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Theatr Clwyd announces homecoming of critically acclaimed Home, I’M Darling, a major co-production with Menier Chocolate Factory, and two world premières for 2019

Home, I'm Darling
Home, I'm Darling

Home, I’m Darling

Theatr Clwyd today announced new work for 2019. Following its previously announced West End transfer, Artistic Director Tamara Harveys smash hit production of Laura Wade’s Home, I’m Darling, will return home to Theatr Clwyd for the final week of April – in a co-production with the National Theatre and Fiery Angel. Also opening at the companys home base is a major revival of Tennessee Williams’ Orpheus Descending – in a first-time co-production with London’s Menier Chocolate Factory. Following performances in Wales Tamara Harveys production transfers to the Menier Chocolate Factory.

 April sees the world premiere of Jacqueline Wilson’s Wave Me Goodbye adapted for the stage by award-winning playwright Emma Reeves, following the huge success of her recent stage version of Hetty Feather. This also sees a homecoming for Reeves, who returns to the theatre having been a member of the Theatr Clwyd Youth Theatre in her childhood.

 Later this year, to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Mold Riots, the company will re-create the story of the riots in a large-scale community production. The Mold Riots, written by Bethan Marlow and directed by Katie Posner, will lead its audience through the streets.

 Highlights of the visiting programme include Malorie Blackman’s Noughts and Crosses adapted by Sabrina Mahfouz (19 – 23 February), Rain Man by Dan Gordon 25 February – 2 March), Marie Jones’ Stones in his Pockets (7 – 11 May) and John Brittain’s Rotterdam (3 – 5 June). Also Ian McKellen brings his solo show in celebration of his 80th birthday – Ian McKellen on Stage: with Tolkien, Shakespeare, Others and YOU – to Mold (18-19 March), with all proceeds being generously donated by McKellen to Theatr Clwyd. Further details of the 2019 season will be announced shortly

 Artistic Director Tamara Harvey said today, It has been an extraordinary and transformative year for the company, both in terms of ambition and reach – we have staged 15 own produced shows, 10 of which were world premières, culminating in a UK Theatre Award for The Assassination of Katie Hopkins, and now a West End transfer for Evening Standard Award-nominated Home, I’m Darling before it comes home to Wales. Next year will see us in a first-time collaboration with Londons award-winning Menier Chocolate Factory with Tennessee Williams’ Orpheus Descending; and as part of our commitment to younger audiences Emma Reeves comes home to adapt Jacqueline Wilson’s Wave Me Goodbye, their latest collaboration after the huge success of the stage version of Hetty Feather. Later this year sees our first large-scale community production with The Mold Riots during the 150th anniversary year. As we continue to build, its wonderful to see our homegrown work reach new audiences across the UK.

Paines Plough announces full programme for Roundabout at Summerhall 2018

Paines Plough
  • Three world premieres by Georgia Christou, Simon Longman and Vinay Patel in co-production with Theatr Clwyd
  • Paines Plough will also welcome eight visiting companies including Middle Child, Boundless Theatre, Dirty Protest and Sherman Theatre
  • Roundabout’S later programme will feature comedians, musicians and performers to be announced in the run up to The Fringe
  • Closed captioning across all Paines Plough performances in Edinburgh and on Tour
  • Tickets Are On Sale Today HERE

Artistic Directors of Paines Plough James Grieve and George Perrin today revealed the full programme for ROUNDABOUT @ SUMMERHALL, kicking off at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe before a UK tour in Autumn 2018.

Paines Plough in co-production with Theatr Clwyd will stage three World Premieres from Simon Longman, Vinay Patel and Georgia Christou.All three productions will be performed in rep by Charlotte O’Leary, Katherine Pearce and Jack Wilkinson, directed by former Paines Plough Associate Director, and nabokov Artistic Director, Stef O’Driscoll.

Joining the three world premieres will be Middle Child’s late night search for intimacy, ONE LIFE STAND, a brand-new play by Eve Nicol;BLACKTHORN by 2018 Paines Plough Fellow Charley Miles was a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize in 2017 and is presented by InSite Performance in association with West Yorkshire Playhouse; THE POLITICAL HISTORY OF SMACK AND CRACK, a chronicle of the fallout of the heroin epidemic at the height of Thatcherism by Ed Edwards, a Most Wanted and Offstage Theatre production in association with W14 Productions and Alastair Michael, co-commissioned by Soho Theatre; A Francesca Moody production, a raucous and hilarious new play about playground violenceSQUARE GO by Kieran Hurley and Gary McNair; one man-musical comedy, DRIP, By Tom Wells presented by Boundless Theatre and Script Club; TREMOR, a new play by Brad Birch produced by Sherman Theatre, The Stage’s Regional Theatre of the Year 2018 and recent Olivier Award recipient.

Dirty Protest’s Sugar Baby penned by Alan Harris and Luke Barnes’ ALL WE EVER WANTED WAS EVERYTHING will also return to Roundabout, following acclaim in 2017.

James Grieve and George Perrin said today:

“We’re proud to present our ROUNDABOUT @ SUMMERHALL line-up for 2018, packed with outstanding new plays from around the UK.

Our Roundabout rep features three world premieres:  Vinay Patel’s razor-sharp satire STICKS AND STONES, Simon Longman’s beautiful, elegiac ISLAND TOWN and Georgia Christou’s rip-roaring adventure through space HOW TO SPOT AN ALIEN.

We’re also welcoming some of the UK’s most innovative and exciting new writing companies and playwrights to Roundabout. Our Associate Company Middle Child return with an all new theatre gig ONE LIFE STAND by Eve Nicol, Boundless Theatre present musical comedy DRIP by Tom Wells, Olivier Award winning Sherman Theatre present Brad Birch’s new play TREMOR. Ed Edwards’ THE POLITICAL HISTORY OF SMACK AND CRACK chronicles the fallout for communities crushed by the heroin epidemic of the 80s with great anger and wit, and we’re thrilled that Fringe First winners Kieran Hurley and Gary McNair will join forces for SQUARE GO, a raucous story of playground violence deconstructing myths of masculinity.

Also in our programme we’re thrilled to welcome our newly announced Playwright Fellow for 2018 Charley Miles with her Susan Smith Blackburn nominated debut play BLACKTHORN. Written on attachment with West Yorkshire Playhouse, BLACKTHORN is a touching exploration of growing up in a North Yorkshire village.

We’ll be welcoming back old friends Dirty Protest as Alan Harris’ SUGAR BABY returns with tales of Cardiff drug dealer Marc and Billy the Seal. After last year’s sell-out run and numerous awards Middle Child’s ALL WE EVER WANTED WAS EVERYTHING by Luke Barnes returns for one week only.

Our LATER programme returns with an eclectic mix of electric new work from the very best companies, comedians, musicians and more throughout the Fringe so keep an eye on our social channels for announcements.”

Paines Plough and Theatr Clwyd present 
ISLAND TOWN by Simon Longman – World Premiere.
STICKS AND STONES by Vinay Patel – World Premiere.
HOW TO SPOT AN ALIEN by Georgia Christou – World Premiere.

Roundabout 2018 Visiting Companies
ONE LIFE STAND by Eve Nicol. A Middle Child production.
BLACKTHORN by Charley Miles. An InSite Theatre production in association with West Yorkshire Playhouse.
THE POLITICAL HISTORY OF SMACK AND CRACK by Ed Edwards. A Most Wanted and Offstage Theatre production in association with W14 Productions and Alastair Michael, co-commissioned by Soho Theatre
SQUARE GO by Kieran Hurley and Gary McNair. A Francesca Moody production.
TREMOR by Brad Birch. A Sherman Theatre production.
DRIP by Tom Wells. A Boundless Theatre and Script Club production.
SUGAR BABY by Alan Harris. A Dirty Protest production.
ALL WE EVER WANTED WAS EVERYTHING by Luke Barnes. A Middle Child and Hull 2017 production.

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A Paines Plough and Theatr Clwyd production
ISLAND TOWN
by Simon Longman

Direction by Stef O’Driscoll

Kate, Sam and Pete are stuck. The town they live in doesn’t have much going on. But they don’t really care about that when they’ve got cheap cider and their whole lives ahead of them.

And they’re going to break away anyway. Someone’s about to get a car. And all roads go somewhere else. Right?

ISLAND TOWN is bittersweet story about friendship, hope and dreams of an escape. 

Written by Simon Longman, recipient of the 2018 George Devine Award for Most Promising Playwright (GUNDOG; Royal Court, MILKED; Pentabus Theatre Company).

Time: 11:30-12:40 / 14:30-15:40
Age Suitability: 14+
Dates: Aug 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18, 20, 22, 23, 24, 26
Ticket prices: £9-17
Press performances: 6 August

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A Paines Plough and Theatr Clwyd production
STICKS AND STONES
by Vinay Patel
Direction by Stef O’Driscoll

“So we’re clear
You know, right?
You know I’m not that kind of person.”

