Ralph Aiken, Charlie Brooks, Jason Durr and Tanya Franks will star as two couples who meet over the internet and get together for one night only, in Michael Kingsbury’s Contact.Com, directed by former Artistic Director of West Yorkshire Playhouse Ian Brown. And running alongside Contact.Com in Park90 will be the world première of Out of the Cage, Alex McSweeney’s real life story of First World War East London munitionettes, starring an eight strong all-female cast of Heather Bleasdale, Milly Finch, Lindsay Fraser, Tegen Hitchens, Emily Houghton, Sarah Madigan, Jill McAusland and Katherine Tozer.
Contact.Com opens on 15 January, with previews from 13th January, running until 14th February, whilst Out of the Cage opens on 22nd January, with previews from 20th January, and runs until 14th February.
Spellbound Productions in association with Park Theatre presents CONTACT.COM By Michael Kingsbury
Director: Ian Brown
Park Theatre (Park200)
13th January – 14th February
Press night: 15 January 7pm
A startling new comedy exploring internet dating and the sexual and economic needs of two very different couples.
Professional Islington-based couple seek young couple for shared pleasures. He 46. She 42. Can accommodate. Young sexy South London couple. He 29. She 27. Seek older couple for nights of pleasure and fulfilment. Will travel.
Middle-aged Matthew and his long-suffering wife Naomi await the arrival of the youthful Ryan and Kelly to their elegant North London home. They’ll meet for one night of unlimited pleasure, then part. That’s the agreement, that’s the plan – but can they stick to it? Ryan and Kelly have a different agenda…
Contact.com is a delicious combination of caustic wit, powerful drama and social observation.
Ralph Aiken plays Ryan. His theatre credits include Waiting For Lefty (Theatre Royal Haymarket), Night Of January 16th (Half Door), The Devil Inside Him (White Bear – Spellbound Productions), Seduced (Spellbound Productions), Things We Want; Detective Miller & more – Fatal Attraction Workshop (Her Majesty’s Theatre – dir. Trevor Nunn); Host – Musica Tra Le Righe (Cagliari, Italy); Alexander Chekhov – The Brothers (White Bear); My Three Angels; Reverend Hale – The Crucible; Frederick Arnott – Enchanted April; Juan Julian – Anna In The Tropics; Phillip – Mauritius; Eddie – Fool For Love; Tom – A Creed For Those Who Have Suffered (All New York); Assistant Director – In Lambeth (Southwark Playhouse).
Charlie Brooks plays Kelly. She is most famous for playing Janine Butcher in Eastenders. She will be starring in the upcoming tour of Beautiful Thing. Her theatre credits include Our Country’s Good (Liverpool Playhouse), Dangerous Corner (Theatre Royal Windsor) and The Play What I Wrote (UK tour). Her other television work includes Suspects, Wired, Bleak House, Robin Hood, Love Soup, The Golden Hour; and for film, her credits include Take 3 Girls.
Jason Durr plays Matthew. His theatre credits include Black Coffee (UK tour), The Mummy (Belgrade Theatre), Donkey’s Years (Rose Theatre Kingston), Sherlock Holmes (West Yorkshire Playhouse and UK tour), Volcano (Vaudeville Theatre), Losing Louis (Hampstead Theatre and Trafalgar Studios), A Chorus Line (Sheffield Crucible), Wrong Side of the Rainbow (Donmar Warehouse), Macbeth, Measure for Measure and The Blue Angel (RSC) and The Destiny of Me (Haymarket Theatre). He is perhaps best known for playing DC Mike Bradley in Heartbeat and his other television credits include Medics, Lewis, Agatha Christie’s Marple, Above Suspicion, Numb3rs, Summer Solstice and Jupiter Moon; and for film, Down Dog, True True Lie, Between Two Worlds and Young Soul Rebels.
Tanya Franks plays Naomi. She is best known for her regular roles in Eastenders, Family Affairs, The Bill and Pulling. Her theatre credits include The Good Person of Sichuan (Mercury Theatre, Colchester), Sherlock Holmes – The Best Kept Secret (West Yorkshire Playhouse and national tour), Really Old Like 45, The Black Album, Sing Yer Heart Out For The Lads (National Theatre), Pretend You Have Big Buildings (Royal Exchange, Manchester), Hiding (Watford Palace Theatre), East (West End, Edinburgh, national tour), The Millionairess (Theatre Royal Bath), The Life of Galileo (Young Vic), Gaslight (UK tour) and A View from the Bridge (Frankfurt’s English Theatre). Her other television credits include Broadchurch, The Cup, Pramface, Hotel Trubble, Ashes to Ashes and Skins; and her film work includes Liz & Dick, The Magnificent Eleven.
Michael Kingsbury is a writer and director. His plays include All Manner of Means, Under the Influence and Seduced (British Council tour Of Austria). His new piece All Inclusive will go into production in the new-year. His directing work includes Hard Times (Salisbury Playhouse) Round the Horne – Revisited (West End), In Lambeth (Southwark Playhouse), Ying Tong (West Yorkshire Playhouse), States of Shock (Battersea Arts Centre), This Other Eden (Soho Theatre). Contact.Com is published by Methuen.
Ian Brown directs. He is the former Artistic Director of the West Yorkshire Playhouse where his productions included Wind in the Willows, King Lear, Waiting for Godot, As You Like It, Twelfth Night, Pretending to Be Me (West End transfer) and Hamlet. He has also directed plays at the Donmar Warehouse, Hampstead Theatre, RSC and The Traverse in Edinburgh.
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Monday 12th January 2015