The Players


Claudine Bennent is a performer, theatre maker and teacher.

Claudine is the writer + co-producer  of ‘Tannie & Tannie’ and plays ‘Tannie’

Claudine graduated from the University of Cape Town, South Africa, in 2005 with her BA in Theatre and Performance.  Claudine worked as a freelance actor, singer, director, writer and teacher for numerous theatre, film and television companies in South Africa; including the National Children’s Theatre (The Secret Garden, Aladdin, Stuart Little).

In 2007, she caught the comedy bug and began performing stand-up and improv comedy at venues throughout Johannesburg, Cape Town and Pretoria until 2009, when she moved to Sendai, Japan to teach on the Japan English and Exchange (JET) Programme.

Whilst learning how to use chopsticks properly, she developed her Vocal Training for Teachers Workshop delivered at training conferences and meetings, delivered an improv comedy workshop at the annual art show, performed with an acapella group to raise funds for charity, and established Sendai Night Live (a variety show to raise funds after the 2011 Sendai Earthquake).

Claudine relocated to Sheffield in 2013 and has been cursing the weather ever since.  Her most resent projects include The Local (Edinburgh Fringe 2017, The Rutland Arms), The Vagina Monologues (for SheFest at Theatre Delicatessen, Sheffield), and scripting and directing Foolish Mortals at the Lantern Theatre.

Claudine is a member of Equity and Spotlight

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Melanie Crawley is an actor, voice artist, producer, designer and writer

Melanie is the Producer of ‘Tannie & Tannie’ and plays ‘Tannie’

Melanie appeared most recently as The Mayor in ‘Final Night, Mayor’ by John Hunter as part of Sheffield Theatres’ Making Room Crucible Studio Takeover; as Kath in ‘Classless’ by Paul Kenny, a radio play commissioned as part of Pete McKee’s ‘This Class Works’ exhibition and as Lord Montague in Romeo & Juliet at Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester all in 2018.

Previously, she appeared in ‘Three Post-Apocalyptic Comedians Walk Into A Bar…’ in 2017 a performance she also wrote, produced and directed – commissioned by Rebuild Festival.

Other recent appearances are: Joan for Tesco’s ‘Food Love Stories’ campaign, in  ITV’s ‘Coronation Street’ as Court Clerk, and as Blodwyn in Peter Huntley’s series of radio sketches: ‘Dylan and Blod Talk about Dai’ for Cornucopia Radio. In 2016 she appeared as Betty in the northern UK premiere of ‘In a Forest, Dark and Deep’ by Neil LaBute, at Salford Arts Theatre (GM Fringe) which she also produced and designed.

Melanie is also an audio book narrator and has narrated and produced six novels to date, all available on Audible. 

Melanie is a member of Equity and Spotlight.

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Sarah Spencer is an actor and director.

Sarah is the director of ‘Tannie & Tannie’

Sarah Spencer graduated from Arden School of Theatre in 2008 and has been working in Theatre and Film as an actor and director since then, notably appearing in cult film: ‘Harold’s Going Stiff’ as Penny Rudge.

Sarah served as Creative Director and a trustee of the Lantern Theatre for four years during which time she directed ‘A Few Good Men’ and ‘The Crucible’ among other plays, which received rave reviews.

Currently, as well as directing Tannie & Tannie, Sarah is managing the Merlin Theatre in Sheffield and is co-directing and acting in Twitch productions.

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