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No Picnic transfers to two London venues

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

GREG Freeman’s No Picnic is transferring to the Rosemary Branch Theatre (May 15 to May 27) and subsequently to Waterloo East Theatre (June 12 to June 24, 2012).

Previously Posted: Greg Freeman’s No Picnic, an allegorical comedy that explores the crisis of conscience of teddy bears, receives its world premiere at the Tabard Theatre, where it runs from March 20 to April 7, 2012.

Invited to a picnic in the woods, Alfie, Ludovic and Julius witness a disturbing incident that seriously alters their existence. In an unreal world that meets reality, three cuddly teddy bears who cannot lie and a weird doll that can, embark on a precarious journey to save their skins.

No Picnic, designed and directed by Ken McClymont, marks the third Greg Freeman show at the Tabard Theatre and follows the critically acclaimed Doig The Musical With No Singing, No Dancing and Very Little Music and Beak Street.

The cast includes Helen Russell Clark, Eddie Elks and Dan Frost. Further casting has yet to be announced.

Helen Russell Clark, who is best known for playing Jem Costello in Hollyoaks, was last seen on stage in Tom Eyen’s The White Whore and The Bit Player at The Rosemary Branch Theatre. Her other roles include Zhou Jie in Branded (Old Vic).

Eddie Elks is an actor, writer and director who most recently performed in the acclaimed Stalag Happy (National Tour) with Dan Frost. He wrote and directed the critically acclaimed Botallack O’Clock.

His theatre includes Alfie (lead role, National Tour), The Dice House, Cold Comfort Farm, Much Ado About Nothing, What’s Your Poison? and Mojo. His screen credits include Holby City, Voyages of Discovery and Simon & Emily.

Dan Frost recently played artist Roger Hilton in Botallack O’Clock and as well as playing his own Grandfather, Sir Terrry Frost, in Stalag Happy, he has appeared on stage in Durang Durang, Cabin Fever and Othellophobia.

Since adapting the only successful UK version of an American Sitcom, Who’s The Boss (ITV’s The Upper Hand), Greg Freeman has developed a career in the theatre. As well as Doig and Beak Street, his writing credits include Last Bus to Paradise, Take, Kathmandu and Wake Up and Smell the Coffee.

Ken McClymont directed and designed Greg Freeman’s previous shows, Doig and Beak Street. He is the former Artistic Director of The Old Red Lion Theatre in Islington, where he directed over 30 premieres, including Waiting for the Angels, Murder In Bridgport, Diaspora Jigs and Life After Life. In 1989 – 90 he won an Outstanding Contribution to Fringe Theatre Award for programming of an exceptional standard at the Old Red Lion.

Tickets: £14/£12 – available from the box office on 0208 995 6035 or by e-mailing info@tabardtheatre.co.uk

Times: Tuesday to Saturday at 7.30pm; Matinee: Sunday, March 25 at 2.30pm.

NB: No Picnic is not suitable for children.