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Helen Carter

Liverpool-born Helen trained at LAMDA.

Theatre credits include: Hatch (24:7 Theatre Festival and Bolton Octagon); Dad’s Army Marches On (number one tour); Slappers and Slapheads (Liverpool Royal Court); Once Upon a Time at the Adelphi, which won Best Musical Production at the 2008 TMA Theatre Awards and Flint Street Nativity (Liverpool Playhouse); Top Girls (London Royal Court) and The Honest Whore (Globe Theatre, William Poet Festival).

Television credits include: Doctors, Judge John Deed, Beaten and A470.

Helen is thrilled to be back performing in her hometown.

Annbelle Dowler

Theatre credits include: Tartuffe, The Flint Street Nativity and Breezeblock Park (Liverpool Playhouse); The Mayor of Zalamea (Liverpool Everyman); House (Jumped Up Theatre); The Snow Queen and As You Like It (Creation Theatre Co); Matilda (Soho Theatre); Deceptively Spacious (Attic Theatre, Wimbledon); Charlie Lavender (Southwark Playhouse); Perpetua (Birmingham Rep); Peter Pan (National Theatre); Juno and the Paycock (National Theatre Platform); Bill the Entertainer and Typically British (English Theatre Workshop, Madrid) and The Big Book for Girls (Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh).

Television credits include: Silent Witness, EastEnders, Lewis, The Bill, The Six Wives of Henry VIII and The 11 O’Clock Show.

Film credits include: Foster, The Big Time and Fluff.

Radio credits include: Annabelle plays regular Kirsty in The Archers (BBC Radio 4). She has also been a member of the BBC Radio 4 Drama Company where work includes: Our Mutual Friend,, The Yellowplush Papers, Wuthering Heights, Newsjack, The Dependent and People Snogging in Public Places.

Javier Marzan

Trained: L’Ecole Phillipe Gaulier.

Javier is a Co-Artistic Director of Peepolykus. He is a founder member of Peepolykus, and has co-devised and performed in all their shows: Spyski, The Hound of the Baskervilles, Let the Donkey Go, I am Coffee, The Midsummer Rude Mechanicals, Horses for Courses, Goose Nights, Rhinoceros, Mindbender and All in the Timing. Javier was also a member of TID/Bai Elkartea and Transeurope, and worked for two years under the direction of Fabio Mangolini.

Theatre credits include: The Critic (Minerva Chichester); A Streetcar Named Desire (Nuffield); Beauty and the Beast (Told by an Idiot/Lyric Hammersmith/Warwick Arts Centre); Aladdin (Told by an Idiot/Lyric Hammersmith); Jack and the Beanstalk, A Christmas Carol and Cinderella (Lyric Hammersmith); I’m So Big (Told by an Idiot); Tartuffe (Royal Exchange Manchester) and Running Dogs (Trestle Theatre Company).

Radio credits include: Andalus, Cuba, Cabin Pressure, Loose Ends and Beautiful Dreamers (BBC Radio 4).

Television credits include: The Wrong Door, Extr@ (Channel 4/RAI); Silent Witness and Stop The World.

Film credits include: 24 Hours, My Dear General and Acts of Godfrey.

John Nicholson

John works as a writer, director and performer. He is an Artistic Director of Peepolykus with whom he has toured throughout the UK and worldwide since 1995 in: Let the Donkey Go, I Am a Coffee, Horses for Courses, Goose Nights, Rhinoceros, Mindbender, All in the Timing and The Midsummer Rude Mechanicals (commissioned by the RNT).

Most recent performing credits include: The 13 Midnight Challenges of Angelus Diablo (RSC); Spyski (Lyric Hammersmith); The Hound of the Baskervilles (West Yorkshire Playhouse and West End); The Wrong Door (BBC 3); writer/ director of musical Force 9 and a Half (MTM Award at Edinburgh Festival); Rik Mayall’s Bedside Tales (BBC Radio 4 series) and The First Thing That Ever Ever Happened (Lyric Hammersmith).

