Duncan Rennie Jesus Christ
A graduate of Edinburgh College of Art, Duncan Rennie worked extensively in Scottish film and Television behind the camera before developing his career as an actor.
Duncan has featured in a wealth of Scottish film including 'Bulb' (BAFTA NEW TALENT 2008, Innovation Winner), 'Dach' (BAFTA SCOTLAND 2007 nominee, 2008 SSOS Technical Excellence Winner), 'A Map with Gaps' (Grand Jury Best Short Documentary at Slamdance 2007), 'Grace', 'The Eskimo and The Wolf' and 'Cotopaxi' (BAFTA SCOTLAND 2005 Best Film nominee), with cameos in 'Sixteen Years of Alcohol', 'Hallam Foe' and 'The New Ten Commandments'.
Work in television includes the lead in 'Science Scams: The Meinertzhagen Collection' and 'Wearside Jack: The Ripper Hoaxer' for Channel 4 and 'BBC Timewatch The Last Duel' and most recently 'History of Scotland' for the BBC.
Recent highlights for Duncan include the portrayal of Robert the Bruce in 'Aisling's Children' the centrepiece pageant for 'The Gathering: Homecoming 2009.' This work, directed by Mark Murphy, was performed to an international audience of over 9,000 in the historic surroundings of Edinburgh Castle.
Duncan is no stranger to the role of Jesus Christ, appearing to both Scottish and international audiences at landmark locations in the Passion Plays 'Life of Jesus Christ', 'Easter Play' and 'Glasgow Passion', by director Suzanne Lofthus.
Duncan is delighted to be involved in a brand new investigation of the character using all new technology with director Das Abra and his amazing team at QMorphic.
Daud Shah Jesus Christ
Daud Shah is an actor and writer/director. He left his career as a Doctor to study classical acting at LAMDA. His versatile look and range has led him to play a wide range of roles in television, film and on stage. He is best known for being James Bond's first ever kill in Casino Royale and has a pivotal role as Asoka, in Jerry Bruckheimer's forthcoming epic The Prince of Persia which is released next summer.
Selva Rasalingam Thomas
Recent acting credits include Law and Order: UK (ITV), Waking the Dead (BBC) and Torchwood (BBC). Also Spooks (BBC), Guantanamo: Honor Bound to Defend Freedom in the West End (New Ambassadors Theatre), and the US/UK tour of Midnight's Children (Royal Shakespeare Company).
In 2010 Selva will appear in Prince of Persia: the Sands of Time (Jerry Bruckheimer Films / Disney). He is currently filming Jesus in 'The Jesus Project' in Morocco for the U.S. (Big Book Media).
Alan Ireby Simon Peter
Alan Ireby has been a performer for over 40 years, principally in theatre. He attended a course at LAMDA in 1962 but found employment first in the Royal Scottish Museum and then Edinburgh City Police. Before turning fully professional in 1996, as an amateur he appeared in well over 100 theatre productions, in roles as diverse as Atuahalpa (Royal Hunt of the Sun), Sir (The Dresser), Malvolio (Twelfth Night), Hughie (Willie Rough) and Harold Hill (The Music Man), many generating critical acclaim. His portrayal of Inspector Truscott (Loot) was described as "A truly sinister gangling creation that deserves to be in the comedy hall of fame." [Evening News, May 2000] His most recent roles have been Peter Cauchon (St Joan) and Thomas Cromwell (A Man For All Seasons).
In other walks of life, Alan has a very deep love and grasp of Egyptology, and for over 50 years has been an expert potholer - his Equity name is also that of his favourite Yorkshire pothole!
For 25 years, he owned and ran Arvalon Stage Armoury, a business hiring weapons for theatre, film and television (recently sold as a going concern to Hands-On-UK in Glasgow). He therefore has a comprehensive knowledge of weapons, heraldry and associated costume.
Alan has served on the Scottish national and East of Scotland committees of Equity and for 15 years served as a Director on the board of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. He quite probably holds the record for the longest consecutive run of appearances on the Fringe, dating back to 1963.
Nowadays he works in film, TV, theatre, radio and corporate entertainment and was honoured to be asked to portray Simon Peter in the Gospel of Thomas.
Tim Pritchett Matthew
Tim Pritchett is an accomplished young theatre actor who is now progressing seamlessly into the realms of television and film. His diverse range of talents has lead him into producing and most recently directing as well. He is a founding member of The Leaping Giraffe Company and is currently preparing the British Premiere of Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, which he is also starring in. Tim Pritchett is a name to look out for in the future.
