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Archive 2001

MAPBETH - SON OF THE GRAVE
by William Shakespeare with Cornish translations by Pol Hodge.
Directed by Dominic Knutton.
Lighting by Rory Wilton.
Presented by The Cornish Theatre Collective.
The Cast: Peter Cadwell. Jayne Denny. T J Holmes. Rosie Hughes. Pat Kelman. David Kershaw. Jason Squibb.
3–6 January 2001

A MAN WITH CONNECTIONS
The first London revival of the play by Alexander Gelman, translated by Stephen Mulrine.
Presented by Theatre Informer and the Chichester Festival Theatre.
Directed by Steven James Little
The Cast: Fiz Marcus. Andrew McDonald. With the voice of Michael Mallon.
9 January -3 February 2001
“The enterprising Finborough" Benedict Nightingale, The Times
"Compelling. A taut, tough evening with plenty of amusement and heart-tugging detail." Rachel Halliburton, Evening Standard
"Steven James-Little's production fits neatly into the claustrophobic Finborough space" Lyn Gardner, The Guardian
"This taut two-hander. A gripping duel" Paul Taylor, The Independent

SURVIVORS
The UK premiere of a new play by Anthony P Pennino, direct from New York City
Directed by Missy Somers
Produced by Elite Fighting Crew
Cast: Clayton B. Hodges. Missy Somers. Sean Elias-Reyes.
16 January - 3 February 2001

AMERICAN SHORTS
The UK Premiere of The American Century by Murphy Guyer and the World Premiere of Bus Stop Blues by Kyle Mercer
Directed by David Pain
Designed by Maki Anzai
Lighting by Bodil Anshus
Produced by My Dog Graham Productions
Cast:
The American Century: Chris Carey. Natalie Jones. Darren Morgan
Bus Stop Blues: Tom Evans. Pamela Mandell.
6 February - 3 March 2001
"Both plays are more evidence of this theatre's exciting repertoire" Andrew Aldridge, Time Out

BEER AND SKITTLES
Sketch comedy by Tobias Beer and Richard Jack
Cast: Tobias Beer. Richard Jack. Hazel Ross.
18 and 25 February 2001.

MISSING STARS
The World Premiere of a New Play by Aoife Maguire and Melanie Clark Pullen.
Directed by Aoife Maguire
Lighting by Jerome Devitt
Produced by Triskelion
The Cast: Melanie Clark Pullen.
13 February - 3 March 2001
"Compelling. Beguiling and convincing" Barbara Lewis, The Stage

ECSTASY+GRACE
The World Premiere of a new play by James Martin Charlton
Directed by Stephen Henry
Designed by Andri Korniotis
Lighting by Helen Morley
Produced by Theatre 28
Cast: Barry Aird. Eric Byrne. Tom Hayes. Michael Sachs. Rachel Smith. Christopher Whitehouse.
6 March - 26 March 2001
"Sharply unsettling" The Independent on Sunday
"It neither flinches from its grim material nor seems emotionally dishonest. There are moments of genuine, unsettling force" Metro
"A brave new play with intelligence, insight and a remarkable blend of understanding and outrage. The production is as powerfully thought-provoking and emotion-stirring as its author could hope" The Stage

UNSUNG LULLABY
The World Premiere of a new play by Ronny Jhutti
Directed by Caitriona McLaughlin
Presented by The Steam Industry
Cast: Lee Boswell. Pooja Ghai. Barry McNicholl.
13 - 31 March 2001
"Directed with skill and sensitivity by Caitriona McLaughlin, Jhuttis script is strong and believable. A marvellously intense little drama." Tim Harrison, London Weekly Times
"Unsung Lullaby is a near excellent production." Richard Turner, Indiaweekly
"A quietly impressive debut" William McEvoy, The Stage

LOOKING FOR MISTER RIGHT
The world premiere of a new musical
Music by by Deborah Garvey and Anne Wu
Lyrics by Deborah Garvey
Book by Jo Deely
Directed by Cate Hamer
Musical Direction by Anne Wu
Lighting by Chris Umner
Produced by Girltalk Productions
Cast: Deborah Garvey. Anne Wu.
Prior to a run at the Old Red Lion
25 – 26 March 2001

