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Spiral - Park Theatre

Spiral

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

VERITAS Theatre Company in association with Park Theatre are presenting the world premiere of Spiral at Park Theatre. Written by Abigail Hood, it runs from August 7 to September 1, 2018.

Spiral is a thrilling contemporary play which explores lives in crisis and the need within the human spirit to cling to another person, no matter what the cost.

London. 2018. A bedsit. A young woman in trouble. A bridge. A missing teenager – and parents searching for answers.

Struggling to cope with the disappearance of his teenage daughter, secondary school teacher Tom decides to book an escort (Leah) in an attempt to numb his pain. Little does he realise the impact this will have on both their lives and the lives of those closest to them

Spiral examines the ramifications on the people left behind when a family member disappears, intentionally or otherwise. It questions whether we really know the people we are closest to, what happens when trust breaks down and whether our past shapes our future. At its heart, the play interrogates whether other people can save us, or whether we must save ourselves.

Spiral is co-directed by Kevin Tomlinson and Glen Walford and stars Abigail Hood (as Leah, a young escort in an abusive relationship), Adam Morris (Tom), Kevin Tomlinson (Leah’s partner, Mark) and Tracey Wilkinson (Gill, Tom’s wife).

Abigail Hood, who wrote the play said:

“‘Dear Steven, we love you, we miss you. We hope you found what you were looking for.’ About five years ago I saw this printed in the bottom corner of a free London newspaper and it caught the breath in my throat. I couldn’t stop thinking about the people that had sent in that entry. My mind was reeling. If the person I loved most in the world walked out of my life, or disappeared from it, how would I feel? How would I go on? It was these questions that prompted me to write a play exploring how people cope in the worst imaginable situation, the strategies they may use and how they would manage to go on living?

“Well, that was where it began and is where the play begins…two characters; a middle-aged man and a young woman, both of whom have suffered a significant person disappearing from their lives…but, as with all things, once I started to write I found that one question led to another and another and the play is now about many things and my imaginings pushed to their most extreme.”

Since graduating from the Oxford School of Drama, Abigail Hood’s theatre credits included That Face (Royal Court), The Snow Queen (Scarborough Stephen Joseph), The Bomb (Lancaster Dukes), True Love Waits (Latitude Festival), The Lesson Before Break (Theatre 503), Weapons of Happiness (Finborough Theatre), Romeo and Juliet (Salisbury Playhouse), Cock (Oxford Playhouse) and Dangling (Southwark Playhouse). Her TV/film credits include The Bill, The Things I See and The Lesson.

Adam Morris is probably best known for playing dipsy Robin in Tony Robinson’s Maid Marian and her Merry Men for CBBC. In the theatre, he has recently played Don Kirk in the Peter James thriller, The Perfect Murder, for the Mill at Sonning and appeared in three new short plays as part of the New Vic Theatre, Stoke on Trent’s Hoard Festival. He also played the ‘Sheriff’ in Hood – the Legend Continues in a collection of new writing for the Nottingham Theatre Royal’s 150th anniversary celebrations and took over for Richard Schiff for a week of the run of Speed the Plow at the Playhouse Theatre, London, with Lindsay Lohan.

His other film and television roles include I Dream, Genie in the House, The Beautiful Spy, Four Tails, Growing Rich and Back Up.

Kevin Tomlinson’s theatre credits include Seven Ages (Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough); On The Edge! (York Theatre Royal/UK tour); The Ragged Child (Royal and Derngate Theatre, Northampton), Whose Story Is It Anyway? (Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds), Flat 73 (Cheltenham Everyman Theatre), Maestro (Hackney Empire) and Godspell (Royal and Derngate Theatre, Northampton). He also played Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream for BBC2 Open University.

Tracey Wilkinson’s numerous theatre credits include playing Jane in Dangling (Southwark Playhouse), Doris Bapst in Pigeon House (Arcola Theatre), Billie in The Bullet (RSC), Auntie Doreen in My Dad’s A Birdman (Young Vic) and Carol Fitzgibbon in Guiding Star (National Theatre). Her television credits include Casualty, playing Mrs Graham in Outlander and playing series regular Di Barker in Bad Girls. Next year, she will be seen playing the role of Affissa in new series Carnival Row alongside Cara Delevingne and Orlando Bloom.

Spiral is suitable for ages 16+.

Tickets: Previews £14.50, Standard £18, Concessions £16.50, Child (Under 16) £13, Young Patrons (7-14 August) £10, Groups – buy 10 tickets, get the 11th free. To book, call 020 7870 6876 or visit www.parktheatre.co.uk/.

Times: Monday to Saturday Evenings at 7.45pm, Thursday and Saturday Matinees at 3.15pm.

Captioned performance: Tuesday, August 28 at 7.45pm.