Ingrid is the human incarnation of Snotra, the Norse Goddess of wisdom. There are many days she wishes she’d used the wisdom of Snotra in her own life choices, which have seen her lurch from one disaster to the next – picking the wrong man time after time; drug and alcohol issues; mental health problems as she suffered through her transition into being a Goddess. Yet for all her tragic past Ingrid remains an upbeat and thoroughly lovely person. Funny how life turns out.
About Rachel Nash
Rachel’s work as Ingrid in the first and second season of THE ALMIGHTY JOHNSONS is her most recent, but certainly not her first
As well as teaching drama for over two decades, Rachel has had a long acting career on the stage and screen in a plethora of theatre roles.
Her television roles include The Cult, The Pretender, Shortland Street and Outrageous Fortune.
Rachel also played a lead role in the 1998 film Life Class, and later in 2007 featured in the films We’re Here to Help, The Map Reader, and Jinx Sister-a film which earned her a best supporting actress nomination at the New Zealand Film Awards. Recently she also starred in the 2009 film, Matariki.
Rachel’s extensive theatre career has seen her acting in more than 30 different plays and productions by the Auckland Theatre Company and Centrepoint Theatre.
Michele is a doctor at an understaffed, underfunded Auckland hospital and also the human incarnation of Sjöfn, a ‘minor’ Norse Goddess associated with love – for and of both men and women. For a love Goddess Michele is a surprisingly dark and prickly being, but maybe that has a lot to do with her upbringing, and the mother who seems perpetually disappointed in the daughter who didn’t turn out to be a ‘major’ Goddess.
Since graduating from UNITEC with a Bachelor of Performing Arts, Michelle has worked in New Zealand and Australia across a wide variety of television shows, movies, commercials and theatre performances. In 2005, she scored her biggest acting gig to date when she gained a role on the award-winning Australian series McLeod’s Daughters. It was a role that won her international attention and garnered her nomination as Most Popular New Female Talent at the Australian Logie Awards. She spent two years working on McLeod’s Daughters before returning to New Zealand in 2007. Michelle’s other TV credits include Being Eve, Street Legal, Spin Doctors, The Strip, Power Rangers, This is Not My Life and Shortland Street. Michelle’s film work includes For Good, which won her the Best Actress Award at the St Tropez Film Festival in 2003, as well as Separation City and After the Waterfall. Michelle has also starred in a number of theatre productions, her most recent being The Lover, directed by Caroline Bell-Booth.
Stacey is an ex-Emo cycle courier with an attitude that is not improved by being the human incarnation of Fulla, who is the hand-maiden of the Frigg whom everyone is seeking. The genetic drive in her to serve other Goddesses is strong, and she hates that, which only serves to bring out her dark and bitter side.
About Eve Gordon
Eve’s diverse skills and talents have led her to a career that spans the stage, television and film industry.
Her previous film credits include roles in Peter Jackson’s epic King Kong, Anguish and The Forgotten Mistake, she has played the lead in several internationally successful experimental short films.
Eve graduated with a Bachelor of Performing and Screen Arts in 2002 from UNITEC, and is now one of New Zealand’s most highly skilled circus aerial and adagio performers. In 2009 she founded The Dust Palace circus theatre company which she continues to direct. In the four short years of the company’s existence they have presented works in festivals all around New Zealand to rave reviews and were invited to open Q Theatre’s Loft. Their works include Love and Money, Cirque Non Sequitur and Venus is.
The fact that Eve is a highly trained and specialised silk aerialist and circus artist makes her a naturally gifted stage performer. She has skillfully pulled off challenging roles in productions such as Cabaret, Burlesque As You Like It and The Sexy Recession Show.
Karen; mother of Michele; also the Norse Goddess Lofn, which essentially means she is like the party-planner of the Gods. When Lofn decrees there shall be a party of the Gods, they cannot resist her invitation. And when Karen throws a party it is inevitably a party that will be talked about for a long, long time.
Karen is a complicated Goddess. There is much about her that adores the social whirl – the preparation; the dressing up; the mingling; the flirting; the romantic undertones; the chance to be secretly naughty, with the frisson of danger and discovery. Karen lives much of her life as if it were a never-ending party – as the string of lovers and ex-husbands she has left behind will testify.
But there is also a side of Karen that is deeply dissatisfied with her lot as Lofn, because while Lofn is a fun Goddess she is not an important Goddess. When Karen finally gave in to the reality that Lofn was her lot, she piled her dreams of greatness onto her daughter, Michele. Karen was determined that when Michele turned 21 and attained her Goddess-hood, that she would be an important Goddess – a Freyja or a Frigg – so she prepared her according to that social status: enforced ballet lessons as soon as she could walk; good schools where academic discipline was tantamount (she married a rich man she loathed to pay for those years); all the grooming it took to turn her into the great Goddess Karen wanted to be.
And when Michele turned 21 and turned out to be Sjofn, a Goddess even lower in the pantheon that Lofn, a big part of Karen turned her back on her daughter. Sure she played nice at being a mother, but the smog of disappointment has always hung in the air between them. And they both know this and it only makes things worse between them, even as they go through the motions of trying to live through a ‘normal’ mother-daughter relationship.
About Jennifer Ward Lealand
Jennifer was a founding board member of the Watershed Theatre and a co-founder of The Large Group and The Actors’ Program. She is currently President of New Zealand Actors Equity, Patron of Q Theatre, and serves as a trust board member of Arts Regional Trust, Silo Theatre, and Actors Benevolent Fund. In the 2007 New Years Honours List, she was named an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit “for services to theatre and the community.”