Jeffrey Milne | Executive Producer
I have spent most of my working life in the media working in commercial radio then in management and training roles within the community radio sector. I also spent three years working in finance and operations for a major theatre company. It was 2016 when I first heard about podcasting and this was in Sydney at a news conference where the dinner talk revolved around the world of Crime Fiction and True Crime podcasts. I opened Brisbane Podcasting Centre in 2019 to produce Business Brand podcasts and to assist podcasters on their audio journey. After a Melbourne Podcasting Conference I became really interested in the production of audio drama. This project has been over twelve months in the making from finding the right story and author to collaborate with in planning and writing an audio podcast screenplay to finding capable voice actors willing to fill the character roles and finally recording them. In March 2020, COVID-19 hit putting everyone in lockdown and the project on hold but then we decided to accept the challenge of recording all voices separately and safely instead of a controlled studio environment. A post-production nightmare followed as we crafted the entire story back together. This truly was a COVID-19 audio project.
My sincere thanks go out to everyone involved in this audio project especially to all these talented and fine voice actors who freely offered their time and patience through the many recording sessions. If asked if I would do it all again, the answer is yes. But, next time, let’s do it in a studio.
Philip J Bradbury | Executive Producer
Voice of John Maranui and Greg Cousins
Philip was born very early in life and started writing soon after, only to abandon it when the trappings of responsibility – marriage, jobs, children, looking good – flounced at his feet. Having now outgrown any responsibility garnered to date, he has become an irresponsible old man, has written 18 self-published books, run writing groups, been an editor, publisher and freelance writer. He cycles and yogas a lot and his alter-ego can be found on the internet at www.philipjbradbury.com
The Last Stand Down Voice Actors:
Alan Youngson | Arthur Bayley, Angus, James Fordyce and Inspector Hopkins
Alan originally a Speech and Drama Teacher, had 40 year Performing Arts career in Canada and Australia including 43 plays as comedy/character Actor (10 different accents); Director/Producer of 57 shows; 5 years Executive Producer, Brisbane Warana Festival and 20 years Artistic Director / General Manager of 4 Performing Arts Centres. In retirement, he has directed, co-written and performed in “Adventure before Dementia !” and “Viagara Falls & the 70 Year old Virgin !” with Janet Findlay.
Janet Findlay | Joan Bayley, Mary Collins and Train Commuter
Janet has been a professional actor, radio copywriter, slam poet and comedy writer. She graduated from the NZ National Drama school and worked in all major theatre companies before coming to Australia. Here she is best known for her impersonation of Queen Elizabeth 11, with television appearance and countless gigs throughout the state, nationally, and overseas. Janet has also worked with Red Ticket Comedy Theatre and The Babbling Trillbillys.
Richard Edwards | Lord Atkinson, Dominik, Sam Black and Timon
Richard first trod the boards in 1968 in roles ranging from Shakespeare – as Duke Orsino in ‘Twelfth Night’, Malcolm in ‘Macbeth’ through Operettas to Theatre of the Absurd as the hapless Lucky in ‘Waiting for Godot’ and the title role of Sloane in Joe Orton’s black comedy ‘Entertaining Mr Sloane’. He returned to acting in 2019 – Two separate productions of ‘Viagra Falls’ (Studio 888 in Ipswich and Sunnybank Theatre Group), playing Dr Sadhu – in between those productions he played the Honourable Giles Forsyth and Bishop Ronald in ‘Don’t get your Vicars in a Twist’ at Centenary Theatre Group. In retirement, his hobbies and interests are painting, poker, golf, chess, fishing, theatre and as an Ambassador giving talks for the Heart and Stroke Foundation around SE Queensland. Richard is now involved as a voice actor for other Fiction story podcasts.
Breanda Cross | Lady Atkinson and Dottie
Breanda Cross paid her way through college writing romance novels for Mills and Boon, but obviously never got the hang of it, as she kept killing off the hero. Working in government offices she soon learned about crime and corruption, and her promotion into Parliamentary Administration convinced her she could now write creative fiction as well as act like a Drama Queen. Creator and host of Fast Fiction Podcast series.
