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Fishskin Trousers - Finborough Theatre

Fishskin Trousers

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

LUBKINFINDS in association with Neil McPherson for the Finborough Theatre is presenting the world premiere of Fishskin Trousers, by multi-award-winning playwright Elizabeth Kuti – from Tuesday, September 3 to Saturday, September 28, 2013.

From that very first minute I sin ‘im – strung upside down and howling – oh I certainly knew we had business all right.

Using only the power of words and storytelling, Fishskin Trousers weaves together the haunting tales of three lost people from different eras, united by the common setting of the fishing village of Orford in Suffolk, its castle and its mysterious island, Orford Ness.

From the twelfth century, Mab gives an eye-witness account of the legendary Wild Man of Orford, caught in the nets of fishermen. Eight hundred years later, at the height of the Cold War, Ben, a young Australian scientist, hears strange noises on the Ness as he tries to fix the island’s radar system. While Mog, in 2004, is faced with a heartbreaking decision…

Suffused by the landscape and traditional folk tales of East Anglia, their echoing voices and stories reveal how deeply and intimately their lives touch each other, though decades – and even centuries – separate them.

Robert Price directs a cast that includes Brett Brown, Jessica Carroll and Eva Traynor.

Brett Brown’s theatre credits include Dream On (Ostrava Shakespeare Festival), Dear World (Charing Cross Theatre), his one-man Phaedra (Cockpit Theatre), The Tempest (Swan Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company and Little Angel Theatre), La Bohème (OperaUpClose), The Tempest (Gdańsk Shakespeare Festival), Poetry Show (English Scene), Oh, What A Lovely War! (Haymarket Theatre, Basingstoke), Coalition: Westminster Side Story (Theatre503), Last Seen (Almeida Theatre), The Tempest (Shakespeare’s Globe) and Baz Luhrmann’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Cavalleria Rusticana, Pagliacci, The Magic Flute and Otello, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Opera Australia).

Jessica Carroll trained at LAMDA where she played several leading roles including Fabiana Aziza Cunningham in The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, directed by Mark Babych. Her subsequent theatre work includes Quirks (Southwark Playhouse), A Short History of The Royal Court, directed by Lyndsey Turner (Shoreditch Town Hall), Old Bag (Theatre503), Climate Change Play in a Day (Arcola Theatre) and Nina in The Seagull, directed by Ian Rickson for his Masterclass at the Theatre Royal Haymarket.

Carroll has also appeared on television in Downton Abbey.

Eva Traynor trained at RADA where she played several leading roles including Lorraine in A Lie of the Mind, Sarah in Company, Monica Reed in Present Laughter, Bianca in Women Beware Women, Nina in The Seagull and the title role in Miss Julie. Since then, she has appeared in Sea Plays at the Old Vic Tunnels. Her screen credits include Cheerful Weather for the Wedding (film) and This September (TV).

Playwright Elizabeth Kuti returns to the Finborough Theatre which saw the world premiere of The Six-Days World (written while on attachment as a writer at the National Theatre Studio) in 2007.

Her writing for theatre includes The Sugar Wife, Joint Winner of the Susan Smith Blackburn Award and nominated for Best New Play in The Irish Times Theatre Awards (Project Arts Centre, Dublin, and Soho Theatre, London), Treehouses which won the Stewart Parker Radio Award and Second Prize in the Susan Smith Blackburn Award (Peacock Theatre at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin), The Whisperers with Frances Sheridan (Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, and Irish Tour), The Lais of Marie de France (Andrews Lane Theatre, Dublin), several short plays for the Miniaturists – Time Spent on Trains (Southwark Playhouse and Latitude Festival), Eighty Miles and Enter A Gentleman (both at the Arcola Theatre).

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William M. Hoffman’s As Is continues at Finborough Theatre until August 31, 2013.