Clint Dyer and Carolina Main have been named as the cast of Paul Murphy’s Valhalla – the joint winner of Theatre503’s inaugural international Playwriting Award. This tense psychological thriller is set in a world in which men have become gods, but gods have become depraved.
Director Jo McInnes (Royal Court, National Theatre, RSC) comments: Valhalla demands ones attention not only in its ideas but in its form. Its ambition and power are undeniable. I feel privileged to be part of its genesis from page to stage. Dyer and Main are each fantastic actors – when paired as a couple it’s very exciting to watch their chemistry develop in rehearsals.
Main has recently appeared in Grantchester for ITV as well as King Lear for the RSC and The Winter’s Tale and All’s Well That Ends Well for the Cambridge Shakespeare Festival. Dyer’s extensive credits include The Royale (Bush Theatre), Sus (Young Vic and Tour) and Big White Fog (Almeida).
As violence sweeps the city, an exhausted couple seek refuge in an isolated Nordic research centre. They are on the brink of discovering a cure for the devastating disease which is ravishing the community when cracks in their marriage start to appear. Suddenly they find themselves forced to choose between conflicting allegiances to love and science.
Conceived against a backdrop of bewitching Icelandic scenery, this extraordinary play asks questions about the ethics of genetic research, fertility and the endurance of human love. Playwright Paul Murphy comments, I wanted to use the subject of genetic research to explore the question of what makes us who we are, on both the genetic level and the individual level. I’m attracted to challenging pieces of work that ask important questions whilst retaining an emotional rawness. The play provides no answers but I hope it will provoke plenty of questions.
Valhalla is produced in association with Sheer Drop Theatre and has been generously supported by Arts Council England, Cockayne – Grants for the Arts, The London Community Foundation and The Richard Carne Trust.
Wednesday 30th September – Saturday 24th October 2015
Tuesday to Saturday, 7.45pm, Sunday, 5pm
Running time 80 minutes (no interval)
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Writer Paul Murphy
Director Jo McInnes
Designer Katie Lias
Lighting Designer Nigel Edwards
Sound Designer Becky Smith
Recommendation ages 14+
Theatre503, The Latchmere, 503 Battersea Park Road,
London SW11 3BW, https://theatre503.com
Thursday 10th September 2015