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Dog Days - casting announced

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

CASTING has been announced for Annie Hulley’s first play, Dog Days, which runs at the south London venue from Tuesday, February 25 to Saturday, March 22, 2014.

Hulley will play Cate, alongside Lashana Lynch (Romeo and Juliet, The Shed, the British comedy film Fast Girls), Jonathan Oliver (The Odyssey, Factory Theatre) and Peter Bramhill (Life for Beginners, Theatre503).

Previously Posted: Battersea’s Theatre503 and Anchra Productions will debut acclaimed actress Annie Hulley’s first play, Dog Days, which runs at the south London venue from Tuesday, February 25 to Saturday, March 22, 2014.

A dark comedy about love, loss and real estate, Dog Days is directed by Theatre503 Associate Artistic Director Lisa Cagnacci. Casting has yet to announced.

What do you do when your world turns upside down? Cate and John’s marriage has hit the rocks. Now they’re trapped in a nightmarish limbo while they struggle to sell the family home. When a rather unusual young couple fall in love with the house, it looks like the answer to their prayers – but be careful what you wish for…

Annie Hulley won a scholarship to study drama at The Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and since then has worked extensively as an actress performing at the Royal Court, The Bush, Bristol Old Vic, and the Sheffield Crucible.

Although best known on television for her role as Karen Moore in Emmerdale and Gwen Loveday in Coronation Street, she has also recently appeared in Dates and Sirens (Channel 4) and Skins (E4).

Hulley turned to writing in order to create more characters for older actresses.

Her comedy sitcom was chosen by The Bear Cat for their opening night, with Judy Craymer (Mamma Mia!) mentoring her on the Carlton Comedy writer’s course. From there she went on to the EastEnders Academy to develop her skills in television writing, before writing regularly as a story liner for Channel 5’s Family Affairs.

Forr Theatre503, Lisa Cagnacci has directed Billy Chickens Is A Psychopath Superstar (Theatre503/Latitude), Confessional (Theatre503/ALRA) and several short plays including work by Jon Brittain, Brad Birch, Dominic Cavendish, Gemma Langford and Melissa Bubnic. Projects she has curated for 503 include This Year It Will Be Different, Hacked and the annual Labfest festival. Cagnacci was previously an associate at Southwark Playhouse.

Tickets: £15, £10 concessions, pay what you can on Sundays. To book, call the box office on 020 7978 7040 or visit

Times: Tuesday to Saturday at 7.45pm, Sundays at 5pm.

A World Elsewhere by Alan Franks runs at Theatre503 until February 15, 2014.