Park Theatre Artistic Director Jez Bond today announces the cast for the forthcoming Park90 productions of Bryony Lavery’s Frozen and Dylan Costello’s The Glass Protégé.
Former West Yorkshire Playhouse Artistic Director Ian Brown directs Helen Schlesinger, Mark Rose, and Sally Grey in a rare British performance of Frozen, which will run from 18th March to 11th April, with press night on 19th March. Running alongside Frozen at the theatre will be a free exhibition entitled Angels Fighting Devils which explores some of the issues raised in Lavery’s play such as protection, fear and violence.
Following Frozen will be Dylan Costello’s The Glass Protégé which arrives at Park Theatre direct from a six week run in Chicago. Matthew Gould directs David R. Butler, Stephen Connery-Brown, Alexander Hulme, Paul Lavers, Emily Loomes, Rob Maloney, Sheena May and Mary Stewart. The production runs from 14th April to 9th May, with press night on the 15th April.
Blueprint Theatre Company in association with Park Theatre presents FROZEN By Bryony Lavery
Cast: Helen Schlesinger (Agnetha), Mark Rose (Ralph), Sally Grey (Nancy) and Liam Timms (Guard).
Director: Ian Brown; Designer: Jason Southgate
Lighting Designer: Charlie Lucas; Sound Designer: Gareth McLeod
Park90 18th March – 11th April
Press night: 19 March 7pm
On April 17th 1980 my daughter, Rhona, walked out of my house to go to her Grandma’s house. She never got there. She never came back. She was 10. For 20 years after her disappearance, Nancy keeps hope alive by imagining her daughter growing up and founding a group to help trace missing children. Then a man is arrested and Rhona’s remains are found.
Frozen is a profound and hypnotising drama about the moral and emotional effect of murder on both the perpetrator and his victims. Bryony Lavery has laid bare the horror of a child taken before their time and the aftermath that those left behind must deal with. The play places its three characters – a mother, a child killer and a psychiatrist – under the microscope and rewards us with a sense of understanding and release.
As a complement to the play, the theatre will also host a free exhibition from 23rd February to 11 April entitled Angels Fighting Devils which explores some of the issues raised in Bryony Lavery’s Frozen: those of protection, fear and violence. Through a series of works, from artists including Rob Bidder, Stewart Cliff, Jo Gifford, Dianne Minnicucci, Freya Pocklington and Ellen van de Graaf, the exhibition explores the emotional impact of murderous crime and the dark worlds created as part of a parental need to safeguard children. It concludes in an exploration of the child’s own perception of ‘Stranger Danger’ and what is ‘safe’ or ‘normal’.
Bryony Lavery’s recent work includes an adaptation of Treasure Island for the National Theatre and a new play Queen Coal which ran in the Sheffield Crucible Studio last year. Her other plays include The Believers, Thursday, Beautiful Burnout, Last Easter, Stockholm, Yikes, A Wedding Story, Ophelia, Nothing Compares To You and Flight.
Helen Schlesinger plays Agnetha. For theatre, her recent work includes Coriolanus (Donmar Warehouse), Bracken Moor (Tricycle Theatre), Fireface (Young Vic), Skåne (Hampstead Theatre), Blue/Orange (Arcola Theatre), The Gods Weep, The Crucible (RSC) and Whipping It Up (Bush Theatre and Ambassadors Theatre). For television, her credits include Merlin, The Hour, Nativity, Criminal Justice, Trial and Retribution and Sensitive Skin; and for film, Dirty War and 24 Hour Party People.
Sally Grey plays Nancy. Her theatre credits include Women Laughing and This Story of Yours (Old Red Lion), Every Now and Then (the Assembly Hall), Reminiscence (the Cockpit), Playground (Edgware Studio Theatre), The Mousetrap (No1 Italian tour), Everlasting Rose (Riverside Studios) and Top Girls (Wycombe Swan). Her television and film work includes Every Time I Think of You, Rose and Maloney, The Moth, Elizabeth and most recently, Rob Bidder’s animation Dick Buildings. Sally‘s play Junk won the 2014 Writers’ Guild Playwrights’ Progress award.
Mark Rose plays Ralph. His theatre credits includes A Taste of Honey and Port (National Theatre), Women Laughing (Offie Award nomination for Best Male Performance) and This Story of Yours (The Old Red Lion), Platform Performance with Simon Stephens and Maxine Peake (National Theatre), Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (Royal Exchange), Twelfth Night (Chester), Spiders Web (Bill Kenwright number 1 tour), The Accomplice (Menier Chocolate Factory) and This Story of Yours (Old Red Lion).
Ian Brown directs. He recently directed Contact.com at Park Theatre.
Giant Cherry Productions in association with Park Theatre presents the UK première of THE GLASS PROTÉGÉ By Dylan Costello
14 April – 9 May Press night: 15 April 7pm
Cast: David R. Butler (Patrick), Stephen Connery-Brown (George), Alexander Hulme (Jackson), Paul Lavers (Pat), Emily Loomes (Candice), Rob Maloney (Lloyd), Sheena May (Ava) and Mary Stewart (Nella)
Director: Matthew Gould; Costume and Set Designer: Jean Gray; Lighting Designer: Joshua Sung
Hollywood, 1949. A time when the movies were king and the movie stars merely pawns for the studio bosses. A time when passion was lauded but sex never discussed. So when young British actor, Patrick Glass, embarks on a scandalous homosexual love affair with his famous co-star, he starts to feel the full force of the studio’s career-destroying muscle. Forty years later, as the truths of the past are uncovered, the true consequences of this ‘unacceptable’ romance come to light.
