OK .. so we've been promising some big news for a while now. And here it is..
We're going back to Southwark Playhouse (where we broke the box office record with Confessional)...
...With the WORLD PREMIERE of Angry, a brand new piece of writing by Philip Ridley...
...starring Georgie Henley (Lucy from the Narnia films)
Oh .. and the show is going to alter from night to night, as we've got two actors (one male, one female) and they'll alternate which part they play. We'll be announcing the casting for the male actor soon.
Nearly 4,000 people applied for the role, but Georgie BLEW US AWAY in her auditions. She's a phenomenal actor and the writing, as you would expect, is sublime.
The show will be directed by the super talented Max Lindsay, who's making his London debut after 4 years as a resident director at Southampton Nuffield Theatres.
Here's the official blurb .. but OH MY GOODNESS we're excited!!
Chronicles of Narnia star Georgie Henley will make her professional stage debut in the world premiere of Philip Ridley’s new monologues Angry, next February at Southwark Playhouse.
“A spaceship hurtles towards a black hole. A book-loving couple flee a burning city. A bloodshot eye conjures up kisses and wild animals. Angry is a menacing, magical, and darkly comedic collection of stories that vibrate with the lingering unease of our times.”
Henley will be joined by a male actor (casting to be announced), to perform the series of five gender-neutral monologues on subjects as diverse as refugees, millennial anger, and interstellar travel.
All five monologues will be performed by each actor over the course of the run, but which actor performs each individual monologue will alternate night-to-night.
Ridley developed Angry over a four year period in a close partnership with director Max Lindsay.
“Phil and I started exploring things that made us, well angry, and the play sort of grew out of that.” says Lindsay, “We were drawn to this idea of what it means to be a man and to be a woman in the modern world, and where the differences are. By having the same words said by both a man and a woman over the course of the run it gives the audiences the chance to see the how the same events can have a very different impact.”
"What's incredible is how relevant Angry feels today, at the end of 2017. Phil wrote it before President Trump, Weinstein and #MeToo but it feels like it could have been a direct response to current events. He's always a dozen steps ahead of the rest of us, it's part of his genius."
Georgie Henley shot to worldwide fame aged eight when she was cast as the lead, Lucy Pevensie, in the Oscar-winning Chronicles of Narnia series. She took time out of acting to study English at Cambridge before returning to star opposite Ella Purnell in indie film “Access All Areas”.
Philip Ridley’s previous plays include The Fastest Clock in the Universe, Radiant Vermin, The Pitchfork Disney, Tender Napalm, Dark Vanilla Jungle, and Mercury Fur, as well as the screenplay for the 1990 film The Krays.
The show is being produced by Tramp, whose Offie-nominated production of Tennessee Williams’ Confessional broke Southwark Playhouse’s box office record last year for their studio space, “The Little”.
Jack Silver, Artistic Director of Tramp, said: “It’s amazing to be back at Southwark Playhouse with such an incredible piece of writing. When I first read it I was just blown away, but it wasn’t until we started auditions that I realised quite how incredible Phil’s writing is. Seeing so many actors give their take on the monologues was mesmerising. It gives the actors a blank canvas and yet there’s a magnetic rhythm to the words.”
“Having seen the Narnia films I was expecting Georgie to be good but obviously I’d only seen her play one character,” says Silver, “But she absolutely blew us away in both her auditions. She’s a major acting talent and I think audiences are going to be surprised at just how mature and versatile she is. It’s incredibly exciting to be able to be involved her professional stage debut and to bring Max, Phil, and Georgie's phenomenal talents together. I have a sneaky feeling the audience are going to tell their friends 'I was there!' in years to come.'
Praise for previous Philip Ridley plays:
“Ridley’s play is completely and dizzyingly of itself. The writing seethes and burns.…Seldom has sexual love been explored on stage with such ferocious honesty.” — The Guardian (Tender Napalm)
“Outstanding….Ridley at his imaginative best…his most moving and accessible adult play to date.” — What’s On Stage (Shivered)
“Thrilling…I left the theatre convinced that I’d seen a work of genius immaculately performed.
Wonderful.” — Arts Desk (The Pitchfork Disney)
“Ridley pictures consumerism at its most insane and destructive. He’s on stingingly funny…fierce…dazzling.” — The Evening Standard (Radiant Vermin)
Her — Georgie Henley
Him — TBA
Writer — Philip Ridley
Director — Max Lindsay
Designer — James Turner Donnelly
Casting Director — Jane Frisby
Casting Assistant — Stephanie Hume
Production Company —Tramp
Producers — Jack Silver, Hannah Tookey
PR — Paul Sullivan
Social Media — Danielle Boobyer