Former Saffron Walden pupil Zoe Villiers will take on the lead role in a show exploring trauma and family.

Zoe, 27, who attended Saffron Walden County High School, stars in Temper Theatre's production HOME - which is returning to Cambridgeshire following a run at the Edinburgh Fringe.

The play was inspired by the marshlands of The Fens, and draws from the personal experience of the company's artistic director and Ely-born theatre maker Finn Morrell.

Zoe plays Imogen, who travels to her childhood home as floods rise, unlocking an entirely new perspective on the place she once called home.

She said: "It is truly special for us to bring HOME to the places that hold huge significance for both the show and our company.

"It is a heart-warming story about a girl reconciling with her past and mending the fractured relationship with her father.  

"HOME explores family dynamics and deep-rooted trauma which can often be left unresolved in adulthood.

"It is a privilege to tell a story which speaks universally but is set locally in the Fens of East Anglia.

"The show keeps evolving as we never stop improving so the January tour promises exciting new moments!"

Since graduating from her acting degree at Manchester School of Theatre in 2018, Zoe has worked across theatre, TV, film, modelling, music videos and commercials.

In 2014 she founded Temper Theatre at Hills Road Sixth Form College, under the direction of Finn Morrell.

Zoe has toured nationally and internationally with Temper Theatre as its lead performer and core member of the company.

She also produced, wrote, directed and performed her short film Rusty, which one 'Best Short Short' at London Independent Film Festival.


Zoe also worked alongside Ed Sheeran and Elton John in their music video for 'Merry Christmas', and has featured in movement roles on HBO's Pennyworth and BBC1 dramas The ABC Murders and The Trial of Christine Keeler.

Tickets for HOME are available from

Performances take place on Tuesday, January 23 at Babylon Arts in Ely and on Thursday, January 25 at The Robinson Theatre in Cambridge.

The show runs for 60 minutes and is suitable for ages 12+.