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1991
“The innovative Finborough” City Limits, August 1991.

THE CHANGELING
by Thomas Middleton and William Rowley
Directed by Mark Rylance
Designed by Will Hargreaves and Ultz.
Presented by the British Chinese Theatre Company (funded by The Arts Council and the Mackintosh Foundation)
Cast included: Susan Leong. Kwong Loke. Julian Lyon. Toshie Ogura. John Shin. David K.S. Tse.
15 – 27 January 1991.
“A revelation.” Malcolm Rutherford, Financial Times.
“An important principle has been established: that Chinese actors born or based in Britain has a legitimate clam on the classics.” Michael Billington, The Guardian.

TRISTRAM SHANDY
Adapted from Lawrence Sterne’s nine-volume work, ‘The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy’.
Directed by Brian Croucher.
Adapted and Performed by Stephen Oxley.
Lighting by Philip Rutter.
14 – 24 February 1991 (second run at Finborough).
“An evening of varied company, affectionately observed.” Martin Hoyle, The Times.

THE ADOLF HITLER SHOW
Written and Performed by Brian McDermott
7 March – 23 March 1991
This production was performed in the cellar of the Finborough Arms pub

LADY MACBETH
by Jean Binnie
Directed by Richard Osborne.
Designed by Jonathon Fensom.
Lighting by Ciaran Murphy and Danielle Bisson
Musical Direction by Trevor Allan
Presented by One-Off Productions.
Cast included: Chris Lailey. Philippa Williams.
26 February – 24 March 1991

RUBE AND AUD ENTERTAIN OUR NATION
by Catherine Barrett
Presented by Raeon
Cast: Catherine Barrett. Mary McNulty. Graham Rix.
20 March 1991

MELANCHOLY BABY
by Julia O’Faolain.
Adapted and Directed by Colin Watkeys
Presented by Myrtle
Cast included: Linda Robertson. Linda Wallinger. Louise Winstone.
18 April – 5 May 1991
“A strong cast led by Louise Wallinger’s touching Gwennie provides a most engaging evening.” Time Out.

THE EROTIC GLONY OF OLD GLORY
A dance performance theatre work
Based on a radio play by Don Becker
Music by Richard McDowell
Presented by One Yellow Rabbit Theatre Coompany
Cast: Mark Christmann. Denise Clarke. Michael Green.
Playing the week of 9 May 1991 as part of a European tour

THE WOMEN OF TROY
by Euripides in the London premiere of a new translation by Don Taylor
Directed by Richard Osborne
Designed by Jacqui Trousdale
Lighting by Kim Nichols.
Music by Trevor Allan
Presented by Wooden Horse Theatre Company and the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry
Cast included: Christopher Harrison. David Harrison. David Hobbs. Lee Hucker. Mark Kelly. Kristin Milward. Margaret Robertson. Alison Skilbeck. Kate Thorne.
Transferred from the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry
23 May – 29 June 1991
“Don Taylor’s vivid new translation speaks with an unblunted power and directness.” The Independent.

ECOCIDE
by Wayne Jennings
Directed by Alan Gill.
Music by Pete Bryden.
Presented by Ex Animus (the country’s first environmental theatre company).
Cast included: Teresa Brett. Richard Harradine. Josephine Welcome.
11 June – 30 June 1991
Transferred and expanded from the 1989 Edinburgh Fringe First-winning production.
“The nuclear debate is conducted on many fronts: the stage is as valid as any, and in theatrical terms the argument is dignified, restrained and moving.” The Times.

VERMIN
by Nick Burbridge
Directed by John Grant.
Presented by Tommy McDermott’s Theatre.
Cast includes: Jonathan Bailey. Tom Bevan. Janette Eddisford. Simon Harvey. Geoffrey Swan.
9 - 28 July 1991.
Transferred from the Brighton Festival.
“Superbly executed, it’s a sort of Beckett update for the 1990’s. See it and tell your friends.” The Times.

MEMORIES OF AMNESIA
The World Premiere of a new play by Stephen Oxley and Ken Campbell
Adapted from the novel by Lawrence Shainberg
Directed by Ken Campbell
Lighting by Colin Watkeys
Co-Presented by the Finborough Theatre
Cast: Stephen Oxley
30 July - 4 August, and 3 - 15 September 1991
Transferred to the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, 18 – 31 August 1991
“This is Ken Campbell country, and you enter at your own risk.” The Independent.

HOLDING BACK THE OCEAN
The world premiere of a new play by Godfrey Hamilton
Directed, Designed and Lighting by Colin Watkeys
Presented by Starving Artists, based in Honolulu, and co-produced by the Finborough Theatre.
Cast includes: Ryan Keola Brown. Mark W. Pinkosh. Mark Kadota.
8 August – 1 September 1991.
"Tennessee Williams would have fallen for this show and its two smashing performers." Irving Wardle, The Independent on Sunday
"A seductive treat for everyone." Jane Edwardes, Time Out
The production was accompanied by Ryan Brown’s Hawaiian dance workshops.

HAOLA BOY
Written and Performed by Mark W. Pinkosh.
Friday and Saturday late night cabaret performances.
16 - 31 August 1991

NORMAL: THE DUSSELDORF RIPPER
The world premiere of a new play by Anthony Neilson
Directed by Anthony Neilson.
Designed by Mike Roberts
Lighting by John Rudin
Music by Zoe Sosinska
Presented by Psychopathia Sexualis in association with Finborough Productions.
Cast includes: Craig Edwards. Juliet Prew. Jon Sotherton.
1 – 19 October 1991.
Transferred from the Edinburgh Festival.
The Guardian Critics’ Choice 1991.
“Anthony Neilson’s wise new play is like nothing else you’ll see on the subject” The Independent
“Gripping, stylish, intelligent.” The Guardian.
Tickets £6, £3.50 concessions. 50p membership.

WHEN IT’S OVER
by Geraldine Sherman and Eduardo Machado.
Directed by Annie Tyson
Designed by Andrew Hunt
Lighting by Mark Doubleday
Sound Design by Paul Evans
Presented by Gary Carter for Follow Through Productions.
Cast included: Rebecca Charles. Esther Freud. Jimmy Gardner. Colm Lagan. Paul M. Meston. Vincenzo Nicoli. Anna Niland. David Phelan. Pat Rossiter.
23 October – 16 November 1991.
Nominated for Best Lighting Design in Fringe Theatre Awards

MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE
Written and Directed by Helen Walker
Designed by Laura Jacob.
Presented by Outrageous Acts Theatre Company.
Cast included: Edward Law. Julie Woods.
19 November – 14 December 1991

THE LAST OF THE LOLLOPS
by Gordon Snell
Directed by Cathryn Horn
Designed by Mike Roberts
Lighting and Sound Design by John Rudin
Choreography by Ed Birch
Costume Design by Andrew Hunt
Produced by Philip Barton for The Earls Court Panto.
Cast included: Helen Anderson. Ignatius Anthony. Dom Boydell. Amanda Mitchell. Mark Phoenix. Salli Randi. Frank Sterling. Louise Wallinger.
18 December 1991 – 11 January 1992.

WHEN DID YOU LAST SEE YOUR MOTHER?
by Christopher Hampton???
Cast included: Paul Kaye.
????

SERJEANT MUSGRAVE'S DANCE
by John Arden
Directed by Elizabeth Newbery
Cast included: Rupert Procter. Paul Whitby.
?????

1992
THE CEZANNE SYNDROME
by Normand Canac-Marquis
Translated by Louison Danis.
Directed by Phil Setren
Designed by Michelle Dado
Lighting by Doug Kuhrt
Cast: Julie Riley. Nick Sutton. Richard Townson.
19 January – 8 February 1992

TORONTO, MISSISSIPPI
by Joan MacLeod
Directed by Charles Siegel
Designed by Tim Sykes
Lighting by John Rudin
Presented by Finborough Productions
Cast: Scott Gilmore. Laurissa Kalinowsky. William Marsh. Jane Morant.
27 March - 18 April 1992

OUT ALL NIGHT AND LOST MY SHOES
Written and Performed by Terry Galloway.
Directed by Donna Marie Nudd.
Presented by Finborough Productions with the Fifth Business.
23 April - 24 May 1992 (Late Night Performances)
Transferred to the Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh, 15 August – 5 September 1992

BROKEN FOLK
by Godfrey Hamilton
Directed by Cathryn Horn
Designed by Justin Horn.
Lighting by Paul Smailes.
Presented by Finborough Productions in association with Colin Watkeys and Starving Artists of Honolulu.
Cast: Dom Boydell. Mark W. Pinkosh
27 April – 23 May 1992
This production caused a controversy with Whitbread, the brewery then running the Finborough Arms pub, who attempted to ban the play because of its gay content.

GRAVE DANCER
The world premiere of a new play by Lizzie Mickery
Directed by Mary Peate
Designed by Mark Viner
Lighting by Naomi Brooke
Sound by Laurence Muspratt
Presented by Finborough Productions
Cast: Jan Chappell. Kate Paul. Ben Robertson. Sean Simpson. David Smeaton. Justin Suckley. Stephen Tindall.
27 May – 20 June 1992
A season of three new British plays

TANGO ‘TIL YOU’RE SORE
The world premiere of a new play by Robert Young
Directed by Richard Georgeson.
Designed by Adrian Linford
Lighting by Paul Smailes.
Presented by Finborough Productions
Cast included: Tracey Suzanne Hardwick. Simon Hudson. Andy Lucas. Celia Nelson.
24 June - 18 July 1992
A season of three new British plays

THE MONSTER HE MADE ME
The world premiere of a new play by Michael Butt
Directed by Cathryn Horn.
Designed by Keith Orton.
Lighting by John Rudin.
Presented by Finborough Productions
Cast included: Peter Birrell. Carl Brincast. Victoria Davies. Michael Healy. Colm Lagan. Deborah McHardy. Robin Pratt. Alistair Schofield.
5 - 29 August 1992
A season of three new British plays

WHEN THE PAST IS STILL TO COME
The world premiere of a new play by Tom Kempinski
Directed by Madeleine Wynn.
Designed by John Stevenson.
Lighting by Nigel Morgan.
Presented by Zenana Theatre Company.
Cast: John Castle. Ronald Wood.
9 September – 3 October 1992.

