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Cast — 2014

Kate Skinner

Sister Florence Whiting

Kate Skinner is a proud graduate of Theatre Nepean.

Her theatre credits span both Sydney and London and include Music (Griffin Theatre Company/ Stories Like These), From Door to Door (Moira Blumenthal Productions), The Great Lie of the Western World (Cathode Ray Tube), Drake the Amazing (Darlinghurst Theatre Company/Michaela Kalowski Productions), Moll Flanders (Southwark Playhouse, London), Getting Out (Giant Olive, London), Playhouse (NIDA), Slutterati (Michael Gottsche/Sydney Fringe), Medea and Atomograd (New Theatre), Friday Night Drinks and Dole Diary (Bareskin Productions) and Click Tease (Adelaide Fringe Festival).

Kate has also appeared in a number of film and TV projects including Home & Away, Team 11 (Pilot), Harbord Horror (Torrid Films) and the soon to be completed The Trophy Thief (Arterial Motives). She is currently in post-production for her first short documentary film after being awarded the Metroscreen Jumpstart Grant.

Cheryl Ward

Writer / Producer / Performer – Matron Ada Watson et al

An accomplished actress, she trained under Australian actor Lionel Long before being accepted into the Stella Adler Academy in Los Angeles. Cheryl has performed in over 30 theatre shows including most recently the critically acclaimed Top Girls at New Theatre, Newtown. In 2008 she was accepted into the Acting Shakespeare course at RADA where she performed as Queen Lear in the final course production directed by Brian Stirner.

Through These Lines is her first play as a writer. She directed, produced, designed and created the props for the successful 2010 season of Through These Lines, which she staged in the tunnels of Headland Park, Mosman.

Cheryl has over 25 years of experience in the arts and associated industries. She runs her own graphic design business and somehow still fits in being mother to 9 year old Caenwyn. She studied at the prestigious Randwick College of Graphic Design and her clientele includes theatre companies, magazines and business.

Rebecca Barbera

Sister Mary Douglas et al

Growing up in Perth, Rebecca performed in stage productions including Sweet Charity and To Kill A Mockingbird before being accepted into The National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in 2009. While studying at NIDA, Rebecca performed in productions such as Not I directed by Kip Williams, The House of Bernarda Alba directed by Tony Knight,Twelfth Night directed by Tom Healey and Port directed by Kristine Landon-Smith.

Since graduating in 2011 Rebecca has been involved with a number of projects including the touring production of Frenzy For Two directed by Rachel Baring and The Morning Show written by Micah Joel. Rebecca also worked as assistant director on the ATYP production of 4000 Miles, directed by Anthony Skuse. Since 4000 Miles, Rebecca has worked extensively as both an actor and assistant director in the development of new Australian works for a number of independent companies, directors and playwrights. Rebecca was most recently seen in Don’t Look Away’s 2013 production of Rooted directed by Phillip Rouse.

Gareth Rickards

Lieutenant William Davies et al

Gareth trained at Theatre Nepean and since graduating in 2005 has been an active participant in the Sydney theatre scene. Most notably he is an associate artist of the emerging company Clockfire Theatre Co., and performed in their first two productions Lei Hideaway (2012 – winner of the Sydney Fringe Theatre Award) and The Grief Parlour (2013).

Other theatre includes Dole Diary (Bareskin), References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot (Tap Gallery) and Macbeth (Wildfire). Gareth also spent a year with the South London Theatre Company where he played the lead role of Jack in Peter Barnes’s The Ruling Class (2010).

For television, Gareth has appeared in guest roles on Home and Away, Wonderland and the Emmy award-winning HBO series The Pacific.

Gary Clementson

Captain McLean et al

Gary originally hails from Newcastle upon Tyne, England, but spent his formative years in Perth, Western Australia. He has a Bachelor of Dramatic Art in Acting from the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) and has recently returned from further study at The Atlantic Acting School in New York.

He is a versatile actor whose theatre engagements have seen him working in over fifteen stage shows, his most recent being Johann in The Pinchgut Opera Company’s The Chimney Sweep composed by Antonio Salieri. Gary is involved in the development and workshopping of new Australian theatre and in 2013 made his film debut in the feature documentary Leeton : The Formative Years, which combined his passion for colonial Australian history and love of screen acting.

Gary is the recent recipient of The Australia Council’s ArtStart Career Development Grant and is currently training to complete his Advanced Stage Combat accreditation through the Society of Australian Fight Directors inc.

Christian Charisiou

Private Harold Jenkins et al

Born and raised in Melbourne, Christian’s career started at a young age, holding guest roles on Neighbours and Blue Heelers during his teen years.

Upon completing his high school certificate in 2009 and taking a year to develop his skills, Christian was then accepted into the first ever Actor/Musical Theatre Degree course at the National Institute of Dramatic Art where he graduated in 2013. During his three years at NIDA Christian had the opportunity to perform various roles in such shows as Tom Waits and Robert Wilson’s musical Woyzeck, Cloud Nine, Othello and Sunday in the Park with George.

Christian is overjoyed to be a part of the ensemble and hopes to bring great life and justice to these stories of WWI.

Director — 2014

Mary-Anne Gifford


Mary-Anne is a critically acclaimed Director and Playwright, Dramaturg and Lecturer.

She holds multiple tertiary qualifications in Theatre and Film studies, Dramatic Art in Directing, and Dramatic Art in Writing for Performance. She has directed a wealth of productions both in Australia and abroad for such companies as the Sydney Theatre Company and The Hanoi Youth Theatre, Vietnam.