His recently filmed sketches for BBC Online will be available soon on and a recently completed commission for BBC Radio 4, A Christmas Carol (Marley Was Dead), will be broadcast on Christmas Eve at 8pm.

Clare Thomson

Clare trained with Philippe Gaulier.

Theatre credits include: The School for Scandal (the Comedians Theatre Company); Santa Evita (Tancacha); You Don’t Need to Know That (Gonzo Moose); Hello Dalai and The Bubonic Play (Piggy Nero); Chris Green: Curtain Raisers (Tate Britain); Jack and the Beanstalk (Hiss & Boo); A Pig Behind the Eyes (Bouillabaisse); Seven Blow Jobs (Pleasance); Sea of Trees (Camden Roundhouse Undercroft) and The Fire Raisers (Stolen Theatre).

Television credits include: Come Fly With Me, Katy Brand’s Big Ass Show, Grownups, Lifespam, Beehive, Not Going Out, The Mark Wootton Project, The Omid Djalili Show and Hyperdrive.

Film credits include: Dead Happy, Love Hate, Tiepolo, The Bubonic Film and Hello You.

Milo Twomey

Theatre credits include: Dandy in the Underworld (Soho Theatre Company); Brief Encounter (Kneehigh – UK tour and USA tour); Blithe Spirit, The Children’s Hour, An Ideal Husband, She Stoops to Conquer and Harvey (Manchester Royal Exchange); The Bolero (Arcola Theatre); Not the End of the World (Bristol Old Vic); The Canterbury Tales (Royal Shakespeare Company/West End); The Tempest (Southwark Playhouse); Happy Yet?, La Musica Deuxième, Danton’s Death and Shakuntala (Gate Theatre, London); Three Sisters and Glastonbury (national tour); A Place at the Table (national tour/Pleasance Theatre); A Busy Day (Lyric, West End); Macbeth (West End/Thelma Holt) and Miss Julie (Rival Productions).

Television credits include: My Spy Family, Holby City, The Golden Hour, Trial & Retribution, Battle of Britain, Dirty War, Murder City, Odysseus, Bad Girls, EastEnders, Family Business, POW, The Bill, The Remedy, Casualty, Doctors, Wyrd Sisters, Band of Brothers, Liverpool One, Marchioness, Slap! and Silent Witness.

Film credits include: Franklyn, Cool Water, Thespian X and The Jolly Boys’ Last Stand.

Radio credits include: Shadow of the Wedding.


Steven Canny and John Nicholson
Gemma Bodinetz
Jon Bausor
Peter Coyte
Lighting Designer:
Charles Balfour
Sound Designer :
Fergus O’Hare
Costume Supervisor :
Fi Carrington

No Wise Men

Sat 3 Dec to Sat 15 Jan at the Playhouse

Evenings: Mon to Sat at 7.30pm (except 24, 25, 27 & 31 Dec, 1 & 3 Jan)

Previews: 2,3,4 & 6 Dec

Matinées: 2pm on 11, 18, 23, 24, 30 & 31 Dec, 8 & 15 Jan

Matinées: 1.30pm on 16 Dec, 6 & 13 Jan

Tickets: £10-£20

Age: 8+

Running time: 2hrs 15 mins (including an interval)

Audio Described performanceAudio Described: Thu 13 Jan at 1.30pm & 7.30pm

Captioned PerformanceCaptioned: Sat 15 Jan at 2pm 

First Time Friday: Fri 10 Dec at 6.30pm

AfterWords: Tue 14 Dec

Page to Stage: Thu 16 Dec at 10.30am

Listen to our audio guide version of No Wise Men

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  • NO WISE MEN cast ©Joel Chester Fildes
  • Clare Thomson, Javier Marzan, Milo Twomey, Annabelle Dowler © Sam Heath
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  • Annabelle Dowler, Javier Marzan, Milo Twomey, John Nicholson © Sam Heath
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