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ProgrammeBarking Mad - One Hotel. One Couple. Two Dreams
BioBarking Mad is a comedic drama following the lives of a couple in their mid-thirties struggling to make ends meet in the craziness of a struggling town. Based out of a 2-Star hotel in 'up and coming' Barking, the husband who is a visionary, determined to turn their decaying investment into a 4-Star A-class Hotel is met with opposition from his very grounded and stable wife who, behind his back, signs the hotel up as Emergency Housing with the local housing authority just to make ends meet.
From week to week, not only do we have a wonderful insight into the marriage of these two struggling London-professionals as they try unsuccessfully to start a family; but we will also follow the lives of their staff (the French Michelin-starred Chef who is on the run from the police and now being blackmailed, to the young African Sous Chef, who is also the cleaner, receptionist, chamber maid and everything else needed to run the hotel.
All of this is interspersed with scenes between hotel guests who have traveled into London and booked what they believed to be a very nice and economical 2-Star Hotel and the various refugees and families who come to the property for varying lengths of time for emergency housing.
Barking Mad ActorsActress: VERONA ROSE
Brief Bio/Summary of your work: Verona Rose (BBC 1, Channel 4): Actress and rising comedic star Verona has been seen as Alexandria in BBC Doctors and Hairdresser Vee in Eastenders. She is the co-creator/-star of the All 4 show 'Girls Go Trolling', and before she started acting she was a rapper, appearing as a finalist on BBC 1’s Urban flava and winning the Homegrown cuts on BBC Radio 1Xtra.
Funny fact about yourself: The thought of my belly button being touched give me a bellyache... I avoid touching it as much as possible.. Gets washed once year... Lol... Jokes... But seriously ;)
Actress: JOSIE MILLS
Main Character: Dawn
Funny Fact: Most people are unaware of Josie's mammoth strength, her current deadlift one rep max is 115kg. We try not to get on the wrong side of Josie!!
Bio: Josie is a comedic theatre and film actress as well as writer and director for the stage. She has worked in the UK and Ireland in roles in the West End as well as repertory and fringe productions. Her credits include Titania in Midsummer Nights Dream, Fraulein Schneider in Cabaret, Queen Isabel in Henry V, Rita in Educating Rita and Queenie in Honk!
Actor: DAVID GURNEY
Main Character: Andy Smart
Funny Fact: David is absolutely obsessed with steam trains and has a model railway in my dad's garage!!!
Bio: David trained at East 15 Acting School.
Stage credits include: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Volpone, Romeo and Juliet (CandleFire Theatre), Cock, Cymbeline, Sign of Four (Free Range Productions), Accidental Death of an Anarchist (Witney Theatre Company), Incident at the Border (Colour of Fruit Productions), Measure for Measure (HT Theatre), Macbeth (Quite Nice Theatre)
Film credits include: Little Children (Mordue Pictures), Out of Date (Cryogenic Productions), Midnight Inferno, Nyctophobia (After Midnight Productions), The Wrong Goodbye (Raining Tree Films), Rage Quit (Slam Door Media)
Voice-overs include: Nightfall, Unlocked, Cain (Soundwork Radio Drama), Pawpost (Prescription Commercials), SAM Learning (Gnu Films), The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Harold and Charlie Adventure Stories (Roheda Audio Books)
Actor: IAN PINK
Main Character: Chef Benedict
Funny Fact: Ian was a post man for a grand total of three weeks in 2004 while simultaneously and incidentally owning a black & white cat called Jess!!!
Bio: Ian trained at the Manchester Metropolitan School of Theatre.
Since graduating he has appeared at the Manchester Royal Exchange and Northampton’s Royal & Derngate theatres, toured Ireland in children’s theatre and Newcastle in pantomime, appeared in short films and features, been part of an educational performance project tackling the serious subject of child exploitation and for two consecutive years performed in the Cambridge Shakespeare Festival.
Theatre Includes: Doctor Faustus, Single Sex (Royal Exchange), Chelsea’s Choice (Royal & Derngate), Romeo & Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Richard II, Othello (Cambridge Shakespeare Festival), The Complete Voyages of Falstaff (RSC), Twelfth Night, The Importance of Being Earnest (EG Productions).
TV Includes: Skins (E4), Doctors (BBC), The Rochdale Pioneers (Film Four).
Film Includes: The Turing Enigma (Mad Manc Media)