January - March 2013 Season
The English Premiere
The Finborough Theatre is sad to report that on Sunday 13 January, actor David Carlyle, who plays the leading role of James in the Finborough Theatre’s production of Somersaults by Iain Finlay Macleod was rushed to hospital with viral meningitis. All the performances for the week commencing Monday 14 January were cancelled, but it is sadly now clear that, for the first time in his career and despite winning rave reviews for his performance, David has had to withdraw from the production.
However, we are happy to announce that the production will resume for its final week on Tuesday 22 January 2013 at 7.30pm. From Tuesday, the role of James will be played by Simon Harrison who has taken over the role at the last minute, while Cary Crankson joins the company to play the role of Mark.
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“If you were to go home tonight and the language that your mother spoke, the language whose sound you heard first when you came into this world, that ordered the world for you, if that language was dying. How would you feel? If all of it was obliterated. If it was all silence…”
James is a successful entrepreneur living the metropolitan life with a beautiful wife and a swanky London flat. But when the creditors move in and his wife moves out, James suddenly finds he’s left with nothing. Nothing but words.
James’ father is dying – his last connection to his childhood and the language of his birth, Scots Gaelic. With this link gone, James fears he will simply cease to exist. As the words start to slip away, he journeys home to confront his past and search for his true identity – as he desperately struggles to remember the language of his birth and the word for ‘somersault’.
A stunning new play exploring the role of language and how it defines who we are by the UK’s leading Scots Gaelic playwright Iain Finlay Macleod. Somersaults was originally produced by the National Theatre of Scotland, premiering at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh in 2011, directed by former National Theatre of Scotland Artistic Director Vicky Featherstone.
Somersaults in performed in English with some Gaelic sequences.
Playwright Iain Finlay Macleod made his English theatre debut at the Finborough Theatre in 2009 with I Was A Beautiful Day in a production which subsequently transferred to the Tron Theatre, Glasgow. His play Atman was also produced at the Finborough Theatre in 2011 starring Lucy Griffiths, following a staged reading as part of the Finborough Theatre’sVibrant – A Festival of Finborough Playwrights with Jasper Britton and Alan Cox. Iain Finlay has written many works for theatre, radio, film and television. Writing in both English and his native Scots Gaelic, Iain has also directed numerous documentaries, and was series director of the BAFTA-winning show TACSI, which won Best Arts Series in the Scottish BAFTA's and Best Entertainment Programme at the Celtic Film and Television Festival. Television includes Machair which won a Writers' Guild Award for Best Foreign Language Serial Drama. His work for theatre includes Somersaults (National Theatre of Scotland), St Kilda - The Opera; a multi-discipline work performed simultaneously in five countries, The Pearlfisher, Broke, Homers and Alexander Salamander (Traverse Theatre), Salvage (Tosg Theatre Company). His work for BBC Radio 4 includes Mr Anwar's Farewell to Stornoway, The Watergaw, The Gold Digger and an adaptation of Angela Carter's The Kitchen Child. Other radio includes Frozen and an adaptation of The Pearlfisher for BBC Radio Scotland. His film work includes Seachd:The Inaccessible Pinnacle. He is also the author of several novels.
Director Russell Bolam returns to the Finborough Theatre where he has directed the sell-out production of John Antrobus’ Captain Oates' Left Sock (2009). Trained at Middlesex University and GITIS Academy of Theatre Arts, Moscow. Directing includes Shivered which was nominated for four OffWestEnd awards including Best Director and for Best Production at the WhatsOnStage Awards (Southwark Playhouse), The Seagull (Southwark Playhouse),The Road to Mecca (Arcola Theatre) The Roman Bath (Arcola Theatre and Ivan Vazov National Theatre), Alfred (Vineyard Theatre, New York, as part of the T.S. Eliot Exchange), Lark Ascending (Theatre 503), Three More Sleepless Nights and Fourplay (Tristan Bates Theatre), Fairytaleheart (Old Red Lion Theatre) and The Physicists (The Aphra Studio, Canterbury). Assistant Directing includes The Winter's Tale, Pericles, Days of Significance (Royal Shakespeare Company Complete Works Season and US Tour), An Inexplicable Act of Violence (Old Vic 24 Hour Plays), A Background Noise (Nottingham Playhouse), The Taming of the Shrew, Around the World in 80 Days, The Barber of Seville and The Seagull (Bristol Old Vic).
The Press on Director Russell Bolam
On Captain Oates' Left Sock at the Finborough Theatre
Time Out Show of the Week, and Time Out Critics' Choice.
