How did Anything Could Happen happen?
I suppose the roots of Anything Could Happen can be traced all the way back to 1994 when I convinced my school pal Eddie French to join the Really Youthful Theatre Group in Wetherby, West Yorkshire. Having performed in several theatrical productions together we bonded over our shared love of Victoria Wood, Eddie Izzard and most pertinently Whose Line Is It Anyway. We were reunited after a chance meeting in 2004 (big thanks to the 770 bus, RIP) and we've worked together ever since on comedy performance and writing; in live and educational capacities. In our opinion Anything Could Happen, it seems, was always bound to happen.
Carla Simpson - The Host
Carla graduated with a BA hons in Acting from Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh. Having won the Carleton Hobbs Bursary Award she swapped Edinburgh for London to take up a scholarship with the BBC Radio Drama Company. Returning to Yorkshire some years later she created the character Susie Sparkles and has been entertaining at events across the North for more than a decade. Carla has also created numerous shows for schools to explore children's creativity and ignite a passion for reading. From 2008-2017 Carla ran The Acting Creative, a drama group for the YouTube generation which is getting a Leeds reboot in September of 2018 at Inspirations Central.
"Jokes at the Ready" Eddie
Eddie French achieved a BAhons in Media Studies with Commercial Music Production from the University of Manchester. A multi instrumentalist and gifted script writer but his real passion has and always will be comedy. Eddie has performed stand up for 8 years and honed his impressive improv skills with the Discount Comedy Checkout. In his spare time he also builds guitars and gets distracted by cats.
Matt "The Mountain of Mirth"
Matt Rogers started out in comedy as a stand up comedian, before turning his attention to studying Theatre at Bretton Hall. Since then Matt has; founded 2 award winning theatre companies, trained as a clown with Peta Lily and Philippe Gaulier, taught at Salford University, and generally messed around making any ridiculous thing that popped into his head with Uncanny Theatre. Matt has toured his shows nationally and internationally, and has worked with a wide range of acclaimed artists from across Europe favourites including Chris Goode and Jamie Wood
The Pennsylvanian Punslinger - Kate McCabe
Kate is an NYU/Tisch School of the Arts theatre grad who has been performing stand-up and improv since 1998. She has studied with teachers like John Thies of IO and Jill Bernard of HUGE Theatre. She currently teaches stand-up with CSzUK and also at the University of Salford. She leads improv workshops with CSzUK and the Laugh at Leeds Comedy Courses.
She loves the playfulness of improv and is currently performing with ComedySportz Manchester and Murder Inc. As a stand-up, she gigs all around the country.
Nonstop Nonsense Natalie
Natalie Bellingham trained at Bretton Hall College and since then has continued to train with with some of the most talented comedy professionals in the UK and abroad including John Wright, Jamie Wood, Phillip Gaulier, Peta Lilly and The Actor’s Space.
Natalie has been making beautifully absurd work with Uncanny Theatre since 2010, alongside her work with Uncanny she designs and delivers projects for schools and families for the Yorkshire Sculpture Park and runs regular workshops for children at Wakefield Theatre Royal. She has also worked with students as a visiting artist at Salford University and Leeds Beckett University, where she also acted as an artist mentor on their Masters course.
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