June to August 2011 | 15 Premieres 1 Rediscovery
A Festival of Finborough Playwrights
12 new plays, 12 Finborough playwrights...
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Vibrant – A Festival of Finborough Playwrights 2011 is our annual festival of Finborough Playwrights, running throughout July 2011.
The festival features:
Nick Gill's Mirror Teeth
Nell Dunn's Home Death
Despite remaining completely unfunded, the Finborough Theatre has an unparalleled track record of discovering new playwrights who go on to become leading voices in British theatre. Under Artistic Director Neil McPherson, it has discovered some of the UK's most exciting new playwrights including Laura Wade, James Graham, Mike Bartlett, Sarah Grochala, Jack Thorne, Joy Wilkinson, Simon Vinnicombe, Alexandra Wood, Al Smith, Nicholas de Jongh and Anders Lustgarten. It is the only theatre without public funding to be awarded the prestigious Pearson Playwriting Award bursary for writers Chris Lee in 2000, Laura Wade in 2005 (who also went on to win the Critics' Circle Theatre Award for Most Promising Playwright, the George Devine Award and an Olivier Award nomination), for James Graham in 2006, for Al Smith in 2007, for Anders Lustgarten in 2009 and Simon Vinnicombe in 2010. Three bursary holders (Laura Wade, James Graham and Anders Lustgarten) have also won the Catherine Johnson Award for Best Play written by a bursary holder. Artistic Director Neil McPherson won The Writers' Guild Award for the Encouragement of New Writing in 2010.
Following the hugely successful Vibrant – A Festival of Finborough Playwrights in October 2009 and Vibrant – An Anniversary Festival of Finborough Playwrights which saw 30 Finborough playwrights present 30 new works in 30 days, we return to introduce you to some of the fascinating diverse vibrant voices we have nurtured, and we are particularly delighted to present some of the first plays of brand new older writers who continue to be neglected by other new writing organisations.
Tuesday, 12 July 2011 – The Piper by Colleen Murphy. Directed by Fidelis Morgan.
Wednesday, 13 July 2011 – Sihanoukville by Sarah Grochala. Directed by Eleanor Rhode.
Thursday, 14 July 2011 – There Goes My Future by Nicholas de Jongh. Directed by Sam Yates.
Friday, 15 July 2011 – Given The Times by Omar El-Khairy. Directed by Daniel Burgess.
Saturday, 16 July 2011 – Hey Brother by Bekah Brunstetter. Directed by Oscar Toeman.
Sunday, 17 July 2011 – No Vibrant performance
Monday, 18 July 2011 – No Vibrant performance
Tuesday, 19 July 2011 – Bamboozl'd. Written and Directed by Brian Logan.
Wednesday, 20 July 2011 – In World by Jane Wainwright. Directed by Blanche McIntyre.
Thursday, 21 July 2011 – Splitshift by Titas Halder. Directed by Kate Budgen.
Friday, 22 July 2011 – Namaskar by Rosa Connor. Directed by Ola Ince.
Saturday, 23 July 2011 – Black Jesus by Anders Lustgarten. Directed by Rae Mcken.
Vibrant – A Festival of Finborough Playwrights 2011
WEEK ONE – 12 July-16 July 2011
Tuesday, 12 July 2011
by Colleen Murphy. Directed by Fidelis Morgan.
Cast: Jo Cameron Brown. Poppy Carter. Rupert Farley. Rupert Frazer. Hermione Gulliford. Bob Gwilym. Carsten Hayes. Philip Herbert. Robin Hooper. Angus Imrie. George Irving. Frances Lo. Katie Meekison. Pauline Moran. Peter Moreton. Olivia O'Shea. Emilie Patry. Dudley Sutton. Sian Thomas. Julian Wadham. Christopher Webber. Tristram Wymark.
Rats take many forms in the corporate democracy of Hameln where an orchestrated chaos reigns and ghosts of dead children mingle with the living. Ruled by the tyrannical Mayor Pop, the Town Council sells off essential services so that they can buy more casinos. A gang of Rats, led by Kingsley – who reads Nietzsche and longs to be human – bristle at being forced to do naughty jobs in exchange for leftovers. Into this greedy landscape comes Piper, a meek musician who literally collides with Pink, the Mayor's daughter, and they are instantly smitten...but their love is interrupted when the body of the Deputy Mayor's son is fished out of the river. Moral outrage erupts, Kingsley is publicly tortured, and Hameln declares war on the Rats...then the fun begins. Beneath the theatrical merriment of this boisterous comic-tragedy lies an astute meditation on a self-destructing society and the anguish of children clinging to the notion of unconditional love.
Playwright Colleen Murphy's previous works seen in Vibrant – A Festival of Finborough Playwrights festivals include The December Man/L'homme de decembre (2009) and Beating Heart Cadaver (2010). The Finborough theatre earlier this year presented a mini-season of her work which marked her UK debut with a European premiere (The December Man/L'homme de decembre), a UK premiere (Beating Heart Cadaver) and a world premiere (The Goodnight Bird) of her work. This mini-season within a season marks Colleen's UK debut. Colleen was born in Quebec and grew up in Northern Ontario. Her plays include The December Man/L'homme de décembre (winner of the 2007 Governor General's Literary Award for Drama, the CAA/Carol Bolt Award for Drama and the 2006 Enbridge playRites Award); Beating Heart Cadaver (nominated for a 1999 Governor General's Literary Award); The Piper, Down in Adoration Falling and All Other Destinations are Cancelled. In 2008, she was shortlisted for the Siminovitch Prize in Theatre. She is currently working on Deliver Me (National Arts Centre), Armstrong's War (Banff Centre) and The Birthday Boy (Shaw Festival). She has twice won awards in the CBC Literary Competition. Colleen's distinct, award-winning films have played in festivals around the world and include Out in the Cold, Girl with Dog, War Holes, Desire, Shoemaker, The Feeler and Putty Worm. Colleen is a Playwright-in-Residence at the Finborough Theatre.
