‘If I should die, think only this of me…’
Jonny Labey (Eastenders, In the Heights) leads this lyrical ensemble production as WWI poet Rupert Brooke.
Brooke entered the canon on his death in 1915, feted as 'the voice of England'. Brooke's patriotic sonnets had caught the imagination of a people in the early days of the war, and he got his wish. Brooke remains in our thoughts as the voice of early-war naivety, before the terrible suffering of the soldiers - so forcibly expressed by Sassoon and Owen - became the reality of war poetry.
Living the counter-culture of the Edwardian summer, the young poet played the many parts required of him, exploiting yet despairing at his ability to leave a trail of bruised egos and broken hearts through the upper echelons of society.
Far from being simplistic and naive, his poetry depicts the struggle to find a voice capable of expressing all he experienced. A struggle shared by all young contemporary artists caught amongst the conflicts of human nature; a struggle elevated in his case by the terrible tragedy of the Great War.
This poetic, spirited and dynamic production puts Rupert Brooke centre stage for the first time.
BASED ON THE LETTERS & POETRY OF
BEN NEWSOME CASTING
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4 - 29 AUGUST 2016
4th - 29th August 2016
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Nick is a playwright, lyricist and librettist. He is a Cambridge and Yale graduate with a PhD in History. He went on to train at New York's American Musical and Dramatic Academy.
His work has been seen in London, New York and Boston, most recently at Manhattan's Duplex Cabaret in late 2014. He an alumnus of Royal Court's Young Writers' programme with Nothing to You. Nick is working on the commissioned Verge of Strife, a new play about the life of the celebrated WWI poet Rupert Brooke; and has written Mrs Fleming & Mrs Mallowan.
As an actor, Nick has appeared in Taming of The Shrew, Twelfth Night, Noises Off, 39 Steps, Ladies in Retirement and various other touring and regional shows, and has also worked for the English National Opera.
Jonny can be seen in the role of Paul Coker as a regular in Eastenders.
He was nominated for the British Independent Film Awards best newcomer as David in Soft Lad (Brown Boy Productions).
Theatre credits include: Graffiti Pete in In The Heights (Southwark Playhouse); Eddie Cochran in Rock'n' Roll Heaven (UK Tour); White Christmas (Dominion Theatre).
Training: Bird College of Dance, Music and Theatre Performance.
Represented by Gavin Barker Associates
/ JAQUES RAVERAT / FERENC BEKASSY
/ IAN HAMILTON
TV: Game Of Thrones (Season Six - Ser Ridrick Cassel)
Radio: Lady Macbeth Of Mtsensk (BBC Radio 4)
Theatre: Jon in Tape (Drayton Arms), Jeremy Baxter in Crooks (Colab Theatre), Mr Collins/Mr Wickham in Pride & Prejudice and Theseus/Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Chapterhouse Theatre UK & Ireland Tour), Mee/Wihelm in The Doodlebuster Heroes: The Musical (LOST Theatre), Sir Oliver Kix in A Chaste Maid in Cheapside (Rose Playhouse), Gunnar in The Vikings At Helgeland (Drayton Arms Theatre) Cassio in Othello (Drayton Arms Theatre), The Tramp in The Cherry Orchard (Brockley Jack Theatre), Harry Brewer/Jemmy Campbell/John Arscott in Our Country's Good (New Diorama Theatre), Policeman in Casablanca (Secret Cinema), Malcolm in Macbeth (Castle Theatre Company International Tour)
Training: Drama Studio London
Represented by Sandra Boyce Management
Quentin is the Co-artistic Director of DIPPERMOUTH - “One of the UK’s best new theatre companies” - Anthony Biggs (AD, Jermyn Street Theatre).
He recently co-directed Richard II at House of Parliment / Arcola.
He directed Not About Heroes at the Matthews Yard Theatre. He co-directed the critically acclaimed Bombshells, starring Ellie Nunn, at the Jermyn Street Theatre (★★★★ “Captivating” Upcoming, ★★★★ “Flawless” RemoteGoat).
He worked with Whitney Mosery (Associate Dir.: American Psycho: The Musical, King Charles III) on the critically acclaimed Girl From Nowhere at the Pleasance (★★★★★ “Powerful” Ed Reporter, ★★★★ “Full of lyrical power” Fest, ★★★★ The Stage, ★★★★ Skinny). In the last two years he has directed in venues across London, including at the VAULT Festival and The Arts Theatre - West End. He also produced the Christmas Show Scrooge & Marley (★★★★★ “the best show running this Christmas, and maybe even this year” RemoteGoat). His production of Simon Stephens' Bluebird garnered five-star reviews.