A powerful drama about the money, image and power obsessed ‘Hollywood machine’. The Glass Protégé comes to Park Theatre, fresh from a 6 week run in Chicago. Dylan Costello’s plays include Fresh Meat, Secret Boulevard and Hello, Norma Jeane. His debut screenplay Coronado won in the PAGE international Screenwriting Contest in Hollywood and is currently being produced by Polaris Productions, with filming due to start in 2015. His short climate change film Edge of Existence was shown to world leaders at the Copenhagen Climate Change Summit in December 2009.
David R. Butler plays Patrick. His theatre credits include Titrai/Subtitles (The National Theatre, Lithuania), Airport (The Roundhouse), Ghosts (UK tour) and Twelfth Night (the RSC Dell Festival). For film his work includes Hedda Gabler and The Perfect Kiss. Stephen Connery-Brown plays George. His theatre credits include The Merchant of Venice (Malachite Theatre), Pericles (Drayton Theatre), La Chunga (the Phoenix Artist Club), Desig /Desire (White Bear Theatre) and A School for Scandal (Bridewell Theatre). Alexander Hulme plays Jackson. His theatre credits include Tender is the night (The Lord Stanley), The Gay Naked Play (Above the Stag Theatre), The Winter’s Tale (The Rose Theatre Backside), Jumpers (The Tabard Theatre), Still Life (The White Bear), Squatters (The Southward Playhouse) and The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (The Cockpit). His film work includes Arguing and The Very Last Resort.
Paul Lavers plays Pat. He has performed at Manchester Library Theatre, the Bristol Old Vic, Leicester Haymarket, and West Cliff. His theatre roles include a one-man David Niven show which played at the Edinburgh Festival and in London and Other Desert Cities at Vienna’s English Theatre. He also worked for BBC radio 4 Drama. His television work includes The Onedin Line, Dickens of London, Doctor Who, Moll Flanders, Wings, When the Boat Come In, The Wilde Alliance, The Treasure of Abbot Thomas, 9/11 State of Emergency; and for film, Photoshoot The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box, and soon to be released SuperBob.
Emily Loomes plays Candice. Emily recently graduated from Rose Bruford Drama School. Since graduating she has worked on an R&D project for the RSC entitled Juliet, Her Mother and Her Nurse and has also played Juliet in Shooting Star’s open air production of Romeo and Juliet.
Rob Maloney plays Lloyd. His theatre credits include All Creatures Great and Small (Theatre Royal Windsor & UK tour), Taking Steps (Emporium & UK tour), A Clockwork Orange (Soho Theatre), The School for Scandal (Waterloo East Theatre), Othello (Lauderdale House), Titus Andronicus (The Space), The Wild West (Old Vic Tunnels), The White Room (Jermyn Street Theatre), Final Score (Tristan Bates Theatre) and Thomas & Maloney (Hen and Chickens). His television work includes The Omniscient Men.
Sheena May plays Ava. Her theatre credits include Nothing Is the End of the World (Finborough Theatre), Olga’s Room (Arcola Theatre), Fraulein Else and Much Ado About Nothing (The Drayton Theatre), The House Of Bernada Alba (Almeida), Vanity Fair and Romeo & Juliet (Bristol Old Vic). She has performed in two operas Idomeneo and Dialogues des Carmélites (The Royal Opera House Covent Garden). And for television her work includes Air Crash Confidential.
Mary Stewart plays Nella. Her UK theatre credits include Narrow Daylight (Tristan Bates Theatre) and Cinderella (Kenton Theatre). Her New York theatre credits include Dear Brutus (Wings Theatre), Machinal (Lincoln Center Lab), Ivanov, Love’s Labour’s Lost (Circle in the Square), Bender Gender Straight and Neutered (Transport Group), Alcestis, Five Women Waiting (Manhattan Theatre Source), Next to Nothing (New York Fringe Festival), I Capture the Castle (Shakespeare Theatre of NJ), Taming of the Shrew, Coriolanus, Pericles, Pirates of Penzance (Virginia Shakespeare Festival) and Anything Goes, Damn Yankees (Long Beach Musical Theatre). TV and Film credits include Boardwalk Empire, Tea and Cake, and A Christmas with Dan.
Matthew Gould directs. His directing credits include The Mystery of Edwin Drood (The Arts Theatre), The Secret Garden (UK tour), A Body to Diet For and My Favourite Madman (Edinburgh Fringe), The Miller’s Wife and San Domino (Grimeborn Festival) and You Are Always With Me (King’s Head). He also recently completed a season of News Revue at the Canal Café and adapted Janice Day’s book about getting over breast cancer for her one woman show which premiered at the Epsom Playhouse.
Tuesday 10th March 2015