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The Revlon Girl comes to Park Theatre following acclaimed run at Edinburgh Festival

The Revlon Girl
The Revlon Girl

The Revlon Girl

Following a critically acclaimed and sell-out tour across Wales last year, The Revlon Girl will come to PARK90 in September after a run at the Edinburgh Festival which is supported by The Arts Council of Wales. Written by composer and writer Neil Anthony Docking, The Revlon Girl is a poignant, heart-breaking and tender new play which explores a terrible episode in Welsh history and tells a story of amazing courage, hope and humour.

Set eight months following the death of 116 children during the Aberfan Disaster of 1966, The Revlon Girl tells the real life story of a group of bereaved mothers who met every week above a local hotel to talk, cry and even laugh without feeling guilty.

At one of their meetings, the women confided how much they felt they’d forgotten about themselves but were too afraid of being judged frivolous to do anything about it. So together they arranged – secretly – for a representative from Revlon to come along one night and give them all a talk on beauty tips.

The Revlon Girl is directed by Maxine Evans, with set design by Eleri Lloyd; lighting design by Chris Barrett and special technical effects by Dan Travers.

Charlotte Gray plays Sian. Her theatre credits include: The Light of Heart, Under Milk Wood, Alan Aykbourn’s Season’s Greetings, A Small Family Business, Taking Steps, A Child’s Christmas in Wales, Pygmalion, The Suicide, An Inspector Calls, The Hub and A Write to Rock (for Theatre Clwyd, Cymru), The Gut Girls, Never Fear Love? (Velvet Ensemble) along with A Red Threatening Sky (Foolish People), A Night on the Tiles (Grassroots Productions), The Tree and The One Sea(Atomic 80 Productions Assembly Rooms). Television credits include: Alys (series regular 1&2), Caerdydd, Afel Druig (S4C) and Stella (Tidy Productions).

Antonia Kinlay plays Revlon. She is currently filming Career of Evil for HBO/BBC. Theatre credits include The Suicide(National Theatre); A History Of Falling Things (New Vic Theatre); Bad Jews (Theatre Royal Bath); Molière (National Theatre Studio/Finborough); The Eternal Not (National Theatre); Arden Of Faversham (The Globe); When Did You Last See My Mother? (Trafalgar Studios); Lady Anna: All At Sea (Park Theatre); The Three Lions (St James Theatre); Arms And The Man (Theatre Clwyd); Mr Whatnot (Northampton Royal Theatre); As You Like It (Theatre Clwyd); Carrot (Theatre 503). Film & Television Credits include: Emmerdale; Mi High; Consuming Passion; Doctors and Broadside.

Michelle McTernan plays Marilyn. Michelle provides the voice of ‘Nib’ in the animation series Bobinogs (BBC). Theatre Credits: The Three Night Blitz, (Joio Productions/ Swansea Grand); Macbeth, Merchant Of Venice, Buoy, Fall Out 84(Pontardawe Arts Centre); Barren (October Sixty Six Productions); Bara Bread (Theatr Gwalia) Granny Annie, Trivial Pursuits, Erogenous Zones, (Grassroots); Flesh And Blood (Sherman/Hampstead Theatres); The Oystercatchers (Swansea Grand/Sherman Theatre); Blue Remembered Hills (Torch), Under Milk Wood, Rosencrantz And Guildenstern Are Dead(Clwyd Theatr Cymru); Twelfth Night, Cymbeline, The Merchant Of Venice (Ludlow Festival). Television & Film: Stella (Tidy/Sky1 HD); Rain (Tornado Films); The Healers (Pooka Films); Midnight (Nowhere Fast); Dr Terrible’s House of Horrible, Tales from Pleasure Beach (BBC); Light in the City (BBC Wales) and the feature film Very Annie Mary (Dragon Pictures).

