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THE TS ELIOT US/UK EXCHANGE 2012


Hello Welcome to The TS Eliot US/UK Exchange 2012. At the heart of The Old Vic’s ethos is a commitment to forging closer creative relationships between the United States and the United Kingdom, perhaps encapsulated best by the ambitious three-year Bridge Project – a series of co-productions with BAM and Neal Street Productions that played in London, New York and around the world. Here at Old Vic New Voices, our Talent project The TS Eliot US/UK Exchange fulfils the same commitment for emerging practitioners. Earlier in the year we began a search for five brand new plays written by US-based playwrights that we could showcase at The Old Vic with UK directors, producers and actors. We read over 120 writers’ applications, over 60 producer/director applications and saw over 100 actors, all of whom applied through open application, before assembling the creative teams that you see this evening. We think that these plays all have something important to say, and that each one has a future on the stage in the UK; as such, the directors and producers are all eager to build relationships that will have the potential to move these plays forward. I hope you enjoy the performances and stay to chat to our talented practitioners afterwards.

Steve Winter Director, Old Vic New Voices The TS Eliot US/UK Exchange 2011. Photo: Lucy Cullen


THE TS ELIOT US/UK EXCHANGE This summer Old Vic New Voices completes a three-year search to discover the very best transatlantic talent by showcasing five brand new American plays for the first time in the UK. Written by emerging US-based playwrights and presented by UK-based directors, producers and actors, these plays have been chosen by a panel of industry experts from over 120 application, and all have the potential to be commercially successful in the UK.

The TS Eliot US/UK Exchange is a unique project that has helped develop the careers of some of the most talented practitioners in the industry, including writers Ella Hickson (Eight, Precious Little Talent) and Sabrina Mahfouz (Dry Ice), directors Oliver Rose (Associate Director, Chariots of Fire, Hampstead Theatre) and Suba Das (Associate Director, The Curve Leicester), producer Rachel Tyson (Bush Theatre) and actors Joanna Christie (Equus, Misfits) and Paul Joseph (Jerusalem).

TS ELIOT Thomas Stearns Eliot was born in St Louis, Missouri in 1888. He settled in England in 1915 and published his first volume of poetry, Prufrock and Other Observations in 1917. His most famous work, The Waste Land, was published in 1922, the same year as James Joyce’s Ulysses. Eliot’s writing for the theatre began with the satirical Sweeney Agonistes fragments. In 1934 he wrote the London churches’ pageant play The Rock, and the next year he was commissioned by the Canterbury Festival to

write Murder in the Cathedral, about the martyrdom of St Thomas à Beckett. A film of Murder in the Cathedral was shown at the Venice Film Festival in 1951. Eliot was appointed to the Order of Merit in January 1948 and in the Autumn was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. He married for the second time in 1957, to Valerie Fletcher. Eliot died in January 1965. There is a memorial to him in Westminster Abbey, beside those to Tennyson and Browning.

‘By supporting The US/UK Exchange, and linking Eliot’s name with The Old Vic, we are hoping to commemorate the poet’s love of theatre and work as a playwright as well as helping to underpin the future of the theatre. We are immensely proud to be involved with this venture’ Clare Reihill, TS Eliot Estate


OLD VIC NEW VOICES The Old Vic is a landmark theatre in London. It has been the home of great productions for nearly 200 years, and continues to attract the very best creative talent. For us, great theatre is about great plays, great performances and great nights out from the moment you step through the door. As important to us as what goes on stage is our award winning talent, community and education programme, Old Vic New Voices (OVNV) which aims to support emerging actors, writers, directors and producers, inspire young people and open up theatre to new and diverse audiences. We work across three clearly defined strands.

TALENT Aimed at emerging theatremakers aged between 18 and 30, offering support for creative projects, ongoing professional development and invaluable networking opportunities with peers and industry mentors. EDUCATION Renowned projects that give schools access to free theatre tickets to every Old Vic production, as well as bespoke learning experiences at the Theatre, in the classroom and online. COMMUNITY Creating innovative, ambitious productions that engage hundreds of people as performers, researchers and crew, all drawn from our local communities with ages ranging from 16–76.

The Plays Dead Pile Monday 2 July Written by Laura Jacqmin Directed by Alex Crampton Produced by Ursula Early

She Rode Horses Like the Stock Exchange Tuesday 3 July Written by Amelia Roper Directed by Alex Brown Produced by Sophie Watson

The Bird & the Two-Ton Weight Wednesday 4 July Written by Darcy Fowler Directed by Olly Hawes Produced by Caitlin Albery Beavan

A Kid Like Jake Thursday 5 July Written by Daniel Pearle Directed by Richard Fitch Produced by Liz Eddy

The Rubber Room Friday 6 July Written by Stacy Davidowitz Directed by Simon Evans Produced by Lucy Oliver-Harrison


