Sketty Theatre today announced the cast for Result at the Pleasance Islington, a new play that confronts the image of glamour and wealth in football and exposes the hidden existence of depression and anxiety among young players.
Brothers Toby and Alex Clarke will direct a cast including Cameron Jack, Richard James Clarke, Christine Victoria During, Leon Tennant, Jules Chan, Joel Phillimore, Liam Steward George, Paul Adeyefa, Zephryn Taite. The production runs from 21 April to 17 May.
Ichiro is living far from home in rainy England, where the only language he understands is football. Ashley trains six days a week and his girlfriend wants him to spend Sundays with her. Titch sits alone in the changing room long after the floodlights have been switched off. Their coach thinks he knows it all. The team’s psychologist knows he has a lot to learn.
Six talented young footballers face their final months in a youth training academy, all with the same question weighing on their mind – who will get a contract? Mixing raw text, striking movement and an original score, Result is a powerful new play that explores the emotion behind every kick; a world in which dreams are built or destroyed in ninety minutes. A world in which the score means everything and failure is not an option. Where physical strength is celebrated but mental health is often ignored.
Gary Lineker on Result: “This is a brilliant idea. It has the potential to be an important play. It could draw attention to aspects of football and mental health and masculinity that people rarely acknowledge or talk about.”
96% – Percentage of scholars signed at 16 in England and Wales who won’t play again from age of 18.
98% – Percentage of players signed as professionals who will not play again from the age of 21.
Figures from XPRO
Toby Clarke co-directs. He won the Peggy Ramsay Foundation 2014 award for the development of Result. He is currently Co-Director on the National Youth Theatre’s Playing Up program which supports and mentors socially excluded young people. He is an Associate Artist with Only Connect, a charity working exclusively with young adults not in education or employment. For three years he worked as Head of Youth Arts at Ovalhouse. He recently led his fifth project with the Lyric Hammersmith, working with young people with a range of disabilities and emotional needs. As a writer, Toby has written and developed work for several venues including Bristol Old Vic Studio, The Arcola and Soho Theatres and last year he was shortlisted for both the Bruntwood Playwriting Award and the Samuel Beckett Award with the Barbican.
Alex Clarke co-directs. He has been acting in film and theatre for over ten years. As well as performing in all Sketty Theatre shows he has performed in a variety of theatre productions, including Deborah Warner’s Julius Caesar at the Barbican Theatre and a UK tour of Bear Trap’s award-winning Bound. Alex is an associate of When In… Productions, a film company which won Best Short for the 48 Hour Film Festival last year. He is also a freelance 3D Animator and 2D Illustrator and is Theatre Manager at Ovalhouse.
Paul Adeyefa plays Stokey. His stage credits include Henry VI: Play of Thrones (Union Theatre), Doctor Faustus (The Marlowe Society) and The Duchess of Malfi (The Dryden Society). His television work includes Cucumber, Red.
Jules Chan plays Ichiro. This is his professional stage debut. Cameron Jack plays Carl. His theatre credits include The Life of Stuff (Theatre 503), South Pacific (Barbican), All the Fun of the Fair (Garrick), Grim (King’s Head Acton), The Drowsy Chaperone (Novello Theatre), We Wil Rock You (Dominion Theatre), Les Miserables (Palace Theatre), Sinbad (Watermill Theatre, Newbury), A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Music Man and Richard II (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre). His television credits include Silent Witness, Man Down, Quick Cuts, Waterloo Road, You Me and Them, M.I. High, Fur TV, He Kills Coppers, Lucy Sullivan Is Getting Married, All Along the Watchtower, Lost in France, Taggart and The Vanishing Man; and for film, Level Up, Wandering Rose and The Dark Knight Rises.
Richard James-Clarke plays Mark. He played series regular Ryan Parker in Doctors. His stage credits include Clybourne Park (Said and Done Theatre Company). Joel Phillimore plays Titch. His theatre credits include Frankenstein (Catford Broadway Theatre), The Eumenides (Action to the Word), Jekyll and Hyde (Southwark Playhouse), Anyone for Tea? (Les Enfants Terribles/Lyric Hammersmith) and Twelfth Night (Sovereign Arts). For television his work includes The Royals and The Lakes; and for film, Les Miserables and Howl.
Liam Steward George plays Devs. His theatre credits include The Revenger’s Tragedy and The Merchant of Venice (Lazarus Theatre Company) and The Twelve Days of Christmas (The People’s Theatre Company). His television work includes Spats.
Zephryn Taitte plays Ashley. His theatre credits include Rachel (Finborough Theatre), The Man in the Green Jacket (Jermyn Street Theatre), What Happens Behind The Bar (A G Productions), The Jungle Book (Birmingham Stage Company), The Tempest and Romeo and Juliet (Oval House), The Crucible (Talawa). His television work includes Brothers with No Game, The Hour and 60 Secs; and for film, Dirty Money.
Leon Tennant plays David. His theatre credits include Streets (Interval Productions), Take a Deep Breath and Breathe (Bussey Building) and The Grandfathers (Oval House). His television work includes Youngers; and for film, Scratched and Miles E Benedict.
Christine Victoria During plays Naomi. Her theatre credits include The Grandfathers at the Oval house and Soho theatre.
21 April – 17 May
Press night: 23 April
Tuesday to Saturday: 7.30pm
Saturday matinee: 2.00pm
020 7609 1800
Thursday 16th April 2015