Nottingham Playhouse announces casting for world premiere Lava on stage next month

Ted Reilly

Ted Reilly

  • Full casting for new play from award-winning writer James Fritz announced
  • Lava is Nottingham Playhouse’s first Neville Studio production under Adam Penford’s tenure as artistic director
  • EastEnders star Ted Reilly to take lead role as Vin

NOTTINGHAM Playhouse and Fifth Word has announced the full cast for its first Neville Studio production under the artistic direction of Adam Penford.

Lava, directed by Angharad Jones and written by award-winning playwright James Fritz(Ross & Rachel, Parliament Square), takes a timely look relationships, young people and a world that makes little sense – in a story set during a natural disaster.

Safiyya Ingar

Safiyya Ingar

A small asteroid has hit the capital city. Thousands have been displaced. And in a town far away, a young man called Vin (Ted Reilly) is finding it hard to talk.

The only person who seems to notice is Rachel (Safiyya Ingar), who resolves to find out what’s troubling him and help him find his voice again. But when Rach’s family take in the articulate and charismatic survivor of the asteroid incident, Vin’s silence is no longer her first priority.

Emma Pallant

Emma Pallant

Joining Reilly and Ingar on stage will be Nottingham-born Emma Pallant as Vin’s mum Vicky and Fred Fergus as Rachel’s friend Jamie.

Fifth Word is an associate company at Nottingham Playhouse run by joint artistic directors Laura Ford and Angharad Jones that produces and tours ambitious new plays from the most exciting voices around the UK. Its work focusses on shining a light on unheard stories that entertain, emotionally engage and spark debate in younger audiences.

Fred Fergus

Fred Fergus

Fiona Buffini, associate director at Nottingham Playhouse, said: “Lava is our fourth collaboration with Fifth Word, reflecting our commitment both to staging excellent new writing and to helping local companies develop.”

Angharad Jones, joint artistic director at Fifth Word and director of Lava, said: “Lava is a really exciting new play from James Fritz that I think will really connect with people. It’s funny, moving and bold and I think particularly right for 2018 when sometimes we struggle to make sense of the world and how we communicate about the difficult things that happen.”

Lava runs from Friday 15 to Saturday 30 June 2018 at Nottingham Playhouse, Neville Studio, with matinees at 2pm and evening performances at 7.45pm.

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Tickets are priced £15.50 (£14 concessions)

For more information about Nottingham Playhouse visit www.nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk

Full cast biographies:

Ted Reilly – Theatre: Heretic Voices: Dean McBride (Arcola Theatre); Plaques and Tangles; Vera Vera Vera (Royal Court); Things That Make No Sense; The Test; A Bigger Banner (Red Ladder);

TV: EastEnders; Call the Midwife; Casualty (BBC); Hetty Feather (CBBC); Grantchester (ITV);

Safiyya Ingar – Holes (Nottingham Playhouse); The Captive Queen (Sam Wanamaker Playhouse); Box of Delights (Wilton’s Music Hall);

Emma Pallant – A Christmas Carol (Royal Shakespeare Company); William Wordsworth (English Touring Theatre/Theatre by the Lake); The Wind in the Willows (Rose Theatre Kingston);

Fred Fergus – Julius Caesar (The Bridge Theatre); Rebel Angel (Old Operating Theatre Museum, London); One Night Stand (Siberian Lights)