Cast is announced and rehearsals begin today (Monday 18th January 2016) for RIGHT NOW, a co-production between the Bush Theatre, Traverse theatre Company and Theatre Royal Bath Ustinov Studio.
The roles of Juliette, Ben, Alice, Francis, and Giles will be played by Maureen Beattie, Sean Biggerstaff, Lindsey Campbell, Dyfan Dwyfor and Guy Williams.
The co-production, directed by former RSC Artistic Director Michael Boyd, runs at the Bush Theatre from 23rd March to 16th April 2016. Press night is on 29th March 2016.
Director Michael Boyd said, “Our challenge to do justice to this heart-breaking, hilarious and disturbing play begins today, and I couldn’t feel better equipped than with this brilliant dare-devil cast.”
Written by Catherine-Anne Toupin and translated by Chris Campbell, RIGHT NOW is a disquieting exploration of one woman’s crisis and darkest desires. It walks a delicate line between playful laughter and deep trauma, teasing and thrilling audiences from beginning to end.
As Alice and Ben settle into their beautiful new flat they realise that the family across the hall hope to be more than just good neighbours. Soon, Juliette, Giles, and their son Francis are wearing out the welcome mat; suggesting drinks, hors d’oeuvres and dancing. Things begin to heat up as innocent invitations lead to passionate encounters and unsettling revelations.
Maureen Beattie’s previous theatre credits include: The List, The Carousel, The Deliverance (Stellar Quines); John Gabriel Barclay (Óran Mór); Yer Granny, 27 and The Enquirer (National Theatre of Scotland); Romeo & Juliet (Rose Theatre Kingston); Dark Road, The Cherry Orchard (Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh); Noises Off (The Old Vic); No Quarter (Royal Court Theatre); Ghosts (Citizens Theatre); Masterbuilder, Othello, The Merry Wives of Windsor (National Theatre); The History Plays, Richard III, Titus Andronicus, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (Royal Shakespeare Company). Maureen’s television and film credits include: Outlander, Doctor Who, Vera, Casualty, Lewis, Midsomer Murders, Taggart, Bramwell, The Bill, Hard to Get, The Worst Week of My Life, Doctors, Moving On and Decoy Bride.
Sean Biggerstaff obtained his first professional acting role at ten, playing the son of MacDuff in a Michael Boyd production of Macbeth at the Tron Theatre, Glasgow. He then joined the Scottish Youth Theatre and spent six years with the group. Other theatre work includes: Solid Air (Theatre Royal Plymouth); The Girl with the Red Hair (Lyceum/Bush/Hampstead Theatre); An Appointment with the Wicker Man (National Theatre of Scotland).
Sean’s film work includes: Whisky Galore, Mary Queen of Scots, and Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Part 2) playing the part of Oliver Wood. His television work includes: Marple, Charles II, and Consenting Adults for which he won BAFTA Scotland’s Best Actor Award for his performance.
Lindsey Campbell trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, graduating in 2013. Previous stage credits include: Nights (White Bear Theatre); The Harvest (Theatre Royal Bath/Soho); The Big Meal (Theatre Royal Bath/Hightide). Television credits include: Casualty, Doctor’s, Dani’s House, Blue Haven, Single Father.
Dyfan Dwyfor graduated from the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in 2007. He won the Richard Burton Award at the National Eisteddfod in 2004. Most recently he has appeared in Candylion (National Theatre Wales). Other theatre credits include: The Harvest (Soho Theatre/Ustinov Studio Bath); Titus Andronicus (The Globe); Praxis Makes Perfect (National Theatre Wales); Too Clever by Half (Royal Exchange); Fortunes Fool (The Old Vic); Ahasverus, Hamlet, Little Eagles, Romeo & Juliet, The Drunks, As You Like It, Comedy of Errors (RSC). Film and Television work includes: Yr Oedi, Hinterland, Caerdydd, A470, Y Llyfrgell, The Passing, I Know You Know and The Baker.
Guy Williams has a huge range of theatre, television and film roles. Previous theatre credits include: Spanish Tragedy (Arcola); King Lear, The Seagull, The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Winters Tale (RSC); The Duchess of Malfi (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Present Laughter (Theatre Clwyd); Rebecca (National Tour); Journey’s End (Comedy); The Romans in Britain (Crucible Theatre); Pravda, The Government Inspector, Venice Preserved, Antigone, Coriolanus, (National Theatre), Timon of Athens (Leicester); Rose Rage (Propeller, Watermill, Theatre Royal); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Propeller, Watermill, Comedy). Guy’s film credits include: London Has Fallen, The Man from U.N.C.L.E, The Cosmonaut, Sherlock Holmes, Middleton’s Changeling, To Walk With Lions, Thin Ice. Television work includes: Indian Summers, Young Cilla, Peaky Blinders, Downton Abbey, Mr Selfridge, Father Brown, Ripper Street, This is England 88, Land Girls, Law and Order, The Queen, Silent Witness, Spooks, King Lear, A Very Social Secretary, Trial and Retribution and Happy Valley.
23rd March to 16th April 2016
by Catherine-Anne Toupin
translated by Chris Campbell
Director Michael Boyd
Designer Madeleine Girling