Industry – Luke Maddison ‘Nathan’
The Cast of Steel & Iron with Katie Gibson(Producer) and Jake Smith (Director) Centre Front.

Luke Maddison – ‘Nathan’

Luke Maddison is the first actor to join Steel and Iron, which is no shock since he stars in our latest music video INDUSTRY. Luke has been a part of the production since it’s conception and will play the part of ‘Nathan’. 

Luke is a professional actor based in the North East. Beginning his career at 18, Luke has since been very lucky to delve into many projects and genres of performance including stage and Television as well as radio and opera.

Luke always enjoys collaborating with Twenty Seven Productions and is looking forward to finally bringing the people of Teesside something to be proud of in “Steel and Iron” this summer! It has been a long time in the works and he cannot wait for you all to see it!

Some previous credits include:

  • Inspector George Gently –  BBC
  • War of the Worlds – Northern Stage
  • Leaving (national tour) – Curious Monkey
  • Der Rosenkavalier (national tour) – Opera North
  • When the Boat Comes In – Customs House
  • 1916; No turning back – Gala
  • Don’t Go Outside – Twenty Seven Productions.

Melissa Sert – ‘Amal

Melissa is extremely excited to be play ‘Amal’ in  “Steel and Iron”. Starting in Musical Theatre and chamber choirs, Melissa has gone onto play Olivia in Shakespeare’s, Twelfth Night to working in a Physical Theatre piece with Make, DO Theatre. Melissa studied Drama at the University of Huddersfield where she received a first-class degree and from this she went onto study ‘Masterclass – Actor Training’ at the DJW School, Teesside.

When she isn’t on the stage, Melissa loves spending time at home with family and trying out different cuisines. She wants to say a massive thank you to her partner and also to her agent, DJW Talent, for always being so supportive.

Dani Arlington – ‘Dani

Dani trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. 

Her theatre credits include, “The Savage” (Live Theatre), “Tinder Surprise” (Arcola Theatre), “HER” (The Arts Theatre and The Space), “Alice Springs” (Etcetera Theatre), “The Flouers O’Edinburgh” (The Finborough), “Studs” and “A Pair of Beauties” (Hull Truck Theatre National tour), “Be My Baby” (Gala Theatre), “Third Floor” and “The Comedy of Errors” (The Cockpit), “The Women” (Jackson’s Lane).

Dani recently finished filming a returning role for CBBC’s “The Dumping Ground”. Other TV and commercial work includes Anna Marsh in “Doctors” (BBC), Mum in “Morrison’s Christmas Ad” and Model in “Scholl Campaign”.

Dani is also passionate to pursue a career in directing. Her credits include Assistant Director on “The Fulstow Boys” by Gordon Steel which received standing ovations throughout its North East tour. She also directed “The Speaker” at Live Theatre, Newcastle. 

Dani is really excited to be back on her home turf working on Steel and Iron with such a talented creative team.

Tom Jude – ‘Ken’

Tom is thrilled to join the company of Steel and Iron for his first acting venture since March 2020 – thank you Middlesbrough!

Tom was on a three month road-trip around the US with Tall Stories theatre
company when Covid struck, in a devised adaptation of Oscar Wilde short stories called Wilde Creatures. They had spanned the country from New Jersey to California, Michigan to Alabama and had previously taken this and a partner piece, The Canterville Ghost, to the Vaudeville Theatre in the West End, the Sydney Opera House, Edinburgh Fringe, Hong Kong and IPAY festival in Philadelphia over the preceding two years. In 2019 Tom also joined Dominic Dromgoole’s company Classic Spring for more Wilde, touring A Woman of No Importance.

