FIREWORK PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS THE FIRST LONDON PRODUCTION OF
UNDER THE BLUE SKY
by DAVID ELDRIDGE
SINCE ITS STORMING WEST END RUN IN 2008.
Playing at The Drayton Arms Theatre exclusively on 8th & 9th March 2015 ahead of a proposed Edinburgh Festival run.
One of Eldridge’s earliest plays, this will be the first professional production since the play’s storming West End run. Akin to a teachers' La Ronde, this production deals with romantic and sexual agony among the academic classes in a wittily and circular fashion. Confronting morality in a world where there is a great expectation to be morally complete, are teachers fit to teach if they can’t teach themselves?
After sleeping together once, Nick and Helen have remained friends for three years, but tensions start to rise when Nick talks about leaving to take a new job at a public school. In the next vignette, an extremely drunken Michelle is determined to sleep with her forced confidant, the desperate and obsessive history teacher Graham. But her recount of her various sexual escapades end in tears and a disturbing role reversal. Finally, two older teachers, Robert and Anne, who have spent the school holidays together for many years, look up at the sky and begin to hope they can be happy.
In three subtly linked acts, three pairs of teachers discuss love and lust with boldness and honesty, as Eldridge studies unrequited affection, obsession, sex, and if we can learn morality.
The play will be directed by Firework Productions artistic director Denholm Spurr, assisted by David Loumgair (artistic director Dogs of War) Georgie Weedon (artistic director Gingerwink Films & Al Jazeera launch team).
This will be the first professional London production of UNDER THE BLUE SKY since the play’s revival at the Duke of York’s theatre starring Catherine Tate.
THE CAST & CREATIVES
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Denholm Spurr (Director) is artistic director of Firework Productions. A creative freelancer, Denholm has worked as an actor, director, writer, producer and critic. He has served as a judge on the Olivier Award’s panel and currently sits on the panel for the Off West End Awards (Offies). This is his London directorial debut.
David Loumgair (Assistant Director) 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 is 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. Twitter: @davidloumgair
Georgie Weedon (Assistant Director) 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 Jonathan Fox’s NYC Big Apple Theatre. Under The Blue Sky marks her London theatrical debut. Twitter: @georgiewee
Theatre: Drayton Arms, 153 Old Brompton Road, London SW5 0LJ
Dates: Sunday 8th & Monday 9th March, 2015 @ 8pm
Prices: £12 (£10 concessions)
Media Contact: David Macintosh Loumgair | 07793 067647 | firstname.lastname@example.org