Newsworthy is an audio series about media wars, relationships, careers and life choices in a post-modernist world, set in contemporary London during the Spring/Summer of 2021. The main characters from each news channel are ambitious to get their voices heard and win the hearts and minds of the great British public.
One channel represents innovative, grassroots investigative journalism. The other channel, equipped with big budgets and slick production values, focuses on boosting ratings with a news-lite, entertainment-centric approach. Which one wins?
The story explores universal themes of enthusiasm and cynicism, new careers and job loss, youth and ageing, loyalty and betrayal, plain-speaking and obfuscation, friendships and false friends - all with a light, comedic tone.
(in order of appearance)
Matthew Garcia | Lei Chi
Matthew Ball is an aspiring self-trained video editor and voice actor. Having dipped his toe into the realm of voice acting whilst studying Drama & multimedia at the University of Kent, he lent his voice to a series of official tutorial videos for Surgeon Simulator 2 in 2020 before co-starring in The Football Battalion in 2021. When he’s not training and auditioning, he can be found at Twitch.tv as ItsMatticusFinch, where he’ll inevitably jump out of his skin playing something spooky.
Mike is a passionate, professional voice actor based in the UK. Mike has always been interested in acting, and after participating in courses at The Poor School, and the Central School of Speech and Drama, Mike decided to begin work as a professional actor and voiceover in 2021.
To date, Mike has worked on a number of radio and podcast dramas, and undertaken commercial voiceover work on behalf of a major UK retailer.
Mike lives in Kent with his wife and daughter, and can’t wait to immerse himself in more dramatic projects!
Sally | Deana
Rebecca Dixon has performed in two previous Rebcat productions and also appeared in several dramatic musical productions. She has thoroughly enjoyed playing the part of Deana in the Newsworthy series and as a previous costume designer fully relates to the need to source costumes from a limited budget.
I I have been acting on and off for about 40 years and it has always been a passion. In my day-to-day job I am a trainer and a therapist - which I also love. I have worked with RebCat since it’s inception and am always delighted to be a part of their inspiring productions.
Noelle Gizzi is a NY based actor, writer, and professional goofball who is excited to dip her toes into voice work with the cast of Newsworthy. Noelle has previously worked on several episodes of an upcoming show on Oxygen called “Final Moments,” as well as many short films, plays, documentaries, and a web series of her own creation. Noelle’s next appearance will be as Sister Mary Amnesia in a production of the musical comedy Nunsense. Noelle plays the spirited Skylar and she hopes she can bring a smile to your face, and that you enjoy the podcast series!
Newsworthy Bruce's first dip into the world of audio/podcast and thoroughly enjoying the experience! Bruce has been acting for over 30 years with experience in most fields: West End theatre, touring, repertory, TV, film and advertising. He's very happy to see work returning after the last two Covid years
Charlie Morel is an actor, voiceover artist appearing in The Porch and upcoming feature, Full Bodied. Charlie Morel makes his podcast debut in Newsworthy, playing Caroline’s long-suffering assistant Duncan. Charlie has appeared in award-winning short and feature films, and this marks his first collaboration with Rebcat Creations.
Kai | Amanda
Eleanor is an actor, comedian, improviser, model, writer, producer and director who has performed in theaters, studios, and sound stages across the UK, USA, and France. She is passionate about transformative storytelling and working on Newsworthy addressing the power dynamics within the contemporary news and media economy has been an absolute joy.
Judy | Emerald
Wendy Barrett is an actor based in the Scottish Borders. She studied English and Drama at Edinburgh University in the 1980s and returned to acting after her family had grown up. Since then Wendy has acted extensively in both in theatre and film. Her stage roles have ranged from Juliet’s Nurse in ‘Romeo & Juliet’ to M’Lynn in ‘Steel Magnolias’, and Hazel in Alan Ayckbourn’s ‘Wildest Dreams’. Her film work has included ‘Tommy’s Honour’, ‘Trust Me’ and ‘Patrick Swayze: Ghosts and Demons (as Patsy Swayze).
Kim Michelle is a young (Voice-) Actress. Thanks to her growing up in different countries and her love for languages, she knows how to act in English, German and Spanish and always enjoys adding new accents to her list. She is also a semi-professional dancer, sings and loves to write and create her own stories.
Riley started off his life as a motor vehicle mechanic and then worked in a factory until he re-trained as a mature student to become a professional actor. In his professional career he has worked for Hull Truck Theatre Company in Bouncers and has performed at the Old Vic in Inherit the Wind. He has also performed with Quiet Word. Riley has worked with the BBC on TV and radio, for Channel 5 and Nickelodeon. He has appeared in films Burning Men, Shadow Gene, Flim the Movie and Crossing Bridges. He has also written, directed and performed in a short film he made called I am Here. Riley likes to relax by shouting at the TV.
Michael is delighted to be back for his 2nd production with Rebcat Creations. He is currently in rehearsals for the upcoming production of Indian Summer at Columbia University. Before that he was most recently seen in Rebcat's original production of The New Normal. Past acting credits include: Den Of Thieves, Comedy Of Errors, “The Collector” and “Lucid Dreams”. Jennings is a recent graduate of Atlantic Acting School where he trained under the likes of Karen Kohlhaas and Anya Saffir.
Narrator | Clayton
While not my profession I have always been interested in theatre from a young age. Initially in a long series of school productions, then collaborating with a bi-lingual theatre group in Italy with a focus on original works and music and, more recently, in a live on-line production via Zoom. I am excited to be part of ´Newsworthy' - my first 'Podcast' production and one built around true stories from pandemic 2021. I can relate very closely to the story (or should that be stories 🤔) as I have worked in and alongside a news agency for most of my career. I am sure you will enjoy the production.
Sashen Naicker is an actor and screenwriter. He has experience in major studio productions as well as independent efforts. He has built a solid list of credits in film and tv while living in Los Angeles. He is now focused on moving his three optioned screenplays into production.
Su Panjabi is an accomplished voice actor with several years of experience in commercials and more recently fictional podcasts. She is delighted to play the role of Preeta in Newsworthy.
Audio Editor | Sound