Steve Wickenden “Calpol”
Steve joins us this year again, to play one of the “Uglies”.
Cinderella marks Steve’s third Christmas at the Grand Opera House. He is delighted to be returning to the beautiful city of York for another pantomime season after appearing as Widow Twankey in Aladdin and as Misrabelle in last year’s Beauty and the Beast.
Steve studied at Royal Holloway, University of London, during which time his acting credits included: Peter in A Taste of Honey, Mushnik in Little Shop of Horrors, Ray Say in The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, Sir Toby Belch in Twelfth Night, Betty/Edward in Cloud Nine, Brenda the Cook in Dick Whittington, and Angelo in Measure for Measure.
Steve works extensively in youth theatre and therapeutic drama. He facilitates drama workshops in schools across the South-East and continues to devise and implement drama programmes for young people with emotional and behavioural difficulties and those from less advantaged backgrounds. In recent years, he has directed youth productions of The Lion King, Oliver!, Beauty and the Beast and, most recently, Matilda the Musical, and was commissioned to write and direct an original play, performed in the spring by children from the town of Queenborough, to mark the town’s 650th anniversary. This year, Steve was proud to have returned to the home of his Master’s degree, The Wiener Library for the Study of the Holocaust and Genocide, to play the part of The Narrator in a performance of Alan Burgess’ ‘lost’ BBC radio play The Greatest Detective Story in History.
Steve is also a founding member and the lead singer of vintage rock & roll band The Bandits (www.banditsmusic.co.uk) who continue to play at events and venues across the UK.
Theatre credits include: Beauty and the Beast (Grand Opera House, York); Expat Underground (Tristan Bates Theatre and Edinburgh Festival Fringe); Aladdin (Grand Opera House, York); Nana and Nunu: The Big Sneeze! (Buxton Fringe Festival and Croydon Fairfield Halls); Cinderella (Evolution Productions); Alice in Wonderland (Wandsworth Fringe Festival); Sleeping Beauty (Britannia Theatre, Chatham); The Hole in the Night (Dugdale Centre); Sleeping Beauty (Secombe Theatre, Sutton); Dick Whittington (Millfield Theatre); Belvedere (Brighton Fringe); An Evening of Jerry Herman (The Actors’ Church); Rapunzel and the Rascal Prince (Theatre Royal, Bury St. Edmunds); King Arthur and the Sword in the Stone (Cambridge Touring Theatre); Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Edinburgh Fringe); The Days of the Commune (The White Bear Theatre); Cinderella (Polka Dot Pantomimes);The Wind in the Willows (Cambridge Touring Theatre); Your Nation Loves You (Old Vic Tunnels).
Film and TV includes: Putting on the Dish (Brian and Karl); Many Happy Returns (Haymarket Media Group); Extraordinary Americans (BBC Worldwide).