Winter 2012 Season

EVERYDAY MAPS FOR EVERYDAY USE

by Tom Morton-Smith

 
Tuesday, 4 December – Saturday, 22 December 2012

Papatango New Writing Festival 2012 Runner Up

Please note the new earlier start time for Everyday Maps for Everyday Use - 6.15pm and 1.15pm

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★★★★ Four Stars, The Arts Desk

★★★★ Four Stars, Everything Theatre

★★★★ Fours Stars, The Upcoming

“I don’t think we’ll get to Mars…not really…not normal people. Scientists might…it’ll end up a scientific outpost like Antarctica…but it won’t be for people like you and me.”

Maggie has found a warm patch of ground on Horsell Common. She believes something is buried in the dirt. This is the site of the Martian invasion in H G Wells' The War of the Worldsand she sneaks out of the house in the dead of night and dances on the warm spot. Here she meets Behrooz, an amateur astronomer who spends his nights mapping the surface of Mars.

Cartographer John is remapping the streets of Woking. He's about to become a father and is terrified by the thought. He finds an ally in Corinne, Maggie's mother - a woman struggling to keep her sex life separate and secret from her daughter.

Kiph, who everyone thinks is gay, its madly in love with Maggie, his best-friend. He attends a book signing to meet his hero, Richard Bleakman - star of cult 80s sci-fi show John Carter of Mars. Richard has problems of his own.

A stunning new play about fantasy and sexuality, and about the blurry and indistinct lines between reality and desire.

ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT TOM MORTON-SMITH

Playwright Tom Morton-Smith’s plays include Salt Meets Wound (Theatre503), In Doggerland (Box of Tricks at Theatre503), Venison (Yellowtale Theatre Company at The Hawth, Crawley), Uncertainty (Sincera Productions at Latitude Festival) andThe Hygiene Hypothesis (Sincera Productions at Latitude Festival). He collaborated with composer Jon Nicholls on a play with music, Blunderbuss (The Theatre, Chipping Norton). He wrote an episode of BBC Radio 7’s Man In Black series, entitled Flesh. He has had short plays and rehearsed readings performed at The Old Vic, the Hampstead Theatre, the Soho Theatre, the Royal Court Theatre, Trafalgar Studios, the Liverpool Everyman, the Southwark Playhouse, the Arcola Theatre and Shakespeare's Globe. He was writer-in-residence at Paines Plough in 2007-08. He is currently under commission to the Royal Shakespeare Company.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR BECKIE MILLS

Director Beckie Mills' work at the Finborough Theatre includes Love on the Dole and I Was a Beautiful Day (and its subsequent transfer to the Tron Theatre, Glasgow). Other direction includes Romeo and Juliet (Pendley Shakespeare Festival), Hired (Nabokov Present: Tense at Watford Palace Theatre), Practice, A Play with Music (Royal Shakespeare Company Projects at the Young Vic), Heath/Cliff (Royal Shakespeare Company Projects), Cabaret, Alice in Wonderland, Fear and Misery in the Third Reich (Bristol Old Vic Youth Theatre), Over the Edge (Bristol Zoo Gardens), The End of the World as We Know It (Lightship John Sebastian for Bristol Old Vic), Write Here Write Now (Bristol Old Vic Studio), The Melancholy Hussar (King’s Head and Etcetera Theatre), Cahoot’s Macbeth (King’s Head Theatre) and Alban, a community opera (St Alban’s Cathedral and St Alban, the Martyr, Holborn). Assistant Direction includes The Taming of the Shrew (Royal Shakespeare Company), Don John (Royal Shakespeare Company and Kneehigh) and Hedda Gabler (Theatre Royal Bath and Tour). She is also a visiting director at Central School of Speech and Drama, an Associate Education Practitioner at the Royal Shakespeare Company, and has read scripts and developed new work with several theatres and companies including The Tron, The Young Vic and the Royal Shakespeare Company

ABOUT THE CAST

Michael Kirk
At the Finborough Theatre, Michael appeared in Eden’s Empire (2006) and The Lady’s Not for Burning (2007).
Theatre includes Cash On Delivery (The Mill at Sonning), Once Bitten, The Charity that Began at Home and The Story of Vasco (Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond), The Great Highway (Gate Theatre), Born in Gilead (Young Vic),  Jack and the Beanstalk (Hackney Empire), Amadeus and Macbeth (Derby Playhouse), My Fair Lady (Theatre Royal Drury Lane), Oliver (London Palladium), Farm (Greenwich Theatre), Love’s a Luxury, Abigail’s Party, and Roughyheads (Oldham Coliseum), Great Expectations (Walnut Street Theatre, Philadelphia), How The Other Half Loves and Martin Chuzzlewit (Nottingham Playhouse), The Crucible, To Serve Them All My Days and Breezeblock Park (Royal Theatre, Northampton), Pal Joey and Romeo and Juliet (Bristol Old Vic), Pickwick Papers and Measure for Measure (Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham), Winner Takes All and Rabenthal (Wolsey  Theatre, Ipswich), Victoriana (New End Theatre, Hampstead) and Present Laughter, Candida, Pygmalion, Murder by Misadventure, Twelfth Night and Ghosts (National Tours). 
Film includes The Voice, Crack, Songbird and Lullabelle.
Television includes Casualty, London’s Burning, EastEnders, Victoria and Albert, The Chief and North Square.
 
