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The Mark of Lia and Brainville at Night - Jack Studio

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

THE JACK Studio Theatre has two productions lined up for the coming weeks.

The Mark of Lia, Christopher Thorpe’s psychological drama – Tuesday, February 5 to Saturday, February 9, 2013.

Sarah is a young mother in mourning. After pushing away most of her family and friends, she is left yearning for a life she can no longer achieve. In order for Sarah to heal and move on, she must gather up all the pieces that made her who she was, face up to her past and ensure that it doesn’t dictate her future.

The cast includes Elizabeth Guterbock, Katie Stones, Emma Tapley, Victoria Smith, Ben Williams-Lee, Holly Blair and Emile Clarke.

The Mark of Lia is presented by New Write Productions, a company that produces fresh and exciting new writing, develops young talent, and provides a platform for up and coming artists in the performance industry.

Brainville at Night by Alexander Moschos – Thursday, February 14 to Saturday, February 23, 2013.

Audiences are invited to step into the belly of the Blue Whale, where the dancers are hot and the music is cool. They’re handed a drink sent by a mysterious woman at the end of the bar, who invites them to take a trip on her own special rollercoaster.

Presented by First Draft, Brainville at Night is described as a stylish adventure into the film noir-ish world of Ingrid’s memories and imagination. So what if the doctors tell her that she lacks insight and the ability to empathise? Nothing is going to stop Ingrid – labels like “fronto-temporal dementia” never meant anything to her anyway. Whatever happens, she carries the love, excitement and romance of her life within her. But can the doctors be persuaded to come along?

Featuring music, movement, projection and an ensemble cast, Brainville at Night follows director Matthew Parker’s previous Jack Studio successes with A Woman Alone and Mary Rose in his trademark imaginative style.

The cast includes Sophie Dora-Hall, Robert Hickson, Illona Linthwaite, Eddie Usher, Julia Faulkner and Fleur Shepherd.

Produced by Laura Harling, Brainville at Night is designed by Sara Polonghini, with projection by Mafalda Cruz and movement by Alyssa Noble.

Tickets (both productions): £13, £10 concessions – avaiable from the box office on 0844 8700 887 or online at

Time (both productions): Tuesday to Saturday at 7.45pm.

Trojan Women continues at the Jack Studio Theatre until February 2, 2013.