Hoxton Hall announce full cast for world première of all-female musical Oranges and Elephants opening the spring season: Female Parts

Girls ‘dancing for trade’ in the mid 1800s

Girls ‘dancing for trade’ in the mid 1800s

Karena Johnson, Artistic Director of Hoxton Hall, today announced full cast for the world première of Oranges and Elephants, the first production in the venue’s all-female spring season Female Parts. The musical centres on two rival female gangs in Victorian London blending Music Hall, Fairground and Musical Theatre storytelling. Susie McKenna directs a cast of actor-musicians: Kate Adams (Flo), Rebecca Bainbridge (Ada), Susannah van den Berg (Chair), Rosalind Ford(Nora), Liz Kitchen (Annie), Natasha Lewis (Violet), Sinead Long (Mary), Kate Marlais (Maggie), Christina Tedders (Nellie) and Sarah J Warren (Minnie). The production opens on the Thursday 25 January, with previews from Tuesday 23 January, and runs until Saturday 10 February.

The narrative follows Mary’s arrival in London and her introduction to gang life. How will she make her life expectancy of twenty-five when the two gangs are after owning her? Mary wants to be a Music Hall star. Nellie of The Elephants falls in love with Mary and they try to escape from thievery to the bright lights of Piccadilly. Are the gangs going to allow that to play out?

This is a story of how important your wits are to survive if you are a poor woman in Victorian London. How you play the fame game set against a backdrop of a West End pickpocket turf war and an enormous divide between the rich and poor. “Same ol gravy, different flavour.”

Lil Warren is from the East End and has been creating for live performance in London and beyond for over twenty years. Including surviving as a stand up in Glasgow. Her credits include Nine Lives, Ten Tales, Blackout (Soho Theatre), Lost Souls and Lunatics, Strange The Road (The Hope Theatre) and a promenade production of The Changeling. She is currently working on a new play about the Miss World Competition and in post-production of the forthcoming feature film adaptation of Strange The Road directed by her brother, James Warren.

Kate Adams plays Flo. Previous credits include A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (York Theatre Royal), Thieves’ Carnival (The Watermill Theatre), Cider With Rosie (New Vic Theatre), A Christmas Carol, Peter Pan, Stamping, Shouting and Singing Home (Nuffield Southampton Theatres), A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Salty Socks of Dunkirk and Alice in Wonderland (Royal & Derngate Northampton), James and the Giant Peach and The Wind in the Willows (Mercury Theatre Colchester). She is currently studying for a Masters in Music in Development at SOAS University of London.

Rebecca Bainbridge plays Ada. Her theatre credits include The Terrible Infants (Wilton’s Music Hall), Grimm Tales for Young and Old (The Ditch), Mamma Mia!(Prince of Wales, Novello Theatre), Partners in Crime (Queen’s Theatre), Alice’s Adventures Underground (The Vaults), The Vaudevillians (The Lowry, Charing Cross Theatre), The Goodbye Girl (Gatehouse), Our House (New Wolsey Theatre, UK tour), One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (Curve), Cabaret (Lyric Theatre), Hi De Hi!Tonight’s the Night (UK tour), Jailhouse Rock (Piccadilly Theatre), The Rocky Horror Show (European tour) and Buddy (UK and European tour).

Susannah van den Berg plays Chair. Theatre credit includes Alice in Winterland (Rose Theatre Kingston), Sister Act (UK and international tour), Diana of Dobson’s (New Vic Theatre), I Love Paris (Orange Tree Theatre), Can’t Buy Me Love, A Man of No Importance (Salisbury Playhouse), Business as Usual (Everyman Theatre), Sweeney Todd (English National Opera), The Sound of Music (Curve) and Man of La Mancha (Royal Lyceum Theatre).

Rosalind Ford plays Nora. Theatre credits include Mother Courage and Her Children (Southwark Playhouse), These Trees are Made of Blood (Arcola Theatre),Vampire Hospital Waiting Room, Apocalypse Cruise Ship Love Affair (Gilded Balloon, Above The Arts), Sard Traven and Boostak are DeadThe Fear (Theatre N16), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Assembly Roxy, Edinburgh), Rent (Churchill Theatre, Edinburgh), The Drowsy Chaperone and You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown (Edinburgh Festival Fringe).

 Liz Kitchen plays Annie. As an actor her credits include Fiddler on the Roof and Sister Act (UK tour). As a Musician/Musical Director her credits include They Shoot Horses Don’t They? (Contact Theatre), M. Butterfly (West End), Blood Brothers (Liverpool Playhouse, Phoenix Theatre), Sweeney Todd (Liverpool Playhouse), A Christmas Carol (Young Vic), Rocky Horror Show (German tour), The Hound of the Baskervilles (Battersea Arts Centre) and A Winter’s Tale (RSC).

Natasha Lewis plays Violet. Her credits include Peter Pan In Scarlet (New Vic Theatre, Oxford Playhouse), Corbyn The Musical: The Motorcycle Diaries (Waterloo East Theatre), The Insatiable, Inflatable Candylion (National Theatre Wales), The Life of Galileo, Promises and LiesThe BFG (Birmingham Rep), Little Shop of Horrors, Rope and Dear Brutus (Pitlochry Festival Theatre), The Firework Maker’s Daughter (Bloomsbury Theatre), The Threepenny Opera (National Theatre, UK tour), Tommy, Our House – The Madness Musical, The Jungle Book, Britain’s Got BhangraBuddy – The Buddy Holly StorySouth Pacific (UK tour), The Vagina Monologues (Royal Festival Hall), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (New Wolsey Theatre), Charmin’ (Greenwich Theatre, Soho Theatre, National Theatre Studio), 20,000 Leagues Under the SeaBaiju Bawra (Theatre Royal Stratford East) and Emancipation Day (Soho Theatre, Theatre Royal Stratford East). Film credits include Sweeney Todd – The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.