Previous theatre work includes: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe with Adrian Noble at the RSC; Alan Bennett’s version of The Wind in the Willows at West Yorkshire Playhouse; James And The Giant Peach at Northampton Royal and Derngate; Terence Rattigan’s The Winslow Boy, Rose Theatre Kingston; Moliere’s Tartuffe, Watermill Theatre; Goldsmith’s She Stoops To Conquer, Birmingham Rep; Oscar Wilde’s Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime, Bill Kenwright Ltd; Comedy Of Errors and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Ludlow Festival; Little Sure Shot, The
Egg, Theatre Royal Bath; Harlequin Goes to the Moon and The Wife of Bath with The Rude Mechanical Theatre Co.; Horrible Christmas and Tom’s Midnight
Garden with Birmingham Stage Co.; Jekyll and Hyde, The Rocky Horror Show, Cinderella, Taming of the Shrew and much more at the Queen’s Theatre in Hornchurch; and Hello Dali, a one-man play at Edingburgh Fringe.
Film work includes London To Brighton, Crying With Laughter, Elevator Gods and The Levelling. TV consists of one episode of BBC’s Doctors.

Frances McNamee – ‘Steph’

Frances trained at East 15 Acting School and was winner of the Laurence Olivier Bursary in 2008.

I’m thrilled to be a part of such a fantastic story about a community trying to rebuild and redefine itself-something very close to my heart having grown up in the North East in the 90’s. I can’t wait to bring Steel and Iron to life and sing that beautiful music!

Some previous credit include:

  • The Last Ship ( U.K. Tour, Toronto,US Tour)
  • A Christmas Carol (Old Vic)
  • Big Fish:The Musical (The Other Palace)
  • The Rover, Two Noble Kinsmen ( RSC)
  • Clybourne Park( Rapture)
  • Love’s Labour’s Lost, Love’s Labour’s Won (RSC);
  • A Lady of Little Sense – Ian Charles Award Nomination,
  • Don Gil, Punishment without Revenge (Arcola/Theatre Royal Bath/Belgrade Coventry)
  • Pride and Prejudice (Regent’s Park)
  • A Midsummer NIght’s Dream (Royal & Derngate)
  • The Borrowers (Northern Stage)
  • Epsom Downs (Salisbury Playhouse)
  • Little Shop of Horrors (Salisbury Playhouse/Mercury Colchester)
  • The Phoenix of Madrid, The Surprise of Love, The One That Got Away (Theatre Royal Bath)
  • Brontë (Shared Experience/UK Tour/Watermill Theatre)
  • The Road to Nab End (Oldham Coliseum)
  • Jump! (Live Theatre, Newcastle)
  • Les Misérables 20th Anniversary Gala Performance (West End)

Film includes: Sammy

Radio includes: Fifteen Minutes Live.

Jacob Anderton – ‘Marcus

His television work includes playing ‘Isaac Hedley’ in ITV’s ‘Dark Angel’ alongside ‘Golden Globe’ winning actress Joanne Froggatt. He also had a spell in ‘Coronation Street’. He was part of RTS winning programme ‘A Very Uncommon Christmas.’

Jacob starred in ’13 Graves’, available on sky and amazon prime. He has also worked with multi award winning director, Patrick Ryder on 2nd World War drama, ‘The Code’. As well as appearing in Ross Boyask’s ‘I am Vengeance 2, Retaliation’ which last year was in the top 10 on Netflix. He has just wrapped on ‘Give Them Wings’ an emotional true story drama and ‘Lore’ both due for release very soon. 

His theatre credits range from Pantomime to hamlet. He previously worked with 27 productions on ‘the gut Girls’ which remains one of his favourite theatrical experiences. 
Jacob was also selected as a featured actor in the 2018 ‘Talent Corner’ at the Festival de Cannes.
He can’t wait to start with this incredible show, the music and the script are truly amazing can’t wait for people to see it! 

Jordan Alexander – ‘Jamie’

Having stepped away from performing to peruse his career in Musical Director Jordan is very excited to be taking on both job roles in this thrilling new production! 

Jordan is a highly experienced musical director, conductor, arranger, repertoire and voice coach.

His background in musical directing includes: Santa’s Xmas Party, Starting Here Starting Now, The Buddy Holly Story, Aladdin, Perfectly Ordinary, Peter Pan plus many more!