Michelle Blake

8 appearances in RDG productions

Michelle joined the group in 2001 when she was immediately cast in our award-winning production of Five Kinds of Silence.

In 2002 she received a Best Actress Award nomination at Woking Festival for her telling performance in Till I Fall Off.

Michelle made one of her far too rare RDG appearances as Amelia in the award-winning The House of Bernarda Alba.

Michelle joined the stage management and backstage team which gave a sumptuous presentation on Hay Fever(2) and followed that by helping create the First World War trench scene for Journey's End. In 2009 she was lured back into the limelight for her appearance in Broken Glass and later that year gave a wonderful comedy appearance in RolePlay followed by a spirited performance in Pinter's The Birthday Party. from Pinter she moved to Alan Bennett with her very funny appearance as the flat-chested spinster in Habeas Corpus(2).

In 2012 Michelle made her Runnymede directorial debut when she produced the challenging festival play Sunday Morning at the Centre of the World. Following this success she went on to direct Alan Bennett's Enjoy which proved another highly popular production. In 2105 she took on the director's role again when she produced the amusing comedy based on Graham Greene's novel Travels With My Aunt. In 2017 she returned to actin when she played the unhappily married daughter in For Services Rendered.

Michelle often turns her hand to backstage work and is particularly adept on the lighting board. Her lighting for our presentation of 100 was nominated for awards at both Woking and Spelthorne Festivals in 2021,