He very much enjoyed working with Popmorphic on The Gospel of Thomas and hope's to venture up to Scotland again in the not too distant future.
Manjot Sumal Disciple Nathaniel
Manjot has an intense presence when he is acting, a well focused actor who has no fear in pushing the boundaries. He has a wide range of experiences under his acting belt, which makes him a fairly versatile actor. His strong features stand him out in a crowd; he works well with other actors and crew. Manjot has potential to have a fruitful and long career.
Sean Reid Disciple James
G1ft's talents as singer, dancer, rapper and producer have established him as a respected performer and firm favourite on Scotland's urban music scene. G1ft was born in Harare to a Zimbabwean mother and a Glaswegian father and lived in Mauritius and Nigeria before moving to Glasgow for his secondary school education. He then went on to travel across American, nourishing his life-experiences and enhancing his flourishing musical talents. As a collaborative artist he has featured on a number of mixtapes including DJ Mark Devlin and as part of a trio act he was chosen as only one of five acts to record a music video which featured on Pan African Arts Scotland 'Freedom' DVD. G1ft was also picked as one of only 15 artists to write, perform and tour with very Urban Opera 2008. He went on to highly successful performances at both the Glasgow and Edinburgh Melas. After being an ITC Urban finalist in 2005, G1ft was also one of only six acts supported Akon on his one and only appearance in Scotland. He has gone on to support Miss Dynamite, Taio Cruz, Lemar and recently received airplay on Vic Galloway's, Radio 1 Show of his track "Set it off (Shimmy Shake)"Be sure to catch him on the T-Break Stage 2009...
Andres Federico Ozores Disciple
Andres trained in the renowned "Centro Cultural San Martin" in Buenos Aires (Argentine), and was a student of Noemi Serantes, Roberto Saiz and Alberto Figoli.
He worked with the "Corporacion Deambulantes" in Medellin (Colombia) in "Romeo and Juliet" adapted by Alvaro Sierra Eljach and Alvaro Narvaez Dias. Played Robbie Rotten in "Lazy Town" at the Teatro Opera in Buenos Aires and tour by Latino America, Frollo in "Hunchback of Notre Dame" at the Concert -Variedades in Buenos Aires, cast member in "RENT" at the Auditorium in Palma de Mallorca (Spain). He recently acted in the opera's "L'elisir di amore" at the Royal Opera House in London (UK) and "Le Grand Macabre" at the English National Opera in London (UK).
Karen Fraser Mary/Mariham
Karen Fraser has been working as an actor for the past 9 years, her main credits include "Ae Fond Kiss" Ken Loach "Festival" Annie Griffin "30 Acres" Justin Molotnikov and most recently "Crying With Laughter" Justin Molotnikov.
She has also made appearances in River City and Emmerdale and was last seen on stage at the Citizens Theatre in "the Blue Room" by David Hare.
Jessica Taylor Salome
Jessica Taylor graduated from Queen Margaret University in 2002. Since then she has enjoyed working in the entertainment industry as an actor, musician, voice and acting coach, voice-over artist and photographic model.
Her credits include 'Lisa's Sex Strike' (theatre tour, Northern Broadsides), 'No Pressure' (short film, North Isle Productions), advertising campaigns for Scotmid, Off-shore Holdings Atlantic Recruitment and The Scottish Executive as well as live and recorded musical performances, and radio commercials.
Jessica Taylor was voice coach for QMorphic's 'Gospel of Thomas' and played the role of Salome.
"I find the concept of polymorphic viewing very exciting and working on this project has been both inspiring and rewarding. I look forward to working with everyone from QMorphic again in the future, and being a part of this new and innovative approach to interactive viewing."
Adam Levy Master
Adam trained at RADA and has worked extensively in Film, T.V, Theatre and Radio. Work includes (theatre) RSC, National Theatre and West End. (Film) Gladiator, The Sin Eater and The Governess, (T.V) The Philanthropist, The Harlot's Progress and Lewis, (radio) and Radio 3 and 4 dramas.
