Full casting announced for Girl from the North Country at the Old Vic

Girl From The Country

Girl From The Country

Girl from the North Country  is written and directed by Conor McPherson with Music and Lyrics by Bob Dylan,reviews from Monday 10 July 2017, press night Wednesday 26 July 2017

Casting is today announced for Girl from the North Country which previews from Monday 10 July 2017 with a press night on Wednesday 26 July 2017.

The Old Vic is proud to present the world premiere of Girl from the North Country, an electrifying new work from esteemed playwright Conor McPherson along with classic songs from Bob Dylan.

Duluth, Minnesota. 1934.

A community living on a knife-edge huddle together in the local guesthouse.

The owner, Nick, owes more money than he can ever repay, his wife Elizabeth is losing her mind and their daughter Marianne is carrying a child no-one will account for.

And, when a preacher selling bibles and a boxer looking for a comeback show up in the middle of the night, things start to spiral beyond the point of no return…

Brought to life by a 20-piece company of actors and musicians, award-winning playwright Conor McPherson beautifully weaves the iconic songbook of Bob Dylan into this new show full of hope, heartbreak and soul.

You can listen to the company of Girl from the North Country perform extracts from Bob Dylan’s iconic songbook by clicking on the following link: http://www.oldvictheatre.com/whats-on/2017/girl-from-the-north- country/.

Girl from the North Country features a stellar cast:

Sheila Atim plays Marianne Laine. Recent theatre credits include Shakespeare Trilogy (Donmar Warehouse) and Les Blancs (National Theatre). Other theatre credits include Volpone, Love’s Sacrifice, The Jew of Malta  (RSC), Black Lives Black Words – The Interrogation of Sandra Bland (Bush Theatre), Rachel (Finborough Theatre) and Klook’s Last Stand (Park Theatre). Sheila’s television credits include I Live With Models.

Ron Cook plays Doctor Walker. His theatre credits include The Children, Our Country’s Good, The Recruiting Officer, Cloud Nine (Royal Court), Faith Healer, Trelawny of the Wells, Richard II, King Lear, Juno and the Paycock, Glengarry Glen Ross (Donmar Warehouse), The Homecoming (Trafalgar Studios), Henry V (Noel Coward Theatre), Hamlet and Twelfth Night (Wyndham’s Theatre). Ron’s television credits include City and the City, Mr Selfridge, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Silent Witness, Diary of Anne Frank, Dr Who, Funland, The Lost Prince and The Singing Detective. His film credits include Hot Fuzz, The Merchant of Venice, Thunderbirds, 24 Hour Party People, Charlotte Gray, Chocolat, Topsy Turvy and Secrets & Lies.

Bronagh Gallagher plays Mrs Burke. Theatre credits include The Faith Machine, Dublin Carol (Royal Court), Every Good Boy Deserves Favour and War Horse (National Theatre). Film credits include Return to Montauk, Sherlock Holmes, Tamara Drewe, Tristan & Isolde, Last Chance Harvey, The Commitments, Pulp Fiction, Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace. Television credits include You Me and the Apocalypse, The Street, The Accused.

Shirley Henderson plays Elizabeth Laine. Shirley’s career spans film, television and theatre; her extensive theatre credits include Shining Souls (The Old Vic), The Maiden Stone, Lions in the Streets (Hampstead Theatre), My Mother Said I Never Should (Royal Court), Entertaining Strangers, The Winter’s Tale, The Tempest (National Theatre), Eurydice (Chichester Festival), Anna Weiss (Whitehall Theatre), Romeo & Juliet (Citizens Theatre) and The Life of Stuff (Traverse Theatre). On screen, Shirley is best known for films Trainspotting, Bridget Jones and the Harry Potter series, and for her roles in television dramas Frozen and Southcliffe, she won the BAFTA Scotland Award for ‘Best Actress’ in both. Other television credits include Happy Valley, Jamaica Inn, Bob Servant Independent, Death In Paradise, Treasure Island, Crimson Petal and the White, Marple: Murder is Easy, Dr Who, The Taming Of The Shrew and Dirty Filthy Love, and her other film credits include Okja, Never Steady, Never Still, Love Song: Wolf Alice, Urban Hymn, The Tale Of Tales, The Caravan, Set Fire To The Stars, Filth, The Look Of Love, Anna Karenina, Everyday, Wild Child and Marie Antoinette.

