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Images released of Lucy Carless and cast rehearsing Sea Fret

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

IMAGES have been released of Lucy Carless and the cast rehearsing Tallulah Brown’s Sea Fret. To view them, click here.

Previously Posted: Humans actress Lucy Carless (as Ruby) is to make her theatre debut in Tallulah Brown’s Sea Fret. A new play that is a paean to the playwright’s native Suffolk coastline, it runs at the Old Red Lion Theatre from March 28 to April 22, 2017.

Sea Fret is a wet mist or haze coming inland from the sea.

Loving where you live with every bone in your body has got to count for something.

Rising sea levels are threatening the ground beneath her house but Ruby is wildly distracted. She wants one final blow out before her best mate Lucy leaves for Uni. With the local community in favour of letting nature take its course, Ruby must choose: follow Lucy inland or stay and help her father hold back the tide.

Lucy Carless, who trained at the Nottingham Television Workshop, is best known for her portrayal of teenager Mattie in both series of the hit television programme Humans.

Tallulah Brown’s first play Phantasmagoria won the Audience Choice award as part of the Manchester-In-Fringe-Theatre Awards and later went to the Edinburgh Fringe where it received 5 star reviews and NSDF, Methuen Drama and the Sunday Times shortlisted the play for a transfer to London. Brown was part of the Soho Theatre Young Writer’s Company for two years where she wrote There’s a Monster in the Lake that toured with Spoken Mirror Theatre Company.

In 2014, she was selected for Channel 4’s 2014 Screenwriting Scheme where she developed a comedy drama called Motherlode which was subsequently optioned by Tiger Aspect; and in 2016, Vaults Festival commissioned her to write a play about female bullfighter Conchita Cintron, After the Heat We Battle for the Heart. She is currently working on various different TV projects.

Brown said: “The sea levels are rising – if you live on the front you can see it day to day. Earlier this year just a couple of miles North of where I grew up part of the cliff gave way and a man was killed out walking along the beach. The erosion is happening quicker than decisions are being made in order to combat it. This play is about just that, the bureaucratic muddle, about policy taking too long, while people risk losing their homes.

“The beach was a big wild garden for all the kids that lived there, we’d get bored and make trouble. We would bolt around on constant adventures; preoccupied with who’d started their period, who was in love, who’d had sex. We grew up underneath those big Suffolk skies with the sea raging on behind us and as adults we all dispersed.’

With support from the Peggy Ramsay Foundation, Brown researched the play by talking with representatives from the Environment Agency, Suffolk County Council, Suffolk Coast and Heaths and Suffolk Coast Against Retreat in order to create a portrait of the local conflict over coastal erosion, and what action should be taken – or not – in the face of changing landscapes and damage to land and property.

Presented by Loose Tongue, Sea Fret is directed by Carla Kingham and designed by Rūta Irbīte, with sound by Daniel Balfour.

As well as Lucy Carless, the cast includes Georgia Kerr (as Lucy), Philippe Spall (Jim) and Karen Brooks (Pam).

Tickets: £15, £12.50 concessions, matinees and previews £12. To book, call the box office on 0844 412 4307 or visit www.oldredliontheatre.co.uk/.

Times: Tuesday to Saturday at 7.30pm, with Saturday and Sunday matinees at 3pm.