She has also been Artistic Director for numerous theatre companies including New Theatre, Railway Street Theatre and New England Theatre Company, and was the Manager of the Part-time Courses and Open Program Productions at the National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA) in Sydney. Mary-Anne is currently doing a PhD in Australian vaudeville and working freelance (director, writer, tutor for NIDA open and North Shore Drama).

Crew & Creatives — 2014

Paul Whiteley

Paul Whiteley


Paul’s skills and experiences run the gamut of the entertainment and arts industries. He is a music theatre graduate of the internationally renowned West Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), an Event Manager/Technician in the corporate audio-visual industry, a drummer, guitarist, and holds an Associate Diploma in Accounting.

He has toured Australia and Asia in the musicals Billy Elliot, Jersey Boys, Jekyll & Hyde, and is currently performing in the 25th Anniversary Asia Tour of Phantom of the Opera understudying the role of the Phantom.

In 2012 Paul founded independent theatre company TurnAround Productions with a goal to bring authentic Australian stories and challenging theatre pieces to the masses. He has critically and financially succeeded in mounting two seasons of the one man play, Here Lies Henry, in Sydney and Melbourne and is about to mount another season on the West End in London.

He is incredibly proud to be producing Through These Lines as his first Australian story.

Maria Lawrie

Maria Lawrie

Assistant Producer

Business owner, arts lover, philanthropist.

Maria is a Licensed Conveyancer and has been practising for more than 30 years. Mainly working for solicitors during this time, her responsibilities also extended to Office and Trust Account Manager, where she has been praised by the Law Society auditors for her meticulous work. She branched out on her own four years ago and with an expanding client base, has recently employed an assistant.

Her love of music and the theatre came from her father who was an entertainer in the Greek social scene. She has supported many an artist in their careers and, although she may humbly deny it, is somewhat the mother figure in the Sydney music theatre circles.

Tom Bannerman

Tom Bannerman


Tom Bannerman is a Sydney-based freelance set designer with an extensive body of work — well over 200 productions. He has represented Australia at the Prague Quadrennial – the supreme exposition of international scenography – received a Chief Glug’s Award for Excellence Behind the Scenes and was nominated twice (Penelope and Jerusalem) for the most recent Sydney Theatre Critics Awards for independent theatre set design. He designed the set for the premiere production of Through These Lines, performed in the defence tunnels, Mosman.

Recent designs are Dying for It, Jerusalem and Don Juan in Soho (New), Anaconda, The Interview and Bondi Dreaming (Bondi Pavilion), Trapped in Mykanos, Bondi Dreaming (an entirely different design) and The Crucible (Downstairs Seymour), The Dreamer Examines His Pillow, Penelope, The Credeaux Canvas and Blood Moon (TAP Gallery), Once under a Sky, Vincent River, The Carnivores and Mile High (Old Fitzroy), The New Electric Ballroom (Stables), Graceland/Asleep on the Wind (Sidetrack), Bent (Belvoir Downstairs), Influenced (La Mama) and PushUp and This Way Up (Newtown Theatre).

Additional to his set design work, Tom is a set builder. He holds a MA in Theatre Studies (UNSW).

Ali Whiteford

Ali Whiteford

Costume designer

Ali Whiteford studied costume design at Ultimo TAFE and had the pleasure of learning millinery under the guidance of Jean Carroll OAM and mentored by Rick McGill. After working steadily in film and television it was love at first curtain call – live theatre has become her passion.

With a focus on wardrobe attendance and maintenance, Ali has been fortunate to work steadily in Sydney and interstate for the past 13 years. In 2012 she travelled to Singapore, Hong Kong and Korea as deputy on the critically acclaimed dance show Burn the Floor.

Through These Lines is an opportunity to flex both research and design muscles in order to respectfully pay tribute to the courageous men and women who fought in World War 1. She would like to dedicate this to her father who spent many hours researching military badges and medallions.

Alistair Wallace

Alistair Wallace

Sound designer

Alistair is an actor, producer, comedian and sound designer. He graduated from Actors Centre Australia in 2010 and is a founding member of pantsguys Productions.

Alistair’s design credits include Jerusalem (New Theatre, nominated Best Independent Sound Design, Sydney Theatre Awards 2013), Punk Rock (pantsguys/ATYP, winner, Best Independent Production, Sydney Theatre Awards 2012), The Memory of Us (Ashfield Council), Small Poppies, Lord of the Flies (New Theatre), The Shape of Things (pantsguys/ATYP) and autobahn (pantsguys/Adelaide Fringe).

Most recently, Alistair produced and acted in the sell-out On the Shore of the Wide World (pantsguys/Griffin Independent) and completed a sell out tour of his stand-up double-act Double Booked (pantsguys/Adelaide Fringe/ Sydney Fringe) but he only mentions that to seem busy.


Elliot Glass

Lighting designer

Elliot Glass has been working backstage for several years as both a lighting designer and operator.

His show credits as designer include Jane Eyre (Drama Queen Productions), Dance with the Deville (SITCO), Richard III (Emu Productions) and Light the Night (Sydney Street Choir).

As operator and stage manager his credits include Pool; No Water and In The Raw (Darlinghurst Theatre), Redemption (Old Fitzroy), Educating Rita (TAP Gallery) as well as the national tours of Hit Productions’ Driving Miss Daisy and Menopause the Musical.