Ciaran Hinds plays Nick Laine. Ciaran has worked extensively for the Glasgow Citizens Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company, National Theatre, Donmar Warehouse, Gate Theatre and Abbey Theatre, Dublin. Theatre credits include Hamlet (Barbican), The Night Alive, Assassins (Donmar Warehouse), Juno and The Paycock, Burnt By The Sun, Machinal (National Theatre), Closer (National Theatre and Broadway), The Yalta Game (Gate Theatre), Our Few and Evil Days (Abbey Theatre Dublin), Simpatico (Royal Court) and Richard III (Royal Shakespeare Company). Broadway credits include The Crucible, Cat on A Hot Tin Roof and The Seafarer. Film credits include Bleed for This, Silence, Frozen, The Woman in Black, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, The Debt, The Eclipse, There Will Be Blood, Miami Vice, Munich, Phantom of the Opera, Road to Perdition, Veronica Guerin, Calendar Girls, Tombraider II, The Sun of all Fears and Persuasion. Television credits include Game of Thrones, Political Animals, Above Suspicion, Rome, The Mayor of Casterbridge, Jane Eyre and Persuasion.

Claudia Jolly plays Katherine Draper. A recent graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Claudia was recently seen in the BBC adaptation of NW and is soon to appear in the film On Chesil Beach.

Arinzé Kene plays Joe Scott. His theatre credits include One Night In Miami (Donmar Warehouse), Decade (Headlong), Been So Long (Young Vic Theatre), The Lion King (Lyceum Theatre), Daddy Cool (Shaftesbury Theatre) and Torn (Arcola Theatre). Arinzé’s television credits include Crazyhead, Our Girl, Youngers, EastEnders and Casualty. His film credits include Been So Long, The Pass, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Freestyle.

Debbie Kurup plays Mrs Neilsen. Her theatre credits include The Threepenny Opera (National Theatre), The Bodyguard (Adelphi Theatre), Chicago (Cambridge Theatre and Adelphi Theatre), Sister Act (London Palladium), West Side Story (Prince of Wales Theatre London), Tonight’s The Night (Victoria Palace), Rent (Prince of Wales Theatre and UK), Boogie Nights (Savoy Theatre), Anything Goes (Sheffield Theatres and UK tour), Jack and the Beanstalk (Hackney Empire), East (Leicester Curve), Fame (UK tour), Guys and Dolls (Sheffield Theatres), Pal Joey (Chichester Festival Theatre) and Poison (Tricycle Theatre). Debbie’s film credits include 28 Weeks Later, Hollow, Beauty and Lethality.

Kirsty Malpass is part of the ensemble. Theatre credits include Groundhog Day (The Old Vic), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Lord of the Rings (Theatre Royal Drury Lane), Chariots of Fire (Gielgud Theatre), Jerry Springer: The Opera (Cambridge Theatre), The Sound of Music (UK Tour).

Jim Norton plays Mr Perry. Jim most recently appeared on Broadway as Giles Corey in Ivo van Hove’s production of The Crucible. Jim’s other Broadway credits include Of Mice and Men, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Finian’s Rainbow, The Weir and Dublin Carol. His London theatre credits include Hamlet (Barbican), The Night Alive (Donmar Warehouse), Port Authority (Ambassadors Theatre), The Contractor and The Changing Room (Royal Court) and he worked extensively at the National Theatre from 1975 to 1985. He won both an Olivier and Tony Award for his performance as Richard Harkin in The Seafarer. His film credits include Jimmy’s Hall, Water For Elephants, The Eclipse, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, Driving Lessons, Oyster Farmer, Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets, Straw Dogs, Hidden Agenda and Memoirs of an Invisible Man. Television credits include River, Elementary, Stan, Frasier, Poirot and Star Trek: the Next Generation. Jim has most recently finished playing the role of Binnacle in Walt Disney Picture’s feature film, Mary Poppins Returns.

