Spring Season 2017 | February - May 2017

RUN THE BEAST DOWN

by Titas Halder

 
Tuesday, 31 January – Saturday, 25 February 2017

The world premiere

“When I looked up, I saw him. Burnt orange, bright against the summer woods. He stood grandly on all fours, the King.”

Charlie has stopped sleeping. His neighbour’s cat has been dismembered. And worse, he’s being haunted by an urban fox. In a haze of neon-soaked insomnia, lines blur between reality and fantasy. What are they up to? Whatever it is, it’s big. The mystery twists its way towards a dead rabbit, a city in flames and a Kendal mint cake fuelled murderous showdown.  

An exhilarating theatrical journey performed with a live electronic score, Run The Beast Down is a boundary-pushing hybrid piece of theatre and music, combining elements of storytelling, dark comedy and magical realism with a pulsing soundtrack.  

Run The Beast Down is Titas Halder’s first full length play. It will be directed by Hannah Price, founder of Theatre Uncut and director of the critically acclaimed Boa (Trafalgar Studios), starring Dame Harriet Walter and Guy Paul.

Run The Beast Down has been developed under the Marlowe Theatre’s ROAR! Project for New Writing and will premiere at the Marlowe Theatre Studio Space in January 2017.

ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT TITAS HALDER

Playwright Titas Halder is a writer, director and musician. He trained on the Donmar Warehouse Resident Assistant Director Scheme, on the Finborough Theatre Resident Director Programme, and the Royal Court Theatre Young Writers’ Programme. Previously Associate Director at the Tricycle Theatre, Resident Assistant Director at the Donmar Warehouse, Creative Associate at the Bush Theatre and Literary Associate at the Finborough Theatre. Run The Beast Down is his first play. His second play Escape The Scaffold will be produced at Theatre 503 and The Other Room in Spring 2017.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR HANNAH PRICE

Director Hannah Price is an award winning theatre director and filmmaker, Co-Artistic Director and Founder of Theatre Uncut. Theatre includes TEST (Scala Theatre, Switzerland), The Dead Monkey (Park Theatre), Boa (Trafalgar Studios) Cello/Fragile (Yard Theatre), Call to Prayer (Southwark Playhouse), Bud Take the Wheel, I Feel a Song Coming On (Shaw Theatre and Edinburgh Festival), That Moment (King's Head Theatre, Edinburgh Festival and National Tour), In a Very Real Sense (Soho Theatre), Portmanteau (Arcola Theatre and BikeShed Theatre, Exeter) and Loving Ophelia (Pleasance London). For Theatre Uncut, Hannah has directed In Opposition (Paines Plough Roundabout), Knowledge is Power: Knowledge is Change (Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, Òran Mór, Glasgow, Soho Theatre, Brighton Dome, Bristol Old Vic, Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury, and Everyman Theatre, Liverpool), Referendum Plays (Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh), TU Istanbul: Power and Protest (Dot Tiyatro Istanbul, Istanbul International Theatre Festival), TU 2013: The Rise of the Right (The Young Vic) and The Cuts Plays (Southwark Playhouse, Soho Theatre and Latitude Festival). Hannah has won two Fringe First awards, a Herald’s Angel award and the Spirit of the Fringe Award for her work with Theatre Uncut. She was Resident Assistant Director at the Donmar Warehouse in 2012 and toured to New York with the all-female Julius Caesar at St. Ann’s Warehouse in 2013, and was Associate Director on The Machine (Manchester International Festival and The Armory, New York) and Good Canary (Rose Theatre, Kingston).

ABOUT THE CAST

Ben Aldridge

Trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and the National Youth Theatre. Theatre includes American Psycho (Almeida Theatre), The Lyons (Menier Chocolate Factory), Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare’s Globe), Antigone at Hell’s Mouth (Soho Theatre) and Fish and Company (Soho Theatre).
Television includes The Devil’s Whore, Compulsion, Lewis, Heavenly, Pramface, The Selection, Vera, The Cricklewood Greats, The Bible, Toast, First Light, Reign, Stan Lee’s Lucky Man, Detour and Our Girl.
Film includes The Railway Man, In The Night, Titan and Amre.
Ben can currently be seen starring in Fleabag for BBC3 and Amazon.

Chris Bartholomew

Chris is a sound designer and composer based in South London.
Trained in Electronic Music at Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Chris has created sound and music for various productions by Theatre Ad Infinitum including Light (Edinburgh Festival, London International Mime Festival and International Tour) and Bucket List (Edinburgh Festival, BAC and National Tour).
Theatre includes Grounded (Park Theatre), Shooting With Light and Voyager (New Diorama Theatre and National Tour).
As a composer, Chris works with a blend of acoustic and electronic. He has been commissioned to write for stage, screen, orchestra and helipad, including Lead Composer for Mozart Remixed, a long running collaboration between the London Mozart Players and Croydon Council, culminating in a performance of two remixed symphonies performed in St Thomas’s Cathedral for the Portsmouth Festivities.
Chris has also worked as a DJ in venues including Egg, Pacha London and Koko Camden, amongst others.

THE PRESS ON DIRECTOR HANNAH PRICE

“The dramatized flashbacks registered with admirable lightness of touch by Hannah Price’s uncluttered, nimble production” ★★★ The Independent on Boa

“Hypnotic elegance” ★★★ The Evening Standard on Boa

“Such moments are…gracefully drawn out by director Hannah Price” ★★★★ The Telegraph on Boa

“Directed with daring by Hannah Price, a comic treat” ★★★★ The Observer on The Dead Monkey

“Theatre Uncut isn’t just a performance, it’s an idea: that theatre can be immediately responsive to the world’s events” Lyn Gardner, The Guardian on Theatre Uncut

“Director Hannah Price draws superb performances from a first class cast” ★★★★★ Broadway Baby on Bud Take The Wheel I Feel A Song Coming On

“Drama of epic proportions…powerful stuff” ★★★★ Metro on Bud Take The Wheel I Feel A Song Coming On

TICKETS AND TIMES

Tuesday, 31 January – Saturday, 25 February 2017

Tuesday to Saturday Evenings at 7.30pm.
Sunday Matinees at 3.00pm.
Saturday Matinees 3.00pm (from 11 February 2017).

Performance Length: TBC.

Prices until 12 February 2017

Tickets £16, £14 concessions

except Tuesday Evenings £14 all seats, and Friday and Saturday evenings £16 all seats.
Previews (31 January and 1 February) £12 all seats.

£10 tickets for Under 30's for performances from Tuesday to Sunday of the first week when booked online only.

£12 tickets for residents of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea on Saturday, 4 February 2017 when booked online only.

Prices from 14 February 2017

Tickets £18, £16 concessions

except Tuesday Evenings £16 all seats, and Friday and Saturday evenings £18 all seats. 

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

Directed by Hannah Price

Set and Costume Design by Anthony Lamble

Lighting Design by Rob Mills

On-Stage Sound Design by Chris Bartholomew

Sound Design Consultancy by Ben and Max Ringham

Assistant Producer Emma Murton

Produced by Libby Brodie Productions and The Marlowe Theatre in association with Neil McPherson for the Finborough Theatre.

BEN ALDRIDGE

CHRIS BARTHOLOMEW