Bethan Thomas plays Rona. Credits include Channel 4’s Hollyoaks, Linda in the West End production of Blood Brothers, Kitty in Charley’s Aunt (Ian Dickens Productions); Beyond Therapy, Mother Courage, Under Milk Wood, Merchant of Venice, Comedy of Errors, Midsummer’s Night’s Dream, Twelfth Night as well as the Duchess in The Duchess of Malfi. Bethan’s film credits include Be All And End All, Sawn off Santa, Don’t Walk, Hermit, Love Me Love My Dog, The Harmion Tale and, for the BBC, Dear Nobody.

Zoë Harrison plays Jean. Zoë trained at Guildford School of Acting and her theatre credits include The Sound of Music (London Palladium), The Circle (Oxford Stage Company), What a Wonderful World (Lyngo Theatre Company) and Blondel (Pleasance, London). She co-wrote and co-starred in BBC Radio 4 comedy series Jason Cook’s School of Hard Knocks. TV and film credits include EastEnders, Two Doors Down, Doctors (BBC) and Neil’s Party (Twothreefive Productions. Zoë can currently be seen as Young Maria in the feature film Never Let Go on Netflix, and as Rob Brydon’s wife in the P&O cruises commercials.

Director Maxine Evans studied classical acting at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and has worked as an actor, writer, series editor and director in television, film and theatre. She directed Without a Song or a Dance (short- listed Best Director at the Cork Film Festival) Nuts & Bolts (ITV/RTS Award winner) and Rain (a Feature Film Musical also by Neil Anthony Docking) while her writing/series editor credits include Coronation Street, Crossroads and Nuts & Bolts (ITV). She continues to develop new writing for theatre (Goat Street Runners and Who’s Coat Is That Jacket?) and has recently directed a new comedy entitled Storyline. As an actor Maxine appears regularly on television- most notably in BBC’s Call The Midwife and A Song For Jenny and as the indomitable ‘Rhian’ in Sky 1’s hit comedy Stella.

Neil Anthony Docking is a British writer, composer and producer, and has worked in press, radio, film and theatre. Whilst studying music at the University of Westminster he became a columnist for The Guardian and received a BFI Animation nomination for Best Score for Psyche Engine (narrowly missing out to Nick Park’s Wallace & Gromit). His writing credits include: Station Road (BBC Radio Drama), The Throne Room (original play for radio), Bay College, Casualty (BBC), Nuts & Bolts, Crossroads, Emmerdale (ITV1) and has been shortlisted for the BBC Dennis Potter Screenwriting Award. He has written, scored and co- produced the original independent British feature film musical, Rain; written and directed TVCC(Channel 4) and most recently wrote and produced Storyline, an original comedy for online broadcast. The Revlon Girl is his first play for theatre.

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LISTINGS

The Revlon Girl

Venue: Park Theatre, Clifton Terrace, Finsbury Park, N4 3JP

Dates: 19 Sep – 14 Oct 2017

Press night: Wednesday 20 September

Running Time: 90 minutes

Performances: Tue – Sat Evenings 7.45pm, Thu & Sat Matinees 3.15pm

Parents & Babies: Wed 4 Oct 13.00 £15

Prices: £14.50 Previews / £18 Full / £16.50 Concessions/ £13 Child/ £10 Young Patrons
Booking: www.parktheatre.co.uk / 020 7870 6876

*10% telephone booking fee, capped at £2.50 per ticket.

Initial casting announced for the World Premiere production of RABBITS at Park Theatre

Alex Ferns © Joe Boggon

Alex Ferns © Joe Boggon

A new black comedy tale of marital strife and bunny murder comes to Park Theatre from Joe Hampson, the writer of Skins, The News Quiz & Newsjack who makes his stage writing debut with Rabbits. An exploration of contemporary sexual politics, Rabbits follows the fallout as Frank prepares to save his and Susan’s marriage by taking their pet rabbit to be murdered – by a psychopath. With caustic jokes and abominable intentions, the production will run 26 July – 19 August 2017, with an official press night on Friday 28 July.

The production will star Alex Ferns (Legend, The Legend of Tarzan, EastEnders) and David Schaal (The Inbetweeners, The Office), with additional casting to be announced.