DEAD PILE Written by Laura Jacqmin Directed by Alex Crampton Produced by Ursula Early Jeremy is undercover, investigating disturbing practices on a dairy farm deep in Indiana. Entangled in the extreme actions of desperate people, he is in a race against time to expose the truth before he is discovered. A viciously comic thriller that explores the dark underbelly of the food industry and the vibrant mid-west America. Cast Helen Duff Ian Keir Attard Lekan Lawal Richard Maxted Tom Shepherd

For all enquiries e-mail Ursula Early at uearly@hotmail.co.uk


Laura Jacqmin Writer Laura was the winner of the 2008 Wasserstein Prize for emerging female playwrights. January Joiner will premiere at Long Wharf Theatre in 2013. Two Lakes, Two Rivers (commissioned by Goodman Theatre and further developed during the Royal Court Theatre’s 2011 International Residency) will be workshopped in the 2012 O’Neill Playwrights Conference. Other plays include Ski Dubai (Steppenwolf), Look, We Are Breathing (Sundance Theatre Lab), and Dental Society Midwinter Meeting (sold-out run at Chicago Dramatists; remounted at 16th Street Theater and Theater on the Lake). Her work has been produced and developed by Actors Theatre of Louisville, Atlantic Theater, Roundabout Underground. Commissions: South Coast Rep, Arden Theater Company, InterAct Theatre, Victory Gardens Theater/ NNPN, and Ensemble Studio Theatre/Sloan Foundation Science & Technology Project. BA Yale University; MFA Ohio University. Alex Crampton Director Alex is currently assisting Michael Attenborough on King Lear at the Almeida. Last year her production of A Doll’s House broke box office records at Arcola’s Studio 2 and was a finalist for the Off-West End Award for Best Set Design. Directing credits: Kid Arthur (the Space, 2011), A Doll’s House (Arcola, 2011 and the Space, 2010), The Chalky White Substance (rehearsed reading, The Albany, 2010) and The Gut Girls (the Space, 2009). Alex graduated from York University with a first class degree in Writing and Performance. She was mentored in directing by Carrie Cracknell during her internship at the Gate (2007).

Ursula Early Producer Ursula is an independent producer and is Artistic Director/Producer of Little Bear Theatre Company. For Little Bear she produced the ACE-funded tour of the Georgian farce A Bold Stroke For a Husband (Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds. Little Bear went on to produce Double Indignity by Colin Blumenau. This year she has also been Associate Producer on Guest Suites – dance theatre, choreographed by Jacky Lansley (Royal Opera House, York Minster, Plymouth Barbican). Before producing, Ursula trained at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and spent seven years as a professional actress. Helen Duff Actor Helen graduated from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art in July, after studying English Literature at Cambridge University. Since then she has performed in Happy New (Pru, Old Red Lion), The Sexual Awakening of Peter Mayo (Thursday Afternoon, Pleasance Courtyard / Theatre503); The 24 Hour Plays: Old Vic New Voices and Time Warner IGNITE (The Old Vic). Credits at LAMDA include: Hedda Gabler; The Talented Mr Ripley; Daisy Pulls It Off and Twelfth Night. Credits at Cambridge include: Titus Andronicus; Macbeth and Greek.

Richard Maxted Actor Richard trained at The Central School of Speech and Drama. Theatre credits include: Macbeth (UK Tour); Gutter Junky (Assembly Hall/Riverside Studios); The Four Stages of Cruelty (Arcola); Hamlet (Tivoli Theatre, Dublin); In an Instant (Theatre503), Hurts Given & Received (Riverside Studios); Stella (Southwark Playhouse/Douglas Theater, US); The 24 Hour Plays: Old Vic New Voices (The Old Vic); Dare Me to the Desert (Kings Head); Me & My Girl (Palladium). Rehearsed Readings: The Question (Southwark Playhouse); Wonder & Worship in the Dying Ward (directed by Howard Barker at the Riverside Studios). Screen credits include: Enemy Within (ESA Films); Solstice Song (Passion Pictures). Ian Keir Attard Actor Ian trained at Rose Bruford College. Theatre credits include: Skyscraper (Public Theater, Broadway); The 24 Hour Plays: Old Vic New Voices and Symposium (The Old Vic); Richard III (Leicester Haymarket); American Clock (BAC); The Woman in Black (PW Productions, No.1 Tour); The Accomplice (Menier Chocolate Factory); As You Like It (Worcester Rep); Macbeth (Big Space); Our Lady of the Drowned (Southwark Playhouse); The Curse of Elizabeth Faulkner (Kings Head/Old Red Lion); Play on Words (Three’s Company – Canal Café, C SoCo Edinburgh, Camden Etcetra). Film and television includes: Murphy’s Law; Not In On It; I Against I; Finding Yourself; Generation Short Straw and Park Close.

