Ensemble Members

Catherine Lake
Ensemble, Voice Coach

Catherine grew up in Kent and Montreal (Canada) where her interest for physical theatre was ignited. She came back to London to train at Central School of Speech and Drama on their 3 year acting course and since graduating has been working primarily in theatre and film. Recent credits include: Theatre: ‘Failed States’ (Baron’s Court, transferred to The Pleasance, Main House, Islington), ‘Camille’ (Lost Theatre, King’s Cross and The Space, London), ‘Flowers of Red’ (Edinburgh Fringe Festival), Educating Rita (Brussels). Film: Ugly/Beautiful (Greenacre Films), Pocket (Sean Cameron, Short). Catherine first joined Bottlefed to work and perform as part of the ‘Camille’ ensemble. Following that experience, she continued working with Bottlefed devising ‘Return to Reason’ and performing it at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Enterprise07 Festival (The Space, London). She is currently working on our latest research and development both as a member of the ensemble and as our voice coach.

Astor Agustsson

Astor is born and raised in Vestmannaeyjar, Iceland.  After being introduced to devised theatre through his work as an amateur theatre performer, he joined the European Theatre Arts course at Rose Bruford College, where he became acquainted with various forms of alternative performance practises and disciplines, and from which he graduated with a first degree in September 2007.

Apart from his work as a member of Bottlefed, Astor is a co-artistic director of HalfCut which has worked extensively with Theatre Delicatessen and Festival Replublic, most notably on HalfCut, the company’s eponymous debut performance.  He has also co-directed Maddid with Maddid Theatre Company – a devised one-woman performance which has been played in London, Spain and Iceland; developed and performed a scratch performance of Immitating Eloquence with Imploding Fictions at the Nordic Festival at The Space in July 2009 as well as written and performed Famous Last Words, a section of You Are Invited which was performed entirely online via Skype (2011);  other credits include Exoplanets with Curious Directive., Showtime with Tangled Feet at the Nabakov Arts Club, and a fire-breathing performance for Bizet’s Carmen at the O2 Arena.

Agnes Brekke

Agnes is an award winning actress with a multi-cultural background. Born in London, Agnes was raised in Colombia.  She originally studied two years of Colombian folk dance and theatre before moving to London to study a Degree in European Theatre Arts at Rose Bruford College, between 2000 – 2003.

Agnes’s stage work is extensive, and in 2007 she was awarded ‘Actress of the Year’ by the Oval House Theatre, London. She has been a core member of The Bottlefed Ensemble since 2008, winning the Jury Prize at 100% Berlin festival at Sophiensaele in March 2010, and is a core member of The Pachamamas Theatre since 2010.

She played lead characters in radio including the play La Reina de la Papa for BBC World Service and the The Colonel for Channel 4 online.

In between acting work Agnes has always continued developing her performing skills, training with renowned practitioners and companies such as Teatro Malandro in Geneva, Song of the Goat in Poland, Gabriel Gawin in London, John Wright, Christopher Heimann from The Imaginary Body. As such she is experienced in many of theatre languages, including physical theatre, dance theatre, comedy, naturalism, improvisation, street theatre, clowning, music theatre and movement.

As a practitioner, Agnes is interested in merging theatre with other art forms to create art which is integral, rich and diverse, whilst enhancing the artists’ individualities and cultures.

Shu-Yi Chin

Shu-Yi Chin is a performer from Taiwan who recently achieved her MA degree in Performing from Central School of Speech and Drama. In order to become a professional theatre practitioner, she finished another MA course in Applied Drama at Royal Holloway, University of London, in 2006. Before coming to the UK in 2005, she was a secondary school English teacher and a freelance performer. She has been involved in commercials, films and theatre of all kinds since graduating in June, 2007. Shu-Yi joined the ensemble in 2008 to work on our latest research into music-, drama- and dance-improvisation.

Thom Mitchell

Thom trained in Acting at Bretton Hall where he established his skills in creating and developing new Theatre. He furthered his training at Central School of Speech and Drama on the MA Performance course. He works in both Classical and Contemporary Theatre/ Film / Voice over, and is a highly experienced collaborator.

Thom’s theatre credits include: Hold Me Until You Break (Schlachthaus Theater, Bern / Switzerland/ IDNO – Iceland/ London – Jackson’s Lane, Tristan Bates/ Berlin – winning the Jury Prize at 100% Berlin festival at Sophiensaele in March 2010.

