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The Wall - New End Theatre

The Wall

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

THE WALL, by Douglas Watkinson, receives its world premiere at Hampstead’s New End Theatre, where it runs from April 26 to June 6, 2011.

When David Weatherstone goes looking for his father Ralph’s grave in a British military cemetery in Ramleh, Israel, he is confronted with more than he bargained for.

Ralph appears before his son as the 25-year-old he was when he died. Troubled by the shadow of Israel’s dividing Wall, Ralph implores his son to help bring it down.

But so many lost years mean there are scores to settle, questions to ask and answers to withhold. Will the absence of a lifetime stand in the way of duty and passion and cloud David’s own moral judgement?

The Wall provides a provocative insight into the personal and political dilemmas of the father who died too young and his now middle-aged son, still reeling from the childhood loss of a parent.

The Wall is directed by Olivia Rowe, who became Associate Director at the New End Theatre in October 2010, and performed by Eric Carte and Duncan-Clyde Watkinson.

Eric Carte‘s West End theatre credits include Fallen Angels and Mrs Warren’s Profession (Comedy Theatre), Hamlet and Coriolanus (RSC) and The Constant Wife, Brief Encounter and Two Into One. He has also appeared in numerous regional productions. His television work include Bouquet of Barbed Wire, Another Bouquet, A Very British Scandal, Doctors and My Family.

Duncan-Clyde Watkinson most recently appeared in Guns and Noses (King’s Head Theatre) and recorded the children’s audio book Oddtails. His screen credits include The Bill, New Street Law, The Accused and Foyle’s War (TV); Three to Tango, Interference, The Grind and the 2010 London-based thriller Baseline (film) and Coldplay’s music video for Life in Technicolour.

Douglas Watkinson‘s previous works include Caesar and Me, Let’s Do It My Way and The Dragon’s Tale. He has adapted extensively for stage and radio, and has penned hundreds of scripts for television including many episodes of Midsomer Murders and Poirot, as well as the eighties’ series Z Cars and The Onedin Line. His crime novels, under the pen name Marcus Barr, include Haggard Hawk and Easy Prey (published 2011) featuring retired detective Nathan Hawk.

The Wall is presented by Silvermask Productions and New End Theatre.

Tickets: £16, £14 concessions – available on 0870 033 2733 or at www.newendtheatre.co.uk

Times: Tuesday to Saturday at 8.30pm, Saturday and Sunday at 4.45pm.