Rough Haired Pointer presents
THE BOY WHO CRIED
a play in five acts
by Matt Osman
The Hope Theatre, 207 Upper Street, N1 1RL
4 - 29 March | Tuesday - Saturday 730pm | Sunday 5pm
Following on from a successful adaptation of Daisy Ashford’s THE YOUNG VISITERS (Hen and Chickens Theatre, June 2013)
* * * "Excellent fun." Libby Purves, The Times
"Sharp and sassy." Susannah Clapp of The Observer
* * * * "this is story-telling at its very best." The Public Reviews
* * * * * (Editor's Choice) “Whimsical and utterly charming… I can't wait to see what this young company does next." One Stop Arts
"A delicious concoction, served up with wit, charm and grace, stylishly directed by Mary Franklin and animated by some brilliant comic acting." Rupert Christiansen of The Daily Telegraph
"complex, charming and hilarious… involving, multi-layered and heart-warming" A Younger Theatre
"A kind of haphazard joie de vivre" Henry Hitchings of The Evening Standard
* * * * Remote Goat
* * * * "utterly charming." What's Peen Seen
* * * * "wonderfully accomplished... A great production." View From The Gods
We have been given the script of an exceptional new play, and programmed by The Hope Theatre. Now all we need is your help.
late 13c., "affected with periodic insanity, dependent on the changes of the moon," from Old French lunatique, lunage "insane," or directly from Late Latin lunaticus "moon-struck".
A central moon dominates an almost-the-same, nearly familiar London.
A young girl has gone missing last night, believed murdered.
Everyone knows werewolves lurk behind every front door. Naturally, it is the duty of the State to have them hunted down, tortured and then terminated. There are no police here, only ‘Protection’ Officers.
Sam Elvin has been locked in his mental turmoil for years, and his room for days. Apart from last night - when he was found naked and crazed on the Embankment. What choice does his anxious mother have but to call in the services of the Protection Officer?
The mediaeval legend of the werewolf, the modern malady of depression, and a young man’s urge to rebel, meet in a strange, beautiful play.
PO Thompson must prove Sam’s wolfishness before the next full moon. In a drama where tension, cruelty and lyricism alternate, poetry shades into lunacy. Must the sad and strange really be kept ‘out of sight out of their minds’...
Mrs Sylvia Elvin | Shelley Lang
Protection Officer Thompson | Jake Curran
Sam Elvin | Jordan Mallory-Skinner
Trainee Officer Talbot | Loz KeyStone
Trainee Officer Spencer | Hamish Macdougall
Writer | Matt Osman
Director | Mary Franklin
Design | Christopher Hone
Lighting Design | Seth Rook Williams
Producer | Jessica Stewart
The play will be performed at The Hope Theatre, a brand new 50-seat theatre above the famous Hope and Anchor Pub on Upper Street.
The venue was launched in November 2013 by Artistic Director Adam Spreadbury-Maher and is curated by Adam and the team at the King's Head Theatre. It is London's newest and only theatre committed exclusively to new writing. The Hope was launched to provide a platform for the most promising artists willing to take the biggest gambles.
THE BOY WHO CRIED will only be the fifth play to be performed here, following on from CLEOPATRA directed by Mary Franklin.
The unique thing about The Hope and this production is that unlike most other theatres of its size everyone both onstage and offstage is paid a legal wage, agreed by Equity.
The importance of this can't be understated and is no small feat logistically and financially. In return we create a better quality of work - with us, no one is starving, and everyone can afford to smoke a lot in the breaks.
Where your money would go - some examples
We have budgeted for 3 weeks rehearsal time in February. This is a week less than most productions do but as we are confident we are working with an extremely talented and focussed cast this is what we need.
If you were to donate £20 we could pay one actor to work for 3 hours for example; donate £100 and you can pay for our 5 actors to perform the play.
The Hope Theatre is still a new space, which is gradually building up a devoted following. It does however need a different sort of marketing to older venues.
If 8 people donated £10 we could pay for advertising on a website.
Matt's play is very much rooted in the traditional theatre space. The Hope is a theatre that works best in the round.
If 5 people donated £100 we could pay to hire raked seating in the theatre - improving everyone in the audience's view and the space for the play to be performed.
Following that, the moon's the limit!
With whatever you can donate we can work towards creating a beautiful and brilliant show. We have an extremely talented cast and designer team and fundamentally this original and exciting play deserves the very best production it can be given.
Risks and challenges
The Boy Who Cried is a brilliant, funny, clever, moving and elaborate play. The second Matt Osman sent it to Rough Haired Pointer we knew we wanted to do it. The response to a rehearsed reading we did last year was extremely positive, and the auditions cemented our belief in its power. To quote one of the cast on his first reading “This is one of the best things I have ever read.”
It is a unique piece, which deserves the best production values we can give it. The play relies on words: it is based over the course of an interrogation. We need as many rehearsals as we can get to ensure we do it justice. We need proper lights to create the affect of a waxing moon. This all costs time and money. We are already thinking of ways we will work around this if we do not raise enough.
The Hope Theatre is an exciting new space founded on an important foundation, and curated by the Olivier Award winning team at the King's Head. As a new theatre there are always new discoveries to be made along the way. Many of our team have worked there in its first few months so we hope there aren't many more surprises to come but you can never be sure.
ABOUT THE TEAM
MATT OSMAN - Matt Osman studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford University where he performed in various plays. Credits include: Serge in ART; Hausman in INVENTION OF LOVE. This is his first play to be performed in London.
