Summer Season 2014 | May - August 2014


by Dameon Garnett

Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29 July 2014

The World Premiere

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“Let’s celebrate, right now, shall we? The cake’s ruined, but we’ve got the ashes. 17 candles on the ashes of my fucking life...”

Following a reading as part of Vibrant 2013 – A Festival of Finborough Playwrights, the world premiere of a new play from Liverpool playwright Dameon Garnett.

At seventeen years old, Scott is facing a future that is as uncertain as his past. The death of his adopted mother throws his life into chaos, and now he finds himself having to fit in with a new middle-class family, and the birth-mother he never knew. Class differences soon reach fever pitch, and guilt has the winning hand. Whoever thought change would be this difficult, and what is Scott hiding under the bed?


Liverpool playwright Dameon Garnett has had two plays receive their world premieres at the Finborough Theatre – the Time Out Critics’ Choice Break Away (2005) which starred Tina Malone of Shameless, and Follow (2008). His first play, New Year’s Day, was performed at the Royal Court Young Writers’ Festival, starring Michael Angelis. He also received a playwriting bursary from the Soho Theatre. This year, he was invited to become a member of the Studio Group at the Royal Court Theatre where he is working on a new play.


Director Emma Faulkner returns to the Finborough Theatre where she directed two Northern Irish classics – Over the Bridge (2013) and John Ferguson (2014). She received the 2010 Regional Theatre Young Director Scheme bursary in association with The Young Vic. Directing includes London 2012: Glasgow (Theatre Uncut at the Bussey Building), Christmas The Musical (Battersea Mess and Music Hall), The Scared Ritual of the Nymphs of Natterjack, part of Bush Bazaar (Bush Theatre), Different is Dangerous (Tamasha), After the End (Dundee Rep and Pleasance, Edinburgh), The Miracle (Dundee Rep), Forfeit, What Love Is (Òran Mór and Dundee Rep), The Ruffian on the Stair, Making Good, Absolute Return (Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond) and Knives in Hens (St Mary's at BAC). Associate Direction includes Sunshine on Leith (National Tour). Assistant Direction includes assisting Alan Ayckbourn on Taking Steps – as well as Sleeping Beauty and A Doll’s House (Dundee Rep), and Alison’s House, Spring Shakespeare, The Lady or the Tiger and The Ring of Truth (Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond).


Ryan Blackburn | Scott

Trained at East 15 Acting School. 

Theatre includes The Boyband and Fitness Freaks (Writer’s Avenue at Pleasance London), Living The Dream (Writer’s Avenue at Soho Theatre), Pale In The Shade (Tamasha at the Bush Theatre), Inspector Clueless and The Missing Materials (National Tour for Quantum Theatre) and Lifestars (Everyman Theatre, Liverpool).

Television includes Britain’s Secret Homes.

Greg Fossard | Leo

Trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.
Theatre includes Dreamboats and Petticoats (National Tour), Avenue Q (Korea), Little Voice (National Tour), Dick Whittington (Courtyard Theatre, Hereford), Our House - 10th anniversary gala concert (Savoy Theatre), Numberjacks (National Tour), Spring Awakening (English Theatre Frankfurt), Twopence to Cross the Mersey (Empire Theatre, Liverpool) and Les Miserables (National Tour).
Film includes My Beautiful Son.
Television includes Nice Guy Eddie.
Recordings and Radio include Spring Awakening (English Theatre, Frankfurt, cast recording) and Till the Words Come Back.