Lekan Lewal Actor Lekan Lawal trained at LAMDA. Credits include: Blue/Orange (York Theatre Royal); You Once Said Yes (The Roundhouse); The Love of the Nightingale (Rough Fiction); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (The Faction Theatre Company); Cut Off (Theatre503); The 24 Hour Plays: Old Vic New Voices and Time Warner IGNITE (The Old Vic). Tom Shepherd Actor Since graduating from Royal Welsh College in 2008, Tom has been working on stage, screen and radio. Theatre credits include: Kulygin in Three Sisters, directed by Elizabeth Freestone; The Director in Terry Hands’ Memory; Ricardo in Dog in the Manger; Mr Barry in Hamish MacDougal’s production of The Lights; Sir Charles in She Stoops to Conquer, directed by JMK winner Mat Evans; and most recently Chase in Finer Noble Gases at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, as part of the Masterclass Showcase. Screen credits include The Storyteller in Bear Time Stories (Disney) and Mark in Pleasure Park (ITV).


SHE RODE HORSES LIKE THE STOCK EXCHANGE Written by Amelia Roper Directed by Alex Brown Produced by Sophie Watson In a nice New England park, two nice New England couples try very, very hard to be nice to each other, while the world around them falls apart. With unsettling and hilarious precision, award winning playwright Amelia Roper takes an absurd and terrifying ride through downsized, foreclosed America. Cast Ellie Burrow Alasdair Craig Abby Ford Ansu Kabia Nick Lawson

For all enquires e-mail Sophie Watson at sophie.watson@gmail.com


Amelia Roper Writer Amelia Roper is an Australian playwright now studying at the Yale School of Drama and recipient of the Cheryl Crawford Scholarship. Plays include: Hong Kong Dinosaur (Bay Area Playwrights Festival, San Francisco 2011); Jump showcase with mentor Will Eno (NYC, 2010) first commissioned by the Melbourne Theatre Company (Australia, 2009); Big Sky Town (St Martins National Playwriting Award, Australia 2007) published by Full Dress Publishing (2009) with two sold-out productions and a regional tour (2008/9); She Rode Horses Like the Stock Exchange (Kennedy Center MFA Festival 2012/Berkeley Rep Residency 2012/Moscow Playwright & Director Center, Russian translation in 2011/Yale 2011); Camberwell House (Australia/USA/London workshop, Union Theatre) published by Smith & Kraus, Boston Anthology 2012; A Duck on a Bike (Yale 2011); Derek Today! (Pavement Group - Chicago 2011). Her first play, Flywire won an Australian Student Award in 2003. See www.ameliaroper.com for more. Alex Brown Director Previous directing credits include: My City by Rachel De-lahay (Old Vic Tunnels/Rich Mix); Not About Heroes by Stephen MacDonald (Lion and Unicorn); Sum Zero by Ella Hickson (Lyric Hammersmith); Dinosaur by Dawn King (Theatre503); The 24 Hour Plays: Old Vic New Voices and Time Warner IGNITE (The Old Vic); The Rialto Burns by Catherine Harvey (Arcola Theatre/Theatre503); The Small Hours by Jonathan Brittain (Jerwood Space). Sophie Watson Producer Sophie works in Performing Arts at the Roundhouse. Her credits as a freelance Producer include: PLAYlist (Live Theatre, Newcastle and Theatre503); Time Warner

Ignite 5 and The 24 Hour Plays: Old Vic New Voices (The Old Vic); Many Moons (Theatre503); On the Harmful Effects of Tobacco / Can Cause Death starring David Bradley (National Theatre Platform, Northern Stage, Latitude Festival) and Scratch My City (Roundhouse and Soho Theatre) for Forward Theatre Project. In October 2012 Sophie will be presenting but i cd only whisper at the Arcola Theatre. Ellie Burrow Actor Ellie Burrow trained at Mountview Academy. Her West End theatre credits include War Horse (New London Theatre); Comedy of Errors (The Globe); The Little Dog Laughed (The Garrick); Edmond and Lobby Hero (Theatre Royal Haymarket). Other stage credits include: Settled (The Rosemary Branch); People on the River (The Albany); Loveplay (Jacksons Lane); Marat/Sade (The Pleasance, Islington); Mini-Break (Upstairs at the Gatehouse and The Udderbelly, Edinburgh Fringe Festival) and A Little Like Drowning (Rocket Venues, Edinburgh Fringe Festival). Ellie has also taken part in new writing workshops at the Royal Court and Theatre503. Alasdair Craig Actor Theatre credits: A Few Man Fridays (Cardboard Citizens/Riverside Studios); The Quick (Tristan Bates Theatre); Pocket Dream (Propeller tour and Udderbelly South Bank); Arcadia (Manchester Library Theatre/The Lowry); All My Sons (Curve, Leicester); Major Barbara (National Theatre); Don Quixote (West Yorkshire Playhouse/ Madrid); Twelfth Night and The Taming Of The Shrew (Propeller world tour); Black

