Hampstead Theatre Announces THE TWO CHARACTER PLAY Directed By Sam Yates + The World Premiere Of Tom Wells’ BIG BIG SKY | The Fan Carpet

Hampstead Theatre Announces THE TWO CHARACTER PLAY Directed By Sam Yates + The World Premiere Of Tom Wells’ BIG BIG SKY


13 May 2021

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HAMPSTEAD THEATRE ANNOUNCES TENNESSEE WILLIAMS’ THE TWO CHARACTER PLAY DIRECTED BY SAM YATES AND THE WORLD PREMIERE OF TOM WELLS’ BIG BIG SKY DIRECTED BY THE THEATRE’S NEW ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, TESSA WALKER  

HAMPSTEAD THEATRE ANNOUNCES FURTHER PERFORMANCE DATES FOR 2021

TENNESSEE WILLIAMS’ THE TWO CHARACTER PLAY WILL RUN FROM 17 JULY – 28 AUGUST 2021 ON THE MAIN STAGE

SAM YATES WILL DIRECT THIS INNOVATIVE PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER FOLLOWING HIS OLIVIER-NOMINATED PRODUCTION OF THE PHLEBOTOMIST IN 2019

BIG BIG SKY, TOM WELLS’ BEAUTIFULLY TENDER NEW PLAY WHICH EXPLORES NATURE’S INFLUENCE ON LOVE, FRIENDSHIP AND FAMILY, WILL PREMIERE AT HAMPSTEAD DOWNSTAIRS FROM 30 JULY – 11 SEPTEMBER 2021 

BIG BIG SKY, WILL BE DIRECTED BY TESSA WALKER, HAMPSTEAD THEATRE’S NEW ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR

BIG BIG SKY WILL FEATURE ACCLAIMED ACTORS, JENNIFER DALEY, JESSICA JOLLEYS, SAM NEWTON AND MATT SUTTON 

BOTH PRODUCTIONS WILL REMAIN AS ORIGINALLY SOLD, WITH REDUCED CAPACITY AND SOCIAL DISTANCING, FOR THE DURATION OF THEIR RUNS SHOULD NATIONAL RESTRICTIONS BE LIFTED 

PUBLIC BOOKING OPENS FROM THURSDAY 20 MAY AT 1030AM  

HAMPSTEAD THEATRE REOPENS FROM 28 MAY 2021 WITH ALFRED FAGON’S DARKLY COMPELLING DRAMA, THE DEATH OF A BLACK MAN AND DEBORAH BRUCE’S FUNNY NEW PLAY, RAYA 

Hampstead Theatre is delighted to announce further live productions for 2021.  Tennessee Williams’ The Two Character Play will run from 17 July until 28 AugustSam Yates will direct this innovative, psychological thriller by one of the world’s great dramatists which originally premiered at the theatre in 1967.  Yates is making a highly anticipated return to the theatre following his Olivier-nominated production of The Phlebotomist (2019).  The world premiere of Big Big Sky,by Tom Wells will also run from 30 July until 11 September at Hampstead Downstairs.  This beautifully tender new play which explores nature’s influence on love, friendship and family will be directed by Tessa Walker, Hampstead Theatre’s new Associate Director.  Both productions will remain as originally sold, with reduced capacity and social distancing, for the duration of their runs should national restrictions be lifted. Tickets will go on sale from Thursday 20 May at 1030am at hampsteadtheatre.com.
 
 
 
 
Roxana Silbert, Artistic Director and Joint Chief Executive of Hampstead Theatre said "Hampstead Theatre has historically embraced playwrights at all stages of their careers.
 
Tennessee Williams was at the height of his when he chose to offer the world premiere of The Two Character Play, a very personal play, to James Roose Evans to direct.  It speaks volumes of the regard in which he held Hampstead as a leading artistic space for experimental work and I am excited by Sam’s vision for this gem from our Originals series.  
 
Tom Wells’ play is a very different theatrical voice: naturalistic, understated, bursting with humour and humanity.  I’m thrilled he has also trusted us with his Hampstead debut, the world premiere of Big Big Sky, which continues his longstanding collaboration with Hampstead’s newly appointed Associate Director, Tessa Walker."

