Alice wants to come out as a lesbian.
Her girlfriend wants to start living as a man.
Hartshorn – Hook Productions and Theatre503 present the world premiere of Rotterdam by Jon Brittain. Director Donnacadh O’Briain, Designer Ellan Parry.
Starring Anna Martine, Alice McCarthy, Ed Eales-White and Jessica Clark
“No, Alice, I don’t want to become a man, I just want to stop trying to be a woman.”
It’s New Year in Rotterdam, and Alice has finally plucked up the courage to email her parents and tell them she’s gay. But before she can hit send, her girlfriend reveals that they have always identified as a man… and now wants to start living as one. Now Alice must face a question she never thought she’d ask… does this mean she’s straight?
Rotterdam, by Jon Brittain, directed by Donnacadh O’Briain, is a bittersweet comedy about gender, sexuality and being a long way from home. Rotterdam will get its world premiere at Theatre503 in a four-week run from Tuesday 27 October – Saturday 21 November.
Anna Martine recently appeared in the West End in the multi-award-winning The Nether, taking over the lead role of Detective Morris for the final weeks of the run, and Katie Mitchell’s production of Alcina at the Aix-en-Provence Festival. Her West End roles also include The Wind in the Willows at the Duchess Theatre.
Alice McCarthy recently finished a sell-out run of Boris: World King at the Pleasance, Edinburgh.
Ed Eales-White is a member of the the award-winning sketch group Clever Peter, whose debut radio show, Strap In – It’s Clever Peter, won universal acclaim. As an actor, his roles include Bucket at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe.
Jessica Clark just played Juliet in Romeo & Juliet at Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre. She was in The Events (Young Vic), Love’s Comedy (Orange Tree) and My Dear I Wanted to Tell You (Soho Theatre).
Jon Brittain (Author) is a playwright, comedy writer and director. He co-created Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho, was one of the Theatre503 Five, has written on shows for Cartoon Network and directed both of John Kearns’ Fosters Award-winning comedy shows.
Donnacadh O’Briain (Director) his recent projects include Lesere (Jermyn Street Theatre); My World Has Exploded a Little Bit (Tristan Bates Theatre/Camden Fringe); The Poet, The Lover and the Lunatic (National Portrait Gallery); Blue Stockings (Tobacco Factory); Mercury Fur & From Both Hips (RADA). He created the unique cross art form pop-up theatre PEEP, which featured at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2012 & 2013 and Latitude Festival, featuring commissions from Leo Butler, Pamela Carter, Kefi Chadwick, Sabrina Mahfouz, Jay Adshead & Luke Barnes. Favourite productions include Leo Butler’s The Early Bird (Finborough – Independent on Sunday Critics Choice); Between Life and Nowhere (Theatre Delicatessen – Time Out Critics Choice), a major Irish production of King Lear staring the late Gerard Murphy (Wexford Opera House & tour), and assisting Michael Boyd on The Histories Cycle (RSC).
Hartshorn – Hook Productions has produced and managed over 70 shows since forming in 2007. Recent credits include Away From Home (UK and international tour) and the London productions of American Idiot, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change and Urinetown.
503 Battersea Park Road
London, SW11 3BW
Tuesday 27 October – Saturday 21 November
Tuesday – Saturday at 7.45pm
Sundays at 5.00pm
Thursday 1st October 2015