ROBERTO CALVI IS ALIVE AND WELL AND LIVING IN STOCKWELL
by Roy Smiles
Directed by Gregor Truter.
Designed by Dom Boydell.
Lighting by Naomi Brooke.
Sound Design by John Rudin
Cast: Simon Clayton. Maria Fierheller. Andy Linden. Jason Maddocks. David Napier. David Peyton-Bruhl. Gregor Truter. Andy Whipp.
14 October – 7 November 1992
Winner of a Guinness Fringe Theatre Award

A STANDING CHILL
Written and Performed by Gillian Roberts
Directed by Esca Francis.
Lighting by Julia Henderson.
Presented by Deliverance Theatre Company.
11 – 28 November 1992

NEVILLE SOUTHALL'S WASHBAG
The world premiere of a new play
Written and Directed by David Farr.
Designed by Rosmitha Gerlitz.
Lighting by Ben Hopkins
Costume Design by Kira Joliffe
Presented by Finborough Productions in association with Taking Tongues.
Cast included: Will Barton. Stephanie Buttle. Will Keen. Pete Lee-Wilson. Timothy Stark. Nicola Walker. Rachel Weisz.
This play was later revised into the West End play, Elton John's Glasses
3 – 19 December 1992.

1993
"Over the last three years, the Finborough has seriously rivalled the Royal Court, Hampstead and the Bush as a venue for new writing" Michael Billlington, The Guardian
"No independent outfit turned out more regularly interesting surprises than the Finborough" Dominic Dromgoole in his book The Full Room

FOREIGN LANDS
The world premiere of a new play by Karen Hope
Directed by Jessica Dromgoole
Designed by Joanne Nellis
Lighting by Isla Stewart.
Sound by Alan Gwinnett.
Presented by Finborough Productions
Cast: Steph Bramwell. Tracy Gilman. Marlene Sidaway. Julia Tarnoky.
Women's Work Season - a season of six new plays by women
5 - 30 January 1993
Winner of the 1989 Croydon Warehouse International Playwriting Competition
“An astonishingly mature talent. One of the best plays in London.” Michael Billington, The Guardian

THE WAR BOYS
The world premiere of the first play by Naomi Wallace
Directed by Kate Valentine.
Designed by Fay Saxty.
Lighting by Ian Harrison
Presented by Finborough Productions
Cast: Ethan Flower. Bradley Lavelle. Matthew Sharp.
Women's Work Season - a season of six new plays by women
4 - 27 February 1993

DANGEROUS OASIS
The world premiere of a new play by Nina Rapi.
Directed by Madeleine Wynn.
Presented by Finborough Productions in association with Lunar Theatre Company.
Performed by Bridget Mastrocola.
Women's Work Season - a season of six new plays by women
2 March – 20 March 1993

BEAT THE AIR
The world premiere of a new play by Stephanie McKnight.
Directed by Sarah Frankcom
Designed by Naomi Wilkinson
Lighting by Julia Henderson
Presented by Finborough Productions
Cast included: David Garvey. Karla Goodman. Edward Halsted. Mia Leahy. Shona Morris.
Women's Work Season - a season of six new plays by women
29 March - 24 April 1993

LARDO WEEPING
Written and Performed by Terry Galloway
Directed by Donna Marie Nudd
Designed by Annie Kelly.
Lighting by Naomi Brooke
Presented by Finborough Productions
Women's Work Season - a season of six new plays by women
4 - 29 May 1993

A WALK ON LAKE ERIE
by Heather McCutcheon
Directed by Cathryn Horn
Designed by Fiona Watt
Lighting by Charlotte McClelland
Costume Design by Kira Jolliffe
Sound by Lawrence Muspratt
Presented by Finborough Productions
Cast: Laurence Amias/Aaron Mason. Carly Britnell/Ania Sowinski. John Cassady. Nancy Crane. Brian Finnerty. Ethan Flower. Anthony Hamblyn/Adam Searles. Glenn Hanning/Adam Morely. Harriet Robinson. Richard Vanstone.
[NB Children sharing roles are separated by a forward slash]
Women's Work Season - a season of six new plays by women
11 June – 3 July 1993

The Women's Work season won a Time Out Readers Award

IDIOT'S WALTZ
The world premiere of a new play by Roy Smiles
Directed by Kate Valentine.
Designed by Katherine Richards.
Lighting by Liz Allen.
Sound by Alan Gwinnett.
Presented by Top of the Town Productions.
Cast included: Jonathan Arun. Michael Bottle. Toby E. Byrne. Victoria Davan. Tim Gallagher. Philip Peacock.
Winner of the 1991 Croydon Warehouse International Playwriting Competition
9 September – 2 October 1993.

PENETRATOR
The London premiere of a new play
Written and Directed by Anthony Neilson
Designed by Michael T. Roberts
Lighting by Stuart Stocks
Sound by Neil Alexander
Presented by Finborough Productions
Cast: James Cunningham. Anthony Neilson. Alan Francis.
7 – 30 October 1993.
Transferred from the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh where it opened on 18 August 1993, and went on to play at the Royal Court Theatre Upstairs from 12 January – 29 January 1994, presented by the Royal Court Theatre Upstairs in association with Finborough productions.
"'Should this sick play have been presented at all?" Theatre Record
"Is it a brave attack on social and sexual taboos, or just gratuitously nasty, brutish and short?" The Guardian
"The explosion of violence towards the end is one of the most nail-biting scenes I have ever watched in a theatre" The Mail on Sunday

DANGEROUS OASIS
by Nina Rapi.
Directed by Madeleine Wynn.
Presented by Lunar Theatre Company.
Performed by Bridget Mastrocola.
2 November– 20 November 1993 (Second run at the Finborough Theatre, originally presented in March 1993 as part of the Women's Work Season)

1994
SUICIDE AND MANIPULATION
by Robert Young
Directed by Roxana Silbert
Designed by Naomi Wilkinson
Lighting by Ace McCarron
Sound Design by Russell Churney
Costume Design by Katie Birrell
Presented by Finborough Productions, funded by a £10,000 grant from The Arts Council
Cast: William Marsh. Tracey Mitchell. Lesley Vickerage.
6 – 29 January 1994

ACID HEARTS
by Thomas Kett
Directed by Richard Georgeson
Designed by John Stevenson
Lighting by Julia Henderson
Costume Design by Adrian Linford
Presented by Robin Guilleret for the Proscenium Syndicate in association with Finborough Productions
Cast included: Kieron Forsyth. Simon Hepworth. Helen Masters.
17 February – 12 March 1994
Winner of the 1993 Croydon Warehouse International Playwriting Competition

THE YEAR OF THE FAMILY
The world premiere of a new play by Anthony Neilson
Directed by Anthony Neilson
Designed by Michael T. Roberts
Lighting by Joe Lewis
Sound Design by Neil Alexander
Costume Design by Kira Joliffe
Presented by Finborough Productions
Cast included: Timothy Barlow. Alistair Galbraith. Sophie Langham. Roger McKern. Rachel Weisz.
29 March – 16 April 1994

BLEAT
The world premiere of a new play by Graham White
Directed by Cathryn Horn
Designed by Naomi Wilkinson
Lighting by Victoria Harvey
Sound Design by Mark Schofield
Presented by Finborough Productions
Cast included: Raymond Adamson. Jane Colenutt. Martin Hancock. Abigail Hayes. Philip Kingston. Emma Owen-Smith.
23 June – 16 July 1994
Subsequently broadcast on BBC Radio 1998.
"This is the Finborough's last production unless somebody out there with foresight and a fat cheque book decides to be generous. As another Mamet opens in the West End, a fringe venue in Earl's Court flogs its lights to pay the electrcity bill. Now, that is painful" Antonia Quirke, The Stage

ILLYRIA
A version of Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare
Adapted and Directed by Phil Willmott
Designed by Liz Putland
Lighting by Stuart Stocks
Presented by The Steam Industry
Cast included: Finola Bryan. Michael Chomiak. Hannah Davis. Richard Doyle. Cate Fowler. Martin Nee. Simon Paul. Amy Rockson. Howard Saddler. Matthew Woolcott. Russell Woolmore. Nicola Wright.
29 July – 21 August 1994
The Steam Industry residency

VENETIAN HEAT
by Claudio Macor
Directed by Phil Willmott
Designed by Liz Putland
Lighting by Stuart Stocks
Presented by The Steam Industry and Torchlight Theatre Company
Cast: Michael Greco. Martina Laird. Bernard Lawrence. Maurizio Molino. Mario Vernazza. Che Walker. Jem Wall.
2 – 25 September 1994
The Steam Industry residency

THE OEDIPUS TABLE
From Sophocles
Directed and Adapted by Phil Willmott
Designed by Liz Putland
Presented by The Steam Industry
Cast: Nathalie Armin. Andrew Loudon. Patricia Villa. Matthew Woolcott.
7 – 30 October 1994
The Steam Industry residency

I'LL SHOW YOU MINE
An evening of short plays including
Fist by Mark Ravenhill, Love Me Tender by Harriet Braun, and works by Clare Bayley, Kate Dean, Sheila Goff, Philip Kingston, Anthony Neilson, Phil Willmott and Robert Young.
"Some of the most distinctive voices in new theatre writing combine to explore sex, power and the human heart".
Presented by The Steam Industry
Cast included: Shaun Dingwall.
12 - 18 December 1994
Dangerous States season

1995
LADY JULIE
by August Strindberg in a new translation by Eivor Martinus
Directed by Percy Steven
Designed by Julia Smith
Lighting by Jim Woodley
Presented by Northern Light Theatre Company
Cast included: Nigel Barrett. Antonia Davies. Beata Kingsley.
5 – 22 January 1995

GETTING OVER YOU
From 6 February 1995.

WATCH OUT FOR MR STORK
The world premiere of a new play by Diane Samuels
Directed by Phil Willmott
Designed by Liz Putland
Lighting by Stuart Stocks
Presented by Lucy Powellbrett and Tom Barrie for The Steam Industry
Cast: Nathalie Armin. Ian Henderson. Scott Neal. Caroline O’Neill.
1 – 26 March 1995
New Writing Season

CALL ME JUDAS
A rehearsed reading of a new play by Sonja Lindon
Directed by Tony Dinner
Designed by Idit Nathan
Presented by Paines Plough
22 April and 27 April 1995

THE GLORY TREE
A rehearsed reading of a new play by Susie Campbell
Directed by Sarah Alexander
Designed by Fiona Watt
Presented by Paines Plough
25 April and 28 April 1995

THE GLORY TREE
A rehearsed reading of a new play by Hugh Costello
Directed by Shabnam Shabazi
Designed by Fiona Watt
Presented by Paines Plough
26 April and 29 April 1995

FUNCTION OF THE ORGASM
by Tom Smith
Directed by Jonathan Lloyd
Designed by Soutra Gilmour
Lighting by Sam Anderson
Costume Design by Sam Perry
Presented by The Steam Industry and Tomfool Theatre Company
Cast: Mark Davison. Paul Ebsworth. Paul Hill. Rachel Kemp. Adrian Stewart. Carrie Thomas. Leonard Webster.
4 May – 4 June 1995
First produced in 1993 when it won The Guardian student award.

