Winter 2012 Season



Tuesday, 27 November – Saturday, 22 December 2012

Papatango Theatre Company in partnership with the Finborough Theatre present four world premieres

Pack by Louise Monaghan
Everyday Maps for Everyday Use by Tom Morton-Smith
Back Home Contemplation by May Sumbwanyambe
Photos of You Sleeping by Jane Wainwright

Please note the new earlier start time for Everyday Maps for Everyday Use - 6.15pm and 1.15pm

Following the huge success of the Papatango New Writing Festival 2011 in partnership with the Finborough Theatre which saw unprecedented press acclaim for the sell-out production of the winning play, Dawn King's Foxfinder, the partnership between Papatango and one of London's leading new writing venues, the multi-award-winning Finborough Theatre, continues...

This year’s competition saw 700 entries from all over the world. 

This year’s winning plays were chosen by a panel of judges that included Howard Davies (Director), Matt Charman (Playwright), Neil McPherson (Artistic Director of the Finborough Theatre – with the exception of one recusal), Francis Grin (Literary Manager at the Finborough Theatre), Con O’Neill (Actor), Tanya Tillett (Knight Hall Agency), Blanche McIntyre (former Leverhulme Bursary Associate Director at the National Theatre Studio and the Finborough Theatre, and director of last year's winning play), and the writer of last year's winning play, Dawn King.

Papatango was founded by Matt Roberts, George Turvey and Sam Donovan in 2007. The company's mission is to find the best and brightest new talent in the UK with an absolute commitment to bring their work to the stage. Since then, Papatango have produced twelve pieces of new writing in such venues as the Tristan Bates Theatre, the Old Red Lion Theatre and the Pleasance London. 2009 saw the launch of their first Papatango New Writing Competition, which each year has gone from strength to strength.

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Directed by Louise Hill. Designed by Olivia Altaras. Lighting by Neill Brinkworth. Costume by Sarah Vigar. Composed by Craig Adams.
Cast: Denise Black. Amita Dhiri. Angela Lonsdale. Sarah Smart.

“This woman spat at me the other day. I could taste the saliva on me own tongue. And I don't blame her, not for one minute I don't. Because if someone beat my child half to death, I'd want to do the same.”

As a BNP rally gathers momentum on the streets outside, four women meet to play bridge. Struggling to find common ground, they talk about the men they married, their gifted and delinquent children and what their own heritage means.  But beliefs and loyalties are tested to the limit when Stephie's fourteen year old son, Jack, is implicated in a brutal racist attack that leaves an eleven year old Pakistani boy close to death.

A raw, uncompromising drama about bigotry and racism that explores the insidious rise of the British National Party.

Playwright Louise Monaghan was the winner of a Bruntwood Prize Judges' Award 2011 for Shadow Play. Her first radio drama Alone in the Garden with You, produced and directed by Jessica Dromgoole, was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 earlier this year. In 2006, she was a member of 'The Fifty,' a new writing initiative run by The Royal Court Theatre in conjunction with the BBC. Her other plays include Beautiful – nominated by Out Of Joint Theatre Company for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize 2009, and Aurora which was a finalist for both the London Festival New Writing Award and Little Brother's Big Opportunity competition 2010. She was shortlisted for Theatre Centre's Adrienne Benham Award 2012 and is a member of their Skylines group.

Director Louise Hill has directed two sell-out productions of plays by J.M. Barrie at the Finborough Theatre - What Every Woman Knows and Quality Street, for which she was named Best Newcomer Director by the British Theatre Guide and nominated as Best Director at the OffWestEnd Awards – and the first London revival for many years of Sutton Vane's Outward Bound in February 2012. She trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and spent two years as Artistic Director of the Bristol Shakespeare Festival. Most recently, she directed David Mamet's Boston Marriage for Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Other directing includes Spiders and Crocodile Tears (Soho Theatre Studio), To a Sunless Sea (Etcetera Theatre), Face to Face (Old Red Lion Theatre), The Merchant of Venice and The Taming of the Shrew (Middle Temple Gardens), Tiny Dynamite (Alma Tavern Theatre, Bristol) and IAGO, her own adaptation of Othello, for which she won a Fringe Review Outstanding Theatre Award at the Edinburgh Festival. She was Associate Director on Travesties and The Importance of Being Earnest  (Birmingham Rep). Assistant Direction includes Blackbird and The Winslow Boy (both Salisbury Playhouse).

