Good Grief
Pen Works Media

black comedy / drama


60 mins


Fri at 18:00

Sat at 18:00

Sun at 14:00

Good Grief
Pen Works Media

When a feuding family return home for their mum's funeral, a series of shocking revelations unfold, including the fact their dad has already buried her.

infrequent bad language


Claire Walker
played by Anna Nightingale

ANNA NIGHTINGALE trained at the BRIT School in London alongside classmates Adele, Amy Winehouse and Jessie J.

She made her film debut in the 2007 short film Alice in the City, moving into television in Ashes to Ashes in 2009. She then appeared in various television series, including Casualty and Doctors, and in 2019 she landed the role of Andrea Tate in Emmerdale, where she was a mainstay until October 2021.

During the pandemic Anna raised money for both the Alzheimer's Society and Action for Children with a celebrity recorded version of Shakin’ Stevens’ “Merry Christmas Everyone” before finishing second on Celebrity Mastermind earlier this year with her specialised subject, Oasis.

Alvin Walker
played by Wayne S. Murphy-Jerrett

WAYNE S. MURPHY-JERRETT has studied method acting in London with Sam Rumbelow and Brian Timoney, as well as summer schools at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and the Cygnet Theatre, Exeter.

His first acting experience came at Fringe Theatrefest, which he followed up by playing George Bamberger in Peter Shaffer's Black Comedy and A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Landmark Theatre.

Wayne has a first-class degree in computer science and a CV that labels him as a software engineer, but Wayne’s compulsion to perform has seen him land the lead role of Alvin Walker in Jody Medland’s Good Grief at The Queen’s Theatre.

Esther Walker
played by Stephanie Pena

STEPHANIE PENA studied and trained at Royal Holloway University of London and the International School of Screen Acting. She is a multitalented, sincere and compassionate actor who has been cast in a diverse range of roles in film, musicals, and theatre productions.

She played the lead role of Margaret in the period film Margaret Sinclair: An Ordinary Girl as well as playing Nancy in the musical adaption of the Tales of Dickens. And she wrote, produced and featured in her own film, If only.

She is a qualified Yoga, meditation, and SUP Yoga instructor, and she writes and presents wellbeing videos on her Gracefulbow Yoga & Wellbeing channel. Stephanie is also the co-presenter of a monthly radio show in the Cotswolds.

Zac Walker
played by Reuben Williams

REUBEN WILLIAMS is both an actor and a comedian. Besides founding London’s only factually inaccurate walking tour provider he’s recently toured the UK and Europe as a cast member of the ensemble comedy drama Welcome to the UK with theatre company Psychedelight.

Other notable stage credits include Vanya in Uncle Vanya (Courtyard Theatre, London), and Vershinin in The Three Sisters (Poland and London).

Ivy Walker
played by Barnstaple's very own Alba Gracie

ALBA GRACIE was born to a Spanish mother and Scottish father, growing up in the South East of Spain and South West of England, thus making her fully bilingual and a part of both cultures.

After her A-Levels, where she began studying acting, Alba completed a Foundation Diploma in Art & Design, then moved to Bristol before training with the BFI Film Academy within media production.

Alba has trained with Bristol Meisner and The Impulse Company in London. Most recently she has worked with Kurdish director Kae Bahar and is due to appear in Good Grief at Barnstaple's Fringe TheatreFest in June, in the town where she now resides.

The Undertaker / Policeman
played by Dominic Morgan

DOMINIC MORGAN is a passionate and skilful actor who’s dedicated to creating truthful performances across multiple genres.

He trained extensively in the art of the Meisner technique and has excellent improvisational skills, often using this as a tool for developing his own projects.

Dominic runs a storytelling event in London and also teaches the Meisner technique under the tutelage of Tom Radcliffe, who was a direct student of Sanford Meisner himself. He’s a brave performer with the ability to view scenes from many fresh angles, offering multiple options for his directors.


Jody Medland | Writer, Producer & Director

JODY MEDLAND is a screenwriter, author and playwright whose work is renowned for its strong characters and original concepts.

Good Grief was completed within weeks of losing his father to cancer during the pandemic, and on 8 September (International Literacy Day) Jody will release an anthology of one act plays, titled Spectrum: Volume One, where each play tackles different human emotions and challenging themes.

When not juggling his numerous projects, Jody can be found spending time with his family, or people-watching whilst sipping on a hazelnut latte.