SHOPPING AND FUCKING
The world premiere reading of a new play by Mark Ravenhill
Directed by Anthony Neilson
Presented by The Steam Industry
The Cast: Phillip Kingston. Anthony Neilson. Rachel Atkins. Tom Barrie. Mark Ravenhill. Louise Mulvey. Giles Pooley. Ian Henderson.
??? 1995
Subsequently Presented by Out of Joint and the Royal Court Theatre at the Royal Court Theatre Upstairs on 26 September 1996.
Directed by Max Stafford-Clark
Designed by Julian McGowan
Lighting by Johanna Town
Sound Design by Paul Arditti
Original Royal Court cast: Kate Ashfield. Andrew Glover. James Kennedy. Antony Ryding. Robin Soans.
The play subsequently transferred to the West End at the Queen's Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, from 24 June-6 August 1997; and Off-Broadway to New York Theatre Workshop, New York City (where it was directed by Max Stafford-Clark and Gemma Bodinetz) where it opened on January 14 1998.
"A shocker in every sense of the word" The Daily Mail
"It wallows in the conditions it describes" The Sunday Telegraph
"What makes this play so dangerous to closed minds is its unnerving knack of opening our eyes to the horrors of our daily lives" Sunday Express

SERVING IT UP
A playreading of a new play by David Eldridge
Directed by Mark Ravenhill.
Cast includes: Nicola Duffett.
June 1995

THIS LIME TREE BOWER
A playreading of a new play by Conor McPherson
1995

TALES OF LOVE AND JUSTICE
A triple bill of three Chinese plays by Kuan Han Ch’ing and Cheng Ten-Hui
ONCE A WHORE, adapted by Mark Ravenhill
SNOW IN MIDSUMMER, adapted by Sheila Goff
THE SOUL OF CHIEN-NU LEAVES HER BODY, adapted by Hattie Naylor
Directed by Mark Ravenhill
Designed by Andrew Walsh
Sound Design by Polly Hewett
Costume Design by Lizzie Hughes
Music by Polly Hewett
Movement by Ruth Ben-Tovim
Presented by Lucy Powell-Brett for The Steam Industry
Cast included: Sophy Ackroyd. Finola Bryan. Raquel Cassidy. Rebecca Newman. Celia Robertson. Mandy Vernon Smith.
8 June – 9 July 1995

ZERO POSITIVE
The UK premiere of a new play by Harry Kondoleon
Directed by Phil Setren
Designed by Roy Bell
Lighting by Lisa Audouin
Music by Mark Schofield
Movement by Marsha Gorbet
Presented by The London New Play Festival.
Cast: Maria Clarke. Mel Cobb. Brian Finnerty. Lucy Miller. Nick Sutton. Murray Woodfield.
11 July – 5 August 1995 (Playing Tuesday to Saturday)
The London New Play Festival 1995.

THREE TIDES TURNING
The world premiere of a new play by Louise Warren
Directed by Shabnam Shabazi
Designed by Fiona Watt
Lighting by Lisa Audouin
Sound Design by Kate Heath
Presented by The London New Play Festival
Cast included: Anisha Charania. Georgia Clarke. Mark Markham. Catherine McDonough. Maggie O’Brien.
15 July – 5 August 1995 (Playing Sunday and Monday)
The London New Play Festival 1995

THE DARK ROOM
Directed by David Prescott.
Cast included: Victoria Lennox. Claire Price.
Presented by The London New Play Festival
The London New Play Festival 1995.
July 1995

THE EDIBLE WOMAN
Based on the novel by Margaret Atwood.
Adapted and Directed by Georgina Van Welie
Presented by Inigo Productions
Cast: David Birrell. Matthew Golledge. Hermione Guilford. Guy Hargreaves. Jane Marlow. Simon Rawlings. Richard Wellings-Thomas.
10 – 27 August 1995

THE HIRED MAN
The first revival of the British musical
Music and Lyrics by Howard Goodall. Based on the Novel by Melvyn Bragg.
Directed by Tom Barrie
Musical Direction by John Pead
Designed by Roy D. Bell
Lighting by Stuart Stocks
Presented by Lucy Powell-Brett for The Steam Industry by arrangement with The Really Useful Theatre Company Ltd
Cast: Tim Hodgson. Nick Norman. Matthew Woolcott. Simon Harrison. Jeremy David. Penny Belle Fowler. Martin Byrne-Quinn. Paul Brereton. Paul Kemp. Nick Rylance. Alice Bell. Alexandra Sumner. Simon Gibson.
1 – 30 September 1995

STRIKE from LAST EXIT TO BROOKLYN
The UK premiere of a new play, adapted by Mel Clay from the novel by Hubert Selby Jnr.
Directed by Lizzie Newbury
Music by Mark Knopfler
Presented by The Steam Industry in association with Kurtz Theatre Company
Cast included: Rick Bland. Matthew Lessall. Paul Whitby. Matt Wilkinson.
3 – 28 October 1995
Broadway Writing Season
Time Out Critics' Choice
Subsequently transferred to the BAC
This production was accompanied by a one-off reading featuring Hubert Selby Jnr and Tim Willcocks reading extracts from their new novels.

NEW WRITING OFF BROADWAY
Best New Women’s Writing
Presented by The Steam Industry in association with Manhattan Theatre Club.
9, 16 and 23 October, and 13 and 20 November 1995

THE LADIES OF THE CORRIDOR
by Dorothy Parker and Arnaud d’Usseau
Directed by Sean O’Connor
Designed by James Dearlove.
Lighting by Tanya Peters.
Presented by Lucy Powell-Brett for The Steam Industry
Cast: Lynden Edwards. Gail Haighton. Laura Macaulay. Janet Hargreaves. Heather Chasen. Hugo Napier. Stuart Packer. Carolyn Jones. Caroline O’Neill. Lynden Edwards. Gillian McCafferty. Judith Paris. Andrew Henry.
Broadway Writing Season
2 – 26 November 1995

THE STRANGE CASE OF DR JEKYLL AND MR HYDE
Directed by Tom Barrie
Presented by Lucy Powell-Brett for The Steam Industry
Cast included: Simon Gibson. Robert Irons. Rian Lamb
20 November 1995 - 27 January 1996

THUNDER ROCK
by Robert Ardrey
Directed by Simon Nicholson
Designed by Alison Taylor
Lighting by Sam Anderson
Presented by Alexander E. Racolin and Annette Moskowitz for Play Producers Inc.
Cast: Gavin Crowhurst. Robert Firth. Paul Gilmore. Alison Hopgood. Aliza James. Nick Lucas. Yvonne Riley. Stephen Sweet. Andrew Whipp.
28 November – 23 December 1995

HOT OFF THE PRESSES
An evening of plays, "written between Wednesday and Saturday morning and rehearsed over one weekend."
And Then There Were One by Katie Baxendale
Directed by Laurie Sansom
Cast: Patrick Myers. Matthew Mitchell. Emily Gray. Jessica Willcocks
Thriller by Jess Weetch
Directed by David Sondhi
Cast: Mark Hubbard. Paula Simmons. Steve McCormick. Dan Clark. Raniah Al-Sayed.
Paragons Lost by Steve Wilson
Directed by Alex McDowell
Cast: Ian Farthing. Justine Jones. Robert Fitch. Pat Villa.
14 December 1995

AVEN’U BOYS
by Frank Pugliese
Directed by Jake Lushington
Presented by The Steam Industry in association with Angel Theatre Company
??? 1995

FIGHTING FOR BREATH
by David Eldridge.
??? 1995

LATE NIGHT VIEWING
Written and Directed by Andrew Young
Cast includes: Andrea Thornton
??? 1995

THE SHOREWATCHERS WOMAN
by Judy Upton
Presented by The Red Room
??? 1995

1996
DIZZY HEIGHTS
A double bill of Dancing Attendance and Dizzy Heights by Bryan Rostron.
Directed by Ali Robertson
Designed by Kate Matthews
Lighting by Tom Hayhurst
Presented by Richard Turner for Absinthe Theatre Company
Cast: Victor Power. Anthony Wise.
Playing on January 9 1996

SCREWED
by Geoffrey Parkinson, based on an original idea by Lucy Irving
Directed by Lucy Irving
Lighting by Mike Hurst
Sound Design by Morgan Bryan
Presented by the Curio Theatre Company
Cast included: Natasha Borg. Robert Fitch. Rupert Gane. Anne Harries. Lucy Irving. Joanna Percival. Kai Simmons.
16 January – 3 February 1996.

FLOWERPOT, SUPERGLUE AND JUDY
by Gregory Williams
Presented by Liz Griffiths for The Steam Industry
Cast included: Wendy Hodges. David Johnstone. Jessica Muschamp. Gregory Williams.
27 February – 10 March 1996.

ONE SHOE OFF
Directed by Crispin Bonham Carter
Presented by Here and Now
3 March - 30 March 1996

BETWEEN A PEASANT's EARS
A rehearsed reading of a new play by Robert Packham
Directed by Ninon Jerome
Cast: Christopher Staines. Justin Harvey. Roger Lee. Chloe Thomas. Nikki Jeffries.
Jonathon Palmer. Nick Lucas.
18 March 1996?

OBSESSION IS NOT A PERFUME
Written and Performed by Emma Lucia
Directed by Lindsey McAlister
Lighting by David Manning Clarke
Sound Design by Nick Harvey
Presented by Agitprop Theatre Company
13 March – 7 April 1996

THE HOUSE
by David Halliwell
Cast: Sally McCormack.
April 1996

DOWNTOWN PARADISE
by Mark Jenkins
Directed by Sarah Esdaile
Designed by Lisa Robinson
Lighting by Mike Hurst
Presented by Tim Williams and the Drama Audit Theatre Company (later ‘Out of Wales’)
Cast: Amanda Hurwitz. Richard D. Sharp.
15 April – 5 May 1996
Subsequently toured and played a run at the Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff.

