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Two strangers on a bridge in the dead of night, a game of dominoes, and a value ready meal - by upcoming HighTide Escalator Playwright.
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Poleroid Theatre want to introduce you to FREE FALL - A dark, funny, and important new play by exciting, fast-rising London playwright Vinay Patel. 

14th October - 1st November 2014

Pleasance Theatre, Islington

Associate Director | Rebecca Hill

Producer | Chris Snow

Midnight at the Dartford Crossing; Roland’s settled in for another thrilling night supervising the toll machines; Andrea’s pretty sure she’s come to kill herself. Neither of them wants to be there. Both think the other’s crazy. Still, it’s nice to have company.

Two strangers on a bridge in the dead of night, a game of dominoes, and a value ready meal - HighTide Escalator playwright Vinay Patel’s new play explores humanity, desperation and hope.

This is a particularly special project, as it is Vinay's first full length play of to be staged in London, as well as being Poleroid's first three week run of a play in a London theatre.

Rob Drummer, Associate Dramaturg at the Bush Theatre & ex-Literary Manager at HighTide Festival Theatre said:

“Vinay is a passionate and intelligent writer with a real flair for a dialogue as well as structuring  storytelling.”

 ABOUT VINAY (Writer):

Vinay was born and raised pretty much exactly on the London/Kent border, leading to a lifelong fascination with the places between places. He has many joyful childhood memories of driving over the Dartford Crossing after experiencing the esoteric majesty of Lakeside shopping centre.

He studied for an MA in Writing for Stage & Broadcast Media at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, graduating with distinction in 2011. Since then his short plays have been produced at the Bush Theatre, Theatre503, the Park Theatre, and the Brockley Jack Studio Theatre among others and he has won competitions run by IdeasTap, the BBC, the National Youth Theatre and Shine Drama.

Vinay was selected for the prestigious HighTide Festival Theatre Escalator Plays Programme and his play TRUE BRITS will be playing in Edinburgh prior to Free Fall.

ABOUT POLEROID THEATRE:

In an industry driven by TV talent competitions and 'names' dominating the West End, Poleroid Theatre is a like-minded collective championing new writing, developing the contemporary image of young creatives in the UK and giving this talent a platform through the creation of eclectic, fast-paced, exhilarating contemporary theatre, that tells important, poignant and off-beat stories about young people. 

Over the past three years we have been lucky enough to have produced theatre and events all over London, Manchester & Edinburgh at venues including Theatre503, Last Refuge, Tristan Bates, Old Red Lion, White Bear, Cockpit, Live Theatre, Hackney Attic and Wilderness Festival with some fantastic emerging creatives from numerous drama schools, schemes and platforms including the Royal Court Young Writers Programme, Old Vic New Voices, Live Theatre Newcastle, BBC 3, Channel 4 and more. 

Poleroid is given mentoring and space by IdeasTap’s Creative Space and the Camden Collective. Poleroid Theatre is currently a self-funded organisation and relies on campaigns such as Kickstarter in order to operate, produce work and pay artists. 

ABOUT REBECCA (Associate Director):

Rebecca is Director in Residence at the Almeida Theatre, Co-Artistic Director of Unbound Productions, an Associate Director of new writing company Little Pieces of Gold and an Ovalhouse Artist for 2014 as recipient of the Arts Manifesto: A Future for the Artsaward. She has directed in venues including Southwark Playhouse, Pleasance Theatre, Park Theatre and Ovalhouse Theatre, and her work as a writer has been seen in venues including Swansea Grand Theatre, Ovalhouse Theatre and the Bush Theatre.

ABOUT CHRIS (Producer):

Chris runs FreeRange Productions and is Assistant Producer for Snapdragon Productions. Credits include Travesti (Edinburgh Fringe), The Dead Wait (Park Theatre), This Was Your Life (UK Fringe Tour), Thark (Park Theatre), and The Three Faces of Doctor Crippen (Edinburgh Fringe).

ABOUT MOLLY (Artistic Director of Poleroid): 

Molly is an Acting graduate of the Guildford School of Acting and Artistic Director / Executive Producer for Poleroid Theatre. As an actress she has worked in television (BBC/Channel 4) and theatre (Theatre503/Live Theatre). She is also Associate Producer for Third Man Theatre and has Assistant Produced for Nabokov Theatre. Her producing credits include: FlickBook (Theatre503/Etcetera); Back2Back (White Bear); Breakout (Cockpit); Write It : Mic It (Hackney Attic Regular / Castle Hotel Manchester); Peanuts (Tristan Bates/Last Refuge); Instadate (Hackney Attic/Ritzy Cinema); Our Father (Theatre503); Timebomb (White Bear); Nabokov Arts Club (Vault Festival/Nabokov Theatre). She is currently producing Mugs Arrows (Old Red Lion/Third ManTheatre); Free Fall (Pleasance Islington); The Allotment (R&D, Live Theatre Newcastle); and new comedy series Flat 32 with Channel X TV Productions.

 WHERE YOUR MONEY GOES:

- Paying our team a fair wage for the countless hours they'll work on the project.

- Designing and installing an exciting set, spanning different locations to fully serve the play.

- Investing in the marketing of the production, spreading the word to the public and to members of the industry.

- Our Rehearsal Rooms and admin costs.

To find out more about what we do, reviews and images, check out our website: 

www.poleroidtheatre.co.uk 

or follow us on facebook /Poleroidtheatre 

and twitter @poleroidtheatre

A full budget for this production is available upon request.

Don't hesitate to get in touch with us at: 

hello@poleroidtheatre.co.uk 

Thank you for your support.

Risks and challenges

It is so important that we work with the best possible cast and creative team on the project - building our wider team is a vital next step for us.

As with all theatre projects, our biggest challenge is to get the show in front of an audience, and to sustain that audience through the run. A lot of that hangs on being able to attract useful press connections and to get strong and consistent coverage.

Our team are experienced at managing projects of this scale, and feel confident about achieving our aims. We can't wait to get Free Fall on stage in October.

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