Mary Jane Wells TV and Film Reviews
Variety Magazine on Elena Undone
“…Comic relief is provided by Mary Wells as Peyton’s wisecracking neighbor”
AfterEllen.com on Elena Undone
“..Quirky friend, Wave (Mary Wells) comforts her with bottles of wine and an arm-twisting trip to the love guru (Sam Harris)…they have a lovely, sparkling chemistry from the get go.”
Cherrygrrl on Elena Undone
‘Best friend Wave is played by the hilaire Mary Wells’
Mindschmooze Cinema on A Perfect Ending
Kelly (Imelda Corcoran) and Shirin (Mary Jane Wells) are a lesbian couple that, quite frankly, I would like to have seen more of on screen. Their ease of interaction with each other, and with Rebecca, provides a welcome and relaxed atmosphere throughout the film. Budget limitations are certainly understood, but this is the point that I ask Ms. Conn to consider a lesbian buddy movie with these two actresses. Mary Jane Wells’ fortitude at plucky snarkyness begs to be expounded upon.
Daily Record on Divine White’s Introduction to Hollywood
“Elizabeth and Mary are both stars of the LA cult web series Divine White’s Introduction to Hollywood, an Office-style spoof documentary series about young British actors trying to make it big in LA, starring a group of British actors all making it big in LA for real.
The programme, which was created and produced by English actress Alison Winter, was nominated for Best Web Series at the LA Comedy Awards and Elizabeth and Mary are hoping the programme can help them continue their progress.
Mary said: “It’s been tremendous fun working out here. I miss Glasgow a lot but it’s been a fantastic adventure here.
RSAMD graduate Mary, who appeared in British programmes such as Half Moon Investigations for BBC Scotland before she made the jump west, has enjoyed steady work and now enjoys a sunshine lifestyle just a few blocks from the beach in Santa Monica.”
Birds On The Blog on A Perfect Ending
“… and then there’s the funny, funny, funny British actress Mary Wells, who plays one of Rebecca’s lesbian friends (we should all have one) with the Hollywood Madam in her contact list.” – See more at: http://birdsontheblog.co.uk/jessica-clark-barabar-niven-come-together-create-a-perfect-ending/#sthash.S4rhSIeo.dpuf
Lesbian.com on Crazy Bitches
With a lesbian subplot and a cast list boasting Cathy DeBuono, Guinevere Turner (who has worked on everything from “American Psycho” to “Chasing Amy,” and appeared on “The L Word” as Alice‘s girlfriend Gabby) and Mary Wells (a veteran of the indie movie circuit), this is a must-see for lesbian horror fans.
The Stage on Mary Jane Wells
“Four years have not diminished the hopes and aspirations of those featured in our 2009 profile of four British actors in search of the Hollywood dream. Persistence and adaptability have been their core survival strategy, along with lots of that other fleeting quality – luck.
In many ways they have already begun the process of going native, developing an American twang, most recognisable in the way they pronounce words like water (with a ‘d’ – ‘wader’), and casually dip into American-English. The projects that they are involved in reflect the range of new media that Hollywood is embracing, while a healthy dose of British cynicism has helped them navigate a lot of the town’s hot air.
“In three years time, I would love to have more creative choice of scripts that impact the world positively. I would like greater stability and to carry on with a foot in both UK and US camps.”
Mary Jane Wells Theatre Reviews
JUDITH By Howard Barker, Citizens Theatre, UK
“Mary Wells’s frantic, remarkably impolitic servant provides some fine expressions of Barker’s powerfully dark humour. It is a measure of her skill that she makes her comic meddling fit so seamlessly into the piece.”
– Scotland On Sunday
“It is Mary Wells who steals the show with her insane babble and perfect comic timing.”
CYPRUS By Peter Arnott, Traverse Theatre, UK
“Mary Wells is particularly clever in her creation of Traquair’s daughter, Alison, who they surprise on her own in the cottage.With an all-round feeling for the subtleties of the situation and a deftly lit design by Robin Peoples, this scurries along nicely in psychological thriller mode as the whisky flows, to culminate in a long, lingering and unlikely good-night kiss between Alison and Griffen. In the second half..a brilliant volte-face from Wells as talk turns to action.”
– The Stage
“Alison has a broken marriage, a dead mother and a questionable job to contend with by the age of 36. Actress Wells makes the final scenes an edge-of-the-seat moment…Cyprus opens a can of worms for the three characters, that can’t be closed.”
– Darren Scott, Edinburgh Evening News ****
“Mary Wells as Alison, and Mark McDonnell as Griffen, provide a feast of fine acting, somehow finding a credible and moving path for each character through Arnott’s dark universe of secrets and lies.”
– The Scotsman
“Mary Wells’s deadly Alison prowls with a steely intensity. Arnott has created a forensically fascinating look at how what passes for democracy in these parts can be subverted by an all too real enemy within.”
– Neil Cooper, The Herald
“Ultimately, interest is fuelled by the play’s character study of three isolated, interiorised and psychopathic characters, for amidst the politics, there’s plenty for actors to develop in these figures. And the cast, all three, are strong in pursuing this. Falconer’s meticulous, enigmatic and ultimately barbaric civil servant, who empowers himself with deflected questions and silences is splendid, while Well’s semi-hysterical, calculating daughter is endlessly watchable. This is a night of theatre which never lets you off the hook, politically or emotionally.”
