About me

Mostly, I do online stuff for Film4 and broadcast stuff for the BBC.

 

Other things:

I’m Co-Producer on forthcoming teen movie documentary Beyond Clueless, and am part of the team who produced an online behind-the-scenes look at Ben Wheatley’s A Field In England, a campaign nominated for four Screen Marketing Awards in 2013.  I’m a member of the Awards Committee for the London Critics’ Circle Film Section and have hosted, written or broadcasted for Radio 4 Women’s Hour, Radio 4’s Film Programme, Today on Radio 4, BBC Radio London,  the World at One, The Guardian, The Telegraph, Time Out, Empire, Everyman Cinemas, the BFI, BBC3, Channel 5, Discovery and Picturehouse Cinemas.

I had a play produced in London this year, which I co-wrote with my flatmate, and wrote a 24 Hour Play which was produced in Bath, also this year. I was a judge for the 7th Russian Film Festival in London in 2013 and judged the short doc category at the Kerry Film Festival, also in 2013. I was a finalist in the Women Of The Future awards 2010 and selected in 2012 as one of Broadcast Magazine’s Hotshots under 30. Film4.com was nominated in 2013 by Broadcast Magazine in their Best Website for a Channel awards category, along with BBC Sport, Sky News and ITV News.

Once upon a time, I was part of the Oxford Revue, the student comedy troupe that over the years has featured Michael Palin, Terry Jones, Ken Loach, Rowan Atkinson, Armando Iannucci, Rebecca Front, Richard Herring and Stewart Lee. Unlike them, I was rubbish.

My  Twitter feed is over here. Come and say hello. You know, if you want to. You can also get hold of me at catherine dot bray at gmail dot com.

Catherine Bray by Rob Baker Ashton

Me

Alexandra Agnew Q&A: The Other Plans

Alexandra is an actor based in London and is one of the four co-leads in ensemble drama The Other Plans, directed by Kate Murphy, produced by Meera Shaunak and written by Catherine Bray and Sarah Hunt.

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Alexandra Agnew

Alexandra Agnew by Paul Dold

1. Apart from The Other Plans (of course), what do you consider your career highlight to date?
Ooo. Tough one, but I’d probably have to say performing as Ophelia at the Tate Britain. We performed Hamlet there, as it was part of the Pre-Raphaelite exhibition with John Everett Millais’ Painting of Ophelia. It was a huge buzz, the atmosphere was incredible and I was lucky enough to perform and sing in the main gallery. Epic!

2. Tell us about one of your favourite films, TV series, plays or books and why you like it?
Tough again. I would have to say Billy Elliot, film and musical, just because it is such a wonderful story. I love the way it’s shot and the acting is superb. I cry every time I see it!

3. Describe your character in The Other Plans in one sentence.
Jess is a straightforward kind of girl, what you see is what you get with her. She cares deeply about the girls and helps in anyway she can – she never dreamed that someone would come into her life and do the same for her.

4. If you could choose to work alongside anyone – living or dead – who would it be?
Benedict Cumberbatch – enough said. But also Derek Jacobi, he gives me goosebumps to watch.

5. Who would play you in a movie of your life?
Maybe Isla Fisher, think she’d capture me quite well. Sadly, I don’t look like her though!

The Other Plans is being performed at The Colour House theatre in Wimbledon from 12th – 17th August

Nina Bright Q&A: The Other Plans

Nina is an actor based in London and is one of the four co-leads in ensemble drama The Other Plans, directed by Kate Murphy, produced by Meera Shaunak and written by Catherine Bray and Sarah Hunt.

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Nina Bright

Nina Bright

1. Apart from The Other Plans (of course), what do you consider your career highlight to date?
It would have to be performing as my namesake Nina in Chekhov’s The Seagull. It was a brilliant opportunity and such a complicated up and down character; a challenge I loved taking on.

2. Tell us about one of your favourite films, TV series, plays or books and why you like it?
Ok, so I have a bit of a “thing” for Bruce Willis. I know… but Die Hard really is one of my favourite films. You’ve got everything… wit, action, guns, that vest… Alan Rickman, for goodness sake… what’s not to love?

3. Describe your character (or role in the production) in one sentence.
Rosie is the one whose childhood dreams all seem to be coming true! Until it all goes a bit wrong…

4. If you could choose to work alongside anyone – living or dead – who would it be?
Right now, I’d love to work alongside Rory Kinnear. I’ve seen him in a few plays and on screen and I just think he’d be a fantastic actor to work with and to learn from.

5. Who would play you in a movie of your life?
Bruce Willis.

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The Other Plans is being performed at The Colour House theatre in Wimbledon from 12th – 17th August

Claire Garvey Q&A: The Other Plans

Claire is a Northern actor based in London and is one of the four co-leads in ensemble drama The Other Plans, directed by Kate Murphy, produced by Meera Shaunak and written by Catherine Bray and Sarah Hunt.

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Claire Garvey by Rob Baker Ashton

Claire Garvey by Rob Baker Ashton

1. Apart from The Other Plans (of course), what do you consider your career highlight to date?
Every job I do has its highlights, but my most recent highlight would have to be Elaine Constantine’s forthcoming Northern Soul (starring Antonia Thomas and also featuring Steve Coogan and Ricky Tomlinson). It was such an amazing experience from start to finish. I was so fortunate to work along such amazing talent in both the cast and the crew and I really didn’t want to leave the 1970s.