Tom Peters is part of the ensemble. Theatre credits include The Crucible and Dancing at Lughnasa (The Old Vic), Scenes from an Execution, Travelling Light (National Theatre) and Sheppey (Orange Tree Theatre).

Karl Queensborough is part of the ensemble. Theatre credits include Aladdin and Cinderella (Lyric Hammersmith) and Only The Brave (Soho Theatre). Television credits include Casualty and film credits include 13, Leroy and Broken Glasses.

Sam Reid plays Gene Laine. His theatre credits include ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore (West Yorkshire Playhouse) and One Night In November (Belgrade Theatre). Sam’s television credits include Tennison, Codes of Conduct, Astronauts Wives Club, Miss Marple: Greenshaw’s Folly, Hatfields & McCoys, Whitechapel, Endeavour, Spooks, MI-5 and All Saints. His film credits include Limehouse Golem, 2:22, Despite the Falling Snow, Serena, Tigers, The Riot Club, ’71, Belle and The Railway Man.

Michael Shaeffer plays Reverend Marlowe. Theatre credits include All About My Mother (The Old Vic), The Vote (Donmar Warehouse), How to Hold Your Breath (Royal Court), Little Revolution, Mr Burns (Almeida), Godchild (Hampstead Theatre), Table, London Road, Threepenny Opera (National Theatre) and Jesus Christ Superstar (UK Tour). Television credits include SS-GB, Oasis, Taboo, Grantchester and Game of Thrones, and film credits include Rogue One, London Road and Trance.

Jack Shalloo plays Elias Burke. Theatre credits include Groundhog Day (The Old Vic), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Theatre Royal Drury Lane), The Snow Queen (The Nuffield Theatre), A Clockwork Orange (Stratford East Theatre Royal), Goodbye Barcelona (Arcola Theatre) and Our House (Birmingham Rep and Original UK Tour). Jack’s television credits include People Just Do Nothing, Dickensian, The Interceptor, Doctors, Miranda Hart’s New Year’s Eve Sketch Show, The Man Who Loved The Lakes, EastEnders, Out Of Control, Holby City, The Suspicions of Mr Whicher and The Bill. His film credits include Fit, Kick-Off and Bashment.

Stanley Townsend plays Mr Burke. His theatre credits include The Nether, The Alice Trilogy, The Weir (Royal Court), King Lear, Phedre, Gethsemane, Happy Now, Remember This (National Theatre), The Dead (Abbey Theatre), Broken Glass (Tricycle and Vaudeville Theatres) and A View From The Bridge (Royal Lyceum Edinburgh). Stanley’s television credits include Redwater, The Collection, Galavant, The Tunnel II, The Hollow Crown 2, 24: Live Another Day, New Worlds, Toast, Ripper Street 2, Fleming, Quirke – Christine Falls, Fresh Meat, Mad Dogs III, Call The Midwife, An Appropriate Adult, The Shadow Line, Zen, Sherlock Holmes: A Study in Pink, Ashes to Ashes, New Tricks, Foyle’s War and Spooks. His film credits include The Current War, Florence Foster Jenkins, The Voices, One Chance, Standby, The Physician, Lovely Louise, Hilde, Killing Bono, Water’s Rising, Happy Go Lucky, The Tiger’s Tale, Flawless and The Libertine.

Conor McPherson is an acclaimed writer and director. He was born in Dublin in 1971 and attended University College Dublin where he began to write and direct.