Heather-Ann Briker-Bell | Amanda
As a practicing Speech Pathologist, Heather-Ann is ‘into’ voice. With both a medical and arts background, harnessing the power of the voice in ‘up and coming’ speakers to deliver messaging with power, impact and style is her passion, along with voice care, maintenance, and endurance. “It’s not what you say, but how you say it” that conveys the meaning (85% of an audio only message!). Her specialised attention is specifically honed to level of performance, whether it be polished or beginner and she is highly regarded for her targeted work with individuals and small groups designed to inform, inspire and empower.
Willy James | Hemi, Kiwi Crims and Mansion Guards
Bringing his sultry tones back to front of stage where he belongs; Big Willy James returns with his unique brand of “live and loose” entertaining, guaranteed to raise the roof of any venue.
A multi-instrumentalist and celebrated solo performer, Big Willy James is much sought after at private and corporate events. With a vast array of music experience from days gone by with his duo “Beauty & the Beast”; his band “Willy & the Poor Boys”; the “Bashful Boys” Show and many more. Big Willy James was the ‘maestro of guitar strings’ with vocals to match for the incomparable “Wickety Wak” band. Recently honoured with his induction as an industry legend into the “Arrows” for his service to the entertainment industry in Australia, he joins other such greats as Col Joye (OAM), Digger Revell and Sir John Rowles. He balances his professional life with service to the community as a mentor for up and coming performers both here and in New Zealand. Get ready to rise, Big Willy James is in the house!
Yvie Neale | Emily
A teacher training specialist based in Dubai, training teachers in the English language and literature fields in the UK, Madrid in Spain and Holland. Literature is my passion! I have dabbled in acting, writing and general thespianism for years writing regular life and travel blogs and I read avidly as much as I can. In 2018, I self-published the first of a trilogy on Kindle and a collection of poems. I continue to write and work on part two of the trilogy series. The novel is semi-biographical with a focus on my grand-parents story and connection to Ireland. I’m weaving Irish history and facts with fiction – That’s Faction, I believe! I love travelling but rarely plan ahead so who knows what is next? Linkedin profile: https://uk.linkedin.com/in/yve-neale-16847352?
Lewis Edwards | Malcolm
Actor born and based in Queensland, Australia. Interned with Harvest Rain Theatre Company. Film and TV International – Graduated from WAAPA in 2019. Known for Blood Brothers (2013), Time Apart (2020) and Tranceclipse (2020).
Lewis Edwards: https://m.imdb.com/name/nm7485183/?ref_=m_tt_cl_t3
Tony Odling | Police Sergeant
Tony’s introduction to performing was in High School performing in Dazzle (chorus) and Oliver (Fagin). He continued down this creative path doing extras work in film and TV in shows including E-Street, A Country Practice and Joe’s Jury. He also did some TV commercials which is where he met his wife Sue. “Thanks Lucky Strike Cigarettes“. After moving to the Gold Coast Tony has performed in Les Misérables (Chorus) in 2005, Rent (Chorus) in 2007, Les Misérables (Chain Gang, Foreman, Babet) in 2017 and “Not The Messiah” (Chorus) in 2018, Blood Brothers in 2019 for Javeenbah as Mr Lyons and other supporting role and chorus for Assassins (2020) before Covid-19.
Carly Wilson | Belinda
Moving to Brisbane in 2015, Carly has completed a Cert IV in Musical Theatre and become an active member of the South-east Queensland community theatre scene. Recent theatre credits include Nicola in Kinky Boots (Phoenix), Shena/Trio in Boy From Oz (Savoyards), Liz in High Fidelity (BTG), Chicago (Savoyards), Les Miserables (Savoyards) and Officer Lockstock in Urinetown (BAMT). Currently studying to become a secondary school drama and music teacher to inspire the next generation of performers.
Additional Voice Actors
Danielle Chaning (Halee), Sumit Bansal (Ahmed), Dylan Hodge (Martin Bayley, Toby), Julio Cessar Corea (Cafe Owner), Casey Milne (Young Office Man, Photographer), Holly Milne (Receptionist), Teah Peters (Cafe Waitress), Children’s Voices provided by Aryana Sharma, Arna Sharma and Taylor Wheatley.
Image: Queens Gardens, Croydon. UK.