David Tarkenter

For Frequency Theatre: ACTOR ~ DIRECTOR

Theatre credits include: Darkness (Edinburgh Fringe Festival); Long John Silver in Treasure Island (Northern Broadsides tour), Hamlet and Betrayal (Rapture Theatre Company, The Byre St Andrews); Under the Apple Tree, Bagsy Me and The Family Cook Book (all Cleveland Theatre Company); Rafferty’s Café (Quondam Theatre Company); The Singing Ringing Tree (CTC with NTC Touring); The Big Picture, Cat in the Road and Pickets and Pigs (all for the Customs House, South Shields); The Tailor of Gloucester and The Mystery Plays (Tethera Theatre Company); Time Windows, The Sleeping Beauty, Rumpelstiltskin, Scheherezade, The Old Curiosity Shop, Pinochio, The Flag, As You Like It, Mary Barton and Tartuffe (all for NTC Touring); The Recruiting Officer, Our Country’s Good, The Birthday Party, The Deep Blue Sea, Frozen, Seasons Greetings, Kiss of the Spiderwoman and The Tennant of Wildfell Hall (Theatre by the Lake, Keswick) and Cinderella, Aladdin and Snow White (The Sands Centre, Carlisle).

David has also performed extensively with the Mercury Theatre, Colchester as a member of their company. Having previously appeared for the Mercury Theatre Company as John in Absent Friends; Autolycus in The Winter’s Tale, Faulkland in The Rivals Abanazer in Aladdin, Muley in The Grapes of Wrath, in the title role of King David, Man of Blood, Under Milk Wood, the promenade performance of Depot at the old Tram Shed on Magdalen Street, Coleman Connor in The Lonesome West, Jim Lad in Dick Whittington and the Pi-rats of the Caribbean, Dan Peggotty in David Copperfield, all the male roles in Two, Cominius in Coriolanus, Stingo in She Stoops to Conquer, Howard Wagner/Stanley in Death of a Salesman, George in Of Mice and Men, Three Heads in the Well, Flake/Judge in The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, Orsino in Twelfth Night and Bob Ewell in To Kill a Mockingbird.

Television and film credits include Falling (YTV), Harry (BBC), Quayside (Zenith/Tyne Tees), Heartbeat and Micawber (YTV), Inspector Rebus (Clerkenwell Films), The King of the Road (Granada/Tyne Tees/Pilgrim Films), Danny and his Amazing Teeth (Ipso Facto Films), Byker Grove (BBC/Zenith), and most recently 55 Degrees North (BBC) and Lawless (Company Pictures).

David has also worked extensively as a voice over artist, including recording numerous audio books, commercials and radio plays.


Written by Graham Watts

When a little girl goes missing, the police and public pick an outsider as their main suspect.

Alternate Bass Strum

Written by Larry Greenstein

Tune into Heavenly Host Radio!

In the Shadow of the Bulldozer

Written by Deanna Walker

Essex, 1975: the sound of bulldozers tearing down neighbours’ homes.

True Grit

Written by Judy Upton

Head of the Highways Department, Jonas, is excellent at cutting costs… and that's the most important thing these days isn't it?

Paradise Found

Written by Alicja Shaw

Gather round gather round. Who's ready for something for nothing? What's your heart's desire?

If the Sky Falls, We’ll all Catch Larks or The Postmodern Prometheus

Written by Nick Wood

As the sky falls, the voices of Mary Shelly and Joseph Turner are heard contemplating disasters and creativity.

Time Spent on Trains

Written by Elizabeth Kuti

Passing through the countryside, a mother tries to entertain her son; passing through the countryside, a son remembers his mother’s efforts to engage with him.

The End

Written by Graham Watts

Waiting to die, a woman is offered the chance control her end and bring her death a little closer.