First produced in the new writing slot at the Finborough Theatre, Operation Crucible has now been seen across the UK. Including a sell-out run at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield. In May 2018 the play transferred to New York and played at 59E59 theaters as part of the Brits Off Broadway Season. It was a New York Times Critics pick and enjoyed a sell-out run.
The play was adapted for radio and was recorded in June 2018 directed and produced for BBC Radio four by Toby Swift. It will air on the 20th July 2018 at 2:15pm.
Nominated for Most Promising New Playwright at the 2015 Off West End Awards.
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'HAUNTINGLY MOVING' - British Theatre Guide
'POWERFUL, POETIC AND WELL RESEARCHED' Dominic Cavendish (Daily Telegraph)
'PACKS A VISCERAL PUNCH' Carl Woodward
Directed by Abigail Graham
What happens when you have to clean up the worst day of someone else’s life?
Every 31 Hours someone takes their own life on the U.K rail network. It is ten times more likely to be a man.
31 Hours is the story of four men who clean up the aftermath of rail suicides. It is about the slippery reality of mental health and the inability to communicate issues. The play is an analysis of the choice and an exploration of the consequences.
Filled with humour and humanity it explores four men's inability to talk about their emotions and the consequence of their silence.
'100 years ago the biggest killer of young men was war, now they kill themselves.'
NOMINATED FOR 'MOST PROMISING NEW PLAYWRIGHT' AT THE 2017 OFFWESTEND AWARDS
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Chicken Soup. opened at the Sheffield Crucible on the 8th February 2018 and enjoyed a sell-out run until 3rd March 2018.
The play follows three women who established a soup kitchen in a Rotherham community in the height of the miners strike and continue to run it for 32 years.
The play has been co-written by Ray Castleton, a Sheffield local, who I met one night in the pub after a performance of Operation Crucible.
It is the first piece commissioned for the Crucible by new artistic director Rob Hastie and will be directed by Bryony Shanahan (Operation Crucible, Bitch Boxer) and designed by Sophia Simensky (Operation Crucible).
Judy Flynn - Josephine
Jo Hartley - Helen
Remmie Milner - Katie
Samantha Power - Christine
Simone Saunders - Jennifer
Bryony Shanahan - Director
Sophia Simensky - Designer
Christopher Worrall - Casting Director
Prema Mehta - Lighting Designer
Katherine Robson - Associate Director
Alexandra Faye Braithwaite - Sound Designer And Composer
Natalie Grady - Dialect Coach
Rachel Middlemore - Stage Manager
Charlotte has met a boy online.
That's about the only thing in her story that's conventional.
The boy has an idea - an idea that will change the world, her world, forever.
Comet is about exploring an echo chamber, about jumping down a rabbit hole and losing sight of reality. It's about reaching an extreme and looking back to where you started unable to find the common ground.
It's an exploration of an idea, an analysis of the conclusion it draws and a story about a girl who falls in love with the wrong argument.
Comet is the first play written for (RE)PRESENTED its a new initiative produced and presented by From Ground Up Theatre Company in association with the Pleasance Theatre and will be directed by Tommo Fowler.
In March 1617 Pocahontas died in Gravesend, Kent. She was 22.
She was inquisitive, independent and had a strong sense of justice. In her mid-teens she was kidnapped by settlers in Jamestown and was used as leverage against the Native chief, her father. After 'converting' to Christianity she married an Englishman from Norfolk whose Virginia leaf tobacco would later save the settlement and ultimately lead to the colonisation of America by the British.
The marriage was the first multi-cultural union on American soil and led to a sustained period of peace.
The greatest piece of living American history is buried in the garden of England.
This play was written to mark the 400th Anniversary of Pocahontas' passing in March 2017 it enjoyed a short tour as a rehearsed reading of significant areas in the UK important to her story.
It is now set to have its world premiere in Virginia, USA in July 2018 as part of the Pocahontas Project.
Cast and Creatives:
Director: Bryony Shanahan
Pocahontas: Yasmine Hassabu
John Smith: Salvatore D'Aquilla
John Rolfe: Daniel Foxsmith