Casting Announced for Faithful Ruslan - A Story of a Guard Dog

Posted on 3 August 2017

We’re thrilled to reveal the full casting of Faithful Ruslan – The Story of a Guard Dog. The show will be our landmark production to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Belgrade’s B2 auditorium and mark the centenary year of the Russian Revolution.

Max Keeble will be playing the role of Ruslan. This will be his debut performance having graduated from Drama Centre London. His theatre credits include The Cherry Orchard, The Country Girl, Tartuffe, As You Like it, Hedda, Caucasian Chalk Circle and Herons (Drama Centre London); The Infinity Mirror (Here Now Ensemble); Mydidae (Wimbeldon College of Arts); Goodnight Macbeth (Plesion) and Prometheus Drowned (NOVA).

Isabelle Joss will be playing the roles of Stiura/Ensemble. Since graduating from the RSAMD (RCS) Isabelle has worked extensively in theatre, TV, film and radio. Most recently she starred in the Icelandic/Scottish film Pale Star which premiered at the Edinburgh International Film Festival July 2016. Select theatre credits include: The Story of the Little Gentlemen, The Voice ThiefCATS award winner. Other film credits include: Afterlife (Gabriel Films); American Cousins (Bard Entertainment) and Small Faces (C4 Films).

Mark Jax will be playing the roles of Captain/Ensemble. Mark Jax trained at RADA under Hugh Cruttwell as Principal. Select theatre credits include: Richard III, The Lower Depths, Platanov/Sons Without Fathers (Arcola); Much Ado about Nothing (Queens Theatre Hornchurch); Romeo and Juliet (Home); As You Like It (Transport); A Soldier in Every Son, King John and Richard III (RSC); Three Musketeers and the Princess of Spain (ETT/Traverse). Select TV/Films credits include: Doctors, Casualty, The Road to 1984, The Most Dangerous Man in the World (BBC).

Vinta Morgan will be playing Djulbars/Ensemble. Select television credits include: Julius Ngotse in Doctors (BBC1); Vicar in I Want My Wife Back (Main Street Pictures/BBC1); Buster in 50 Ways to Kill Your Lover (Discovery ID); PC Philips in EastEnders (BBC). Select film credits include: News Anchor in Whatever Happened to Monday? (Seven Siblings Limited); Anthony in If It Be Love (Wide Arch). Select stage credits include: Morocco in The Merchant of Venice (Almeida); Duke of Norfolk in Richard III (Ambassador Theatre Group). Further credits include: Billy Reston in Recordings From the House of Leaves (BBC Radio 4) and various in Equiano (USA radio).

Paul Brendan will taking the roles of Shabby Man/Ensemble. Having trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, stage credits include: Julius Ceasar, Antony & Cleopatra, Richard II, King Lear, The Cherry Orchard, On the Evils of Tobacco (Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory); Medea (Headlong); Comedy of Errors, The Knight of the Burning Pestle (Shakespeare’s Globe); All My Sons (The Watermill Theatre); Dial M For Murder (New Vic Theatre). Television credits include: Guerilla (SKY Atlantic); A Life Divided/ Flying High, Rosamunde Pilcher Series (ZDF Germany).

Hunter Bishop will be playing the roles of Instructor/Prisoner/Ensemble. He moved from Glasgow to pursue his studies on the BA Acting course at Drama Centre London where he graduated in 2015. Whilst he was here he took on roles such as Bunce in One Flea Spare and the title role in Eddie Howells production of Wolf-man. Since leaving he has been involved with The Enchanted, playing York, which transferred to London after a very successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe festival.

Tilda O’Grady will be playing the role of Ensemble. Tilda graduated from Manchester School of Theatre in 2015 where she was nominated for the Carleton Hobbs Award and Sam Wanamaker Festival. Select theatre credits include: The Chit Chat Chalk Show (Hawk Dance Theatre and The Knotted Project); You Must Be The One To Bury Me (Babel Theatre at HOME Theatre); Bluebeard’s Castle (OperaUpClose and The Northwall) and Dancing at Lughnasa, The Women of Troy, Blue Stockings (Capitol Theatre, Manchester School of Theatre).

