Autumn Season | September to November 2013

UNSCORCHED

by Luke Owen

 
Tuesday, 29 October – Saturday, 23 November 2013

The world premiere

WINNER OF THE PAPATANGO NEW WRITING PRIZE 2013 
IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE FINBOROUGH THEATRE

“I’ve seen a lot of people sit in that chair while I’ve sat in this one. This job needs to be done. And you can’t survive in it if you care. If you care, it will kill you.”

The winner of the fifth Papatango New Writing Prize in partnership with the Finborough Theatre....

Tom spends all his days surfing the net...

Because Tom works in child protection.

Faced with watching recordings of the most unforgivable crimes on a daily basis, in a job that barely anyone else can endure, Tom struggles to retain his humanity. Meeting Emily might just mean his life has changed for the better, but when your entire working life is spent watching the most terrible of crimes, can you ever go home and say “I love you”?

It is estimated that there are 50,000 – 60,000 regular viewers of child pornography in the UK alone. With reports of footage of abuse rising by 42% in the last six months, Unscorched examines the impact on those analysts confronting such footage every day.

Tackling an important and taboo subject with sensitivity, humour and courage, and chosen from more than 500 entries to win this year's Papatango New Writing Prize, Luke Owen’s first play reveals a dramatist of exceptional promise.

ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT LUKE OWEN

Playwright Luke Owen, 30, grew up in Woking and now lives in Norwich, where he works as an actor and copywriter. He is a graduate of the University of East Anglia, where he took a BA in English and Drama before graduating from the acclaimed MA course in Creative Writing. He was a member of the Royal Court Theatre Young Writers’ Programme.

ABOUT PAPATANGO

Papatango was founded by co-Artistic Directors Matt Roberts, George Turvey and Sam Donovan in 2007, who were joined by producer Chris Foxon in 2012. The company's mission is to find the best and brightest new talent in the UK with an absolute commitment to bringing their work to the stage. Since then, Papatango have produced sixteen pieces of new writing in venues including the Tristan Bates Theatre, the Old Red Lion Theatre and the Pleasance London. 2009 saw the launch of their first Papatango New Writing Prize. Since 2011, the Papatango New Writing Prize has been in partnership with the Finborough Theatre. www.papatango.co.uk

THE PRESS ON THE WINNER OF THE 2012 PAPATANGO NEW WRITING PRIZE

PACK by Louise Monaghan

★★★★★ THE GOOD REVIEW
★★★★ THE GUARDIAN
★★★★ WHATSONSTAGE
★★★★ THE PUBLIC REVIEWS

“Knocks spots off much of the new writing I have seen this year.” Michael Billington, The Guardian

“This fantastic production will hopefully ensure Monaghan a future life on the London stage.” WhatsOnStage

THE PRESS ON THE WINNER OF THE 2011 PAPATANGO NEW WRITING PRIZE

FOXFINDER by Dawn King

Foxfinder also won playwright Dawn King the OffWestEnd Award for Most Promising Playwright and a prestigious Pearson Award bursary through the Finborough Theatre, and won the Critics' Circle Most Promising Newcomer Award for director Blanche McIntyre. It has subsequently been produced in the USA, Sweden and Australia.

Critics' Choice TIME OUT
Critics' Choice GUARDIAN
★★★★★ WHATSONSTAGE
★★★★ THE TELEGRAPH
★★★★ THE GUARDIAN
★★★★ THE INDEPENDENT
★★★★ THE EVENING STANDARD
★★★★ EXUENT
★★★★ SPOONFED
★★★★ TIME OUT

One of The Independent's Top Five Plays of 2011

Nominated for the OffWestEnd Award for 2011 for Best New Play and Best Male Performance

" Dawn King's play shines out like a beacon...The most compelling new work I have seen this year.” Michael Billington, The Guardian


“A bold and often brilliant stab at something new.” Dominic Maxwell, The Times


“Rich, rare and deeply unsettling...a thrillingly original piece of writing.” Sam Marlowe, Time Out

THE PRESS ON DIRECTOR JUSTIN AUDIBERT

“Justin Audibert’s clinical yet tender production…the play’s distinctive tone combines with stellar performances to make it unexpectedly and crazily watchable.” Lyn Gardner, The Guardian on Gruesome Playground Injuries

“A fascinating examination of neediness and despair. Both Joseph and Audibert are names to watch.” The Stage on Gruesome Playground Injuries

“Justin Audibert’s eloquent production proves compulsive.” TNT Magazine on Gruesome Playground Injuries

“Audibert’s confident, winsome staging…a delight.” Time Out on Gruesome Playground Injuries

“Justin Audibert’s production is stylish and forensic…beautifully done.” The Times on Gruesome Playground Injuries

“Shines with warmth, humour and something touchingly traditional.” Time Out Critics’ Choice on Company Along The Mile

“This one-hander directed by Justin Audibert makes social history relevant…brilliant…galvanising.” The Morning Star on Wrong ‘Un

POST SHOW Q&A

Wednesday 6 November

Free to ticketholders of that evening’s show.

Meet the cast and creative team of Unscorched, the winner of the 2013 Papatango New Writing Prize in partnership with the Finborough Theatre.

The panel will include George Turvey, Artistic Director of the multi-award-winning Papatango Theatre Company, Justin Audibert, director of Unscorched and former Resident Director at the National Theatre Studio, and Luke Owen, writer of Unscorched.

The panel will discuss topics including that evening’s performance, the Papatango New Writing Prize and other opportunities, and programming and developing new work, as a springboard to answer questions from the audience.