Matthew Shahin Delgaram-Nejad Servant
Matthew trained at The Poor School in 2005/2006, and also with Dizi Conti. He left The Poor School in 2006, deciding to travel and experience more of what life has to offer. This took him from London to Dubai, Poland, Chicago, St.Louis and back to London again. Whilst travelling and working, he realised that he was gradually becoming much more distanced from his passion; the theatre. In 2007 Matthew returned from Dubai and decided to fulfil his passion for acting. He has performed at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival and (primarily) on the London Fringe.
Credits include: Patience, Prey, Omid Djallili Promo, UKTV Style, Ghosts, A Dinner Party, God Explodes Laughing, La Ronde, King Lear, Hay Fever, Cat on a Hot-Tin Roof, Barefoot in the Park, Cloud Nine, and Epsom Downs.
Sherif El Tayeb Invited Guest 1
Sherif El Tayeb originally from Egypt gave up practising medicine to concentrate on his first love, acting. Studying drama at Drama School for 4years in Egypt enabled him to fulfil his dream. Becoming a prolific artiste in all mediums before moving to London in 2000 to hone his English and expand his acting portfolio. Possessing as he does a flawless fluent English accent and native Arabic adaptable for any Middle Eastern role, he is now much in demand for many topical Brit/US Productions.
Derek Banner Invited Guest 2
Derek Banner started acting at 18 and since then has been working with various film and theatre and companies around Scotland in a variety of character and leading roles.
Previous stage credits include "A Midsummer Night's Dream" (Lysander), "Closer" (Dan), "Dancing at Lughnasa" (Michael), "Titus" (Saturninus), "The Nightmare before Christmas" (Jack Skellington) and "A Streetcar Named Desire" (Mitch).
His previous film work includes work with the BBC and many independent film companies.
Derek garnered critical praise in October 2008 for his leading performance as R.P McMurphy in a sold out run of "One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest".
Derek is currently being represented by Liz Bissett Management.
Anthony Wolfe Invited Guest 3
Anthony was born in London, and grew up in Essex. Having studied finance in the UK & Germany, he worked in the city before training as a postgraduate at East 15 Acting School, graduating in July 2004. He is currently touring in the role of Dracula in Berlin with The Playgroup (Teatro Nuvole, Naples). Other theatre includes George's Marvellous Medicine (Mr Kranky), Casino Theatre, Geneva, Romeo & Juliet (Capulet), UK tour,Between Worlds (Colin) Union Theatre, Basic (Ash), Hen & Chickens Theatre, Evening Primrose (Ensemble), Sadlers Wells, Ghosts (Oswald), Brentwood Theatre. On screen credits include Quietus, Screen East/BFC (Fancy), SLIP, JBFC (George), Dear Steven Spielberg, Low Fat Films (German Lawyer). Anthony also has many corporate film credits and TV commercials for Nissan, Sony Playstation, Listerine and The Welsh Assembly. During 2009 he recorded a series of online financial tutorials for BPP Professional Education.
Charles Donnelly Invited Guest 4
Charles trained at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. After leaving he spent the next 20 years working in theatres up and down the country, and living out of a suitcase. Among some of his credits are; Frank in "Educating Rita", Malvolio in "Twelfth Night", The Voice in "Under Milk Wood", Hindley Earnshaw in "Wuthering Heights", Mr. Tumnus in "The Lion The Witch and the Wardrobe" and The Wicked Stepmother in "Cinderella".
Although he prefers theatre - (it's easier) he has also popped up in a couple of 'Taggarts', 'Stella Does Tricks', 'Greyfriars Bobby' and The Crews - (soon to be released). At present he is working on a project with "Company Theatre", and if all goes as hoped he will be doing a world premiere in New York early in 2010.
Toni Frutin Woman
Toni graduated from the RSAMD in 2001. Since then she has been involved in various theatre performances some of which include The Four Twins, Scrooge, The Borrowers and Snow White at the Citizens Theatre. Passing Places with Borderline Theatre Company and Antigone in New York with Theatre Found. She has braved it with the Glasgow midges in Bard in the Botanics, performing in Romeo and Juliet, and has toured around Scotland with plays such as Snow Queen with Theatre Modo, and Something Wicked with Random Accomplice. Toni recently performed The Gathering with Theatre Abandon in Belfast.
Much of Toni's experience lies in comedy and she formed a cabaret group called Dirty Pigeon which performed comedy sketches and songs at festivals. She has also been involved in various radio comedy sketch shows including Rebus McTaggart and North by North North with the BBC.
Toni's Television experience includes Taggart, The Race (a New Foundlands short film) Fast Romance which is currently filming and Tikkabilla for the Cbeebies channel.