Director Fidelis Morgan is an actress, director and writer. Her adaptation of Hangover Square was successfully revived at the Finborough Theatre in 2008. She was Assistant Director at the world renowned Glasgow Citizens Theatre, has directed classic plays at the major drama schools, and the King's Head Theatre. On television, Fidelis appeared in Jeeves and Wooster, Mr Majeika and As Time Goes By. On stage, she played leading roles by everyone from Massinger to Coward, Goldoni to Brecht, at theatres like Glasgow Citizens, Nottingham Playhouse, West Yorkshire Playhouse and Liverpool Everyman. Her most recent film role was the Matron in Never Let Me Go. She has written seventeen published books include the ground-breaking The Female Wits and the Countess Ashby del a Zouche crime novels. www.fidelismorgan.com
Jo Cameron Brown
Theatre includes Guys and Dolls (Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, and National Theatre), The Boyfriend and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (York Theatre Royal), Evita (Prince Edward Theatre), Macbeth (Brunton Theatre, Edinburgh and Chester Gateway Theatre), Crush (Cheater Gateway Theatre), American Bagpipes (Edinburgh Lyceum), The Ride Down Mount Morgan (Dundee Rep and Byre Theatre, St Andrews), White Bird Passes (Dundee Rep), The Guid Sisters (Tron Theatre, Glasgow, and Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh), Men Should Weep (Citizens Theatre, Glasgow, Edinburgh Festival and National Tour), Square Rounds and Bonjour La, Bonjour, (National Theatre), The Steamie (Oldham Rep and Manchester), Perfect Days (Vaudeville Theatre and Traverse Theare, Edinburgh), Sauchiehall Street (Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh and Tron Theatre, Glasgow) and Medea (Tramway Theatre, Glasgow and National Tour).
Film includes Bollywood Queen, The Pirates of Penzance and Sometime in August.
Television includes Inspector Lynley - Well Schooled in Murder, Inspector Lynley Mysteries, The Bill, Low Winter Sun, The Singing Detective, Cloud Howe, Great Expectations, Coronation Street, Sometime in August, The Big Battallions, Psychos, River City, Judge John Deed and Rebus.
Theatre includes Little Me (National Youth Music Theatre), Rent (Wilde Theatre, Bracknell), City of Angels (Bridewell Theatre) and The Children’s Hour (Comedy Theatre).
Film includes St Trinnians and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.
Television includes Sondheim at the BBC Proms.
Theatre includes Swaggers, (Old Red Lion Theatre), Mother Courage (Citizens Theatre, Glasgow) and Charlie’s Aunt (Edinburgh Lyceum).
Film includes Young Poisoners Handbook, Shakespeare in Love, Mrs Brown and From Hell.
Television includes In the Name of Love, Holby City, Happy Birthday Shakespeare, EastEnders and Harry and Cosh.
Theatre includes Marching Song (Clwyd Theatr Cymru), Blythe Spirit, Hamlet (Bristol Old Vic), Lady Windermere’s Fan (National Tour), Private Lives (Haymarket Theatre, Basingstoke), The Thickness of Skin (Royal Court Theatre), Arcadia (Gate Theatre, Dublin), Naked Justice, David Copperfield (West Yorkshire Playhouse), The Picture of Dorian Grey (Theatre Royal Windsor), Phaedra, Forgotten Voices (Riverside Studios), The Constant Wife (Lyric Theatre), Hamlet (Birmingham Rep and Lyceum Theatre) and Festen (Birmingham Rep and National Tour).
Film includes Gandhi, The Far Pavilions, The Shooting Party, Empire of the Sun, The Girl In A Swing, Zorn, The Reef, Past Present Future Imperfect, Wasp 05, Van Wilder 2 and D-Notice.
Television includes The House of Eliott, A Dinner of Herbs, The Slavery Business, Berkeley Square, The Sleeper, Love in a Cold Climate, The Bill, Shackleton, The Crooked Man, Heartbeat, Prime Suspect VI, Foyle’s War, Vincent, Slave Trader, After You’ve Gone and Doctors.
Theatre includes The Importance of Being Earnest (Birmingham Rep and The Old Vic), Time and the Conways, The Rehearsal, The Double Inconstancy, Hay Fever (Salisbury Playhouse), Twelfth Night, The Country Wife (Crucible Theatre, Sheffield), Happy Savages (Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith), Anthony and Cleopatra, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Merchant of Venice (Royal Shakespeare Company), Arcadia (Bristol Old Vic), Three Sisters, The Real Inspector Hound and The Critic (Chichester Festival Theatre).
Film includes The Affair of the Necklace and Stage Beauty.
Television includes Jane Eyre, Oktober, Monarch of the Glen, Carrie’s War, Heartbeat, The Brief, All About George, Midsomer Murders, Kingdom, Doctors, MI High, Holby City, The IT Crowd and Handle with Prayer.
Radio includes Blithe Spirit.
Theatre includes The Way of the World, The White Devil, The Seagull (Greenwich Theatre), Julius Caesar, Macbeth (Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester), Hamlet (Citizens Theatre, Glasgow), Antigone, Aladdin, Macbeth (Bristol Old Vic), Not About Heroes (Courtyard Theatre), Testing the Echo (National Tour), The Frontline (Shakespeare’s Globe), Knives in Hens (Theatre Royal Bath), My Zinc Bed (Royal and Derngate Theatres, Northampton) and Love the Sinner (National Theatre).
Television includes Soldier Soldier, Searching, Coronation Street, Figure of Eight, Crocodile Shoes, Tiger Bay, Taggart, Casualty, Forty Something, Ultimate Force II, The Hutton Inquiry, Darn O Dir, The Bill, Doctors and Ashes to Ashes.
Film includes Sakharovi, Mussolini and On the Black Hill.
Radio includes Gilgamesh and Connect.
At the Finborough Theatre, Carsten appeared in The Final Hours of Achidi J (2004).