Sometimes we can’t find the right words. Sometimes the wrong word just slips out. Sometimes the right words become the wrong words. Sometimes that ruins everything.

When a misfiring joke turns their life upside down, B sets off on a surreal journey looking for answers. In an age when technology multiplies every mistake, can we find a way to understand each other?

A razor sharp satire about the search for a sure footing in an uncertain world from BAFTA nominated Vinay Patel.

Time: 11:30-12:40 / 14:30-15:40
Age Suitability: 14+
Dates: Aug 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 22, 23, 24, 25
Ticket prices: £9-17
Press performances: 5 + 6 August

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A Paines Plough and Theatr Clwyd production
HOW TO SPOT AN ALIEN
by Georgia Christou
Direction by Stef O’Driscoll

What do you do if you think your aunt is an alien? 12 year old Jelly and her brother Jonjo have their suspicions.

She won’t let them leave the house. Or ask questions. And she definitely won’t let them in the attic.

Join Jelly and JonJo on their quest to discover the truth in a rip-roaring adventure through space full of friendship, fun and flying saucers.

Contains: one confused alien, two brave kids and a busted spaceship.

For space cadets age 5 and up.

Time: 11:30-12:20
Age Suitability: 5+
Dates: Aug 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26
Ticket prices: £7.50-10
Press performance: 5 August

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A Middle Child production
ONE LIFE STAND
By Eve Nicol
Music by James Frewer and Honeyblood

Direction by Paul Smith

When we can have sex whenever we want, with whomever we want, why settle for a normal relationship? With the promise of fresh excitement just a swipe away, is Kat’s long-term lover her lifelong dream? One Life Stand is a late-night search for intimacy across a hyperconnected, hypersexual city, exposing the loneliness sometimes found in modern relationships, where expectations of love and lust are ever-changing. Written by Eve Nicol with music by James Frewer and Honeyblood, this is brand-new gig theatre from the award-winning company behind All We Ever Wanted Was Everything.

Time: 21:45-22:55
Age Suitability: 14+
Dates: Aug 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26
Ticket prices: £9-15
Press performances: 5 + 6 August

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An InSite Performance in association with West Yorkshire Playhouse 
BLACKTHORN
By Charley Miles
Direction by Jacqui Honess-Martin

‘What you think’s a completely different plant on ‘surface – it’s all from the same roots.’

The only two children born in a North Yorkshire village for a generation cannot imagine ever being apart, but as their lives shift, so too do the ties that bind them. Charley Miles’ outstanding debut play explores the changes and choices that pull us from the places and people we love. Blackthorn was a finalist for the prestigious Susan Smith Blackburn prize in 2017 and is presented as an InSite production in association with the West Yorkshire Playhouse.

Time: 13:05-14:05
Age Suitability: 14+
Dates: Aug 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26
Ticket prices: £9-15
Press performances: 5 + 6 August

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A Most Wanted and Offstage Theatre production in association with W14 Productions and Alastair Michael, co-commissioned by Soho Theatre
THE POLITICAL HISTORY OF SMACK AND CRACK 
By Ed Edwards
Direction by Cressida Brown

‘The history of England jumps off its axis. 2am, 8th July, 1981, 20 cities across England burn.’
The night of the Manchester uprising. That night should change everything. Drawing on his own personal experience, Ed Edwards’ script crackles with anger, humour and authenticity as he chronicles the fallout for communities crushed by the heroin epidemic at the height of Thatcherism. Shot through with home truths about the road to recovery this is an epic love song to a lost generation.

Time: 17:30-18:30
Age Suitability: 12+
Dates: Aug 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26
Ticket prices: £9-15
Press performances: 5 + 6 August

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A Francesca Moody production 
SQUARE GO 
By Kieran Hurley and Gary McNair 
Direction by Finn den Hertog

Max is a normal-ish kid in a normal-ish town. He spends his days daydreaming and hanging out with his weird wee pal Stevie Nimmo. But when Max is called for his first Square Go, a fight by the school gates, it’s his own demons he must wrestle with first. This is an unmissable collaboration between Fringe First-winning writers Kieran Hurley (Heads Up) and Gary McNair (A Gambler’s Guide to Dying) is a raucous and hilarious new play about playground violence, myths of masculinity and the decision to step up or run.

Time: 20:20-21:20
Age Suitability: 12+
Dates: Aug 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26
Ticket prices: £9-17
Press performance: 6 August

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A Sherman Theatre production
TREMOR

By Brad Birch 
Direction by David Mercatali

Once our lives are touched by tragedy, can we ever truly move on? Sophie and Tom’s relationship fell apart in the aftermath of a catastrophe. Four years on and as they come face to face once again, the aftershocks of that fateful day can still be felt.

Tremor is the world premiere production from the Olivier Award-winning Regional Theatre of the Year. This thrilling new play by Brad Birch (Black Mountain, Roundabout 2017) explores how society chooses to live in a time riddled with tension, anxiety and division.

Time: 16:05-17:05
Age Suitability: 16+
Dates: Aug 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26
Ticket prices: £9-16
Press performances: 5 + 6 August

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A Boundless Theatre and Script Club production 
DRIP
Words by Tom Wells 
Music by Matthew Robins 
Direction by Jane Fallowfield

A one-man musical comedy by award-winning duo Tom Wells (words) and Matthew Robins (music) fresh from a sell-out tour. Liam is 15 and he’s just signed up for Bev Road Baths’ first ever synchronised swimming team. It’s for his best mate Caz really. She needs to get a team together to win the annual Project Prize at school. She tries every year. She always loses. But Liam’s an optimist, he’s determined to help. There’s just one problem. Liam can’t swim. ‘Matthew Robins’ music and Wells’ lyrics feel like Victoria Wood for a new generation.’ (Stage).

Time: 18:55-19:55
Age Suitability: 12+
Dates: Aug 20, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26
Ticket prices: £12-15

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A Dirty Protest production
SUGAR BABY 
By Alan Harris
Direction by Catherine Paskell

Being a small-time drug dealer in Cardiff is tough. Marc avoids his mum, disguises his cannabis plants with fake tomatoes at the allotment, and now has to bail his old man out of £6,000 owed to local loan shark Oggy. When he meets Lisa for the first time in years, things get even messier. Oggy wants Lisa. Lisa wants Marc. Marc wants to survive the day. Critically acclaimed one-man comedy from award-winning Welsh company Dirty Protest. ‘The packed audience loves it’ **** (Scotsman). ‘Theatrical tour de force’ **** (Times).

Time: 18:55-19:55
Age Suitability: 14+
Dates: Aug 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19
Ticket prices: £9-15

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A Middle Child production
ALL WE EVER WANTED WAS EVERYTHING
By Luke Barnes
Music by James Frewer
Direction by Paul Smith

Meet Leah and Chris: raised on Harry Potter, New Labour and a belief that one day they would be as special as their parents promised. But what happens when those dreams don’t become reality? Set across three decades, from 1997’s Cool Britannia to today’s Brexit Britain, this is multi award-winning gig theatre that mixes original live music from James Frewer with bold new writing by Luke Barnes. 2017 Broadway Baby Bobby Award; 2017 The Stage Excellence Award; 2017 Edinburgh Festival Fringe sell-out show. ‘Superb gig theatre’ (Lyn Gardner, Guardian).

Time: 23:3000:45
Age Suitability: 14+
Dates: Aug 20, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26
Ticket prices: £13-16

Paines Plough announces casting for Roundabout 2018

Roundabout 2018

Roundabout 2018

  • Roundabout 2018 features three world premieres by Georgia Christou, Simon Longman and Vinay Patel in co-production with Theatr Clwyd
  • All three plays will star Charlotte O’Leary, Katherine Pearce and Jack Wilkinson, directed by Stef O’Driscoll
  • Full Roundabout programme and dates to be announced in May

Artistic Directors of Paines Plough James Grieve and George Perrin today announced casting and creative team for Roundabout, Paines Plough’s award-winning portable in-the-round auditorium. Roundabout will showcase three world premieres across the country, with full dates to be announced in May.

This year all three productions will be directed by former Paines Plough Associate Director, and nabokov Artistic Director, Stef O’Driscoll. For Paines Plough Stef has directed WITH A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK by Sabrina Mahfouz, HOPELESSLY DEVOTED by Kate Tempest, and BLISTER by Laura Lomas. Balisha Karra will assist Stef. Balisha joins Paines Plough as Trainee Director from Birmingham Repertory Theatre’s REP Foundry artist development programme.

The 2018 programme, which includes World Premieres from Simon Longman, Vinay Patel and Georgia Christou, will be performed in rep by Charlotte O’Leary (UNDER MILK WOODThe WatermillHUSHPaines PloughTHREE DAYS IN THE COUNTRY, Richard Burton Theatre Company) Katherine Pearce (THE LAST BALLAD OF LILLIAN BILLOCCA, Hull Truck; LOW LEVEL PANIC, Orange Tree Theatre; HUSBANDS AND SONS, PORT, National Theatre) and Jack Wilkinson (TWELFTH NIGHT, Shakespeare’s Globe; KING LEAR, Northern Broadsides/UK Tour; CLOSE THE COALHOUSE DOOR, Northern Stage/UK tour).

