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 producerRianna Deardentechnical managerCelia 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


PoloniusMariam Bell
OpheliaAshlea Kaye
ClaudiusHenri Merriam
HamletLeila Sykes
GertrudeStella Taylor
directed byMadeline Gould


Lady MacbethMariam Bell
MacbethHenri Merriam
directed byAshlea 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