THE ROCK STATION
by Ger Fitzgibbon
Directed by Annabelle Comyn
Designed and Lighting by Aideen Malone
Costume Design by Astrid Schulz
Sound Design by Trish Reid
Presented by Liffey Street Theatre Company in assocation with NXT
Cast: Steven Dykes. Brendan Fleming.
9 May – 2 June 1996

DREAMS
by Charlie Boucher.
Directed by Dez Gray.
June 1996

ROSE BRUFORD COLLEGE DIRECTORS SHOWCASE
After 29 April 1996

A WEEK WITH TONY
by David Eldridge
Directed by Mark Ravenhill
Designed by Christopher Oram
Lighting by Hartley T A Kemp
Sound Design by Neil Keane
Costume Design by Anna Barcock
Presented by The Steam Industry
Cast included: Robert Donald. Paul Ebsworth. Keith Hazemore. Helen Higham. Rachel Kemp. Di Langford. Ric Morgan. Emma Pallant. Oscar Pearce. Celia Robertson. Theo Fraser Steele. Carrie Thomas. Paul Thorogood.
20 June – 7 July 1996.

WHEN I WAS WEE AND I HAD A GRANNY WHO SAID
Written and Directed by Troy Webb
Presented by Kurtz Theatre Company (Paul Whitby. Tim Witlocks. Lizzie Newbury.)
Cast included: Maurizio Molino. Michael Warburton. Judi Wilton.
13 - 30 August 1996

KISSING BINGO
by Chris Goode
Directed by Helen Rayner
Designed by Rupert Tebb
Lighting by Edward Armitage
Costume Design by Lorraine Atkinson
Presented by Andy Cole
Cast included: David Bond. Neema Kambona. Gregory McFarnon. Michael Murray-Magnus. Deborah O’Malley. Erika Poole. Finlay Robertson.
10 September - 6 October 1996

THE WOODS
The UK premiere of the play by David Mamet
Directed by Robert Shaw
Designed by Emma Fryer
Presented by Inside Intelligence
Cast: Emma Bird. Peter Polycarpou.
9 October - 3 November 1996

THEATRE WRITERS VISION
Presented by Joe Gould
21 October 1996

THE COLOURS OF LIVING
by Camilla McGibbon
Directed and Designed by Kate Matthews
Lighting by Guy Hawe
Sound Design by Andi Hindle
Presented by Solitaire
Cast included: Sybil Allen. Celia Robertson.
5 - 24 November 1996

IN MY SHOES
by Sophie Langham
Directed by Brian Croucher
Presented by Meat and Two Theatre Company
Cast: Nicola Bingham. Andy Coltrane. Paula Coyne. Sophie Langham. Alice Selwyn.
12 - 30 November 1996

DOCTOR FAUSTUS
by Christopher Marlowe
Directed by Ian Webb
Cast included: Kevin Marchant.
???

ARTAUD AT RODEZ
Directed by Kay Fellows
Cast included: Bernard Sabran.
???

PHANTOMS OF POE
The world premiere of a new play, adapted from stories by Edgar Allan Poe
Adapted and Directed by Gari Jones
Designed by Timothy Meaker
Lighting by Carolyn Axtell
Presented by The Steam Industry with Reflective Theatre.
Cast: Justin Brett. Jenny Livsey. Bernadette Russell. Anstley Thomas.
3 - 22 December 1996

1997

THE MAGIC DOOR
by Alison Davies
Directed by Tamsin Hoare
Designed by Natalie Baron
Lighting by James Fickling
Presented by Very Devil Drama and Silver Sandals
Cast included: Julie Teal. Lauren Holden.
January 1997?
Transferred to Grace Theatre, 21 January – 8 February 1997

THE SASH (MY FATHER WORE)
by Hector MacMillan
Directed by Dawn Lintern
Designed by Christian Ruland
Lighting by Philip Gladwell
Sound Design by Julian North
Presented by Theatre Pod
Cast included: Paul Gibson. David Peacock. Gillian McCafferty. Dympna McGill. Mary Waters.
14 January - 9 February 1997

FISHTANK
The world premiere of a new play
Written and Directed by Clive Saunders
Designed by Andrea Coathupe
Lighting by James Duncalf
Sound Design by Stevan Filipovic
David Herman for C.A.D Productions in association with Blue Bus Theatre Company
Cast included: Gilly Cohen. Peter Ferdinando. Simon Hemingway. Mark Mooney. Daniel O’Meara. Antony Somers.
11 February - 8 March 1997

IT’S THE END OF THE WORLD (AS WE KNOW IT)
A season of readings of new plays
Programme One: 13-16 and 18 February 1997
Mind the Gap by Simon Warne
Directed by Tristan Brolly
The Manuscript by Caroline Summerfield
Directed by Kate Hall
Programme Two: 19-23 February 1997
Cracked Eggs by Steve Jones
Directed by Eric Loren
Magdalena by Paddy O'Reilly
Directed by Catriona Craig
Programme Three: 25 February - 1 March 1997
Leaving by Helen Kelly
Directed by Tamsin Hoare
Green Belt by Alexandra Cadell
Directed by Tristan Brolly
Cast included: Mark Lawrence. Richard Hedder. Corinne Jordan. Julian Ackerman. Matt Patresi. Jonathan McGuinness. Carol Starks. Carrie Thomas. Daniel Jenkins. Kate Steele. Richard Arnold. Joe Gould. Robert Pike. David Royle. Daniel Hopkins. Jake Thomas. Christopher Routh.
25 February - 1 March 1997

THE FUNDRAISERS
The world premiere of a new play by Tony Marchant
Directed by Phil Willmott
Designed by Rupert Tebb
Lighting by Robin Carter
Presented by The Steam Industry
Cast includes: Tom Barrie. Cate Fowler. Sophie Langham. Christopher Mellows. Andrew Obeney. Richard Redman. Penny Ryder. Peter Stenson. Patricia Villa. Tom Watt.
11 - 29 March 1997

FREE-FALL
by Ken Edmonds
Presented by Ugly Productions
Closed 29 March 1997

SURFING
The world premiere of a new play by Robert Young.
Directed by Lisa Goldman
Designed by Rosalind Coombes
Lighting by Tracey Robert Shaw
Presented by The Red Room
Cast includes: Lizzie McPhee
The Big Story - A season about the media
1 - 26 April 1997
Time Out Critics' Choice
Transferred to BAC as part of their 1997 I Wish I’d Seen That – Time Out Critics' Choice season and the Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh

THE CENSOR
The world premiere of a new play
Written and Directed by Anthony Neilson
Designed by Julian McGowan
Lighting by Jo Joelson
Presented by The Red Room.
Cast includes: Raquel Cassidy. Alastair Galbraith. Alison Newman.
The Big Story - A season about the media
1 - 26 April 1997
"His most provocative play yet....as clever and considerably less loaded than Oleanna, and as topical as Popcorn. It is more unsettling than both, but in its own weird, urgent way, almost beautiful...... an unsettling exploration of ways of seeing" - The Guardian
"A gripping, intelligent instalment by a writer who has been shockingly underestimated for far too long" The Evening Standard
"Anthony Neilson's brilliant pyscho sexual allegory....a profound and tragic vision of humanity and its bare, forked basics" The Evening Standard"
"A haunting, shocking, healing performance, acted with perfect edgy intensity" The Sunday Times
"The Censor ... a gripping brief encounter..... a moving parable of the critic and artist as a healing and finally tragic love story" The Daily Mail
"Neilson's sensationally fine new play...poignant, funny, brilliantly controlled and profound" The Times
The Censor won Time Out Award for Best Fringe Production 1997, and the Writers Guild Award for Best Fringe Play 1997.
This production subsequently transferred to the Royal Court Downstairs at the Duke of York's Theatre on 4 June 1997, and then again to the Royal Court Upstairs at the Ambassadors Theatre on 4 September 1997.

TUCSON
The world premiere of a new play by Lisa Perotti.
Directed by Janet Gordon
Designed by Annabel Shapiro
Musical Direction by Jo Girdlestone
Presented by The Red Room
Cast: Shirley Barr. Chris Mellows. Tracy Hostmyer. Nathan Osgood.
The Big Story - A season about the media
29 April - 24 May 1997

HERE IS THE NEWS
The world premiere of a new play by Trevor Preston
Directed by Janet Gordon
Designed by Annabel Shapiro
Lighting by Aideen Malone
Presented by The Red Room and Women’s Theatre Workshop.
Cast included: Shirley Barr. Tracy Hostymer. Christopher Mellows. Nathan Osgood.
The Big Story - A season about the media
27 May - 21 June 1997

THE PEOPLE ON THE RIVER
The world premiere of a new play by Judy Upton
Directed by Lisa Goldman
Designed by Alastair Galbraith
Lighting by Aideen Malone
Sound Design by Rueben Garret and John Evans
Presented by The Red Room
Cast included: Tom Buske. David Eastman. Jackie Everett. Christina Greatrex. Daniel Harcourt. Benedict Martin. Andrew Morton. Kate Elizabeth Pyke. Kate Elizabeth Ricketts. Kate Witton.
The Big Story - A season about the media
27 May - 21 June 1997

TEENAGE VITRIOL
The world premiere of a new play by Justin Chubb
Directed by Paul Jepson
Designed by Dody Nash
Lighting by Hansjorg Schmidt
Presented by The Steam Industry
Cast included: Paul Dulake. Jason Lee Jones. William Petrie. Dominic Power. Marc Murphy.John Woodham.Emma Owen-Smith.
25 June - 19 July 1997

THE RON MEADOWS EXPERIENCE
by Ian Redford
Directed by Lucy Pitman-Wallace
9 - 16 July 1997

TELL ME IF I'M WRONG
by Colin Robinson
Directed by Kath Mattock
Cast: Anna Clarkson. Max Gold. Peter Hamilton. Edward Halsted. Anna Kirke. Penny Rider.
1997?

