Soho Theatre and Damsel Productions present FURY by Phoebe Eclair-Powell – 2015 WINNER Soho Young Writers’ Award. Soho Theatre Upstairs. Directed by Hannah Hauer-King. Running from 5th – 30th July 2016. Press Night on Friday 8th July 2016.
Soho Theatre continues to place emerging talent centre stage in the world premiere performance of FURY. Presented by some of London theatre’s most exciting new voices, this chilling and powerful modern-day Medea, to be performed in the round, is written by award-winning new playwright Phoebe Eclair-Powell and directed by Hannah Hauer-King.
The finalist for Soho Theatre’s Verity Bargate Award for emerging playwrights and the winning script of Soho Theatre’s 2015 Young Writer’s Award, FURY – developed in Soho Theatre’s Young Writers’ programme –follows Phoebe Eclair-Powell’s critically acclaimed debut production Wink at Theatre503 last year. Phoebe is currently Soho Theatre’s Writer in Residence following support from Channel 4’s Playwrights’ Scheme.
FURY is a powerful new play set against the backdrop of a Peckham council flat. A darkly comic tragedy, FURY takes an unapologetic look at a young single mum society has forgotten. Tackling themes of motherhood, class, social culpability and the abuse of power, the production paints a contemporary picture of an ever-changing and increasingly gentrified landscape of London. The cast includes Sarah Ridgeway (Forget Me Not, Bush Theatre, Harrowgate, Hightide Festival, 2015) and Alex Austin (Yen, Royal Court, 2016; Barbarians, Young Vic, 2015) alongside a contemporary chorus.
Directed by Hannah Hauer-King, Artistic Director of Damsel Productions alongside co-founder and Producer Kitty Wordsworth, FURY follows the company’s debut and critically acclaimed production of Ruby Rae Spiegel’s Dry Land at Jermyn Street Theatre last year. The production with its ‘hard-hitting’ abortion scene fuelled mainstream discussion about graphic depictions on stage, setting the tone for the company dedicated to putting women at the forefront of storytelling and theatre. FURY marks Hauer-King’s first major show at Soho Theatre following a residency as Associate Director in 2015.
Steve Marmion, Artistic Director of Soho Theatre, said: “We pride ourselves on discovering, developing and bringing new voices to our stages. Phoebe and Hannah are two deeply talented and hard working young artists who have been working with us for a few years now. This visceral, violent and funny insight into the world through the eyes of a young woman is a great way for them to introduce themselves to our audience. We hope you enjoy.”
SOHO THEATRE AND DAMSEL PRODUCTIONS PRESENT FURY
Soho Theatre Upstairs. Tuesday 5 – Saturday 30 July. Duration: 70mins