Comedy (Colorado Festival of World Theatre); The Winter’s Tale (Propeller world tour); The Madness Of George Dubya (New Players’ Theatre); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Propeller - West End/New York); The Rivals (Theatre Royal Bath). Television credits: EastEnders; Doctors; The Royal and Lawless Heart. Abby Ford Actor Theatre credits: Falling and Sisty-Six Books (Bush); Peter Pan (360 Entertainment); Burial at Thebes (Nottingham Playhouse/Barbican); Closer (Northampton); Man of Mode and Coram Boy (National Theatre); Skin of Our Teeth (Young Vic); Playhouse Creatures (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Girl on the Sofa (Schaubuhne Theatre Berlin/Edinburgh Lyceum); A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Les Liaisons Dangereuses (York Theatre Royal); The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe (RSC/Sadlers Wells). Television credits include: The Queen; Fear of Fanny; Life Begins; Lewis and Royal Celebration. Film credits: Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban; Shackleton; Wonderland and I Want You. Ansu Kabia Actor Theatre includes: As You Like It, The Grain Store, King Lear and Antony and Cleopatra (RSC); The Wedding Dance (NITRO); The Great Theatre of the World (Arcola Theatre); Romeo & Juliet (Harlow Playhouse); Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead and Much Ado about Nothing (Library Theatre, Manchester); Othello (Upstairs at the Gatehouse); Blue/Orange (Cockpit Theatre); I’m an Asylum Seeker – Get Me Into Here (The Rosemary Branch); Galileo

(Playback Productions); Mephisto, The Duchess of Malfi, The Liar, The London Project, Romeo & Juliet and El Cid (Drama Centre, London). Television credits include: 10 Days to War (BBC) and The Bill (Thames). Nick Lawson Actor Nick trained at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Theatre credits include: A Fetus in America (Soho Theatre); Subtext (Soundbites); Blast Off and Hacked (Theatre503); The 24 Hour Plays: Old Vic New Voices; Danny’s Deal; Time Warner IGNITE and The TS Eliot US/ UK Exchange 2011 (The Old Vic); Black Chiffon; Hippolytus and Open Yarmouth (Tough Theatre); Breathing Corpses (Curving Road); Raiders Road (Hampstead Theatre Start Night). Film credits include: Mr Nice (Independent); Happyholic (Kosen Rufu) and Heaven (Fireparty). Television credits include: Eastenders (BBC); The Bill (Thames) and I’m Alan Partridge (Talkback).


THE BIRD & THE TWO-TON WEIGHT Written by Darcy Fowler Directed by Olly Hawes Produced by Caitlin Albery Beavan When Chelsea’s mother’s long-lost journal mysteriously shows up, Chelsea meets a young woman she never knew. But is there more to the journal than meets the eye? This is the story of what happens when past and present collide; a story of hope, possibility, and finding strength in the most unlikely places. Cast Nicholas Boulton Stefano Braschi James Cooney Rebecca Hutchinson Lucille Sharpe Caitlin Thorburn

For all enquiries e-mail Caitlin Albery Beavan at alberybeavan@me.com


Darcy Fowler Writer Darcy Fowler is a writer and actress based in Brooklyn, NY. Her work has been read and workshopped in New York at Ensemble Studio Theatre, Primary Stages, Ars Nova and the Bushwick Starr. Her work has also been seen throughout the US and abroad: Theatreworks Palo Alto, Harmony Gold Preview House (LA) Noho Playhouse (LA) The Cochrane Theatre, and Lockerbie Academy (Scotland). She is currently working on a new musical with the Brooklyn based band The Spring Standards and is a proud member of Ensemble Studio Theatre’s Obie award winning Youngblood. She also created and co-writes the webseries You Make My Dreams Come True. BFA: Syracuse University. www.darcyfowler.com Olly Hawes Director Directing credits include: The Madman (Jackdaw/Bussey House); Uncool Religion (part of Sixty-Six Books at the Bush); Time Warner IGNITE 3 and The Arden Project (The Old Vic); My County Council (nabokov present:tense, The Roundhouse). As an assistant: Educating Rita (Menier Chocolate Factory/Theatre Royal Bath/National Tour); The Kitchen Sink (Bush). Olly was a Creative Associate at the Bush Theatre 2010/11 and a finalist for the 2010 JMK Award. Caitlin Albery Beavan Producer Caitlin graduated from the University of Manchester in 2009 and is currently producing the British premiere of The Illusion by Pierre Corneille, adapted by Tony Kushner. Theatre credits most recently include: Shivered (Southwark Playhouse); A Butcher of Distinction (The Cock Tavern/ The Kings Head); Talking in Bed (Theatre503); What Shall We Tell Caroline? (The White Bear); Elegy (Shunt Vaults) and The 24 Hour Plays: Old Vic New Voices (The Old Vic). Caitlin is also founder of Theatre Ninjas, an iPhone app which promotes and markets theatre.

