Meet the Team

Sarah Ellis

Sarah Ellis

Artistic Director

Sarah is Artistic Director and founder of Award winning HyperFusion Theatre Company. Director, actor, facilitator, actor/teacher, writer, she has been making theatre for over 30 years. Sarah graduated from Rose Bruford Drama School with a BA degree in Community Theatre in 1991 and Middlesex University with a PGCE in Drama in 1994. The last 25 years have included directing and writing musical theatre and plays, theatre-in-education tours, site specific theatre, devised, interactive and immersive theatre. Sarah’s mission is to create inclusive theatre available to all and in non theatre spaces. Theatre that challenges and stimulates discussion on important issues.HyperFusion has won, nominated, shortlisted and been finalist on numerous awards and is renowned for it’s distinctive and highly effective approach. Recently nominated for European Diversity Award 2017, nominated for National Diversity Award 2017, finalist as Community Champion and Working with Children and Families at the Best Business Woman Awards 2017. 2016 saw a shortlisting for a European Diversity Award and a nomination for a National Diversity Award. And former winner of High Sheriff’s Award. With her unique and innovative style of fusing forum, site specific, immersive and interactive theatre Sarah has worked with over 25,000 young people in primary, junior and senior schools, special needs schools and PRU’s, refuges, community groups and organisations working specifically with disengaged young people and long term unemployed. Sarah has worked on many different pieces and countless different genres but she always stamps her own, inimitable style on the project and brings an enthusiasm, sincerity and passion that is unrivalled. Whether it is the UK debut performance of the musical Parade, a forum piece tacking teenagers contracting HIV or examining grief and bereavement with adults Sarah Ellis managed to tread delicately yet leave a life-long mark.

Rishi Nair

Rishi Nair

Actor

I have most notably played the lead role in a UK film called ‘Crossed Paths’ which was distributed to schools around the UK. I have also played the main role in 2 other films which are both in post-production.
I am extremely passionate about acting and feel as though as an actor I am very versatile and able to play a range of characters. I like to take on roles that are challenging in order to improve my own acting ability. I believe that with the right castings, hopefully one day I can call myself an established British actor.

TV credits include Hollyoaks, New Tricks, Silent Witness, The Suspicions of Mr Whicher. Film work includes Conscript, The Jinn, All of Me, New Recipe. Theatre credits include My Brothers and Sisters, BOY, Bring on the Bollywood, Secret Cinema, The Sawyer Studies, The Jungle Book Are You Positive. Feature film credits include Crossed Paths, Requiem, We Still Kill The Old Way, The Lifetime Promise, The Forbidden Note.

Eunique Darko

Eunique Darko

Actor

"Eunique Darko is a young actress from London currently training at Identity School of Acting. With genuine love and passion for performing she is comfortable to play emotions to whatever extent desired, ready for all challenges and a constant learner. In under a year of pursuing an acting career Eunique has earned herself a place in a drama school, starred in a commercial, gained experience in tv and film and of course landed a role as a main cast member in out tour BOY."

Adam Courting

Adam Courting

Actor

Adam has worked with HyperFusion Theatre since autumn 2016. Having lived several other lives as: a club DJ, Band manager and a Souvenir wholesaler, he settled into the acting industry and has enjoyed several years working professionally across the various disciplines.Having spent the majority of his HyperFusion life touring the show ‘BOY’, he feels a keen affinity to the project, and to the production’s protagonist Joe, while also relishing the challenge of delivering the forum aspect to diverse audiences. Recent credits include: King Phillip/King John (ICAT), Zacharia & Others & Puppeteer/The Lost World (Illyria), Mr Samsa & Lodger & Puppeteer/Metamorphosis (Theatrical Niche), Julius Eastman/Mr Mineshaft (Unfinished Productions), Tobias/Trashed (Bears & Vagabonds)

Sally Collett

Sally Collett

Actor

Sally left Northumbria University in 2012 with a First-Class BA Hons in Performance. She continued her training at The Actors Class in London in 2014. Sally’s Theatre Credits include: LEMONS, LEMONS, LION? Black Cat Theatre, JACK & THE BEANSTALK, Durham Gala Theatre, BOY, HyperFusion, Shhh DEBBIE & DAZ’S BIG DAY, The Shhh Experience. CINDERELLA, Durham Gala Theatre, THE FRIGHTS, Alphabetti Theatre,3 SHORTS, Alphabetti Theatre, DR MULLINS ANATOMY OF THE THEATRE ROYAL, November Club, TEETH IN EGGCUPS SKETCH SHOW, Alphabetti Theatre, TEACUPS ZEBRAS AND DANCING KAISERS, November Club, OUR HOUSE THE MUSICAL, SA Productions

Ben Hale

Ben Hale

Actor

Ben trained at Rose Bruford College and has been active in professional theatre for over ten years now. Notable roles have included playing hero Orestes in Greek drama ‘Iphigenia in Tauris ’ at The Rose Playhouse with Timezone Theatre Company. He also played the title role of Benjamin Trip in ‘Trip’s Cinch’ by Phyllis Nagy at The Etcetera Theatre. He has also been involved in writing and devising new work, with his own company, Cakes & Ale Theatre Co, as well as HyperFusion, Touchpaper Theatre, TradeSecrets, and The Raven Theatre Co. Ben is experienced in immersive theatre and comedy as well as regular stage work. He is also a professional tour guide in London, and a roleplayer and facilitator for training courses.