Theatre includes The Crucible (Pegasus Theatre, Oxford), London Goes to Germany (German Tour), Semi-Monde (Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith), The Crime of Father Amaro (Greenwich Playhouse), Suddenly Last Summer, Cheri (Citizens Theatre, Glasgow), The Fourth Sister (Pleasance London), Marching (Tristan Bates Theatre), The Tempest (Bridewell Theatre), The Sound of Silence (Trafalgar Studios), ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore (White Bear Theatre Club), Claim and Shame (Theatre 503), The Tragedy of Soliman and Perseda (Rose Theatre, Bankside), The Trip to Bountiful (Courtyard Theatre) and Mary Rose (Brockley Jack Studio Theatre).
Film includes I’m a Slithis Too, V for Vendetta, Nobody Speak, Acquiescence, Goda’s Interview, Just I Time and Sherlock Holmes 2.
Television includes Jahrestage, Red Cap, Spooks, The Quatermass Experiment, The IT Crowd and Waking the Dead.
Theatre includes Assassins (Derby Playhouse), Mick and Mabel (Piccadilly Theatre), Pirates of Penzance (National Tour), Cinderella (New Victoria Theatre, Woking, Birmingham Hippodrome, Bristol Hippodrome and Hawth Theatre, Crawley), Dick Whittington (Royal and Derngate Theatres, Northampton) and Aladdin (Nottingham Playhouse).
Film includes Star Wars – The Return of the Jedi, Ted is Dead, City Rats, The Husband Obedience Trials, Tortoise in Love and Emmett and Ernie.
Television includes Sticky Moments, Casualty, Sooty, EastEnders, Peep Show, Riot at the Rite, A Very Social Secretary, Trial and Retribution and Man in a Box.
Theatre includes Star – Gazy Pie A Sauerkraut (Royal Court Theatre Upstairs), Saturday Sunday…And Monday (Chichester Festival Theatre), The Importance of Being Earnest (Nottingham Playhouse), Tartuffe (Theatre Royal Plymouth), What the Butler Saw (Theatre Royal Northampton), Blithe Spirit, The Dresser (Palace Theatre, Watford) and As You Like It (West Yorkshire Playhouse).
Film includes Prick Up Your Ears.
Television includes Martin Chuzzlewit, Kavanagh QC, Brookside, The Office, Monarch of the Glen, Riot at the Rite, Diamond Geezer 2, Trinny and Susannah: What They Did Next and Doctors.
Theatre incudes Artaud at Rodez (The Open Space), Othello (Northcott Theatre, Exeter), Hearing, Hamlet (Birmingham Rep), The Bedbug (Gate Theatre), Commitments, Rumblings, Poor Beast in the Rain (Bush Theatre), If Winter Comes, Hedda Gabler, Twelfth Night (Leicester Haymarket), Destry Rides Again (Donmar Warehouse), Shona (Soho Poly Theatre), The Woolgatherer (Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith), The Miss Firecracker Contest (Greenwich Theatre, Bush Theatre), A Tale of Two Cities (Cambridge Theatre Company), On the Verge (Birmingham Rep, Sadler’s Wells), Mrs Vershinin (Tramway Theatre, Glasgow and Hamburg), The Second Mrs Tanqueray, The Winter’s Tale (Salisbury Playhouse), Walpurgis Night (Gate Theatre), White Woman Street (Bush Theatre and National Theatre of Ireland - Abbey Theatre), The Professional (Offstage Theatre), The Last Yankee (Mercury Theatre, Colchester), Hamlet (Greenwich Theatre), Shining City, Ghosts, All My Sons, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Octagon Theatre, Bolton), The French Lieutenant’s Woman (Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guilford and National Tour), The Dying of Today – Howard Barker (Arcola Theatre) and Landscape (Theatre Royal Bath).
Film includes Antonio’s Breakfast, No Pity, South American Journey and Things To Do Before You’re Thirty.
Television includes The Healing, Commitments, Inspector Morse, A Night on the Tyne, The Bill, Made in Heaven, In Suspicious Circumstance, Peak Practice, Holby City, Dalziel and Pascoe, The Tudors, Doctors, Moving On and Midsomer Murders.
Radio incudes Take Me To The Bridge.
Theatre include Moonlight Across Heather (Soho Poly Theatre), Animal (Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh), Wait Until Dark and A Day in the Death of Joe Egg (Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh), Let Wives Tak’ Tent (National Theatre of Scotland), Polly Honeycombe and Lear (Cochrane Theatre, London), Real Time (National Tour), The Plough and the Stars (Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester), My Mother (Bloomsbury Theatre, London), Venus and Adonis (National Theatre Workshop), The Way of the World (National Tour) and Words Beyond Words (Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh).
Film includes Couple and Robbers, Loose Connections, December Bride, Shallow Grave and Gosford Park.
Television includes Music Machine, Garnock Way, Billy Liar, City Sugar, Case of Cruelty to Prawns, The Professionals, Silly Season, Minder, Bognor, The Cherry Orchard, a Rough Stage, Jury, Miss Marple, Radio Pictures, Ties of Blood, Hold the Back Page, Father Matthew’s Daughter, Perfect Spy, Love After Lunch, Eskimos Do It, Poirot – Triangle at Rhodes, The Brittas Empire, Peak Practice, Taggart, Pie in the Sky, Casualty, Jonathan Creek, Shoebox Zoo, Doctors and Holby City.
Theatre includes The White Devil, The Tempest, The Misanthrope, The Basset Table, Some Explicit Polaroids, Antigone, The Seagull, A Russian in the Woods and Meat, Money, Jesus (LAMDA).