Martin Donaghy will be playing the role of Ensemble. Martin trained at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. He was the Actor Intern at the Glasgow Citizens Theatre 2014/2015 and the recipient of the Citizens Theatre Christina Chalmers Award for Promising Newcomer 2016. Select theatre include credits: Anything That Gives Off Light (National Theatre of Scotland/The TEAM); Ring Road (Traverse/Oran Mor); Macbeth (Southwark Playhouse). Select screen credits include: Beats (Sixteen Films) and The Secret Agent (BBC).

Camrie Palmer will be playing the roles of Mother/Ensemble. Originally from Perthshire, Camrie recently graduated from Manchester School of Theatre (2015) and then went on to join the Glasgow Citizens’ Theatre Company for a year under their actor internship scheme. Select theatre credits include: Blackbird, Rapunzel and Lanark: A Life in Three Acts (Citizens’ Theatre); Dick McWhittington (Horsecross Perth Theatre); Sanatorium Under the Sign of the Hourglass, The Women of Troyand Dancing at Lughnasa (Manchester Met); and Fragments (Iron Shoes / The North Wall). Select Film and TV credits include: Blindsided (Tom Gentle).

Pawel Zdun will be playing the roles of Stool Pidgeon/Ensemble. Pawel is a Polish actor living in UK. He trained at the Ludwik Solski Drama School in Wroclaw (Poland). Select theatre credits include Pan Tadeusz, Epitafium for the Loser, Pamietajcie O Ogrodach, Polish Specialities (Theatre Scena Polska UK/ London); The Miser (Royal Exchange Theatre/ Manchester); Victory, Speaking in Tongues, Low Meadows (Wroclawski Teatr Wspolczesny) and They Shoot Horses Don’t They? (Drama Theatre in Walbrzych).

Ewan Somers will be playing the roles of Driver/Treasure/Ensemble. Ewan trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. He was the recipient of the 2015 Glasgow Citizens Theatre Actor Internship and the 2016 Dundee Rep Graduate Scheme. Select theatre credits: Travels With My Aunt, Rapunzel, Lot and His God and Lanark (Glasgow Citizens Theatre); Much Ado About Nothing (Ian Charleson Award nomination); Love Song, Little Red and the Wolf and Witness for the Prosecution (Dundee Rep); Tomorrow (Vanishing Point, International Tour) and Dick McWhittington (Perth Concert Hall).

Sinead Sharkey will be playing the roles of Era/Girl/Ensemble. Sinéad has just graduated from The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Select theatre credits include: Pleasure and Pain, Burial at Thebes, Snow Queen (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland); Recoil (On The Verge); Peter Pan and Teenage Kicks (Millennium Forum Derry); Closing Time, The Pride, Kirk Session, Promised Land and Last Supper (Blue Eagle Productions); and Wood of the Crows (Playhouse Derry). Select TV/ Film credits include: Mercy (Out of Orbit), Dracula Untold (Universal Pictures); First Shall be Last (Blue Eagle Productions) and Spill It (BBC Blast). Select radio credits include: Looped (BBC Radio Scotland).

Nicholas Ralph will be playing the roles of Rex/Boy/Ensemble. Nicholas graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland this year. Select theatre credits include: Pleasure and Pain, Simon’s Magical Christmas Socks, The Burial at Thebes, Romeo and Juliet, Death of a Salesman and Love Despite Life (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland); Dunsinane (National Theatre of Scotland/Royal Shakespeare Company); Dream On! (BBC Arts Live); Beyond the Trenches (Play Pieces). Film and radio credits include: The Wife (Meta Film London LTD), Kidnapped (BBC Radio Scotland/RCS).

Faithful Ruslan – The Story of a Guard Dog runs on the B2 Stage at the Belgrade Theatre from Sat 2 to Sat 16 Sept. Tickets are available now priced from £13 by calling the Belgrade Box Office team on 024 7655 3055 or visit