John Wood

A 1969 NIDA graduate, John has worked on stage in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide and most recently appeared as Petruchio in Aubrey Mellor's production of The Taming of the Shrew in Brisbane. John has appeared in numerous premieres of Australian plays including The Last of the Knucklemen (John Powers), Signal Driver, Netherwood (Patrick White), The Blind Giant is Dancing (Stephen Sewell) and Blood Relations (David Malouf). He also appeared in the very Australian and very highly acclaimed productions of A Midsummer NIght's Dream and Twelfth Night directed by Jim Sharman and Neil Armfield respectively. John has written many hours of series television and his play On Yer Marx is published by Yackandandah Playscripts. John's credits include the films The Empty Beach and Twelfth Night and for television Power Without Glory (for which he won a Logie), Truckies and Louis Nowra's Displaced Persons. His commercial television credits include The Last Bastion, The Challenge and of course Rafferty's Rules for which he won Logies for Most Outstanding Actor in both 1988 and 1989.


Laurence Clifford

Laurence Clifford graduated from the Q Theatre Acting Course in 1985 and for that company appeared in Rabelais, Billy Liar and The Currency Lass. Other stage credits include Sweet Bird of Youth for the Morley Davis Organisation and Blood Relations for the Sydney Theatre Company. Laurence received the Zac Martin Award for "Recognition of Excellence in Performance by an Actor on Stage" presented by the Second National Black Playwrights' Conference and the Aboriginal Theatre Trust, for his role in Capricornia for the Belvoir Street Theatre. As well as appearances in ABC Television's productions of Dancing Daze, Athuan and Swap Shop and That's Democracy for Film Australia, Laurence's film credits include Watch the Shadows Dance and The Dreaming.


David Whitney

David graduated from NIDA in 1982. Since then he has performed in numerous Melbourne Theatre Company productions including The Winter's Tale, The Maid's Tragedy, On Our Selection, The Real Thing, Filumena, Medea, A Fortunate Life and the role of Christian in Cyrano de Bergerac. Other stage credits include Jacaranda Blue (One Extra Dance Company), Rents (National Tour), and for Northside Theatre Company, Curtains and the role of Iago in Othello. For the Sydney Theatre Company, David has appeared in Woman in Mind and the Australian musicals Darlinghurst Nights and Summer Rain, Other musical credits include the title role in The Sentimental Bloke (State Theatre Company NT) and Patterson Saves the World and his television credits include Kings, Prisoner, After Marcuse, Palace of Dreams, A Country Practice, Peter and Pompey, Richmond Hill, Prime Time, Naked Under Capricorn and the role of William Bligh in Captain James Cook.

(Note: All biographies from original Chess programme.)