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Shelley Draper is a professional actress experienced in theatre, film, commercials, role-play, devising and workshop leading.

“Intuitive and versatile; with a flare for comedy alongside a great depth in performance. Shelley is always a hard working, supportive and vital member of the cast and company”

Reviews for Troublesome People:

  “A stellar cast” ~ Tom Wicker, The Stage

“Shelley Draper as central character Doreen Humber, gives the piece a strong backbone and momentum” ~ David Rumelle, Remote Goat.

 

Shelley is currently working on her one woman show ‘CAMILLA, CAT and JULES’ and will be performing it at ‘Heroes at the Criterion’ in Leicester as part of the Leicester Comedy Festival on Monday 11th February at 9.30pm – see ‘News’ section for details.

 

 

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HIGHLIGHTS

2018

Work on ‘CAMILLA, CAT and JULES’ begins in earnest – showings, performances, editing, pitching

Cast in Sainsburys Easter 2018 Commercial


2017

Cast in Gunpowder , (Kudos for BBC1) as Anne Hudson, Episode 1

Three weeks’ further research and development work on Alfred’s War (formerly called Soi Disant)

Wrote First Draft of  ‘THAT Girl’ one woman show, written and performed by Shelley


2016

Performed in the NEAT16 festival at Nottingham Playhouse, directed by Susannah Tresilian.

Cast in Oxfam Dressed by the Kids Day , AW Lymn and Help-Link commercials.

Cast as English teacher in BFI backed ‘The Devil Outside‘ shot in Nottinghamshire.


2015

Cast in Sainsburys Red Nose Day commercial, with youngest son.

Cast as Doreen in ‘Troublesome People’ produced by Ashrow Theatre  and toured to Brighton, Oxford, Buxton, Edinburgh and Derby.


2014

Featured in short film ‘Shiner’ by Loonatik and Drinks films, with comedy legend Melvyn Hayes.

‘The End’, the short zombie film by We Are Heroes Films, in which Shelley played the lead role of ‘Tina’ won Best Horror film at the Limelight Film Festival and Shelley was awarded Best Actress at the British Horror Film Festival.


2013

Performed her first stand-up comedy gig at The Cookie in Leicester, raising money for Comic Relief Stand Up If You Dare.

Featured in her first commercial; Allianz with all 3 of her sons! shot on location at Rockingham race track in Northampton.


2012

workshops with Act Up North in Leeds, Mel Churcher, Shenoah Allen of The Pajama Men , Belarus Free Theatre and Frantic Assembly.

Cast in short film ‘The Black Scholes Conspiracy‘ (Reel Issues films), winner of ‘The Pitch‘ competition, with Anjli Mohindra (The Sarah Jane Adventures, Cucumber).

 


2011

Appeared in the music video ‘Cardinal‘ by Rob Green, bringing together many well-known ex-members of the Television Workshop, including Aisling Loftus (Mr Selfridge, The Borrowers), Joe Dempsie (Skins), Georgia Groome (Up The Women, London To Brighton), Ladene Hall (A Room for Romeo Brass) and Chanel Cresswell (This Is England, Trollied).


2010

Joined the Nottingham based childrens entertainment company Bongo Bongo to deliver weekly sessions and perform in their special events.

Joined a fledgling The Actors Workshop in Nottingham and in 2011 played the part of Nancy Shirley in a praised production of Bryony Lavery’s ‘Frozen’ at the acclaimed Television Workshop basement in Stoney Street;

‘One of the most visceral pieces of theatre I have seen for a long time. The performances of all three actors enabled this piece to have such a powerful truth’ Ian Smith, Director, The Television Workshop


2006

Development began on ‘What She Would Have Wanted?’, a co-production by Pintsize Theatre and The Nottingham Royal Centre‘s Education Department. As well as acting in it, Shelley was part of it’s devising process. In 2007 and 2008 the play toured Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire and Derbyshire and was extremely well received everywhere it went, as a thought-provoking, discussion-stimulating piece;

‘The acting was superb. The audience was spellbound. It was quite painful to watch as it was so convincing.’ Royal Centre/WEA Playgoing Group

 


2004-2006

Theatre In Education with Pintsize Theatre, touring schools, colleges, community centres, youth clubs, young offender centres, district council offices, pubs and a working men’s club in Nottinghamshire.


Workshop Leading

Along with acting, Shelley also teaches drama and, since 2003, has delivered workshops for children and young actors, for companies including; Stagecoach, Shakespeare 4 Kidz ‘Actastica’ of Blidworth, North Notts (funded by Comic Relief) and Urban Young Actors.