Stefano Braschi Actor Stefano was born and grew up in London. He trained at LAMDA after graduating from Yale University. Theatre credits include Richard II (Donmar Warehouse); King Lear (Donmar, UK Tour & New York); Danton’s Death (National Theatre); Warm (Nordland Theatre, Norway) and This Much is True (Theatre503). TV credits include Sherlock; The Best Possible Taste; Benidorm; Holby City; The Boarding School Bomber; Come Fly with Me; Secret Diary of a Call Girl and The Persuasionists. James Cooney Actor Born and raised in Manchester, James graduated from LIPA in 2011. Since graduating his credits include: Gregory/Apothecary in Romeo & Juliet (Lodestar) and Cameron in Island (The National Theatre). Credits whilst training include: Jack McCracken in A Small Family Business, Le Vicomte de Valmont in Les Liaisons Dangereuses and Quintet Bass in Sweeney Todd. James would like to thank his family for their continued love and support.

Nicholas Boulton Actor Nicholas trained at Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Theatre credits include: Private Lives (Salisbury); Mirandolina (Royal Exchange, Manchester); The Rivals (Theatre Royal Bath national tour); The Taming of the Shrew (National tour); Hysteria (Salisbury); Platonov (Almeida); Henry V (RSC), An Ideal Husband (Salisbury); Arcadia (Haymarket). Television includes: Midsomer Murders, Hustle, Doctors, Jonathan Creek, Attila the Hun, Doctor Who, Broken News, Heartbeat, Life Begins, Sword of Honour, Kavanagh QC. Film includes: Shakespeare in Love; Topsy Turvy; The Kovak Box and Arn: The Knight Templar. Radio: Winner BBC Radio Carleton Hobbs Award. Over 100 productions to date. Nicholas is the voice of Garrett Hawke in Dragon Age 2, the video game. Rebecca Hutchinson Actor Rebecca studied at Cambridge University before training at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. Theatre credits include: Katherine in Love’s Labour’s Lost (Northern Broadsides, 20th Anniversary); Anne Bronte in We Are Three Sisters (Northern Broadsides); Little Voice in The Rise & Fall of Little Voice (Dukes Theatre, Lancaster); Fiona in Toxic Bankers (Leicester Square Theatre); Sarah in Jump (Edinburgh Festival); Alice in Once Upon a Time at the Adelphi (Union Theatre); Belle in Beauty & the Beast (Theatre Royal, Wakefield); Woman 1 in Closer than Ever (Chelsea Theatre); Wife/Actress in See What I Wanna See (ADC Theatre, Cambridge).Television credits include Tanya Wright in Doctors (BBC).

Caitlin Thorburn Actor Theatre includes: Swan Love – Bush Bounce (Bush); Jack (West Yorkshire Playhouse); The 24 Hour Plays: Old Vic New Voices (The Old Vic); A Cavalier for Milady (Jermyn Street Theatre); Grimm Tales (Keswick); The Children’s Hour (Manchester Royal Exchange). Television includes: Coronation Street (ITV). Radio includes: Zen & the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (BBC Radio 4); Nina Black (BBC Radio 3); After the Darkness (Oakhill Audiobook); The Map of True Places (Oakhill Audiobook). Lucille Sharp After studying at Interlochen Arts Academy in Northern Michigan for two years, Lucille moved to Scotland to attend the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (now the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland). During her three years in Scotland she participated in many performances including a staged version of Crime and Punishment which travelled to the VGIK Int’l festival in Moscow. Professional credits include Virginia Clemm in BBC docudrama Edgar Allan Poe: Love, Death, and Women, Abigail Williams in The Crucible at York Theatre Royal and Reed in the upcoming series of Downton Abbey.


A KID LIKE JAKE Written by Daniel Pearle Directed by Richard Fitch Produced by Liz Eddy On the eve of the admissions cycle for Manhattan’s most elite private schools, Alex and Greg have high hopes for their son Jake; a precocious four-year-old who happens to prefer Cinderella to GI Joe. The story of a husband and wife struggling to do right by their son, A Kid Like Jake is a study of intimacy and parenthood and the fantasies that accompany both. Cast Samantha Dakin Clare Foster Christopher Harper Robin Weaver

For all enquiries e-mail Liz Eddy at elizabeth.k.j.eddy@gmail.com


Daniel Pearle Writer Daniel trained at The New School for Drama and Harvard University. Plays include: A Kid Like Jake (Reading at LCT3); Bel Canto (Semifinalist O’Neill Playwrights Conference 2012, Reading at Primary Stages); Tearin’ Up My Heart (Reading at INTAR); Plunder (Loeb Drama Center’s Phyllis Anderson Prize 2008). His short play The Truth About Christmas was a winner of the Samuel French OOB Festival 2011 and is published and licensed by Samuel French. Residencies/conferences include: The Blue Mountain Center; New York State Summer Writers Retreat; UCLA Writers’ Studio. Richard Fitch Director Richard trained at the Young Vic and the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts. Director credits include: The Welsh Atlantis (Latitude Festival); The Sandman (Riverside Studios); The Hour of Feeling (HighTide with Public Theater, New York); The Boy Who Lived Down the Lane (Riverside Studios, Yong SiewToh Conservatory of Music, Singapore). Assistant Director credits include: Clockwork (HighTide); Island (National Theatre, UK Tour); Jack & the Beanstalk (Watford Palace); The Marriage of Figaro (Watermill); Lakeboat & Prairie du Chien (Arcola); The Machine Gunners (Polka Theatre); The Great British Country Fete (Bush, UK Tour). Richard is Resident Assistant Director of HighTide Festival Theatre.