James Grieve and George Perrin said: “We’re thrilled to announce that ROUNDABOUT will tour the UK for the fifth year running. Once again we’re producing three world premieres in rep; ISLAND TOWN is a bittersweet story about friendship, hope and dreams of an escape from George Devine Award Winner Simon Longman. STICKS AND STONES is an incisive satire on the modern condition from BAFTA nominated Vinay Patel. Georgia Christou’s HOW TO SPOT AN ALIEN is a rip-roaring space odyssey for adventurous young people and older stargazers. Georgia, Simon and Vinay are amongst the most distinctive, observant and entertaining new voices in British theatre and we are thrilled to showcase their work across the UK in our beautiful pop-up ROUNDABOUT.

We can’t wait to see what Stef does with the plays. Since she joined us as Assistant Director on Kate Tempest’s WASTED in 2011 she has directed two shows for Paines Plough including WITH A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK which was recently broadcast on BBC Radio 1xtra. Her work on Monsay Whitney’s BOX CLEVER for nabokov which played ROUNDABOUT in Edinburgh last year was extraordinary.

We’ll be running our Trainee Director scheme for the third year welcoming Balisha Karra from Birmingham Rep’s REP Foundry artist development programme.

All three ROUNDABOUT plays will be performed by an ensemble of superb, shapeshifting actors Charlotte O’Leary, Katherine Pearce and Jack Wilkinson.

And we’re delighted to be teaming up with Theatr Clwyd again to produce the season which begins in Mold in June.”

Stef O’Driscoll said: “It’s an incredible honour to direct the ROUNDABOUT season this year and be a part of taking the best of the best in new writing around the UK to areas that new plays wouldn’t normally be able to reach. To develop and engage new audiences we need to take stories to people in their communities on their doorsteps.

I am hyped to be working with such an incredible team including some of the nation’s greatest playwrights. The plays are joyous, funny and heart breaking. I can’t wait to share these beautiful stories and see how audiences around the UK vibe with them.”

Roundabout 2018 will open at Theatr Clwyd and tour to The Lowry (Salford), Brewery Arts Centre (Kendal), Lighthouse (Poole), Margate, Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, Appetite (Stoke-on-Trent) and Luton Culture. Roundabout will also host a programme of visiting companies, comedy, music and local community events.  All performances on the tour will have Closed Captioning available. Plans for Roundabout this summer will be announced on 17 May.

Paines Plough will reunite the creative team from Roundabout 2017 with Lighting Design by Peter Small, Sound Design by Dominic Kennedy and Movement Direction by Jennifer Jackson, this year joined by Movement Associate Simon Jones.

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A Paines Plough and Theatr Clwyd production
ISLAND TOWN
by Simon Longman

Kate, Sam and Pete are stuck. The town they live in doesn’t have much going on. But they don’t really care about that when they’ve got cheap cider and their whole lives ahead of them.

And they’re going to break away anyway. Someone’s about to get a car. And all roads go somewhere else. Right? 

ISLAND TOWN is bittersweet story about friendship, hope and dreams of an escape.

Simon is a writer from the West Midlands whose play GUNDOG recently premiered at the Royal Court Theatre. Last year, his play WHITE SKY premiered at the Royal Welsh College before transferring to the Gate Theatre. Simon is currently under commission to the Bush Theatre and Paines Plough. He was a member of the Royal Court Young Writer’s Group in 2014 he won the Channel 4 Playwrights’ Scheme.

A Paines Plough and Theatr Clwyd production
STICKS AND STONES
by Vinay Patel

“So we’re clear
You know, right?
You know I’m not that kind of person.”

Sometimes we can’t find the right words. Sometimes the wrong word just slips out. Sometimes the right words become the wrong words. Sometimes that ruins everything.

When a misfiring joke turns their life upside down, B sets off on a surreal journey looking for answers. In an age when technology multiplies every mistake, can we find a way to understand each other?

A razor sharp satire about the search for a sure footing in an uncertain world from BAFTA nominated Vinay Patel.

Vinay’s debut play TRUE BRITS premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe 2014 and transferred to the Bush’s RADAR Festival and VAULT Festival.  His second, FREE FALL, opened at the Pleasance Islington and was nominated for three Off West End awards. His latest play AN ADVENTURE will premiere at The Bush Theatre in September 2018 and will be directed by Bush Artistic Director, Madani Younis. Vinay’s television debut MURDERED BY MY FATHER was commissioned for BBC3 and won 2 Royal Television Society awards including Best Single Drama as well as being nominated for three BAFTAs including Best Single Drama and the Breakthrough Talent Award for Vinay.

A Paines Plough and Theatr Clwyd production
HOW TO SPOT AN ALIEN
by Georgia Christou

What do you do if you think your aunt is an alien? 12 year old Jelly and her brother JonjJo have their suspicions.

She won’t let them leave the house. Or ask questions. And she definitely won’t let them in the attic.

Join Jelly and JonJo on their quest to discover the truth in a rip-roaring adventure through space full of friendship, fun and flying saucers.

Contains: one confused alien, two brave kids and a busted spaceship.

For space cadets age 5 and up.

Georgia is a previous member of the Royal Court Young Writers’ Group. YOUS TWO is her first full-length play which was originally shortlisted for the Verity Bargate Award in 2015. She has also been selected as part of Channel 4’s 4Stories scheme and is writing an original single drama which will shoot in 2018. YOUS TWO is currently playing at Hampstead Theatre Downstairs until 24th February 2018.

LISTINGS

Paines Plough and Theatr Clwyd present
ROUNDABOUT

Full summer dates to be announced in May.

06-09 September Salford with The Lowry
13-16 September Grasmere with Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal
19-22 September Margate
26-29 September Lighthouse Poole
04-07 October Lincoln with Lincoln Performing Arts Centre
11-14 October Stoke-on-Trent with Appetite
18-21 October Luton with Luton Culture

Every performance on the Roundabout tour will have Closed Captioning available.

CREATIVE BIOGRAPHIES

Georgia Christou (Writer)
Georgia is a previous member of the Royal Court Young Writers’ Group. Her first full-length play YOUS TWO, which was originally shortlisted for the Verity Bargate Award in 2015, ran at the Hampstead Theatre Downstairs earlier this year. She has also been selected as part of Channel 4’s 4Stories scheme and is writing an original single drama which will shoot this year.

Simon Longman (Writer)
Simon is a writer from the West Midlands whose play GUNDOG recently premiered at the Royal Court Theatre, directed by Vicky Featherstone, and for which he was awarded the 49th George Devine award for Most Promising Playwright. Last year, his play WHITE SKY premiered at the Royal Welsh College before transferring to the Gate Theatre in London. Simon was the playwright in residence at Pentabus Theatre Company who toured his play MILKED in 2015 to venues including the Soho Theatre, London and in November 2015 his play SPARKS was on at the Old Red Lion Theatre, directed by Clive Judd. Simon is currently under commission to the Bush Theatre and his play RAILS, which was shortlisted for the 2015 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting, will receive its world premiere at Theatre By The Lake from 24th May 2018, directed by Clive Judd. He was a member of the Royal Court Young Writer’s Group in 2013 and in 2014 he won the Channel 4 Playwrights’ Scheme.

Vinay Patel (Writer)
Vinay’s debut play, TRUE BRITS, premiered at Edinburgh Fringe 2014, transferred to the Bush Theatre’s RADAR Festival and went on to headline the Vault Festival. His follow-up, FREE FALL, ran at the Pleasance Islington and was nominated for three Off West End Awards. His latest play AN ADVENTURE will premiere at The Bush Theatre in September 2018 and will be directed by Bush Artistic Director, Madani Younis and Associate Director Omar Elerian. Vinay is also currently developing pieces with the National Theatre and Paines Plough and has written for Live Theatre, Theatre 503, and Sphinx Theatre Company.

Vinay’s television debut MURDERED BY MY FATHER was commissioned for BBC3 and starred Adeel Akhtar, Kiran Sonia Sawar and Mawaan Rizwan. It won 2 Royal Television Society awards including Best Single Drama before going on to be nominated for three BAFTAs including Best Single Drama and the Breakthrough Talent Award for Vinay. It won the BAFTA for best Leading Actor (Adeel Akhtar) and Vinay was named a BAFTA Breakthrough Brit for his work on the film.

Vinay is currently developing several projects for the BBC and has written for ITV, Channel 4 and the BFI. He also contributed to the bestselling collection of essays, THE GOOD IMMIGRANT, edited by Nikesh Shukla.