Amelia Parillon

Amelia Parillon

Actor

Stage: East London Shakespeare Company, Macduff in MACBETH and Nerissa in MERCHANT OF VENICE, Multi roles in Touring shows ENGLISH TV and NEW YORK MYSTERY (in Italy), Healer, in Award-winning German Play, BLACK HORSE (Lost theatre’s One-act play festival) and Monica in STICKING A KNIFE IN(The Tabernacle and Chelsea theatre) Site Specific/Immersive: Hero Dina in BLOODBIKERS for the BLOOD: UNCUT exhibition for Science Gallery London, Fernando Rubio’s international, one to one piece EVERYTHING BY MY SIDE(Canary Wharf, SouthBank and LatitudeFest16)

John Oakes

John Oakes

Actor

"John loves working with the team at HyperFusion and after taking a short break from Educational theatre to concentrate on his solo stand-up show, he is looking forward to getting back to Sarah and the Team. John has been working in Improvised theatre for over 10 years, and has been fortunate enough to perform on both stage and screen. He regularly performs with ?Scared Scriptless? and will remain a core member of their residency team at the London Impro theatre until the end of the year.Some of John’s favourite credits include; playing ?Garyenti? in Russell Kanes ?Fakespeare – The Lamentable Tragedie of Yates’ Wine Lodge?– at the Royal Shakespeare Company theatre Stratford-upon-Avon, ?Michael? in Sadie Hasler’s ?The Bastard Children of Remmington Steele? at the Leicester Square Theatre and three successful years in the Underbelly at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with sketch group GIRAFFE, as well as co-writing and performing this year’s award winning production of ?Shakespeare for Breakfast? for C Theatre.John is currently in rehearsals for ?Oh Yes It Is!? an improvised pantomime, as well as performing regularly his stand up comedy routine on the London club circuit and co-presenting an FM radio show. He is looking forward to the New Year when he will be back working on his two-handed impro project ?Shakes-Pair? creating full length improvised ?Shakespeare? plays based on live audience suggestions."

Reuben Massiah

Reuben Massiah

Actor

After graduating from the Central School of Speech & Drama with a BA in Drama Applied Theatre and Education he became heavily involved in a number of youth theatre projects as an actor, playwright & workshop facilitation assistant. He got his start writing professionally when he became a part of Talawa Theatre‘s production KRUNCH. Reuben, alongside his cast members, wrote original poems that focused on the themes of identity and what it means to be black British. The show was so successful it was performed at The Bernie Grant Centre in 2009, at the Grahamstown Arts Festival in South Africa in 2010 and embarked on tour in England in 2011. He became a Writer Associate for Oval House’s Truth About Youth project working with 14 – 18 drama group to write a play based on characters devised by the participants. In 2013, his debut feature length play On Dis Ting, headlined at the 33% Festival at Oval House Theatre. The show, a hybrid of dance and theatre, focused on the aftermath and impact the London Riots. In 2014 his short scene ’Her Sex Was On Fire‘ was featured in the promenade show for Oval House’s I Am Your Neighbor Festival. Reuben has continued to write monologues & scenes for ongoing professional and youth theatre projects. As an artist Reuben is dedicated to telling entertaining & exciting stories that shine a light on issues that affect our society.

Bobbi O’Callaghan

Bobbi O’Callaghan

Actor

Bobbi trained at Birmingham School of Acting, and has worked with HyperFusion on multiple projects. She‘s just played the title role in "Peter Pan" for Scary Little Girls at the Minack Theatre. Other theatre includes "A Midsummer Night’s Dream" at the Southbank Centre, "Paper Wings" at the Southwark Playhouse, "Twelfth Night" at the Minack and national tours of "Dracula", "Sense and Sensibility", "Great Expectations", "Emma" and the "Railway Children". She is the voice of Marina Ventura: Ocean Explorer for Fun Kids radio. Bobbi is an Associate Artist of Scary Little Girl’s theatre company

Ethan Taylor

Ethan Taylor

Actor

Ethan graduated from the Guildford School of Acting in2015.His theatre credits include: Scrooge inA Christmas Carol (This IsMy Theatre), Guard inAlcatraz (Inventive Productions), John Worthing inThe Importance OfBeing Earnest (This IsMy Theatre), Cheshire Cat/ March Hare/ Mock Turtle/ King OfHearts inAlice’s Adventures In Wonderland (This IsMy Theatre), Macbeth inMacbeth (This IsMy Theatre), Rob inRob and The Hoodies (Vienna’s English Theatre), Marley/Fred/Present inA Christmas Carol (This IsMy Theatre), Sam inThe Calm (Who Said Theatre), Ben inMine (Who Said Theatre), Timothy inMigrants (Philippine Theatre Company UK), Jez inThe Old Friend (Who Said Theatre), Jack Holman/Gideon Best inTable (Guildford School of Acting Graduates/Waterloo East)His film andTV work includes: Lewis Daynes inStalkers Who Kill (FirstLookTV/CBS Reality), Darren inHallows Eve (Filmic Media/Moviehouse Entertainment), Aidan inThe Common (ClickShut Films), Sam inCurse Of The Witch’s Doll (Up A Notch Productions), Ben Geen inNurses Who Kill (FirstLookTV/CBS Reality), Jeff inFace2Face (Jonathon Crewe Productions), Raiden inWithin The Fray (Crucible Films), Corn inMore Strange Than True (Benjamin Rider Films), Jack inIntransit (The Bigfoot Project), Eli inBlood and Bones (Benjamin Rider Films) and Colin inThe Hacker (JayEz Productions)

Charlotte Barnes

Charlotte Barnes

Actor

Charlotte trained at East 15, graduating with a BA World Performance. Theatre roles have included the title role in Hippolytosat Teatr Polski Warsaw, Her in Boxes at the Derby Theatre and Bismillah/ Dai in Umrao the Noble Courtesanat the Edinburgh Fringe. Charlotte was also part of Guy Ritchie?s Aladdin (2019) appearing as a dancing cook in ?Prince Ali?.