Sam Yates, director of The Two Character Play said "I am honoured to be returning to Hampstead Theatre to direct Tennessee Williams’ play.  I am excited to present this production to audiences following the show’s cancellation last year.  The Two Character Play is form-busting and unique, celebrating the very process of making theatre.  The Company and I look forward to presenting our interpretation of Tennessee’s daring play this summer."

Tom Wells, playwright of Big Big Sky said "I’m really delighted to be working again with Tessa Walker - our first time together at Hampstead Theatre - with Big Big Sky.  It feels properly special to be making theatre again, and making it with such a brilliant director. 

The play is set in Kilnsea, where I grew up and where my Mum and Dad still live. It’s a small village on the very edge of East Yorkshire, windswept and sea-nibbled, but it has its own beauty, I think - a bit peaceful, a bit restorative.  Fingers crossed Big Big Sky can bring a bit of this to audiences in Hampstead.  Also a few jokes about oat slice, and some line dancing.  I think probably we need those at the moment too."
 
 


Tennessee Williams, one of the foremost playwrights of the twentieth-century, spent over ten years writing the partly autobiographical The Two Character Play and called it ‘the very heart of my life’.  It first premiered at Hampstead Theatre in 1967 directed by the theatre’s founding Artistic Director James Roose-Evans
 
 
 
 

 

Sam Yates will direct The Two Character Play making a highly anticipated return to Hampstead Theatre following his Olivier-nominated and critically acclaimed production of The Phlebotomist (2019).  Yates’ recent theatre credits include A Separate Peace by Tom Stoppard (online, 2020); Incantata by Pulitzer prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon (Galway, Dublin, New York, 2018- 2020); Glengarry Glen Ross (2017-2018) starring Christian Slater and The Starry Messenger (2019) starring Matthew Broderick and Elizabeth McGovern (London’s West End).   

Designer, Rosanna Vize; lighting designer Lee Curran; sound designer, Dan Balfour; video designer, Akhila Krishnan, movement director, Malik Nashad Sharpe and assistant director, Lizzie Manwaring will complete the creative team for The Two Character Play. 

 

 

Big Big Sky by Tom Wells is a beautifully tender new play which explores nature’s influence on love, friendship and family – the belief that anyone who’s lost can be found, even in the remotest of places.  Set in his hometown of Kilnsea, in East Yorkshire, Wells’ touching drama draws on the beauty of his local coastal landscape whilst also subtly highlighting the vulnerability of nature and the need for better care. 

Tom Wells’ theatre credits include The Kitchen Sink, winner of Most Promising Playwright Critics Circle Award (2011) and George Devine Award (2012), Ghosting (Royal Court), Drip, which premiered as part of Hull UK City of Culture 2017 (Script Club/Boundless) and Cinderella; Dick Whittington And His Cat and Jack and the Beanstalk (all Lyric Hammersmith).  Other theatre credits include Folk (Birmingham Rep/ Hull Truck /Watford Palace) and About a Goth (Paines Plough / Play Pie and a Pint) which were directed by Tessa WalkerBig Big Sky will be Wells’ debut at Hampstead Theatre. 

Tessa Walker is Hampstead Theatre’s newly appointed Associate Director.  Big Big Sky will be Walker’s directorial debut at Hampstead Theatre and her fourth collaboration with Tom Wells.  Recent directing work includes The Snow Queen (Sherman Theatre), Jekyll And Hyde (Birmingham Rep) and The Whip Hand  (Traverse Theatre/Birmingham Rep).  She has also been the Literary Director at Paines Plough and a Literary Associate at the National Theatre of Scotland.   

 

 

Walker will be joined by designer Bob Bailey, lighting designer Jai Morjaria and sound designer Laura Howard. 

Acclaimed actors, Jennifer DaleyJessica Jolleys, Matt Sutton and Sam Newton will perform in Big Big Sky, all making their debut at Hampstead Theatre. 

Jennifer Daley will play the role of Angie.  Recent theatre credits include Sing Yer Heart Out for the Lads by Roy Williams (Chichester Festival Theatre) and Edward Albee’s The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? (Theatre Royal Haymarket).  Daley also plays the role of Amy Franks in BBC Radio 4’s longstanding drama series The Archers.    

