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Mark has played roles in everything from Panto to role plays in Corporate Training Programmes. Musicals have been a recent addition to his experience, mainly with MKAOS.

A gifted comedy performer, Mark is a regular member on the Whose Turn comedy impro team.

As well as other local companies, MKTOC and Company MK, Mark has worked with the award winning Loughborough based Take 5 Theatre Company. This collaboration culminated in the Best Play award in the 2005 Leicestershire Full Length Play Festival. Mark also won the Best Actor prize for his role as Frank in John Godber’s “Up ‘n’ Under.

In 2008, Mark completed a year long training programme at the Birmingham School of Acting, gaining a 45767968680 award

Credits include:

  • Lieutenant Manny Munoz in “City of Angels”. Milton Keynes (Company MK).
  • The Nun’s Priest in “The Canterbury Tales” (Birmingham School of Acting).
  • Officer Crabtree in “’Allo ‘Allo” (Milton Keynes Theatre of Comedy)
  • Fred / Petruchio in “Kiss me, Kate”. Milton Keynes. (MKAOS)
  • Horton the Elephant in Seussical  Milton Keynes (MKAOS)                           
  • Role Playing as part of Corporate Appraisal Training for Strategic Applications Training Consultancy. (Various)
  • Frank Rowley in John Godber’s “Up ‘n’ Under. Take Five Theatre Company,
  • Ralph in “Bouncers” by John Godber. (Show won the All England Theatre Festival (Leicestershire) and Best Team Performance in March 2001).

Mark has also directed; most recently as an Associate Director for “Children of Eden” May 2008 (MKAOS) and “A Chip in the Sugar” by Alan Bennett. For Take 5.

Review for City of Angels

“Pleasingly, accents were held onto tenaciously by all concerned – especially by Mark Neil who, as a putative Mexican, had a rather different row to hoe from everyone else”. “Manny’s Song was a particular delight”
The success of it may be measured by the fact that Company MK had done all the hard work, so I didn’t have to: I just sat back and enjoyed the show.
Bupkiss it certainly wasn’t!

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True Fiction

From today, you’ll notice Crime has gone missing
Vanished without a trace since yesterday.
Crime is now located in
the West Wing
As always, find Politics,
and you’re not far away

Adventure is just around
the corner
Though it can’t be seen
from current affairs
Philosophy you will have
to think about
It is close to Sex which
you’ll find upstairs

Yes, we’ve taken liberties with classification
You’ll pick it up, though at
first it seems like a mess
And since we moved
Religion next to Hygiene 
Cleanliness really is
next to godliness

If you’re looking for a murder, ask Jane on reception
Enquire nicely to avoid workplace friction
And due to overwhelming public demand
Political manifestos have now been moved to fiction

Crimes against humanity remain by management
And it seemed sensible to put Mediation by their side
Finally, if you can’t find Romance, see Jim
in the stockroom
Who tells me he’ll be only
too happy to oblige.


This poem was inspired by a notice in the staff room of Milton Keynes Central Library after a reorganisation
- true Story


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