CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR GOD BLESS THE CHILD BY MOLLY DAVIES, DIRECTED BY VICKY FEATHERSTONE
AMANDA ABBINGTON, NIKKI AMUKA-BIRD, JULIE HESMONDHALGH AND ONY UHIARA JOIN A CAST OF EIGHT YEAR OLDS
“When he was small and his parents told him if he was good he would get a sweet, the boy knew it was not true. Getting the sweet had nothing to do with being good.”
Casting is announced today for God Bless the Child, a new play at the Royal Court Theatre written by Molly Davies and directed by Artistic Director Vicky Featherstone, with the premiere on 12th November at Jerwood Theatre Upstairs.
The cast includes Amanda Abbington who returns to the stage after roles as Miss Mardle in Mr Selfridge and Mary Morstan in the BBC’s Sherlock; Ian Charleson Award-nominee Nikki Amuka-Bird whose credits include Birdland (Royal Court) Twelfth Night (Bristol Old Vic) and the BBC’s Small Island; Julie Hesmondhalgh, best known as Hayley Patterson in Coronation Street and Ony Uhiara, known for her work at the Royal Shakespeare Company, Young Vic and Bush Theatre. Set in the classroom of 4N, the cast will be joined by two groups of eight year old actors who will perform on alternate evenings, with a girl and a boy alternating the lead role each night.
Child actors include: Nancy Allsop, Lahaina Asumang, Darwin Brokenbro, Lara Decaro, Cedric Essumang, David Evans, Colby Mulgrew, Bobby Smalldridge, Grace Taylor, Lizzie Wells, Joseph West, Tyla Wilson and Rocco Wright
After years working in the schools system as a Teaching Assistant writer Molly Davies imagines a mutiny of eight year olds in this new play about government schemes and their place in the education system. Through the new ‘Badger Do Best’ behavioural initiative the production examines what educational tools we use to teach our children and who takes ultimate responsibility in a bureaucratic education system.
The production is directed by Vicky Featherstone, designed by Chloe Lamford, with lighting by Philip Gladwell, music and sound design by Mark Melville and movement by Imogen Knight.
Molly Davies’ first play A Miracle was produced in 2009 at the Royal Court Theatre as part of the 2009 Young Writers Festival. Her other credits include Shooting Truth for National Theatre Connections and Orpheus & Eurydice for National Youth Theatre and Old Vic Tunnels.
God Bless the Child is part of the Royal Court’s Jerwood New Playwrights programme, which aims to discover and support the next generation of world class playwrights, supported by the Jerwood Charitable Foundation.
The Big Idea: God Bless the Child
Tickets to go on sale later in 2014
Carpet Time: stories by eight-year-olds.
A new performance for adults, in which carpet time is turned on its head. Instead of the children listening to stories told by adults, we join children on the carpet, around the building to listen to the stories they want to tell us. Saturday 6 December, 1pm and 1.30pm.
God Bless the Child
by Molly Davies
directed by Vicky Featherstone
Wednesday 12 November – Saturday 20 December 2014
Jerwood Theatre Upstairs, Royal Court Theatre, Sloane Square SW1W 8AS
Saturday matinees (from 22 November) 3pm
Thursday matinee (from 27 November) 3pm
Captioned Performance Tuesday 9 December, 7pm
Press Night Wednesday 19 and Thursday 20 November, 7pm
Age Guidance 14+
Friday 10th October 2014