Beth Hamilton-Cardus – Project Co-Ordinator
Beth’s theatrical career began (depending on whether you ask her Mum or her Dad) with either an unexpected cameo in a Fringe production of ‘Revolting Rhymes’ when she rolled on to the stage laughing, or with a death-defying turn as the Star of Bethlehem in the Capshard Primary School’s 1989 Nativity (she had to hold a star on a wooden pole and, ever the pro, managed not to injure any fellow cast members).
The move towards writing and directing, as well as performing, was inevitable, and Beth spent many years bullying friends, family and her Mum’s Brownie pack into appearing in her productions (many thanks go to her Primary Seven teacher for allowing all that rehearsal time for the complex emotional scenes in ‘The Three Musketeers’). Beth also spent ten years treading the boards in the Kirkcaldy Junior Drama Group and Kirkcaldy Youth Music Theatre playing such illustrious roles as Townsperson 3, Lost Boy 2, Munchkin 8, Child 2 and general chorus member. She was also lucky enough to be taught drama by Tanya Turnbull at Kirkcaldy High School, as well as getting a brilliant education in English from Joe Hughes, and managed to get the odd prize and a few decent roles (some of which weren’t even numbered!) over the years.
Beth gained an MA (Hons) in English Literature from Edinburgh University in 2006, before going on to complete her Community Education MSc at Edinburgh University in 2008. However, her education really began in the Canon’s Gait pub basement, as one of the first members of Comedy and That (now known as the Edinburgh Revue), Edinburgh University’s sketch and stand up society. Here, she formed a partnership with Andrew Coull, wrote and performed for the society’s first Fringe show and played a variety of female characters, including mothers, wives and girlfriends. She also acted as producer for the University’s Theatre Paradok, which taught her valuable lessons about the need to crush whimsy wherever it should appear, and how to budget.
After qualifying as a community education worker, Beth worked in the voluntary sector for seven years, while also writing in her spare time for The F-Word and Make it Work. She’s currently an apprentice at the Scottish Storytelling Centre, and is particularly interested in re-telling traditional Celtic tales. Beth is also attempting to learn the ukulele (because the violin went so well) and is developing her skills in puppetry.
Beth lives in Dunfermline with her husband and daughter.
Andrew Coull – Project Co-Ordinator
As a child, Andrew had one dream. Just the one. It was a recurring dream involving pirates armed with Super soakers. That’s not really relevant to be honest. As an adult, he had more realistic dreams about acting, writing and running a small community theatre company. Those ones turned out to be more achievable and here he is.
His first encounter with the stage came at an early age, playing a baker in a small town called Bethlehem. After that, a hunter armed with a cardboard gun in a heavy handed musical about environmentalism. A string of local pantos with the Glenrothes Theatre Group followed (can anyone say comic relief?) before Andrew left for the glittering lights of Edinburgh!
In Edinburgh Andrew joined Theatre Paradok and trod the boards as Herr Biederman in The Fireraisers, Caiphus in Messiah and terrible stage manager in Accidental Death of an Anarchist (That last one wasn’t as an actor – he really was a quite terrible stage manager.) He joined up with Comedy and That, Edinburgh University’s premiere (and only) comedy society after seeing their first show and it was there that he met Elizabeth Hamilton. Andrew and Beth decided (for some reason lost to history) to start writing sketches together. They agreed that their senses of humour were similar enough for a partnership to form and continued writing. They wrote about superheroes (a theme still a favourite of theirs) and pirates (ditto) and performed in Comedy and That’s first ever Fringe show.
After leaving Edinburgh Uni Andrew studied Acting and Performance at Adam Smith College, toured schools as part of their graduate theatre company, worked in Angus Council’s Theatre in Education Department before experimenting with a variety of jobs: Potato Salesman, Watch Repairer, Mcdonald’s Burger flipper, care assistant and substance use project worker.
He enjoys learning traditional folk tales from around the world, experimenting with accents while listening to the radio, and perfecting his own brand of perfectly enunciated rap.
He lives in Kirkcaldy with his wife and tiny dog.
Andrew and Beth are both fully PVG checked and have undertaken child protection training.