CAST & CREATIVES
JONNY EMMETT (Gerry)
Originally from Birkenhead, Jonny is a professional character actor with strong TV & film credits and an impressive stage presence.
A former paratrooper, he is also an established stand-up comedian and is active on the UK comedy circuit.
With a shared Irish heritage, Jonny and Elin worked together in Twilight Theatre's production of The Weir by Conor McPherson, when they first began to formulate a plan to work together on a future production.
ELIN DOYLE (Coral)
Originally from the East Midlands, Elin's a new old voice; she's been a teenage mum, a currency dealer and scrubbed Turkish style loos in the south of France. Anything to keep her head above water.
Much to her son’s horror, she began a BA Hons Acting at Rose Bruford the same year he started Uni. An actor first and foremost. GUINEA PIGS is her first full-length play.
Her comedy monologue ‘Janet Goes Frontline,’ was written on nightshift as an employee for the London Ambulance Service at the height of the pandemic. Primarily written as a means of entertaining her colleagues at LAS, it was filmed on the fly and shortlisted at the end of 2020 by the So And So Arts Club’s Capsule Film Festival. Elin was finally diagnosed with ADHD in early 2022, which basically explains everything!
CARON KEHOE (Maureen)
Caron Kehoe (Aunty Maureen) Caron is a writer, director and performer. She is a co-founder of Yellow Coat Theatre Company - a cross-generational, female-led collective. Originally from Liverpool, Caron is now based in SE London and continues to create work that focuses on celebrating women’s experiences through innovative and energetic theatre.
As a teenager in the '80s, Caron was involved in direct community action, including protesting against property development to save the trees on her road (the disruption even made the Liverpool Echo!), collecting money for the miners and marching in defence of her beloved hometown.
LAURA KIRMAN - Director
Laura Kirman (Director) Laura trained as an actor at Rose Bruford and is an associate artist with Mischief Theatre. Her acting theatre credits include, 39 Steps (Stephen Joseph Theatre) Mischief Movie Night (Arts) Dido Queen of Carthage (RSC) Vice Versa (RSC) Waiting For Waiting For Godot (St James Theatre) The Play That Goes Wrong (Duchess Theatre) Peter Pan Goes Wrong (UK TOUR), Frida Kahlo of Penge West (Rosemary Branch), LIGHTS! CAMERA! IMPROVISE! (Edinburgh Fringe), Match Girls (Wilton's Music Hall), Confetti (Last Refuge) Television includes: Our Girl (BBC). Guinea Pigs is Laura's directorial debut.
Our heart-felt thanks and recognition also go to Sam Chittenden of Different Theatre for her invaluable directorial input in the the early stages of this production.
ZOË BROWNE - Producer
From London, Zoë has been using comedy to turn personal trauma into popular entertainment for her entire life, but only recently found out she could get paid for it. She now uses her husband, teenage children, and close friends as both guinea pigs and inspiration, whether they like it or not. Zoë is a London based freelance writer, performer, producer, and sometime stand-up, currently studying Writing and Producing Comedy at NFTS, who spends a lot of time spying on her neighbours, wondering whether to get Botox, and drinking tea.
Catherine Van der Hoven - Tech
Catherine is a creative who specialises in entertainment technology, from scenic painting, SFX makeup to stage management. Fluent in Africaans and English, she has professional credits both in the UK and South Africa.
Catherine is also a Duty Manager at The Space, and is regularly recommended as a freelance technician for the venue.