Blue Sky Theatre Productions

The School for Scandal Creative team

The pick of Adelaide’s top creatives

Who's who in The School for Scandal


Adrian Barnes / Sir Oliver Surface

Adrian has had a long and productive career. After training in England Adrian appeared with many distinguished repertory companies and in a string of West End musicals. Moving to Australia in 1981 Adrian continued an active performing career and has taught extensively in many renowned Southern Hemisphere drama schools.

Continuing to pursue an active performance career, Adrian has worked extensively in Australia in such well known shows as Pirates of Penzance (The Broadway Version) The 60th Anniversary Tour of The Mousetrap and the first Wolf Creek the TV series. This is Adrian’s first appearance with Blue Sky and he’s thoroughly enjoying his welcome into the family.


Robert Bell / Charles Surface

Robert made his acting debut in 2011 as the brain-damaged Michal in The Pillowman, which earned him an Adelaide Critics Circle nomination for Emerging Artist of the Year.

Since then he hasn’t stopped gallivanting from stage to stage performing with companies like Adelaide Repertory Theatre, University of Adelaide Theatre Guild, St. Jude’s Players, Therry Dramatic Society, The MET and Red Phoenix.

In 2015/2016 he won back-to-back Adelaide Theatre Guide Awards for his portrayals of Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar and Joseph Merrick in The Elephant Man, which also saw him win the Adelaide Critics Circle Individual Award.


Joshua Coldwell / Benjamin Backbite / Terrence Tally

Joshua has appeared in myriad different roles including several Shakespeare productions for University of Adelaide Theatre Guild. For The Stirling Players he’s appeared in The Compleat Female Stage Beauty, Collaborators and The Beaux’ Stratagem. For Adelaide Repertory Theatre Josh has performed in Star Quality, Dracula, Mystery of the Hansom Cab and Only an Orphan Girl; as well as Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.

He has worked most recently for Red Phoenix performing in Titus Andronicus, Two Brothers and The White House
Murder Case.

Joshua was also part of Blue Sky’s premiere season playing Colonel Brandon in Sense & Sensibility.


Lee Cook / Joseph Surface/Bobby Bumper

Lee is known for playing many impressive lead roles including Lt Ralph Clark in The Stirling Players’ Our Country’s Good, Richard Derrington in Zigzag Street and Alan Bennet in The Lady In The Van.

He’s played Greg in RelativelySpeaking, The Tin Man in The Wizard of Oz and Sergeant Trotter in The Mousetrap for Therry Dramatic Society.

Lee performed in several Mixed Salad Productions as Simon in Feelgood, Tony in Out In The Open and Irwin in their multi-awarding-winning production of The History Boys.

In 2017 Lee starred in Our Boys at Adelaide Repertory Theatre and Blue Sky’s Sense & Sensibility.


Miriam Keane / Miss Snake / Cindy Careless

Miriam has a wealth of experience in Adelaide theatre. She appeared most recently as Wendy Windwood in It Could Be Any One of Us for Therry Dramatic Society, following on from their highly acclaimed production of Jane Eyre, in which she played the varied roles of Miss Temple, Mary Ingram and Diana Rivers.

Other notable performances include Sister James in Doubt for St Jude’s Players, Catesby in Richard III at University of Adelaide Theatre Guild and Praskovya in Collaborators at The Stirling Players.

In 2015 Miriam directed Zigzag Street for The Stirling Players, which was nominated for an Adelaide Theatre Guide Curtain Call award. She returns to Blue Sky Theatre, following her roles as Margaret Dashwood and Lucy Steele in Sense & Sensibility.


Lindy Le Cornu / Nanny Rowley

With well over 35 years of stage experience Lindy is a bit of a theatrical gadabout being very happy to go where the parts take her. She had just finished playing in Adelaide Repertory Theatre’s Palace of Varieties only to jump straight into rehearsals as our Nanny Rowley. Earlier this year she played for Blue Sky Theatre in Sense & Sensibility.

In 2015 she appeared in Galleon Theatre’s award winning Rumours and played Lady Bountiful in The Stirling Players The Beaux’ Stratagem. In 2016 she appeared in two productions for St Jude’s Players first in Boeing Boeing and then in Calendar Girls.

