antic|face today announces the world première of School Play – a new play by Alex MacKeith. Co-Artistic Director of antic|face Charlie Parham directs following on from the company’s inaugural sell-out production Hippolytos at the Victoria and Albert Museum and its recently acclaimed production of For Those Who Cry When They Hear The Foxes Scream. School Play opens at Southwark Playhouse on 6th February, with previews from 1st February, and runs until 25th February 2017.
The headteacher’s office of a South London Primary School is always busy. But today is results day and the phone won’t stop ringing. Jo, the headteacher of St. Barnabas, knows that the arrival of the school’s SATs results puts her job on the line. With the future of the school and its pupils at stake, Jo struggles to maintain order as her staff and superiors demand answers. Can she protect her students and herself?
antic|face is proud to present this sharp, timely and chilling drama. Set against the backdrop of an education system in turmoil, Alex MacKeith’s debut play asks what it means to be a Primary School teacher in contemporary Britain.
School Play marks Alex MacKeith’s professional theatre debut. During 2016 he has collaborated with the experimental theatre company Embolon, working on performances at Summerhall, Edinburgh and the Battersea Arts Centre. In 2015 he collaborated with C-12 Dance Theatre as scriptwriter for their immersive project, Watson, for an R&D performance at the Albany, supported by the Arts Council. In March he was awarded the theatre scholarship to Columbia University for a Playwriting MFA. As a member of the Cambridge Footlights, he wrote and performed a sell-out sketch show, Dressing Down, at the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe (Gilded Balloon). He has also written and performed regularly with his sketch group, Princes of Main, in venues such as The Comedy Store, Backyard Comedy Club, Rich Mix and Camden Comedy Club. He is currently developing a new play, Off The Grid as well as a feature film script. Since leaving university, Alex has worked in a London Primary School, consolidating pupils’ reading, writing and arithmetic in after-school clubs, alongside working as a private tutor. These experiences inspired School Play.
Charlie Parham directs. For antic|face his credits include Hippolytos (V&A) and For Those Who Cry When They Hear the Foxes Scream (Tristan Bates Theatre). Other theatre credits include Hamlet (National Theatre of Nice), Measure for Measure (America tour, Jackson’s Lane), King Lear (Europe tour, Tristan Bates), As You Like It (Edinburgh Fringe Festival/The Lion and Unicorn), Sophie Scholl (ADC, also adapted by Parham), Ivanov, Waiting for Godot, The Priory, Arcadia, True West and DNA (ADC). His upcoming directorial screen debut, Nightstand will be in UK cinemas later this year. Parham is also developing further ﬁlm work and a co-adaptation of Lars von Trier’s Melancholia for stage, as a director and writer. A member of the Soho Theatre Writer’s Lab, he has written for the touring monologue series HIV Voices. Parham also recently assisted Creative Director Coky Giedroyc on The Sound of Music Live for ITV and is currently writing and performing in the Live at Zedel season with his band Denim.
antic|face is made up of Co-Artistic Directors Charlie Parham and Emma Hall and Executive producer Joanna Nash. The company was formed with twin aims: to redress a gender imbalance that persists in all fields of theatrical practise; and to provide a collaborative platform for young people seeking to enter the profession in any capacity. With a strong focus on the text, the company is committed both to revisiting the classics and bringing them to a young audience, and to promoting new writing. Hippolytos (for which Emma Hall received an Ian Charleson nomination) was the company’s sell-out debut production, launched and performed deep in the underbelly of the Victoria & Albert Museum. Its recent production For Those Who Cry When They Hear The Foxes Scream played at the Tristan Bates Theatre in Covent Garden to critical acclaim. This was paired with the company’s highly popular festival of new talent, second|half, which brought queer and experimental film, music, comedy, readings and discussions to new audiences giving a platform to over 50 emerging creatives.
Nik Holttum Productions specialises in ground breaking visual arts and theatre and most recently co-produced This Much at the Soho Theatre and is currently acting as Associate Producer on Fool For Love at Found111. Previous productions include The Dazzle and Unfaithful also at Found111. Current film projects include a feature film, Jellyfish, starring Sinead Matthews and Cyril Nri. Other film projects include Rate Me by Fyzal Boulifa (Illy Prize Best Short at Directors Fortnight Cannes 2015) and Say Nothing (First Prize Directors Choice Rhode Island).
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