When Frank asks a stranger to kill his pet rabbit, it appears to be an isolated act of desperation, mania and warped logic. However, as Frank and Susan delve into their issues and try to repair their spiraling marriage, we see their private lives unravel and the initial bunny slaying takes on a whole new dimension, revealing what is really at the heart of their relationship.

Joe Hampson said: “Since starting out working on shows about teenage relationships and then moving on to write about more mature, complex and irregular ones, the same question always appears: what is it that is keeping these people together? As our collective understanding of sexual politics and the makeup of relationships has taken a dramatic step away from traditional ideas of heteronormative monogamy, it is interesting to question what drives two or more people to intertwine their lives and what it takes to sustain that commitment, whatever form the relationship takes.”

Rabbit is directed by Sadie Spencer, whose directing credits include: Cautionary Kate (King’s Head Theatre); Albee Vector the Sound Collector (tour with House Theatre Network, Bristol Old Vic); and Seeing Double (Pleasance, Camden People’s Theatre). She was a finalist in the 2017 JMK competition and her associate credits include: What’s in a Name (Birmingham Rep, Jeremy Sams) and Outside Mullingar (Ustinov Studio, Sam Yates).

David Schaal

David Schaal

David Schaal’s theatre credits includes: American Justice (Arts Theatre), Beggars Bush (Globe Theatre/Latitude Festival), Brotherly Love (Edinburgh Festival), The Roman Bath (Arcola Theatre), and Cyrano De Bergerac (Manchester Royal Exchange). His television appearances include: The Inbetweeners (Ch4), Fearless (ITV), Frontier (Netflix), We The Jury (BBC), Modern Toss (Ch4), Ashes To Ashes (BBC), The IT Crowd (Ch4), Doc Martin (BBC), and The Office (BBC). His film credits include: The Inbetweeners Movie, 101 Year Old Man, Fallen, The Inbetweeners 2, Pirates – In An Adventure with Scientists, and Kidulthood.

Alex Ferns’ theatre credits include: Out There On Fried Meat Ridge and The Father (Trafalgar Studios), True West (Tricycle), South Pacific (Barbican), The Hard Man (King’s Theatre),  Guys & Dolls (West End), ID (Almeida Theatre) and Coyote On A Fence (West End/Royal Exchange. Alex’s screen credits include: Romans (Dreamscape), Legend (Working Title Films), Tarzan (Warner Brothers), Hot Property (Fortune Films), Joyeux Noel (Nord-oust  Prod), River City (BBC), Taboo (BBC), Wallander (BBC & Left Bank), The Passing Bells (BBC), 24: Live Another Day (Sky 1/Netflix), The Widower (ITV) and Low Winter Sun (Channel 4). Alex is of course also well known for his role as Trevor Morgan in EastEnders.

LISTINGS
Rabbits
Venue: PARK90, Park Theatre, Clifton Terrace, Finsbury Park, N4 3JP
Dates: 26 July – 19 August 2017
Press Night: Friday 28 July, 7pm
Performances: Evenings Tue – Sat 7.45pm, Matinees Thu & Sat 3.15pm
Running time:
Prices: £14.50 Previews / £18 Full / £16.50 Concessions/ £13 Child/ £10 Young Patrons (26 Jul – 2 Aug)
Age Guidance: 12+
Booking: www.parktheatre.co.uk / 020 7870 6876
*10% telephone booking fee, capped at £2.50 per ticket

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T’Nia Miller The Ugly One at Park Theatre Cast Interview: “You’ll find us congregating in the bar which stock Kraken rum, so I’m as happy as a pig in …”

T'Nia Miller
T'Nia Miller

T’Nia Miller

Do you think everyone does have body confidence issues? Some people seem to have none at all, do they just not realise it?
No I don’t think everyone has body issues despite the media’s efforts to make us feel inferior in some way or other. Within different cultures ‘body issues’ are non-existent and emphasis on self-worth is measured  on less fickle values/ideals.

Is it quite fun working at Park Theatre?
You’ll find us often congregating in the bar which stock Kraken rum, so I’m as happy as a pig in …

What drew you to auditioning for The Ugly One?
Well  it’s a very funny play and I rarely get to do much theatre. I also hugely admire our director and love working with him.