Lindy is thrilled to be part of this production as she found the opportunity to play with Blue Sky again in the beautiful gardens of our state was too good to miss!


Steve Marvanek / Sir Peter Teazle

Steve made his acting debut in 2008 with The Stirling Players in It’s My Party (And I’ll Die if I Want To). Since then he has performed regularly with many local theatre companies.

Personal highlights include playing Marco in A View from the Bridge, Capulet in Romeo and Juliet, both for University of Adelaide Theatre Guild, Vladimir in The Stirling Players’ Collaborators and more recently, Frederick Treves in Adelaide Repertory Theatre’s production of The Elephant Man.

Regency sideburns first appeared for his role as Sir John Middleton in Blue Sky’s inaugural production of Sense & Sensibility last summer and they returned for Edward Rochester in Therry Dramatic Society’s August production of Jane Eyre.


Ashley Penny / Maria / Maid

While Ashley is a newcomer to the Adelaide theatre scene she is well known for her work in Victor Harbor community theatre. She has played principal roles in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Amelia Bradshaw Turns Eight, West Side Story and Annie.

Ashley’s played Mercy Lewis in The Crucible for University of Adelaide Theatre Guild and appeared in multiple roles in Therry Dramatic Society’s production of Jane Eyre.

Most recently appeared as Charity in Adelaide Repertory Theatre’s end of year melodrama Palace of Varieties.


Nicole Rutty / Lady Sneerwell / Gloria Trip

Nicole has acted with many theatre companies over the last 19 years, and appeared in last year’s production of Sense & Sensibility for Blue Sky Theatre.

Recently Nicole appeared as Mae in Cat on A Hot Tin Roof for Adelaide Repertory Theatre and was part of their ensemble in The Elephant Man. In 2015 she played Maureen in The Return for University of Adelaide Theatre Guild.

Nicole played many roles for Mixed Salad Productions including Rita in Educating Rita, Chloe in Lips Together Teeth Apart, Liz in Feelgood and Georgeanne in their award-winning production of Five Women Wearing the Same Dress.


Angela Short / Mrs Candour

Since arriving in Australia in 2010 Angela has played Ruth Condomine in Blithe Spirit for Tea Tree Players, for which she received a Lamerton Award, and Lady Riverdale in Death by Chocolate at Therry Dramatic Society.

She has also played Juliet’s mother in Romeo and Juliet, Verges in Much Ado About Nothing and Alice in Henry V for University of Adelaide Theatre Guild and Mary Connor in Forget Me Not at The Stirling Players.

In addition, Angela recently directed Lettice and Lovage and prior to that, co-directed, with the lovely Gary George, Two Gentlemen of Verona for University of Adelaide Theatre Guild.


Kate Van Der Horst / Lady Teazle

Kate is delighted to be back after playing Marianne in Blue Sky Theatre’s production of Sense & Sensibility

Kate’s other theatrical highlights include award-winning plays Influence and The Pillowman at University of Adelaide Theatre Guild and The Beaux’ Stratagem for The Stirling Players. She’s also appeared in Two Gentlemen of Verona for University of Adelaide Theatre Guild, Compleat Female Stage Beauty at The Stirling Players and Don Parties On with Red Phoenix.

She has also appeared in several celebrated films and TV shows, including The Book Place, The Colour of Kerosene, Friendship, Love & Loyalty and the occasional ad. Kate is currently filming the series Warpath Chronicle with New Blood Studios.


Dave Simms / Director / Adapter

Dave Simms is well regarded in Adelaide as both an actor, director and adapter of plays.

Last summer he adapted and directed Blue Sky Theatre’s Sense & Sensibility. In 2009 he adapted Shakespeare’s Two Gentlemen of Verona setting it in modern Hollywood.

Directing highlights include All My Sons, Dinner and Our Boys at Adelaide Repertory Theatre and The Stirling Players’ best-selling shows The Lady in the Van, The Beaux’ Stratagem and Variation on a Theme.

For nine years Dave was at the helm of Mixed Salad Productions acting in many of their critically acclaimed productions including Educating Rita, Torch Song TrilogyThe Browning Version, Love! Valour! Compassion!, The History Boys and Feelgood.