Casting announced for the ALEXANDER MATTHEWS season at Tristan Bates

The playwright and philosopher Alexander Matthews presents the debut of his two witty social dramas at Covent Garden’s Tristan Bates Theatre in spring 2018.  ‘Screaming Secrets’ and ‘Glass Roots’ will have back-to-back runs and will form the first Alexander Matthews Season in the UK.  Both plays are directed by Evan Keele with production design by Nancy Surman.

‘SCREAMING SECRETS’ explores our need to be understood and appreciated. It places relationships and moral dilemmas under scrutiny through the power of the writer’s philosophical lens. What do we do when we’re faced with our own mortality? How do we tell our family and friends and what should we do with the time that’s left?
These are the questions that face philosopher and free thinker Antonio (Jack Gordon) as he discovers that he’s not as healthy as he thinks.  Surrounded by his irascible father Alessandro (Gregory Cox), his dramatic sister Gina (Ilaria Ambrogi), flirty girlfriend Monika (Triana Terry) drunken publisher Hugo (Theo Devaney) and apologetic doctor Simon (Ben Warwick), Antonio has to make up his mind rapidly.

“We all have secrets,” says Alexander Matthews, “but because life is so fragmented and fast moving, and we all have widely different agendas, when we do open our hearts (and scream our secrets) we are often not heard or understood…at least on our own terms or indeed, above the cacophony of modern life.

“I think the philosophical element of ‘Screaming Secrets’ adds to the poetic feel of the play,” continues Matthews. “For this production, I have taken out some of the philosophy but left enough in, I hope, to keep a philosophical tinge to what Antonio and sometimes Simon say.”

ILARIA AMBROGI – Gina
llaria is from Italy where her theatre credits include Peter Pan (Teatro Vascello, Rome) and Twelfth Night andRomeo and Juliet.  In 2007 she wrote her first one-woman show, The Echo, and performed it at Teatro dell’Orologio, in Rome. In 2009 she moved to the US, where she trained with Susan Batson and worked in numerous theatre and film productions. She was a member of the Kairos Italy Theater Company in New York for many years, performing Italian plays for the American audience.

GREGORY COX – Alessandro
Gregory’s extensive acting credentials stretch from the West End to theatres all over the UK, Europe and the Far East.  His credits include Oliver! (West End), Little Lies (West End and Toronto), Only When I Laugh(Hong Kong), The Picture of Dorian Gray (UK tour), Death of a Salesman (Frankfurt English Theatre), Tale of Two Cities, Hamlet, King Lear, Henry IV, Much Ado About Nothing (various venues UK and abroad) and many more.  TV and film work include Doctors, Keep Up Appearances, Brookside, Eastenders, Poirot and many more.

THEO DEVANEY – Hugo

Theo’s UK theatre credits include Caligula (Union Theatre), War & Peace (Shared Experience), Long Way Home, Lincoln Road (Eastern Angles) and The Soulless Ones (Hoxton Hall).  In 2012 Theo relocated to Vancouver, Canada and wrote and produced the award-winning short play, Run and became best known to UK TV audiences as Gavin Macleod in the long running TV series Supernatural; while he was based in Canada he also appeared in the films Psych and Night at the Museum: Secrets of the Tomb.

 JACK GORDON – Antonio
Jack’s theatre credits include a number of productions as RADA including Carmen 1936, The Duchess of Malfi, Odysseus, As You Like It, A Month in the Country; plus War Horse (National Theatre/West End), Lulu (Gate Theatre), ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore (Cheek by Jowl), Romeo and Juliet (Battersea Arts Centre).  Ben has appeared in a number of independent films including Northern Soul, Captain America, Heartless, Panic Button and his TV credits include New Blood, The Crimson Field, The Great Train Robbery (all BBC) and Primeval Series 3.

TRIANA TERRY – Monika
Triana’s first acting role was in Martin Kemp’s film Stalker (2010) which she followed up with Just For The Record alongside Steven Berkoff and can be seen in the 2017 independent film London Fields directed by Matthew Cullen.  Triana’s theatre credits include Doctor Faustus; she’s also a self-taught painter and has painted portraits of, among others, Stephen Fry, David Thewlis, Anna Friel, and Charles Dance.  She has exhibited her work at the Saatchi Gallery and The Hospital Club among others.

BEN WARWICK – Simon
Ben’s theatre credits include Frankenstein (Blackeyed Theatre), Jane EyreHamlet (English Touring Theatre), Look Back In Anger (Lichfield Garrick), The Deep Blue Sea (Watford Palace), Pentecost, The Oedipus Plays (Royal National Theatre), Les Liaisons Dangereuse, The Marquise (Bill Kenwright), Macbeth(US Tour), Miss Julie (Soho Theatre).  Films: Blood MoonWar Game, Canakkale Yolun Sonu and TV includes Mary Queen of Scots (BBC) Emmerdale (ITV), The Big Picture, Five Years.

‘SCREAMING SECRETS’ listing information:
Venue:                 Tristan Bates Theatre, 1A Tower Street, London WC2H 9NP

Title:                     ‘Screaming Secrets’

Dates:                  January 31st to February 24th

Previews:             January 31st to February 4th

Tickets:                £18 (£15 concs); previews £12
Box office:          020 3841 6611 and online at www.tristanbatestheatre.co.uk