Liz Eddy Producer Theatre includes: At First Sight (Latitude Festival, Etcetera, UK Tour); The Roar of The Greasepaint – The Smell of The Crowd, The Potting Shed (Finborough); LOVEC@T (Theatre503); Winter Tales (King’s Head, Holborn); Slice (Penny Arcade Theatre Company at Theatre503); The Lost Thing (Underbelly, Edinburgh Fringe Festival); The Little Girl…who was too fond of matches (Underbelly, Edinburgh Fringe Festival and UK tour) and Corpus Variorum (C Venues, Edinburgh Fringe Festival). Samantha Dakin Actor Theatre includes: The Emperor Self (Arcola); The Trip to Bountiful (Courtyard Theatre). Television includes: Doctors and Tree Fu Tom. Film includes: Hyde Park on Hudson. Radio includes: Iced, Show Boat and The Great Swim. Clare Foster Actor Theatre includes: Crazy for You (Novello and Regents Park Open Air Theatre); The RSC: 50 Musical Years Celebration (RSC); Oleanna (Nottingham Arts Centre); Love on the Dole, A Streetcar Named Desire (Bolton Octagon Theatre); Matilda (RSC, Workshop); The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Avenue Q (Noel Coward); The Far Pavilions (Shaftesbury); Out of This World, The Master & Margarita (Chichester); Sweet Charity (Sheffield Crucible); We Will Rock You (Dominion); Chicago (Original UK Tour); Carousel (Westcliff Palace). Television includes: The Bill (series regular); Genie in the House and Casualty. Film includes: Black Forest and Les Miserables.

Christopher Harper Actor Theatre includes: Persuasion; After Miss Julie; People at Sea (Salisbury Playhouse); Light Shining in Buckinghamshire; Lie of the Land; Tabloid Caligula (Arcola, transfer to New York); Saturn Returns (Finborough); Journey’s End; Our Country’s Good (Original Theatre); Man of the Moment; Private Fears in Public Places (Royal & Derngate); See How They Run; Separate Tables; Volpone (Royal Exchange); Strange Orchestra; Adam Bede (Orange Tree); Twelfth Night (Thelma Holt); Much Ado About Nothing (Sprite Productions) and You Were After Poetry (HighTide). Television includes: Housewife, 49; Upstairs Downstairs; Life on Mars; The Roman Mysteries; Rosemary and Thyme; Heartbeat and The Great Escape. Film includes: Rules of the Game; Observer; Charlie; Living in Hope.

Robin Weaver Actor Theatre includes: Enemies (Almeida); Excuses (Soho/ATC); A Day in the Death of Joe Egg (New Ambassadors, UK Tour); In the Summer House (Lyric Hammersmith); Sea Life; Twelfth Night (Bristol Old Vic); King Lear; Goodnight Children Everywhere; The Herbal Bed (RSC); Road (Royal Exchange) and Sienna Red (Peter Hall Company). Television includes: Twenty Twelve; Rev; The Inbetweeners; The Thick of It; Midsummer Murders; My Family; FM; Broken News; Family Man; Green Wing; The Catherine Tate Show; Family Man; Barking; Casualty; The Lenny Henry Sketch Show; Wild West II; Cruise of the Gods; Happiness; Love Hurts; Sienna Red; Skullduggery and Dead Romantic. Film includes: The Inbetweeners Movie; Magicians; Last Chance Harvey; The Muppet Christmas Carol and The Woman in Black.


THE RUBBER ROOM Written by Stacy Davidowitz Directed by Simon Evans Produced by Lucy Oliver-Harrison Manhattan. One room, six desks, a guarded door; a temporary reassignment centre where mismatched teachers (accused of incompetence, misconduct or unconfirmed) torture each other and themselves. Enduring excruciating days, months and, sometimes, years away from the lives they led and the students they love. Welcome to the Rubber Room. Cast Frances Ashman Joseph Balderrama Therese Bradley Samantha Dakin Sue Kelvin Lee Ross Scott Turnbull Crystal Yu