Thom also works with Slip of Steel; recent performances include: Of Women and Horses I have Known – Underbelly/Camden Peoples Theatre. He is currently working on several Films inc Match – a short film winner.

Thom looks forward to continuing ensemble work with Bottlefed as well as a diverse range of projects outside of the company.

Vala Omarsdottir

Vala is a London and Reykjavik based performer/performance maker. She is a graduate from Central School of Speech and Drama and Goldsmiths, University of London. Alongside working as a member of Bottlefed, she is an associate artist at Tangled Feet and a co-founder at Maddid and 11:18.

Her recent credits include: As Soon As They Know Me (Nordurpollinn Theater- Iceland and INCA arts space- London) Hide (Lyric Hammersmith- London) Stories You Wouldn’t Tell Your Parents (Footprint Project-London) Pure Pleasure Seekers (Bottlefed, artFart Performance Festival- Iceland) Home (Tangled Feet, UK tour, London and Ales- France) Showtime (Tangled Feet, Nabokov Arts Club -London) Sh.. and listen! (Assistant Director: In The Flesh festival, Footprint Project -Barbican Theatre) Crossing Chaos (Camden People’s Theatre -London) Hold Me Until You Break (BAC -London, Jacksons Lane -London, Idno Theater -Reykjavik, Sclachthaus Theater -Bern, Vulpes Vulpes Art Studio-London) Creatures born into chaos.. (Maddids Nordic Festival-London) Bottlefeds Conceptual Improvisations (Southwark Playhouse Secrets, Shunt Lounge, Bloomsbury Festival, Tristan Bates, -all London) Maddid  (Hafnarfjardar Theatre Co., Smidjan/ artFart Performance Festival -Iceland) Operation Powervlott (The Space London, Verftet Bergen Norway)

Irene Wernli

Irène’s artistic ambitions carried her from one of the smallest places in Switzerland (Asp) to Geneva, where she joined the pré-professional dance course at the Conservatoire de Genève. Villager by birth, cosmopolitan at heart, she moved to London to study Dance and Drama at London Studio Centre, gaining a Dip HE with Distinction in Contemporary Dance. Mixing commercial with independent work her credits include: Stage: Hold Me Until You Break (Schlachthaus Theater – Bern – Switzerland, IDNO – Reykjavik – Iceland, Jackson’s Lane, Tristan Bates Theatre, Symposium @ Rose Bruford and The Space – all London), Celestial Mass with Chrome Hoof , JP Massiera & Magma (Barbican, London), Operation Powervlott (The Space – London, Verftet – Bergen – Norway) Bottlefed’s Conceptual Improvisations (Southwark Playhouse Secrets, Shunt Lounge, Bloomsbury Festival, all London), Tunnel Vision (Zoo Venues, Edinburgh), Erreur Fatal (Agent Provocateur, London), Seven Days of Falling with OpenCompany (Basel, Switzerland), Esther (TurbulanceDance, Robin Howard Dance Theatre) INTOTO DANCE (UK Tour, Peacock Theatre) Film: ‘Lord of the Flies’ (TworedshoesCompany), ‘The Girls’ (Calvin Harris, Columbia Records). Irène teaches Modern Jazz at Central School of Ballet and co-runs LongrunArtistes Agency. She enjoys the interdisciplinary work with Bottlefed enabling her to combine her many interests.

Natasa Stamatari

Natasa Stamatari is a Set and Costume Designer working in Theatre, Dance, Film, Photography and Music. She completed a five year BA in Drama Studies and Scenography at the Aristotle university of Thesaloniki, Greece and an MA in Advance Theatre Practice (Scenography strand) at Central School of Speech and Drama in London, UK. Since 2009 Natasa has been a core member of Bottlefed as the company’s set and costume designer.
Some of her designs include: MEET ME FAR FROM GRAVITY, site specific, performed around London; THE LITTLE PRINCE, Amalia Theatre; PURE PLEASURE SEEKERS, tour Iceland, Switzerland; HOLD ME UNTIL YOU BREAK, tour in UK, Switzerland, Iceland, Germany ; PHAEDRA, Tabart Theatre, CPT and Area 10 ; A CLOUD IN TROUSERS, Underbelly, Fringe festival; LIGHT & SHADOW SPECTACLE, tour in UK and Europe; ACCIDENTAL LIVES OF MEMORIES, THE LESSON, White Bear Theatre; ALMOST THERE, C Venues, Edinburgh fringe festival;