The cast is:

Denise Black
Theatre includes Sister Act (National Tour), Calendar Girls (National Tour), Mrs Warren’s Profession, Yerma and Roots (Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester), Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (Liverpool Playhouse), The Seagull (Royal Court Theatre), Sisters (Sheffield Crucible), Bedroom Farce (West Yorkshire Playhouse), The Mistress (Sherman Cymru) and Aristo (Chichester Festival Theatre).
Television includes Queer as Folk, Coronation Street, Small Island, Doc Martin, Robin Hood, Casualty, New Tricks, The Bill, No Angels, Born and Bred, Doctors, Holby City, Midsomer Murders, The Brief, Viva Las Blackpool, Clocking Off, The Vice, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Bad Girls, Sins, Things You Do For Love  and Macbeth.
Film includes Joy Rider and Last Orders.

Amita Dhiri
Theatre includes After The Gods (Hampstead Theatre), Feelgood (Hampstead Theatre and Garrick Theatre), The Crucible (Leicester Haymarket Theatre) and Whose Life Is It Anyway? (Comedy Theatre).
Television includes The Bill, Holby City, Judge John Deed, Silent Witness, Second Generation, Being April, Dalziel and Pascoe, The Law, Grease Monkeys and This Life.
Film includes Acts of God and 24 Hours in London.
Radio includes Skios by Michael Frayn.

Angela Lonsdale
Trained at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.
Theatre includes Bluebird (Royal Court Theatre), Black and White Shorts (Paines Plough), Gertrude's Secret (Grand Theatre, Leeds, and Oxford Playhouse), The Long Line, She Stoops to Conquer, And a Nightingale Sang (Northern Stage) and Women in Love (Durham Theatre Company).
Television includes Coronation Street, Joe Maddison's War, Best Possible Taste, All Quiet on the Preston Front, Finney, Kavanagh QC, Wolfblood, The Bill, The Royal, Picking Up the Pieces, City Central, Holby, Casualty, Justice for Gemma, The Vanishing Man, A Touch of Frost, Hetty Wainthrop Investigates and Peak Practice.

Sarah Smart
Theatre includes The Railway Children (Birmingham Repertory Theatre), Ghosts (Gate Theatre), The Line (Arcola Theatre) and Like A Fishbone (Bush Theatre).
Television includes The Secret of Crickley Hall, Wallander, Dr Who, Funland, Jane Hall, At Home With The Braithwaites, Sparkhouse, Murder Prevention, Five Days, Midsomer Murders, Casualty 1906-1909, Poirot, Miss Marple, David Copperfield, Soldier Soldier, Monroe, The Man Who Crossed Hitler, Wuthering Heights, Death in Paradise, Fast Freddie, The Widow and Me and the children's series Woof!.
Radio includes many plays for BBC Radio 4.



“I don’t think we’ll get to Mars…not really…not normal people. Scientists might…it’ll end up a scientific outpost like Antarctica…but it won’t be for people like you and me.”

Maggie has found a warm patch of ground on Horsell Common. She believes something is buried in the dirt. This is the site of the Martian invasion in H G Wells' The War of the Worlds and she sneaks out of the house in the dead of night and dances on the warm spot. Here she meets Behrooz, an amateur astronomer who spends his nights mapping the surface of Mars.

Cartographer John is remapping the streets of Woking. He's about to become a father and is terrified by the thought. He finds an ally in Corinne, Maggie's mother - a woman struggling to keep her sex life separate and secret from her daughter.

Kiph, who everyone thinks is gay, its madly in love with Maggie, his best-friend. He attends a book signing to meet his hero, Richard Bleakman - star of cult 80s sci-fi show John Carter of Mars. Richard has problems of his own.

