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The Life of Stuff - Delilah the snake joins cast

Delilah the snake

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

DELILAH the snake has joined the cast of The Life of Stuff, which runs at Theatre503 from April 10 to May 4, 2013.

The one and a half year old boa constrictor, named after her character in the play, ‘plays’ a pet snake belonging to nightclub owner Alec Sneddon (Ben Adams).

Delilah’s handler, Tim Maynard, has spoken about why she was chosen for the part:

“Delilah was chosen for her extremely relaxed temperament, her ease with new people and her size! Adult boa’s are about 12ft and I thought that might be a bit much for the cast!”

Previously posted: Casting has been announced for Simon Donald’s Evening Standard Award-winning play The Life of Stuff, which runs at Theatre503 from April 10 to May 4, 2013.

Gregory Finnegan (Deceit, Arcola Theatre, The Rat Trap, Finborough Theatre) will play small-time crook Willie Dobie, with Cameron Jack (South Pacific, Barbican) as Arbogast and Ben Adams (Men Should Weep, National Theatre) as Sneddon.

They will be joined by Paula Masterton (as Holly), Pamela Dwyer (Evelyn), Rhys Owen (Leonard), Claire Dargo (Janice) and Owen Whitelaw (Fraser).

The production will have lighting by Johanna Town and sound by Simon Slater.

Previously Posted: Artistic Director Paul Robinson will direct Theatre503’s first Second Look production, a revival of Simon Donald’s Evening Standard Award-winning play The Life of Stuff.

A perfectly preserved comic snapshot of Edinburgh’s underworld, it runs at the Battersea venue from April 10 to May 4, 2013.

Because I don’t have any clothes on, do I? And you can’t batter somebody in your underpants..

The Life of Stuff, a comic fly-on-the-wall snapshot of eight lives careering out of control, finds small-time crook and aspirant pharmaceutical entrepreneur Willie Dobie’s best-laid plans unravel when human nature takes its predictably unpredictable course.

The Life of Stuff premiered at the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh before transferring the Donmar Warehouse in 1993.

The new production of The Life of Stuff is designed by Theatre503’s Associate Designer James Perkins, whose recent credits include Desolate Heaven (Theatre503), The Only History of Lizzie Finn and Floyd Collins (Southwark Playhouse) and The Girl in the Yellow Dress (Theatre503 and Salisbury Playhouse).

Simon Donald is an award-winning writer for stage and screen, whose play The Life of Stuff earned him both the Evening Standard Most Promising Playwright Award and the London Critics Award for Best New Play when it was produced at the Traverse Theatre in 1993. It also received an Oliver Award Nomination for best new comedy.

In 2006, Donald wrote the television thriller Low Winter Sun, which starred Mark Strong and won the RTS Award for Best Drama Serial, as well as being nominated for a host of other awards. He has since gone on to write on the critically acclaimed mini-series, Wallander, as well as developing his own six-parter, The Deep, with Tiger Aspect and the BBC.

Paul Robinson has been Joint-Artistic Director of the 60 seat new-writing venue in Battersea since 2006, before becoming sole Artistic Director in 2012.

Theatre503 has built a strong reputation for staging plays by first time writers, launching the careers of playwrights such as Dennis Kelly and Alice Birch. In 2009, it became the smallest venue in the UK to receive an Olivier Award for Katori Hall’s The Mountaintop, which successfully transferred to the West End and Broadway.

Second Look at Theatre503 is a new strand of programming revisiting neglected hit plays of the last 30 years.

Tickets: £15, £10 concessions, pay what you can on Sundays. Tickets are available from the box office on 020 7978 7040 or online at

Times: 7.45pm, Sundays at 5pm.