For all enquires e-mail Lucy Oliver-Harrison at lucy.o.harrison@gmail.com


Stacy Davidowitz Writer Stacy Davidowitz is a playwright and actor whose work has been developed and produced regionally and internationally. PINK!, produced through Down Payment Productions, was a Lark Finalist and received seven NY Innovative Theatre Nominations. PINK! was recently optioned as an independent feature film (and published by Broadway Play Publishing). Musicals include: Hank & Gretchen (published by YouthPLAYS); Camp Rolling Hills, Stage 4: Jeopardy! (NYMF). A 2011 Sam French Play Festival Finalist, she is also resident playwright for The Flea, Rag N’ Bone, Broken Box Mime, Exquisite Corpse and Amios Theater Companies. Upcoming publications: The Rubber Room and Join the Circus (Indie Theater Now). Stacy is a graduate of BADA; BS, Tufts University; MFA in Acting, Columbia University. www.StacyDavidowitz.com Simon Evans Director Previously Resident Assistant Director at the Donmar, Staff Director at the NT and Creative Associate at the Bush. Currently Artistic Director of Black and White Rainbow. Director credits include: Madness in Valencia (Trafalgar Studios); Whiff Whaff (Theatre Uncut); Apple Pie and Hours Till Autumn (Riverside Studios); Cyrano de Bergerac and The Misanthrope (White Bear); Us & Them (Bush); Something Perfect, Disappear and Devolution (Theatre503); Skyscraper (Public, NY); The 24 Hour Plays: Old Vic New Voices (The Old Vic). Associate/Assistant Director: includes Duchess of Malfi (The Old Vic); Finding Neverland (Weinstein Live); Richard II; Inadmissible Evidence; Anna Christie; Luise Miller Moonlight and 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Donmar); Men Should Weep (National Theatre) and Like a Fishbone (Bush).

Lucy Oliver-Harrison Producer Lucy has worked for ATG and, now, Headlong for the Stage One Placement Scheme. Lucy is Associate Producer for nabokov. Theatre includes: Revolution Square (Bush); SixtySix Books and In The Beginning (Bush/ Westminster Abbey); Young Pretender (Edinburgh/Tour); All That is Solid Melts into Air and Remote Control (tangled feet); Present: Tense (Southwark Playhouse); Plain Jane (Manchester Royal Exchange); Cyrano de Bergerac (White Bear); Some Stories (Blacks/Temple Works); never enough to live in the now (Hampstead); The Day that Shook the Nation (Liverpool Everyman); The Office: The Opera (Proud Galleries/Comic Relief 2009); Time Warner IGNITE 2; The 24 Hour Plays: Old Vic New Voices and The TS Eliot US/UK Exchange 2010 (The Old Vic). Frances Ashman Actor Frances Ashman trained at Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Theatre includes: Bang Bang Bang (Royal Court Theatre); After the Accident (Soho Theatre); In the Blood (Finborough Theatre); Pornography (Birmingham Rep/Tricycle Theatre); Cockroach (Traverse Theatre); Macbeth; Macbett by Eugene Ionesco; The Winter’s Tale; Pericles (all RSC). Television includes: Trial & Retribution; Gunrush and The Reckoning (ITV); Law & Order: UK (ITV); Doctor Who and Missing (BBC).

Joseph Balderrama Actor Theatre includes: Wet Weather Cover (Kings Head & West End); The Miser (Manchester Royal Exchange); No Such Cold Thing (Tricycle); The Accidental Death of an Anarchist (Mercury Theatre, Colchester); Hamlet (Oxford Castle Open-Air); Arabian Nights (Creation Theatre Company); The Merchant of Venice (Oxford Castle Open-Air); Biloxi Blues (Vanbrugh); Romeo & Juliet (National Tour & Hong Kong Theatre Festival); The Owl & the Pussycat (Lamproom). Television includes: Episodes; Canoe Man; Holby City; The Omid Djalili Show and The Robinsons (BBC); Bremner, Bird & Fortune (Channel 4); The Bill and The Vice (ITV). Film includes: Jack & Jill and Spilt Milk. Therese Bradley Actor Therese Bradley was in Men Should Weep at the National directed by Josie Rourke. She recently played Madame Maisie in the forthcoming movie Filth with James McAvoy and will also be playing Eric Lomax’s mother (played by Colin Firth / Jeremy Irvine) in the epic Railwayman. She has worked with The David Glass Ensemble as Gracie in Unheimlich Spine. She played Gwen in David Mackenzie’s critically acclaimed Young Adam alongside Tilda Swinton and Ewan McGregor.

