Summer Season | June to August Season 2013

ARMSTRONG'S WAR

by Colleen Murphy

 
Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26 and 27 August 2013

A fully staged workshop production (prior to its official World Premiere in October 2013 at the renowned Arts Club Theatre, Vancouver, B.C., Canada)

Written by multi-award-winning former Canadian Playwright in Residence at the Finborough Theatre, Colleen Murphy, Armstrong’s War is the tale of a twenty one year-old Canadian soldier who has been wounded in Afghanistan. As the young soldier recovers in hospital, feisty Halley Armstrong - a twelve year-old girl guide eager to earn every possible badge - announces that she has volunteered to read for him.

Despite initial misgivings, a relationship develops between this most unlikely of couples who find that they have something in common beyond storytelling...

ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT COLLEEN MURPHY

Playwright Colleen Murphy is the former Canadian Playwright in Residence at the Finborough Theatre where her previous productions have included The December Man (L’homme de decembre),The Goodnight Bird, The Piper and Beating Heart Cadaver. Since 2010, Colleen has been guest playwright at the Citadel Theatre in Edmonton, Canada and was Playwright-in-Residence at The Factory Theatre in Toronto in 2011/2012. She is currently working on three new plays, as well as libretti for new operas with composers Aaron Gervais and Andrew Staniland. Murphy’s play, The December Man (L’homme de décembre), won the 2007 Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama. Her large opera, The Enslavemant and Liberation of Oksana G, composed by Aaron Gervais, will be produced by Tapestry New Opera in Toronto in 2015. Murphy is also an award winning filmmaker and her films have played in festivals around the world including Putty Worm, The Feeler, Shoemaker, Desire, War Holes, Girl with Dog and Out in the Cold.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR JENNIFER BAKST

Director Jennifer Bakst is currently Resident Assistant Director at the Finborough Theatre, where she has assisted Lisa Blair on I Didn’t Always Live Here, Andrew Keates on Rooms: A Rock Romance and Max Pappenheim on Nothing Is the End of the World (Except for the End of the World). Trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, her directing includes The Collectors  (Courtyard Theatre), Bash  (Etcetera Theatre), Tiny Dynamite (Cockpit Theatre), Precious Little Talent (Karamel Club) and Fallen Angels (Theatro Technis). Assistant Direction includes assisting Patrick Kinmonth on Samson et Dalila  (Deutsche Oper Berlin), Jasmin Solfaghari on Albert Herring (Leipziger Musikhochschule) and Jacqui Somerville on A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Theatre in Education Tour). Jennifer also produced Letters, Signs and Songs (Shakespeare’s Globe), a charity gala performance for and about Gaza.

ABOUT THE CAST

Jessica Barden | Halley Armstrong

Theatre includes Pea in Jerusalem (Royal Court Theatre and Apollo Theatre). Film includes Jody Long in Tamara Drewe, Hanna, Mrs Ratcliffe's Revolution, Mindscape, Lay Me Down, The Dark, Comedown and The Dark Half. Television includes Coronation Street, Vera, My Parents are Aliens, No Angels, The Chase and the forthcoming Sammy's War. 

Mark Quartley | Corporal Michael Armstrong

Trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Theatre includes Malcolm in Macbeth (Trafalgar Studios), the title role in Private Peaceful (National Theatre at Theatre Royal Haymarket), Claudio in Measure for Measure (Royal Shakespeare Company), Lysander in A Midsummer Night's Dream (Royal Shakespeare Company), Written on the Heart (Royal Shakespeare Company and Duchess Theatre) and The Tempest (Theatre Royal Bath).

TICKETS AND TIMES

Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26 and 27 August 2013

Sunday and Monday evenings at 7.30pm. Tuesday matinees at 2.00pm

Tickets £14, £10 concessions

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

Performance Length: Approximately 90 minutes with no interval.

'Window watch' Image by 'The U.S. Army' (www.tinyurl.com/c9t7wrb)

Directed by Jennifer Bakst

Designed by Philip Lindley

Lighting by Jack Weir

Costume Design by Maud Dromgoole

Music by Angus MacRae

Presented by Flying Bear Productions and ABG Productions in association with Neil McPherson for the Finborough Theatre.

JESSICA BARDEN

MARK QUARTLEY