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A Playground Theatre Incubation Show 2021

 the Sheets

Written by Harry Butler 
Directed by Anthony Biggs
Performed by Harry Butler and Rachel Feeney

A new comedy about love and intimacy, by young Irish playwright Harry Butler.
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"Both gripping and comical in equal measure."
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"A uniquely charming experience."
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 ★ ★ ★ ★ "simply irresistible"
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★ ★ ★ ★ "Brilliant"
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"Dyu wanna come back to mine?"

A new comedy about what Patti and Robert say to each other when the lights are off and no one else is listening. After the swiping, the drinking, the small talk and the big talk. After the bedroom door is closed. This is intimacy - without the gory bits - and you get to have a look. 

HARRY BUTLER - Writer/Robert
Harry is an actor and writer from Dublin. He is a graduate of The Lir Academy, Trinity College Dublin. He recently starred in Deady Cuts, directed by Rachel Carey, which closed the Dublin International Film Festival 2021. His recent theatre credits include Fetch at Dublin Fringe Festival, Hamlet at The Mill Theatre, X at The Lir Academy and Arachnophilia at The New Theatre.

Rachel graduated from RADA in 2019. Theatre Credits include Sink (Dublin Fringe, 2019) and The Cherry Orchard (Druid, 2020). Film Credits include Kenneth Branagh’s Death on The Nile and Belfast and most recently Tarrac directed by Declan Recks.

Anthony has been the Co-Artistic Director of The Playground Theatre since it opened in 2017, where his directing credits include: Gregory Evans’ Shirleymander with Jessica Martin, James Purdy’s ghost tale The Paradise Circus with Sophie Ward and Tim Woodward, The UK Premiere of The Jazz Age by Allan Knee (Finding Neverland) with Hannah Tointon, a new opera Army of Lovers composed by Mark Springer, and a new ballet The Great Bear written by Olly Williams with the Louisville Ballet.

Previously, Anthony was AD of Jermyn Street Theatre for five year (Fringe Theatre of the year - Stage Awards) and has directed on the fringe, in regional theatre, the West End and off-Broadway.

CECILIA TRONO - Set and Costume Designer

Cecilia Trono is a French Set and Costume Designer based between Paris and London. She graduated with First Class Honours from Rose Bruford College in 2017 and was nominated for an Off West End Award for Best Set Design the same year.
Her credits 
include The Blue Hour of Natalie Barney (Arcola Theatre), The Last Ones (Jermyn Street Theatre), The Riots (Stratford Circus, London), The Paradise Circus (The Playground Theatre) and costume design for The Rubenstein Kiss and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button at Southwark Playhouse

This is a Playground Theatre Incubation Show 2021 and has been funded by the RBKC and the ACE.

This will be our final performance of this wonderful play, and though we will be sad to say goodbye, we have a special treat for you.

Before the performance we will be hosting a staged reading of new play STARVED by Irish playwright Conor O'Hara.

This is part of the Playground's policy of supporting emerging artists, and we are excited to be able to showcase Conor's debut play.

The reading will begin at 7.30pm and will last approx 50 mins, followed by an interval, and Changing the Sheets will go up at the later time of 9pm (finishing by 10pm).

To cap the evening off we have an extended licence until midnight, and there will be plenty of Guiness and Irish Whiskey to go round. So, head to the bar to chat about the show, catch up with old friends and make some new ones.

All the best
Anthony, Co-Artistic Director 

As the Troubles rage through the streets of Belfast, the Kelly household is filled with music and laughter, until they discover their own link to a man who has joined the hunger strike in defence of his republican ideals. As the starving man deteriorates, secrets between the family begin to unravel, as they find themselves caught between his cause, and a longing for peace.

Given that the Troubles played out on UK soil it is surprising that much of the English population, and particularly the younger generation, know little about the scale of suffering or the political complexity of the conflict. Having grown up in London myself, I am acutely aware that my research into this period was prompted by my own heritage and, outside of the London Irish community, the conflict is rarely referenced here. Whilst this play is set in a historical and deeply political context, it does not aim to promote nor undermine either side of the conflict in Northern Ireland.

Instead, it aims to recognise the thoughts, feelings and sacrifice of some of the Irish hunger strikers in the 1980s, and to recognise the tragic history of the Troubles, and the suffering endured by the Northern Irish population during the late 20 th century, Protestants and Catholics alike. Indeed, the position of Northern Ireland in the UK remains an extremely sensitive subject matter today, particularly in the face of such contention regarding Brexit arrangements and the implications of the Northern Ireland protocol. Crucially, stories which remind us of the human cost of political warfare are invaluable in ensuring that the past is not repeated. By intertwining the politics of the conflict with the human experience, I hope that this play can serve as such a reminder.

Thank you to these brilliant actors for bringing this piece to life, and to the Playground for providing a space to platform new works such as this. I hope you enjoy the reading!

Conor O’Hara
Owen – Sean Stewart

Sean is an Irish actor based in South London. He has worked in theatre and film from a young age. His work includes leading roles in plays ‘Philadelphia here I Come’, ‘Frank Pig Says Hello’, ‘Shadow of A Gunman’, and ‘Freedom of the City’ as well as supporting roles in feature films ‘Dorothy Mills’ and ‘Trapped’.  
The film ‘Coward’ in which Sean stars has currently been viewed close to 10 million times on YouTube. Sean is also an accomplished writer: his short film script ‘Mister Sootfree’ is currently a finalist at the Waterford International Film Festival.
Aoife – Francesca Eldred

Francesca is a Northern Irish 2021 graduate from Drama Studio London. Since graduating, her theatre credits include: Sophie in Artist Descending a Staircase directed by Tim Luscombe at the Kings Head Theatre, Emma in Fragments directed by Jolley Gosnold at Alexandra Palace Theatre, Lisa in Defective Inspector at the Camden Fringe. 
Credits whilst training include: Woman (Lead) in The Illusion of Time, directed by Emma Lucia Hands and Cleopatra in Antony and Cleopatra, directed by Chris Luscombe.

Nora – Mary O’Hagan

Mary trained at Arts Educational London Schools and is an experienced character actress having crafted her art in T.I.E. (Theatre in Education), national tours with independent companies and short films. Hailing from Northern Ireland Mary's dulcet tones have ensured a successful voice over career in radio and television commercials as well as audio dubbing for films – most recently Kenneth Branagh’s film “Belfast”.
A champion for new work, Mary enjoys working with writers, directors and filmmakers bringing form to their ideas. She has several short films from earlier this year which will be entered for selection in the 2023 International Short Film Festivals.

Paddy – Henry Collie

Henry Collie is an actor and writer from Ireland. His stage credits include Going Ape (The Union Theatre, 2021), The Ridiculous Rhyme Show (Australia Tour, 2018) and Bás – Shallow Death (2012 – 2015, European tour) which he also wrote. His film credits include Lancaster Skies (Amazon Prime, 2020) and the award-winning short film Radiator (2017). 
Currently appearing in season one of the audio drama podcast Seeds as High Priest Aarnol, available on most audio-streaming services.

Roisín / Reporter / Doctor – Aoife Boyle

Aoife trained at Rose Bruford College.
Recent credits include feature film, Warblade; Mosquito at the Seven Dials Playhouse, