Lazarus Theatre Company have announced that Colette O’Rourke returns to the company to play the iconic role of Grusha in our pre-tour transfer of Brecht’s The Caucasian Chalk Circle.
“To return to the company to take on such an iconic role is brilliant, we are deep into rehearsals at present and can’t wait to share this wonderful epic with audiences”. Colette O’Rourke on her casting.
Colette O’Rourke’s previous Lazarus credits include; Henry V, Henry V, The Union Theatre. Cressida, Troilus and Cressida, Tristan Bates Theatre. Jessica, Merchant of Venice, Brockley Jack Studio. Other credits include; Agnes, Barnbow Canaries, West Yorkshire Playhouse. Jacqueline, Fragile, Southwark Playhouse. Poppy, BBC Casualty, David Tucker.
Making their Lazarus Debut, Robert Metson (Claude, Hair, Hope Mill Theatre. Ryan, Bear, Southwark Playhouse. Jonah, I’ll Be Seeing You, The Brockley Jack Studio) takes the role of Singer / Simon. Lakesha Cammock (Ikette, The Turner Experience, Boss Creative Entertainment. Squeak/ Cover Nettie, The Color Purple, Menier Chocolate Factory) plays the roles Aniko / Old Peasant / Woman.
Elizabeth Appleby (Regan, Queen Lear, Tristan Bates. Tamora, Titus Andronicus, New Wimbledon Studio. Exeter, Henry V, Site Specific) and Carly Thoms (Little Voice, The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, The Union Theatre. Miss Dorothy, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Adelphi Theatre. Leisl and Cover Maria, The Sound of Music, International tour) take on the roles of Nanny / Fat Peasant and Governor’s Wife / Mother-in-law respectively.
Samuel J Weir (Prince Mauritz, Princess Pyllida’s Fortnight, Tristan Bates. Bellboy/ensemble, Grand Hotel, Southwark Playhouse. Fector, Dogfight, Southwark Playhouse) plays the role of Adjutant / Inn keeper while George Howard (France, King Lear, Bristol Old Vic. Toad, The Wind In The Willows, Redgrave Theatre), Owen Pullar, (Ferdinand in Love’s Labour’s Lost, Wadham College Oxford. Ariel in The Tempest, RSC and Imaginarium workshop) David Thackeray (Synth, Channel 4 Humans) and Tom Woodward (Ortygius/Kings of Soria and Morocco, Tamburlaine the Great, Tristan Bates Theatre. Ruben, Fragile, Southwark Playhouse) take on the roles of Governor / Nephew, Azdak / Monk, Jessup / Shauva and Fat Prince / Lavrenti respectively.
Brecht’s Caucasian Chalk Circle
A girl must make a choice… to take the child and run, or leave him behind in the fury of civil war.
Brecht’s thrilling and revolutionary play follows a young girl who makes the biggest decision of her life. Set against the back-drop of war and mutiny, Grusha seeks refuge and asylum. Her crime: saving the son of the fleeing establishment. Her reward: The Chalk Circle.
Lazarus is an award-winning Theatre Company, re-imagining and revitalising classic text for a contemporary audience. The Caucasian Chalk Circle is directed by Lazarus Theatre Artistic Director, Ricky Dukes.
Actor 1: Grusha – Colette O’Rourke
Actor 2: Simon – Robert Metson
Actor 3: Aniko / Old Peasant / Woman – Lakesha Cammock
Actor 4: Nanny / Fat Peasant – Elizabeth Appleby
Actor 5: The Governor’s Wife / Mother-in-law / Ludovica – Carly Thoms
Actor 6: Adjutant / Inn keeper – Samuel J Weir
Actor 7: Governor / Nephew – George Howard
Actor 8: Azdak / Monk / Corporal – Owen Pullar
Actor 9: Jessup / Shauva – David Thackeray
Actor 10: Fat Prince / Lavrenti / Irakli – Tom Woodward
Written by Bertolt Brecht, translated by Frank McGuinness
Adapted and Directed by Ricky Dukes
Designed by Sorcha Corcoran
Lighting Design by Stuart Glover
Costume Design by Rachel Dingle
New Songs and Sound Design by Neil McKeown
New Songs by Bobby Locke
Stage Manager – Charlotte Rachel Louise Cooper
Dates 28th March – 1st April 2017, Tuesday – Saturday at 7.30pm
Wed matinee at 1.30pm and Sat matinee at 2.30pm
The Greenwich Theatre
PRESS AND OPENING NIGHT 29th March at 7.30pm