Stef O’Driscoll (Director)
Stef is the Artistic Director of nabokov and previously the Associate Director at Paines Plough and at the Lyric Hammersmith. For Paines Plough she has directed: WITH A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK by Sabrina Mahfouz, HOPELESSLY DEVOTED by Kate Tempest, BLISTER by Laura Lomas, and as Assistant Director: WASTED by Kate Tempest. For nabokov: LAST NIGHT by Benin City (Roundhouse/Latitude) BOX CLEVER by Monsay Whitney (Marlowe Theatre/Roundabout), STORYTELLING ARMY (Brighton Festival) and SLUG by Sabrina Mahfouz (Latitude). For the Lyric, as Co Director: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, as Associate Director: MOGADISHU (Manchester Royal Exchange), as Assistant Director: BLASTED – winner Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre 2011.

Other Director credits: Yard Gal by Rebecca Prichard – winner Fringe Report Awards for Best Fringe Production 2009 (Oval House) A TALE FROM THE BEDSIT by Paul Cree (Roundhouse/Bestival), FINDING HOME by Cecilia Knapp (Roundhouse), A GUIDE TO SECOND DATE SEX and WHEN WOMEN WEE (Underbelly/Soho) and as Assistant Director: HENRY IV (Donmar/St Anne’s Warehouse).

Peter Small (Lighting)
Peter studied Lighting Design at RADA. Peter’s recent productions include PLASTIC (Poleroid Theatre, Old Red Lion) ALL OR NOTHING (West End and UK tour), OLD FOOLS (Southwark Playhouse), OUT OF LOVE, BLACK MOUNTAIN, (Offie Nominated) and HOW TO BE A KID (Paines Plough, Theatr Clwyd & Orange Tree), A GIRL IN SCHOOL UNIFORM (WALKS INTO A BAR) (Offie Nominated) (New Diorama), FOX (Old Red Lion), MEMORY OF LEAVES (UK Tour), EAST END BOYS AND WEST END GIRLS (Arcola Theatre and UK tour), ELECTRIC AND POLITRIX (Big House Theatre), TOM & JERRY (EventBox Theatre, Egypt), CINDERELLA (Loughborough) and THE VENUS FACTOR (Bridewell Theatre).

Dominic Kennedy (Sound)
Dominic is a Sound Designer and Music Producer for performance and live events, he has a keen interest in developing new work and implementing sound and music at an early stage in a creative process. Dominic is a graduate from Royal Central School of Speech and Drama where he developed specialist skills in collaborative and devised theatre making, music composition and installation practices. His work often fuses found sound, field recordings, music composition and synthesis.

Recent design credits include; RAMONA TELLS JIM (Bush Theatre), AND THE REST OF ME FLOATS (Outbox), I AM A TREE (Jamie Wood), BOX CLEVER (nabokov), SKATE HARD TURN LEFT (Battersea Arts Centre), ROUNDABOUT SEASON 2017 (Paines Plough), GAP IN THE LIGHT (Engineer), BROKEN BISCUITS (Paines Plough), ROUNDABOUT SEASON 2016 (Paines Plough), WITH A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK (Paines Plough), THE HUMAN EAR (Paines Plough), THE DEVIL SPEAKS TRUE (Goat and Monkey), RUN (Engineer), ONO (Jamie Wood).

Jennifer Jackson (Movement)
Movement direction includes: BRIGHTON ROCK (Pilot Theatre), PARLIAMENT SQUARE (The Bush & Royal Exchange), OUR TOWN (Royal Exchange), THE MOUNTAINTOP (The Young Vic), OUT OF LOVE / BLACK MOUNTAIN / HOW TO BE A KID (Paines Plough, Orange Tree Theatre/ Theatr Clwyd & Roundabout Tour), KIKA’S BIRTHDAY (Orange Tree Theatre), DEATH OF A SALESMAN (Royal & Derngate), THE UGLY ONE (The Park 90), PHONE HOME (Shoreditch Town Hall), WHY THE WHALES CAME (Southbank Centre), STONE FACE (Finborough Theatre), DEBRIS (Southwark Playhouse/Openworks Theatre), MACBETH (Sam Wanamaker Playhouse), SILENT PLANET (Finborough), PERICLES (Berwaldhallen), THE FUTURE (The Yard/ Company Three), OTHER-PLEASE SPECIFY, ATOMS (Company Three).

As a performer she has worked with National Theatre, Bath Theatre Royal, Royal & Derngate, Lyric Hammersmith, Shoreditch Town Hall, Derby Theatre, Birmingham Rep, Southwark Playhouse & The Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. She is currently touring Bryony Lavery’s adaptation of Brighton Rock.

Simon Jones (Movement Associate)
Simon trained at East 15 Acting School. He is a Theatre Maker, movement director and actor. Movement direction includes: THE ACT (The Yard/Company 3), BEAR AND BUTTERFLY (Dani Parr and Theatre Hullabaloo), SPRING AWAKENING / MARIGOLDS (Brockley Jack/Outfox), THE CYCLE PLAY (East 15), +-HUMAN RESPONSE (Roundhouse), TRICYCLE TAKEOVER / MAPPING BRENT (The Tricycle). Simon has taught movement at Central School of Speech and Drama, East 15 Acting School, and Identity Acting School. As an actor Simon has worked with The RSC, Soho Theatre, The Royal and Derngate, Bath Theatre Royal, Shoreditch Town Hall, Tangled Feet Theatre, Theatre Hullabaloo, Hull Truck, Lyric Hammersmith, Battersea Arts Centre, Oval House. Simon is an associate artist of Angel Exit Theatre, Moving Dust, Tangled Feet, Upstart Theatre. Simon’s Solo show, Marco, will be touring in 2019 with James Blakey and Upstart Theatre.

Balisha Karra (Assistant Director)
Balisha studied at University of Birmingham (BA Hons in Drama and Theatre Arts). Trainee Assistant Director credits include: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM directed by Joe Hill-Gibbins (Young Vic/ supported by Boris Karloff Foundation). Assistant Director credits: PRESENT LAUGHTER by Noël Coward (Chichester Theatre Festival), FREEMAN by Strictly Arts (Belgrade Theatre Company UK tour, supported by Regional Theatre Young Directors Scheme). Director Credits:  BESHARAM Project R&D (Derby Theatre); Tamasha Scratch Night (Writers Group/RichMix) and Foundry director for shows including MR MUSCLE, WEST and CONFETTI (Birmingham REP).

CAST

Charlotte O’Leary trained at The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Theatre credits include: UNDER MILK WOOD (The Watermill Theatre), directed by Brendan O’Hea, HUSH (Paines Plough), directed by Hannah Bannister, THREE DAYS IN THE COUNTRY (Richard Burton Theatre Company), directed by Eleanor Rhode, DYING FOR IT (Richard Burton Theatre Company) directed by Dave Bond, THE TWO GENTLEMAN OF VERONA (Richard Burton Theatre Company) directed by Caroline Byrne, THREE SISTERS (Richard Burton Theatre Company), directed by Adele Thomas. Radio: TORCHWOOD (Big Finish Productions) directed by Scott Handcock.

Katherine Pearce trained at The Royal Welsh College. Her theatre credits include; THE LAST BALLAD OF LILLIAN BILLOCCA (Hull Truck), LOW LEVEL PANIC (Orange Tree Theatre), HUSBANDS AND SONS, PORT (National Theatre), HUSBANDS AND SONS, OUR PALS (Royal Exchange), EARLY DOORS (Not Too Tame), SECRET THEATRE: STAB IN THE DARK, CHAMBER PIECE, STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, WOYZECK (Lyric Hammersmith). Television credits include; GIRLFRIENDS, VERA (ITV), THREE GIRLS, YOUNG HYACINTH, OUR GIRL (BBC). Film credits include; MY COUSIN RACHEL (Fox Searchlight), ENGLAND IS MINE (Honlodge Productions), THE LAST PHOTOGRAPH (The Works International).

Jack Wilkinson trained at Drama Centre London. His theatre credits include: TWELFTH NIGHT, Shakespeare’s Globe; KING LEAR, Northern Broadsides/UK Tour; CLOSE THE COALHOUSE DOOR, Northern Stage/UK tour; DREAMPLAY, The Vaults/ HighTide; DAVID COPPERFIELD, Oldham Coliseum (Nominated for Best Actor at MTA Awards); ALL OF ME, The Vaults; GRIMMS DITCH, The Print Works; LARISA AND THE MERCHANTS, The Arcola; DEADKIDSONGS, Theatre Royal Bath and THE GOOD SOUL OF SZECHUAN, Watford Palace Theatre. Television includes: HOLBY CITY, DOCTORS (BBC) and MARVELLOUS (Tiger Aspect). Film includes: THE LOVE PUNCH (Radar Films).

