antic|face today announces the full casting for the world première of School Play – a new play by Alex MacKeith. Co-Artistic Director of antic|face Charlie Parham directs Oliver Dench (Tom), Fola Evans-Akingbola (Lara), Gemma Fray (Mikaela), Kevin Howarth (David/Tony), Vida King (Mikaela) and Ann Ogbomo (Jo).
School Play marks the company’s third production after their inaugural sell-out show – 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 6 February, with previews from 1 February, and runs until 25 February.
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?
Alex MacKeith’s debut play asks what it means to be a Primary School teacher in contemporary Britain.
Oliver Dench plays Tom. His theatre credits include The Witch Of Edmonton (RSC), Romeo And Juliet (Permanently Bard), Hamlet (Revolve Theatre Company), Much Ado About Nothing and Romeo And Juliet (Reading Between The Lines), A Christmas Carol (Reading Repertory Theatre); and for television, Ride.
Fola Evans-Akingbola plays Lara. School Play marks her professional stage debut. For television her credits include Death In Paradise and Game of Thrones; and for film, An American Exorcism. She will also be starring in the new forthcoming U.S. series The Deep.
Gemma Fray plays Mikaela. Previous theatre credits include The Sound Of Music (Regents’ Park Open Air Theatre) and Made In Dagenham (Adelphi Theatre). Her television credits include The Royals and Outlander; and for film, the forthcoming Disney film Beauty and the Beast.
Kevin Howarth plays David/Tony. His work for theatre includes Polyeucte (Gate theatre), The Beggars Opera (Holland Park Open Air Theatre), Agamemnon (UK, US & Canadian tour), The Merchant of Venice (UK tour), King James’ Ear (Old Red Lion), Danceland (Old Red Lion) and Sunstroke (Latchmere Theatre). For television his credits include Conquerors, The First Olympian, If…, Revealed and Home Alone; and for film, Cash in Hand, The Big Swap, Razor Blade Smile, Don’t Look Back, The Last Horror Movie, Cold and Dark, Summer Scars, The Magnificent Eleven and The Seasoning House.
Vida King plays Mikaela. School Play marks her professional acting debut.
Ann Ogbomo plays Jo. Her theatre credits include Light Shining in Buckinghamshire and The Tempest (National Theatre), Henry IV (Donmar Warehouse), Julius Caesar, Richard II, Henry IV parts 1 & 2, Richard III, Henry VI parts 1, 2 & 3 (RSC), Tamburlaine (Barbican and Bristol Old Vic), The Gods are not to Blame (Arcola and national tour) and Much Ado About Nothing, The Taming of the Shrew, Richard III (Shakespeare’s Globe). For television her credits include Krypton, Julius Caesar, The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency, Bouquet of Barbed Wire, Murder in Mind, Babyfather, Blessed and Something to Make You Sing; and for film, Justice League, Wonder Woman, The Honey Trap, WWZ, and Wild Target. In addition to her acting roles, as a theatre practitioner, Ann has worked for leading arts learning departments as well as in numerous prisons, pupil referral units and schools.
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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