From the Director (Brad Powers)
Thinner than Water is a play that we all can relate to. It is about our relationships with family- family by birth and family we choose, and how we struggle to balance the demands of both in our lives. When I first read this script, I felt a strong connection with the struggles of the characters, particularly that of Rene and her crisis as the oldest sibling. Being the oldest sibling myself, I can empathize with Rene's need to take care of the younger siblings. But I have learned from experience that actually hinders the balance in our lives we are looking for. As the characters in this play experience, finding balance isn't easy. It is a painful process that involves letting go and moving on. And, we all can relate to that struggle, just like we all can relate to the characters in this play.
Andrea Nodroum is a half Costa Rican half British actor-muso who trained at The Guildford School of Acting. She moved to HK with her husband just over a year ago and has loved every single minute! Andrea has experience in stage, physical theatre, film, voice-over, radio, TV and has recently become involved in children’s theatre and entertainment. She is currently playing the role of Princess Aouda in ‘Around the World in 80 Days’. She has been blessed to play some great roles in her short acting career from Chekhov’s Yelena to Euripides’ Adromache, but her favourite character to play has been Sir Andrew Aguecheek in Shakespeare’s ‘Twelfth Night’. When she is not acting she tries to write comedy sketches and hopes to write two short films this year! She is very excited to be playing the role of Renee in ‘Thinner than Water’. Thank you for your support; enjoy!
Natalie is back for the last time where it began two years ago. The international performing artist has been walking the Hong Kong planks as an actress in Aurora’s “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot” and “Bittergirl” and as all good thing come in threes, she is concluding with “Thinner than Water”. She could also be spotted dancing, singing and murdering in “The Tragedy of Miss Julius Caesar”, singing her heart out about the Single Man Drought in “I Love You, You’re Perfect Now Change”, making woman happy and flooding the Andy’s car on VDAY. When not in the Theatre, she can be found stage diving at the Wanch or Picnic in the Park during Horus’ guitar solo for “Number of the Beast”. From June on you will find her finding herself in India and then acquiring new acting skills at the New York Film Academy.
This one’s always been fascinated by the psychological implications the theatre plays on society and, more importantly, on himself. Experimenting with accents and shifting between cultural identities, Nikhil, or Nicele – or whatever he’d have you call him – grew up willing to lose himself on the stage and gain a better understanding of whatever it is we actors attempt to understand: humanity, in short. After pursuing film studies at Drexel University, he’s back in Hong Kong working at Faust International Youth Theatre and performing on the side. Currently, Nikhil is working on the ‘Shakespeare in the Port’ production of King Lear, in which he will play the deliciously base role of Edmund. Catch him most Wednesday nights at the ‘Orange Peel’ where he performs his own original content as part of the ‘Poetry Out Loud’ community! A shout out to Emma O’ Rourke who introduced him to Meaghan McGurghan who introduced him to Nicole Garbellini who introduced him to Brad Powers, this cast, and this hauntingly wonderful production!
For the second time performing for Aurora Theatre, Jessica is thrilled to be taking on the mother figure role of Gwen. Active in the theatre scene both on and off stage, her most recent roles have included Henrietta Iscariot from The Last Days of Judas Iscariot and Mulere from El Pescadore.
Having trained at the UK Theatre School and receiving LAMDA acting qualifications, David is delighted to be taking part in Aurora Theatre’s latest production. He would like to thank Brad and Nicole for this opportunity and also to Natalie and Donkey for being so good to work with. “Henry” has allowed David to channel one of his heroes – Harvey Spector and also draw upon past experiences with the opposite sex, good and bad! It has not only been fun but cathartic to play this role and hopefully everyone will be able to relate the characters on stage to their own experiences with family, love and life.
Andrew Harnett arrived in Hong Kong, in August of this year amidst great pomp and various circumstances. He has done stage and TV work in his home in St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada, as well as Doha, Qatar over the past 8 years. This will be his first time acting in Hong Kong. As a single man (ladies?), he is very excited to be playing a character so opposite of his real personality and relishes the opportunity to flex his acting muscles once again. Andrew can be seen performing on stage daily in his Grade 3 classroom at an international school in Hong Kong.
Brad has been involved with theatre for the better part of three decades. A teacher, he has been blessed with the opportunity to work around the world and get involved in local theatre in each country he has called home. In his eight years in Hong Kong, he has worked in several productions, most recently playing Banquo in a production of MacBeth, and he has worked with Aurora Theatre on several productions as actor and director including BitterGirl (2013) and The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (2012).
Nicole is the artistic director of Aurora Theatre Hong Kong. Her main acting credits include, among others, Closer (Anna), We Won’t Pay! We Won’t Pay! (Antonia), Private Lives (Amanda), The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Cunningham), Bittergirl (A), Julius Caesar (Marc Antony), and The Taming of the Shrew (Tranio). She has recently directed Romance (David Mamet) and she is also involved with AFTEC in the touring production of Sherlock Holmes and The Dancing Men.
Production Stage Managers:
Jasmin Parsons and Boaz Lo
Production Managers: Nicole Garbellini and Paul Stanton
Photography and Video:
Aaron T. Michelson