Theatre includes Richard III, Prisoners of the War, King Lear, Fish in the Sea, Roots (Liverpool Everyman), The Me Nobody Know (Shaw Theatre), The Importance of Being Earnest (Liverpool Playhouse), Hobson’s Choice (Mercury Theatre, Colchester), Three Sisters, The Threepenny Opera (Palace Theatre, Watford), The Foursome, The Anniversary, Say Goodnight to Grandma, Ghosts, The Sea Anchor, Sailor Beware, Miss Julie (Belgrade Theatre, Coventry), Hobson’s Choice (Crucible Theatre, Sheffield), Semi-Monde, Painter’s Palace of Pleasure, No Orchids for Miss Blandish, Country Life, Long Day’s Journey into Night (Citizens Theatre, Glasgow), Six Characters in Search of an Author (Greenwich Theatre), Sisters (Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester), The Lion in Winter (English Theatre, Vienna), Bedroom Farce (Leeds Playhouse), Private Dick (Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith and Nuffield Theatre, Southampton), Troilus and Cressida, Mephisto, Little Women, Big Boys and Blood on the Neck of the Cat (Royal Shakespeare Company), The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (Theatre 503), Noises Off (Richmond Theatre), An Enemy of the People (Bristol Old Vic) and Bones (Bush Theatre and Leicester Haymarket).
Film includes The Tent, Only a Game, The Trespasser, The Good Soldier, The Woman in Black and as Miss Lemon in Agatha Christie’s Poirot (IV) Hickory Dickory Dock, Agatha Christie’s Poirot (V) Lord Edgware Dies and Agatha Christie’s Poirot (VI) Evil Under the Sun.
Television includes Our Young Mr Wignall, Supernatural Night of the Marionettes, Romance - Three Weeks, Nicholas Nickelby, Crown Court, The Cleopatras, The Prisoner of Zenda, Shadow of the Noose, Agatha Christie’s Poirot I, II and III, Bugs and Byron.
Radio includes Anatol.
Theatre includes The Three Musketeers (Rose Theatre, Kingston), The Duchess of Malfi (Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds and Wyndham’s Theatre), Peter Pan, Comedy of Errors (Watermill Theatre, Newbury), Measure for Measure (Nottingham Playhouse, The Barbican Theatre and National Tour), Good (Donmar Warehouse), As You Lyric Like It (Crucible Theatre, Sheffield and Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith), The Prince of Homberg (Royal Shakespeare Company), Cleo, Camping, Emanuelle and Dick, My Night With Reg (New Vic Theatre, Staffordshire), All My Sons (York Theatre Royal), Tales from the Vienna Woods (National Theatre), Tonight at 8.30 (Minerva Theatre, Chichester), The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby Parts I and II (Chichester Festival Theatre, West End and International Tour), The Hound of the Baskervilles (National Tour), Berlin Hangover Express (Hampstead Theatre), The Pros, the Cons and a Screw (Derby Theatre) and Love From a Stranger (The Mill at Sonning).
Film includes Brides of Desire, The Secret Garden and Bodywork.
Television includes Grafters, Big Bad World, The Glass, Rosemary and Thyme, Doctors and Vexed.
At the Finborough Theatre Olivia appeared in Me and Juliet (2010).
Theatre includes Chicago, Guys and Dolls (Gaiety Theatre), Half a Sixpence, The Plough and the Stars, King Lear, The Witches of Eastwick, The Diary of Anne Frank, Into the Woods, West Side Story and The Last Five Years (Karamel Club).
Cabaret includes ‘A Spotlight On’ – Leigh McDonald and Friends and Hello Jerry! (Landor Theatre).
At the Finborough Theatre, Emilie appeared in Ours (2007).
Theatre includes The Winter’s Tale, The Balcony, Stars in the Morning Sky and Pillow Talk in Europe and Other Places (Central School of Speech and Drama), The William Poel Festival (Theatre Royal Haymarket), Can’t Stand Up For Falling Down (Arcola Theatre), Macbeth (Wimbledon Studio Theatre), Horst Buchholz (Union Theatre), Krankenstein and Bastringue (Theatre De L’etoile Du Nord, Paris), Stars in the Morning Sky (Riverside Studios), Les Isles Kerguelen (Theatre de la Tempete, Paris) and UKPLC On Trial (Old Red Lion Theatre).
Film includes Smile and Madame Bohemia.
Television includes Casualty, Advocates, Whatever Happened To Gayle Tuesday? and Gayle Tuesday, The Comeback.
Radio includes Carleton Hobbs BBC Competition.
Theatre includes Strictly Enter Nous (BAC), Strindberg’s After The Fire (Gate Theatre), Romeo And Juliet (National Tour), Billy The Kid (Unicorn Theatre), Love (Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith), Juliet and Her Romeo (Bristol Old Vic) and God Don’t Live On A Housing Estate (Hot Tap Theatre).
Film includes Up at the Villa, This Filthy Earth, Song for a Raggy Boy, Cheese Makes You Dream, Cheese Makes You Dream, Football Factory, Irish Jam, My Talks With Dean Spanley, The Shouting Men, Katharine of Alexandria, Weekend Retreat, The Mumper, Balzan’s Contract and Cockney’s Vs Zombies.
Televsion includes Lovejoy, David Copperfield, EastEnders, Peter Ackroyd’s Romantics, The Worst Witch 2, Jericho, The Bill, Tommy the Tom Cat, Above their Stations, Casualty, The Persuasionists, Wallander, Skins and Holby City.
Radio includes Colvil and Soames, The Frederico Quartet, The Right Time, Pilgrim and Charles and Mary.
Theatre includes Delicate Balance (Theatre Royal Haymarket), King Lear, Hamlet (Royal Shakespeare Company), House and Garden, Fram (National Theatre), Feelgood (Hampstead Theatre, Garrick Theatre), Up For Grabs (Wyndham’s Theatre), The Price (Apollo Theatre), Macbeth (Royal Shakespeare Company, Albery Theatre), Ghosts (Bristol Old Vic), Small Craft Warnings (Arcola Theatre), Spring Awakening (Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith and Novello Theatre) and The Goat (Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh).
Film includes Vanity Fair, Perfume and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.