Skye Lourie
Theatre includes Donny's Brain (Hampstead Theatre).
Film includes The Holding, The Devil's Dosh and Guinea Pigs. 
Television includes Hustle and The Pillars Of the Earth. 
 
Moncef Mansur
Trained at East 15.
Theatre includes Qudz (The Yard), Enduring Song (Old Vic), The Observatory (Edinburgh Festival) and Yerma (Helix Theatre).
 
Cosima Shaw
Theatre includes The Dark Room and Summer Nights (Tristan Bates Theatre). 
Film includes V for Vendetta, Ana Begins, Finding Joy and Papadopoulos and Sons.
Television includes Dr. Who, Zen, Stolen, Dirk Gently and Pete vs. Life.
Radio includes Trevor's World of Sport.
 
Michael Shelford
At the Finborough Theatre, Michael appeared in Events While Guarding the Bofors Gun (2012).
Theatre includes Symphony (Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith, and Latitude Festival), Money in the Vaults (Old Vic Tunnels), The Stops and The Boy on the Swing (Arcola Theatre), Vox Pop (Soho Theatre) and Father/Son (Etcetera Theatre).
Television includes The Damnation of Darwin, Game of Thrones, Lewis, Mrs Biggs and Hollyoaks.
Radio includes Dracula, The Secret Pilgrim – The Complete Smiley, The Snowgoose, The Archers, We Outnumber You, Earls of the Court, Edith’s Story, Slaughterhouse Five, Mountain of Light, Cinders and Hitched.
 
Harry Lister Smith
Trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Theatre includes Posh (Duke of York’s Theatre) and Hamlet (Crucible Theatre, Sheffield).
Film includes Madame Solario.
Television includes E20, Tom Brown's Schooldays and My Dad's the Prime Minister.

THE PRESS ON EVERYDAY MAPS FOR EVERYDAY USE

“An evening of ebullience with moments of wonder” Jessica Edwards, A Younger Theatre

“Deliciously funny” Heather Neill, The Arts Desk

“Beckie Mills' production picks up on all the humour in Morton-Smith's script” Partially Obstructed View

“Intelligent new play... Skilfully directed by Beckie Mills, this intriguing new play is funny and shocking but also touching, performed by an outstanding cast” Carolin Kopplin, UK Theatre Network

“A crisply written piece, brave” Heather Neill, The Arts Desk

“Beautiful, startling passages of writing” Natasha Tripney, The Stage

“Skye Lourie gives a fantastic performance” Partially Obstructed View

“Fascinating... Skye Lourie’s subtle yet moving portrayal of the confused and troubled teenager Maggie was great to watch” Sarah Lines, The Good Review

“A compelling central performance from Skye Lourie” Catherine Love, Time Out

“Michael Kirk is excellent” Carolin Kopplin, UK Theatre Network

“Brilliant – tightly-constructed, familiar and truthful” Jessica Edwards, A Younger Theatre

“Director Beckie Mills keeps it bubbling at a great pace” Heather Neill, The Arts Desk

“A multi-layered piece with no easy answers that entertains even as it sometimes disturbs” Partially Obstructed View

TICKETS AND TIMES

Tuesday, 4 December – Saturday, 22 December 2012

Please note the new earlier start time for Everyday Maps for Everyday Use - 6.15pm and 1.15pm
Tuesday to Saturday evenings at 6.15pm.
Sunday matinees at 1.15pm.

Tickets £14, £10 concessions

except Tuesday evenings £10 all seats, and Saturday evenings £14 all seats.

PLEASE NOTE THAT LATECOMERS CANNOT BE ADMITTED AND TICKETS CANNOT BE EXCHANGED OR REFUNDED.

Running Time: 90 minutes with no interval

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Directed by Beckie Mills 

Designed by Olivia Altaras

Lighting by Neill Brinkworth

Sound by Paul Gavin 

Costume by Gabriella Slade 

Presented by the Papatango New Writing Festival in partnership with Neil McPherson for the Finborough Theatre.

 

MICHAEL KIRK MICHAEL KIRK 

SKYE LOURIE SKYE LOURIE

MONCEF MANSUR MONCEF MANSUR

COSIMA SHAW COSIMA SHAW

MICHAEL SHELFORD MICHAEL SHELFORD 

HARRY LISTER SMITH HARRY LISTER SMITH