The cast on tour with ‘Old Hands’:
Gareth Wyn Griffiths:
Since graduating in music from Cambridge in the early 1980s Gareth has been working as an actor/musician, musical director and composer/arranger. Acting credits include various theatre roles, including ‘Earthworm’ in James & the Giant Peach, ‘Barry/Tortoise’ in Aesop’s Fables, ‘Babe’ in Babe The Sheep Pig, ‘Pod’ in The Borrowers, ‘Dmitri’ in The Music Box Maker, and ‘Branek’ in the recent Harri-Parris. On TV he’s played ‘Dave’ in The Story of Tracey Beaker, and ‘Bruce’ in Help, I’m a Teenage Outlaw, ‘manservant’ in Doctor Who, and ‘Horace’ in The History of Mr Polly.
As Musical Director, Gareth MD’d the Welsh premiere of Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd, and Into the Woods. More recently he’s produced updated versions HMS Pinafore and The Pirates of Penzance, and has just finished composing the music for Terry Victor’s new play Fragments of Ash, which is due to premiere in this year’s Edinburgh Fringe.
Andrew has always enjoyed performing from a very young age– although it’s fair to say not all his efforts have gone smoothly. in primary school As a dwarf in Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs he managed to break his spade and as the Tinman in the Wizard of Oz, he fell onto his back and looked like one of the Martians in the Smash adverts! In junior school he performed with the Rubicon Dance group and while in Derwen College he was a regular in their end of year shows. Over the past three years he has loved working with Odyssey Theatre in the Christmas shows and the Unity Festival, where he has made a great many friends.
Apart from drama, Andrew loves history especially, Roman and Greek myths and the Kings and Queens of England. He is an avid supporter of Manchester United and occasionally can be persuaded to help his dad in the garden
Eloise has worked with Hijinx Theatre three times before,
as Rhiannon in To Have and To Hold, Dilys in Into My Own and in Ruling the Roost. Eloise played Caitlin Thomas in Dylan Thomas in London at the Dylan Thomas Centre; Fantasia in The Ugly Sisters (Fat Belly production) at Swansea Grand and Chapter, Duenna in Cyrano de Bergerac at the Minack Theatre. Eloise’s TV credits include Marilyn Partridge in Casualty (BBC1), Crystal Ormonda Gondastonson in To the Manor Murdered (Panikattaak Productions) and Crystal in Teenage Wasteland (Steel & Glass production). Eloise also worked alongside director Gaynor Lougher on Odyssey Theatre’s Silent Night.
Gareth was born in 1980 and was a very ill and fragile baby. Following major heart surgery at the age of 2 yrs he was able to develop his many talents. He attended Riverbank Special School and Woodlands High School in Cardiff and at the age of 19 he moved onto Barry College where he had a special interest in cooking, gardening and drama.
In 1993 he took part in his first Special Olympic Games in Sheffield where he won gold and silver medals in athletics . He also represented Wales at successive UK Special Olympic Games initially at athletics but more recently at swimming and has won many medals . In 2001 Gareth competed in athletics as part of the UK Special Olympic team in the European Special Olympic Games which were held in Holland.
In 2003 Gareth joined Hijinx’s inclusive participatory group, Odyssey Theatre, and has performed in most of their summer and Christmas productions as well as participating in a number of outreach projects . Gareth thoroughly enjoys being a member of Odyssey and was thrilled to have played the part of Andy in Hijinx’s production of Full Circle by Glenys Evans in 2008.
Gareth’s confidence has grown enormously as a result of the inclusive work with Hijinx and Odyssey and he really enjoys being part of the Hijinx team .
Adam trained at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Previous theatre roles include Talthybius in Trojan Women (Theatr Pena), Dan in Closer (South Wales Theatre Collective), Urlo in Boy Genius (Theatr Gwent) and the title role in Tartuffe (Bristol Old Vic). Adam is artistic director of Fabler Theatre Company for whom he writes, directs and delivers drama-based corporate workshops. His public-arts-engagement project Fabler Shakespeare Readers has offered readings monthly at Chapter since 2006. Adam took the role of Geoff Parker MP in Hijinx Theatre’s Chasing Rainbows in 2009 and Ken in Hijinx Theatre’s Into My Own in 2010