatre, and most notably “The Last Nickel” with Monocle Theatre Company – for which she received an award for Best Individual Performance in the GDL One Act Play Festival 2018.
She has been in a number of short films, including “The Wolf & I” which was officially selected for three International Film Festivals. She also has a couple of feature films and a web series coming up, to be filmed later this year.
As a musician, Sarah studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and currently holds the Sub-Principal Flute position in the Welsh National Opera Orchestra. Her life is pretty busy but she is loving every minute of it!