Catherine Harvey | Lisa

Productions at the Finborough Theatre include Quality Street (2010) and Unburied, which was part of Vibrant – An Anniversary Festival of Finborough Playwrights (2010). In 2011, she was a member of the Finborough Theatre’s Literary Development Ensemble.
Trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.
Theatre includes Geisha Girls - Bush Beano, The Purification Ritual of the Sacred Nymphs of Natterjack - Bush Bazaar (Bush Theatre), New Views (National Theatre), The Ring of Truth, Alison’s House (Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond), The Comedy Project (Soho Theatre), Humble Boy, Nightfall (both tours of the UK and Ireland for London Classic Theatre), My Balloon Beats Your Astronaut (Papatango), Les Enfants du Paradis (Arcola Theatre), An Ideal Husband (Clwyd Theatr Cymru), Pericles (Ludlow), the title role in Deirdre of the Sorrows (Riverside Studios), Charley’s Aunt (Norwich Playhouse), and Erasmus Montanus (Greenwich Studio - Time Out Critics' Choice Season at BAC).
Television includes Restless, Emmerdale, Where the Heart Is, Casualty, Judge John Deed, Red Dwarf and the BAFTA-nominated series A Wing and a Prayer.
Film includes Oscar and Lucinda.
Radio includes Poetry Please, With Great Pleasure, Words and Music, Night Waves, The Verb, Orchestra Paloma, Hans Christian Andersen, 43 Years in the Third Form, Artists With Designs, Doctor Who, and the comedy series Bangers and Mash. Catherine also works as a playwright and a director of stand up comedy. She won the Redfest new play award for Angeldust, which was subsequently longlisted for the Adrienne Benham Award. Her first full length stage play Infinite Riches was produced by the Old Red Lion Theatre, Islington. It was longlisted for Little Brother’s Big Opportunity and is published by Playdead Press. Other work includes Fields Unsown (co-written with Louise Monaghan for Attic Theatre Company), The Rialto Burns (longlisted for the Bruntwood Prize), and short plays at Theatre503, Soho Theatre, The Bush, 24:7 Festival, Manchester, The Miniaturists at the Arcola Theatre, and three Doctor Who audio dramas for Big Finish.

Paul Regan | Daniel

Productions at the Finborough Theatre include Pvt Wars and Follow.
Trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.
Theatre includes Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, The Astonished Heart and Still Life (Liverpool Playhouse), The Winter’s Tale (Wirral Shakespeare Festival), Chavasse – VC and Bar (Liverpool Cathedral), Waste (Unity Theatre), Enter the Clown (Theatre in the Mill, Bradford), The Cell (24:7 Theatre Festival), Macbeth (Valley Theatre), Lonely Meets Lonely (Didsbury Arts Festival) andThe Ragged Trousered Philanthropists (Everyman Theatre, Liverpool, and the Chichester Festival Theatre). Film includes Day in the Life and Esther Kahn.
Television includes New Street Law and Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps.
Radio includes the plays A Northern Elegy, A Painter’s Sky Lost in Liverpool and Silver Grey and Unprotected.


On Break Away

“Break Away…signals the arrival of a perceptively class-conscious and nuanced playwright." Lucy Powell, Time Out Critics’ Choice

“You can't deny Garnett's bruising energy." Michael Billington, The Guardian

“Liverpudlian Dameon Garnett’s first play contains cracking dialogue, excellent jokes and good characters. It is a promising debut.” Colin Shearman, The Stage

On Follow

“Garnett's script is peppered with wry observations and banter…A breath of fresh air.” Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

“Dameon Garnett has a real ear for vernacular speech.” Howard Loxton, British Theatre Guide

“Dameon Garnett paints a vivid picture of troubled teens, the play’s big themes of parental and individual responsibility almost burst through the confines of this small domestic drama.” Aleks Sierzs, The Stage

“Undeniably sparky and entertaining…Follow retains an upbeat, chirpy wit…Its appeal lies in Garnett's compassion for his floundering characters, his rapid-fire, whip-smart dialogue and Ken Alexander's persuasively acted production.” Sam Marlowe, The Times

“Garnett’s writing has an irresistible momentum that ensures we care deeply what befalls this trio…Did I mention how funny this play is, or how uplifting? There are nuggets of pure gold amid Follow’s northern grit.” Mark Valencia, WhatsOnStage

“Here is a young playwright who understands and can portray a new generation.” The News Line


“Emma Faulkner’s production has an authentic documentary feel and is totally involving…the show deserves a longer run…What the West End needs is a small theatre to which fringe productions of this calibre can transfer” British Theatre Guide on Over the Bridge

“Urgent … and so well performed that it should not be missed” ★★★★★, WhatsOnStage on After the End

“Dennis Kelly’s script is realized skillfully here … an absorbing and sharply delivered exploration of human behaviour pushed to extremes” ★★★★ The Independent on After the End

“A fine production” ★★★★ The Scotsman on After the End

“A tense intriguing debate … immaculately performed” ★★★★The Scotsman on Forfeit

“A pleasure… Faulkner has polished it up nicely, too...sustaining the serio-comic mood right up to the hilariously blithe, cynical ending.” The Times on The Ruffian on the Stair

“Worth crossing London to see.. played with such finesse” British Theatre Guide on The Ruffian on the Stair


Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays
20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29 July 2014

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

Performance Length: TBA.

Tickets £18, £16 concessions


Directed by Emma Faulkner

Designed by Bethany Wells

Lighting by Peter Harrison

Sound by Max Pappenheim

Produced by Max Milner and Winona Navin-Holder

Presented by Northern Edge in association with Neil McPherson for the Finborough Theatre.