BOHELLAND
The London premiere of a new play by Justin Chubb
Directed by Dominic Knutton
Designed by Chris Morrison
Presented by Cornish Theatre Collective
Cast: Jayne Denny. Darcy Green. Jane Spurr. Tony Casement. Darren Hawkes. Pat Kelman.
22 - 26 July 1997
"If you've ever questioned the merits of physical theatre, the Cornish Theatre Collective's spellbinding transformation of a household table and four chairs into a coiling mineshaft should decisively sweep all doubts from your mind"
Time Out
"An epic piece on a tiny stage…they create miracles" London Theatre Reviews
"A mercurial, charismatic ensemble" Time Out

WHALE MUSIC
by Anthony Minghella
Directed by Clare Moody and Jo Clayton
Designed by Victoria Francis
Costume Designer by Ellie Armstrong
Presented by Out of the Blue
Cast: Anna Waterhouse. Clare Moody. Debbie O’Malley. Dot Smith. Gabi Woolf. Virginia Lester. Alexandria Vaughan.
30 July - 23 August 1997

DOUBLE/ONE/TWO
A triple bill of
DOUBLE
The world premiere of a new play
Devised and Directed by Julia Rayner
Cast included: Alison Edgar. Jackie Howe. David Hudson. David Matthews. Michael Matovski. Rachel McDade.
ONE
The world premiere of a new play
Devised by The Company
Directed by Emi Slater
Cast included: Toby Hughes. Alan Marni. Leticia Rua.
TWO
by Jim Cartwright
Directed by the cast, with Emi Slater
Cast included: Julia Rayner. Martin Savage.
Designed by Tim Wright.
Lighting by Michael Dixon.
Presented by Abraxus Theatre
26 August - 20 September 1997

THEATRE MACHINE NEW WRITING SEASON
Artistic Director - Izzy Mant
Lighting by Jonathan Histed
Set and Costume Designers - Alex Lowde and Vivienne Schadinsky

WONDERLAND
by Bill Dare
Directed by Emma Benson
Presented by Theatre Machine
Theatre Machine New Writing Season
8 September 1997

CHOIRBOYS
by Declan Croghan
Presented by Theatre Machine
Theatre Machine New Writing Season
23 September 1997

NAKED IN THE GARDEN
by Stephanie Norgate
Presented by Theatre Machine
Theatre Machine New Writing Season
24 September 1997

TOAST
by Richard Bean
Presented by Theatre Machine
Theatre Machine New Writing Season
25 September 1997

FALLING
by Nigel Bowden
Presented by Theatre Machine
Theatre Machine New Writing Season
26 September 1997

THE LAST GIRL
by David Bridel
Presented by Theatre Machine
Theatre Machine New Writing Season
27 September 1997

THE MURDER OF EDGAR ALLAN POE
The world premiere of a new play by Sophia Kingshill
Directed by Joe Cushley
Designed by Diane Hampstead
Lighting by Anthea Mundye
Sound Design by Danny Kingshill
Presented by London Actors Theatre Company
Cast included: Eamonn Clarke. Liza Hayden. Eve Hopkins. Erika Poole. Chris Tranchell. Victoria Willing.
30 September - 25 October 1997

THE HARROW
A rehearsed reading of a new play by Richard Redman
Mervyn Miller - Director
Cast: Howard Lee. Keith Stafford. Michael Hytan. Israel Aduramo. Bonny Ambrose
1997?

A SWIFT HALF WITH WAR, FAMINE, DEATH AND PESTILENCE
Sketch comedy, Written and Performed by The Four Horsemen
Cast includes: Richard Hurst. Dan Mersh. Alys Torrance. Jessica Willcocks.
6 - 20 October 1997

THE FUTURE TENSE
Designed by Helen Saxton
Sound Design by Amos Dean
Presented by Catriona Craig for The Steam Industry
A double bill of
DOUBLE EFFECT
The world premiere of a new play by Simon Warne
Directed by Tristan Brolly
Cast included: Bonny Ambrose. Shirley Barr. Edmund Dehn. Simon Edwards. Peter Hamilton. Karl Hansen. Sean Jackson. Riz Meedin. Nisha K Nayar.
and
THE OPTIMIST’S DAUGHTER
The world premiere of a new play by Chris Lee
Directed by Mervyn Millar
Cast included: Jessica Brohn. Andrew Callaway. John Cullingham. Beryl King. Sarah Lanton. Robert Munns. Marianne Sheehan. Sarah Shelton. Jake Thomas.
28 October - 22 November 1997

THEATRE IN THE TIME OF THE GENERALS
An evening of four short Argentinian plays from Teatro Abierto written in opposition to the Junta dictatorship in the months prior to the Falklands war.
NEW WORLD
by Carlos Somigliana
Cast included: Simon Fisher. Andrew Hall. Sue Holland. Matthew Mills. Barry Wallman. Sara Williams.
THIRD PERSON INCLUDED
by Eduardo Pavlovsky
Cast included: Mairead Carty. Matthew Mills.
CUMBIA MORENA CUMBIA
by Mauricio Khartun
Cast included: Andrew Hall. Simon Fisher.
GREY SONG OF ABSENCE
by Roberto Cossa
Cast included: Mairead Carty. Simon Fisher. Andrew Hall. Sue Holland. Barry Wallman.Sarah Williams.
Translated by Michael Jacobs
Directed by Colin Ellwood
Designed by Julie Godfrey
Lighting by Elizabeth Crowley
Peter Skuce - Musical Director
Sound Design by Nick Kacal
Presented by Des Brennan for Strangers Gallery
26 November - 20 December 1997

THE MEATLOCKER
Presented by Long Pig
1 December 1997

A 24 HOUR LIVE PERFORMANCE EXTRAVAGANZA
Presented by Cinderella Productions
6 - 7 December 1997

THE MANUSCRIPT
Directed by Kate Hall
Cast included: Julia Akerman.
???


1998

SPRINGBOARD
Readings of new plays to 17 January 1998

THE DONAHUE SISTERS
Directed by Audrey Armstrong
Cast included: Julia Lewis.
??? 1998

TALES OF THE LOST FORMICANS
The world premiere of a new play by Constance Congdon
Directed by Spencer Hinton
Designed by Trelawnie Mead
Lighting by Ben Pacey
Presented by Brave New World Theatre Company
Cast includes: Gary Condes. Lucas Hare. Becky Hindley. Patti Holloway. Seamus Newham. Philip Rosch. Margot Steinberg.
20 January - 6 February 1998

MARY STUART
by Dacia Maraini
Translated by Christopher Percy and Nicolette Kay
Directed by Caroline Hunt
Music by Maggie O'Brien
Cast: Miriam Cooper
Presented by Starship Entertainment and Small Planet Productions
20 January - 7 February 1998

SKIN DEEP
The world premiere of a new play by Susan Earle
Presented by Six Pack Productions
17 February - 7 March 1998

A CAGE WITHOUT BARS
The world premiere of a new play by Chris Humphreys
Directed by Philip Grout
Designed by Nina Garner
Lighting by Frank Ushel
Presented by Quintessence Productions
Cast includes: Matt Andrews. Philip Grout. Malanie Ramsay. Adam Kimmel. Shaun Clarke. Jane Lucas.
10 March - 4 April 1998

PALLADIUM
A rehearsed reading of a new play
Directed by Phil Willmott
Cast: Michael Sapachz. Gilly Campbell. Peter Stenson. Claire Moorhonse. Scott Harvey. Mirren Delaney. Libby Machen. Justin Brett. Keith Hazmore. Steven Mann. Jason Griffiths.
16 March 1998

CHOIRBOYS
The world premiere of a new play by Declan Croghan
Directed by Izzy Mant
Designed by Iain White
Lighting by Dominic Laycock
Presented by Goran Kostic for Theatre Machine
Cast included: Nabil Elouahabi. Duncan Milligan.
7 April - 2 May 1998
Previously produced as a reading at the Finborough Theatre in 1998
Transferred to the Old Red Lion Theatre

SHIPWRECK
A rehearsed reading of a new play by Didier Desmedt
Directed by Catriona Craig
Cast: Sarah Lonton. Andrew Callaway. Dylan Brown.
1998?

LOUNGE LIZARDS…IN LIMBO
Cabaret
Directed by Robert Miles
Presented by Hungry Horse Productions
21 April - 1 May 1998

THE BREAKFAST SOLDIERS
The world premiere of a new play by Katie Hims
Directed by Nadia Molinari
Designed by Louise Adkins
Lighting and Sound Design by Neil Newbery
Presented by Beyond Words Theatre in association with Contact Theatre
Cast includes: Mark Cameron. Verity Hewlett. Rosalind Philips.
5 – 30 May 1998
Time Out Critics’ Choice

THE DARK HOUSE
The world premiere of a new play by Dominic Francis
Directed by Suzanne Bell
Presented by Elegy Theatre
12 - 29 May 1998

EMPTY THE THOUGHT BUBBLE
Directed by Andrew Hall
Cast includes: Robert Farquar.
24 May 1998

SHIPWRECK
Directed by Catriona Craig
Cast includes: Didier Desmedt.
25 May 1998

DIRTY TICKETS
A double bill of
FINAL CALL by Peter Simmonds
Cast included: Chris Davies. Stephen Evans. Jacob Krichefski. Alexandra Moses. David Reakes. Zazie Smuts. Tim Hodgson. Susan Travers.
and
THE NATIONAL THEATRE by David Edgar
Cast included: Chris Davies. Lana Green. Vivien J Gregory. Jacob Krichefski. Zazie Smuts.
Directed by Mervyn Millar
Designed by Tamasin Rhymes
Lighting by David Hermon
Presented by The Steam Industry
2 – 27 June 1998

SAVING WINNIE
The world premiere of a new play by Jack Milner
Directed by Gavin McLaggan
Presented by Gecko Productions
Cast included: Justin Lee Francis. Kerstin Hayden. Greg Hobbs. Lorraine McCourt. Clea Myers.
9 - 26 June 1998

AGREEABLY MAD
Written and Perfomed by Sebastian Michael
14 - 15 June 1998

AFRICA DREAM THEATRE
An evening of short plays from Zimbabwe including the world premiere of Daughter of Darkness
Written, Directed and Performed by Bart Wolffe
1998

THE JUDAS WORM
The London premiere of a new play by Justin Chubb
Directed by Dominic Knutton
Designed by Jack Morrison
Lighting by Hansjorg Schmidt and Rory Wilton
Choreography by Peter Brennan
Costume Design by Jemima Tomlinson
Presented by the Cornish Theatre Collective
Cast includes: Tony Casement. Marc Ellery. Darcy Green. John Hartland. Darren Hawkes. Jane Spurr.
14 July - 1 August 1998

MY MOTHER WAS AN ALIEN – IS THAT WHY I’M GAY?
Written and Directed by Nigel Fairs
Presented by 368 Theatre Company
Cast: Jack Gallagher.John Ainsworth. Jayne Massey. Max Day. Caroline Burns Cooke.
4 - 22 August 1998