Stage plays include The Nest, The Dance of Death, Rum & Vodka, The Good Thief, This Lime Tree Bower, St Nicholas, The Weir (Olivier, Evening Standard, and Critics Circle Awards), Dublin Carol, Port Authority, Shining City (Tony Award nominated), The Seafarer (Tony, Olivier and Evening Standard Award nominated), The Veil, The Night Alive (New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play, Olivier, Evening Standard and Lucille Lortel Award nominated).

Television credits include Quirke (Irish Film & Television Academy Award for Best Drama) and the upcoming programme Paula.

For film, Conor wrote and directed The Eclipse (Irish Film & Television Academy Award for Best Script), and has written the screenplays for upcoming films Artemis Fowl, Double Cross and Strangers.

Bob Dylan is one of our culture’s most influential and ground-breaking artists. Born in Duluth, Minnesota in 1941; self-taught on piano, guitar and harmonica, he travelled to New York City in 1961, quickly establishing himself as an explosive performer in the Greenwich Village music scene. More than half a century later, Dylan continues to perform almost 100 concerts each year. He has released more than 50 albums and written over 600 songs. He’s sold more than 125 million records and is the holder of 11 Grammy Awards. His songs have been covered more than 6000 times by artists as diverse as Duke Ellington, Jimi Hendrix, Guns N’ Roses, Stevie Wonder, Bob Marley and Adele. He is also an accomplished visual artist and author, and in 2016 was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature – the first songwriter to receive such a distinction.

Cast list: Sheila Atim (Marianne Laine), Ron Cook (Doctor Walker), Bronagh Gallagher (Mrs Burke), Shirley Henderson (Elizabeth Laine), Ciaran Hinds (Nick Laine), Claudia Jolly (Katherine Draper), Arinzé Kene (Joe Scott), Debbie Kurup (Mrs Neilsen), Kirsty Malpass (Ensemble), Jim Norton (Mr Perry), Tom Peters (Ensemble), Karl Queensborough (Ensemble), Sam Reid (Gene Laine), Michael Shaeffer (Reverend Marlowe), Jack Shalloo (Elias Burke), and Stanley Townsend (Mr Burke).

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Jazz by the Sea 2017 – Jazz FM Boogie & Blues Night

Mark Harrison

Mark Harrison

Thursday 15th June 2017 will see Jazz by the Sea Festival 2017, in collaboration with Jazz FM, present an evening of Blues and Boogie, in the Sherling Studio of Lighthouse Poole.

Hosted and presented by Jazz FM’s David Freeman, the evening will feature music from New Orleans, with well-known acoustic blues guitarist Mark Harrison and renowned boogie woogie pianist Dino Baptiste. Joining the line-up will be one of the country’s leading blues singers Zoe Schwarz, along with her Blue Commotion Band.

Dino Baptiste

Dino Baptiste

Jazz by the Sea Festival will take place across multiple venues in Poole and Bournemouth from 11-17th June 2017. Bringing world class jazz musicians to Dorset, with live performances in retail outlets, shopping arcades, hotels, bars, restaurants, clubs and pubs as well as in public areas with musicians playing from the Festival’s unique Jazzmobile.

To Book Tickets Online visit www.lighthousepoole.co.uk or call 01202 28000. For programme details visit www.jazzbytheseafestival.co.uk

Les Enfant Terribles announce the LET Bursary in association with RADA

Today, Les Enfants Terribles and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) have launched a crowdfunding campaign for the first ever LET Bursary. RADA graduate Katherine Kelly (Coronation Street, Happy Valley, City of Angels) is the official patron of the award.

Created to help one individual without the financial means to attend drama school, the winning recipient will receive the bursary towards their tuition fees and living costs for the full-time professional acting course for one academic year.

For further information and to donate please visit: www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/LETbursary

Katherine Kelly, patron of LET Bursary said: “Without RADA I simply wouldn’t be where I am today. The training which they provided me with gave me to tools to tackle any role in any script in any production anywhere in the world. There is no way that I would have had the exciting, varied and fulfilling career I’ve had so far but I know that I have been incredibly lucky.

