Two young Tameside actors to appear at Royal Exchange Theatre
Thursday 14th April 2016 @ 12:19 by Adam Higgins
Ashton Entertainment

Two young local actors James Evans and Jake Mainwaring are appearing in ‘Nothing’ at The Royal Exchange Theatre from tonight (Thursday) to Sunday, April 17, in collaboration with the Young Company.  

The Young Company meet weekly to participate in skills classes and an ensemble cast of 20 actors will be performing in this UK premiere by Amanda Dalton, adapted from the novel by Janne Teller and directed by Bryony Shanahan.

Young Company Director Matt Hassall is co-directing this production to be performed in The Royal Exchange Studio.

This powerful and unsettling play focuses around teenager Pierre Anthon, played by Aarian Mehrabani, who announces that nothing in life has meaning and his friends decide to prove him wrong.

But their desperate actions spiral out of control and lead to terrifying consequences.  The novel was written in 2000 and translated in 2010.

‘Nothing’ caused widespread controversy in its native Denmark, receiving great critical acclaim, but was banned in many schools and libraries.

James, who plays the character of Henry, has worked professionally in theatre, film and television from a young age, including a short film, produced by Emmerdale’s Liam Fox (Dan Spencer) with actor/director Noreen Kershaw, appearing in a TV commercial for Asda – George Back to School, a TV comedy drama, animation programme and a Coronation Street classic play with former Corrie actors.

He is presently studying A Levels in Drama, History, Law and English Language.  James has recently had a call back for Hollyoaks, but in the meantime is keeping himself busy with the production.

He told us he has enjoyed being involved in The Young Company.

“It’s great to be involved in a professional production, developing my skills as an actor and working as a team,” he said.

Jake plays the character of Holy Carl and is a member of the Young Performers. He has appeared in numerous Young Company productions, including ‘Brink’ by Jackie Kay in the Royal Exchange Studio as well as touring with Flicker and the Flying Books – a collaboration between the Young Company and Elders’ Company as part of Manchester Children’s Book Festival.

The show was performed at the Royal Exchange as well as touring to Manchester Central Library and the New Vic Theatre in Stoke.

Last year Jake was also a John Thaw Trainee where he received a year of mentoring with theatre staff.

“I feel proud to be part of the Young Company,” he said. “I have loved meeting new people with similar interests and developing my performance skills and confidence.”

James, Jake and the cast are enjoying the play and working with The Young Company in this prestigious theatre. Other cast members include Justina Aina (Maiken), Matt Boylan (Huge Hands), James Butterfield (Frederik), Phoebe Coop (Sophie), Tawana Dingembira (Otto), Sophie Edwards (Little I), Owen Fitzpatrick (Lady William), Grainne Flynn (Agnes), Lucy Gaydecki (Elise), Daniel Healiss (Jon), Oscar Jones (Seb), Maria Lowe (Laura), Yandass Ndlovu (Ursula), Melissa Pickford (Gerda), Kylo Robinson (Dennis), Laura Rozo (Rosa) and Sonny Poon Tip (Hussain).

The play has been a sell-out success and details can be found at