The actors who performed as ‘All The King’s Fools’ are all from Bristol. Five of the six are members of The MisfitsTheatre Company, a professional company of actors with learning difficulties who have been performing their own work for over twenty years. They collaborated with director Peet Cooper of Foolscap Productions and Past Pleasures, who perform regularly at Hampton Court and tell visitors all about the history of the Palace.
Penny Lepisz has been performing with The Misfits since the early 1990s creating many original roles and participating in the company’s many workshops and training sessions. She has toured with the company to Japan, Lithuania, Denmark and throughout the UK. She has a lifelong interest in Henry VIII and has written extensively on the subject.
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Bill Loveridge is a recent member of The Misfits, having been with them for only the past three years. In that time he has quickly established himself as one of their core actors, known for his character acting and highly developed sense of the ridiculous. He is currently working on a new one man show for performance next year.
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Paul Prangley has been performing with The Misfits for ten years during which time he has developed as one of the mainstays of the company. He is especially known for his slapstick and his abilities in break dancing.
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Greg Tibbatts has been performing with The Misfits since their early days. He has played many principle and supporting roles and is well known for his keen sense of comedic timing.
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Maude Winkler-Reid has been performing in various roles since childhood. She joined The Misfits in 2004 and has been a mainstay of the company since then, creating original roles in many of their productions. She also writes songs and sings.
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Marsail Edwards is a writer of plays, prose and music and is a performer who has worked in association withThe Misfits since 2005 – although she has chosen not to become a full member of the company.
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Peet Cooper (Director)
Peet Cooper has been performing professionally since 1988. He first worked as a jester in 1992 and has made a specialty of performing at heritage sites and for historical events, combining original research with a performance style that has earned him a reputation as the foremost and most authentic historical jester in the UK.
He is jester of choice for Historic Royal Palaces, and has been English Heritage National Jester since 2005 and official Fool to the Lord Mayor of Bristol since 2002. In 2001 he was voted European Jester of the Year by the National Guild of Jesters.
Sandra Barefoot (BSL interpreter)
Sandra Barefoot has extensive experience working as an artist researcher, mentor, documenter and specialist within Deaf theatre interpretation and performance. Sandra is associate artist to DRoots Deaf Theatre Company and is co-founder of Visible Thinking, a Bristol-based company set up as a vehicle for carrying out research into innovative ways of engaging children in learning.
Sarah Moody (Musical Director)
Sarah Moody works as a musician/Music Director/composer with theatre companies such as Kneehigh at the National Theatre, London, Nottingham Playhouse and Travelling Light. She has also co founded a music project with children in Uganda and works as a freelance artist doing educational projects with all ages. She is co-founder of Visible Thinking, a Bristol-based company set up as a vehicle for carrying out research into innovative ways of engaging children in learning.
Dan Danson (Producer)
Dan Danson is former Artistic Director of the Tobacco Factory. Currently programming the North Wall Theatre in Oxford and working freelance as a director producer and props maker.