Spinach - King's Head Theatre (sneak preview)
Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle
Previously Posted: It’s not a musical, it’s not an opera, it’s a play where every word just happens to be sung and Spinach receives its London premiere at the King’s Head Theatre, where it runs from Tuesday, June 12 to Saturday, July 7, 2012.
Waking up tied together, Tom and Kate can’t remember a thing…. not about the last few days anyway. Everything is a total blank, except for a halloumi kebab and a double-decker bus.
As piece by piece they unravel their memories, each step brings them closer to knowing their captors, closer to their terrifying fate… and closer to each other…
Written and directed by Janine Waters and with music by Simon Waters, Spinach premiered at Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre in 2011.
The London cast includes Ben Gerrard (as Tom), Cassandra Compton (Kate), Claire Greenaway (Maureen) and Craig Whittaker, who originated the role of Darren in the Manchester production.
Ben Gerrard became a household name after appearing for five years in Channel 4’s Hollyoaks as Cameron Clarke, before leaving to pursue a musical career.
Cassandra Compton was a finalist in the very first series of The X Factor, lasting five weeks in the competition. In the West End she has played Eponine in Les Miserables; Elizabeth in Dirty Dancing; and Nessarose in Wicked.
Claire Greenaway played Sister Mary Patrick in Sister Act at the London Palladium and appeared in Damon Albarn’s opera, Monkey – Journey to the West.
In 2003, Janine and Simon Waters began collaborating on community and youth theatre productions and together have written nine original pieces of work. In 2008 they began writing musical plays for conferences and events, around issues relating to diversity and community cohesion.
In 2009, they wrote and directed Love Shift, an entirely sung play as part of the PUB season at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester. In 2010, the Exchange invited them to create a second piece in this genre for a run in March 2011. Spinach, in association with the Royal Exchange, enjoyed playing to packed houses and received critical acclaim.
Along with Dom Waters and Dan Jones, they make up the team of Waters Edge Arts, a production company based in Manchester who set up and now run their own theatre and arts centre, The Edge.
Produced by Waters Edge, Spinach is designed by Kevin Freeman, the Director of Renaissance Creative Design Ltd producing costumes and dressing for theatre, TV and events nationally and internationally.
Tickets: £15 – 22.50. Previews (June 12 to June 15) all seats £10. Tickets available from the box office on 020 7478 0160 or online at www.kingsheadtheatre.com.
Times: Tuesday to Saturday at 7.15pm, Sunday matinee at 3pm.