/ GWEN RAVERAT / BOY
Theatre: Kate in Royal Flush (Parlon Theatre), Jeanne in L'amour est Mort (Uprooted Theatre), Lula in Pussy (Burning Oak Theatre), Sarah Best in Table (Stratford Circus Arts Centre), Self in Three Wise Monkeys (Bush Theatre at the Bargehouse), Lucy Ellison in Today and Audrey in As You Like It (Rose Theatre, Rose Bruford), Soul in Hydriotaphia and Sonya in Uncle Vanya (Rose Bruford Studios).
Workshop: Rhianna in Eddie O (Hackney Empire Theatre).
Training: Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance
Represented by: Howard Cooke Associates
/ EDDIE MARSH / DENIS BROWN
Theatre: We'll Be There In A Minute and Collegiate
(Arcola Theatre); Vessel (Curve, Leicester); Due Course (UK Tour - New Perspectives Theatre Company); Play 15 (The Vaults, Waterloo);The Cherry Orchard and Three Sisters (Boris Shchukin Theatre Institute, Moscow); Soi Disant (Y Theatre, Leicester); The Comedy of Errors (Fine Frenzy Theatre); Sweeney Todd and Little Shop of Horrors (Nottingham Lakeside Arts).
Training: Drama Centre London
Represented by: Keddie Scott Associates
Arsalan is an independent producer, arts marketer and designer.
Arsalan has worked on a wide range of London, regional and fringe projects. Most recently, he produced Tape at Drayton Theatre, Girl From Nowhere at Theatre503 and Pleasance Theatre ★★★★★ Ed Reporter, ★★★★ The Stage, ★★★★ Fest, ★★★★ Skinny), Directed by Whitney Mosery (King Charles III and American Psycho (Associate director, Almeida). He worked on Brecht’s In the Jungle of Cities at the Arcola theatre, starring Jeffery Kissoon and Joseph Arkley, featured in WhatsonStage’s Highlights of 2014 (★★★★ Michael Coveney, “hauntingly original imagination” Michael Billington. He has marketed and produced Thünderbards at the Pleasance, Gilded Balloon (“wonderfully clever & indecently enjoyable”, “impressive”, ★★★★ The List, ★★★★ Telegraph).
He has consulted production, marketing and branding of many shows over the years. Arsalan is also completing a Ph.D in Creative & Cultural Entrepreneurship at Goldsmiths, University of London, examining performing arts marketing strategies and international audience development frameworks, in both commercial and subsidised theatres.
/ FRANCES CORNFORD / RANEE
Theatre: One Million Tiny Plays About Britain (Watermill Theatre), You Me Bum Bum Train (Charing Cross Road), Female Personality of the Year (Edinburgh Fringe), Doctor Faustus (The Nave, Islington), People You May Also Know (Theatre 503), Much Ado About Nothing and Measure for Measure (Cambridge American Stage Tour), Perfect Strangers (Cambridge Footlights International Tour Show), The Comedy of Errors and Doctor Faustus (Cambridge Arts Theatre).
Training: Drama Centre London and Cambridge University
Represented by: Victoria Lepper Associates
Matt has been working in professional entertainment lighting since graduating from LAMDA. As well as designing for theatre and working in London as a technician, he has specialized as an LED engineer for TV and live events.
Roles in the field have led him to studios and arenas across the UK.Training: LAMDA Stage Management & Technical Theatre 2014
Lighting Design Credits Include: Tape (Drayton Arms Theatre), Prince of Homburg/ Mydidae, Romeo and Juliet/ Julius Caesar, Copenhagen / Boom / Lift Off (LAMDA Linbury Studio), As You Like It / Mary Shelly (Pleasance Theatre). Souless (Cog Arts Space and Drayton Arms)
Emeline is studying English Literature at Edinburgh University and designs for the theatre, writes and illustrates on the side.
Theatre: Imperator (Bedlam Theatre), A Fortiori (Summerhall), Smoke and Mirrors and The Finger of God (Space Club), Laurel (Bedlam Theatre), A Shade Away (The Roxy), Equus (Bedlam Theatre).
Poetry/Prose and Illustration: $cr*p, Student-published Arts and Literature Zine, Edinburgh, PLUS Magazine, Edinburgh.