The Phileas Fogg Theatre Company has become an integral part of the Dutch education system, working with many colleges across the Netherlands. Specialising in Theatre in Education, we understand that to build a student's confidence in using a second language, it is better to experience it actively. Therefore, we place a strong emphasis on 'learning through doing' and every pupil is 100% involved.
All of our fully trained, professional actors are native English speakers and have a wealth of experience to ensure every student makes the most of this opportunity, not only to learn but also to fully enjoy the experience. Run by our actors, we have a number of exciting, themed workshops and evening shows for all of your students.
Through our interactive workshops and shows, students are given the chance to gain a real insight and appreciation of classic English Literature. The Elizabethan period: the works of William Shakespeare. The Victorian period: Charles Dickens and J M Barrie and the First World War Poets, such as Rupert Brooke and Wilfred Owen. This can help every single student to become more confident when speaking English and become more confident in themselves.
According to his parents, Peter was born outside a village called Wedlock.
At school he was always the Teacher’s pet. They kept him in a cage at the back of the classroom.
After leaving full time education at the tender age of 31, Peter started looking for a career that would suit his temperament and fully use his educational capabilities. The job at Lidl stacking shelves did not last long but it was a springboard into showbiz.
As lead singer for “Dicky Heart and the Pacemakers” he toured the high spots of Basingstoke and Horsham. It was during this period he got a call from the Phileas Fogg Theatre Company. He was offered the opportunity to become Assistant Bottle Washer. After years of training, dedication and hard work he is now Executive Assistant Bottle Washer.
He hopes to be awarded the Nobel Prize for his lemon meringue pie recipe and is currently the British Hide and Seek Champion.
His philosophy can be summed up by his profound saying, “There is many a cat wot has sat in front of the fire and got its bum burned”
Charles Septimus Grundle was found under a gooseberry bush on the 9th day of November, at some time in the last millennium.
He was raised in the Welsh town of
Because he could never pronounce it or spell it, he tells everyone he is from Cardiff.
After leaving The Greta Garbo Home for Wayward Boys and Girls, several jobs followed; a hod carrier for Lego and a bouncer for Mothercare. It was after he tried his luck as a soot juggler that the call of the theatre beckoned. It was there he found his true vocation and went from strength to strength and is now famed as the best actor to ever have come from
In a nutshell, Charlie´s motto has always been "Dimitte me lambere faciem tuam!"
When Super – Jen was born on the distant planet of Basingstoke, she always dreamed of travelling far and wide. She spent 3 years in South Wales honing the skills that would keep her away from Basingstoke. She found Spain and loved life there so much she spent 5 years enjoying it. Then in January 2014 she discovered The Netherlands. What keeps Super – Jen in the land of the Nethers? The lovely people and beautiful landscape? Yes, but above all: Stroopwafels, stamppot and microwaveable cheeseburgers!
Despite having the surname of McSporran, Kyle was not born in the Highlands of Scotland. This may explain why he does not like haggis, whiskey, Robbie Burns or bagpipes. He does, however, in the privacy of his home and only at weekends, enjoy putting on his kilt and quoting lines from the film Braveheart.
It was this film that inspired him to become an actor. His only limitation to the roles he takes on is that he insists on wearing the same face make up as Mel Gibson did, for every part. He also insists on calling everyone “Jimmy”.
The question of who actually wrote the plays of Shakespeare has fascinated Mary since college. She had a eureka moment when she saw the four opening words of Macbeth, When Shall We Three. By using the first letter of each word could mean, “William Shakespeare Wrote This”.
She was now on a quest to find further clues in his works. The theory Francis Bacon was the real playwright was disproved when she realised, “To Be Or Not To Be”, really spelled out “That Bacon, Obviously Not The Bard!” To add to her theory, she saw, “Friends Romans And Countrymen”, from Julius Caesar, could mean Francis? Really! Absolute Claptrap!”
Her quest continues.
Mary has also told us she was a 14th century Tibetan female cobbler in a previous life.