ABOUT THE CAST

Richard Atwill

Productions at the Finborough Theatre include iWitness (2007) Captain Oates’ Left Sock (2009) and Beating Heart Cadaver (2011).
Trained at LAMDA.
Theatre includes Macbeth and Macbett (Royal Shakespeare Company), God in Ruins (Royal Shakespeare Company and Soho Theatre), The Changing Room (Royal Court Theatre), Ravenhill for Breakfast (Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh), The Roman Bath (Arcola Theatre and National Theatre Bulgaria), Beyond the Pale (Southwark Playhouse), The Adventure (Pleasance Edinburgh and Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester), Coalition (Theatre503), The Merchant of Venice (Hazlitt Theatre, Maidstone), Seawall (Acre Theatre, Israel), Swing and Invisible Storms (Cock Tavern), Roots (Clwyd Theatr Cymru) and Potted Potter (Little Schubert Theatre, New York).
Film includes Best, Canvas and The Monkey Cage.
Television includes Doctors and Il Spettacolo Di Ricky E Lucy.

John Hodgkinson

Productions at the Finborough Theatre include Photos of You Sleeping as part of The 2012 Papatango New Writing Prize (2012).
Theatre includes A Walk On Part (Live Theatre Newcastle, Soho Theatre and Arts Theatre), The Seagull (National Theatre), Onassis (West End), London Assurance (Chichester Festival Theatre and West End), Behud (Soho Theatre), The Winter’s Tale (Headlong), Absurdia and The Front Page (Donmar Warehouse), The Eleventh Capital (Royal Court Theatre), Alice in Wonderland, Alice Through the Looking Glass, Love’s Labour’s Lost, A Jovial Crew, The Beggar’s Opera, The Winter’s Tale, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, The Pretenders, Richard II, Edward II and The Comedy of Errors (Royal Shakespeare Company), His Dark Materials, Uncle Vanya, Neville’s Island and The Hare Trilogy (Birmingham Rep), Aristo, Love’s Labour’s Lost and The Visit (Chichester Festival Theatre), Hapgood (Birmingham Rep and West Yorkshire Playhouse), The Taming of the Shrew, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Romeo and Juliet, As You Like It and Oh What a Lovely War (Open Air Theatre, Regent’s Park), A Journey to London (Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond), I Have Been Here Before (Watford Palace Theatre), Arcadia (Bristol Old Vic), Events While Guarding the Bofors Gun and Leocadia (Royal Shakespeare Company Festival), Cardboard City (National Tour), Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme (Edinburgh Festival) and Good Morning Bill (Scala Theatre, Stockholm).
Film includes Skyfall, Heart of Lightness, Leave to Remain, Thunderpants, Firelight and Whatever Happened to Harold Smith?
Television includes Big Bad World, The Escape Artist, Whitechapel, Silk, Holby City, Criminal Justice, Fall Out, Heartbeat, Broken News, Doctors, Brief Encounters, Peep Show, EastEnders, My Family, The Lee Evans Show, Chambers, The Bill, The Estate Agents, People Like Us, Kiss Me Kate, The Peter Principle, Pure Wickedness, Boyz Unlimited, Then, Keeping Mum, Duck Patrol, Dad, Sometime Never and Inside Victor Lewis Smith.

Ronan Raftery

Trained at RADA.
Theatre includes Juno and the Paycock (National Theatre), A View From The Bridge (Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester), Brighton Beach Memoirs (Watford Palace Theatre) and The Shawshank Redemption (West End).
Film includes Captain America and Death of a Superhero.
Television includes Fresh Meat, Moone Boy, Crossing Lines, Doctors, Starstruck and Silent Witness.
Radio includes Pepys and Ulysses.

George Turvey

Theatre includes The Importance of Being Earnest (Theatre Royal Bath and West End), Romeo and Juliet (Middle Temple Hall), the title role in Batman Live (World Arena Tour), Christmas Reloaded (Old Red Lion Theatre) and Potentials (Tristan Bates Theatre).
Television includes Which is Witch?

Eleanor Wyld

Productions at the Finborough Theatre include Rigor Mortis as part of The 2011 Papatango New Writing Prize (2011).
Trained at Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Theatre includes Dances of Death (Gate Theatre), The Astronaut’s Chair (Theatre Royal Plymouth), Shiverman (Theatre503), His Teeth (Only Connect), Antigone (Southwark Playhouse), The Deep Blue Sea (West Yorkshire Playhouse) and Romeo and Juliet (Brighton Dome).
Television includes Holby City, Doctors, Misfits, Black Mirror: The National Anthem, Casualty, Honest, You Can Choose Your Friends and Coronation Street.
Film includes Bonobo, Johnny English Reborn, Freestyle and The Manual.

TICKETS AND TIMES

Tuesday, 29 October – Saturday, 23 November 2013

Tuesday to Saturday Evenings at 7.30pm.
Sunday Matinees at 3.00pm.
Saturday Matinees 3.00pm (from 9 November 2013).

Performance Length: Approximately 90 minutes with NO interval.

29 October - 10 November 2013

Tickets £14, £10 concessions

except Tuesday Evenings £10 all seats, and Saturday evenings £14 all seats.
Previews (29 and 30 October) £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 Saturday, 2 November 2013 when booked online only.

12 - 23 November 2013

Tickets £16, £12 concessions

except Tuesday Evenings £12 all seats, and Saturday evenings £16 all seats. 

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

Directed by Justin Audibert

Designed by Georgia Lowe

Lighting by Joshua Carr

Sound by Richard Hammarton

Casting by Emily Jones

Presented by Papatango in partnership with the Finborough Theatre.

RICHARD ATWILL

JOHN HODGKINSON

RONAN RAFTERY

GEORGE TURVEY

ELEANOR WYLD