A stunning new play about fantasy and sexuality, and about the blurry and indistinct lines between reality and desire.

Playwright Tom Morton-Smith’s plays include Salt Meets Wound (Theatre503), In Doggerland (Box of Tricks at Theatre503), Venison (Yellowtale Theatre Company at The Hawth, Crawley), Uncertainty (Sincera Productions at Latitude Festival) andThe Hygiene Hypothesis (Sincera Productions at Latitude Festival). He collaborated with composer Jon Nicholls on a play with music, Blunderbuss (The Theatre, Chipping Norton). He wrote an episode of BBC Radio 7’s Man In Black series, entitled Flesh. He has had short plays and rehearsed readings performed at The Old Vic, the Hampstead Theatre, the Soho Theatre, the Royal Court Theatre, Trafalgar Studios, the Liverpool Everyman, the Southwark Playhouse, the Arcola Theatre and Shakespeare's Globe. He was writer-in-residence at Paines Plough in 2007-08. He is currently under commission to the Royal Shakespeare Company.


“Take your beloved England and tell her tomorrow that she shall lose for five generations and counting every doctor, every nurse, every teacher, every engineer. A country as advanced as that will tomorrow be in the Stone Age. You do that to a country in her infancy and you have a third world. A place of chaos. A place of war”

When Melissa’s mother, a famous Zimbabwean Prostitute, passes away on the eve of the 2008 presidential elections. Melissa gets the one thing she has wanted all of her life. To meet her “English” father Mwemba. But is he ready to respond to the daughter he never knew he had and answer to the decisions that have paralyzed all of their lives?

Several months later, to find safety from Mugabe’s militias and campaign of torture, Garikai has led his British educated half-siblings, Patience and Busani, into southern Zambia. But as more displaced Zimbabweans find their way to the growing communal fire, clinging onto the fragile hope that their parents are still alive somewhere in the over populating townships of northern South Africa becomes harder and harder…

Playwright May Sumbwanyambe has taken part in several young writers programmes, including most recently the Royal Court’s invitation only studio group. He has also been attached to the West Yorkshire Playhouse and the Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse with the support of two BBC seed commissions. In 2011, May’s plays were shortlisted for both the Alfred Fagon and the BBC’S Alfred Bradley Awards. He has been shortlisted for OffWestEnd’ss Adopt a Playwright award on two occasions, reached the final round of Soho Theatre’s Verity Bargate Award and was also longlisted for the Alfred Fagon Award. Currently writing under commission to Hull Truck Theatre, his shorter work includes With Fumes of Human Roast (Hampstead Theatre – Start Night) and Feeding the Birds (The Old Vic 24 Hour Plays). May is also a tutor on both the West Yorkshire Playhouse's annual new writing programmes.

Director Ola Ince is a former Resident Assistant Director and Senior Reader at the Finborough Theatre where she directed The Soft Of Her Palm (2012) and Namaskar as part of 2011's Vibrant – A Festival of Finborough Playwrights . Trained at Rose Bruford College with a First Class Honours BA in Theatre Directing. Previous direction includes Pets Corner (Arcola Theatre), One Million Tiny Plays About Britain (The Clare Theatre, Young Vic), Games (Pleasance Theatre), Far Away (The Studio, Rose Bruford College), The Inconvenient Store (Tooting Hub), The Frame (Unicorn Theatre), The Island (Unicorn Theatre) and Pop (Warehouse Theatre). Ola has worked as an Assistant Director for the The Young Vic, Octagon Theatre Bolton, Tristan Bates Theatre, National Theatre Studio, King's Head Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company Fringe Festival. Most recently, she was Assistant Director to Sacha Wares on Wild Swans (The Young Vic).

Cast: Eric Kofi Abrefa. Ivanno Jeremiah. Cyril Nri. Victor Power. Sandra Reid. Cherrelle Skeete.


Dennis used to be on track for the life he wanted. He had a loving wife, and a newborn son. Now his wife has gone, and the baby has grown into a man. Only he didn’t turn out quite how Dennis had imagined – Andrew is a sex offender.