When young actors ask me how they can break into the industry, I always recommend drama school. However so many talented young people, understandably and heartbreakingly, dismiss this as a possibility because drama school seems totally unaffordable.

Talent is not, and should never be, related to how much money you have. The LET Bursary, which I am thrilled to be a patron of, aims to remove some of those financial barriers which may discourage young actors from reaching their full potential.

RADA’s alumni include some the best actors of film, stage and screen and with your donation, you will be allowing a young actor to have the best possible start to their career.”

Oliver Lansley, Artistic Director of Les Enfants Terribles, said: With the gulf between richer and poorer growing ever wider in our society and the cost of drama schools having risen to over £9000 a year it is becoming increasingly hard for young people of less affluent backgrounds to be able to pursue their dreams of working in the arts.

I set up Les Enfants Terribles when I was 19 years old. My parents were not in involved in the arts, my father was a builder and my mother worked for the NHS, and there was no way they could have afforded £30,000 for me to train as an actor. 15 years later I see now how difficult it would have been for someone like me to get a foothold in this industry. I’ve been incredibly lucky. That’s why I feel it is essential for people in my position to help redress the balance and help support the next generation of artists.”

Edward Kemp, Director of RADA, said: “At a time when the higher education funding model puts financial pressure on many students, it’s vital that there is support available to enable talented young performers to pursue their careers through high quality training. I’m delighted that we’re adding to our scholarship provision by partnering with Les Enfants Terribles to offer the new LET Bursary. Founded by actors, RADA has always enjoyed exceptionally close ties with the profession and it’s particularly gratifying that a theatre company should want to support our students in this way.

Having a diverse company of actors training at RADA only enriches our learning experiences and creative output, and we hope that the new bursary will open up a pathway into the industry for a talented performer who might otherwise not have the opportunity.”

Interview Director Bruce Guthrie: “Shows like RENT and Angels in America allow us to look at this time period subjectively and have become like Brechtian theatre as they hold a mirror up to our own time while depicting events from the past.”

Bruce Guthrie
Bruce Guthrie

Bruce Guthrie credit Dan Wooller

Bruce Guthrie is the director of the 20th Anniversary production of Jonathan Larson’s award-winning musical RENT. Guthrie is a professional theatre and film director from Scotland now based in London, who has worked with multi award-winning artists in the UK and internationally since 2005.

RENT is inspired by Puccini’s opera La Bohème, won four Tony Awards, six Drama Desk Awards and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1996. The show ran on Broadway for 12 years, from 1996 to 2008. The show premiered in London’s West End in 1998 at the Shaftesbury Theatre, where it ran for 18 months. It was adapted into a film in 2005. This production is currently near the end of a huge U.K. Tour.

Like Tony Kushner’s ‘Angels in America,  Jonathan Larson’s momentous musical about the AIDS/HIV crisis, proves Broadway’s enduring approach at tackling important issues head-on.

I thought it would be a good idea to have a chat with Bruce on the telephone.

I was right it was quite good.

Here is what we discussed…

Hi Bruce. How is the U.K. tour of RENT going?
It has been amazing. We’ve had a standing ovation at pretty much every performance. Audiences have been so responsive the production wherever we have gone and it’s a privilege to have directed a show that is so important to so many people. An entire generation have never seen it live are coming to it with a fresh perspective and loving it while those more familiar with it are coming to see it and falling in love with it all over again.”

I had never seen RENT before, it was a show that I knew of but had never seen it live, I’d never watched the movie either. I think that was a good thing as it allowed me to be able to treat it like a brand-new musical.