Getting older is quite fun isn’t it: do you need time to pass so that you can look back with wisdom?
Is getting old fun? Umm personally I wouldn’t know as I’m 21 years young. I’ll have to trust you on that one. I have to say I’ve found wisdom in the voices of four year olds as well as those in their twilight years.

What can audiences expect from The Ugly One 10 years on since it was last seen?
I imagine it’s still as side splitting ten years ago as it is today! On a more serious note If things continue to head the way they are in the western world and with the impact of globalisation I imagine it will still be very much relevant in ten years’ time.

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How have the performances been going? Is it fun performing in an intimate space such as Park 90?
Every night is different still so much to explore and learn.

Can you describe your director (Roy) in 3 words?
No. Joking umm he’s intelligent, innovative fun

Last question – easy one – Do any of you share the view that some take that Brexit and Trump are good for arts and culture?
I can’t even deal … seriously I could write a dissertation on this question alone.

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The Ugly One at Park Theatre, Interview: Arian Nik: “Art, theatre & performance is one of the best outlets of frustration & another opportunity to have you voice heard.”

Charlie Dorfman and Arian Nik in The Ugly One. Photo Credit Helen Maybanks
Charlie Dorfman and Arian Nik in The Ugly One. Photo Credit Helen Maybanks

Charlie Dorfman and Arian Nik in The Ugly One. Photo Credit Helen Maybanks

Their PR asked if I’d like to have a chat with the cast of Buckland Theatre Company’s The Ugly One and I said ‘yes please, can I ask them all the same question?’ and before they had a chance to say no I did just that.
 During the course of what follows you will hear various cast members talking about various things. Specifically: getting older, The Ugly One (obviously) and more.
 ‘FYI’ The Ugly One is a scalpel sharp comedy on beauty, identity and getting ahead in life. You will also bear witness to a question about Trump and Brexit’s impact on arts and culture. Oh and it runs at the Park Theatre until 24 June.
Arian Nik answers the same set of questions as Indra Ové yesterday.
Do you think everyone does have body confidence issues? Some people seem to have none at all, do they just not realise it?
I can’t really speak for others, but as far as my own confidence goes – I think we live in a society now where there are so many pressures from the media that it’s hard not to have hang ups about your appearance!

Is it quite fun working at Park Theatre?
Working at The Park Theatre has been a blast so far. I trained at Mountview  Academy in North London so spent a lot of my time as an acting student seeing productions at The Park- feels awesome to now be on the other side. The theatre is always buzzing & the staff are super friendly.

What drew you to auditioning for The Ugly One?
There were so many reasons! Having visited The Park so much as a student, to perform there was always a goal of mine. Secondly, the piece itself excited me so much! I had loads of questions & was hungry to explore the possible answers. Above all – I wanted to work with Roy. His approach to text & story telling rang true with me. I was itching to create with him.

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Getting older is quite fun isn’t it: do you need time to pass so that you can look back with wisdom?
I don’t believe wisdom necessarily comes from age or time, but from experience. One person can experience more in a year than another person may do in a lifetime. The experiences offer the wisdom. Not age, nor time.
But yes, getting older is fun. I counted down the days till I could get my hands on a Drivers Licence.

What can audiences expect from The Ugly One 10 years on since it was last seen?
Audiences can expect an exciting, thought-provoking & hilarious night out. The play is more relevant than ever. The issues explored & the expectations from the world of the play are perhaps more relatable now than they were 10 years ago.

How have the performances been going? Is it fun performing in an intimate space such as Park 90?
The preview period has been so much fun. The audiences have been warm & welcoming which has really allowed us to explore, cement but above all – PLAY.

Can you describe your director (Roy) in 3 words?
Open. Playful. Supportive.

Last question – easy one – Do any of you share the view that some take that Brexit and Trump are good for arts and culture?
As long as there are no cuts or shunning involved- yes. World politics is igniting something within people more so than ever. Art, theatre & performance is one of the best outlets of frustration & another opportunity to have you voice heard.

