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Keepsake - Old Red Lion

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

FREE Trade Productions are presenting the world premiere of new play, Keepsake, at the Old Red Lion Theatre. The London debut of award-winning playwright Gregory Beam, it runs from Tuesday, January 7 to Saturday, January 25, 2014.

In the wake of their father’s suicide, Abra and her adopted sister Samara find themselves together again in their childhood home in Massachusetts. While confronting the troubling circumstances of their father’s death, the sisters attempt to reconnect over drinks and discussions about life, work, and love.

But when Abra asks Samara to make a huge personal sacrifice, Samara delivers a reckoning that has been building for almost twenty years.

Keepsake is described as a hard-hitting, intense and confrontational new play about the bonds that tie a family together and the secrets that can rip them apart.

Sean Martin directs a cast that includes Lou Broadbent as Samara, Dilek Rose as Abra/Safweh, James Corscadden as Danny and Allon Sylvain as Yassir.

Lou Broadbent’s television credits include Land Girls and Atlantis for the BBC and Poirot for ITV. On stage she has appeared in Letters of War (National Youth Theatre) and Two Rooms (Linbury Studio).

Dilek Rose’s theatre credits include Gather Ye Rosebuds (Theatre503), 24 Hour Plays (Old Vic), Contractions (Trafalgar Studios) and The Wild Party (Tobacco Factory).

James Corscadden’s recent credits include The Conspirators directed by Sam Walters (Orange Tree Theatre), King John (Union Theatre) and 24 Hour Plays (Old Vic).

Allon Sylvain has appeared in Enemies (Almeida Theatre) and Letter to Uri (Tristan Bates Theatre). As a Dutch and English voice actor, he has worked for Cartoon Network in the Netherlands, Nickelodeon, MTV, ESPN and the Discovery Channel. His film credits include the award-winning short film Long Walk Home at the 2013 Raindance Film Festival.

Produced by Erin McCulloch and Susan Ellicott for Free Trade Productions, Keepsake is designed by Katie Bellman, with lighting by Will Scarnell and sound and original composition by Angus MacRae.

Tickets: £10 – £16. To book, call the box office on 0844 412 4307 or visit

Times: Tuesday to Saturday at 7:30pm, Saturday and Sunday at 3pm.

The Upstanding Member continues at the Old Red Lion until January 4, 2014. And Bear, a moving story about love, shame, forgiveness, guilt, pride and parenthood, runs from January 28 to February 22, 2014.