As the two men are forced together by circumstance, Dennis realises that the ties between a father and son aren’t so easy to undo. As Andrew’s acts grow increasingly perverse and Dennis finds himself punished for his son’s actions, we begin to question who the real victim is.

A story of two men who must learn to love each other.

Playwright Jane Wainwright was born in Derbyshire. She was a member of the Royal Court Theatre’s Young Writers Programme, their Invitation Group for Playwrights and their 'Supergroup' of twelve specially selected writers. Plays include Barrow Hill starring Janet Henfrey (Finborough Theatre), In World, performed as part of Vibrant – A Festival of Finborough Playwrights (Finborough Theatre), Hands Free, part of ‘AVE IT!, in the Coming Up Later season (The Old Vic Tunnels) and Pet's Corner (The Miniaturists at the Arcola Theatre). She was shortlisted for the WritersRoom 10 scheme and the BBC Heartlands new writing scheme, and her play In World was part of the final shortlist in last year’s Papatango New Writing Competition. Jane is 'fostered' by OffWestEnd’s Adopt A Playwright Award.

Director Robert Hastie returns to theFinborough Theatre where he directed the acclaimed first production in over 40 years of John McGrath's Events While Guarding the Bofors Gun, and Carthage as part of Vibrant 2012 – A Festival of Finborough Playwrights. He was Associate Director for Sixty-Six Books which opened the new Bush Theatre where he also directed the world premieres of In The Land of Uz by Neil LaBute, The Middle Man by Anthony Weigh, David and Goliath by Andrew Motion, Snow In Sheffield by Helen Mort and A Lost Expression by Luke Kennard. He was Associate Director of Much Ado About Nothing starring David Tennant and Catherine Tate (Wyndham's Theatre). He co-founded The Lamb Players, for whom he has co-directed As You Like It and The Merchant of Venice. He has assisted Josie Rourke, Peter Gill and Laurie Sansom, and is an Associate Artist of the National Youth Theatre and a Connections Director for the National Theatre Connections programme. Robert originally trained as an actor at RADA, and his acting credits include work at the National Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Company, with Cheek By Jowl, Frantic Assembly and Headlong, and in the West End.

Cast: Richard Beanland. John Hodgkinson. Tessa Peake-Jones. Paula Wilcox. And to be announced.


Foxfinder also won playwright Dawn King a prestigious Pearson Award bursary through the Finborough Theatre, was published by Nick Hern Books, and also won the Critics' Circle Most Promising Newcomer Award for director Blanche McIntyre.
Time Out Critics' Choice
The Guardian Critics' Choice
***** Five Stars WhatsOnStage
**** Four Stars The Telegraph
**** Four Stars The Guardian
**** Four Stars The Independent
**** Four Stars Evening Standard
**** Four Stars Exeunt
**** Four Stars Spoonfed
**** Four Stars Time Out
One of The Independent's Top Five Plays of 2011
Nominated for the Off West End Award for 2011 for Best New Play
"In a wan year for new writing, Dawn King's play shines out like a beacon...The most compelling new work I have seen this year.” Michael Billington, The Guardian
“A bold and often brilliant stab at something new.” Dominic Maxell, The Times
“Rich, rare and deeply unsettling...a thrillingly original piece of writing.”” Sam Marlowe, Time Out
“A haunting and striking new piece. Exceptionally written, directed and performed, this remarkably tense modern parable has all the hallmarks of an instant classic – a superlative achievement from all involved.” Chris Hislop, WhatsOnStage
"An arresting and individual work that haunts the mind long after you've seen it.” Michael Billington, The Guardian
“This gripping, haunting production is something of a home-grown project for the miraculously fertile Finborough Theatre, nurturing the talent of both new Playwright in Residence King and previous Leverhulme Bursary beneficiary McIntyre.” Catherine Love, Exeunt


Tuesday, 27 November – Saturday, 22 December 2012

Tuesday, 27 November – Saturday, 22 December 2012
Tuesday to Saturday evenings at 8.30pm. Saturday and Sunday matinees at 3.30pm.
Prices for Weeks 1 and 2 (27 November – 9 December 2012) – Tickets £14, £10 concessions, except Tuesday evenings £10 all seats, and Saturday evenings £14 all seats. 
Previews £10 all seats. 
£6 tickets for under 30’s for performances from Tuesday to Sunday of the first week when booked online only. 
£11 tickets for residents of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea on the first Saturday of the run only. 
Prices for Weeks 3 and 4 (11 December – 22 December 2012) – Tickets £16, £12 concessions, except Tuesday evenings £12 all seats, and Saturday evenings £16 all seats.

