Meet the cast for our Spring Show, monolog...

Her Big Chance by Alan Bennett

Leslie played by Belinda McGuirk

Belinda joined Chickenshed as a ‘Middle’ when she was 14 and has been here ever since. During that time, as well as performing many roles in various productions and departments and most recently becoming BTEC Year 2 Programme Manager, she has travelled to Ethiopia, Russia and China on various outreach projects. She was most recently seen performing in Refugee Boy, The Midnight Gang and Rapunzel.


This is Me by Diane Samuels

Younger Diane played by Lucy-Mae Beacock

Lucy-Mae is 15 years old and lives locally with her parents and 12 year old twin sisters. Lucy-Mae trained at West End MT, London Elite Dance Company and New London Performing Arts Centre, and has appeared as Matilda in the RSC’s production of Matilda the Musical in 2012 and 2013. Lucy-Mae is an active member of the Chickenshed Youth Theatre and has appeared in many Christmas Shows and Galas. She is very excited and honoured to be performing in monolog.

Older Diane played by Belinda McGuirk

Belinda’s experience of This is Me began back in December upon meeting Diane Samuels to discuss the play, and in particular, favourite sections that resonated with her own relationships with friends and family. The next few months were spent reading the script - at home, at work, on the bus - and getting to truly understand the character. Belinda is looking forward to the audience discovering their own ‘This is Me’ experience.