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Full casting announced for Nuffield Southampton Theatres, Theatr Clwyd and English Touring Theatre’s production of A Streetcar Named Desire

A Street Car Named Desire

Full Cast announced for Theatr Clwyd and Paperfinch’s co-production of The Snow Queen

The Snow Queen
The Snow Queen

The Snow Queen

Artistic Director of Theatr Clwyd, Tamara Harvey, today announced full cast for Theatr Clwyd and Paperfinch’s co-production of The Snow Queen, based on Hans Christian Anderson’s classic fairy tale. Joe Bunce directs Josh Sneesby in the titular role, and he will be joined by Matilda Reith (Ripley Pockets) and Robyn Sinclair (Gerda). Opening on 18 December, with previews from the 15th and performed as a promenade in 15 specially created spaces in the building, the production will see more than 30 members of the community come together to join the company.

When a mysterious mirror is uncovered within the walls of Theatr Clwyd it opens a portal into an idyllic fairy tale world. But when a storm shatters the Christmas bliss, will you brave the ice to reunite two best friends?

Josh Sneesby returns to Theatr Clwyd to play The Snow Queen. His credits for the company include The Nutcracker. Other theatre credits include The Hypocrite, Birthday Bash (RSC), One Man Two Guvnors (Theatre Royal Haymarket) and The Comedy of Errors (National Theatre).

Robyn Sinclair plays Gerda. Her stage work includes Much Ado About Nothing (Oxford Stage Company) and for film her credits include Fledgeling.

Matilda Reith returns to Theatr Clwyd to play Ripley Pockets – her credits for the company include The Nutcracker. Other theatre credits include Daniel(Theatre Delicatessen, ZOO Theatres) and Picnic Apocalyptic (Edinburgh Fringe Festival). For film her credits include, Red Wine Teeth.

Joe Bunce is Artistic Director of Paperfinch – he has adapted the book for the stage, and also directs. His playwrighting credits include Departures: A Song Cycle for which he won The Sunday Times Playwriting Award and Cameron Mackintosh Award. Credits for Paperfinch include The Nutcracker (Theatr Clwyd, Bank Street Arts), Beatrix Potter’s Garden (Theatre Delicatessen), Curiouser and Curiouser – in collaboration with SlungLow Theatre, and The Steadfast Tin Soldier.

The Snow Queen                                                                                                                                             Listings

Emlyn Williams Theatre

Theatr Clwyd

Raikes Lane, Mold CH7 1YA

Friday 15 December – Saturday 6 January 2018

Tickets: £12 – £8

 Box Office: 01352 701521

Online booking (no booking fees): www.theatrclwyd.com

Twitter: @clwydtweets

Facebook: /TheatrClwyd

Theatr Clwyd: Full cast announced for major revival of Jim Cartwright’s The Rise And Fall Of Little Voice

The Rise And Fall Of Little Voice
The Rise And Fall Of Little Voice

The Rise And Fall Of Little Voice

Artistic Director of Theatr Clwyd, Tamara Harvey, today announced the full cast for a major revival of Jim Cartwright’s The Rise and Fall of Little Voice. Opening in the Anthony Hopkins Theatre on Tuesday 10 October, with previews from Thursday 5 October, the company will be led by Theatr Clwyd Associate, Catrin Aaron, in the lead role of Little Voice. She will be joined by Victoria John (Sadie), Christian Patterson (Mr Boo/Phone Man), Nicola Reynolds (Mari Hoff), Simon Holland Roberts (Ray Say) and Joseph Tweedale (Billy). The production sees Co-Artistic Director of Out Of Joint Theatre, Kate Wasserbergreturn to Theatr Clwyd to direct.

 In a northern town in the 1980s Little Voice hides in her room with her favourite records, away from the chaos of the world outside, with a secret that could change her life – a voice that could make millions. But will she sing? Little Voice is an award-winning comedy about mothers, daughters and finding a voice of your own.

Jim Cartwright is an award-winning writer and his work has been translated into over 35 languages. His plays include Bed (National Theatre), Two (Octagon Theatre/The Young Vic), Eight Miles High (Octagon Theatre) and The Rise and Fall of Little Voice (National Theatre/The Aldwych Theatre). He made his directorial debut with Road at The Royal Exchange Theatre and as a director his credits include I Licked a Slag’s Deodorant, Hard Fruit (Royal Court Theatre), Prize Night (Royal Exchange Theatre), A Christmas Fair (Milton Rooms), Mobile Phone Show (National Theatre), The Ancient Secret of Youth and The Five Tibetans, Two2 (The Octagon). His television work includes RoadVroomWedded and June.

Catrin Aaron returns to Theatr Clwyd to play Little Voice. Credits for the company includes Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, All My Sons, Macbeth, Of Mice and Men, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and Silas Marner. Other theatre credits include Henry V (Regents Park Open Air Theatre), The Forsythe Sisters (Gaggle Babble), What People Do and London: Let’s Get Visceral (Old Vic Tunnels) and Tartuffe, The Three Musketeers (Haymarket Theatre Basingstoke). For television, her credits include The Indian Doctor and The Bastard Executioner. For film, her credits include the forthcoming Apostle.

 Victoria John returns to Theatr Clwyd to play Sadie. Credits for the company include Cyrano de Bergerac, All My Sons, The Light of Heart, and A Chorus of Disapproval. Other theatre credits include HIR (Bush Theatre), The Frozen Scream(Birmingham Hippodrome), Treasure (King’s Head Theatre), Reasons for Feeling (Tristan Bates Theatre), and The Real Story of Puss in Boots (Streetwise Fringe, Dubai). Television credits include MirandaCast Offs and Little Britain.

 Christian Patterson returns to Theatr Clwyd to play Mr Boo/Phone Man where his credits include Insignificance, All My Sons, Under Milk Wood, Aristocrats, Equus, and A Christmas Carol. Other theatre credits include My Country (National Theatre), Oliver! (Theatre Royal Drury Lane), The Merchant of Venice and The Water Babies (Chichester Festival Theatre), Matilda and The Secret Garden (RSC/Aldwych Theatre) and Macbeth (Albery Theatre). For television his credits include PrideMr SelfridgeOutside the Rules, ScoreGrafters, Malice in Wonderland and I Know You Know.

 Nicola Reynolds returns to Theatr Clwyd to play Mari Hoff. Credits for the company include Silas Marner. Other theatre credits include Mother Courage and Her Children (National Theatre Wales), To Sir With Love (Northampton Royal & Derngate and The Touring Consortium), Maid Marion & Her Merry Men (Bristol Old Vic), Under Milk Wood and Tales From The Magic Story Bowl (Bolton Octagon). Television credits include RequiemStellaIdealLucky Bag, Murder and Ready When You Are Mr McGill. For film her credits include Human Traffic, Sex Lives of The Potato Men, Blue Monday.

 Simon Holland Roberts returns to Theatr Clwyd to play Ray Say. Credits for the company include Arden of Faversham, The Taming of the Shrew, and Cyrano De Bergerac. Other theatre credits include The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, Saint Joan (Donmar Warehouse), Strife (Chichester Festival Theatre), Of Mice and Men (West Yorkshire Playhouse), and Man is Man (The Steam Industry). For television his credits include Accused, The Street, Shameless, Stepping Up and DaVinci’s Demons and for film The Borrowers and Strictly Ghetto.

 Joseph Tweedale plays Billy. Recent theatre credits include Northanger Abbey (Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds), The Borrowers and Taith (Sherman Theatre), Barnbow Canaries (West Yorkshire Playhouse), UKIP! The Musical (Hell Bent Theatre), Either/Or (Theatre 503), The Tempest and Alice Through the Looking Glass (Quantum Theatre), Dido, Queen of Carthage/King Lear, and A Midsummer Nights Dream (Lazarus Theatre Company). Film credits include Outdoors is Safer, Deadly Dinner Date and Exit.

 Kate Wasserberg is the Co-Artistic Director of Out Of Joint Theatre Company. She was the founding Artistic Director of The Other Room in Cardiff, where her directing credits included The Dying of Today, Play/Silence, Sand and Seanmhair. She returns to Theatr Clwyd where as an Associate Director her credits include Glengarry Glen Ross, Roots, Gaslight, The Glass Menagerie and A History of Falling Things and other credits for the company include All My Sons and Insignificance. Further credits include The Barnbow Canaries (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Ten Weeks (Paines Plough), The Knowledge (Dirty Protest at the Royal Court) and Last Christmas (Edinburgh Festival). As Associate Director of the Finborough Theatre, her credits include Mirror Teeth, The ManSons of York, Little Madam, The Representative, and The New Morality.