CRIME AND PUNISHMENT
Adapted by Rodney Ackland from the novel by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Directed by Phil Willmott
Designed by Rupert Tebb
Lighting by Hansjöng Schmidt
Costume Design by Andri Korniotis
Presented by The Steam Industry
Cast: Kate Adams. Neal Bartin. Craig Campbell. Tim Chipping. Kaye Collins. Mark Collison. Michael Hytan. Sue Emmy Jennings. Patricia Jones. Kiki Kendrick. Edward Law. Jane Lucas. Libby Machin. Kirsty McFarland.Helena Tuckett.
discipline season
1 – 19 September 1998
Shortlisted for the Empty Space Peter Brook Award

CELLS
An evening of seven new plays.
THE HOLD by Peter Simmonds
Cast included: David Bradshaw. Brett James.
LOST IN SPACE by Diana Flint
Cast included: Kate Adams. David Bradshawe. Rachel Kemp.
BABYSITTERS by Andy Gough
Cast included: Gary Bates. David Bradshaw. Gary Cameron. Brett James.
THE CHANGING OF THE GUARD by Sophia Kingshall
Cast included: Kate Adams. Milenka Marosh.
SNEER by Chris Lee
Cast included: Kate Adams. Gary Bates. Gary Cameron. Rachel Kemp.
31 DAYS by Gill Foreman
Cast included: Gary Cameron. Milenka Marosh.
THE REDEEMER by Declan Croghan
Cast included: Brett James
Directed by Mervyn Millar
Designed by Tamasin Rhymes
Lighting by Ben Pacey
Sound Design by Zoe James
Presented by The Steam Industry
discipline season
22 September-30 October 1998

PVT WARS
by James McLure
Directed by Angie Langfield
Presented by Asterisk Productions
Cast: Paul Regan. Martin Jago. Neil Auster.
29 September - 4 October 1998

EXAMPLE: THE CASE OF CRAIG AND BENTLEY
Adapted and Directed by Tom Barrie
Designed by Tamasin Rhymes
Lighting by Robin Carter
Sound Design by Will Scarnell
Costume Design by Richard Cooke
Cast included: Livy Armstrong. Martin Bendel. Alun Benjamin. Damien Blackshaw. Phil David. Janet Greaves. Jason Griffiths. Ashley Hodgson. Tim Hodgson. Patti Holloway. James Horne. Iain Howland. Jane Leonard. Seamus Newham. Victoria Sandberg. Judith Spooner.
Presented by The Steam Industry
discipline season
13 - 31 October 1998

SOFTCOPS
by Caryl Churchill
Directed by Catriona Craig
Designed by Louise Horn
Lighting by David Hermon
Sound Design by Adam Keeper
Presented by The Steam Industry
Cast included: Dougie Arbuckle. Damien Blackshaw. Max Bonamy. David Forest. Michael Good. Marcus Hamer. Philip Lawrence. James Mealing. Stephen Nealon. Mark Ramsay. Tim Scragg. Neil Sheppeck. Mark Stevenson.
discipline season
3 - 21 November 1998

GOT THE MAP?
The world premiere of a new play by Ben Goodman
Directed by Anna Barry
Presented by The Little London Theatre Company
Cast includes: Alexander McConnell. Kyra Williams.
4 - 21 November 1998

THE PERFECT WORDS
by Chris Vance
Directed by Kitt O'Neil
Designed by Tim Wright
Presented by Touch Theatre Company
Cast: Chris Vance. Melinda Hill. Penny Krinski. Kate Beswick.Natalya Mann. Dave Sim. Helene le Bohec.
25 November - 20 December 1998

WHITE LIES (DON’T DO IT)
Written and Directed by John Handscombe
Presented by Wild Pendulum Productions
1 - 19 December 1998

CONTRASTS
Sketch comedy
Presented by Comedy Oxford
7 December 1998

1999
SPRINGBOARD: VERSE DRAMA
Readings of new verse plays, curated by Atar Hadari
Presented by The Steam Industry
4 - 9 January 1999
including
HOD by Atar Hadari.
Directed by Catriona Craig.
Later given a rehearsed reading at the Chichester Festival Theatre
and
McLIBEL
by Mavis Howard
Directed by Mervyn Millar
Cast: Martin Hearn. Damien Blackshaw. David Reakes. Livy Armstrong. Rachel Kemp. Rosalind Phillips. Sean Jackson. Chris Tranchell. Martin Bendel.
5 January 1999

COLD FEET AND WET TOES
The world premiere of a new play
Written and Performed by Sophie Ashen and Jane Colenutt
Directed by Alison Brown
Music by David Watts
Designed by Gabriella Csanyi-Wills
Presented by Kindling Productions
12 January – 6 February 1999

THE EARLY HOURS OF A REVILED MAN
The world stage premiere of the play by Howard Barker
Directed by Zoe Reason
Lighting by Ben Pacey
Presented by Rhyme and Reason
Cast: Gareth John. Gil Kolirin. Peter Hamilton. Peter Marinker. Kristin Milward. Angela McHale. Gabrielle Moleta. Andrew Sharp,
19 January – 6 February 1999. Run extended to 10 January 1999.

BEYOND THERAPY
by Christopher Durang
Directed by Pippa Dowse
Designed by Damon unwin
Lighting by Eljay Cook
Presented by Mab's Factory
Cast: Gerard Gilroy. Myles Stinton. Emma Swinn. Damon Unwin. Carol Vine. Maurice Yeoman.
16 February - 6 March 1999

SLOW TRAIN HOME
A rehearsed reading of a new play
Directed by Phil Willmott
22 February 1999

SADHANA
The world premiere of a new play
Written and Directed by Richard Redman
Designed by Jennifer Patience
Lighting by Giuliano Bocca
Presented by True and False Theatre Company
Cast: Martin Bendel. Julie Bevan. Elizabeth Conboy. Mark Dight. Terry Jermyn. Pieter Lawman. Robert Norris. Victor Power. Elaine Redwood. Jamie Rockall. Jack Rosenthal. Ben Weinberger. Robert Whittenham.
9 March - 3 April 1999

DEAD INDIANS
A rehearsed reading of a new play
Directed by Andy Veal
29 March 1999

TEETH OF THE JUNGLE
by Ewan Bailey, Jonathan Chesterman and Toby Hulse
Lighting and Sound by Claudia Townsend
Presented by Rubbaball
Cast: Ewan Bailey. Jonathan Chesterman.
30 – 31 March 1999 (Late Night).

ANNIVERSARY SWEET
The world premiere of a new play by Andrew Muir
Directed by Ben De Wynter
Designed by Holly Best
Lighting by Charlie Walton
Presented by Slipstream Productions.
Cast: Chloe Harbour. Luke Healy. John Kirk. Benedict Sandiford. Carola Stewart. Howard Teale.
13 April - 8 May 1999

BIG TIME CHARLIE TOMATO
The world premiere of a new play by Jeff Williams
Directed by Graham Gabriel
Lighting and Sound by Richard Talbot
Presented by One Inch Punch
Cast: David Bradshawe. Laura Sheppard. Sean Simpson. Craig Laing.
20 April – 8 May 1999

WELL, FAREWELL
The world premiere of a new play by Allison Cologna
Directed by Lisa Clarke
Designed by Naomi Wilkinson
Presented by Brouhaha
Cast: Allison Cologna.
Two women in a hospice bed suffering from a strange disease - best friends, worst enemies - a grotesque comedy cleverly playing around with the theatrical conventions of the death-bed scene.
Prior to an international tour including BAC, English Theatre Hamburg, the Edinburgh Festival and culminating in a sell out three week run in Berlin at FOTIO Theatre.
1 – 2 May 1999

THEATRE CANADA SEASON
Directors of rehearsed readings - Michael Cowie and Zoe Reason
Tamasin Rhymes - Designer Season environment

GRACE
The UK premiere of a new play by Michael Lewis MacLennan
Directed by Catriona Craig
Designed by Fiona Hankey
Lighting by Ben Pacey
Sound Design by Adam Keeper
Presented by The Steam Industry in association with The Canadian High Commission.
Cast: Josephine Gradwell. William Maxwell. Alexandra Moses. James Peck. Sue Peto. Neil Sheppeck.
TheatreCanada season
18 May - 5 June 1999

O POSITIVE
The UK premiere reading of the play by Margaret Hollingsworth
Directed by Michael Cowie
Presented by The Steam Industry
TheatreCanada season
23 May 1999

CONSECRATED GROUND
The UK premiere reading of the play by George Boyd
Directed by Michael Cowie
Presented by The Steam Industry
TheatreCanada season
24 May 1999

SELKIRK AVENUE
The UK premiere reading of the play by Bruce McManus
Directed by Michael Cowie
Presented by The Steam Industry
TheatreCanada season
30 May 1999

CRACKPOT
The UK premiere of the play by Rachel Wyatt, based on the novel by Adele Wiseman
Directed by Gill Foreman
Designed by Paula Yeomans
Lighting by Andrew Sharp
Presented by The Steam Industry in association with The Canadian High Commission
Cast: John Albasiny. Damien Blackshaw. Tim Chipping. Hannah Dickinson. David Fairweather. Sarah Gale. Iain Howland. Katerina Jugati. Kiki Kendrick.
TheatreCanada season
8 - 26 June 1999

INEXPRESSIBLE ISLAND
The UK premiere reading of the play by David Young
Directed by Michael Cowie
Presented by The Steam Industry
TheatreCanada season
14 June 1999
Later Produced in the West End under the title Antartica

DEVIL ON TUNDRA
The UK premiere reading of the play by David Copelin
Directed by Mervyn Millar
Presented by The Steam Industry
TheatreCanada season
21 June 1999

DIARY OF A MADMAN
by Nikolai Gogol
Adapted by Eric Bentley
Directed by Jemma Green
Lighting by Richard Ward
Presented by New Action Theatre Company
Performed by Crispin Bonham Carter
13 - 18 July 1999

CLEVER AS PAINT: THE ROSSETTIS IN LOVE
by Kim Morrissey
Directed by Rosie Hughes
Designed and Lighting by Jack Morrison
Costume Design by Suki Haughton
Music by Elizabeth Parker and the Company
Presented by the Cornish Theatre Collective
Cast: Phil Innes. Dominic Knutton. Helen Speed.
19 - 25 July 1999
"Hard hitting, perceptive theatre…utterly convincing" The Stage

ROME
by Ewan Bailey and Jonathan Chesterman
Directed by Toby Hulse
Lighting and Sound by Claudia Townsend
Presented by Rubbaball
Cast: Ewan Bailey. James Wallace.
Prior to a run at the Pleasance during the 1999 Edinburgh Festival
29 – 31 July 1999