THE SILENT TREATMENT
The World Premiere of a new play, written and directed by Chris Pickles, with Euan Morton who went straight on to his Olivier Award nominated performance in the musical Taboo
Produced by Theatre 28
Cast: Derek Carlyle. Polly Findlay. Illona Linthwaite. Euan Morton. Dave Sim.
3 April - 28 April 2001
Top 10 Plays Of 2001 - Theatre Record
"Chris Pickles extraordinary study of the impact of abuse on a very ordinary family. The characters are beautifully studied. Highly effective. The excellent cast included Euan Morton, now getting rather more notice as the lead in Taboo." Ian Herbert, Theatre Record
"A deeply intelligent, harrowing and accomplished play" Lucy Powell, Time Out

LEMON LOVE
by Benjamin Yeoh
Directed by Elizabeth Freestone
Designed by Fiona Scott
Lighting by Tom Cousins
Produced by Productions Absolute
Cast: Jeffry Kaplow. Salima Saxton. Louie Bayliss. Diana Hull.
10 April - 28 April 2001

RAINBOWS AND ROUNDABOUTS
The London premiere of a double bill of Like A Rainbow by Ali Oxtoby and Mysterious Ways bySibyl Ruth
Directed by Clare Smout
Presented by Packhorse Productions
'Like A Rainbow' Cast: Dympna McGill. Dan Roebuck. Paul Millard. Janette Summerfield.
'Mysterious Ways' Cast: Den Woods. Lucy Franklin. Janette Summerfield. Greg Hobbs.
Transfer from the Hexagon Theatre, mac, Birmingham
22 April 2001

STEVIE JAY – LIFE, LOVE, SEX, DEATH...AND OTHER WORKS IN PROGRESS
The UK Premiere of the solo show by Stevie Jay, direct from the USA
Produced by Theatre 28
1-26 May 2001
"With boundless energy, Stevie Jay takes us on a laughter-filled journey of life and love, relaxing us with his efforts to make sense of an illogical world. A truthful, centered, hilarious evening of theatre - highly recommended!" Stephen Beeny, Rainbow Network, London
"PICK OF THE DAY! Stevie Jay holds the audience in the palm of his hand!" The Independent
"Not just a show, more like a relationship. No performer has ever had so personal an effect on me. Extraordinary!" Kate Copstick, The Scotsman
"Stevie Jay is an original! Witty, fast, enchanting, and engaging!" Paul Nelson, Wandsworth Borough News
"Stevie Jay takes us full circle and wipes the slate clean daring us to be anything other than open during our lifetime." Theatreworld Magazine
Visit Stevie Jay's website here

AN EVENING OF POETRY
As part of The Earl's Court Festival 2001
Presented by Farrago Poetry
13 May 2001

THE PASSION OF FATHER PANAJI
The World Premiere of a new play by Helen Kelly
Directed by Clare Smout
Lighting by Matt Veitch
Produced by Packhorse Productions
Cast: Caron Anson.
8 - 26 May 2001
"Helen Kelly is clearly a name to watch out for. Engrossing" Colin Shearman, The Stage

Y WELEDIGAETH
by Gavin Skerritt
Directed by Irene Hardy
Sound Designed by Patrick Marmora
The Cast: Gavin Skerritt.
Performed in Welsh
29 May-2 June 2001
Featured on a TV documentary for S4C

THE INTERNATIONAL STUD and THE ZOO STORY
THE INTERNATIONAL STUD (from TORCH SONG TRILOGY)
by Harvey Fierstein
Directed by Drew Ackroyd
Cast included: Katharine Alcock.
in a double bill with
THE ZOO STORY
by Edward Albee
Presented by Rose Bruford College Directors Showcase
7 – 8 June 2001

THE END OF THE BEGINNING
by Sean O'Casey
Directed by Maria Hadnett
Designed by Siobahn Pearson
Lighting by Jytte Basler
Presented by Rose Bruford College Directors Showcase
Cast: David Bradshawe. Dean Lepley. With Martin Brown - Mandolin
12 – 13 June 2001