Theatr Clwyd                                                                                                                                              Listings

Raikes Lane, Mold CH7 1YA

 Anthony Hopkins Theatre

THE RISE AND FALL OF LITTLE VOICE

Thursday 5 – Saturday 28 October

Press Night: Tuesday 10 October   

Matinee performances:

Saturdays at 2.30pm

Wednesday 18 October at 2.30pm

Thursday 26 October at 2.30pm

Box Office: 01352 701521

Tickets £25 – £10

https://www.theatrclwyd.com/en/

Twitter: @Clwydtweets Facebook: /TheatrClwyd

 Season at a glance                                                                                                                                          Listings

UNCLE VANYA

Theatr Clwyd – Emlyn Williams Theatre

Thursday 21 September – Saturday 14 October

Press Night: Tuesday 26 September

HEROINE

Emlyn Williams Theatre

Wednesday 18 October – Saturday 4 November

Press Night: Thursday 19 October

SLEEPING BEAUTY

The Rock ‘n’ Roll Panto

Anthony Hopkins Theatre

Friday 24 November – Saturday 20 January

Press Night: Tuesday 28 November

THE SNOW QUEEN (World Premiere)

Emlyn Williams Theatre

Friday 15 December – Saturday 6 January

Press night: Monday 18 December

Hightide announce casting for Heroine & Kanye The First

Heroine
Heroine

Heroine Photography by Helen Maybanks and Rebecca Pitt Artwork by Rebecca Pitt

HighTide have today announced casting for Heroine and Kanye The First, their world premiere commissions for 2017. Heroine, co-production with Theatr Clwyd by Nessah Muthy (The Host) will be directed by HighTide’s Artistic Director Steven Atkinson with a cast including: Asmara Gabrielle, Maggie McCarthy, Wendy Morgan, Lucy Thackeray and Hannah Traylen. Asmara Gabrielle, who plays Grace, is a newcomer to a lead stage role. Comic drama Kanye The First by Sam Steiner (Lemons, Lemons, Lemons, Lemons, Lemons) is a co-production with Paul Jellis in association with The Marlowe and The North Wall, directed by HighTide Associate Director Andrew Twyman and the cast will include: Imogen Doel, Caroline Faber, Daniel Francis-Swaby and Keziah Joseph. Imogen Doel will lead the cast and has extensive experience in theatre, having previously performed in a number of West End productions, as well as multiple collaborations with Anthony Neilson.

Muthy’s devastating exploration of patriotism and nativism in modern Britain follows young ex-soldier Grace as she struggles to reassimilate into society following a medical discharge from the army.

Steiner’s first commission, and highly original new play will be the first major stage work around one of the most celebrated artists in popular music history, charting the second coming of global pop icon Kanye West. The play takes a timely look at identity and guilt in contemporary culture.

Alongside these productions Theresa Ikoko’s Girlsjoint winner of the George Devine Award (2016), the Alfred Fagon Award (2015), is set to return with a new cast including: Heather Agyepong, Yvette Boakye and Yasmin Mwanza. Telling the tale of three young friends who are kidnapped in Nigeria, Ikoko wrote Girls to highlight the stories behind the headlines that quickly become yesterday’s news. Girls is a co-production between HighTide, Talawa Theatre Company and Martha Rose Wilson.

Kanye the First Photography by Helen Maybanks and Rebecca Pitt Artwork by Rebecca Pitt

Kanye the First Photography by Helen Maybanks and Rebecca Pitt Artwork by Rebecca Pitt

The Suffolk festival, which celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2016, is set to continue its winning formula of finding, commissioning and producing the country’s best new playwrights at its home in Aldeburgh in September. This year the company will transfer the productions to East London’s Walthamstow in a brand new temporary theatre space with Waltham Forest Council and in association with The National Theatre. ‘The Mix’ will come to London’s Walthamstow Town Centre for 12 days following the Aldeburgh season, bringing an eclectic arts programme to an area of London which currently has no mid to large scale theatre spaces and where there are consequently relatively low levels of engagement with theatre. The diverse programmes in both locations will include three headline plays and a programme of comedy, cabaret, talks and music. The Festival in Aldeburgh will run 12 – 17 September with a Press Day on 16 September. The Walthamstow Festival will run 26 September – 8 October with Press Nights on 26 & 27 September.

Kanye The First was developed through The Marlowe’s Roar programme.

BIOGRAPHIES

Imogen Doel most recently appeared in Twelfth Night at the National Theatre. Other theatre credits include The Taming of the Shrew (Shakespeare’s Globe),  A Midsummer Night’s Dream (RSC), Marat/Sade (RSC) The Importance of Being Earnest (Vaudeville Theatre), Serpent’s Tooth (Almeida), In the Vale of Health (Hampstead Theatre),  Narrative (The Royal Court), The Get Out (The Royal Court) and The Seagull (Gaiety Theatre Dublin). Her television credits include Resistance (RTE) and Misfits (E4).

Caroline Faber’s recent stage credits include My Mother Said I Never Should (St James Theatre), The Iliad(Almeida), Luna Gale (Hampstead Theatre) and The Taming of the Shrew (RSC), King Lear (Young Vic), Romeo and Juliet (Headlong) and  Paradise Lost (Headlong). Television credits include EastEnders (BBC), Berlin Station(Paramount), Merlin (BBC), Dis/connected (Shine Productions)A Good Murder (Sally Head Productions).

Daniel Francis-Swaby recently appeared in Twelfth Night at the Royal Exchange. Other recent theatre credits include On Fleek (The Royal Court), Les Blancs (National Theatre) and Milk Milk Lemonade (Ovalhouse).

Asmara Gabrielle’s theatre credits include Pimp Bobby (Leicester Square Theatre). Her film credits include Finding Fatimah (BMTV), My Abuse, and How to Succeed.

Keziah Joseph’s theatre credits include Silver Lining (Rose Theatre Kingston), Wuthering HeightsRomeo and Juliet and Twelfth Night (all Royal Central School of Speech and Drama). Her radio credits include Doctor Who- Cold VengeanceThe Archers, and Watership Down (all BBC Radio 4).

Maggie McCarthy’s theatre credits include Silver Lining (English Touring Theatre and Rose Theatre Kingston), We Wait in Joyful Hope (Theatre 503), Juno and the Paycock (Bristol Old Vic and Liverpool Theatres), Private Lives(Chichester Festival Theatre) and Absence of War (Headlong, Rose Theatre, Kingston & Sheffield Theatres). National Theatre credits include Children of the SunCocktail Sticks and Mother Clap’s Molly House. Recent television credits include Dancing On The Edge (BBC), Call the Midwife (BBC/Neal Street Productions) and Coronation Street (Granada Television). Film credits include Angela’s AshesAttack the BlockThe History BoysCalendar Girls and soon to be released Ghost Stories.

Wendy Morgan’s theatre credits include Animal Farm,  Martine (Olivier and Standard Best Actress Nominations), Yonadab, As I Lay Dying, Bacchai, Streetcar Named Desire, Phedre (National Theatre) Hatched and Dispatched (Park Theatre). Film credits include Yanks (Most Promising Newcomer Award), Birth of The Beatles84 Charing X RoadThe Mirror Crack’d’, Television credits include The Jewel In The Crown (Granada TV), Midsomer Murders (Bentley Productions), Casualty (BBC), Wire in the Blood (ITV) and Emmerdale (ITV).

Lucy Thackeray recently appeared in Alginate at the Bunker Theatre. Other theatre credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare’s Globe), My Beautiful Black Dog (Bush Theatre) and Bike (Salisbury Playhouse). Her television credits include Damned (Channel 4) New Tricks (BBC), The Five (Red Productions for Sky) and Casualty(BBC).

Hannah Traylen graduated from Italia Conti last year and is making her professional stage debut. Her theatre credits whilst at drama school include Coram BoyThe LibertineTime and the Conways, Three Sisters, and Twelfth Night (all Italia Conti), Oliver Twist (Italia Conti, Edinburgh Fringe) and God Bless Ye Merry Gentleman (Grindstone, Tristan Bates Theatre). Her television credits include Howards End (BBC/Starz), Doctors (BBC), Harlots (ITV Encore), Call the Midwife (BBC/Neal Street Productions) and Unforgotten (ITV).

Steven Atkinson is co-founder and the Artistic Director of HighTide. His directing credits for HighTide include In Fidelity (Traverse  Theatre), The Sugar Coated Bullets of the Bourgeoisie (Arcola Theatre) Forget Me Not (Bush Theatre); So Here We Are (Royal Exchange Theatre); Lampedusa (Soho Theatre); peddling (Arcola Theatre/ Off-Broadway); Pussy Riot  (Bush Theatre/ Southbank Centre); Neighbors (Nuffield Theatre); Bottleneck (Soho Theatre/ UK tour); Dusk Rings A Bell (Watford Palace Theatre) and Lidless (Trafalgar Studios). His other productions include Chicken (Paines Plough Roundabout) and The Afghan and the Penquin (Radio 4).

Following the staged reading of Normal in HighTide 2015, Theresa Ikoko, a Talawa Writers’ Programme playwright, debuted Girls at HighTide 2016. Girls won the Alfred Fagon Award, was joint winner of the George Devine Award and was a named finalist for the Verity Bargate Award.

Elayce Ismail was awarded the JP Morgan Award for Emerging Directors 2014/15 and was Resident Director at the National Theatre Studio, where she directed The Rise and Shine of Comrade Fiasco at the Gate Theatre as part of the Freedom Burning season. Her other directing credits include The Sound Of Yellow (Creative Associate, Young Vic Taking Part), Simpatico (‘5 Directors, 5 Plays, 5 Days’ project at the Young Vic), Bed and Breakfast (Brighton Fringe and National Tour).  She worked with Joe Wright as Jerwood Assistant Director on A Season in The Congo at the Young Vic. She was also co-founder and Artistic Director of Offstage Theatre.