Samantha Dakin Actor Theatre includes: The Emperor Self (Arcola); The Trip to Bountiful (Courtyard Theatre). Television includes: Doctors and Tree Fu Tom. Film includes: Hyde Park on Hudson. Radio includes: Iced, Show Boat and The Great Swim. Sue Kelvin Actor West End includes: Onassis, Fiddler on the Roof, Chicago, Oliver!, Les Miserables and Assassins. Other theatre includes: Travelling Light, A Streetcar Named Desire (National Theatre); Berkoff’s Sit & Shiver (Hackney Empire); her one woman show Sophie Tucker’s One Night Stand (King’s Head); Hetty Feinstein’s Wedding Anniversary (New End); Rags (Bridewell); Wild Wild Women (Orange Tree); Beau Jest (Hackney Empire); Annie (Aberystwyth); Teechers (Northampton); Hello Dolly! (UK Tour). Television includes: Doctor Who; Silent Witness; Love Soup; Worst Week of My Life; Mike Bassett; Coupling; Red Dwarf; Love Hurts and Legend of Dick & Dom. Film includes: Great Expectations; Song of Songs; Red Eagle and Anxiety. She has co-hosted The Jenny Éclair Show for LBC Radio.


Lee Ross Actor Theatre includes: In Basildon; Country Music; The Lights; Some Voices; Hammett’s Apprentice (Royal Court); Birdsong (Comedy Theatre); Marine Parade (Brighton Festival); Whipping it Up; M.A.D; Christmas (Bush); The Neighbour (National Theatre); Spookhouse (Hampstead Theatre) and Bugsy Malone (Her Majesty’s Theatre). Television includes: The Titanic; Ashes to Ashes; Doctor Who; The Catherine Tate Show; Hustle; Waking the Dead; Playing the Field; Trial and Retribution and Press Gang. Film includes: Centurion; Goal; Secret and Lies; Dockers; Dreaming of Joseph Lees; Rogue Trader; Vigo; Metroland; Island on Bird Street; Hard Men; The English Patient; I.D.; The Crane; Life’s a Gas; Sweet Nothing and Buddy’s Song. Scott Turnbull Actor Theatre includes: Theatre Brothel (Greyscale); The Machine Gunners (Polka); Apples (Northern Stage); The Tempest (KG Productions); Book of Beasts (Catherine Wheels); Hansel & Gretel (Northern Stage); Heartbreak Soup (Empty Space Productions); A Christmas Carol (Northern Stage); How Many Miles to Basra? (West Yorkshire Playhouse). Television includes: Little Bastard; The Royal Today; The Bill and regular character Jason in Byker Grove. Scott was picked out by the Independent as ‘one to watch in 2012’ and recently won The Journal’s North East actor of the year award. He will be performing in All God’s Have Fallen at the Almeida Festival in July.

Crystal Yu Actor Theatre includes: Pandas (Traverse Theatre); Burning Maps (Outside Edge Theatre); Miss Saigon (UK & European Tour). Film & TV includes: Let Me Go (Fei-YuZhu Films Ltd); Will (Strangelove Films Ltd); Casualty (BBC); Spirit Warriors (CBBC); MuiLing (Mark Sung Films); Shanghai (Phoenix Pictures/Living Films); Diamond Geezer (ITV). Commercial includes: Citroen, HSBC, Danone Aqua, H&M Madonna.

Old Vic New Voices Steve Winter Director, Old Vic New Voices Alexander Ferris OVNV Senior Manager Bryony Roberts OVNV Education Manager Shaka Bunsie OVNV IdeasTap Manager Roxanne Peak-Payne OVNV Officer Jo Mackie OVNV Project Manager Rob Harris OVNV Project Manager Laura Ward Nokes OVNV Intern

For THe TS Eliot US/UK Exchange Rob Harris Project Manager Shaka Bunsie Production Manager Felix Dunning Company Stage Manager Charlotte McBrearty Assistant Stage Manager Jade Hunter Assistant Stage Manager Helen Skiera Sound Designer Camilla Evans Casting Steve Winter Casting Peter Collins Programme design The TS Eliot US/UK Exchange is an original concept by Steve Winter

Thank you Claire Reihill, Judith Hooper, Jill McCullough, Jo Mackie, Ari Edelson, Miriam Gillinson, Bryony Roberts, Lucy Faulks, Imogen Sarre, Ben Stones. Vasiliki Syrma Costume Designer, Dead Pile Vana Karamanou Costume Supervisor, Dead Pile James Turner Designer, She Rode Horses Like the Stock Exchange Greg Williams Production Assistant, The Bird and the Two-Ton Weight Moi Tran Designer, The Bird and the Two-Ton Weight Holly White Costume Supervisor, A Kid Like Jake Laura Bowler Composer, A Kid Like Jake


Bitch Boxer by Charlotte Josephine 2-13 & 15-26 August at 4pm

Chapel Street by Luke Barnes 2-13 & 15-26 August at 2.50pm

Glory Dazed by Cat Jones 2-14 & 16-26 August at 5pm

One Hour Only by Sabrina Mahfouz 2-12 & 14-26 August at 5.20pm

Strong Arm by Finlay Robertson 2-12 & 14-26 August at 4.10pm

The TS Eliot US/UK Exchange 2011. Photo: Lucy Cullen


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The TS Eliot US/UK Exchange 2012 - Programme  

Programme containing details for all five plays showcased during the TS Eliot US/UK Exchange 2012 event at The Old Vic.