Jessica Jolleys will play the role of Lauren.  She is a recent graduate of Rose Bruford College (2019).  Theatre work includes Jack and the Beanstalk (Theatre Clwyd).   

Sam Newton will play the role of Ed.  Recent theatre credits include playing the main character, and narrator in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (National Theatre Productions, 2017, 2019), Phil Porter’s Sometimes Thinking (Frantic Assembly) and Nigel Slater's memoir, Toast (The Lowry / The Traverse). 

Matt Sutton will play the role of Dennis.  Recent theatre credits include James Graham’s The Culture - a Farce in Two Acts, (Hull Truck/Hull UK City of Culture), Deborah Bruce’s The House They Grew Up In (Headlong / Chichester Festival Theatre) and Richard Bean’s The Hypocrite (Royal Shakespeare Company, Hull Truck Theatre. and Hull UK City of Culture 2017).   

 

 

Both productions will remain as originally sold, with reduced capacity and social distancing, for the duration of their runs should national restrictions be lifted.  In the event of the productions being postponed due to UK Government advice, full refunds or credit vouchers will be offered. 

Hampstead Theatre will reopen from 28 May 2021 with Alfred Fagon’s darkly compelling, The Death of a Black Man (until 10 July) and the world premiere of Raya, by Deborah Bruce from 11 June until 24 July.  Dawn Walton, former Artistic Director of Eclipse Theatre Company, will direct The Death of a Black Man which originally premiered at the theatre in 1975.  Raya will be directed by Hampstead Theatre’s Artistic Director Roxana Silbert. 

LISTINGS

Address: Hampstead Theatre, Eton Avenue, London, NW3 3EU 

Box Office: 020 7722 9301 (staffed Mon – Fri 10.30am-4.30pm) hampsteadtheatre.com 

Priority Booking for Hampstead Friends and Patrons, The Under 30s Downstairs Club and Access Members is now open  

Public Booking opens from Thursday 20 May at 1030am 

MAIN STAGE - A HAMPSTEAD THEATRE ORIGINAL  

THE TWO CHARACTER PLAY 

Playwright Tennessee Williams 

Director Sam Yates   

Designer Rosanna Vize 

Lighting Designer Lee Curran 

Sound Designer Dan Balfour 

Video Designer Akhila Krishnan 

Movement Director Malik Nashad Sharpe 

Assistant Director - Lizzie Manwaring 

 

Dates: Saturday 17 July – Saturday 28 August 2021 

Press Night: Monday 26 July at 7pm 

Captioned Performance: 18 August at 730pm 

Audio Described Performance: 28 August at 230pm 

Suggested Age Recommendation:  

#HTTwoCharacter  

 

A doctor once told me that we were the bravest people he knew. I said “Why, that’s absurd, my brother and I are terrified of our shadows.” And he said, “Yes, I know, and that’s why I admire your courage so much 

Fellow actors, and brother and sister, Felice and Clare have been on tour far too long.  Abandoned by the rest of their troupe, all that’s left is each other, an empty stage and an expectant audience.  They will have to adapt accordingly and perform the only appropriate work in their repertoire: The Two Character Play… 

Tennessee Williams, one of the world’s great dramatists, referred to his innovative psychological thriller, as ‘the very heart of my life’.  The Two Character Play returns to Hampstead for the first time since receiving its World Premiere here in 1967. 

Sam Yates also makes a highly anticipated return to Hampstead following his Olivier-nominated production, The Phlebotomist.  His West End credits include Glengarry Glen Ross starring Christian Slater and The Starry Messenger starring Matthew Broderick. 

THE TWO CHARACTER PLAY TIMINGS 

Monday – Saturday: 7.30pm 

Thursday & Saturday Matinees: 2.30pm 

 

THE TWO CHARACTER PLAY PRICING FOR PREVIEWS, MONDAYS AND MATINEES: 

Full Price: £18/£27/£30 

Under 30s/Students: £10/£15* 

Seniors: (matinees only): £20/£25 

Access: £16 

  

TICKET PRICING FOR TUESDAY – SATURDAY EVENINGS:   

Full price: £25/£32/£37 

Under 30s/Students: £10/£15* 

Access: £16 

*Under 30s and Student concession seats are available in Row A (£15) & Band C (£10) 