THE PLEASURE POT
The world premiere of a new play by Luis Domingues
Directed by Graham Gabriel
Designed by Kate Guffin and Zahra Premji
Lighting by Tara Marricdale
Sound by Craig Byrne
Presented by Bazza Productions
Cast: David Cade. Neil McPherson. Lindsay Palmer. Pal Palsson. Hazel Ross.
7 - 11 September 1999

TREATMENT
The first London revival of the play by Jonathan Moore
Directed by Jacob Murray
Designed by Sarah Blenkinsop
Lighting by Mike Robertson
Sound Designe by Francis Watson
Fight Direction by Peter Noble
Presented by Clarissa Young for State of Unrest Theatre
In repertoire with Wolfboy
Cast: Merryn Owen. Steven Hudson. Jenny Ogilvie. Simon Poole.
16 September - 9 October 1999

WOLFBOY
The UK premiere of the play by Brad Fraser
Directed by Jacob Murray
Designed by Sarah Blenkinsop
Lighting by Mike Robertson
Sound Designe by Francis Watson
Fight Direction by Peter Noble
Presented by Clarissa Young for State of Unrest Theatre
In repertoire with Treatment
Cast: Merryn Owen. Steven Hudson. Jenny Ogilvie. Simon Poole. Abigail Thaw.
16 September - 9 October 1999
Time Out Critics' Choice
"Wolfboy rocks the Finborough Theatre" The Independent

WATERLOO DAY
A rehearsed reading of a new play by Gallagher
Directed by David Roylance
Lighting by Chris Reason
Presented by House of Gulliver
Cast included: Robert Lang. Martin Posnett. Adam Barker. LaVerne Edmonds. Angela Ellis.
20 September 1999

LITTLE SQUARES
The world premiere of a new play by Anthony Melnikoff
Directed by Neil McPherson
Lighting by Graham Gabriel
Presented by Concordance
Cast: Christina Fry. Pieter Lawman. Fiz Marcus. Jenny Ogilvie. Sevan Stephan. Amanda Symonds. Lawrence Werber.
4 October 1999

THE PRISONER’S DILEMMA
The world premiere of a new play
Written and Directed by Rupert Kingfisher
Designed by Ionna Toulopi
Lighting by Tony Williams
Sound Design by Craig Byrne
Presented by Bristol Travelling Theatre
Cast Karl Hansen. Valerie Maitland. Robert Norris. James Pearse. Rebecca Shepherd. Rosie Wilkinson.
12 - 30 October 1999

METAL CLOUDS
The world premiere of a new play
Written and Directed by Mark Bullock
Lighting by Iain Cresswell
Presented by Not Quite Reality
Cast: Guy Daly.
19 - 30 October 1999

THE LONDON NEW PLAY FESTIVAL 1999
3 - 27 November 1999

THE DAVIDS
The world premiere of a new play by Christopher Preston
Directed by Phil Setren
Designed by Janet Bird
Lighting by Jane McIntosh
Music by Mark Schofield
Presented by The London New Play Festival
Cast: Jolyon Bateman. David Cade. Alison Edgar. Alan Mosley. Alex Zorbas.
The London New Play Festival 1999
3 - 27 November 1999

ROCKET GIRL
The London premiere of a new play by Julie Balloo
Directed by Christine Harmar-Brown
Designed by Roy Bell
Lighting by Crin Claxton
Sound Design by Stephen Fantom
Presented by The London New Play Festival
Cast: Anthony Best. Denise Lane.
The London New Play Festival 1999
9 - 27 November 1999

MURDER AND MADNESS
A triple bill of new plays
SHE LOOKED BEAUTIFUL IN ROOM 192 by Rhiannon Tise
Directed by Phil Setren
Designed by Janet Bird
Lighting by Jane Mackintosh
Sound Design by Mark Schofield
STARSKY AND HUTCH RUINED MY LIFE by Andrew G Marshall
Directed by Christopher Preston
Cast included: Melissa Collier.
MY SON, THE SHEIK by Clive King
Directed by Phil Willmott
Presented by The London New Play Festival
7 - 22 November 1999, 21 - 22 November 1999
Cast included: Louise Mansfield. Maria Clarke. Will Chitty. Leigh Cranston. Mark Collison. Neil Bennun.
The London New Play Festival 1999
This triple bill also played at the Gielgud Theatre in the West End

CARGO
A reading of the play by Maria Tolly
Presented by The London New Play Festival
The London New Play Festival 1999
13 November 1999 (Lunchtime).

LOVE IN IDLENESS
A reading of the play by Liz Bove
Presented by The London New Play Festival
The London New Play Festival 1999
14 November 1999 (Lunchtime).

LAUGHING DARKLY
A triple bill of new plays
SUSAN by Stewart Permutt
Directed by Christine Hamar-Brown
Cast: Marlene Sidaway.
DOOMSDAY GIRL by Moira Buffini
Directed by Lisa Forrell
Cast included: Harry Gostelow. Melanie Clark Pullen. Iain Shelley. Vincent Friell.
SWEET BRAMLEYS by Nick Discombe
Directed by Catriona Craig.
Cast: Heather Chasen. Michael Deacon.
Presented by The London New Play Festival
The London New Play Festival 1999
14 - 22 November 1999, 21 – 22 November 1999
This triple bill also played at the Gielgud Theatre in the West End

MONSTER: TONIGHT YOU’RE A ROCK ‘N’ ROLL STAR
A reading of the play by John Doona
Presented by The London New Play Festival
The London New Play Festival 1999
20 November 1999 (Lunchtime).

ONE FOR SORROW
A reading of the play by Ellis (sic)
Presented by The London New Play Festival
The London New Play Festival 1999
21 November 1999 (Lunchtime).

A QUIET NIGHT IN
The London premiere of a new play by Simon Rae
Directed by Tom Blackmore
Designed by Krystyna Iwaniec
Lighting by David Holmes
Sound Design by Michael Adams
Presented by Laurence Taylor Productions
Cast: Kate Beswick. Sue Casson. Roland Oliver. Tim Steed.
Transferred from the Bristol Old Vic
30 November - 23 December 1999

THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS
by Anthony Neilson
Directed by Kevin Heaney
Designed by Sue Gilhespie
Presented by Red Light
Cast includes: Danny Babington. Stephanie Colburn. Kevin Heaney. Alex Reid.
7 - 23 December 1999
Time Out Critics' Choice

POSSESSIONS
The London premiere of two short plays by Justin Chubb
Directed by Dominic Knutton
Presented by the Cornish Theatre Collective
Cast includes: Rosie Hughes. David Kershaw.
13 December 1999

CAPA SHOWCASE
Drama School Showcase
20 December 1999

2000
1980-2000 Twentieth Anniversary of the Finborough Theatre

THE GRAPES OF WRATH
Adapted by Frank Galati from the novel by John Steinbeck
Directed by Phil Willmott
Associate Director - Mervyn Millar
Designed by Bob Bailey
Lighting by Arnim Freiss
Sound Design by Adam Keeper
Presented by The Steam Industry
Cast: Peter Attard. Alan Mosley. Ronald Fernee. David Hollett. James Albrecht. Jeffrey Kaplow. Darren Hawkes. Mark Lawrence. Nicholas Prideaux. Robert Donald. Joe Searby. Nathan Nolan.
11 January - 5 February 2000

CHRISTMAS IN JULY
The London premiere of a new play by Nicholas Edwards
Directed by Sue Hay
Design and Lighting by Steve Smith
Presented by Yes and No Theatre
Cast: Martin Davies. Stuart Evans. Denise Gilfoyle.
Transfer from Birmingham
15 February - 4 March 2000

CHILD OF THE FOREST
The world premiere of a new play by Anthony Meinkoff.
Directed by Neil McPherson
Designed by Tamasin Rhymes
Lighting by Ben Pacey
Sound Design by Adam Keeper
Presented by Concordance
Cast: Martin Bendel. Emma D'Inverno. Mark Katz. Mark Lacey. Kristin Milward. Elaine Redwood. Charlotte Rosenthal. Hazel Ross. Abby Taylor.
14 March - 1 April 2000

SLAG
The first London revival of the play by David Hare
Directed by Simon James Green
Designed by Emilie O'Connor
Lighting by Gabriel Cross
Presented by Corpse Theatre Company
Cast: Suki Steadman. Sarah Gobran. Lindsay Clarke.
4 - 29 April 2000

LIP SERVICE
The world premiere of a new play by Gary Humphries and Philip Sington (writing as Patrick Lynch).
Directed by Maggie Law
Designed by Charlie Fleet
Lighting by Sarah Gilmartin
Associate Producer - Fred Perry.
Presented by Echo Productions
Cast: Ellen Collier. Kiki Kendrick.
2 - 27 May 2000
Transferred to the Gilded Ballon Theatre at the Edinburgh Festival 2001

AN EVENING OF POETRY
As part of The Earl's Court Festival 1999
14 May 2000

WENDELL ASH WAS HERE
The world premiere of a new play by David Tringham
Directed by Paul Higgins
Designed by Liz Griffiths
Lighting by Stephen Macken
Presented by Second Sight Theatre Company
Cast: Nick Barnes. Will Beer. Kate Brown. Joe McNamara. Peter Quiller
30 May - 24 June 2000
"Scorching drama" Daily Mail
"Uses a taut cast to create an absorbing drama" Evening Standard
"Director Paul Higgins adeptly creates an atmosphere of menace" The Stage
"Strengthens one's faith in the future of fringe theatre" Wandsworth Borough News
"Will Beer is superb…a career well worth tracking" Kensington and Chelsea News

SESSIONS
by Patrice Chaplin
Written and Directed by Patrice Chaplin
Presented by Northern Bridge Productions
Cast: Simone Ashton. Ari Blake. Ava Burton. Ben Farrow. Maxine Fone. Steve Rice. Hazel Ross.
6 - 24 June 2000

THE POSSIBILITIES
by Howard Barker
Directed by Ben Gove
Designed by Emiko Kinoshita
Lighting by Tim Soden
Music by Peter Mirecki
Presented by Flaming Theatre
Cast: Archie Colquhuan. Matthew Rowland-Roberts. Edmund Wood. Meredith Bellamy. Noni Magdane. Penny McDonald. Peter Winnall. Emma Richardson.
27 June - 1 July 2000

PAINS OF YOUTH
by Ferdinand Bruckner
Translated by Daphne Moore
Directed by Terry Smith
Designed by Jennifer Patience
Lighting by Douglas Kuhrt
Presented by Stephen Henry and Theatre 28
Cast: Karen Addison. Shane Allin. Stephen Billington. Tom Chadwick. Ursula Holden Gill. Katie Malo. Louiza Patikas.
4 - 29 July 2000

PEACHES
The first London revival of the play by Nick Grosso
Directed by Abigail Anderson
Designed by Olivia Neubohn
Lighting by Anders Akermo
Sound Design by Will Scongail
Presented by Echo Productions
Cast: Emma Bernbach. Suki Hutcheson. Sandra Paternostra. Adrian Penketh. Fred Perry. Robert Wallace. Olivia Neubohn. Sophie Duval. James Lainy.
1 - 12 August 2000
"One of the more pleasurable 75 minutes you can spend" TNT Magazine.