Television includes Crossings, Worst Week of My Life, Vincent, Ruby in the Smoke, Lewis and Half Broken Things.
Theatre includes The Recruiting Officer, That Face, Serious Money, Our Country’s Good, Falkland Sound (Royal Court Theatre), The Winter’s Tale, The Madness of George III, The Changeling, Good Tartuffe, Once in a While the Odd Thing Happens, Much Ado About Nothing, Mountain Language, Carrington (National Theatre), The Prince of Homberg (Donmar Warehouse), The Samaritan (Hampstead Theatre), Private Lives (Theatre Royal Bath), Plenty (Albery Theatre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Rose Theatre, Kingston), Another Country (Queen’s Theatre) and A Letter of Resignation (Comedy Theatre).
Film includes The English Patient, Maurice, High Heels and Low Lifes and War Horse.
Television includes Middlemarch, Blind Justice, The Brief, Taggart, Miss Marple, Egypt – Carter and Tutenkhamun, Dalziel and Pascoe, Foyle’s War, Lewis, Midsomer Murders and Downton Abbey.
Theatre includes The Rivals, Mrs Warren’s Profession, Enrico IV, A Tale of Two Cities, Phaedra, ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore, The Bar of a Tokyo Hotel, Hamlet, Widowers Houses, The Millionairess, Macbeth, Pal Joey, Two Way Mirrori, Mozart’s Nachtmusik, Dance of Death, The Cherry Orchard, The Wide Sargsso Sea (Citizens Theatre, Glasgow), The Critic, The Duchess of Malfi, Anna’s Room, Richard III , Much Ado About Nothing (National Theatre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (New Shakespeare Company), Lady Windermere’s Fan (Apollo Theatre), Semi-Munde (Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith), The Tempest (The Barbican Theatre), Hamlet (Riverside Studios and National Tour), David Copperfield (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Nothing (East 57th Street Theatre, New York), Backpacker’s Orpheus (Sound Theatre, Leicester Square), The Hot Zone (BAC), The Fastest Clock in the Universe (National Tour), David Copperfield (Mercury Theatre, Colchester), Phedre (National Theatre and US Tour) and Pygmalion (Chichester Festival Theatre).
Film includes Another Country, Good and Bad at Games and The Cold Room.
Television includes Mrs Warren’s Profession, Haggard, Thin Air, Jenny’s War, Sharpe, Kavanagh QC, Ghost Ship, Nuclear Race, Hustle 4, Joe’s Palace, Hollyoaks, Midsomer Murders and Getting Out Alive.
Wednesday, 13 July 2011 at 9.30pm
by Sarah Grochala. Directed by Eleanor Rhode.
When Aneta landed her dream job as a foreign correspondent in South East Asia, she expected to be investigating something a little more exciting than luxury spa facilities. Now she's finally got the scent of a story worthy of her talents, and she's determined to hunt it down no matter what the cost. Martin, Aneta's ex, is the kind of man who only ever realises what he's got once he's lost it. Despite his crippling fear of snakes, spiders and tropical diseases, he's jetting off to the other side of the world to win Aneta back. But this is one holiday in Cambodia that doesn't turn out quite the way he planned.
Playwright Sarah Grochala's previous work seen in Vibrant – A Festival of Finborough Playwrights festivals includes The Martyrs of Warsaw, Part I (2010). Her play S-27 received its world premiere at the Finborough Theatre in 2009. S-27 won the first Protect the Human Playwriting Competition in 2007, run by iceandfire in conjunction with Amnesty International and Soho Theatre, and was produced in Sydney by the prestigious Griffin Theatre in 2010. Previous plays include Waiting For Romeo (Pleasance London, RADA and the Edinburgh Festival) which was chosen by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to be presented as part of the celebrations marking the centenary of Ibsen's death in 2006 and is currently in production in Poland. She has also written several short plays for Theatre 503 including Remains, Standing Out of the Light and Covent Garden (Urban Scrawl). Sarah is this year's OffWestEnd.com adopted playwright and is currently under commission by the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Director Eleanor Rhode's previous direction for Vibrant - A Festival of Finborough Playwrights festivals includes The December Man/L'Homme de Decembre (2009) and Barrow Hill (2010). She is a former Resident Assistant Director at the Finborough Theatre where she has directed Generous by Michael Healey, which was named Time Out Critics' Choice. She trained at Mountview and the National Theatre Studio, and in 2010 was Staff Director on Greenland at the National Theatre. Further directing includes The Error of Their Ways (Cockpit Theatre), A Number (Camden People's Theatre), This Lime Tree Bower (Edinburgh Festival), and staged readings of The Geese of Beverley Road (Theatre 503) and Photos of You Sleeping (Hampstead Theatre). As Associate Director, she has worked on Lie of The Land (Arcola Theatre), and as an Assistant Director on Trying and S-27 (Finborough Theatre), Lie of the Land (Pleasance Edinburgh), African Gothic (White Bear Theatre) and Terrorism (Oval House Theatre).
Cast: Will Barton. Chooye Bay. Richard Beanland. Rebecca Boey. Amelia Saberwal. Julia Sandiford. You-Ri Yamanka.
Thursday, 14 July 2011 at 9.30pm
There Goes My Future
by Nicholas de Jongh. Directed by Sam Yates.
A hot afternoon in Earl's Court early in June 1976. Viola Newbury, an elderly, small-part actress who claims to have been "slightly famous for two or three seasons" more than forty years ago is mixing and sipping old-fashioned cocktails for her "white magic" reunion party that evening. Famous survivors from a similar bohemian occasion she hosted on Election Night, 1929, in the same place seem to be expected. But then a young man arrives with a surprising present to set the party going. And time's forward momentum is jolted into reverse again and again. Ghosts from that distant, high summer night slip into the room and Viola, who says that truth is often best left in wraps, is shocked to discover the lasting significances of those passionate party encounters and their messages in code.