 

HAMPSTEAD DOWNSTAIRS – A WORLD PREMIERE  

Hampstead Downstairs / Celia Atkin presents  

BIG BIG SKY   

Playwright Tom Wells  

Director Tessa Walker 

Designer Bob Bailey 

Lighting Designer Jai Morjaria 

Sound Designer Laura Howard 

Cast: Jennifer Daley, Jessica Jolleys, Sam Newton, Matt Sutton

Dates: Friday 30 July – Saturday 11 September 2021 

Press Night: Thursday 5 August at 8pm  

Suggested Age Recommendation:  

#HTBigBigSky 

Bit risky though isn’t it?  Just sort of turning up to an isolated peninsula in the North Sea without any sandwiches… 

Kilnsea, East Yorkshire.  Angie and Lauren are closing up the café for another winter; the birds have gone south and taken the tourists with them. The last visitor is Dennis, stopping by for his pasty and beans. But there’s another arrival – one that’s unforeseen and life changing for them all. 

Tom Wells’ beautifully tender new play explores nature’s influence on love, friendship and family – the belief that anyone who’s lost can be found, even in the remotest of places. 

Originally from Kilnsea, Tom’s credits include Folk (Birmingham Rep), The Kitchen Sink (Hull Truck) and About a Goth (Paines Plough / Play Pie and a Pint) - all of which were directed by Tessa WalkerBig Big Sky will be their fourth collaboration.  

 

BIG BIG SKY TIMINGS  

Monday - Saturday: 8pm  

Thursday and Saturday Matinees: 3.30pm  

 

BIG BIG SKY TICKET PRICING 

First five previews: All tickets £5 

Remaining performances: £20  

U30/students: £10 

Seniors (matinees only): £10 

Access: £6 

Hampstead Theatre Covid-19 Measures
Hampstead Theatre’s audience, company and staff are its top priority.  Following UK Government Covid-19guidance and in collaboration with RB Health and Safety Solutions, the theatre has introduced stringent new health and safety measures to allow everyone to enjoy live theatre again.   

Hampstead Theatre has received a grant from The Theatres Trust to support the costs of re-opening the building in a COVID-secure way. 

For full information re measures and FAQs please visit here

Hampstead Theatre’s 2021 Appeal
Following its launch to Hampstead members in January, Hampstead Theatre is now extending The Hampstead 2021 Appeal to its wider audience. 

Through this, the theatre aims to raise an additional £30,000 in donations to directly support its work on and off stage, including its programmes for emerging artists, such as INSPIRE and IGNITE, as well as new outreach projects with local community groups.  

Further information on The 2021 Appeal can be found here.  

Call for Government-backed Theatre Insurance
Whilst Hampstead Theatre is delighted to be able to reopen its doors and welcome audiences for The Two Character Play and Big Big Sky with social distancing, it recognises that many across the industry, in particular large-scale tours, will struggle to return to full operating without a Government-backed theatre insurance scheme.  It supports this industry request.  

FULL BIOS 

THE TWO CHARACTER PLAY  

CREATIVE TEAM’S BIOS 

Tennessee Williams – Playwright  

Tennessee Williams was born in 1911 in Columbus, Mississippi, where his grandfather was the Episcopal clergyman.  When his father, a travelling salesman, moved with his family to St Louis some years later, both he and his sister found it impossible to settle down to city life.  He entered college during the Depression and left after a couple of years to take a clerical job in a shoe company.  He stayed there for two years, spending the evenings writing.  He entered the University of Iowa in 1938 and completed his course, at the same time holding a large number of part-time jobs of great diversity.  He received a Rockefeller fellowship in 1940 for his play Battle of Angels, and he won the Pulitzer Prize in 1948 for A Streetcar Named Desire and in 1955 for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.  Other plays include Summer and Smoke; The Rose Tattoo; Camino Real; Baby Doll; The Glass Menagerie; Orpheus Descending; Suddenly Last Summer; The Night of the Iguana; Sweet Bird of Youth and The Two-Character Play

Tennessee Williams died in 1983. 