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The Ugly One at Park Theatre – Cast Interview – Indra Ové: “I’ve enjoyed getting older. Age has never worried me. Live in the moment!”

Indra Ové in rehearsals for Buckland Theatre Company’s The Ugly One at Park90. Credit Helen Maybanks
Indra Ové in rehearsals for Buckland Theatre Company’s The Ugly One at Park90. Credit Helen Maybanks

Indra Ové in rehearsals for Buckland Theatre Company’s The Ugly One at Park90. Credit Helen Maybanks

Their PR asked if I’d like to have a chat with the cast of Buckland Theatre Company’s The Ugly One and I said ‘yes please, can I ask them all the same question?’ and before they had a chance to say no I did just that.
During the course of what follows you will hear various cast members talking about various things. Specifically: getting older, The Ugly One (obviously) and more.
‘FYI’ The Ugly One is a scalpel sharp comedy on beauty, identity and getting ahead in life. You will also bear witness to a question about Trump and Brexit’s impact on arts and culture. Oh and it runs at the Park Theatre until 24 June.
Anyway, here is what Indra had to say for herself.

Do you think everyone does have body confidence issues? Some people seem to have none at all, do they just not realise it?
Yes I think most Women in the West have body confidence issues. We’re made to. I think its part of a beauty conspiracy. Created by the press, by cosmetics firms and the drug industry. If people don’t have it they are very lucky. Men suffer much, much less than women. Though the pressure is effecting them too now.

Is it quite fun working at Park Theatre?
Yes enormous fun. It’s a great theatre and space. And I’m local so it’s pure joy for me!

What drew you to auditioning for The Ugly One?

The script!! I loved it from my first read. I love the way it’s written and I love the subject. It’s so important. And I really enjoy the mixture of tragedy and comedy. And the dynamic change of characters. I love my three Fannys. It’s great to go from playing someone my own age into someone aged 73! And I wanted the opportunity to work with Roy. We’d met a lot in the past year and I was keen to work with him. And since the Park has opened I’ve wanted to work here!!

Getting older is quite fun isn’t it: do you need time to pass so that you can look back with wisdom?
Yes I’ve enjoyed getting older. Age has never worried me. Experience and wisdom is a great and liberating thing. Live in the moment!

What can audiences expect from The Ugly One 10 years on since it was last seen?

A fascinating reflection of what’s happening in Western society today that I think is even more significant, relevant now than 10 years ago.

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How have the performances been going? Is it fun performing in an intimate space such as Park 90?

Performances have been great. Especially as we’ve had packed houses, and such responsive audiences. It’s great working in such an intimate space and being so up close and personal with the audience.

Can you describe your director (Roy) in 3 words?
Funny Brave Playful & Creative

Last question – easy one – Do any of you share the view that some take that Brexit and Trump are good for arts and culture?
No Brexit and Trump are incredibly dangerous for the arts!!

Cast announced for The View From Nowhere at Park Theatre

The View From Nowhere
The View From Nowhere

The View From Nowhere

The new PARK90 season opens with the world premiere of a highly topical drama involving a scientific controversy, The View From Nowhere, presented by the same creative team behind the critically acclaimed Warehouse of Dreams at Lion and Unicorn Theatre. Written by Chuck Anderson and directed by Dan Phillips, The View From Nowhere stars Nina Toussaint-White, Mensah Bediako, Math Sams and Emma Mulkern.

Prez is a brilliant biochemist. His experiments show a leading herbicide is carcinogenic. He has an existential fight against entrenched interests on his hands – not helped by the fact that he dresses like David Bowie, and carries a chip on his shoulder as big as the sink estate he grew up on. In his heart he knows he’s right, but can he prove it?

The plot turns on the scientific fact that eight out of ten of us have minute traces of a potentially dangerous herbicide in our urine. This echoes concerns about glyphosate, an ingredient in Roundup, the leading weedkiller marketed by Monsanto, which is vital to worldwide food production. The European Commission is now considering scientific evidence on whether it is a carcinogenic agent. That decision is anticipated before the end of this year.