She is hoping to put her experience of bedtime stories and songs about animals which she learnt on Tikkabilla to good use when she has her first baby in October.
She is currently a continuity announcer for STV, which she loves because she gets to sit around and watch TV all day.
Toni was thrilled to be involved in The Gospel of St Thomas and was very excited to be a part of something so innovative.
Gareth Hunter Man 1
A relative newcomer, Gareth has been acting for just over three years now, making his debut in the independent feature film "Pondlife" in 2006. Since then he has gone on to land roles in a variety of short films and web series across various genres, including "The Crews", "The Duskwalker Chronicles", and "Sandwich", before starring as the killer in the upcoming horror film "The Bench".
Gareth is also a musician and writer, and has been playing in bands around Glasgow for several years now. He is a founding member of the alt-country Bad Bad Men, who released their latest CD earlier this year. He has also recently began work on his first novel, having spent some time amassing a collection of short stories, songs and poems.
Ted Mitchell Man 2
Ted is relatively young to the world of film acting; he strikes you as a well balanced character who wears his heart on his sleeve. He enjoys a supportive and amenable relationship with other cast and crew members. If he could aspire to anyone it would be the prodigious Denzel Washington.
Gill Horn Dress Maker
Gill Horn studied Fashion & Textile Design at Liverpool Polytechnic.
She graduated with an Honours Degree and a desire to specialise in Menswear Design and to create "Bespoke Originals" (like her mentor the late Bill Gibb who took an interest in her career when she was at College).
Gill has always been interested in the theatre and was actively involved backstage on several productions whilst at art school.
However it was to be a chance meeting with the Director Chris Bernard and the writer Frank Clarke that led to her involvement in the hugely successful low-budget feature film "Letter to Brezhnev" that was to be her Introduction to the world of costume design.
Gill was taken on as a dresser and subsequently wardrobe supervisor at Liverpool Empire Theatre and was involved in every touring show and production that needed her.
In 1987 Gill also joined the costume department of BBC Manchester as a Freelance Wardrobe Assistant, where she worked on all manner of Productions, mostly light entertainment.
She was fortunate to be taken under the wing of many talented designers.
She was also taken on by GRANADA Television, (highly unusual at the time as it was a bit of a 'closed shop') and MERSEY TV (Phil Redmond's production company).
For several years she successfully juggled contracts between these various companies.
She worked on: Jim'll Fix It, Eggs 'n' Baker, Brookside, Waterfront Beat, Children's Ward, and Coronation Street along with various Theatrical Productions including stints with Royal Ballet, Welsh National Opera and Scottish Opera.
By late 1990 Gill approached BBC SCOTLAND with regards to the possibility of working nearer to her family and was added to their list of freelancers.
Meanwhile Frank Clarke had offered her the post of costume designer on "Blonde Fist" his third feature film (In recognition for her Involvement in the previous two).
This was to be her last project before relocating to Scotland in 1991.
Since then Gill has established herself within the Scottish film and television industry.
She has many credits as costume designer with both Scottish television - "Missing" and "Rebus" (starring Ken Stott ) and BBC SCOTLAND "Brotherly Love" (comedy pilot starring Gregor Fisher) and "Zig Zag Love" (directed by Gillies Mackinnon and starring Robert Carlyle).
Along with many Independent short and feature length films- the award winners include "Gasman" and "Ratcatcher" (both written and Directed by Lynne Ramsay) and "Six Hours of Daylight" (written and Directed by Joseph Briffa) and "Festival" (written and Directed by Annie Griffin) More recently she designed Clive Barker's "Book of Blood" and "Valhalla Rising" (written and Directed by Nicolas Winding-Refn) both awaiting general release.
She has also designed various adverts over the years for companies such as Scottish Executive, Health Education Board and Sterling Furniture.
Gill is happy to do both period and contemporary.
She loves a challenge, enjoys researching her subject and is known for her attention to detail.
The Gospel of Thomas is Gill's first venture into the world of Polymorphic Film. She found the whole idea fascinating and a fabulous opportunity to be involved with this new technology: "The multiple-cameras created a whole set of challenges from a costume perspective but the most exciting part for me was the way they create an intimacy rather like "'Theatre In the Round' making the spectator feel they are part of the main event, which is very exciting and takes me back to my roots in theatre" - Gill Horn September 2009.