Anna trained at The Central School of Speech and Drama. Whilst at Central she represented her school in the 2006 Carleton Hobbs Competition and took leading roles such as Wendla in "Spring Awakening" and performed in "Hamletmachine" by Heiner Muller.
Since graduating she has worked in theatre, TV and radio in Scotland and Sweden. Most recently she worked with award winning Theatre Alba appearing as Madame Popova in "The Bear" and Dunyasha in the "Cherry Orchard".
TV and film work includes "The 39 Steps" and "Garrow's Law" for BBC.
Kirsty has been acting from the age of ten performing both on stage and in short films. She studied Acting and then Musical Theatre at Edinburgh’s Telford college gaining a Higher National Certificate in each. During this time she got to perform in Romania and to take workshops with Broadway casts and the legendary method acting coach, Anna Strasberg, in New York. Kirsty then went on to study Drama and Performance and started teaching drama alongside her studies. She now runs the Edinburgh Acting School and also directs/writes alongside teaching. She continues to keep her passion for the art very much alive and acts whenever she gets the chance, often performing in short films, role playing, dramatic readings and Fringe productions.
Kirsty is very excited to be joining Peapod Productions after performing with Philip in Theatre Alba's production of Bedtime Story in 2012. In a Fringe where she performed in four different productions and performed around 40 times in a month, working with Philip for the first time since college was a highlight. She is gently easing her way back into the acting world after putting all her energy into teaching for the last few years and is looking forward to all the challenges the tour will bring.
Andy is Artistic Director of Edinburgh based theatre company Siege Perilous. Directing credits include 'Too Long the Heart', 'Farmhouse', 'One Elliot Park', 'Standing Stanes' (all at Malmaison, Leith), 'Passing Through' for Peapod Productions (Scotland tour inc Tron, Eden Court & Byre Theatre), 'Turning to the Camera' (Ocean Terminal), 'King Arthur' (Craigcrook Castle & Edinburgh Festival Fringe), 'Suspicious Minds', 'Self-Help', 'Respect', 'Still', 'Signs of Life' and 'Desk Job' (all at the GRV, Edinburgh), 'Still' and 'Signs of Life' (CorCor! Theatre, Ramshorn, Glasgow), 'Still' (New Writing New Worlds Festival Glasgow), 'Pericles' (Edinburgh Festival Fringe), 'Measure for Measure' (Edinburgh Festival Fringe & UK tour).
Philip has worked with The National Theatre of Scotland, The Arches, Mischief La-Bas, Theatre Alba, Siege Perilous, Theatre Workshop, V.amp, SpartaKi, Cutting Edge and Liminal Theatre. He has also performed in Ireland, Romania and Italy. Film work includes "The Wicker Tree" and the Scottish BAFTA winning "Trouble Sleeping". As well as being founder and Artistic Director of Peapod Productions, Philip is also on the board of Firefly Youth Theatre, where he directs and co-produces "Guid Scratch" (an annual celebration of new writing by new and established playwrights in West Lothian). He has also taught and directed for The Benvenuto Players (a youth theatre based in Varese, Italy).
Alistair Rutherford writes for theatre, radio and film.
Previously produced stage plays: An Island Between Heaven and Earth (Iona Productions), Homecoming (Leith Festival), Lazar House (Hydrae Productions), Lizzy Strata (Big Village Theatre) and The Garden (Peapod Productions.) Radio plays: An Island Between Heaven and Earth for BBC Radio 4 and Happy New Year for BBC Radio Scotland.
Previous film commissions include Vault for Storymix Ltd, Sweden and additional material for Haunted Hogmanay (Ko Lik Films, BBC1 Scotland). Current projects include the stage adaptation of A Most Curious Detour , an autobiography by Stuart Hepburn, commissioned by the Stroke Association UK, and adapting Edgar Allan Poe’s The Black Cat for radio.