Nina Toussaint-White plays Rona. Best known for roles in EastEnders, Switch and Emmerdale, Nina’s stage credits include The Libertine (Theatre Royal Bath and Haymarket), The Etienne Sisters (Theatre Royal Stratford East – Nominated for Best Performance in a Musical at the UK Theatre Awards 2016) and Race (Hampstead Theatre). Other television credits include Gameface, Uncle, Holby City and Death in Paradise.

Mensah Bediako plays Prez. A veteran of the stage, his extensive theatre credits include The Bodyguard (UK tour), One Man Two Guvnors (National Theatre and UK tour), Fast Cuts and Snap Shots (West Yorkshire Playhouse), The Harder They Come(Barbican), Floyd Collins (Southwark Playhouse) and Tobias and the Angel (Young Vic). Television and film credits includeChasing Shadows, Mr Mzuza, Popular Unrest and The Real Kathy Hayden.

Emma Mulkern plays Sandy Jones. Theatre credits include Rough Music (Pint Sized Plays), Courting Drama (Theatre Renegade) and The Cause (ACS Random). Television credits include American Monster.

Math Sams plays Dr Tom Pennington. Theatre credits include Chimerica (Harold Pinter Theatre), Jane Eyre (Birmingham Old Rep), Being Nice (Derby Studio), Old Bag (Theatre 503), Do Worms Have Hearts? (Old Red Lion), Buried Child (Upstairs at the Gatehouse) and The Seagull (Cockpit). Television and film credits include Suicide Platoon, The Truth, Turbulence and For the Fallen

Writer and Producer Chuck Anderson has had his TV plays produced by CBS Television and MGM-TV, Hollywood. In the UK, he has authored fiction and non-fiction books. In 2014, his play, Warehouse of Dreams, about running a UNHCR camp for Syrian refugees, won enthusiastic reviews at the Lion and Unicorn Theatre.

Director Dan Phillips’ credits include the Welsh premiere of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, the new musical Something Something Lazarus at The King’s Head Theatre, The Lonely Walk Home in Manchester and April in Paris in Germany.

Set design is by May Jennifer Davies, Costume design is by Dan Street, Lighting design is by Chris Howells and the musical composer is Simon Arrowsmith.

LISTINGS

The View From Nowhere

Venue: Park Theatre, Clifton Terrace, Finsbury Park, N4 3JP

Dates: 27 June – 22 July 2017

Press night: Friday 30 June

Performances: Tue – Sat Evenings 7.45pm, Thu & Sat Matinees 3.15pm

Prices: £14.50 Previews / £18 Full / £16.50 Concessions / £13 Child (under 16) / £10 Young Patrons (27 Jun – 4 Jul) / Groups – 10 tickets and 11th is free

Captioned: Thursday 13 July 7.45pm
Booking: www.parktheatre.co.uk / 020 7870 6876

Telephone booking fee: 10% (capped at £2.50 per ticket)

Buckland Theatre Company announces casting for The Ugly One, the company’s third production at PARK90 at Park Theatre

The Ugly One

Park Theatre-Autumn/Winter Season Announced by Artistic Director Jez Bond

Jez Bond
Jez Bond

Jez Bond

Details of Park Theatre’s 10th season for Autumn/Winter 2017 have been announced by Artistic Director Jez Bond. Featuring six world premieres, a very special one man show and a London premiere, the new season includes a plethora of new writing and acclaimed revivals across both spaces in the venue’s fifth year.

Jez Bond says: “I’m excited to be presenting a season peppered with familiar names but also a host of new, up-and-coming talent. With a continued programme of access performances across both spaces and increased diversity on our stages, we’re pushing further, both this season and beyond, to really make Park Theatre an accessible, welcoming venue for everyone.”

 Sir Ian McKellen’s exclusive solo performance of Shakespeare, Tolkien, Others & You opens the new season in PARK200, as Jez Bond directs Sir Ian through the most exciting pages and stages from the actor’s past fifty years, with all funds going to support the theatre’s work. Kevin Elyot’s never-before-seen final play Twilight Song follows, in a performance set to overlap with the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Sexual Offences Act that decriminalised homosexuality. The producers behind Park Theatre’s third West End transfer The Boys In The Band return with a revival of Joe Orton’s seminal black comedy Loot, opening one week after the 50th anniversary of the playwright’s tragic death.

