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Casting announced for The End of Eddy at the Unicorn Theatre

Kwaku Mills and Alex Austin

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STEWART Laing directs Alex Austin and Kwaku Mills (pictured) in The End of Eddy, Pamela Carter’s powerful new work based on Édouard Louis’ best-selling book En Finir avec Eddy Belleguele.

A co-production between the Unicorn Theatre and Untitled Projects, it runs at the Unicorn Theatre from Thursday, September 13 to Saturday, October 6, 2018.

My crime wasn’t doing something. My crime was being something. Being different in a way everyone else could see.

Born into brutal poverty, in the cultural wilderness of post-industrial rural France, a boy grows up amongst hard men and women living hard and violent lives. Bullied relentlessly for being gay, this is the story of Eddy’s struggle to understand who he is, who he might become, and of his fight to escape.

Written when he was just 21 and combining vivid and urgent storytelling with frank reflections on sexuality, poverty and prejudice, Édouard Louis’ acclaimed novel was first published in 2014 and is both unflinchingly honest and darkly entertaining. This new and boldly theatrical stage adaptation reunites visionary director Stewart Laing and his long-term collaborator, writer Pamela Carter, who have worked together since 2005.

Alex Austin’s previous work at the Unicorn includes Henry V, The Nutcracker, How to Think the Unthinkable and The Man with the Incredibly Smelly Foot. Other credits include most recently A New And Better You (The Yard), Gundog, Grimly Handsome, Primetime 2017, Yen, Pigeons (Royal Court), Thebes Land (Arcola Theatre), Fury (Soho Theatre), Barbarians (Young Vic) and The Skriker (Royal Exchange, Manchester).

Austin has also appeared on screen in The Interceptor, Sherlock, New Tricks, Misfits and Holby City (TV); A Moving Image, The Hooligan Factory and The World’s End (film).

Kwaku Mills has recently graduated from the Royal Academy of the Dramatic Arts. His credits whilst training include Raleigh in Journey’s End, Ward in Women Beware Women, Benjamin in Easter and Colin Powell in Stuff Happens. He will be making his professional debut in The End of Eddy.

The production is designed by Hyemi Shin, with video design by Finn Ross, lighting by Zerlina Hughes and sound by Josh Anio Grigg.

The End of Eddy will open as part of the Edinburgh International Festival (playing from August 21 to August 26) prior to its run at the Unicorn. It will also tour the UK and Ireland with dates to be announced shortly.

The End of Eddy contains explicit sexual references and frequent use of strong language and is therefore suitable for ages 16+.

Running Time: Approximately 1 hour 30 minutes.

For more information or to book tickets, call the box office on 020 7645 0560 or visit www.unicorntheatre.com/.

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