Playwright Nicholas de Jongh's previous work seen in Vibrant – A Festival of Finborough Playwrights festivals includes To Keep the Ghost Awake (2010). His Plague Over England received its world premiere at the Finborough Theatre in 2008. It was produced in the West End in 2009 by Bill Kenwright and the Ambassador Theatre Group and was optioned for film production. The script is published by Samuel French Limited. Nicholas was theatre critic of The Evening Standard from 1991 to 2009 and was previously Arts Correspondent and Deputy Theatre Critic for The Guardian. His books include Not in Front of the Audience, a history of homosexuality on stage, and Politics, Pruderies and Perversions, a history of theatre censorship in the UK, which won the Society of Theatre Research Prize in 2001. He wrote a dramatisation of the twentieth century history of this censorship which was given a performance at the Royal Court Theatre during their fiftieth anniversary season. He also contributed a one act play about AIDS to the Royal Court's May Days season in 1991.
Director Sam Yates previous direction for Vibrant - A Festival of Finborough Playwrights festivals includes Nicholas de Jongh's To Keep the Ghost Awake (2010). He will also be directing Mixed Marriage by St John Ervine at the Finborough Theatre in October 2011. Direction includes Mrs P. (workshop for Mercury Musical Developments), Electra, Oedipus (Garrick Theatre, Stockport), Oleanna (Hong Kong Arts Centre), The Turke (Arcola Theatre), The Tempest and Macbeth (Cambridge ADC) and Yeats' Purgatory (Edinburgh Festival). He was Associate Director to Josephine Hart on Poetry Week (Donmar Warehouse), Michael Grandage on Hamlet with Jude Law (Donmar West End, Elsinore and Broadway) and Madame De Sade with Dame Judi Dench (Donmar West End), Trevor Nunn on Birdsong, (Comedy Theatre), Jamie Lloyd on Salome (Headlong – National Tour), and The Little Dog Laughed (Garrick Theatre). He was Assistant Director to Josie Rourke on How To Curse (Bush Theatre) and Burying Your Brother in the Pavement (National Theatre Connections), Paul Raffield on Hysteria (Birmingham Rep), Rachel Kavanaugh on Uncle Vanya (Birmingham Rep) and Phyllida Lloyd on Wise Children (National Theatre Studio).
Cast: John Atterbury. Robert Boulter. Frances Cuka. Alex Felton. Annabel Leventon. Paloma Oakenfold. Travis Oliver. David Whitworth.
Friday, 15 July 2011 at 9.30pm
Given The Times
by Omar El-Khairy. Directed by Daniel Burgess.
With the recession beginning to bite and the impending threat of mass layoffs, workers at the New Media plant find themselves caught up in a bitter struggle with their employers. As union representatives fail to break the deadlock, Ashley decides to take matters into his own hand. Accompanied by an ambitious young journalist, he takes the company's CEO hostage. But as the stakes are raised and pressure builds in the cramped office, allegiances begin to shift. The truth may finally come out, but this is one situation that no one will be able to negotiate themselves out of...
Playwright Omar El-Khairy is a member of the Finborough Theatre Writers' Group, and is currently completing his PhD at the London School of Economics. As a playwright, he has been a member of the Royal Court Young Writers Programme, the Soho Theatre Writers' Centre, the Arcola Theatre and Tamasha Theatre Writers' Groups, where he developed new scripts for public readings. The Soho Theatre also commissioned him to develop their first online distributed narrative project. He was invited by the Old Vic New Voices to showcase his short play Latitudes at the Public Theatre, New York, as part of the T.S. Eliot US/UK Programme in May 2010. His first short screenplay, Tunnels, is currently in production and being filmed in the West Bank, Palestine. In 2010, he co-founded paper tiger Productions - a collective of international theatre and filmmakers. Their first production was a devised play, Burst, inspired by Sudanese novelist Tayeb Salih's Season of Migration to the North, which debuted at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2010.
Director Daniel Burgess' previous direction for Vibrant – A Festival of Finborough Playwrights festivals includes Beating Heart Cadaver (2010). He was a Resident Assistant Director at the Finborough Theatre where he worked on A Day at the Racists, Molière, or The League of Hypocrites and Too True To Be Good. He directed the UK premiere of Suzan-Lori Parks' In The Blood at the Finborough Theatre in 2010. Other direction includes Days Of Significance (Garage Theatre), The Pillowman (Norwich Playhouse), and Waterton's Wild Menagerie (Theatre 503). Daniel is currently assisting at Shakespeare's Globe on As You Like It.
Cast: Ashley Campbell. Steven Elder. David Mumeni. Dawn Murphey.
Saturday, 16 July 2011 at 9.30pm
by Bekah Brunstetter. Directed by Oscar Toeman.
Isaac is sleeping on his brother Ben's couch ... indefinitely. Their love/hate relationship is pushed to the limit when a girl shows up with her eyes set on both of them. An Asian girl. Hot.
Playwright Bekah Brunstetter's previous work seen in Vibrant – A Festival of Finborough Playwrights festivals includes Green (2009) and Mine (2010). She is a Playwright-in-Residence at the Finborough Theatre and received her UK debut at the Finborough Theatre in 2009 with Oohrah! (which also recently received its US premiere at the Atlantic Theater, New York City). The Finborough Theatre has also presented the premieres of You May Go Now – A Marriage Play (2010) and Miss Lilly Gets Boned (2010). Bekah was also Resident Playwright of Ars Nova (NYC) in 2009, and a member of the Women's Project Writers Lab, and the Primary Stages Writer's Group. She is twice winner of the New York Innovative Theater Award for Best Original Full-Length Play and twice winner of the Samuel French Short Play Festival. Her work has received acclaim across the United States and has been produced and developed by at Boston Theatre Works, the Ohio Theater, The Alliance Theatre, Aurora Stage and many others. Her other plays include To Nineveh (New York Innovative Theater Award for Best New Full Length Play 2006), Sick (Winner, Samuel French Short Play Festival 2006), Fucking Art (Winner, Samuel French Short Play Festival 2008) and Avocado (King's Head Theatre). She is currently working on commissions for Naked Angels, Ars Nova and the Roundabout. www.bekahbrunstetter.com
Director Oscar Toeman is currently the Resident Assistant Director at the Finborough Theatre, during which he has worked on Accolade, The Roar of the Greasepaint - The Smell of the Crowd and Mirror Teeth. Previous direction includes The Bacchus of Bethnal Green (Old Vic New Voices), Be Yourself (Theatre 503) and The Stanhope Sisters (The Egg, Theatre Royal Bath). He read English at St Catharine's College, Cambridge University, and trained on the Young Vic's Directors Course.