Why do you think Rent has never been on a proper U.K tour?
There is definitely an appetite for this show When we’ve been somewhere for a few days, the word of mouth gets out and people come in their droves to see the show by the end of the week. The musical has a bit for a reputation of being the AIDS musical (see TEAM AMERICA: WORLD POLICE) but It’s about so much more than that. The show is about what it means to be present and live in the moment: to embrace life and the choices of others rather than judge them. It’s a story about love and family. It’s full of fun, energy and incredible characters. The music is superb and it’s a celebration of what it is to be alive. Perhaps we were not ready for the show 20 years ago and now we can look back on that period of history we can be more objective about it. Perhaps we are exposed to much more American culture now thanks to T.V and film as well as transatlantic travel becoming more easy. It might be a combination of all these things. What I do know is the U.K audiences have been incredible in their response and attendance.”

Angels in America

Angels in America -Cast Portrait

You must be encouraged to see Angels in America at the National getting such an electric response. Kushner and Larson’s legacies live far beyond the original production’s success, don’t they?
RENT has become a historical piece and we are able to look at how we did or didn’t deal with situations at that time. Our characters are post-Vietnam and they are finding their way as their own individuals. It’s a real snapshot and celebration of American creativity amidst the devastation of this incurable plague that creates a climate of fear for our characters to rise up against. Shows like RENT and Angels in America allow us to look at this time period subjectively and have become like Brechtian theatre as they hold a mirror up to our own time while depicting events from the past. The first line of the song RENT is “How do you document real life when real life is getting like fiction every day.” That could have been written about Trump’s America.

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Well, quite. Right, easy question what are the top 3 Musicals of all time?
Well, Les Miserable is a very special show. I love how it deals with themes that are bigger than any individual character: it has beautiful music, incredible spectacle, grandness and yet a realness to it. I saw Hamilton on Broadway last year while I was researching RENT. It is such a game-changer: it truly is THE RENT of today in terms of the reaction to it and that is not coincidence – Lin Manuel Miranda is a massive fan of RENT and it was produced by Jeffery Seller, who produced the original version of RENT.  Hamilton takes a combination of things and puts them together in a way that nobody has ever seen or heard before in musical theatre. Finally, I’d go for Sweeny Todd by Stephen Sondheim. It’s a wonderfully funny and dark musical. Incredible music, great characters and a great story. What more do you need?

Terrific choices! This production has had amazing feedback from audiences and some solid reviews. What are your hopes for the future?
We hope there will be a future life for RENT. Our cast are truly spectacular and the production has been so well received by audiences and critics that we feel there is a life in the show, but nothing is certain until it’s certain. Next, I’m directing a play called Man to Man by Manfred Karge with Frantic Assembly’s Artistic Director Scott Graham, which will tour the UK and play in London at the beautiful Wilton’s Music Hall. The production played the Edinburgh Festival in 2015 and was a huge hit. I’m pleased we are getting a chance to revisit it. I’ve got quite a few things planned for 2017 already. I like to keep my work varied and always want to learn something new with every production.

As someone who is Scottish how important are the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and Edinburgh International Festival for artist’s development?
Edinburgh in August is one of the most exciting places to be anywhere in the world – the energy and vibrancy of the festival is really terrific and they are really good opportunities to flex muscles and learn which is excellent. The energy and buzz of creativity is wonderful. With more than 6,500 productions to choose from, there’s something for everyone. My advice to young directors and performers is you have to decide what you want to gain from it. For me, whenever I’ve done a festival each time it’s been about putting on a great show. It’s lovely to have a few nights out on the town but in the end, it’s all about the quality of the work.

You are coming to Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre for the Arts next week, aren’t you?
We are looking forward to coming to the Lighthouse in Poole.  We’ve tried to take RENT to places you wouldn’t necessarily expect. It’s a beautiful theatre and the cast are looking forward to playing there.

Have you had any special audience responses that have stayed with you?
As I said earlier there has been so much amazing feedback it has been very special. Our cast are incredibly talented and give it their all in every performance. The cast have met people from all walks of life who thank them for doing the show and telling stories that are close to their own. There was one kid in Liverpool that came and said because of RENT he’d been inspired to talk to his parents and come out which is an incredibly brave thing to do. Jonathan Larson did that most rare of things, he wrote a piece of theatre that inspires people in a truly life changing way.