Ivan was born in the wilds of Northumberland the son of an itinerant kipper salesman and the local public convenience attendant’s assistant. Cruelly denied a career in his first love of rabbit taming, due to injury, Ivan turned his thoughts to nobler pursuits and immediately began a life of devoted public service as a fish and chip sampler in Whitley Bay.
A brief sojourn to Spain*, via Bognor Regis, opened Ivan’s eyes to the possibilities of the world and to the fact that there was more to life than battered cod. Haddock for instance. Since then Ivan has been doing his civic duty by sampling fish dishes in various European countries leading to him working for Phileas Fogg, after he misunderstood the title, due to an inherent inability to think, and believed it to be a sought after Dutch delicacy similar to Kibbeling. He has also done some theatre.
*This may have been Aberdeen. His compass was broken.
Ben can trace his infatuation for history and historical figures back to a very young age. At primary school he was cast as Gaspar, one of the three wise men, in the Nativity play. Even at that young age Ben was determined to bring drama and theatrical accuracy to his role. Dressed in robes complete with flowing white beard he brought his younger brother on to the stage. His brother had green face make up and a bolt through his neck. He lurched on, arms outstretched while Ben delivered his only line; “I bring to you my gift of Frankenstein!”
Ben loves researching and donning authentic costumes of famous people of the past, his favourites being Genghis Khan, Nelson and Madame Curie. His pièce de résistance can be seen in the photograph, Helen of Troy.
A lot of you will recognise Liane from her photograph. She was the first British person to win the highly acclaimed International, Competitive Yodelling gold medal in Bogota last year.
Under the tutorship of the legendary Dr. Hieronymus Fang, she mastered the extraordinary Bavarian Triple Warble. It was the first time, in over 25 years; this challenging yodel had been achieved.
She is now in training with the European Space Agency. Her lifelong ambition is to be the first person to yodel from the International Space Station.
Tabatha has spent her life confirming that her name really is spelt with an A and not an I!
She was born in the middle of the lands where nothing happened before the days of a finding a king called Richard under a car park and of course the football.
A secret not many know is that Tabatha is a 3rd Dann black belt ... let’s hope Dan doesn’t want his belt back.
She will dance her way through anything and lives life through pointed toes! Living the high life with Phileas Fogg Theatre Company Tabatha awaits to be cast in the role she was born to play .... the karate kid.
She also auditioned for the Spice Girls and just missed out on the role of Scary Spice.
It is most boys ambition to become a train driver and Nathan was no exception.
His first words were “choo choo” and his second, “chuff chuff.”
As a young lad he would go down to his local railway station. He still remembers and talks about his sighting of the legendary SR 2-BIL Electric multiple unit at Crawley, West Sussex.
As he grew up he directed all his energies into acting but the call of the train returned recently. Through a friend of his second cousin removed, he worked for a short period at Tirana railway station as assistant station manager. He still wears the official Hekurudha Shqiptare or HSH cap with pride.
His ability to speak Albanian has been of no use at all.
Maria - Miss Moneypenny
Maria was a high flying executive in the bottled tomato juice industry. It was a chance meeting with the Dali Lama by the soups aisle in Waitrose, Basingstoke that changed her life.
She decided there and then to follow a metaphysical path of enlightenment. It was at a Buddhist retreat in Chipping Norton she developed her preternatural powers and fascination of previous lives.
So far Maria has established she was a 13th century female cobbler and a stoker aboard the Titanic.
We are very happy she joined Fogg because every morning we all follow her Hawaiian chant “Ku'u Ipo i ka He'e Pu'e One”, which means “may your pomegranate trees prosper.”
Guess which one in the photograph is Maria.
Karen - Lady Penelope
We have sworn to keep the true identity of our new financial manager secret, she is known as Karen or Lady Penelope. This is due to various “incidents” in her past. What they were exactly, we are not permitted to reveal.
The details of how, when and where we recruited her are classified under the Official Secrets Act 1989. We have been allowed to give some details of her previous life.
She was the first woman potholer to successfully navigate the Langcliffe Pot cave system on the slopes of Great Whernside in Upper Wharfedale.
Her parents were circus trapeze artistes called “The Fly O’Malleys”.
She had a cameo role in Coronation Street as a hot chestnut vendor.
None of the above facts are true.