 

Sam Yates – Director  

Theatre work includes A Separate Peace (Platform Presents, Curtain Call, Zoom); Incantata (Irish Rep, NY/Gate Theatre, Dublin/ Galway International Arts Festival); The Starry Messenger (West End); The Phlebotomist (Hampstead Downstairs/Hampstead Main Stage - Olivier Award nomination for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre); Glengarry Glen Ross (Playhouse/UK tour); Desire Under the Elms (Sheffield Crucible); Murder Ballad (Arts - nominated for three WhatsOnStage Awards and Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actress); Cymbeline (Sam Wanamaker Playhouse - Ian Charleson Award commendation); East Is East and AyubKhan Din (both West End/UK tour); The El Train (Hoxton Hall); Outside Mullingar (Ustinov Studio, Bath); Billy Liar (Manchester Royal Exchange - winner of the Manchester Theatre Awards for Best Actor and Best Newcomer); Cornelius (Finborough/59E59 Theatres, New York - nominated for four Off West End Theatre Awards and Critics’ Pick, New York Times) and Mixed Marriage (Finborough). 

Film work includes The Hope Rooms (winner of the Rhode Island International Film Festival Grand Prize Filmmaker of the Future Award); Cymbeline; All’s Well That Ends Well and Love’s Labour’s Lost (all for The Complete Walk, Shakespeare’s Globe) and music videos, Emeralds and Auld Wives for the Ivor Novello Award-nominated band Bear’s Den (Communion Music).  

Television work includes Agatha and the Curse of Ishtar

Radio work includes The Phlebotomist and Ecco.

 

Rosanna Vize - Designer  

Rosanna trained as a designer at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.  In 2014, she became one of the Jerwood Young Designers and was resident assistant designer at the RSC from 2014-2015.  

Theatre work includes The Comeback (Noel Coward); The Audience (Nuffield Southampton – UK Theatre Award nomination); Hedda Gabler (Sherman); The Phlebotomist (Hampstead Theatre); King Lear (Shakespeare’s Globe); The Almighty Sometimes (Royal Exchange, Manchester); Incantata (Galway International Arts Festival/Gare Theatre Dublin/Irish Rep, New York); Myth/The Earthworks (RSC); The Phlebotomist; No One Will Tell me How to Start a Revolution and Yous Two (all Hampstead Downstairs); Don Carlos (Ara Theatre); Hang (Sheffield Crucible); Girls (Talawa/Soho/Hightide); Low Level Panic (Off West End Award for Best Set Design 2017) and Cougar (both Orange Tree); FUP and Noye’s Fludde (both Kneehigh); Diary of a Madman and The Rise and Shine of Comrade Fiasco (both Gate); Dark Land Lighthouse; The Last days of Mankind; St Joan of the Stockyards; Talon and The Tinderbox (all Bristol Old Vic); Infinite Lives; Coastal Defences and The Borrowers (all Tobacco Factory, Bristol); Henry I of England (Reading Between the Lines); After October (Finborough); Measure for Measure (Oxford School of Drama) and An Adventure and Leave Taking (both Bush). 

 

Lee Curran - Lighting Designer  

Theatre work includes Summer and Smoke (Almeida/Duke of York’s); Jesus Christ Superstar (Regent’s Park/US tour/Barbican); Constellations (Royal Court/West End/Broadway/UK tour); Gundog; Road; Nuclear War; a profoundly affectionate passionate devotion to someone (-noun); X and Linda (all Royal Court); The Welkin; Mr. Gum and the Dancing Bear – The Musical! and Protest Song (all National Theatre); Nora (Young Vic/Citizens Glasgow); Berberian Sound Studio; The Lady From The Sea; Splendour (all Donmar); Dance Nation (Almeida); The Son (Kiln/West End); West Side Story and Jubilee (both Manchester Royal Exchange); Burgerz (Hackney Showroom); Imogen (Shakespeare’s Globe); Doctor Faustus and Love’s Sacrifice (both RSC); The Weir and A Streetcar Named Desire (both ETT); Black Men Walking (Eclipse/Manchester Royal Exchange/UK tour); A Number (Nuffield/Young Vic); Mametz (National Theatre Wales); Depart (LIFT);  Woyzeck and Peter Pan (both Birmingham Rep.) and Plenty (Chichester Festival Theatre). 

