ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN AERIALAND PROGRAMME
Adapted by Laura Harling and Vicky Gaskin
Director - Laura Harling
Movement Director - Vicky Gaskin
Aerial Director - Hayley Ingle
Musical Director - David Knight
Costume - Grace Miller
Sensory Advisor - Natalya Martin
Rig design - Tarn Aitken
Thanks to Hikapee Theatre, Flying Fantastic, Longfield Hall, Open Bar/Open Book theatre
MELAINA PECORINI (She/Her) - ALICE
Melaina trained at East 15 as an actor and in stage combat. and recently developed her aerial skills in hoop and silks. Her recent stage work includes: In Control (Tramshed),The Net (Tristan Bates) and That Parking Show (Tangled Feet). Melaina is thrilled to be playing Alice for The Dot Collective and enjoys bringing together both acting and aerial skills and touring to care homes giving them magical moments.
VICKY GASKIN (She/Her) - EAGLET/COOK/HATTER/GRYPHON/BILL THE LIZARD/ENSEMBLE
Vicky is a Swiss Army knife. She is a physical performer and aerialist and is co-producer and movement director for Alice’s Adventures in Aerialand. She runs Open Bar and Open Book theatre companies, spending her summers touring Fuller’s pub gardens with the Bard’s funniest classics (this summer she will be playing Dromio of Syracuse in The Comedy of Errors) and going into libraries throughout the year with accessible adaptations of classic novels. She is one half of character comedy duo Gaskin and Healy. She plays Juna in Dungeons and Dragons podcast No Small Rolls. Her most recent projects include A Map To You for The Dot Collective and Elf Factory for Hikapee Circus Theatre.
LAURA HARLING (She/Her) - DODO/DUCHESS/CHESHIRE CAT/QUEEN OF HEARTS/ENSEMBLE
Laura founded The Dot Collective charity in 2015 after successfully running First Draft Theatre, that helped playwrights to develop their ideas for 5 years. She's produced over 30 productions including the development of One Hundred Trillion (Old Vic Workrooms) and A Map to You (Longfield Hall) which she also directed, wrote and designed for.
Laura studied Fine Art at Kingston University which has always weaved its way through her theatre work.
Laura grew up working as an actor and enjoying an extensive career in film and TV before training at Drama Studio London. Her recent work includes: world premiere of opera Written on Skin (ROH London, Lincoln Centre NYC/European tour), Say it with Flowers (Hampstead Theatre), The Tempest (Open Bar Theatre), Silent Witness (BBC).
Laura discovered aerial 4 years ago and was hooked. She found a family at Flying Fantastic and will never look back, especially when her teacher is the wonderful Dormouse that is Hayley Ingle!
HAYLEY INGLE (She/Her) - LORY/CHESHIRE CAT/CATERPILLAR/DORMOUSE/ENSEMBLE
Hayley studied Drama and Spanish at Aberystwyth University and then began her career as an actor, always on the hunt for more physical modes of performance. Whilst working on a job, she met an Aerialist for the first time - at that point Hayley didn’t even know what an Aerialist was! When she found out her colleague had begun training as an adult, Hayley realised it wasn’t too late for her! Following a quick search for ‘Circus schools,’ she was hooked. She loves taking things to the next level. In Hayley’s words, ‘Aerial is fun, beautiful, challenging and an amazing way to keep fit. There’s always more to learn so it’s never-ending – I never get bored of it. Aerial also opens your life up to a whole new community of lovely, vibrant people’. Hayley specialises in Rope and Silks but also has a passion for Doubles work, having performed Doubles Hoop and also training in Doubles Rope and Silks.
AITCH WYLIE (They/He) - WHITE RABBIT/CHESHIRE CAT/DUCK/MARCH HARE/ENSEMBLE
Aitch has been loving learning how to fly, and picked up climbing the silks in seconds!
Recent credits include: The musical Snowflake (MPTheatricals), Stages: A Video Game Musical (The Vaults) and The Snow Queen (Cheltenham Playhouse)