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Finborough Theatre - Forthcoming season



Preview by Paul Nelson

DETAILS of the new season at the Finborough Theatre have been released.

This season is the second since the theatre reopened following the major refurbishment of the Finborough building.

The opening season was hugely successful with the final show - the British premiere of Tennessee Williams' Something Cloudy, Something Clear, named Critics' Choice in both Time Out and The Financial Times. The play's director, Tamara Harvey, will return in December with a specially commissioned production of W.H. Davies' Young Emma.

Following the opening season of three British premieres of North American plays, the second season features British plays - a London premiere, a world premiere and a major revival of three plays from the 1900's:
I Have Before Me a Remarkable Document Given to Me By a Young Lady From Rwanda, by Sonja Linden, is a London premiere. Directed by Drew Ackroyd. Designed by Nicholaos Zavaliaris. Lighting by Matt Haskins. Sound by Jane Watkins. Cast: Doreene Blackstock. Andrew Hawkins. Produced by iceandfire Productions.

I Have Before Me... charts the bittersweet relationship between a young Rwandan woman and a British poet as he tries to help her write out her story. Humorous, touching and at times disturbing, the play was inspired by the real life experiences of young Rwandan refugees in the UK. It marks a welcome return to the Finborough Theatre for both playwright and director.

Award-winning playwright Sonja Linden's play, Call Me Judas, was presented at the Finborough Theatre in 1995 in the same season as Mark Ravenhill's Shopping and F***ing and Naomi Wallace's Slaughter City.

Her plays have been produced in London and in regional theatres in the UK, as well as in the United States and Australia. She won a Fringe First in Edinburgh for her play Present Continuous, and a Time Out Award for Now and At The Hour of Our Death.

The play will be directed by Drew Ackroyd whose credits include last year's hugely successful UK premiere production of Larry Kramer's The Destiny of Me. (No 1 Critics' Choice, Hot Tickets for three weeks running).

I Have Before Me… was inspired by Sonja Linden's encounters with a number of young Rwandan refugees at the Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture, where she has been writer-in-residence since 1997.

June 17 to July 12, Tuesday to Saturday Evenings at 7.30pm. Sunday Matinees at 3.30pm. Tickets £10, £8 concessions. Tuesday Evenings and Previews (June 17th and 18th) £8 all seats.

The picture above shows Andrew Hawkins (Simon) and Doreene Blackstock (Juliette). It was kindly supplied by photographer: Deborah Sandersley

The Sticking Place presents the world premiere of The End of the Sentence, by Jeremy Freeson. Directed by Adam Meggido.
Designed by John Marsh. Costumes by Mia Flodquist.

The world premiere of a haunting new play set in Russia's criminal underworld.

Contemporary Moscow. Sasha, a young lawyer, is approached by charismatic bandit, Sergei Medvedev.

Recently escaped from prison with a series of fresh raids behind him, Medvedev's 'connections' leave Sasha with little choice but to delve into the mysteries of the criminal's past and construct his legal defence.

The ensuing investigation brings Sasha face to face with victims across the city - from Georgian marketeers to Romany gypsies.

Questions immediately surface. What role did Medvedev actually play in these crimes? Who is the 'fellow countryman' paying Sasha for his time?

Uncertain of the truth and embroiled in a dangerous game, the lawyer soon becomes aware of a new relationship forming - between his wife and his enigmatic client.

Rich in the atmosphere of Russian folklore, The End of the Sentence is a psychological thriller inspired by real events. The cast will include the Hollywood-based Australian actor, Jaason Simmons, best known for his role as the cocky Aussie lifeguard, Logan Fowler, in the international hit TV series, Baywatch (pictured above).

His film credits include Sea Wolf, playing opposite Stacy Keach and Nowhere with Heather Graham, and appearances in Friends; Ben Nealon, best known for his role as Captain Jeremy Forsythe in Soldier Soldier, and Ashutosh Gowariker's film Lagaan; and Samia Rida whose credits include Lucy in Lucy and Joe (Soho Theatre) and Dangerous Corner (Garrick).

Presented with the support of Arts Council England. July 15 to August 9. Tuesday to Saturday Evenings at 7.30pm. Sunday Matinees at 3.30pm. Tickets £10, £8 concessions. Tuesday Evenings £6 all seats. Previews (July 5 and 16) £6 all seats.
Special Midweek Matinee on Wednesday, August 6 at 3.30pm
After show discussion on Wednesday, July 23.

Wild Pendulum in association with Concordance presents a triple bill; The Women's War - A Centenary Celebration comprising How The Vote Was Won, by Cecily Hamilton and Christopher St John, A Chat with Mrs Chicky, by Evelyn Glover and Press Cuttings, by George Bernard Shaw. Directed by Laura Clarke. Designed by Alex Marker; to celebrate the centenary of the foundation of Mrs Pankhurst's Women's Social and Political Union - the WSPU; the 75th anniversary of the Equal Franchise Act which first gave all women the vote; and also in commemoration of the 90th anniversary of the death of Emily Wilding Davison.

How The Vote Was Won. Horace Cole had always argued that women did not need the vote because they are "looked after" by men. But when he is confronted with a household of female relatives demanding to be "supported", the anti-suffrage hero realises the error of his ways and rushes to march on parliament to demand votes for women - now!

A Chat with Mrs Chicky. Charwoman Mrs Chicky finds herself confronted by Mrs Holbrook who is collecting signatures for her anti-suffrage petition. This deeply humorous sketch dramatises the arguments of working class women in favour of the vote.

Press Cuttings. Appalled by the treatment of women prisoners, G.B.S., a staunch supporter of the suffrage movement, wrote this satirical look at how General Mitchener and Prime Minister Balsquith treat those who are both for and against the vote. Press Cuttings was originally banned by the Lord Chamberlain for "attempted blasphemy", and has not been seen in London for 21 years.

This production is presented with the support of the Friends of Brompton Cemetery. Brompton Cemetery, adjacent to the Finborough Theatre, is the resting place of many leading suffragists including Mrs Pankhurst, Dame Ethel Smyth and Millicent Fawcett.

August 12 to September 6 Tuesday to Saturday Evenings at 7.30pm. Sunday Matinees at 3.30pm.
Tickets £10, £8 concessions. Tuesday Evenings £8 all seats. Previews (August 12 and 13) £6 all seats.
One special midweek matinee on Wednesday, September 3 at 3.30pm
After-show discussion on Wednesday, August 13.

Finborough Theatre, The Finborough, 118 Finborough Road, London SW10. Tickets 020 7373 3842

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