The YarnBards Cast






Leisa is a director, devisor and writer who fuses eccentric comedy and physical buffoonery to make theatre for children, as well as adults. Her recent credits include  'The Selfish Giant' at the National Theatre , 'The Story Museum' and 'You Zoo' for Company of Angels, Lizzie Roper’s solo show at The Soho Theatre  and  'Dogman'  at The Gilded Balloon and The Riverside Studios.

Leisa founded her own company (Double Take) with comedy actress Miranda Hart, in order to make high quality childrens’ theatre using performers from the comedy circuit. Their first project was DOGMAN by John Dowie, which created something of a splash in Edinburgh, 2004.

Leisa is currently collaborating with Richard Vranch, with whom she has created The YarnBards, an oddball family of storytellers who can be seen at The Pleasance Theatre throughout the festival. 

Leisa's other projects in Edinburgh this August include playing The Biscuit-Eyed Lady in The Congress of Oddities (Pleasance Attic) and co-writing Miranda Hart's House Party, (Pleasance Below).


Richard does voiceovers, impro, acting, scriptwriting, panel shows, animation, presenting and cartoons. He improvises comedy on stage in the Comedy Store Players every Wednesday and Sunday at the London Comedy Store. He doesn't do music work.

Richard has voiced British Airways' TV and radio adverts since 2003. He's an Artistic Associate of Tamasha Theatre, who commissioned him as a writer in 2002. He also writes for TV shows including 'Smack The Pony,' and improvised stories on 'Jackanory.'

Richard appeared on a charity edition of 'The Weakest Link' on BBC1 in June. He also recently returned as a panelist on the BBC4 lateral thinking quiz 'Mindgames' and on Radio 4's 'Puzzle Panel.' He presented his own primetime science series on Channel 4, and over a hundred of episodes of 'Cue The Music' on ITV with Tony Slattery.

Richard appared on 'Just a Minute' on Radio 4 with Paul Merton, Clement Freud and Peter Jones, and he is one of 'Paul Merton's Impro Chums.' He narrates TV documentary series and he's a big fan of Lemon Jelly and Type 2 VW camper vans. He's had cartoons published in Maxim and Punch and done the Edinburgh Fringe since 1979.


Alys isat least one half of comedy act Faultless and Torrance, actor, writer and workshop leader. Trained at Birmingham School of Acting, Ecole Phillipe Gaulier, and Angela de Castro’s Why Not Institute.

Currently touring Faultless and Torrance Take Their Faces\Off, and children’s impro show The Yarnbards, Alys is also involved in various radio projects. Her adaptation of Wuthering Heights is currently being toured nationally by Love and Madness Theatre Co.

A former member of The Four Horsemen sketch group, whose work culminated in BBC sit com This Is Pop, TV/radio credits include Harry Enfield..., Dead Ringers, People Like Us, Absolute Power (R4), The Milk Run (R1).. Favourite stage work has incuded Helena (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Marjory Pichwife (The Coutry Wife), Portia (Julius Caesar), Woman (A Woman Alone), various public figures (NewsRevue) The Housekeeper (The Bloody Chamber). Plays clarinet, swannee whistle, bul bul turang.

Obsessed with clowning, next show and comedy partner, she is just under half Hungarian, grew up half way up a hill, and wishes she had had her teeth straightened.

Runner-up in the Funny Women Competition 2004. Finalist in the J20 Jongleurs Comedy Awards. Finalist in the Hackney New Act Competition’05.

In 2004 Janice co-wrote and performed “FREEDUMB” with comedian Phil Nichol at the Edinburgh Festival. This show was invited and performed at the Melbourne Comedy Festival this year. She also performed  “Dogman” with fellow comedians, Miranda Hart, Tom Price and Richard Vranch.

Janice formed double act “Susan and Janice” with Susan Earl in 1999. Their first Edinburgh show “Sparkling” quickly established them as an exciting and original presence in sketch comedy. Since then they have taken three other shows to Edinburgh and in 2002 toured Britain with their show “Out of Our Heads”.

Janice is also a cast member of “Ealing Live” at Ealing Studios.

Janice’s TV appearances include BBC’s Coupling, BBC’s, Fifteen Stories High (Series 1 & 2), BBC’s, The Mitchell and Webb Situation and ITV’s Beast. Radio appearances include Radio 4’s, London Europe, Think the Unthinkable and Three Wishes



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