Dance work includes Opus 131 (Russell Maliphant); Enowate (Dickson Mbi); Blak Whyte Gray (Boy Blue Entertainment); Clowns; Sun; Political Mother; In Your Rooms and Uprising (all Hofesh Shechter); Untouchable (Royal Ballet); Grey Matter; Tomorrow and Frames (all Rambert). 

Opera work includes Orphée et Eurydice (ROH/ Scala Milan); Fidelio and Nothing (both Royal Danish Opera); Tosca (Opera North); Nabucco (Opera National de Lorraine) and Phaedra (Linbury Studio, ROH).  

 

Dan Balfour - Sound Designer  

Dan is a London based Sound Designer and Dramaturg who trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama.  

Current and recent Sound Design work includes Private Peaceful (Nottingham Playhouse); The Sugar Syndrome (Orange Tree); Operation Mincemeat (Southwark Playhouse/New Diorama); Pavilion (Theatre Clwyd); HOME (Young Vic); Counting Sheep (Belarus Free Theatre); Hang (Sheffield Crucible); Wilderness (Hampstead Downstairs); ILLEGALISED and VINOVAT, -Ä  (both Bezna Theatre); LAVA (Nottingham Playhouse); Effigies of Wickedness (Gate); Blood Wedding (Omnibus Theatre); Great Apes; Stop and Search; Caught and I Call My Brothers (all Arcola); Spindrift (Theatre Royal, Plymouth); Fahrenheit 451; Dracula; Cymbeline; The Devils and The Rover (All Central School of Speech and Drama). 

Associate Sound Designer work includes We Are Here (La Mama, NY); Fanny & Alexander (Old Vic); The Lorax (Old Vic/Toronto/US tour); People Places & Things (Headlong); There Is a Light That Never Goes Out (Manchester Royal Exchange); Oresteia (Almeida) and Life of Galileo (Young Vic). 

Dan is Company Sound Designer for the British-Romanian theatre company, Bezna Theatre. 

 

Akhila Krishnan - Video Designer  

Akhila is an award-winning projection designer and creative director for moving image and VR.  She trained at the Royal College of Art and the National Institute of Design in India. 

Upcoming work includes What’s New Pussycat? (Birmingham Rep); Sound of Colour (Arts House Jersey) and The Valkyrie (ENO/Metropolitan Opera, NY).   

Recent work includes The Knife of Dawn (Royal Opera House); Oliver Twist (Leeds Playhouse/Ramps on the Moon); Mamma Mia: The Party (O2 Arena); While You Are Here (The Place/Dance East); Maggot Moon (Unicorn Theatre) and UpNext (National Theatre's fundraising gala).  

From 2012 to 2018 she worked for 59 Productions where her work included An American in Paris (Tony and Olivier Award winner); The Metropolitan Opera’s 50th Anniversary Gala and Grenfell: Our Home (Channel 4 - Best VR Documentary Award winner at the Raindance Festival 2018).  

Previous projects for 59 Productions include Marnie (ENO/Met Opera); The Shadow Factory (Nuffield Southampton); Sukanya (Royal Opera House/Leicester Curve); By Me: William Shakespeare (Somerset House/Shakespeare 400); Lighting the Sails (Vivid Festival at Sydney Opera House), Isles of Wonder (London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony) and the Opening Events of the Edinburgh International Festival from 2015 to 2017.  

 

Malik Nashad Sharpe – Movement Director  

Malik is an artist working with choreography.  They create performances that are formally experimental and engaged with the construction of atmosphere, affect, and dramaturgy. 

Recent work as Movement Director includes Fairview (Young Vic); Living Newspaper (Royal Court) and Effegies of Wickedness (Gate/ENO). 

Recent choreographies include He's Dead (Yard Theatre/Theatre in the Mill, Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts); Hotter Than a Pan (The Yard Theatre); SOFTLAMP.autonomies (Studio303, Théâtre de la Chapelle & Arts Interculturels, all Montréal/Chisenhale Dance Space, UK) and $ELFIE$ (Marlborough Theatre and Fierce Festival). 

 

Lizzie Manwaring - Assistant Director 

Directing work includes Bible John (Vaults Festival 2020/Edinburgh Fringe 2019 - Recipient of the Charlie Hartill Reserve Fund); The Woman Who Gave Birth to a Goat (Camden People’s Theatre) and WAGGO (Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017).  