Cast: Nick Barber. Gemma Chan. Tom Davey.
Vibrant – A Festival of Finborough Playwrights
WEEK TWO – 19 July-23 July 2011
Tuesday, 19 July 2011 at 9.30pm
Written and Directed by Brian Logan.
London, the 1750s. Notorious Scotophobe Samuel Johnson is creating his new Dictionary, which will instruct Britain and its empire how to speak. And helping him do so: the Macbean brothers, squabbling siblings, Scottish exiles and freelance hacks at work on the book that will condemn their native tongue – Scots – to slow oblivion. Brian Logan's word-bending, wig-swapping two-hander is a strange, eventful history about love and language loss. Does how we speak affect who we are? Should we care when languages die? And what would you sacrifice to get ahead?
Playwright and Director Brian Logan's previous work seen in Vibrant – A Festival of Finborough Playwrights festivals includes David Hume's Kilt Or, An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of Scotland (2010). He is a writer and theatre-maker, The Guardian's comedy critic, ex-Assistant theatre editor of Time Out, and covers theatre and the arts for The Times, The Independent on Sunday and others. His play The Key to the Universe was runner-up in the Robert McLellan Award for plays in the Scots language; his work has also been developed and performed at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, and the National Theatre of Scotland. He is a co-founder and performer with Cartoon de Salvo theatre company, whose shows include Meat and Two Veg (BAC and International Tour), the allotment-set site-specific event The Sunflower Plot (2005), and the improvised Hard Hearted Hannah and Other Stories (Lyric Hammersmith, British Council Showcase and tour). Brian's work as a director includes Better Humans (BAC).
Cast: Kenneth Harvey. Owen Whitelaw.
Wednesday, 20 July 2011 at 9.30pm
by Jane Wainwright. Directed by Blanche McIntyre.
Cass and Andrew have finally got the family they always dreamed of, only it's not quite what they imagined. Under the pressure of parenthood and financial strain, they are tempted by the lure of an alternative reality. But is reality something that can ever be left behind? And what happens when it eventually catches up?
Playwright Jane Wainwright is a member of the Finborough Theatre Writer's Group. Previous work seen in Vibrant – A Festival of Finborough Playwrights festivals includes Barrow Hill (2010). Born in Derbyshire, she has been a member of the Royal Court Theatre's Young Writers Programme, their Invitation Playwrights course and their 'SuperGroup' of new playwrights. In March, she was shortlisted for the T S Eliot UK/US Exchange. Her play Photos of You Sleeping was performed as part of Hampstead Theatre's Start Night in 2009.
Director Blanche McIntyre's previous direction for Vibrant – A Festival of Finborough Playwrights festivals includes Green (2009), Rock Paper Scissors (2010) and The Voice of Scotland (2010). For the Finborough Theatre, Blanche has directed Accolade (2011) and Molière or the League of Hypocrites (2009). Blanche was the winner of the first Leverhulme Bursary for Emerging Theatre Directors, and was Director in Residence at the National Theatre Studio, London, and the Finborough Theatre in 2009. Other direction includes Open Heart Surgery (Soho Theatre and Southwark Playhouse), Wuthering Heights (National Tour), The Revenger's Tragedy (BAC), The Master and Margarita (Greenwich Playhouse), Three Hours After Marriage (Union Theatre), A Model for Mankind (Cock Tavern), Doctor Faustus, The Devil Is An Ass and The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde as Told to Carl Jung by an Inmate of Broadmoor Asylum (White Bear Theatre), Cressida and The Invention of Love (Edinburgh Festival). As Associate Director; The Big Fellah (Out of Joint), A Midsummer Night's Dream and The Merry Wives of Windsor (Changeling Theatre Company). She was Associate Director at Out of Joint in 2010.
Cast: Kelly Burke. Simon Darwen. Emily Dobbs. Laura Freeman. Hugh O'Shea. Owyn Stephens.
Thursday, 21 July 2011 at 9.30pm
by Titas Halder. Directed by Kate Budgen.
Kitchen life. Relentless shifts in sweltering heat for minimum wage and not much else, but fuelled by drum'n'bass these young chefs work hard and fast. When a chance to become the new Head Chef presents itself, the fight to escape from the hellish routine is on. Passion and artistry clashes with prejudices, profit-margins, and self-destructive habits. A raucous comedy, set on the beautiful South Coast.
Playwright Titas Halder's previous work seen in Vibrant – A Festival of Finborough Playwrights festivals includes Jugantor (2010). His previous direction for Vibrant festivals includes Face Up, Face Down (2009). His new play Darkling was recently given a staged reading at the Prithvi Theatre, Mumbai. He is a former Literary Associate and Resident Assistant Director at the Finborough, where he directed Painting A Wall. As a playwright, he trained with the Royal Court Theatre's Critical Mass Programme. He was formerly Resident Assistant Director at the Donmar Warehouse and a Creative Associate at the Bush Theatre.
Director Kate Budgen completed an MFA in Theatre Directing at Birkbeck College in 2007 and has been Associate Director at Shropshire based Pentabus Theatre since 2008. Recent directing includes Tales of the Country (National Tour), Miriam Gonzalez Durantez (Theatre 503) and Bedbound (Lion and Unicorn). She has worked as an Assistant Director for the Gate Theatre, the Almeida Theatre, The Opera Group, Pentabus Theatre and most recently for Opera North. She completed the National Theatre Studio Director Course in May 2010 and she is a Creative Associate at the Bush Theatre. She was runner up in the 2010 JMK Director Award with The Hairy Ape, which will be produced in Spring 2012.