Rent is at Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre for the Arts 1-6 May https://www.lighthousepoole.co.uk  Box Office: 01202 280000

Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes is at the National Theatre, until 19 August.

Technology and theatre combine to bring Sixfields Stadium alive on a unique walking tour

The Twelfth Player

The Twelfth Player

A unique collaboration between Fermynwoods Contemporary Art, Royal & Derngate Northampton, and Northampton Town Football Club (The Cobblers) brings an interactive, audio-visual performance The Twelfth Player to Sixfields Stadium. This world premiere production runs from22 June to 12 July, with special previews on 17, 19 and 23 May and press performances on Wednesday 24 May.

The Twelfth Player was inspired by the most dramatic and euphoric season in the Cobblers’ long and colourful history. In the dark days of November 2015, the club was deep in trouble. Staff and players were not getting paid, and Administration was a very real possibility. But through the dedication of their extraordinary fans – the team’s twelfth player – they made an amazing recovery, welcoming a remarkable takeover, bouncing back into League One and winning the Club’s first League title for 29 years.

Lovers of the beautiful game will be guided around Sixfields football stadium, in groups of four, through instructions heard on their headphones, as they observe a unique site-specific performance, simultaneously taking place in the real world and on an iPod screen.

Viewing the passionate world of football through the eyes of three generations of a family of Northampton Town Football Club’s fans, audiences will experience the highs and lows of the past seventy years of the club’s history, travelling behind the scenes on a 40 minute walking tour around the Cobblers’ iconic Sixfields Stadium.

The Twelfth Player has been created by Susanne Thomas and Sophie Jump of Seven Sisters Group. The group focuses on communicating contemporary issues through new and idiosyncratic works performed in significant public spaces. Their highly acclaimed projects combine performance, installation, video and spoken word. Among the vanguard of site specific practitioners since the early ‘90s, Seven Sisters Group’s work has been presented in both outdoor and indoor sites in the UK and Europe, with venues ranging from galleries, libraries and railway stations to The Royal Opera House and the National Theatre.

During The Cobblers’ eventful past couple of years, Susanne and Sophie researched the club’s history and met many of those who have helped to define it. They have spoken with a wide range of people, from staff and fans, to players and the volunteer mascot Clarence, to draw out their individual experiences and gain a unique perspective on what matters to the Cobblers and their fans.

Guiding audiences seamlessly between characters inspired by real fans and placing them at the heart of the sporting action, the Seven Sisters Group will create a playful and uplifting performance for all the family, combining domestic drama with the drama of the game, and delving into the fantasy worlds with which young supporters entertain themselves during games, imagining gladiator battles and flying dragons.

Yasmin Canvin, Director of Fermynwoods Contemporary Art and James Dacre, Artistic Director of Royal & Derngate commented: “This collaboration between Royal & Derngate, Fermynwoods Contemporary Art and Northampton Town Football Club is a great example of diverse organisations across the town and county working together with world class artists to create an accessible and unique experience for people of all ages and backgrounds to enjoy.”

Exploring passion, loyalty and sense of belonging of the world of football, The Twelfth Player runs at Sixfields Stadium from Thursday 22 June to Wednesday 12 July, with special previews on Wednesday 17, Friday 19 and Tuesday 23 May, and press previews on Wednesday 24 May. For a full schedule visit www.royalandderngate.co.uk or call Royal & Derngate Box Office on 01604 624811. Tickets are just £5* each. This production has received funding support from Arts Council England.

Made in Northampton is sponsored locally by Michael Jones Jeweller.