MARY FRANKLIN – Mary is the Artistic Director of Rough Haired Pointer. She has completed an English Literature BA at Oxford, and a MA at Queen Mary’s. Directing credits include Cleopatra (The Hope Theatre), The Young Visiters (The Hen and Chickens), Feather (Arcola), Twelfth Night (OFS Theatre), Gormenghast, (Pleasance Dome), The Master and Margarita (St Paul’s Girls School). Assistant directing includes Tosca (Soho Theatre and touring), Quasimodo (King’s Head Theatre), Nerves (Powis Terrace), Filter (Sadler’s Wells), Arab Nights (Soho Theatre), The Invention of Love (Oxford Playhouse). Upcoming work includes The Boy Who Cried (The Hope Theatre, March) and Where The Rainbow Ends (The White Bear, June).
CHRISTOPHER HONE - Chris studied Theatre Design at Nottingham Trent University. Theatre includes: The Great Gatsby, Tale of Two Cities, Two Caravans, Quasimodo, Shang-A-Lang (King's Head), Coyote Ugly and The Time of Your Life (Finborough), The Lesson, Vincent in Brixton, Romeo and Juliet, A Taste of Honey, Hamlet, Gawkagogo, Freakshow, Othello (National Tour), One Minute (Courtyard Theatre), Here, A Place At The Table (Tristran Bates), Guerilla/Whore, The Mikado, Pirates of Penzance, Cinderella, Just So, Stiffed! (Tabard), Dorian Gray, Romeo and Juliet (Leicester Square), Gilbert is Dead (Hoxton Hall), Super Situation & Fabled (503 and Bongo Club, Edinburgh) Rip Her to Shreds (Old Red Lion), Hutch (Riverside Studios), Tosca (Soho Theatre). TV includes: the complete studio re-design of QVCtwice, Big Brother, Celebrity Big Brother, Hollyoaks and numerous television and internet commercials and virals.
SETH ROOK WILLIAMS - Seth studied Lighting Design at Wimbledon College of Art. His recent designs include: Operation Crucible (Finborough Theatre), The Great Gatsby (Riverside Studios), Idiot Syncrassy (European Tour), Bitch Boxer (National Tours), Bound (National Tours), You and Me (International Tours), Where The White Stops (Bush Theatre), Boris & Sergey (National Tours), Vieux Carre (Charring Cross Theatre, Tale Of Two Cities, Two Caravans (King's Head), Tosca (Soho Theatre}, Cleopatra, Sochi 1014 (The Hope Theatre). Seth also works regularly at The Place, Euston.
JESSICA STEWART - Jessi studied English Literature at Oxford University for a BA, and at UCL for an MA, graduating last September. She has worked in TV production since then, before joining the team at Rough Haired Pointer for THE BOY WHO CRIED.
About the cast
JAKE CURRAN is an actor, known for Stardust (2007), The New World (2005) and Robin Hood (2010).
JORDAN MALLORY-SKINNER trained at Arts Ed and The Lee Strasberg Institute. His recent work includes shows at The Battersea Arts Centre, The King's Head, The Hope Theatre and The Tabard Theatre. He will be starring as the lead in a new TV pilot Odins at the end of this year. Jordan is also a trained composer and songwriter, currently doing a degree in Goldsmiths.
SHELLEY LANG is a Scottish and Australian actress based in London and Glasgow. Born and raised in Blantyre, Strathclyde, she emigrated with her family to Perth, Australia aged 10. 14 years later she returned to the UK to attend The Poor School in London. In 2009 she played her first role at The Cock Tavern Theatre with Good Night Out Presents in the role of Becky in the UK Revival of Nick Ward's THE PRESENT- the success of which allowed the company to go on to win the Peter Brook "Empty Space" Award. In 2010 GNOP took over the artistic direction of The King's Head Theatre, becoming one of the only Off-West End full-time producing houses in London and winning The Laurence Olivier Award in 2010 for Best New Opera La Bohème. Shelley became an Associate Artist of The Kings Head Theatre through her consistent work with the company, one of which was the London Premiere of Arnold Wesker's DENIAL- a huge critical success. She recently played La Corbie in the first ever English production of Liz Lochhead's MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS GOT HER HEAD CHOPPED OFF working with Olivier Award-winning director Robin Norton-Hale and can currently be seen in the World Premiere of Rattigan and Gieldgud's A TALE OF TWO CITIES in the roles of Madame Defarge, Edward Stryver and numerous other Dickensian comedy roles- featured in BBC London News. Shelley's film and TV work has notably included Chris Nolan's INCEPTION and the ongoing role of Daniella Hendry in BBC Scotland's RIVER CITY.
HAMISH MACDOUGALL trained at Arts Ed and The National Youth Theatre. Credits: Justin/Nick in COSI, Brutus in CLEOPATRA (King's Head Theatre), The VIcar in ACCOMPLICE (Menier Chocolate Factory); Ted / The Emperor in THE SEED (Goat and Monkey / Sussex Tour); Royal Surgeon in HOUSE OF CARDS (Coney / Kensington Palace); Wistar in LAB RATS (Glastonbury Festival); Harding in XMAS RELOADED (Old Red Lion); Tristram in THE DOG IN THE MANGER (Hoxton Hall); Mick in MICK AND ME (Watford Palace Theatre). Televion and short film credits: Walters War (BBC 4 Productions), White Heat (ITV/BBC co production), Harry and Henry (Bashir Films). Hamish is also a Director and is an Associate Director of The KIng's Head Theatre and as Associate Artist of The NYT. As a Director and an Assistant Director he has worked for numerous companies including Complicite, Trafalgar Studios, The Old Vic Theatre, The Arcola Theatre and The National Youth Theatre among others.
LOZ KEYSTONE trained at The Bridge Theatre Training Company. He has performed in shows at Ovalhouse Theatre, The Printroom, The Cockpit Theatre, The Tabard and The National.
With such a talented team all we need is your support to make this show something unique and wonderful.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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