Work Bard Play Bard #2 – 15th Feb 2015

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London’s only Shakespeare Scratch night returns for a unique night featuring some of the country’s most exciting theatre groups, hosted by Smooth Faced Gentlemen.

Come and enjoy a Bard day’s night with an eclectic platter of different scenes, monologues, and extracts of Shakespeare’s work, each created in a different style by a different group.

This time, the theme is love.

Featuring winners of the IdeasTap “Work Bard / Play Bard” contest, plus scenes from several award-winning companies, including The Handlebards, The Merely Players, Joue le Genre, and of course, Smooth Faced Gentlemen.

“Go bard… or go home.”

Smooth Faced Gentlemen are the UK’s only all-female Shakespeare company, and the culprits behind the triple-award-winning paint-soaked smash-hit Titus Andronicus at Edinburgh Fringe 2013 and York Theatre Royal.

Our Team

associate producer Rianna Dearden technical manager Celia Dugua

special thanks to
James Haddrell | Ben Cooper | Matthew Dwyer | Chrissy Angus | Josephine Tremilling | Dan Smiles | Ellie Browning | IdeasTap | Pleasance Islington

run by
Yaz Al-Shaater | Ashlea Kaye | Rianna Dearden | Smooth Faced Gentlemen

Cast for Smooth Faced Gents


Polonius Mariam Bell
Ophelia Ashlea Kaye
Claudius Henri Merriam
Hamlet Leila Sykes
Gertrude Stella Taylor
directed by Madeline Gould


Lady Macbeth Mariam Bell
Macbeth Henri Merriam
directed by Ashlea Kaye

  • Ashlea Kaye
      Ashlea KayeArtistic Director
    • Henri Merriam
        Henri Merriam
      • Leila Sykes
          Leila Sykes
        • Madeline Gould
            Madeline Gould
          • Mariam Bell
              Mariam BellCo-Founder
            • Stella Taylor
                Stella Taylor

              Special Guests and competition winners