Theatre:  Drayton Arms, 153 Old Brompton Road, London SW5 0LJ 
Dates:  Sunday 8th & Monday 9th March, 2015 @ 8pm
Prices:  £12 (£10 concessions)
Booking:  https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/fireworkproductions

Directed by Denholm Spurr, Assistant Directors David Loumgair and Georgie Weedon
Starring Alex Piggins (Nick), Louise Tyler (Helen), Natalie Sheriff (Michelle), David Paisley (Graham), Tino Orsini (Robert) & Rachel Dobell (Anne)

Under the Blue Sky Poster

THE PLAY
One of Eldridge’s early plays, UNDER THE BLUE SKY premiered at the Royal Court in 2000, directed by incoming National Theatre Artistic Director Rufus Norris. It was met with universally positive reviews which hailed Eldridge as living up the promise he had demonstrated 4 years previous with SERVING IT UP at the Bush Theatre.

The play is “a kind of teachers' La Ronde, which deals, in wittily circular fashion, with romantic and sexual agony among the academic classes”, it’s a play about morality in a world where there is absolute expectation to be morally complete. Are teachers fit to teach if they can’t teach themselves?

Revived in 2008 in its only West End production at the Duke of York’s and starring Catherine Tate; The Telegraph said it was “sizzling with sexuality”.

This will be the first professional staging of the play since that production.

THE WRITER
David Eldridge (born 20 September 1973) is an English dramatist, born inRomford, Greater London, United Kingdom (UK).

Writer, David Eldridge

Writer, David Eldridge

His plays have been performed at major new writing institutions in the UK, including The Royal Court Theatre, the Bush Theatre, the Finborough Theatre and the National Theatre. His stage adaptation of the film Festen transferred from the Almeida Theatre to the West End and Broadway.

His play Market Boy, informed by his childhood working on a stall atRomford Market, played at the National Theatre's largest space, the Olivier in June 2006. And in July 2008 his play Under the Blue Sky was revived at the Duke of York's Theatre starring Chris O'Dowd, Catherine Tate and Francesca Annis.

In March 2011 his play The Knot of the Heart played at the Almeida Theatreand starred Lisa Dillon, for whom the role of Lucy was written and in February 2012 his play In Basildon, played at the Royal Court Theatredirected by Dominic Cooke starring Linda Bassett and Ruth Sheen. Both plays opened to critical acclaim. The Knot of the Heart won the Off-West End Theatre Award for Best New Play and In Basildon was voted The Guardian Theatre Critics and Arts Writers No.1 Theatre of 2012. In April 2012 the Royal Exchange Theatre presented his new version of Miss Julieby August Strindberg, starring Maxine Peake.

David's screenplay for a ninety minute single film, The Woman In Red, based upon Hallie Rubenhold's book Lady Worsley's Whim, will be broadcast on BBC2 in 2015 starring Natalie Dormer and directed by Sheree Folkson.

CAST

Alexander Piggins (Nick) is a recent graduate from The Oxford School of Drama. Theatre credits include: Unsigned (Etcetera Theatre), In a League of His Own (The Lost Theatre) and Nightwalking (The Lost Theatre). Alex has also performed as the lead in a number of short films including Dying For a Smoke and Theta. Credits whilst training include: How to Find Us (Soho Theatre), Othello: Deconstructed (Northwall Theatre) and After The Dance (The Studios)Before Oxford Alex graduated from Exeter University, where he studied Politics and International Relations. Twitter: @AlexPiggins

Louise Tyler (Helen) trained at the Oxford School of Drama. Recent theatre credits include Pitch Perfect (Tabard Theatre), A Woman of No Importance (Greenwich Playhouse), Piano/Forte (Old Red Lion), Beautiful Thing (Battersea Arts Centre) and Basildon (White Bear Theatre). Recent film credits include feature Seven Dials and upcoming pilot Bad Advice for Content 6 Ltd. @TheLouiseTyler

