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Cast and company – Joan Eardley: A Private View

© Estate of Joan Eardley. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2016


Written by Anna Carlisle

Directed by Marilyn Imrie


Alexandra Mathie

John Kielty

Ashley Smith

Creative team

Production manager – Katie Hutcheson

Stage manager – Rachael Miller

Designer – Claire Halleran

Sound designer – Pippa Murphy

Choreographer – Janice Parker

Dialect coach – Carol Ann Crawford

Communications – Matthew Keys and Rachel Tansey

A special thank you to 

Simon Donaldson, Louise Ludgate and Gabriel Quigley

who performed in the September 2015 and May 2016 development workshops in Edinburgh.  


CAST & COMPANY Biographies


Alexandra MathieAlexandra Mathie trained at LAMDA.

Theatre credits include:

For the National: Amadeus, House & Garden; in London’s West End: Jane Eyre, Daisy Pulls it Off

Other theatre includes: All I Want is One Night, Orpheus Descending, See How They Run, Antigone, The Vortex, Separate Tables (Royal Exchange Manchester); The Air That Carries Weight, Dare to Care, The Age of Arousal, The Unconquered, Memory of Water, Sweet Fanny Adams in Eden, A Listening Heaven, Wit (Stellar Quines); Roundalay, Neighbourhood Watch, Dear Uncle, My Wonderful Day, Private Fears in Public Places, My Sister Sadie, Body Language, Drowning on Dry Land, Season’s Greetings (Alan Ayckbourn touring companies, Scarborough); The Importance of Being Earnest, Romeo and Juliet, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (Royal Lyceum); also The Crucible, The Diary of Anne Frank, Mahler’s Conversion, Just Between Ourselves, The Cherry Orchard, Racing Demon, The Winter’s Tale, Twelfth Night, Time & the Room.

TV credits include:

Coronation Street, Doctors, Stuart: A Life backwards, The Bill, Medics, EastEnders, The Clingers, Up Our Street

Film credits include:

Paper Mask, Hanna’s War

Radio credits include:

Brief Lives, A Sudden Surge, As the Cloud Takes its Last Breath, Orfeo: His Story/Her Story, Entanglement, Necessary to Happiness, The Last Chronicle of Barset, The Dad Who Fell to Earth, The Small House at Allington, To the Lighthouse, Just Dance, Sense and Sensibility, The Exorcist, Legacy – Eden, Madge, God Bless Our Love, Howards End, Writing the Century


Twelfth Night – TMA Award, Best Supporting Actress

Wit – Scottish Critics Award, Best Actress

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie – TMA nomination, Best Supporting Actress


John Kielty is an actor, writer, composer and musician.

Theatre credits include:

Roman Bridge, Mary Queen of Scots Got Her Head Chopped Off, To Begin (NTS); The Cherry Orchard, Caucasian Chalk Circle, The Venetian Twins, Confessions of a Justified Sinner (Royal Lyceum); Doctor Faustus, A Christmas Carol, (Glasgow Citizens’); Whatever Gets You Through the Night (Arches); The Bible: Abridged (Reduced Shakespeare); The Cone Gatherers (His Majesty’s Aberdeen); The Bedroom (Cumbernauld Theatre); A Terrible Beauty, Sunset Boulevard, The Real Mrs Sinatra (Oran Mor).

Film credits include:

One Life Stand, River City and Outlander.

Composer credits include:

Why Do you Stand There in the Rain (Pepperdine); Medea’s Children (Lung Ha/Unga Klara); Educating Agnes (Theatre Babel); The Cone Gatherers (His Majesty’s, Aberdeen); Merlin the Magnificent (Royal Lyceum).

John is one of the Kielty Brothers who wrote the opening number for the Glasgow Commonwealth Games. They wrote several songs for Glasgow Girls (NTS) and wrote Active Virgin, Confessions of a Justified Songwriter and the award winning Wasted Love for the RCS. They wrote Sundowe (Winner of The Highland Quest for a New Musical), The 27 Club, Mercy Madonna of Malawi (World Stage Productions), The Murder of Geoffrey Robbins (Oran Mor) and the Onion of Bigotry (Black Dingo).


Ashley trained at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.

