Against the Grain Theatre Company presents the World Premiere of SHELTERED by Greg A Smith and Directed by Stuart Watson.
A dark satire about the homeless and the heartless, packed with action, thrills and laughs for the festive season.
Welcome to the home that looks forward to a good fight at Christmas
London: Christmas Day. Middle class couple Harry and Tamsin invite young homeless man Rory into their home to share Christmas with them and their daughter, Jenna. Presents are opened; parlour games played; parsnips and sprouts prepared.
It soon becomes obvious that Rory is no typical rough sleeper, however. And when Harry’s arch-nemesis Donald and his wife Marissa arrive accompanied by their own homeless guest, what initially appeared to be an act of faintly patronising charity reveals itself as something much less festive, but much more exciting – and dangerous. No-one present will escape unscathed and unchanged from the ultimate disastrous family Christmas.
Against the Grain Theatre Company produce new work looking at the most controversial issues of the day in a dark humorous light.
The aim is to create exhilarating, visceral theatre to entertain and provoke.
Sheltered is Against the Grain Theatre Company’s second production. Their first production, the European premiere of Steven Fechter’s The Woodsman was performed at the Old Red Lion Theatre, London 7 April – 2 May 2009 and was also directed by Stuart Watson.
Sheltered is Greg’s full-length theatre debut. His short play credits include: Just Right (Compass Theatre & Etcetera Theatre); Doubt (Rich Mix); Into the Wild; Beggars Banquet (Questors Theatre).
Greg also co-wrote Worst Case Scenario for JCBC Films and spent four years writing and performing with the sketch comedy group The Errors of Comedy, including shows at The Etcetera Theatre for Camden Fringe Festival.
Stuart Watson’s directing credits include The Woodsman (Old Red Lion), The Collector (Jermyn Street Theatre), Anthology (Etcetera), Open Doors (Troubadour), Rock ‘n’ Roll, Glengarry Glen Ross and Knives in Hens (Questors Theatre). Artistic Director of Putney Arts Theatre from 2010-13, he directed productions that include Love and Information, Much Ado About Nothing, On the Razzle, Life x 3, Private Fears in Public Places, Festen, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Revenger’s Tragedy, Arms and the Man, Blue/Orange, Dogg’s Hamlet Cahoot’s Macbeth, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Sauce for the Goose and The Country Wife.
Creatives and Cast
Playwright Greg A. Smith and Director Stuart Watson
Cast Phoebe Batteson-Brown (Jenna), Mike Duran (Harry), Sarah Hannah (Marissa), Michael Longhi (Rory), Jim Mannering (Den), Simon Mitelman (Donald), Nikki Squire (Tamsin)
Venue: Tabard Theatre
Address: 2 Bath Road, London, W4 1LW
Dates: 18 November – 6 December 2014
Times: Tuesday – Saturday 7:30pm
Price: £16 (£14 concessions). Previews (18 – 20 November): All tickets £10
Box Office: http://www.tabardweb.co.uk/sheltered.htm
Monday 3rd November 2014