SOLSTICE - THE CAST

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JAMES KANE

Sandy Thomson

James, 22, is a versatile actor whose work encompasses stage, film, television, online and radio. With a passion for acting, as well as music and singing, James has regularly performed with highly respected companies including The National Theatre of Scotland, the BBC, BBC Scotland, Scottish Opera, Youth Music Theatre UK and the Scottish Youth Theatre. This includes performing at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the Gala re-opening of the Theatre Royal Glasgow and also throughout the Commonwealth Games (Cultural Programme). On TV, James was a featured actor in BBC2’s Now’s the Hour looking at devising a show around the referendum in 2014. Over the next 12 months he featured regularly on tv, radio and online as performer, presenter and guest. 

James was invited to join the cast of Blabbermouth by the National Theatre of Scotland which was an iconic and memorable celebration by Scotland’s acting fraternity. He was chosen as Pick of the Day in the Janice Forsyth show, BBC Radio Scotland, where he performed his own modern day interpretation of a Burns poem alongside the Scots Makar, Liz Lochhead.  

Since graduating with a Professional Diploma in Stage and Screen Performance from Acting Coach Scotland at the age of 18, James has continued to work in theatre, films, radio and touring productions. 

Chelsea Grace

CHELSEA GRACE

Mia MacDonald

Chelsea Grace is a bold Highlander from Inverness, now living in Glasgow. Chelsea likes to use acting as a form of activism. Chelsea is lead in Emma Mallins’ Roots from a Stone, which shows the struggle that people in the LGBTQ+ community face. She’s also cast lead in No.88 directed by Nadine O’Mahony which was part of the BACK IN programme, created to support up and coming B.A.M.E film makers. She’s part of Autism Aware a short film by Scottish Autism, shining a light on how we as society can lend a helping hand to those with autism. Since 2019 Chelsea has been a member of the Scottish Youth Theatre’s National Ensemble 2020, who are producing a show focusing on climate change, directed by Melanie Jordan, called Once you see the smoke.

Alec Westwood

ALEC WESTWOOD

Eric MacDonald

Alec is a graduate of RSAMD (Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama) and has a long and varied career spanning over 30 years in film, theatre and TV.


Alec has performed at many iconic theatres including The Citizens Theatre, the Tron, Dundee Rep, Perth Rep and the National Theatre. On-screen credits include Knightmare (Folly/Folly the Jester/Gibbet), Dramarama, Bookie, Taggart, Lovejoy, Roughnecks and Still Game.


Most recently Alec has appeared as Bernie McConnell in Schemers screened at the Edinburgh International Film Festival and as Anthony Scott in Remember Me.

Offir Limacher

OFFIR LIMACHER

Dem (Demetrius) Adopoulos

Offir Limacher is a Swiss-Israeli actor based in Glasgow. In 2018 he graduated from Acting Coach Scotland with a professional diploma in stage and screen and has appeared in several short films since. Trained in the swiss military, leading & entertaining in summer camps, traveling the world and his love for gymnastics, has led him to move to Scotland and commit to the craft of acting. Offir is trained in several stage combat weapons and has recently performed in an immersive theatre version of Fight Club as part of the Glasgow Film Festival. Pursuing his own projects, collaborating with equally enthusiastic artists and constantly developing new skills, Offir enjoys where the journey might take him.  

 

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NIAMH O'DONNELL

Eilidh MacGregor

Niamh O’Donnell (Eilidh) grew up in Glasgow, Scotland. Since graduating with an HND in Acting and Performance in 2018, she has worked predominantly on short films, with Solstice being her first feature.


Niamh also has experience in theatre, with a two-week run at the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe and a month long tour of Scotland in December of 2019 with Theatre Presto’s pantomime Handsome and Gretel. She is currently in pre-production for an exciting new Scottish TV pilot Game of Cones.


As well as acting, Niamh is also currently working closely with a group of performers on a piece of new writing (Fault Lines by Victoria Kennedy) which they are hoping to have staged by the end of 2020. In September of 2020 Niamh will begin training for her BA in Acting at a London drama school.

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LAURA MACDOUGALL

Pucker

In front of the camera, Laura was been cast in Scottish feature films Tellurian and Holiday Monday where she showcases not only her acting ability but her stunt work. She boasts over ten years of martial arts experience specialising in Taekwondo but has MMA experience, training additionally in Muay Thai, Boxing and Jiu Jitsu.


However Laura is no stranger to being behind the camera. Now an award-winning writer and filmmaker, she has plans to direct three short films in the coming year, two of which from her own scripts.

Andrew Gray

ANDREW GRAY

Kingo

Andrew's forays into acting have been very part-time and a little sporadic. From Ayckbourn's Ernie's Incredible Illucinations aged 10 and a role as Esmeralda the Circus 'tart' in Bartok's Opera The Bartered Bride at 14, things took a dip as the Drama Crowd at university were rather a clique.

Perhaps in response to a parallel interest from his two young children, he began dipping his toe into the local Amateur Dramatic group's productions, initially falling prey to the peculiar lure of the Pantomime genie. He seemed to slot in quite easily to 2 or 3 farces, making a small mark as the Waiter in Ayckbourn's Between Mouthfuls.

With the encouragement and efforts of professionally-trained individuals whose talents truly benefit the local drama group, he has more recently risen to the challenge of some darker one act plays. In the last three years, there have been stretching roles in the disturbing Trio; as the war-damaged Hughie in an original play based on events near the end of Unity Mitford's life; and in Spring 2019 as Eddie in When A Man Knows, by Alan Richardson. These performances gained him the dizzy heights of  Stand-out Performance and Best Moment of Theatre silver-ware in the Lorn & North Lorn Drama Festivals. 

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PAUL JAMES

Kenny

Actor/musician and creative director who has worked in the arts for over 30 years. Often behind the scenes, he is delighted to have this debut opportunity to work in front of the camera.

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DANTE

Cammy

Making his first feature film performance, Dante really enjoying working with the creative team and chilling with them off set too. 

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RUMSKEE

The Mechanicals

Rumskee are a fresh young band to the trad scene. Hailing from around Argyll, their sound incorporates their West-Coast roots with jazz and indie influences to create a unique sound.

Three members of the band feature as 'The Mechanicals' in Solstice and perform the theme song In Deep (With You) which is heard throughout the film.

 

The song In Deep (With You) was written by Anna Angelini and music then developed in collaboration with Emma Baird and Rumskee. Cameron Collie created adaptations of the song which were then used throughout the film.

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ROSIE

Herself

Born in Pitlochry, Rosie is a young-at-heart English Springer Spaniel who is a loyal family pet. A seasoned performer she is able to convince anyone that she has never been fed just to get another treat. She has featured in numerous family videos and always makes an appearance at the mention of the word chicken. She has no ambition to play the lead but if you attach a lead to her collar she'll jump at a walk-on role. Literally.