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First Look: Production images of All Our Children by Stephen Unwin, playing at Jermyn Street Theatre from 26 April – 3 June 2017

Camden Schoolchildren Promote Walking Campaign with the cast of STOMP

Children from Argyle primary School learning moves from STOMP

Children from Argyle primary School learning moves from STOMP © Justin Thomas

Today, Thursday 27 April, Argyle Primary School in King’s Cross took part in Camden Council’s ‘Daily Mile’ campaign to boost walking in the borough. The children set off from the school (on Tonbridge Street) to the Ambassadors Theatre, to take to the stage with STOMP cast members Andrew Patrick, Rob Shaw, Rhys Shone and Sam Wilmott. They were also joined by Camden Council’s Cabinet Member for Children, Angela Mason CBE.

Daily Mile is a project run in many of Camden’s schools, including Argyle Primary, which sees every child in the school spending 15 minutes a day running, jogging or walking on top of their regular PE lessons.

Councillor Georgia Gould, Camden Council’s Cabinet Member with responsibility for Public Health, said:

“Brisk walking is one of the easiest ways to fit exercise into a daily routine and be active. It can be done anywhere, and can also be done creatively – as demonstrated by children from Argyle Primary School and the cast of STOMP.

“Camden is full of wonderful walking routes and the council also helps organise health walks, which are free and designed for anyone, including those new to exercise. Visit oneyoucamden.org/walking to find out how you can take part.”

Fraser Morrison, Stomp’s Casting Director and original cast member, said:

“Our show is based on movement and activity, so it was a natural link to join forces with Camden Council and Argyle Primary School for a campaign to get people of all ages more active. We cover several miles on stage every night, in which we try to convey the fun, excitement and exhilaration of physical exercise, whether you are sweeping the floor briskly with a broom or zipping through the supermarket on your shopping trolley. The benefits of exercise expand the health of mind and body.”

Frantic Assembly announces second UK tour of 2016 hit play, Things I Know To Be True

Things I Know To Be True (Frantic Assembly

Things I Know To Be True (Frantic Assembly) – Cast Credit Manuel Harlan

Following a hugely successful 2016 Australian and UK tour, Frantic Assembly and State Theatre Company South Australia’s critically acclaimed Things I Know To Be True returns to delight audiences in the UK from 27 September 2017. Andrew Bovell’s new play will tour to Oxford Playhouse, The Lowry in Salford, Leicester Curve, Mercury Theatre in Colchester, York Theatre Royal, Chester Storyhouse, Southampton’s Nuffield, Poole Lighthouse and London’s Lyric Hammersmith.

As beautifully touching as it is funny and bold, Things I Know To Be True tells the story of a family and marriage through the eyes of four grown siblings struggling to define themselves beyond their parents’ love and expectations.

Parents Bob and Fran have worked their fingers to the bone and with their four children grown and ready to fly the nest it might be time to relax and enjoy the roses. But the changing seasons bring home some shattering truths.

Andrew Bovell said:

“The only reason to write a play is for it to reach an audience and for it to mean something to them when it does. I’m thrilled that UK audiences will have another chance to see this wonderful production.”

Scott Graham (Artistic Director, Frantic Assembly) said:

“I am immensely proud of this collaboration. It melted hearts on its first Australian and UK tours and I am looking forward to new audiences engaging with this beautiful play.”

Geordie Brookman (Artistic Director, State Theatre Company) said:

“We are tremendously proud of the way this gem of an Australian play has connected with U.K. audiences and feel blessed that, alongside our friends at Frantic Assembly, we can take the production to an even wider audience.”

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Featuring Frantic Assembly’s celebrated physicality, and co-directed by Frantic Assembly’s Tony and Olivier Award nominated Artistic Director Scott Grahamand State Theatre Company’s Artistic Director Geordie Brookman, Things I Know To Be True is a complex and intense study of the mechanics of a family that is both poetic and brutally frank.

Andrew Bovell is regarded as one of Australia’s greatest storytellers, for critically acclaimed plays including When The Rain Stops Falling, Speaking In Tongues and an adaptation of Kate Grenville’s The Secret River, as well as screen work including Lantana and A Most Wanted Man.

Casting for Things I Know To Be True will be announced in due course.