Who We Are

Renato Abeydeera

Renato Abeydeera

Renato had been involved in productions with Rainham Theatrical Society (1992-1994) and Querk/Changeling Theatre (1992-1997). He met Richard Harding and Sophia soon-to-be-Harding at Medway Little Theatre, when they were all performing in High Infidelity in 1997. Impressed by his comedic talent, and his ability to write his own bio notes, they gave him a small part in the Alternate Shadows performance of Stalag 69 the following year. Since then he has written, sound designed, directed and appeared in numerous Alt Shad extravaganzas. A claim Richard, Sophia and Renato can make is they are the only members who have appeared in all three of the Edinburgh Fringe productions. To tie in with their Fringe debut in August 1998, Renato set up the original Alternate Shadows website and ran it for the next 17 years. Renato has had the honor of coming up with the titles of three of the sketch shows:

Seven Deadly Sinners Plus One Free (Edinburgh Fringe 1999), Sketch Test Dummies and Bottom of the Inbox. Recently, with fellow AltShad alumni Matthew Fray and Tim Cooke, Renato co-wrote and starred in the short film The Shed, due for release next year.