– Steve Cramer, The List
FAUST, parts I and II, adapted By Jo Clifford, Edinburgh Lyceum, UK
“Mary Wells as a Blairite property developer hits the mark..a hilarious performance, momentarily overshadowing Mephistos evil.”
– Mark Brown, Sunday Herald
“Impressively athletic and committed”
– The Times
“Magnificent stuff, it sweeps you away..powerful and fascinating.”
– Thom Dibdin, Evening News * * * *
“An epic thats flaming brilliant..unmissable”
– Neil Cooper, Scotsman * * * *
“Thought provoking and challenging but shot through with a bawdy vitality, this piece is breathtaking.”
– Alan Chadwick, Metro * * * *
“A tremendous thrill of theatrical adventurousness..this audacious prodcution is frequently funny but never less than serious.”
– Mark Fisher, Guardian * * * *
“Outstanding…Scottish theatre does not get much better than this”
– Mhairi Hetherington, Scottish Theatre Web
“The actors deliver Cliffords mindblowing 21st century take on this great story with an idealism and intensity that becomes irresistible.”
– Mary Brennan, Scotsman
“Bristling with big ideas, luxuriant language, acrobatic staging..often very funny, moving, evangelical..enthralling.”
– Andrew Burnet, The List
“The actors especially beguile the audience into watching so that they are entranced.”
– Edinburgh Guide
Mary Jane Wells Voiceover Articles
The Queen of Voice Over Work
By Lauren Maree
Posted on February 20, 2013 by Lauren Maree
Mary Wells is one of The Voice Realm’s busiest British voice over artists. She has a great work ethic, flexible to client’s budgets and make sure jobs are delivered ahead of schedule. We wanted to get into her mind about how she got to this point and where she she’s the future of the voice over industry going.
How long have you been doing voice overs? How did you get started?
I got started with a lucky break. My best friend’s husband runs a studio called Red Facilities in Edinburgh, and made a demo for me. For a long time I was a theatre actress, and turned up when I was asked to record ADR for occasional TV work and loved it. Then in between acting gigs I managed Savalas.co.uk, an audio post company in Scotland when it first began, and saw foley and all the track laying a dubbing process. I could have gone into a different career then, but decided to do a solo show for a year and leave that job to do it. I promised myself that I would only go back to a great secure job like that if I was in the booth. It took 2 years, but my first big VO job was voicing a documentary, and we recorded it all there. It won a BAFTA later that year. We carve such a painstaking path as a creative, and everyone’s each path is different but usually dogged, so these little triumphs feel huge to me, even now.
When I moved to the USA I decided to do a radio show, and interviewed various people. Cathy Kalmenson was one of them, and I was voicing a campaign that she had cast at that point, so I think that was why she agreed to do it. It was in a horrible pokey little station that still recorded on cassette, and smelt of soup. It gave me an insight into the creativity of casting voices, when physicality has nothing to do with it: her weirdest job was casting the voice of a piece of road kill I remember her saying. It is such a freeing medium, as ethnicity, age, gender and physicality do not hold sway. Ben Hur is much easier to do well on radio.
From 2012 I really started doing voice over work full time and got a home studio. Its been since then that I have really been honing my career, as opposed to booking and learning on the job. I still have that first demo from my pal Max, and if I can ever record remotely with them in Scotland I will do.
What are some of the benefits from being a freelance voice actor and working from home?
Pyjamas. Voice2012 had a whole morning that said you can come in your slippers.
How is it different to other sites you’ve seen?
The site insists on a faster turnaround than most, which attracts clients who will listen and book instantly without the need for endless auditions. It has a feel of a developing company, but one that listens to the feedback of their members closely.
How have you found customer service from the site to be?
Quick, to the point and courteous. and humorous I love Kurt’s emails. Prompt and funny too.
Where do you see the future of the voice over industry going?
More and more home studio and cloud-based ISDN. I am hoping to start motion capture work, as I like working in a team. I miss this face to face element, but get it from doing theatre again now.
What are some of the benefits you’ve found from being in control of which jobs you audition for?
An artist needs more than time or space to create, a sense of autonomy. We crave such security and future, that a sense of a map / control of where you are going is mandatory to success and the high spirits that are needed to enjoy a career’s development.
You can hire British female voice over artist Mary at The Voice Realm. Find voice over talent online 24/7. She is a BAFTA-winning British Voice artist and a working actress. She can bring the driest copy to life, and engage your demographic. Her reads are natural, confident, & assured.
Mary Jane Wells Writing Reviews
Theatre: Madame Jo Jo’s, 8-10 Brewer St, Soho, London W1F OSP
“There aren’t many places to see new talent in London and Stand Up Drama’s London Bites series is an admirable attempt to do just that. Future big stars and the best of new writers are given an empty stage and a captive audience in the heart of Soho. The infamous Madame Jo Jo’s plays host to this smorgasbord of talent and stays open for dancing afterwards in what promises to be a great night…..It took ‘Hooked on a High’ to remind the audience that innovation was not dead as Mary Wells unravelled her tale of a masochistic Irish woman addicted to confession. She craves affection and makes up confessions for the thrill of her priest’s touch: ‘I hate it when you play hard to get’. ..a heart-stopping performance from Mary Wells..if you stick around, you might just uncover a gem.’ – H. Chadwick
Film and Tv Project Reviews