'Apparatus' Cast and Crew

Emily Carding - The Officer

Emily Carding is an experienced Shakespearean actor, having appeared in versions of over twenty of Shakespeare’s plays, both on stage and screen. She holds a BA (hons) in Theatre Arts from Bretton Hall and an MFA in Staging Shakespeare from the University of Exeter. She has, together with independent theatre company Brite Theater, created a number of challenging and innovative shows including Shakespeare in Hell, Lear and Richard III (A One Woman Show) which has won multiple awards and rave reviews internationally. She is currently writing a new one-woman show in collaboration with London Science Museum and also working with local playwright John Knowles on a new show inspired by the character of Caliban from Shakespeare’s Tempest. She is also developing a solo version of Hamlet with audience participation.


A number of films in which she appears are due to be released in 2017-2018 including the comedy horror Scareycrows, a green screen adaptation of Macbeth and Ghost stories (opposite Martin Freeman).

Emily is also a published author and artist and is currently working on a book on the Magic of Shakespeare.


After ten years of living in the South-West, Emily now lives in St Leonards-On-Sea with her teenage daughter Willow, and will be playing Hamlet in Spring 2018 at St Mary in the Castle in Hastings which will then tour to Rye Creative Centre.

Luis Amália - The Condemned Man

Luis Amália’s love of acting started with a fascination for the work of Ingrid Bergman, Bette Davis, Katherine Hepburn and Paul Newman (amongst others). On joining Madrid’s Caín Teatro he discovered Becket, Ionésco, Lillian Hellman and Rodrigo García and worked in many roles and responsibilities with them. Whilst following his performing heart, he also found the time to graduate with honours at Madrid’s School of Architecture. Luis also co-founded and funded El Hijo Tonto, a performing arts collective and 'A Esther Moya le robaron una medalla' where he melds cinema references and architecture. 


He completed an MA in Screen Acting at Drama Centre London and has been involved in several short films ever since.


On learning of his casting in Franz Kafka – Apparatus, Luis said ‘I can't think of anything more exhilarating than being immersed in a Kafkaesque atmosphere, with only the ability to react with my body to what other actors express with their words.’

Matt Hastings - The Traveller

Matt trained at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and the National Youth Theatre. His stage work includes Pygmalion (Riverside Theatre, Parramatta), Richard III (Cockpit Theatre), Henry V (Regent's Park) and five years with Bard On The Beach performing open air Shakespeare in Australia. On screen Matt has appeared in A Journey's End (BBC), The Legend of Ben Hall (Two Tone Picures), Deadly Women (Beyond International) and numerous TVCs.

Maximus Polling

Maximus is from Brighton and has always had a passion for acting, from an early age, he couldn't see himself doing anything else. His stage work includes Frankenstein, The 39 Steps and Letters of Love (Brighton Little Theatre) and is the Young CS Lewis in the documentary A Hobbit, A Wardrobe and a Great War. 

'Ruffian' Cast and Crew

Photograph by Sarel Jansen

About Ross Dinwiddy

Ross is a film maker who has written and directed a number of films including 'The Last Stop' and 'Modern Monsters'. His work has been shown at many prestigious film festivals internationally, including Toronto, San Francisco, Tokyo, New York and Sydney. With 'The Last Stop' premiering in London at the BFI South Bank to great reviews and a sold out NFT1. Subsequently, there was a successful home video release, where it entered the HMV top 20. Recently, Ross has written his first novel, 'Danyrogof Deep', to 4 and 5 star reviews and was an Amazon best seller in November 2014. 'Ruffian on the Stair' is his first theatre project. He is also currently writing and developing a new film, 'Dark Ride' with producer Alex Grace and a dramatic web-series 'Metro Maze'.

About Alex Grace

Alex studied film and documentary production and at the London College of Communication and has worked on a variety of campaigning films, documentaries, topical comedy shorts and podcasts including the Noemi Weiss’ feature documentary MILK, the hugely popular topical podcast No Pressure to be Funny and a series of films for the Justice Alliance Campaign to save legal aid.


Alex has also produced large scale comedy fundraising shows and campaigns for NGO’s  and charities such as sector Amnesty International, Reprieve, Stop Climate Chaos, War Child and War on Want

About Rich Bright

Rich worked with Blue Devil as co-producer on ‘Ruffian on the Stair’ in 2017 and looked after the press and publicity side of things. Since the departure of the company founder, Rich has joined forces with Alex Grace as fellow producer. He worked as Co-Producer on the feature, ‘Modern Monsters’ in 2001-2003. Outside of the entertainment business, Rich is a market researcher and has worked on products as diverse as smoked sausages and the launch of the iPad. His interest in theatre and film started many years ago and he has worked in varied roles within both independent film and theatre ever since. Whilst living in France, he translated screenplays and advertising copy into English.

Franz Kafka - Apparatus

Ross Dinwiddy's new adaptation of Kafka's 'In the Penal Colony'

You are cordially invited to a most unusual, mechanically achieved execution - death by means of a complex machine designed and constructed in a nightmare. Tragedy, comedy, horror and the absurd intermingle in this dramatic labyrinth of cruelty, obsession and madness.

First Performances at:

The Rialto Theatre

11 Dyke Road



01273 725 230

MAY 2018

4th 6.30pm

13th 6.30pm

21st 8.00pm

22nd 8.00pm

25th 6.30pm

26th 6.30pm

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