Summer Season | May - August 2016

STONE FACE

by Eve Leigh

 
Tuesday, 17 May – Saturday, 11 June 2016

The world premiere

“No scars at all. Which, when you think about it, is maybe not such a good sign”

Catherine was fifteen when she was found.

She and her mother shared a secret world in an anonymous one-bedroom flat in London. No one is even sure if she's ever left the room she was found in. She can't walk and can't speak.

Her recovery seems impossible. But young people can be shockingly resilient, especially with inspired medical care. Sponsored by a fundraising drive led by a tabloid newspaper, her only living relative has been able to get Catherine the best private care that money can buy. She responds well to the experimental treatment. But she seems to be getting more violent, and remains stubbornly resistant to language. Or is she?

Soon, Catherine's doctors and half-sister begin to discover what it is, exactly, that they've uncovered...

A fairytale of modern Britain, inspired by true events.

Post show discussion with Bechdel Theatre, Friday 27 May.

Join the cast and creative team in a post-show conversation about on-stage representations of women and in Stone Face, as a piece of theatre that passes the Bechdel test.

The discussion is free to ticket holders for the Friday May 27 performance.

For more information go to http://bechdeltheatre.com/bechdel-theatre-fest

ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT

Playwright Eve Leigh returns to the Finborough Theatre after the success of her first play Silent Planet in 2014. She trained at the Royal Court Young Writers' Programme and Studio Group, and is currently under commission to the Royal Shakespeare Company. Her work includes Plunder (The Young Vic), Red Sky at Night (Bush Theatre), Rapture (Soho Theatre), and the interactive installations Your Future (Camden People's Theatre, Hebbel Am Ufer, Ballhaus Ost, and Sophiensaele, Berlin), A Short and Boring Story (Camden People's Theatre), and Something Else (Ovalhouse and Camden People's Theatre). Dramaturgy includes How to Win Against History by Seiriol Davies (Ovalhouse and National Tour), Das Spiel by Philipp Oberlohr (Ovalhouse and International Tour) and The Climate Games (Berliner Festspiele and COP21, Paris).

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR

Director Roy Alexander Weise is currently Trainee Director at the Royal Court Theatre. He trained on the BA Hons Directing course at Rose Bruford College. He is Associate Artist at The Red Room. He was First Runner Up for the JMK Award in 2014 and, in the same year, was the BBC Theatre Fellow at the Bush Theatre and the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith. Direction includes In Smoke, Aperture (Royal Court Theatre), Plunder, One Million Tiny Plays About Britain (The Young Vic), Palindrome (Arcola Theatre) The Man in the Green Jacket (Jermyn Street Theatre), What Happens Behind the Bar (Cockpit Theatre), SKEEN! (Ovalhouse), Invisible Mice (Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith) and Chameleon (Unicorn Theatre). Assistant Direction includes Hangmen (Royal Court Theatre and West End) Escaped Alone, You For Me For You, Primetime 2015, Violence and Son, Who Cares, Liberian Girl (Royal Court Theatre), Albion, We Are Proud to Present...(Bush Theatre), Public Enemy (The Young Vic), Hamlet, The Government Inspector (Taking Part at The Young Vic), The Serpent’s Tooth (Talawa at Almeida Theatre) and Lulu (Rose Bruford College). Television includes Trainee Director on Invisible (Channel 4).

THE PRESS ON STONE FACE

★★★★ The Stage
★★★★ Paul In London
★★★★ The Upcoming

Three OffWestEnd nominations for
Best New Play - Eve Leigh for Stone Face at the Finborough Theatre
Best Female Performance - Ellie Turner for Stone Face at the Finborough Theatre
Best Set Designer - Loren Elstein for Stone Face at the Finborough Theatre

“Impressive two-hander that asks probing questions about modern Britain.” Georgia Snow, The Stage

“A compelling and sensitive production.” Carolin Kopplin, UK Theatre Network

“Leigh’s writing is sharp, funny and effective.” Dionne Farrell, London Pub Theatres

“The power of Leigh’s story lies in its unflinching approach and the trust it places in its performers.” Georgia Snow, The Stage

“She has created wonderfully evocative characters and motifs.” Dionne Farrell, London Pub Theatres

“A show-making performance sees Ellie Turner play Catherine.” James FitzGerald, WhatsOnStage

“Ellie Turner’s performance as both Catherine, and 19-year old Ali, is one of extraordinary physicality, depth and nuance.” Georgia Snow, The Stage

“Ellie Turner is outstanding.” Carolin Kopplin, UK Theatre Network

“Ellie Turner (who also plays Ali) brilliantly conveys the physicality of her trauma.” Tom Wicker, Time Out

“Played sympathetically by Liz Jadav.” James FitzGerald, WhatsOnStage

“Roy Alexander Weise’s production is a probing and thoughtful one that resists using shock mechanisms, but shocks all the same. Weise is the newly crowned winner of the JMK Young Director Award. If Stone Face is anything to go by, he is a deserving one.” Georgia Snow, The Stage

“Great direction from Weise means that the audience is always engaged.” Dionne Farrell, London Pub Theatres

“The stage design by Loren Elstein is remarkably effective.” Edward Till, The Upcoming

“Loren Elstein’s playful, malleable set provides a brilliant playground.” Dionne Farrell, London Pub Theatres

“This intimate venue is always worth a visit.” Louise Kingsley, Audience Club

“Intimate and charming off West End venue.” Keith Rance, Audience Club

THE PRESS ON PLAYWRIGHT EVE LEIGH'S SILENT PLANET AT THE FINBOROUGH THEATRE

Eve Leigh’s remarkable debut play…a situation fraught with paradox, which Leigh examines with some subtlety…In a tense 80 minutes, she explores the strange intimacy that develops between the equally imprisoned captor and captive, and shows the human need for sustaining fictions. …As a first play, it reveals unusual maturity”
★★★★ Michael Billington, The Guardian

“Eve Leigh's thought-provoking and fascinating two-hander" Tom Wicker, Exeunt Magazine

“Beautifully written” Honour Bayes, The Stage

“It’s a promising debut from Leigh and an intriguing story that will resonate with anyone who has ever been transfixed by a novel or moved by a poem” Daisy Bowie-Sell, Time Out

“There is much to Silent Planet...to move you and stick in your memory” Gerald Berkowitz, Theatre Guide London

“Intelligent writing and two outstanding performances” Stephen Bates, The Public Reviews

TICKETS AND TIMES

Tuesday, 17 May – Saturday, 11 June 2016

Tuesday to Saturday Evenings at 7.30pm.
Sunday Matinees at 3.00pm.
Saturday Matinees 3.00pm (from 28 May 2016).

Performance Length: Approximately 90 minutes with no interval.

Prices until 29 May 2016

Tickets £16, £14 concessions

except Tuesday Evenings £14 all seats, and Friday and Saturday evenings £16 all seats.
Previews (17 and 18 May) £12 all seats.

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

£12 tickets for residents of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea on Saturday, 21 May 2016 when booked online only.

Prices from 31 May 2016

Tickets £18, £16 concessions

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

For details of our Returns Policy for sold out performances, please click here

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

Directed by Roy Alexander Weise

Designed by Loren Elstein

Lighting by Simon Gethin Thomas

Sound Design by Odinn Orn Hilmarsson

Fight Direction by Bret Yount

Movement Direction by Jenni Jackson

Presented by Desara Productions in association with Neil McPherson for the Finborough Theatre.

LIZ JADAV

ELLIE TURNER