Assistant directing work includes The Dumb Waiter, The Tyler Sisters and Unknown Rivers (Hampstead Theatre); A New and Better You (The Yard) and Femage a Trois (Loquitur Theatre). 

 

BIG BIG SKY  

CREATIVE TEAM’S BIOS 

Tom Wells – Playwright 

Ghosting (Royal Court); Lentils (Middle Child); Stuff (NT Connections); Great North Run (BBC Radio 4); Drip (Script Club/Boundless); Broken Biscuits (Paines Plough/Live Theatre); Folk (Birmingham Rep/Hull Truck/Watford Palace); Cinderella; Dick Whittington And His Cat and Jack and the Beanstalk (all Lyric Hammersmith); Jumpers For Goalposts (Paines Plough/Watford Palace/Hull Truck); Jonesy (Nabokov/Lyric Hammersmith/Greenwich Playhouse/Watford Palace/NT Inside Out/BBC Radio 4); Cosmic (Root Theatre) ; Ben & Lump (Coming Up - Channel 4/Touchpaper); The Kitchen Sink (Bush - Most Promising Playwright Critics Circle Award/George Devine Award); Me, As a Penguin (Arcola/West Yorkshire Playhouse); and About a Goth (Paines Plough/Oran Mor). 

 

Tessa Walker – Director 

Tessa is an Associate Director at Hampstead Theatre. 

Most recent directing work includes The Snow Queen (Sherman Theatre).   

Directing work at the Birmingham Rep  includes Jekyll And Hyde; The One Hundred and One Dalmatians; The Whip Hand (also Traverse Theatre); Looking for John (also Unity Theatre, Liverpool); The Quiet House (also Park Theatre); Folk (also Hull Truck/Watford Palace - UK Theatre Awards, Best New Play nomination); The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe; Back Down (also The Roundhouse); Circles (Tricycle - Channel 4, Catherine Johnson Award Winner); 336 Days of Kindness (also UK tour) and A Christmas Carol.   

Other directing work includes The Kitchen Sink (Hull Truck); The Gatekeeper (Manchester Royal Exchange); The Glee Club (Hull Truck); Dream Pill (Clean Break Underbelly, Edinburgh Festival/Almeida Festival); Puss in Boots (Guildhall, Derby); Dream Pill and Dancing Bears (both Clean Break – Soho); The Red Helicopter (Almeida); She from the Sea (Clean Break at LIFT); Orange (Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff); Black Crows (Clean Break – Arcola) and Debris (Theatre503/BAC). 

 

Bob Bailey - Designer 

Theatre work includes Love Me Tonight (Hampstead Downstairs); 49 Donkeys Hanged; Solid Air; Monster Raving Loony; Kneebone Cadillac and Edward Gant’s Amazing Feats of Loneliness (all Drum Plymouth); Stitching; Hijra; Pump Girl; Bottle Universe and The God Botherers (all Bush); The Lying Kind and The Empire (both Royal Court); Angels in America and Charley’s Aunt (both Crucible); Translations and Moll Flanders (both Bristol); Paradise Bound (Everyman Liverpool); Circles and Folk (both Birmingham); Told Look Younger (Jermyn Street); The Kitchen Sink (Hull Truck); Stroke of Luck (Park); The Pitchfork Disney (Arcola); Splendids (Lyric Hammersmith); The Happiest Day of My Life (DV8); Never Forget (Savoy); La Cage aux Folles (Denmark); Reigen (Munich); Rent; Cabaret; Hair; An Ideal Husband; Death and the Maiden; Other Desert Cities; The Glass Menagerie; Rain Man and Strangers on a Train (all Frankfurt); The River (Cork); Horseplay and All Nighter (both Royal Ballet); Tosca (Netherlands); Macbeth and Fedora (Opera Holland Park); The Pilgrim’s Progress (Manchester) and Don Giovanni (Peacock). 

 

Jai Morjaria - Lighting Designer 

Jai trained at RADA and won the 2016 Association of Lighting Designer’s ETC Award. 

