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Brenda's appearances for Bawds include THE CRUCIBLE (Ann Putnam),THE WINTER'S TALE (Cleomones), THE MADNESS OF GEORGE III (Queen Charlotte), MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING (Abbess Francesca), LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES (Mme. de Rosemonde), A CHRISTMAS CAROL (Guest at Fred's party), Brenda also played Mrs Dilber and one of the Narrators, THE WINSLOW BOY (Grace Winslow) JANE EYRE (Lady Ingram), NORTH OF BOSTON (ASM / Prologue), THE MOONSTONE (Mrs Bruff, Lady Verinder and A Chemist) THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST (Miss Prism), NEVER THE SINNER (Dr Bowman) and THE MAN IN THE IRON MASK (Member of Court / Voice),  PYGMALION (Mrs Higgins), and DAVID COPPERFIELD (Mrs Heep). Brenda was also part of the Costume team for THREE MEN IN A BOAT and the Props Team for UNDER MILK WOOD; other acting appearances include THE BORROWERS (Great Aunt Sophie), NICHOLAS NICKLEBY (Crummles Actor, Narrator & others), BLITHE SPIRIT (Mrs Bradman), WYRD SISTERS (Mrs Vitoller), CALENDAR GIRLS (Jessie), THE OLD CURIOSITY SHOP (Miss Monflathers) and CRANFORD AT CHRISTMAS (pictured above as Miss Matty Jenkyns).

Brenda made her directorial debut for the company in February 2000 with 84 CHARING CROSS ROAD, other directing credits include THE SECRET GARDEN, THE DEEP BLUE SEA, THE WOMAN IN WHITE, THE CHERRY ORCHARD and THE LAST YANKEE.

Brenda has also assisted backstage with a number of shows, including TREASURE ISLAND (Properties), CELEBRATION & MONOLOGUE (ASM Properties), REBECCA (Wardrobe), INCIDENT AT BOULONVILLIERS (Prompter), ONE NIGHT IN NOVEMBER (Costume Supervisor) and AN AUGUST BANK HOLIDAY LARK (Costume Supervisor).

Productions for other companies include AMADEUS, THE LAST YANKEE (Karen), LARK RISE TO CANDLEFORD (Various characters), GREAT EXPECTATIONS (Miss Havisham), BROKEN GLASS (Margaret Hyman), RACING DEMON (as Prompter), ON THE BREAST OF A WOMAN (Consuelo Lorente) a play by James Walker based on the novel AURA by Carlos Fuentes, FROM GHOSTS TO GURUS (Prince / Agnes / 30s Figure / Dancer/ Village Lady), THE NIGHT OF THE IGUANA (Frau Fahrenkopf) , PYGMALION (reprising her role as Mrs Higgins) and ROMANCE IS DEAD (Celia).

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