Sinead Long plays Mary. Her theatre credits include Cinderella (Hackney Empire), Jesus Christ Superstar (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), Peter Pan (Gordon Craig Theatre), Bad Girls (Union Theatre), Tonight’s The Night (UK tour) and Legally Blonde (UK tour).

Kate Marlais plays Maggie. Theatre credits include War Horse (New London Theatre), The Two Gentlemen of VeronaStig of the Dump,  As You Like It(Storyhouse Open Air Theatre, Chester), The Human Comedy (Young Vic), The Busy Body (Southwark Playhouse), The Immortal Hour (Finborough Theatre),In The Can (Theatre503), Extra YarnUnsung (Orange Tree Theatre), The Great Gatsby (Riverside Studios), Tactical Questioning (Tricycle Theatre), In Touch(Trafalgar Studios), My Fair LadyAnything Goes (Cambridge Arts Theatre) and The Turn of the Screw (Royal & Derngate Northampton, UK tour). Kate was recently Music Assistant to Karl Hyde (Underworld) and Matthew Herbert on Frantic Assembly’s FATHERLAND by Scott Graham, Simon Stephens & Karl Hyde (Frantic Assembly/Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester/Manchester International Festival). As a composer she won the S&S Award 2015 for Herecreated in conjunction with Curve and Mercury Musical Developments.

Christina Tedders plays Nellie.  Her theatre credits include Once the Musical (Phoenix Theatre), A Little Night Music (The Watermill Theatre), The Commitments(UK tour), Calamity Jane (The Watermill Theatre, UK tour) and Putting It Together (Belfast Lyric Theatre).

Sarah J Warren returns to Hoxton Hall to play Minnie having previously appeared in Round Our Way. Her theatre credits include A Midsummer Night’s DreamThe Restoration Wyfe (Hoxton Hall), The ChangelingPulse (New Wolsey Theatre), Blackout (Soho Theatre, Hoxton Hall), Woeful PuppetFarewell To HoratioThe Good Person of SzechwanTwelfth Night, (UK tour), and Romeo and Juliet (The Nave). Clowning and Puppeteering credits include C-C-Control (Almeida Theatre), Treasure Island (Edinburgh Festival Fringe), Why? (Battersea Arts Centre) and Jack’s Story (UK tour). She is also Artistic Director of the inclusive arts company 09 Lives.

Susie McKenna directs. She is currently Creative Executive Producer at Hackney Empire with the remit to develop new musical theatre for the venue – having left her role as Creative Director in January 2017. Her credits for Hackney Empire include CinderellaRudy’s Rare Records, Blues in the Night, Beau Jest, Sit and Shiver,Kat and Tameka Show, La Variété, Sing Out , Alter Ego, Once on this Island and Ha Ha Hackney. Other credits include A Midsummer Night’s Madness (National Black Theatre of Harlem, Hackney Empire Edinburgh Festival), A Christmas Carol (Arts Theatre London) and The Silver Sword (Coventry Belgrade Theatre, UK tour). Acting credits for theatre include Cats (Ambassadors Theatre), Ragtime (Piccadilly Theatre), Chicago (Cambridge Theatre), The Witches of Eastwick (Theatre Royal Drury Lane), Hair, The Rocky Horror Show, Jesus Christ Superstar and In The Midnight Hour (UK tour). For film her credits include Jack and Sarah.

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SEASON AT A GLANCE

Hoxton Hall presents

ORANGES AND ELEPHANTS

Theatre

23 January – 10 February 2018

Press night:  25 January, 7.30pm

Jumoke Fashola present

JAZZ VERSE JUKEBOX

Theatre

16 February & 9 March 2018

The Swing Time Dance Company present

SPRING SWING

Theatre

17 February 2018

Tonic Theatre present

TONIC CELEBRATES

Theatre

21 February 2018

Funny Women present

FUNNY WOMEN AWARDS: LONDON REGIONAL FINAL

Theatre

22 – 23 February 2018

Funny Women present

FUNNY WOMEN (WORKSHOP)

May Scott Studio

24 February 2018

Hoxton Hall and Jesus Paolini Park present

MS PAOLINI’S PHANTASMAGORIA CABARET

Theatre

24 February 2018

 

Upfront Comedy

DESIREE BURCH: UNF*CKABLE

Theatre

2 March 2018

Vintage Misfits present

ORGANIC NUBIANS CLUB NIGHT

Theatre

3 March 2018

Hoxton Hall present

WOMAN-ISH

Theatre

8 March 2018

 

Hoxton Hall present

FEMALE PART SHORTS: THE WOMAN ALONE

Palmer Room

13 March – 31 March 2018

Female Part Shorts press night:  15 March 2018, 7.30pm

 

Hoxton Hall present

FEMALE PART SHORTS: THE IMMIGRANT

Theatre

13 March – 31 March 2018

Female Part Shorts press night:  15 March 2018, 7.30pm

Hoxton Hall present

FEMALE PART SHORTS: A MOTHER

Theatre

13 March – 31 March 2018

Female Part Shorts press night:  15 March 2018, 7.30pm