MODERN DANCE FOR BEGINNERS and I'M DREAMING, BUT AM I?
MODERN DANCE FOR BEGINNERS
The world premiere of a new play by Sarah Phelps
Directed by Elizabeth Freestone
Designed by Penny Tulla
Lighting by Suzy Hallam
Cast: Daniel Tomlinson. Nicola Walker.
[Modern Dance for Beginners was subsequently produced at the Soho Theatre by the Soho Theatre Company from 23 September - 9 October 2002.
Directed by Jonathan Lloyd
Designed by Soutra Gilmour
Lighting by Johanna Town
Sound Design by Matt McKenzie
Cast: Justin Salinger. Nicola Walker.]
in a double bill with
I'M DREAMING, BUT AM I?
by Luigi Pirandello
Directed by Anca Molosaga
Designed by Rebecca Randall
Lighting by Chris O'Mahony
Presented by Rose Bruford College Directors Showcase
Cast: Claire Louise Amias. Joe Gooch. Jon Ingli.
15 – 16 June 2001

DOSSIER: RONALD ACKERMAN and PROTEST

DOSSIER: RONALD ACKERMAN
by Suzanne Van Kohuizer
in a double bill with
PROTEST
by Vaclav Havel
Presented by Rose Bruford College Directors Showcase
21 – 22 June 2001

THE ONE
The World Premiere of a new play by David Hale
Directed by Caroline Hadley
Produced by Theatre Lab
The Cast: Christian Durham. Mark Entwistle. Julie Chapman-Lavelle. Kevin Stone.
26 June-21 July 2001
"The Finborough brings home another success with The One" Jane Ambachtsheer, Theatreworld Internet Magazine
"David Hale's intelligent and hardhitting debut. Well-observed, with convincing characters. Compelling. Vivid and thought-provoking. Committed performances. Hale is a talent to watch" Aleks Sierz, The Stage

AT YOUR CONVENIENCE
Written and Perfomed by Tobias Beer and Richard Jack
Produced by The Gents
3-21 July 2001

DOGS BARKING
The first London revival of the play by Richard Zadjlic
Directed by Aaron Mullen
Produced by Burning Productions
Cast: Emma Bernbach. Daniel Coonan. Sandra Patton.
24 July - 18 August 2001
"A compelling revival" Andrew Aldridge, Time Out
"A truly terrifying moment of in-yer-face theatre" John Thaxter, The Stage
"If you only get to one fringe theatre production in the next six months, make it this one" Tim Harrison, Kensington and Chelsea Times
"This study of passion, jealousy and emotional turmoil will have you laughing, crying, screaming out obscenities and lastly, leave you wandering if true love really exists" Angela Tsui, ITN

ALICE SPRINGS
The London premiere of a new play by Robert King
Directed by Robin Meredith
Produced by New Directions Theatre Company
Cast: Christine Way
31 July - 18 August 2001
Critics' Choice - The Times
"The piece is littered with images striking for their violence and strange . . .performed with engrossing conviction and a real sense of poetry" Maddy Costa, Time Out
"A haunting new play" David Bridge, Methodist Recorder
"The observation is acute and the play a triumph for writer-actor collaboration" Leigh Hatts, Church Times
"Christine Way plays her with sympathy and skill. A convincing and moving piece of drama" Tim Harrison, Kensington and Chelsea News

EMILY DICKINSON AND I - THE JOURNEY OF A PORTRAYAL
The London Premiere of a new play by Edie Campbell and Jack Lynch
Directed by Jack Lynch
Produced by LynchPin Productions
Lighting by Seb Williams
Cast: Edie Campbell
21 August - 15 September 2001
"Edie Campbells subtly charismatic performance. The transformation is uncanny: this journey of a portrayal has a richly suggestive arrival" Sarah Adams, Time Out
“Campbell's performance is ingenuous in spirit and well-crafted in form. Jack Lynch directs with lucidity which allows the actress devotion to her subject to shine through without surfeit, inspiring the enthusiasm of the audience" Alexa Baracaia, The Stage
"Fascinating. This is yet another perfect evening in the theatre. It is an evening that commands attention and that led, quite naturally, to enormous appreciation and applause. Go." Paul Nelson, Wandsworth Borough News
The script is published by Black Spring Press