Recent designs include Cruise (Duchess); The Hoes (Hampstead Downstairs); Hushabye Mountain (Hope Mill); Pawn/Limbo (Bush); Out of the Dark (Rose, Kingston); Shuck’n’Jive and Whitewash (both Soho); Anansi the Spider and Aesop’s Fables (both Unicorn); I’ll Take You To Mrs. Cole (Complicite); World’s End (King’s Head); The Actor’s Nightmare (Park Theatre); Mapping Brent (Kiln); Mary’s Babies (Jermyn Street); Glory (Duke’s/Red Ladder); Cuzco (Theatre503);  Losing Venice (Orange Tree); King Lear and Lorna Doone (both Exmoor National Park); Cinderella (Duke’s, Lancaster); Ages of the Moon (Vaults Festival); A Lie of the Mind (Southwark Playhouse); 46 Beacon (Trafalgar Studios with Rick Fisher); Out There on Fried Meat Ridge Road (White Bear/Trafalgar Studios 2 ); Acorn (Courtyard Theatre - Off-West End Award nomination for Best Lighting). 

 

Laura Howard - Sound Designer 

Laura graduated from LAMDA in 2020. 

Work as sound designer includes Outside (The Space); Block'd Off - R&D (Zoom); Ghost/Light; Our Town and Earthquakes in London (all LAMDA). 

 

ACTORS’ BIOS 

Jennifer Daley – Angie 

Sing Yer Heart Out for the Lads (Chichester Festival Theatre); The Goat, Or Who Is Sylvia? (Haymarket); Left My Desk (Lostwatch /New Diorama); The Land of the Three Towers (Pleasance); This Wide Night (Albany); Educating Rita (UK tour); Gutted (Theatre Royal, Stratford East); Dancing for Beginners (Charing Cross Theatre); Bashment (Theatre Royal, Stratford East - Nominated Best New Play TMA Awards); The South London Passion Plays (Tristan Bates); London Exiles (Soho) and Cymbeline (Drayton Theatre). 

Film work includes Robot Overlords; Bashment (Best Supporting Actress B.I.F.F. awards) and Fit. 

Television work includes: Trust (Sky Atlantic); The Interceptor; Hidden Lives; Eastenders; Nuzzle and Scratch; Dalziel & Pascoe – A Death in the Family (parts 1 & 2); Doctors and Casualty. 

Radio work includes The Archers (series regular)

 

Jessica Jolleys – Lauren 

Jessica graduated from Rose Bruford College in July 2019. 

Theatre work includes Jack and the Beanstalk (Theatre Clwyd). 

Theatre work during training includes Life, Apparently; City of Angels; The Diary of a Scoundrel; Act Up; Hero In Much Ado About Nothing; Dates and Measures; Love and Information; A Midsummer Night's Dream and Three Days in the Country. 

 

Sam Newton – Ed 

Theatre work includes Sometimes Thinking (Frantic Assembly); The Curious incident of the Dog in the Night-time (Piccadilly/World and UK tour); Nigel Slater’s Toast (The Lowry/Traverse) and Slot Together (MAC Birmingham). 

Television work includes Casualty; Doctors and This is England 90. 

Radio work includes The Reality Tunnel. 

 

Matt Sutton – Dennis 

Theatre work includes The Culture (Hull Truck); Utility (Orange Tree); The House They Grew Up In (Headlong/Chichester Festival Theatre); The Hypocrite (RSC); Toast (Park Theatre/UK tour/Off-Broadway); Cinderella (Lyric Hammersmith); The Ladykillers (Hull Truck/New Vic); Jumpers for Goalposts (Paines Plough/Bush); Steve And Then It Ended (Theatre 503); King Lear (RSC - UK tour/New York); The Game and Romeo and Juliet (both Northern Broadsides); Up on Roof (Hull Truck); The Magic Paintbrush (Leeds Playhouse); Me & My Friend (King's Head) and Night Cellar (BAC). 

Film work includes The Duke; A Royal Night Out; Peter – Portrait of a Serial Killer and Goal! 2 – Living the Dream. 

Television work includes Alma’s Not Normal; The Irregulars; Breeders; Outlander; Emmerdale; Guerrilla; BBC: The Secret Files (series 1 & 2); Our Zoo; Hoff the Record and No Offence. 

 

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