Top Five Theatre The Times
“Excellently directed by Russell Bolam.” ★★★★ Four Stars, WhatsOnStage
On The Seagull
★★★★ Four StarsThe Guardian, The Times, Evening Standard, WhatsOnStage
"Directed with the lightest of touches by Russell Bolam." Four Stars, Lyn Gardner, The Guardian
"In a year of remarkable Chekhov revivals, this Seagull flies with the best." Four Stars, Lyn Gardner, The Guardian
"An emotionally honest and heartfelt production." Four Stars, Libby Purves, The Times
"Russell Bolam's sly and absorbing production." The Observer
★★★★ Four Stars The Independent, The Telegraph, Time Out and WhatsOnStage
“Directed with clarity and flair by Russell Bolam.” The Stage
“Russell Bolam’s beautifully acted and designed production.” The Independent
"Russell Bolam’s richly absorbing revival" ★★★★ Four Stars, The Telegraph on The Road To Mecca
“One thread of the Finborough Theatre’s enterprising programming is to stage plays that highlight the languages other than English in the UK. Coming up in February is a play staged in Welsh (Saer Doliau), with English surtitles, and here, in Somersaults, the focus is on Scottish Gaelic...a playful, poignant piece by Iain Finlay Macleod, first staged by the National Theatre of Scotland, that considers identity and the part language plays in defining who we are.” Sarah Hemming, Financial Times
“Somersaults showcases compelling theatrical ideas and performances” Imogen Sarre Blogspot“Macleod passionately puts the case for the preservation of minority languages; at the same time, he suggests that Scottish Gaelic speakers lack the forcefulness of their Celtic counterparts in Wales, and that millions are spent making Gaelic TV programmes that few people watch” Michael Billington, The Guardian
“Played with exquisite realism by David Carlyle” Imogen Sarre Blogspot“The scenes between James and his father are immensely moving, beautifully handled here – in a mix of English and Gaelic – by Tom Marshall as the father and David Carlyle as James.” Sarah Hemming, Financial Times
“The Finborough is famed for quietly defying convention, and doing it beautifully. As such, Russell Bolam’s production of Iain Finlay Macleod’s play Somersaults feels typical of this lovely leading Fringe theatre.” Imogen Sarre Blogspot“Crisply directed by Russell Bolam (responsible for Southwark Playhouse's excellent recent production of The Seagull)” John Morrison, John Morrison
At the Finborough Theatre, Emily appeared in Too True to be Good (2009).
Trained at Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.
Theatre includes Our Country's Good (National Tour), Daisy Pulls it Off (National Tour), Poor Cousin (Hampstead Theatre), Hay Fever (West Yorkshire Playhouse), 250 Words (The Young Vic), The Importance of Being Earnest and Travesties (Birmingham Rep), Present Laughter (Clwyd Theatr Cymru), Antigone (Bristol Old Vic), Shakespeare and Co (Watermill Theatre, Newbury, and Tour), Mister Murdery (Nuffield Theatre, Southampton), A Bigger Banner (Theatre Uncut at the Latitude Festival), Devon Country (The Tobacco Factory), Births, Marriages and Deaths (High-Hearted Theatre), Great Undertaking in Little America (Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham), Look Back in Anger and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Garrick Theatre, Lichfield), Much Ado About Nothing (Ripley Castle, Harrogate), Noises Off (Torch Theatre, Milford Haven), Lie of the Land (Arcola Theatre) and Reunion (Theatre 503).
Film includes Tezz and City Rats.
Television includes Upstairs Downstairs, Holby City, Torchwood, The Bill, Doctors, Shameless, Wire in the Blood and When Calls the Heart.
Radio includes High Table, Lower Orders, Swimming Lessons, Roundabout and Mortar.
Trained at Rose Bruford College.
Theatre includes Caledonia (National Theatre of Scotland), Yellow Moon and The Monster in the Hall (National Theatre of Scotland and Citizens Theatre, Glasgow), Hansel and Gretel (Citizens Theatre, Glasgow), Dead Heavy Fantastic (Liverpool Everyman) and You Once Said Yes (Edinburgh Festival).
Theatre whilst training includes The Wonderful World of Dissocia, Philistines, The White Devil, Hedda Gabler and Celebration/Party Time. David also represented Rose Bruford College at the Sam Wanamaker Festival 2010 (Shakespeare's Globe).
Television includes Lip Service II.
Radio Where Were You?, Chernobyl and Sudbury Hill.
Trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Theatre includes London and Wasted (Paines Plough), Exit Signs - Rough Cuts (Royal Court Theatre), Flight Path (Out of Joint), Silverland (59E59 New York and Arcola Theatre), Mad Blud (Theatre Royal Stratford East), La Ronde (Riverside Studios and National Tour), The Rover (Southwark Playhouse), Oliver Twist, Chapel St (Old Vic New Voices), Miss Julie, Mary Stuart and Twelfth Night (The Faction at New Diorama Theatre), Children of Darkness (Leicester Square Theatre), Othello (Rose Theatre, Bankside) A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Othello (Brockwell Park Open Air Theatre). Television includes The Bill, Doctors, and Wild West. Film includes Rock and Roll and F*** 'n' Lovely.
At the Finborough Theatre, Simon appeared in Hortensia and The Museum Of Dreams (2005).
Trained at the University of Hull and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.
Theatre includes Days of Significance (Royal Shakespeare Company at the Tricycle Theatre and National Tour), The Winter’s Tale and Pericles (Royal Shakespeare Company), Journey's End (National Tour and West End), Bus and Twelfth Night (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Noises Off and Dr Faustus (Liverpool Playhouse), Relatively Speaking and The Importance of Being Earnest (Library Theatre, Manchester), The Picture and Private Lives (Salisbury Playhouse), The War on Terror (Bush Theatre), Look Back in Anger (Jermyn Street Theatre), Reclining Nude in Black Stockings (Arcola Theatre), They Have Oak Trees in North Carolina (Theatre 503), The Conquering Hero (Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond), A Lie of The Mind, Feeding Time (Battersea Arts Centre), Epic and Merryweather Jones (Latitude Festival), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Milton Rooms), Penetrator (Edinburgh Festival) and One Mile Away (Spread the Word) and A Devilish Exercise (Rose Theatre, Bankside).
Television includes Doctors.
Radio includes Idylls Of The King and They Have Oak Trees in North Carolina.
At the Finborough Theatre, Tom appeared in Captain Oates’ Left Sock (2009).
Trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.
Theatre includes Total Eclipse (Menier Chocolate Factory), The Anatomist (Eastern Angles), The Pillars of the Community, Henry IV, Parts I and II, Tales of the Vienna Woods, Edmond, Luther, The Spanish Tragedy, Antigone, Danton’s Death, and Venice Preserv’d (National Theatre), Mandrake, Snap, No Man’s Land, The Passion of Dracula, Plenty, Passion Play, When Did You Last See Your Trousers? (all West End), The Crucible (Birmingham Rep), Karate Billy Comes Home (Royal Court Theatre), Rosmersholm (Southwark Playhouse), Twelfth Night (Perth Theatre), as well as repertory seasons at Glasgow, Lincoln, Canterbury, Bristol, Cardiff, Watford, Oxford, Edinburgh and Sheffield.
Film includes Oh What a Lovely War!, There’s a Girl in my Soup, Infinity, Revenge, Killer’s Moon, and Feast of July.
Television includes Upstairs Downstairs, Please Sir, Doctor at Large, Coronation Street, Spooks, World’s End, The Thin End of the Wedge, Juliet Bravo, Blind Justice, Joint Account, The Bill, Casualty, Mornin’ Sarge, March on Europe, and The Paradise Club.
Trained at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art.
Theatre includes The Doctor’s Dilemma (National Theatre), Cause Célèbre (The Old Vic), After the Dance (National Theatre), The 39 Steps (Criterion Theatre), When Harry Met Sally and A Woman of No Importance (Theatre Royal Haymarket), The Lion King (Lyceum Theatre), Private Lives, Tons of Money, Hobson’s Choice (Southwold Theatre), The Singing Group (Chelsea Theatre), Cleo, Camping, Emmanuelle and Dick (New Vic Theatre, Staffordshire) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Creation Theatre).
Film includes Brideshead Revisited, Private Peaceful and Workhorse.
Television includes Downton Abbey, The Spies of Warsaw, Dancing On The Edge, Upstairs Downstairs, The Roman Mysteries, Live! Girls! Dogtown, Balderdash and Piffle, Poirot: Five Little Pigs and The Project.
Radio includes Noise and Cause Célèbre.
Voice over work includes many unabridged audiobooks and Star Wars: The Old Republic.
Tuesday to Saturday Evenings at 7.30pm.
Sunday Matinees at 3.00pm.
Saturday Matinees 3.00pm (from the second week of the run).
Tickets £14, £10 concessions
except Tuesday Evenings £10 all seats, and Saturday evenings £14 all seats.
Previews (2 and 3 January) £9 all seats.
£6 tickets for under 30’s for performances from Tuesday to Sunday of the first week when booked online only.
£10 tickets for residents of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea on the first Saturday of the run only.
Tickets £16, £12 concessions
except Tuesday Evenings £12 all seats, and Saturday evenings £16 all seats.
Performance Length: Approximately two hours.
(Ticket prices may be subject to change)
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