Cast: Iain Bachelor. Calum Callaghan. Jake Hassma. Harry Hepple. Joseph Kpobie. Sam Taylor. Roger Walker.
Friday, 22 July 2011 at 9.30pm
by Rosa Connor. Directed by Ola Ince.
Meet Becks, 25, university educated and stuck in a dead end job she hates whilst trying to produce her own music and make it as DJ. When she finds out she's got terminal cancer, she becomes disillusioned with society and pretty much abandons civilisation to live out the rest of her days on a mountaintop in India. Then she meets Shiva – the God – and begins to re-evaluate her values as she prepares for the final goodbye.
Playwright Rosa Connor is a member of the Finborough Theatre Writer's Group. Her first full length play In His Image was produced by Hampstead Theatre's heat&light programme in March 2010. She has recently been commissioned by Tamasha in association with the Mulberry School for Girls to write a short play to be showcased at the Soho Theatre in June 2011. She is also developing a project called Sirens which will be showcased at the Hoxton Underbelly in July 2011. She has worked with and written for DryWrite and Oxford School of Drama, Hampstead Theatre, Royal Court Young Writers Programme and 'SuperGroup', IsoProductions, ThickSkin, the Central School of Speech of Drama, the Roundhouse, Factory Theatre, Rosemary Branch Theatre and IdeasTap and the National Youth Theatre.
Director Ola Ince is currently Senior Reader at the Finborough Theatre. Previous direction includes Far Away (The Studio, Rose Bruford College), The Inconvenient Store (Tooting Hub), The Frame (Unicorn Theatre), The Island (Unicorn Theatre), Prettier Than Money (Sydenham Arts Festival) and Pop (Warehouse Theatre). She has worked as an Assistant Director for the Octagon Theatre, Bolton, the Young Vic, Tristan Bates Theatre, King's Head Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company Fringe Festival. She graduated from Rose Bruford College with a First Class Honours BA in Theatre Directing and is the current recipient of the Rose Bruford Directing Bursary.
Cast: Raj Bajaj. Jay Brown. Mary Mallen. Rebecca Oldfield. Tom Ross-Williams. James Russell. Connie Walker.
Saturday, 23 July 2011 at 9.30pm
by Anders Lustgarten. Directed by Rae Mcken.
Zimbabwe, 2014. With the fall of the Mugabe regime, the new coalition government is investigating human rights abuses committed in the recent past – and who ordered them. Eunice, recently returned from South Africa, is sent to examine Gabriel, one of the most notorious of the Green Bombers. But what will she find – about him, about the world that produced him, and about herself? Black Jesus asks uncomfortable questions about guilt, responsibility and complicity, and how we can make the world a better place. Black Jesus was produced at the Harare International Festival of Arts in April 2010, where the Guardian described it as a "major highlight of the festival.
Playwright Anders Lustgarten's previous work seen in Vibrant – A Festival of Finborough Playwrights festivals include Death and the Kit-Kat (A Torture Comedy) (2009) and The Punishment Stories (2010). The Finborough Theatre has presented a play by Anders annually since 2007 including The Insurgents (2007), Enduring Freedom (2008) and – as Pearson Playwright-in-Residence at the Finborough Theatre – A Day at the Racists, about the BNP but mainly about New Labour's betrayal of the working class, which won the Catherine Johnson Award. He is a political activist and playwright, who has been arrested on four continents. All his plays are about how ordinary people deal with the world our political masters bequeath to us, and how we can make it better. He recently wrote and performed a monologue on capitalism, The Fat Man, for Theatre Uncut. Anders is currently writing two plays for the National Theatre about China: one about modern history and the move from Maoism to market, and the other for teenagers about love and knock-off phones. He is also under commission to the Royal Court Theatre and Lyric Hammersmith.
Director Rae Mcken's previous direction for Vibrant – A Festival of Finborough Playwrights festivals includes David Hume's Kilt Or, An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of Scotland (2010). She directed the English premiere of Robert McLellan's classic Scots language play, Jamie the Saxt, at the Finborough Theatre in 2007, and directed Tim Barlow in The War Plays, a double bill including Arthur Conan Doyle's Waterloo, in 2005. Rae was a recipient of the Channel 4 Regional Theatre Director's Award and spent a year at Salisbury Playhouse as Resident Director where she assisted on several productions as well as directing Charlotte Jones' play Airswimming. Other directing work includes Respect (Birmingham Rep), Origin Unknown (Theatre Royal Stratford East), and Stamping, Shouting and Singing Home (mac and National Tour). Rae is Artistic Director of Custom/Practice with whom she has directed Macbeth and will shortly direct Romeo and Juliet. Rae has also worked as an Assistant Director at the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Royal Court Theatre and is currently Associate Director on The Wiz for Birmingham Rep.
Cast: Michelle Asante. Delroy Brown. Lorenzo Martelli. Joseph Mydell. Okezie Morro.
Tuesday, 12 July – Saturday, 23 July 2011
Tuesday - Saturday evenings at 9.30pm.
Tuesday, 12 July 2011 – The Piper
Wednesday, 13 July 2011 – Sihanoukville
Thursday, 14 July 2011 – There Goes My Future
Friday, 15 July 2011 – Given The Times
Saturday, 16 July 2011 – Hey Brother
Sunday, 17 July 2011 – No Vibrant performance
Monday, 18 July 2011 – No Vibrant performance
Tuesday, 19 July 2011 – Bamboozl'd
Wednesday, 20 July 2011 – In World
Thursday, 21 July 2011 – Splitshift
Friday, 22 July 2011 – Namaskar
Saturday, 23 July 2011 – Black Jesus
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