Casting has been announced for award-winning writer Owen Sheers’ acclaimed play Pink Mist, about the mental and physical scars of war, which opens at the Bush Theatre in January 2016 before a run at the Bristol Old Vic.
Five of the six original cast members from the play’s 2015 run will return – Phil Dunster, Peter Edwards, Rebecca Hamilton, Zara Ramm and Alex Stedman – with Rebecca Killick joining the company.
Pink Mist tells the story of three young Bristol men deployed to Afghanistan. Returning to the women in their lives who must now share the physical and psychological aftershocks of their service, Arthur, Hads and Taff find their journey home is their greatest battle.
Owen Sheers’ Pink Mist was inspired by thirty interviews with returned servicemen and first staged at Bristol Old Vic in July 2015. This moving production, directed by John Retallack and George Mann (Theatre Ad Infinitum) matches Sheers’ haunting verse with dynamic movement.
Cast: Phil Dunster, Peter Edwards, Rebecca Hamilton, Rebecca Killick, Zara Ramm and Alex Stedman.
Phil Dunster: Theatre includes: Pink Mist (Bristol Old Vic); Claudio in Much Ado About Nothing (Reading Between the Lines); The Man in The River (Tobacco Factory Theatres). Film includes: Leavey, The Rise and Fall of the Krays. TV includes: Catastrophe (Channel 4), Lucky Man (Sky 1).
Peter Edwards: Theatre includes: The Crucible, Pink Mist (Bristol Old Vic). Credits whilst training include: The Boy on the Swing, The Grand Gesture, The Merchant of Venice, Alice in Wonderland, Sauce for the Goose (West Country Tour), The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Speaking in Tongues.
Rebecca Hamilton: Theatre includes: Pink Mist (Bristol Old Vic); City Of Strangers (Tron Theatre); Romeo and Juliet (Lemontree Theatre). Credits whilst training include: The Merchant of Venice, Alice in Wonderland (Redgrave Theatre); The Grand Gesture (Tobacco Factory). Rebecca has also been a member of the BBC Radio Drama Company appearing in numerous productions for BBC Radio 4.
Rebecca Killick: Theatre includes: Performer/Puppeteer in One Snowy Night (Norden Farm Productions); Catherine Denham in One Minute (Delirium); Emilie/Baby Joey/Annie Gilbert in War Horse (National Theatre); Moth in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Meyer Theatre); Patty Symcox in Grease, Elvira in Blithe Spirit (Turner Auditorium); Brink in When Do We Start Fighting? (Courtyard Theatre); Psychiatrist in 4.48 Psychosis (Royal Academy of Music); Madge Syers in Swifter, Higher, Stronger (The Roundhouse); Dunyasha in The Cherry Orchard, Clara in A Vampire Story (Richard Burton Theatre Co.). Film includes: Jemima in Fugue State (FireParty Films), Fiona in short film Vertical Drop (Sci-Fi 48 Hour Film Festival). Radio includes: Buddug in The Minister (BBC Radio 4). Zara Ramm trained at LAMDA. Theatre includes: Alice in Wonderland (The Watermill); Life Raft, Pink Mist, Swallows and Amazons, World Cup Final 1966, Treasure Island, Beasts and Beauties, Pheadra’s Love (all Bristol Old Vic); My Mother Said I Never Should (The Theatre, Chipping Norton); The Last Voyage of Sinbad the Sailor (Tobacco Factory Theatres); The Nutcracker (Bath Theatre Royal/The Egg); Into the West (Travelling Light Theatre Co); Skellig (Birmingham Stage Co); Macbeth (Northcott); Othello (Ludlow); The Tempest (Arts Threshold); A Chorus of Disapproval (Colchester Mercury); Saigon Rose: The Case of Rebellious Susan (The Orange Tree Theatre); Cinderella, Dick Whittington, Sleeping Beauty (Cheltenham Everyman); State of Grace (Reckless Kettle Theatre); Dalston Songs (Helen Chadwick Song Theatre). Film includes: The Merchant of Venice, Crazy Hands. TV includes: Grandpa in My Pocket (five series); Teachers, Being Human, Afterlife 2, Passer By, Doctors, The Bill, Dead Gorgeous.
Alex Stedman: Theatre includes: Pink Mist (Bristol Old Vic); Honest (Theatre West, Alma Tavern); Boom (Bush Theatre); Do You Speak British (Camden People’s Theatre); Little Pieces of Gold (Southwark Playhouse). TV includes: Skins, Casualty. He is also a writer and has had his work performed at Theatre503 and at the Theatre Royal Plymouth as part of the Plymouth Fringe Festival.
Owen Sheers has been described as “the war poet of his generation”. He is an author, poet and playwright whose first novel, Resistance was translated into eleven languages and adapted into a film. His latest novel, I Saw a Man, was published in June 2015. Owen’s writing for theatre includes National Theatre of Wales’ site-specific production in Port Talbot, The Passion; The Two Worlds of Charlie F, which won the Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award, and NTW’s Mametz. His verse drama Pink Mist was commissioned by BBC Radio 4 and won the Hay Festival Poetry Medal and the Wales Book of the Year 2014. He has been Artist in Residence for the Welsh Rugby Union and is currently Professor in Creativity at Swansea University.
21st January – 13th February 2016
by Owen Sheers
Co-directed by John Retallack and George Mann
Designer Emma Cains
Lighting Designer Peter Harrison
Composer & Sound Designer Jon Nicholls
Press night 26th January 2016
Mon to Sat at 7.30pm
2.30pm Saturday matinees
2.30pm Wednesday matinees
Audio described performance 6th February 2.30pm
Bush Green Live Debate 10th February
Captioned performance 12th February, 7.30pm