STRUCK
The World Premiere of a new devised play from Lightning Ensemble
Directed by Mark Phoenix
Produced by Lighting Ensemble
Cast: Tracy Bargate. Imogen Smith. Vic Bryson.
28 August - 15 September 2001
"Quirky and surreal. Lightning Ensemble have devised a refreshingly off-beat, topsy-turvy world, where witty observations and deftly absurd touches are fleshed in clownish style. Enjoyably imaginative" Sarah Adams, Time Out
“Lightning Ensemble's absurdist devised piece disturbs, amuses and informs. A quirky mix of inventiveness and humour. An engaging climax in this well thought out piece" Jeremy Austin, The Stage

CHARLIE’S WAKE
The World Premiere of a new play by Sharon Byrne
Directed by Anne O'Leary
Designed by Alex Marker
Lighting by David Hermon
Costume by Carol Schofield
Produced by Seanachi Productions
Cast: Carmel Cryan. Martin Halvey. Seamus Newham. Alva Semple.
18 September - 13 October 2001
"Extremely enjoyable play. The very essence of what a black comedy should be by highly impressive author, Sharon Byrne" Larry Cooney, Irish World
"Byrne's brogue is beautifully turned, and there are some nicely observed scenes" Lucy Powell, Time Out
“A promising and amusing short play" Irish Post

THE PILGRIM’S PROGRESS
Based on the novel by John Bunyan
Directed by Robin Crawford
Produced by Theatre Roundabout
The Cast: William Fry and Sylvia Read
15-17 October 2001
"An effective evening of strongly focused drama" John Thaxter, The Stage

SYMPATHETIC MAGIC
The UK Premiere of a new play by Lanford Wilson
Directed by William Galinsky
Designed by Katya Handt
Produced by The Steam Industry
The Cast: Phillip Antony. Jackie Everett. Toby Gaffney. Daniel Good. Rebecca Lenkiewicz. Qarie Marshall. Vanessa Mildenberg. Oliver Senton.
23 October-17 November 2001
Time Out Critics’ Choice
What’s On Critics Choice *****Five Stars
"Lanford Wilson’s remarkable new play. It’s a smart, boldly constructed show, in which Wilson’s wit and emotional generosity give blood to his cerebral concerns. Perfectly, shockingly staged. William Galinsky’s production confers a vivid sense of time and place on the events, while the cast are fabulous. Fascinating." Dominic Maxwell, Time Out
"This is Fringe Theatre that ought to be central to any serious playgoers attention" Timothy Ramsden, Reviewsgate
"William Galinsky’s engagingly acted production" Paul Taylor, The Independent
"An intellectual and philosophically challenging piece. The entire cast brings the thought-provoking issues to the audience with heartfelt conviction. The entire production is slick and for once a pleasure to listen to convincing accents from all!" Robert Speight, The Stage
"Emotionally honest, wittily written, intellectually challenging, and in William Galinsky’s unflashy, occasionally inspired and brilliantly acted production, a profoundly moving experience. A truly great play" Joe McCallum, What’s On

POSSIBLE WORLDS
The UK Premiere of the award-winning Canadian play by John Mighton
Directed by Catriona Craig
Designed by Rebecca Bevan
Lighting by Liz Small
Sound Design by Adam Colyer and Neil Saffer
Produced by The Steam Industry
Cast: Nick Barnes. Sean Graham. Jonathan Race. Jonathan Tanner. Alys Torrance.
20 November - 15 December 2001
London Theatre Reviews - One of the Best Fringe Productions of 2001
"Director Catriona Craig has assembled a cast of intelligent young actors whose cunning performances add to the air of mystery." ****Four Stars John Thaxter, What’s On
"Nick Barnes inspires real sympathy. Alys Torrance plays each of her variants on the same character with an intriguing hint of secret depths. Warm and fully rounded characterisations" Gerald Berkowitz, The Stage

THE PLAY ROOM
Written and Directed by Jamie Campbell
Produced by Christine Sundt Productions
Designed by Erika Sanderson
The Cast: Tobias Beer. Tom Mallaburn. Adam Rayner.
18 - 22 December 2001