Nessah Muthy is a writer for TV and theatre. She has written for Cardboard Citizens, National Youth Theatre and the Royal Court Theatre. Nessah is under commission to the Kali Theatre and the National Youth Theatre. For screen, Nessah has written for Holby City, following successful completion of the show’s shadow scheme and has previously written for EastEnders: E20 and currently developing an original television drama for the BBC Drama Writers’ Programme.

Sam Steiner is a playwright and screenwriter from Manchester, who has just finished an attachment at Paines Plough as their Playwright Fellowship. Sam’s debut play, Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons, completed a national tour in 2016 after back-to-back sell-out runs at the Edinburgh Fringe. The play is published by Nick Hern Books, received a reading in New York from Sienna Miller and Russell Tovey in 2016 and has been translated into several different languages. Other pieces of Sam’s work have been showcased at the Royal Exchange, Soho Theatre, Southwark Playhouse and Cannes Film Festival. Sam is also under commission at Paines Plough and Theatre Royal Plymouth.

Andrew Twyman is currently the Associate Director at HighTide and an Associate Artist at Live Theatre Newcastle. For HighTide as Associate Director: Sugar Coated Bullets Of The Bourgeoisie (Arcola Theatre). For HighTide  as Assistant Director: Those Who Trespass (The Arts Educational Schools), Forget Me Not (Bush Theatre). Theatre includes: Machinal (The Arts Educational Schools), Odd Shaped Balls (Old Red Lion/Edinburgh Festival/Space UK) Don’t Smoke In Bed (Finborough Theatre); Te Karakia (Vibrant 2015 at Finborough Theatre); Reason and Force (King’s Head Theatre); Fair Exchange (Tabard Theatre). Andrew was also a member of the writing programme at the Live Theatre, Newcastle.

LISTINGS

HighTide runs 12-17 September in Aldeburgh, Suffolk and 26 September – 8 October in Walthamstow, London. www.hightide.org.uk.

Press performances:
Heroine & Kanye The First16 September, Aldeburgh
Kanye The First26 September, Walthamstow
Heroine: 27 September, Walthamstow

Box Office and more information: www.hightide.org.uk.

For information on the Festival in Aldeburgh see here. For information on the Festival in Walthamstow see here.

HighTide and Theatr Clwyd presents
HEROINE
by Nessah Muthy
Directed by Steven Atkinson
Set and Costume by Richard Kent
Lighting Design by Elliot Griggs
Sound Design by Adrienne Quartly
ALDEBURGH: WEDNESDAY 13, FRIDAY 15 SEPTEMBER 8PM & SATURDAY 16 SEPTEMBER AT 12PM
WALTHAMSTOW: 27 SEPTEMBER3 & 6 OCTOBER AT 7.30PM30 SEPTEMBER AT 7PM8 OCTOBER AT 2PM
Venue: The Mix
Running time: 1h 30m (no interval)
Recommended age: 14+ Contains strong language

HighTide and Paul Jellis in association with The Marlowe and The North Wall presents
KANYE THE FIRST
by Sam Steiner
Directed by Andrew Twyman
Set and Costume by Camilla Clarke
Lighting Design by Jai Morjaria
Sound Design and Composition by Alexandra Faye Braithwaite
Dramaturg – Roy Alexander Weiss
Consultant Dramaturg (Marlowe Theatre) – James Baldwin
ALDEBURGH: TUESDAY 12, 14 SEPTEMBER AT 8PM & SATRUDAY 16 SEPTEMBER AT 4PM
WALTHAMSTOW: 26, 29 SEPTEMBER & 5 OCTOBER, 7.30PM30 SEPTEMBER AT 2PM7 OCTOBER AT 7PM
Venue: The Mix
Running time: 1h 40m (no interval)
Recommended age: 14+ Contains strong language

Talawa Theatre Company, HighTide and Martha Rose Wilson presents
GIRLS
by Theresa Ikoko
Directed by Elayce Ismail
Set and Costume by Rosanna Vize
Lighting Designer Andy Purves
Sound Design and Composition by Richard Hammarton
ALDEBURGH: SUNDAY 17 SEPTEMBER
WALTHAMSTOW: 28 SEPTEMBER AT 7.30PM, 1 OCTOBER AT 5PM4 OCTOBER AT 7.30PM7 OCTOBER AT 2PM
Venue: The Mix
Running time: 1h 30m (no interval)
Recommended age: 14+

Theatr Clwyd: Full Cast Announced For Peter Gill’s New Adaptation Of Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya

Uncle Vanya
Uncle Vanya

Uncle Vanya

Artistic Director of Theatr Clwyd, Tamara Harvey, today announced the full cast for her production of Uncle Vanya, in a first-time co-production with Sheffield Theatres. In a brand new adaptation from Peter Gill, Tamara Harvey directs Jamie Ballard as Vanya, following their previous collaboration on Simon Gray’s In The Vale of Heath at Hampstead Theatre, he will be joined by Robert Blythe (Telyegin), Oliver Dimsdale (Astrov), Sharon Morgan (Mariya), Sian Owens (Worker), Shanaya Rafaat (Elena), Veronica Roberts (Marina), Rosie Sheehy (Sonya) and Martin Turner (Serebryakov).

Opening on Tuesday 26 September, with previews from 21 September, in the Emlyn Williams Theatre, the production will transfer to the studio at Sheffield Theatres as part of Robert Hastie’s inaugural season from 18 October until 4 November.

Chekhov’s comic tragedy about polite people going crazy in the middle of nowhere, drinking too much and not having enough sex. Can people ever take a leap and change their own lives?

Anton Chekhov (1860-1904) was a Russian playwright and short story writer. His principal works for the stage include Ivanov, Platonov, The Seagull, Three Sisters and The Cherry Orchard.

Peter Gill (b.1939) is a Welsh playwright, theatre director and actor. As a playwright, his works include, The Sleeper’s Den, Over Gardens Out, Small Change, Kick for Touch, Cardiff East, Certain Young MenThe York RealistOriginal Sin, Another Door Closed, Versailles and As Good a Time as Any. His adaptations for the stage include A Provincial Life, The Merry-Go-Round, The Cherry Orchard, Touch and Go, As I Lay Dying and The Seagull.

Jamie Ballard plays Vanya. Recent theatre credits include The White Devil, Troilus and Cressida (Shakespeare’s Globe), Ghosts(HOME, Manchester) King John (The Rose Theatre Kingston), In The Vale of Health (Hampstead Theatre), Scenes from an Execution, Saint Joan, Emperor and Galilean, Warhorse and Antigone (National Theatre), Measure for Measure, The Merchant of Venice, Romeo and Juliet, As You Like It, Sweet Charity, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (RSC), The Devil Inside Him (National Theatre of Wales) The Changeling, Macbeth (The Tobacco Factory & Barbican), Hamlet, Troilus & CressidaAs You Like It (The Tobacco Factory) and The Duchess of Malfi (Salisbury Playhouse). For television his credits include Three Girls, Penny Dreadful, Ripper Street, The Hollow Crown II, Sons of Liberty, Father Brown, and The Great Fire. For film his credits include Suffragette, X & Y, A Poet in New York, The Comedian, and Black Death.

Robert Blythe returns to Theatr Clwyd to play Telyegin. Previous credits for the company include Arms and The Man, As You Like It, Taking Steps, A Small Family Business, Pygmalion, The Drawer Boy, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and King Lear. Other theatre credits include Twelve Angry Men (Garrick Theatre), Deep Cut (Tricycle Theatre), Henry IV, Henry V and Under Milk Wood(National Theatre), Badfinger (Donmar Warehouse) and Mother Claps Molly House (Aldwych Theatre). For television his credits include High Hopes, Waking The Dead, The Famous Five, and You Me and It. For film, his credits include An Ordinary Man, Lie Still, The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain, The Theory of Flight, and Experience Preferred but Not Essential.

Oliver Dimsdale plays Astrov. Recent theatre credits include The Argument (Hampstead Theatre), A Tale Of Two Cities (Royal and Derngate), Macbeth (The Tobacco Factory/Filter Theatre), Silence, Twelfth Night (RSC/Filter Theatre)and The Tempest(RSC), The Caucasian Chalk Circle (National Theatre), Pravda (Chichester Festival Theatre), The Comedy Of Errors (Sheffield Crucible) Great ExpectationsThe Dead Wait (Royal Exchange) Five Finger Exercise, Beautiful Thing and The Changeling (Salisbury Playhouse). For television his credits include Grantchester, Mr Selfridge, Downton Abbey and He Knew He Was Right. For film, his credits include Journey’s End, Good People, The Fold, Cosi and Rocknrolla. 