Park Theatre Season 2017

Park Theatre Autumn-Winter 2017 Season 

Roxanna Silbert (Artistic Director of Birmingham Repertory Theatre) then directs Olivier and Tony Award-winning actor Ian McDiarmid in political powerhouse drama What Shadows.Directed by actress, comedian and playwright Kathy Burke, The Retreat follows; a world premiere comedy drama penned by Peep Show, Fresh Meat & Four Lions co-creator and writer Sam Bain. Concluding the PARK200 season in time for Christmas is a revival of Denise Deegan’s Olivier Award-winning, festive heart-warmer Daisy Pulls It Off, from the team behind the previous Park Theatre hit Almost, Maine, and directed by Paulette Randall MBE.

The PARK90 season opens with the world premiere of biochemical topical thriller The View From Nowhere, from the same creative team behind Warehouse of Dreams (Lion & Unicorn Theatre). New black comedy Rabbits follows with a tale of marital strife and bunny murder, as Skins, The News Quiz & Newsjack writer Joe Hampson make his stage writing debut. A familiar play stripped to the core by three actors from one family, Hamlet stars Gyles Brandreth, along with his son Benet and daughter-in-law Kosha Engler (directed by Simon Evans). Then telling the real life story of survivors of the 1966 Aberfan Disaster The Revlon Girl is a touching and affirming play from Neil Anthony Docking. A trio of haunting monologues from a mysterious fishing community intertwines across eras in Fishskin Trousers, written by Elizabeth Kuti. Centred around an accusation of misconduct in the workplace, The Secondary Victim receives its world premiere with an incisive look at contemporary blame culture, directed by Matthew Gould. Closing the PARK90 season with an epic London premiere about love and redemption from 18thcentury Canada, White Fang is written and directed by Jethro Compton (director/adapter of the PARK200 hit The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance), and based on the novel by Jack London.

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D/deaf inclusive play Finders Keepers comes to Park Theatre, 4 April – 29 April 2017 at PARK90

Finders Keepers
Finders Keepers

Finders Keepers

Two twits, one junkyard and an unexpected surprise! Hot Coals Theatre return to Park Theatre with Finders Keepers: a fun-filled, highly visual cartoon for the stage. Inspired by the story of Moses, Finders Keepers is an adult comedy suitable for children, and is fully inclusive for both D/deaf and hearing audiences. Using music, puppetry and physical comedy with no dialogue, Finders Keepers invents a playful world without words. The official press night will be Friday 7 April, 7pm.

Step into the strange and murky junkyard world of Mr. Pharaoh and his daughter. Living in a scrapyard on the fringes of society, these two loveable and quirky vagrants’ lives are turned upside down when the discovery of a tiny, abandoned baby catches them by surprise. As these two colourful characters begin to grapple with their new routines and responsibilities, they begin to find love in the most unexpected of places.

As Sign Language interpreted performances run the risk of dividing the audiences by splitting the focus, Hot Coals Theatre aims to bring audiences together for shared experiences. This family friendly production will also feature PARK90’s first ever Parents & Babies performance (Tue 25 April, 1pm), in addition to a Relaxed performance (Wed 26 April, 3.15pm).

Celebrating their 5th birthday, Hot Coals Theatre was founded in 2012 by core members and graduates from The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art’s MA Theatre Lab post-graduate course. The company has gone on to use elements of physical theatre, clowning, play, special sound and lighting to create highly visual theatre which is inclusive to both D/deaf and hearing audiences.

Their first production Storm in a Teacup performed at Park Theatre in 2014 to great acclaim. The show then toured both nationally and internationally for two years. Finders Keepers, the company’s second production, received its world premiere at Edinburgh Fringe 2016 before enjoying a national UK tour. Finders Keepers was created in co-production with RADA Festival.