Running Time: 90 minutes with no interval

Everyday Maps for Everyday Use
Tuesday, 4 December – Saturday, 22 December 2012
Please note the new earlier start time for Everyday Maps for Everyday Use - 6.15pm and 1.15pm
Tuesday to Saturday evenings at 6.15pm. Sunday matinees at 1.15pm.
Tickets £14, £10 concessions, except Tuesday evenings £10 all seats, and Saturday evenings £14 all seats.

Running Time: 90 minutes with no interval

Staged Readings
Back Home Contemplation on Monday 10 December 2012
Photos of You Sleeping on Monday 17 December 2012
All tickets £4. Evenings at 7.30pm.


Please note the new earlier start time for Everyday Maps for Everyday Use - 6.15pm and 1.15pm

Tuesday 27 November 8.30pm Pack Preview
Wednesday 28 8.30pm Pack Preview
Thursday 29 8.30pm Pack Press
Friday 30 8.30pm Pack  
Saturday 1 December 3.30pm Pack  
Saturday 1 8.30pm Pack  
Sunday 2 3.30pm Pack  
Monday 3   No Performance  
Tuesday 4 6.15pm Everyday Maps For Everyday Use Preview
Tuesday 4 8.30pm Pack  
Wednesday 5 6.15pm Everyday Maps For Everyday Use Preview
Wednesday 5 8.30pm Pack  
Thursday 6 6.15pm Everyday Maps For Everyday Use Press
Thursday 6 8.30pm Pack  
Friday 7 6.15pm Everyday Maps For Everyday Use  
Friday 7 8.30pm Pack  
Saturday 8 3.30pm Pack  
Saturday 8 6.15pm Everyday Maps For Everyday Use  
Saturday 8 8.30pm Pack  
Sunday 9 1.15pm Everyday Maps For Everyday Use  
Sunday 9 3.30pm Pack  
Monday 10 7.30pm Back Home Contemplation Staged Reading
Tuesday 11 6.15pm Everyday Maps For Everyday Use  
Tuesday 11 8.30pm Pack  
Wednesday 12 6.15pm Everyday Maps For Everyday Use  
Wednesday 12 8.30pm Pack  
Thursday 13 6.15pm Everyday Maps For Everyday Use  
Thursday 13 8.30pm Pack  
Friday 14 6.15pm Everyday Maps For Everyday Use  
Friday 14 8.30pm Pack  
Saturday 15 3.30pm Pack  
Saturday 15 6.15pm Everyday Maps For Everyday Use  
Saturday 15 8.30pm Pack  
Sunday 16 1.15pm Everyday Maps For Everyday Use  
Sunday 16 3.30pm Pack  
Monday 17 7.30pm Photos Of You Sleeping Staged Reading
Tuesday 18 6.15pm Everyday Maps For Everyday Use  
Tuesday 18 8.30pm Pack  
Wednesday 19 6.15pm Everyday Maps For Everyday Use  
Wednesday 19 8.30pm Pack  
Thursday 20 6.15pm Everyday Maps For Everyday Use  
Thursday 20 8.30pm Pack  
Friday 21 6.15pm Everyday Maps For Everyday Use  
Friday 21 8.30pm Pack  
Saturday 22 3.30pm Pack  
Saturday 22 6.15pm Everyday Maps For Everyday Use Last Show
Saturday 22 8.30pm Pack Last Show


Presented by the Papatango New Writing Festival in partnership with Neil McPherson for the Finborough Theatre.







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