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Hara Yannas in Dealing With Clair at the Orange Tree Theatre

Dealing with Clair. Roseanna Frascona & Hara Yannas. Credit - The Other Richard
Dealing with Clair. Roseanna Frascona & Hara Yannas. Credit – The Other Richard

Richard Twyman directs Gabriel Akuwudike, Roseanna Frascona, Michael Gould, Tom Mothersdale, Lizzy Watts and Hara Yannas in Martin Crimp’s psychological thriller and disturbing satire on real estate Dealing with Clair, in a co-production with English Touring Theatre. The play was first seen thirty years ago at the Orange Tree, where several of Crimp’s early plays premiered.

Dealing with Clair examines the horrors just beneath the civilized surface of urban lives; it is both a satire on moral and emotional bankruptcy and a bleak, black comedy thriller.

Q&A with Hara Yannas

Q: What excites you most about being in Dealing with Clair?
Hara: Everything about it is exciting. The play itself, the role, the cast, the creative team, expertly led by director Richard Twyman, and of course the play’s writer – Martin Crimp. Being at The Orange Tree is exciting too as I’ve seen several of their productions and have been wanting to work there for a while.

Q: Can you tell us about your character and how she fits into the storyline?
Hara: I play Liz, who is married to Mike. We have a new baby and we’re looking to sell our house, trying to navigate and negotiate our way around wanting to behave honourably in the sale whilst also achieving the best possible price.

Q: What is at the heart of Dealing with Clair?
Hara: I suppose you could say that on the surface it’s about the national obsession with house prices, but beneath that it explores human relationships, gender politics, identity, greed and what happens to our moral compass in a capitalist society.

Q: What thoughts and emotions do you hope to elicit from the audience?
Hara: We’re definitely hoping to make people laugh I think, sometimes despite themselves as the comedy is not always straightforward or easy to stomach. The play really holds a mirror up to society and will hopefully make people think about human behaviour and what’s really going on just beneath the surface, even in the seemingly most innocent or politest of human exchanges.

Q: Why should everyone get along to see Dealing with Clair?
Hara: If I’m not mistaken, this is the first major London revival since the play was first performed at the Orange Tree in 1988 and yet it could’ve been written yesterday as it feels incredibly current. It has a dark comic element running throughout and at times is genuinely sinister too. It is also a rare opportunity to see an early work by one of our greatest living playwrights.

Q: What next for you in 2018/19?
Hara: There are a few things on the horizon. Watch this space…

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Hara Yannas (Liz) appeared in Martin Crimp’s The Treatment at the Almeida. She was in Robert Icke’s productions of 1984 (for Headlong and at the Almeida as well as in the US) and Oresteia (Almeida and Trafalgar Studios). Other theatre work includes recently playing Yelena in Uncle Vanya at HOME, Manchester; The House of Bernarda Alba (Almeida); Mare Rider (Arcola); Pericles (Open Air, Regent’s Park); Tales of the Harrow Road (Soho Theatre); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare’s Globe/UK & European tour); it felt empty when the heart went at first but it is alright now (Arcola/Clean Break). TV includes: Silent Witness, Dark Heart, Trauma, Innocent, Broadchurch, The Level, Father Brown, The Musketeers, Law & Order: UK, The Smoke, The Bible and Holby City.

An Orange Tree Theatre and English Touring Theatre co-production
Dealing with Clair
BY MARTIN CRIMP
26 OCTOBER – 1 DECEMBER 2018
PRESS NIGHT: TUE 30 OCTOBER 7.00pm
https://www.orangetreetheatre.co.uk/

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