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First Look – Luv, written by Murray Schisgal, directed by Gary Condes

Luv Production Photos

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Written by Murray Schisgal (best known for co-writing the screenplay for Tootsie), LUV premiered on Broadway in 1964 directed by Mike Nichols and was Tony nominated for Best Play and Best Author. Directed by Gary Condes, Nick Barber plays Milt, Elsie Bennett plays Ellen and Charles Dorfman plays Harry.

Murray Schisgal is a Tony and Academy Award nominated writer whose extensive career spans across plays, fiction and screenplays. Murray’s plays include LUV (Tony nominated for Best Play and Best Author), Jimmy Shine, All Over Town (Drama Desk nomination for Outstanding New Play), The Chinese and Doctor Fish, Twice Around The Park, An American Millionaire and The Typists and the Tiger (Vernon Rice Award, Outer Circle Award). In addition to his work on stage, Murray co-wrote the screenplay for the Academy Award nominated film Tootsie which starred Dustin Hoffman and his further work on screen includes the screenplay for The Tiger Makes Out, The Love Song of Barney Kempinski and Natasha Kovolina Pipashinsky. Murray has also produced and executive produced five feature-length films, A Walk On The Moon, Boys and Girls, The Devil’s Arithmetic, Clubland and A Separate Peace. Murray’s novel Days and Nights of a French Horn Player was published by Little Brown in 1980.

Nick Barber plays Milt. Nick’s previous theatre credits include Dingle/Voltaire in The Life and Times of Fanny Hill (Bristol Old Vic), Laurencio in A Lady of Little Sense (Theatre Royal Bath), Ossario in Don Gil of The Green Breeches (Theatre Royal Bath), Federico in Punishment Without Revenge (Theatre Royal Bath), CIA Agent in Blood and Gifts (National Theatre), Happy in Death of a Salesman (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Will in His Dark Materials (West Yorkshire Playhouse/Birmingham Rep), Dumaine in Love’s Labour’s Lost (Rose Theatre Kingston), Modicum in I Saw Myself (The Wrestling School), Michael Cassio in Othello (Shakespeare’s Globe), Ralph Clark in Our Country’s Good (Liverpool Playhouse), Valentine in Faust (Punchdrunk), Palamon/Squire/Rioter in The Canterbury Tales (Royal Shakespeare Company), Eric Birling in An Inspector Calls (PW Productions), Don Alonso in The Gentleman From Olmedo (Watermill), Florindo in The Venetian Twins (Watermill), Cassius in Julius Caesar (Menier Theatre) and Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet (Southwark Playhouse). In addition to his work on stage Nick has also appeared on television in New Blood, Cuffs, Red Dwarf, Free Agents, The Waltz King, The Brief and Midsomer Murders and on film in Colour Me Kubrick and Complete Female Stage Beauty. Nick also voices Rex Fairbrother on BBC Radio 4’s The Archers.

Elsie Bennett  plays Ellen. Elsie studied at Arts Ed. She most recently starred on stage as Queen Elizabeth I in Progress (Red Rose Chain) and Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance (Tabard Theatre).  In addition to her work on stage, Elsie has appeared on screen in Birds Of A Feather and Joanna Lumley’s Little Cracker. Elsie also works extensively as a voice artist and recently completed work on the Hitman series and Squadron 42.

Charles Dorfman  plays Harry. Charles studied Theatre at Trinity College Dublin and the Beverly Hills Playhouse in Los Angeles, Theatre credits include Some Girl(s) (Park Theatre), Miss Julie (Etcetera Theatre), Taking Steps, Dangerous Corner, and Wuthering Heights (all Manor Pavilion Sidmouth). On screen Charles has appeared in Myrtle (dir. James Alexandrou), The Show (dir. James Alexandrou) and Present (dir. Joe Ballerini).

Buckland Theatre Company was founded by Artistic Director Charles Dorfman. Miss Julie at Etcetera Theatre was the company’s debut production in their 2016 season of classic and modern texts followed by Some Girl(s) at PARK90 at Park Theatre.