Sharon Morgan plays Mariya. Recent theatre credits include This Incredible Life (Canoe Theatre), Mother Courage and Her ChildrenA Good Night Out In The Valleys and Under Milk Wood (National Theatre Wales), Dirty, Gifted & Welsh (Dirty Protest & National Theatre Wales), Dandelion (Welsh Fargo Stage Company) and Sherman Swingers, A Christmas Carol, Cityscape: No Vacancies and Cityscape: Patrolaphobia (Sherman Theatre). For television her work includes Hinterland, The Evermoor Chronicles, Da Vinci’s Demons and Small Country. Film credits include Apostle, Laura Marlin Mysteries, Love Is Thicker Than Water, The Devil’s Vice, Svengali, Resistance, Rain, Abraham’s Point, and Leaving Lenin.

 Sian Owens plays Worker. As a recent graduate of ALRA her credits include The Tempest (Taking Flight Theatre) and Shakespeare by the Sea (Matthew Townsend Productions).

Shanaya Rafaat plays Elena. Recent theatre credits include Terror (Lyric Hammersmith), The White Devil and King Lear(Shakespeare’s Globe), A Tale of Two Cities (Northampton/UK Tour), Great Expectations (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Stateless (Tristan Bates Theatre), Around The World in 80 Days (St James Theatre), The Illusion (Southwark Playhouse) and A Midsummer Nights Dream (RSC and world tour). For television, her credits include Silk and Lewis.

Veronica Roberts plays Marina. Recent theatre credits include After Electra (Tricycle Theatre and Theatre Royal Plymouth), Meeting Bea, Housewife 49, Sherlocks Last Case (Old Laundry Theatre), Horse Piss for Blood (Theatre Royal Plymouth), Nicholas Nickleby (Chichester Festival Theatre and UK tour), Separate Tables (Chichester Festival Theatre), The Comedy of Errors (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), Comfort Me With Apples, Buried Alive, Dearly Beloved (Hampstead Theatre), Dancing at Lughnasa (Garrick Theatre) and Crime and Punishment (Lyric Hammersmith). For television her credits include Tenko and Peak Practice; and for film,  Mr Turner.

Rosie Sheehy plays Sonya. Recent theatre credits include Escape the Scaffold (Theatre 503), Strife (Chichester Festival Theatre), Bird (Royal Exchange Manchester), The Hairy Ape (The Old Vic) and Chicken (Paines Plough). For television her credits includeDCI Banks.

 Martin Turner plays Serebryakov. His recent theatre credits include The Plague (Arcola Theatre), The Lovers of Viorne, The Haunting of Hill House, The King’s Speech (Chichester Festival Theatre), Macbeth (Chichester Festival Theatre, Gielgud Theatre, BAM, Lyceum Theater (Broadway), Medea (National Theatre), Twelve Angry Men (Birmingham REP and The Garrick), Boris Godunov, A Life of Galileo (RSC), Electra (Gate Theatre), Fabrication (Print Room), Hay Fever (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Scenes From The Back Of Beyond (Royal Court Theatre), Rabbit (Trafalgar Studios), Promises, Promises, (Sheffield Crucible), Pericles(Lyric Hammersmith) and Protection (Soho Theatre). For television, his credits include Follow the Money, New Tricks and The White Queen.

 Artistic Director of Theatr Clwyd, Tamara Harvey directs. Her inaugural production for Theatr Clwyd was Much Ado About Nothing, followed by the première of Elinor Cook’s award-winning play, Pilgrims and Skylight by David Hare. She has directed in the West End, throughout the UK and abroad, working on classic plays, new writing, musical theatre and in film.  Her previous credits include the world premières of From Here To Eternity (Shaftesbury Theatre), Breeders (St James Theatre), The Kitchen SinkThe Contingency PlanSixty-Six Books and tHe dYsFUnCKshOnalZ! (Bush Theatre), In the Vale of Health (a cycle of four plays by Simon Gray), Elephants and Hello/Goodbye (Hampstead Theatre), and Plague Over England (Finborough Theatre & West End). Other theatre includes Kreutzer vs Kreutzer (Sam Wanamaker Playhouse/Royal Festival Hall), Bash (Trafalgar Studios),Whipping It Up (New Ambassadors), One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (Gielgud & Garrick Theatres), Educating Rita and Smash(Menier Chocolate Factory & Theatre Royal Bath) and Pride and Prejudice (Sheffield Theatres).

Listings                                                                                                                                                 Uncle Vanya

Emlyn Williams Theatre

Theatr Clwyd

Raikes Lane, Mold CH7 1YA

Box Office: 01352 701521

Online booking (no booking fees): www.theatrclwyd.com

Thursday 21 September – Saturday 14 October

Press Night: Tuesday 26 September 7.45pm

Evening performances – 7.45pm

Matinee performances:

Saturdays 2.45pm

Wednesday 4 October 2.45pm

Thursday 12 October 2.45pm

Twitter: @clwydtweets

Facebook: /TheatrClwyd

Sheffield Theatres

Studio Theatre

Wednesday 18 October – Saturday 4 November

Evening performances – 7.45pm

Matinee performances:

Saturdays 2.15pm

Thursday 26 October 2.15pm

Wednesday 1 November 2.15pm

 

Theatr Clwyd And Hijinx Theatre Company Present the world première production of BoHo

Boho
Boho

BoHo

Theatr Clwyd and Hijinx Theatre Company today announced the co-production of the world première production of BoHo. Opening at Theatr Clwyd on Thursday 22 June, this production will transfer to Galeri in Caernarfon, where it will open the Hijinx Unity Festival at the end of June. Directed and composed by Hannah Noone, and devised by the company, the cast includes Hijinx North Academy graduates, Lucy Green and Kenny Harma and they are joined by Daniel Lloyd and Barnaby Southgate.

Evolving during sessions with actors from Hijinx North Academy, in which the theme of struggles of modern life and the pressures of ‘keeping up’ and ‘fitting in’ were explored, BoHo is an exploration of what it means to be good enough, performed by a cast of disabled and non-disabled actors through vibrant film and words with an original score by Hannah Noone.

Hannah Noone today said, “Making this show has been a process of discovery, insight and sheer joy. BoHo promises to be a box of delights.”

Life in the City is fast, correct and beautiful. If you keep up, that is.

David Jones is just another cog in the City’s giant wheel, until one untimely mistake forces him out…to BoHo. On this journey of self-discovery, amid an otherworldly collection of misfits and freethinkers, rules are challenged, individuality is celebrated and ‘reality’ is tested.

There he finds himself in hilarious and wonderful situations as he explores the new direction in which his magical journey is taking him, meeting a variety of interesting and exotic people along the way.

Hannah Noone has previously worked at Theatr Clwyd as Assistant Director on Tamara Harvey’s first two productions, Much Ado About Nothing and Pilgrims. She is a member of the JMK Sherman Cymru’s Directors Group, Resident Director for Opera’r Ddraig and Artistic Director of Welsh Youth Performance Academy. Directing credits include Die Fledermaus, The Beggar’s Opera, Carmen, Hansel & Gretel (Opera’r Ddraig), Cinderella (Bute Park Opera) and Venus & Adonis (Opera Mint).

 Listings                                                                                                                                                 Theatr Clwyd

BoHo

Emlyn Williams Theatre

Thursday 22 – Saturday 24 June at 7.00pm

Press Night: Thursday 22nd June 7.00pm

Saturday matinee 2.45pm

Friday matinee 1.00pm

Tickets £12, concessions £10

Box Office: 01352 701521

Online booking (no booking fees): www.theatrclwyd.com

Twitter: @clwydtweets

Facebook: /TheatrClwyd

Hijinx Theatre Company

Hijinx is a pioneer of inclusive theatre, producing shows in which actors with and without disabilities work alongside each other as equals. Established over 30 years ago, the Cardiff-based company has been touring integrated casts – casts involving actors both with and without learning disabilities – in its professional shows since 2006.

Hijinx’s mission is to produce, pioneer and promote stunning inclusive performance locally, nationally and internationally. Since 12012, Hijinx has run vocational training courses in performance skills for talented actors with learning disabilities. There are currently five Academies around Wales: two in Cardiff, one in Carmarthen, one in Prestatyn and one in Aberystwyth.

BoHo is a co-production between Theatr Clwyd and Hijinx, featuring actors from Hijinx’s North Academy in Prestatyn.

Hijinx Academy North
Hijinx Academy North was established in 2014 in conjunction with Co-Options (Prestatyn) to train talented learning disabled actors from across North Wales in performance skills.

Hijinx Academies set out to address a fundamental problem – that learning disabled actors are rarely able to follow the traditional drama school route into acting because of barriers such as the grades needed to attend or the lack of provision for their requirements. Rather than let their talents go hidden and undeveloped, Hijinx reach talented learning disabled adults across Wales through a network of five academies in Cardiff, Carmarthen, Aberystwyth and Prestatyn, giving them an opportunity to train to become professional actors.