Theatre credits include:

The Rise and Inevitable Fall of Lucas Petit (Sleeping Warrior Theatre); How You Gonna Live Your Dash (Jenna Watt); The Devil’s Larder (Grid Iron TC); Skins and Hoods (Institut Francais d’Ecosse); Lost at Sea and Lifeboat (Catherine Wheels); The Three Little Pigs (Glasgow Platform); Butterfly (Ramesh Meyyappan); Uncle Varick and The Sash (Rapture Theatre); Molly Whuppie, Lickety Leap and The Christmas Quangle Wangle (Licketyspit); Sex and God (Magnetic North); 27 and Peer Gynt (NTS); Go Now (Glasgow Arches); Futureproof (Dundee Rep/Edinburgh Traverse); The Beaches of St Valery, Don Giovanni, Bunnies and An Incident At The Border (Oran Mor); Mother Courage (Birds of Paradise); The Snow Queen (Edinburgh Lyceum); Magic Spaghetti (Licketyspit); Sense (Imaginate); Hansel And Gretel (Catherine Wheels); Baby Baby (Stellar Quines); Nasty, Brutush and Short (NTS/Edinburgh Traverse); 365 (NTS/Lyric Hammersmith); Liar and Peter Pan (Glasgow Citizens’); Spanglebaby and Falling (Poorboy); and Mancub (Vanishing Point).

Film & TV credits include:

Real Estate and Scot Squad (The Comedy Unit, BBC); Behind Closed Doors (BBC); A Mug’s Game (McCardle Media Productions); and Bathtime.

Radio credits include:

Mclevy; The Seagull; Macbeth Macpets and Acting Up (BBC).





Recent Edinburgh Festival shows include Alice Munro’s The View From Castle Rock dramatised by Linda Maclean, Lucy Porter’s The Fair Intellectual Club [now a BBC series], and Elsie & Mairi Go To War by Diane Atkinson.

For Oran Mor’s Play Pie & Pint, productions include Bill Paterson’s Astonishing Archie, Liz Lochhead’s Mortal Memories, James Runcie’s The Jazz Club Murder; A Word With Dr Johnson & Dr Johnson goes to Scotland , Hattie Naylor’s Daphnis and Chloe , Colin MacDonald’s The Bones Boys, John Mortimer’s Lie Down Comic, and Dusty Won’t Play by Annie Caulfield.

Other recent theatre productions include Ayckbourn’s Woman In Mind for Dundee Rep; and productions of her own dramatisations: Lauder & Son for The Boswell Book Festival and Peter Manuel: The Beast Of Birkenshaw for the Bloody Scotland Crime writing festival.  

Marilyn directed a new dramatisation  by Sara Davies of Mary Shelley’s  Frankenstein  which premiered at last year’s Bristol Festival of  Ideas. Ongoing work for BBC Radio 4 includes the award winning series Rumpole of The Bailey, The Ferryhill Philosophers  and  new writing by Michael Palin, Peter Ansorge, Jake Arnott and Suk Pannu.


Stage Manager

Rachael Miller

Recent credits include: Twelfth Night (Orange Tree Theatre); Spoiling (Dundee Rep); 4:48 Psychosis (Royal Opera House); The Air That Carries The Weight (Stellar Quines); Orpheus (Royal Opera House); The Jennifer Tremblay Trilogy – The List, The Carousel and The Deliverance (Stellar Quines); A Mad World My Masters (RSC, ETT); A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Eternal Love and Anne Boleyn (Shakespeare’s Globe); Krapp’s Last Tape (Sheffield Theatres); Ghosts and The Sacred Flame (English Touring Theatre).


A full CV can be found here: 




Claire Halleran

Claire is a graduate of Glasgow School of Art and Master of Fine Art, Queen Margaret University.

Her more recent design credits are The Man Who Followed his Legs (Wee Stories), The View From Castle Rock (Stellar Quines/Edinburgh International Book Festival), Polar Bears Go Up (Unicorn/Fish and Game), The Devil’s Larder (Grid Iron), Whisky Galore (National Theatre of Scotland) and she has also designed for many Scottish companies including Borderline/Hirtle, Ros Sydney, A Moment’s Peace, Grinagog, Cultured Mongrel Dance Theatre, Frozen Charlotte, Visible Fictions, Macroberts Arts Centre, Platform, Smallpetitklein, Magnetic North and Birds of Paradise.  

Claire has also designed several film festivals for Tilda Swinton and Mark Cousins, and has developed and created many interactive events and workshops for the Edinburgh International Science Festival.  

She is co-founder of The Envelope Room, a network set up to support and promote stage designers in Scotland.

For other information and images of her designs, please go to: www.clairehalleran.weebly.com