Natalie Sheriff (Michelle) trained at Rose Bruford College. Theatre credits include The Madman & The Nun (Chelsea Theatre), Approaches to Pub Society (The Horse and Stables), The School For Scandal (Baron’s Court Theatre), Milk (Hen and Chickens Theatre) and The White Rose (Edinburgh Fringe). Film includes feature 4AM, currently in post-production, and various short films, most recently Siobhan. Twitter: @nataliesheriff

David Paisley (Graham) is best known for playing recurring character ‘Ben Saunders’ in Holby City and Casualty (BBC). His major stage credit to date was as ‘Danny Cassidy’ in a national tour of Over The Rainbow: The Eva Cassidy Story around the UK and Ireland. Other theatre credits include devising and co-writing his first production with 7:84 Theatre Company, playing 'Ryan' in Raindog's Tinseltown (BBC/Deep Indigo), The A.D. Trilogy by Edwin Morgan, The Backroom (The Cock Tavern Theatre, Double Yella (Oran Mor), MuhMah (Hightide Festival) and working at the Bailiwick Theatre in Chicago. Twitter: @davidpaisley

Tino Orsini (Robert) was born in Italy and grew up in London. He trained at Drama Studio London and The Stella Adler Conservatory in L.A. His many stage credits include The Frogs (Theatro Technis), Ah, Wilderness! (London Theatre Workshop) Project Lolita (Vault Festival), Hamlet (Barons Court), The Taming of the Shrew (Cambridge Shakespeare Festival), The Blind Bet (Hen & Chickens). He has also appeared in numerous feature films, shorts, T.V, web series' & commercials. Twitter: @agostinoorsini 

Rachel Dobell (Anne) has recently been credited in As You Like It (Baron’s Court Theatre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (The Courtyard – Hoxton), The Basement Window (Theatro Technis) and A Wedding Story (Tristan Bates). Rachel has also appeared in short and training films, new writing showcases and occasionally does some modelling and presenting. Twitter: @GeorgeRach

THE DIRECTOR

Director, Denholm Spurr

Director, Denholm Spurr

Denholm Spurr is an actor, director, producer, playwright and critic. He attended The University of Exeter where he received a 1st in Drama, before going on to train as an actor at The Oxford School of Drama. He made his stage directorial debut with a site-specific production called PATER NOSTER set in the St Nicholas’ Priory, Exeter about the Exeter Conspiracy during the English Reformation. He went on to direct a production of MISS JULIE also in Exeter with Harbinger Theatre Company, with whom he was an associate artist. This play will mark Denholm’s London debut. 

Denholm served as a judge for the 2012 Olivier Awards and currently sits on the panel for the annual Off West End Awards. @denholmspurr 

"A young man to watch" -  Off West End
 

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

David Loumgair is an emerging theatre director, having previously completed an internship at Shakespeare's Globe and currently working with the Almeida Theatre, Paines Plough, VAULTS festival, and for various other companies such as Gruff and RIFT. He acts as Co-Founding Artistic Director of Dogs Of War Theatre, a contemporary company who strive to wreak havoc with traditional convention and tear apart form, experimenting with immersive styles and pioneering the form of 'area specific' theatre. He most recently directed Not What I Am in January 2015, a complete re-writing of Shakespeare's Othello for a modern audience, and assisted Rikki Beadle-Blair on his production of Screwface at the Bush Theatre in late 2014. www.dogsofwartheatre.com    @DogsOfWar_Havoc   @davidloumgair   

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

Georgie Weedon is a filmmaker, author and emerging theatre director. She was part of the launch team of Al Jazeera English and has worked for the UN’s panel on climate change. She is co-founder of the global arts initiative @ProjectARIADNE, profiling female theatre makers working in conflict affected areas around the world, and in 2015 partnered with the Abbey Theatre, Dublin on their Theatre of War Symposium (#TOWS2015). Georgie trained in Playback Theatre with Hannah Fox’s NYC Big Apple Theatre.  Under The Blue Sky marks her London theatrical debut. @georgiewee 

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