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“Understudy Big Mama”Yvonne Gidden

Yvonne Gidden portraitYvonne trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama. Her theatre work includes; The Crucible (Ipswich), Irma La Douce (Shaftesbury Theatre), The Wizz and Strange Fruit (Sheffield Crucible), Measure for Measure (National Theatre/Mexico Festival), Here There Is Darkness (Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith), The Cat and The Canary (Farnham Redgrave), Young Writers Festival (Royal Court), Strange Fruit (Liverpool), Little Shop of Horrors (Tour of Australia), Carmen Jones (Sheffield Crucible), Animal Farm and Pied Piper (National Theatre), Romeo and Juliet (Temba Theatre), Wind in the Willows (Birmingham Rep), Black and White Minstrels (Kings Head), Alma (This is Now Theatre Co.) for which she was nominated Time Out Best Actress, Trickle Down Town (Calypso Productions), Generations of the Dead (Contact Theatre, Manchester), Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet (Go Management), Island Wedding (Talawa Theatre Company), Bernice in Member of The Wedding (Wimbledon Studio Theatre), various roles in Bites (Mama Quillo at The Bush Theatre), Frau Flamm in Rose Bernd as part of the Last Waltz Season at the Arcola (Dumbfounded Theatre Co/Oxford Stage Co), Mary-Jo in The Harder They Come (Theatre Royal Stratford East) and Prisoner Warder/Clara’s Mum in Musik and the Beggar Woman in The Execution Of Damiens for Theatre Writing Partnership. Yvonne is about to begin rehearsals for Cat On A Hot Tin Roof (Novello Theatre West End) where she will play the servant and understudy Big Momma.

Yvonne's television appearances include; Walcott (Black Lion Films), Take The Stage (Granada), Take A Nice Girl Like You (ITV), The Brief (STV), Domestic Bliss (Newsreel Films/Ch4), We’ll Think of Something (Thames), The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole (Thames), Split Screen (BBC), Casualty (BBC), South of the Border (BBC), The Manageress (Zed Ltd), Paper Mask (Granada), Desmonds (Channel 4), Inspector Morse (Zenith), London's Burning (LWT), Edwina in four episodes of Big Bad World (Carlton), M.I.T.(Freemantle) and Passer By (BBC).

For film, Yvonne played the Doctor in Kenneth Branagh's film of Hamlet (Fishmonger Films).

'4 STARS - WONDERFUL' Time Out

'SEXY, STARRY ENTERTAINMENT... CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF IS AN AMERICAN CLASSIC' Variety

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