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Casting announced for second UK tour of Frantic Assembly's Things I Know To Be True

Cate Hamer

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FULL casting has been announced for Frantic Assembly and State Theatre Company South Australia’s critically acclaimed Things I Know To Be True, which will be touring the UK for the second time from September 27, 2017 and visiting the Lyric Hammersmith from January 11 to February 3, 2018.

Original UK cast members, Matthew Barker and Kirsty Oswald, return to reprise their roles as Mark and Rosie respectively from the 2016 UK tour. Joining them in the company will be Cate Hamer as Fran, Seline Hizli as Pip, John McArdle as Bob and Arthur Wilson as Ben.

As beautifully touching as it is funny and bold, Andrew Bovell’s Things I Know To Be True tells the story of a family and marriage through the eyes of four grown siblings struggling to define themselves beyond their parents’ love and expectations.

Matthew Barker’s theatre work includes Sweet Bird of Youth (Chichester Festival Theatre), Good People (Hampstead Theatre/Noel Coward Theatre) and Much Ado About Nothing (Derby LIVE). For the National Theatre he has appeared in Husbands and Sons, NT50, 13, Emperor & Galilean, Hamlet and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (also Gielgud Theatre).

His work on television includes The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies, Doctors, EastEnders, Jericho: The Killing of Johnny Swan and No Angels.

Cate Hamer’s theatre work include Machinal (National Theatre), The Love of the Nightingale, Mary & Lizzie and The Tempest (RSC), Dona Rosita, The Tower and Volpone (Almeida Theatre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare’s Globe Tour), A Bed Amongst the Lentils (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Indian Ink (Salisbury Playhouse), Scenes From An Execution (Hackney Empire Studio), and A Christmas Carol and Crime and Punishment (Glasgow Citizens).

Her television credits include EastEnders, Holby City, The Town, Doctors, The Bill, Coronation Street, When I’m 64, Casualty, Inspector Lynley and Without Motive.

Although Seline Hizli is perhaps best known for playing Margaret in ITV’s Grantchester, she has also appeared on television in Land Girls, Appropriate Adult, Call the Midwife, Luther and Mum. Her theatre credits include One Night in November and Blood Wedding (Royal & Derngate), The House of Bernarda Alba (Almeida Theatre), Jumpy (Royal Court/Duke of York’s Theatre), The Republic of Happiness (Royal Court), Dirty Butterfly (Young Vic) and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Playhouse Theatre).

John McArdle

John McArdle, whose career spans 37 years, is best known for his work on telelvision, including the roles of Billy Corkhill in Brookside and Ronnie Hale in Emmerdale. His other screen credits include Mersey Beat, New Tricks, Waterloo Road, Prime Suspect 5, Waking the Dead, Law and Order UK, Vera, Casualty and Holby City. He has also appeared in the films There’s Only One Jimmy Grimble, Charlie Noades R.I.P, Through My Eyes and The Rochdale Pioneers.

His extensive theatre credits include Lennon (Liverpool Everyman), Our Country’s Good (Liverpool Playhouse), The Crucible (Sheffield Crucible), Brassed Off (York Theatre Royal/UK Tour), and The Arbour (National Theatre). For BBC Radio 4, his work includes A Clockwork Orange, The Spire, King of the Hill and Stockport, So Good They Named It Once. McArdle has also written and published his autobiography titled You Never Said Goodbye.

Kirsty Oswald’s previous work with Frantic Assembly has included Desdemona in Othello and last year’s production of Things I Know to Be True (UK Tour). Her other theatre credits include The Father (Duke of York’s Theatre), The Judas Kiss (Hampstead Theatre/Duke of York’s Theatre), The Winter’s Tale (Sheffield Crucible) and We Are Proud To Present… (Bush Theatre).

Her screen credits include The Coroner, Beowulf, Ripper Street, Holby City and Doctors (TV); Gutterdammerung, A Little Chaos and Dirty Weekend (film). She has also worked extensively across BBC Radio. Training at Rose Bruford, she won the prestigious Highly Commended Award at the Spotlight Prize.

Arthur Wilson’s theatre work includes Man and Superman (National Theatre), Richard II (Shakespeare’s Globe), Home – Edinburgh (National Theatre of Scotland), Peter Pan (Kensington Gardens/O2/US Tour), Persuasion (Manchester Royal Exchange), The Crunch (Look Left Look Right), Project Space (Secret Cinema) and The Borrowers (Citizens Theatre). He has also appeared on television in Call The Midwife, Law and Order, 20 Anything, The Academy and Sea of Souls.

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