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Casting announced for Out of Sorts at Theatre503

Casting news

CASTING has been announced for the world premiere of Out of Sorts. Winner of the 2018 Theatre503 International Playwriting Award, it runs at the Battersea venue from October 9 to November 2, 2019.

Written by actor, writer and singer Danusia Samal, this brilliantly insightful and irreverent play takes on what identity means in the modern world.

Directed by Tanuja Amarasuriya, the cast includes Nalân Burgess (as Zara), Emma Denly (Alice), Myriam Acharki (Layla), Oznur Cifci (Fatima), Claudius Peters (Anthony) and Nayef Rashed (Hussein).

Zara has spent her adult life being two different people. The good Muslim daughter, all set to marry the man of whom her family approves and a free-spirited British millennial, who parties as hard as she works. Over one dramatic weekend, the lies she’s been telling to keep these two worlds apart begin to unravel and she is forced to confront her real identity.

Danusia Samal’s debut full-length play was chosen as the winner of the 2018 Theatre503 International Playwriting Award, out of 2,055 scripts submitted from 49 countries. Established in 2014, previous winners have enjoyed success with the staging of their plays, including Andrew Thompson (2016 Award winner), who went on to win Best Writer at the 2018 Stage Debut Awards for his play In Event of Moone Disaster.

Lisa Spirling, Artistic Director said: “During the search for our Playwriting Award winner, Danusia’s play truly stood out as a story and perspective seldom seen on stage. She sets out the challenges of balancing identity, family and friendships with empathy, passion and a great deal of humour. We are excited to launch another magnificent talent and look forward to sharing this play with the world, and to watching Danusia’s career soar.”

Out of Sorts has set and costume design by Rebecca Wood, lighting design by Ali Hunter, sound design by Rachael Murray and casting by Lilly Mackie. Keira Dulake is Stage Manager.

Out of Sorts is supported by The Carne Trust, The Garrick Charitable Trust, Cockayne Grants for the Arts, The Foyle Foundation, Nick Hern Books and Arts Council England.

Tickets: £17/£12 (£10 previews); 5 x £5 tickets evening performance. To book, call the box office on 020 7978 7040 or visit

Times: 7.30pm (Tuesday to Saturday); Wednesday matinees: October 23 at 12pm (Parent & Baby matinee) and October 30 at 3pm; Saturday matinees: 3pm (Pay What You Can).

Relaxed/captioned performance: October 23 at 7.30pm.

Read more about Theatre503’s Autumn 2019 highlights.