2. Tell us about one of your favourite films, TV series, plays or books and why you like it?
I have far too many favourite films to list, but at the moment I am completely obsessed with the French TV series The Returned. I love the way it’s shot; the storytelling; the acting; the directing; everything about it is brilliant – I am now learning French!

3. Describe your character in The Other Plans in one sentence.
I play Olivia, who struggles to cope with the pace and unforeseen circumstances of life, which along with her insomnia is making her life pretty difficult. She is a character who I think everyone could relate to on some level, and has been great to explore and research – entering the world of insomniacs has been really interesting for me. The normal day to day tasks that we overlook suddenly become huge obstacles.

4. If you could choose to work with anyone – living or dead – who would it be?
It would have to be Mike Leigh. One of my favourite ways to work is through improvisation – its my most valued tool as an actor and never fails to stretch, challenge and excite me. To work with Mike Leigh who has honed the skill and technique of using improvisation in film is a life long ambition.

5. Who would play you in a movie of your life?
Rita Tushingham. Not only is she an incredible talent with an unbelievable career to date; but she was also leading the way for a group of actors in the 1960s who were raised out of London, and “refused to let go of their accents or adopt posh manners”. That’ll do for me!

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The Other Plans is being performed at The Colour House theatre in Wimbledon from 12th – 17th August

Joanna Wills: The Other Plans Q&A

Actor Joanna Wills recently graduated from Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts and is one of the four co-leads in ensemble drama The Other Plans, directed by Kate Murphy, produced by Meera Shaunak and written by Catherine Bray and Sarah Hunt.

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Joanna Wills stars as Lexi in The Other Plans

Joanna Wills stars as Lexi in The Other Plans

1. Apart from The Other Plans (of course), what do you consider your career highlight to date?
I represented Mountview at the Sam Wanamaker Festival at Shakespeare’s Globe.  Everything about this experience was incredible, I met some talented young actors and shared a very special moment with the audience as the Duchess of Malfi.  Such a thrill.  After coming off stage I was giddy!

2. Tell us about one of your favourite films, plays or books and why you like it?
I am completely and utterly obsessed with Breaking Bad.  I watched all of the episodes to date in about a week. I didn’t sleep, really.  I was addicted to it, ironically. I needed to know where the meth-buying-selling-stealing-taking craziness would go next.  Plus, Aaron Paul. Mmmm.

3. Describe your character in The Other Plans in one sentence.
Lexi is a happy-go-lucky passionate person who is all units go, go, go.  She is a lot of fun to play as she is always up for a laugh and likes to be that person at the party that has people laughing at her (maybe slightly embellished) stories.

4. If you could choose to work alongside anyone – living or dead – who would it be?
I think I would have to work with Restoration diva Nell Gwyn –  the cheeky little sauce pot is the ultimate rags to riches story. She bagged the king… and was one of the first actresses to OWN IT.  I always wonder what she was really like.

5. Who would play you in a movie of your life?
It would have to be someone warm and ballsy. I would love Kate Winslet to play me… and if she isn’t available, Rebel Wilson.  She makes me laugh.

The Other Plans is being performed from 12th – 17th August 2013 – click here to buy tickets

The Other Plans: the genesis of a play by Sarah Hunt and Catherine Bray

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The Colour House Theatre

The Colour House Theatre

On April 25th, Spearshaker Theatre posted the following brief on the Arts Council mailing list:

After sell out shows at Tara Arts and The London Theatre, Spearshaker are returning with with a five night run at Abbeyfest in August 2013 and we’re looking for a play with an all female cast to fill the full five night slot.

We’re looking for plays with the following brief:

- 60-90 minutes in length.
- All female cast.
- Maximum 4 characters.
- Characters aged between 18-30.
- Basic set, lights, props, costume.
Comedies, dramas and everything in between will be considered.

This is an excellent opportunity for a writer to showcase their work as part of a large festival.

Please send scripts with a short synopsis and a bit about yourself to admin[at]spearshaker.co.uk by 22nd May 2013.

So I emailed my housemate, Sarah Hunt:

Hey… could we write something for this by 22nd May? Bearing in mind I’m going to France on the 14th so we have, like, 19 days? Yeah, I thought it was a bad idea.

Like the star she is, Sarah replied saying of course we could write a play from scratch in just over a fortnight – no problem! We sat down and developed four characters, worked out what might happen to them all over ten years, divided the scenes up, wrote them, swapped, re-wrote them, swapped, re-wrote some more, and eventually submitted the script to Spearshaker. At no point did we think too hard about whether it was mad to cover ten years in 90 minutes on stage. And after not too long, director Kate Murphy got in touch to say she would like to produce our play. It was the first play either of us had written (unless you count Murder Mystery evenings, which you definitely should) and we are incredibly excited to see what Kate and the actors she cast have made of it.
Come and find out with us, why not?

Here is where you can book tickets: http://www.wegottickets.com/spearshaker