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Long Story Short transfers to Charing Cross Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

FOLLOWING an acclaimed run at South Hill Park and the Pleasance in Islington earlier this year, Long Story Short will transfer to Charing Cross Theatre for a four-week season – from Monday, September 15 to Saturday, October 11, 2014.

A cast of eight play multiple roles in an original production that plunges audiences headlong into the high-octane turmoil of the modern media world, captures the desperation of a 16-year-old as he tries to find his missing brother and travels through the 1960’s with a young entrepreneur as he sparks revolution on Fleet Street.

Our lives are getting shorter. We live in a world of Wikipedia, Tinder chats and Twitter feeds – an information age of anything, anytime. With traditional newspapers in decline and journalists in the dock, we’re fast losing faith in the institutions we once trusted… and becoming our own reporters.

Long Story Short, by Andrew Whyment, Lee Anderson and Adam Foster, looks at the ever-increasing speed of our digital lives and illuminates the implications of such a climate asking, “what’s next?”. This episodic, multi-stranded show is vibrantly staged with Squint’s trademark cocktail of original drama, live music and ensemble-driven storytelling.

The writers of Long Story Short spent research time inside ITN and BBC newsrooms and interviewed many professional journalists.

The cast includes Kevin Phelan, Cole Edwards, Louisa Roberts, Cliodhna McCorley, Tom Gordon, Fern McCauley, Eva-Jane Willis and Sam Jenkins-Shaw.

Produced by Squint, Steven M. Levy and Sean Sweeney, Long Story Short is directed by Andrew Whyment and designed by Georgia De Grey, with lighting by Aaron J. Dootson. The composer is Rhys Lewis.

Tickets: £20, £15 – available from the box office on 08444 930650 or online at www.charingcrosstheatre.co.uk/.

Times: Monday to Saturday at 7.45pm, Saturday at 4pm.

Grim: A New Musical continues at Charing Cross Theatre until August 30, 2014.