STROKE
The London premiere of a new play
Written and Directed by Jona Howl
Cast: Brendan Douglas. Ita O'Brien. John Pickard.
Lighting and Sound Design by Steve Fisher
Presented by Howl Productions
in a double bill with
FATHER PANTS, MOTHER BOOTS AND A PIG
The world premiere of a new play
Written and Directed by Jona Howl
Cast: James Bradley. Rebecca Clow. Mike Wiltshire.
15 August – 9 September 2000

ON LINE AND PARANOID IN THE SENTIMENTAL CITY
The world premiere of a new play by Chris Lee
Directed by Mervyn Millar
Designed by Tamasin Rhymes
Lighting by Ben Pacey
Sound Design by Adam Keeper
Film projection by Damian Abbott and Grace Connor
Presented by The Steam Industry
Cast: Kevin Heaney. Luke Jardine. Katy Kattan. William Maxwell. Ursula Mohan. Roli Okorodudu. Patrick Regis.
Offstage singers included Laura Conway. Kate Burrell. Jo Kirkland. Hazel Ross. Charlotte Thornton. Daniel Tomlinson.
Michael Kerry. Ian Brandon.
The London Season
19 September - 14 October 2000
On Line… is a tale of urban crisis, a glimpse of the pain and love of living in London. Lee takes a grand view of our glorious, decadent, decaying capital as a whole, focused through the lives of residents of a condemned block in Kings Cross. Carla tries to escape from a boyfriend who looks bound to paste her body all over the internet. David's learning to be a neo-fascist, but finds himself in crisis when he's seduced by the black man who lives upstairs. Fatima is a paranoid Arab in the supposedly cosmopolitan metropolis. On Line.. is a thought-provoking, fierce, funny, explicit and sometimes brutal piece of playwriting from a writer with a clinical eye. Chris Lee's Londoners yearn for intimacy and gentleness in their relationships, in a city that teaches its citizens to hate and fear their neighbours.
Chris Lee is one of the country’s most promising new playwrights. Writer in Association at the Abbey, Ireland’s National Theatre, for the last two years, and winner of the Stewart Parker Award 1999, Chris continues his association with the Steam Industry to bring the first in a season of plays exploring our capital city. For this production, the Steam Industry have secured a prestigious Pearson Playwrights Scheme Bursary, the first time one has been won by an unsubsidised venue in five years. Other winners this year include Tanika Gupta at the RNT and Zinnie Harris at the RSC. Chris Lee’s past work includes The Optimist’s Daughters and Sneer (Steam Industry), The Electrocution of Children and The Map Maker’s Sorrow (Abbey).
Set around a family readying themselves for forced relocation in the face of the Channel Tunnel rail link, On Line and Paranoid in the Sentimental City celebrates ‘the permanent crisis we call London’. A neo-fascist is seduced by his black neighbour, setting in motion a string of recriminations and danger for them both. Meanwhile his sister gets ready to perform to the world over the internet. As London heads towards a 21st century eclipse, its mongrel citizens clutch for meaning, logic and love. Chris Lee’s play is sharp, witty, loving and explicit.
The production is directed by Mervyn Millar and sound, lights and stage are designed by Adam Keeper, Ben Pacey and Tamasin Rhymes. These four also work together as wireframe, whose critically acclaimed installation AT HOME will be showing in Brighton’s Visions2000 festival in October. Video projection is provided by Damian Abbott of influential art collective Inventory. Maybe.
"Lee's play may be small in size but it's big in scope...[he] writes with an aggressive beauty...a wonderful magpie quality captures the frantic atmosphere of the city."
Lyn Gardner, The Guardian
"Brooding, edgy...must-have components for the definitive millennial production...a minimalist design worthy of the pages of wallpaper* magazine..
..powerfully acted...Mervyn Millar's production for the Steam Industry can't be faulted'
Andrew Aldridge, Time Out
"Fascinating...excellently played... A must for all city-dwellers"
Joe McCallum, What's On in London
"Fierce...Play of the Week"
The Big Issue

STOREYS
The world premiere of a new play by Rachael McGill
Directed by Zoe Reason
Designed by Pippa Allen and Tamasin Rhymes
Lighting by Pen Pacey
Sound Design by Adam Keeper
Presented by The Steam Industry in association with Street Furniture
Cast: Lois Charlton. Richard Cunningham. Jonathan Dryden Taylor. Lucy Irving. Andrew Mayer. Rosalind Philips.
The London Season
26 September - 14 October 2000

ALFIE
by Bill Naughton
Directed by Catriona Craig
Designed by Becky Hursy and Tamasin Rhymes
Lighting by Ben Pacey
Sound Design by Adam Keeper
Presented by The Steam Industry
Cast: Will Beer. Philip Bosworth. Frances Burnett. Simon Edwards. Nicky Goldie. Robert Munns. Hazel Ross. Matthew Rowland-Roberts. Julia Taudevin.
The London Season
17 October - 11 November 2000
“Blimey girl. You’re not as ugly as I thought…”
“Those sort of feelings about is-your-life-worthwhile don’t half knock it out of you…”
Bursting onto the West End stage in 1963, Bill Naughton’s masterpiece defined an era. Greeted as "a work of comic genius" (The Sunday Times) it also shocked middle-class London to the core. No writer since has captured the joy and horror of what men and women do to each other with more devastating humour and honesty. A serial philanderer, Alfie runs away from emotional commitment faster than you can say “mother-in-law”. He’s vain, manipulative, selfish and cowardly. But his unflinching struggle to understand himself and the people around him give him a grace and charm that hits home four decades on.
Men lie to women; women lie to men. But somehow we can’t quite leave each other alone. As twenty-first century Londoners seek to bridge the gender divide with girl power, the new laddettes, Loaded magazine and Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels machismo The Steam Industry adds a powerful catalyst to the brew. We raise the iron curtain of political correctness and reawaken Alfie, the archetypal 60's bachelor.

DOG WELL DONE
The world premiere of a new play by Stephen Keyworth
Directed by Paul Higgins
Designed by Tara Marricdale
Sound Design by Adam Keeper
Presented by The Steam Industry in association with Second Sight Theatre
Cast: Paula Kay Bardowell. Anita Booth. Corin Mellinger. Jeremy Smith. Luke Toulson.
The London Season
24 October - 11 November 2000
A story of love and revenge among the hot dog vendors of St James’s Park. A play about difference and similarity, Dog Well Done shows what it is like to live in London as a foreign city, both the beauty and the different levels of casual bigotry.
Marcus works on a hot dog stand in St James’s Park. He works for Grist, who like Marcus and the other vendors is a refugee from a war in Europe, but Grist runs the park to make money and keep his countrymen in their place. Marcus is content and Grist is miserable. Marcus lives in a one room bedsit with his mother but is happy to make the best of London from whatever vantage point. Grist hates England, he hates London tourists and people who stand on the left on escalators, he even seems to hate the vendors who come from the country he pines for. One day in the park Marcus is chatted up by Ruby, a black East End girl from a racist family, but they spark and before long Ruby is inviting him over and suggesting that they run their own stand away from Grist. Ruby is bubbling with ideas and convinces Marcus, but what starts as a simple idea soon sparks a fast food war. Price battles and free gifts for children are soon replaced by blackmail, kidnap and arson. Grist’s misplaced hatred fuels a fire which forces Marcus and Ruby onto the streets, but will in the end will it be fiery Ruby who convinces Marcus to do the right thing?

VERMIN
Sketch comedy by Tobias Beer and Richard Jack
Cast: Tobias Beer. Richard Jack. Katherine Parkinson.
26 and 29 October 2000.

THE ROARING GIRL
by Thomas Dekker and Thomas Middleton
Directed by Abigail Anderson
Designed by Cleo Pettit
Costume Design by Mia Flodquist
Lighting by Helen Cox
Fight Direction by Kate Waters
Choreography by Jonathan Ferguson
Music by Annemarie Lewis Thomas
Presented by The Steam Industry
Cast: Clive Bennett. Josephine Gradwell. Matthew Hendrickson. Juliet Moore. James Peck. Adrian Penketh. Peter Quiller. Alex Roberts. Andrew Sinnott. Daniel Tomlinson. Joanna Van Kampen. Robert Wallace.
Middleton and Dekker's notorious heroine bursts back into life at the Finborough this autumn as The Roaring Girl completes the Steam Industry's acclaimed London Season.
Based on real-life criminal celebrity, Moll Cutpurse, the "roaring" heroine of the title manoeuvres her way through a tangled web of plots romantic, financial and lecherous, triumphantly establishing herself as a unique figure in both the history of London and drama. Cross-dressing, duelling, tobacco smoking, swearing and drinking, Moll is a figurehead for all those who wish to break out of their social boundaries, female and male - a surprisingly modern voice in a vision of Jacobean London not so far removed from our city today.
This is the first major London revival since Helen Mirren played the title role for the RSC in 1983. At a time when the plays of Middleton and Dekker are enjoying increased exposure, spearheaded by two Globe productions of Middleton's comedies in 1998 and 1999, The Roaring Girl shows Middleton and Dekker writing at the height of their comedic art.
The London Season
14 November - 9 December 2000

UNDERCURRENTS
The world premiere of a new play by Louise Warren
Directed by Helena Uren
Presented by The Steam Industry
Cast: Michael Andrew
The London Season
21 November - 9 December 2000

6:37
A rehearsed reading of a new play
4 December 2000

HAMLET
by William Shakespeare
Directed by Jonathan Mottram
Designed by Stuart Crohill
Music by Jenny Gould
Fights by Philip d'Orleans
Presented by Poetic Justice Productions
Cast: Ashley Gunstock. Tim Fordyce. Virginia Byron. Philip Webster. Keith Radley. Nichola Rees. Simon Nock. Victoria Riley. Victoria Morris. Keith Radley. Gideon Clear. Tom Plender.
19 - 23 December 2000

 

Raquel Cassidy and Alastair Galbraith in The Censor, 1997