Cast is announced for Screens at Theatre503. Screens is a play about Cyprus which makes us question our own identity New play Screens, written by emerging talent, Stephen Laughton (Run, Vault Festival; Nine, Arcola Theatre) will debut at Theatre503 in August, making us question how much we hang onto our identity when it’s ripped away from us.
Al: Declan Perring (BELFAST BOY, Arcola), Ayse: Nadia Hynes (DOCTORS, BBC), Emine: Fisun Burgess (GAME OF THRONES; SILENT WITNESS; GO TO GAZA, DRINK THE SEA, Passion Pit Theatre), Ben: Paul Bloomfield (BALLOON, Southwark Playhouse, ALOE ALOE, Arcola Theatre), Charlie: George Jovanovic (HOW TO HOLD YOUR BREATH, Royal Court Theatre).
The play will be directed be Cressida Brown (Re:Home, Winner of UK Kevin Spacey Foundation’s UK Artist of Choice; THE TEMPEST, RSC; ACCIDENTAL BRUMMIE, B’ham Rep) with Richard Williamson (ROTTERDAM, Theatre503; BORIS: WORLD KING, Trafalgar Studios) designing lighting, video and projection.
Emine is more interested in a dead cat than her kids… Al is lost in Grindr, battling an online dating landscape, which seems incompatible with his incessant need to mollycoddle his ungrateful, acid-tongued sister Ayşe – a fierce and intelligent young woman, who is drowning in the mire of social media. Screens focuses on a Turkish-Cypriot family barely treading water, who clings onto a sense of self and identity as it suddenly begins to unravel.
Stephen said, “Screens is me exploring issues surrounding my own identity: boy, man, gay, Londoner, Midlander, Cypriot, Jewish. It’s a really important play for me, and it’s been a long time coming. When you’re neither one thing nor the other, you end up constantly questioning what you are. When you originate from a place of partition, can you ever really be whole?”
Screens is a witty yet dramatic play using the lesser-discussed conflict in Cyprus as a backdrop to tackle the stigma-infused topics of homophobia, discrimination, violence and loss of self amongst refugees from various partitioned communities: Jewish, Palestinian, Indian, Pakistani, Catholic, Protestant, Sunnis, Shia.
Set against a hyper-modern online framework based on fleeting moments of connection, the play captures the zeitgeist of split personality, the forced weight of tangential interactions and the consequential fluidity of identity – online, for real, and most importantly those that are defined by inheritance.
Wednesday 10 August – Saturday 3 September 2016
Performance times: Tuesday to Friday, 19.45
Saturday, 15:00 and 19:45
Writer: Stephen Laughton (@STEPHENLAUGHT0N)
Producer: Paul Bloomfield (@BloomyP)
Director: Cressida Brown (@Offstage_UK)
Lighting; Projection Design: Richard Williamson
iN BLOOM: @In_Bloom_Ent
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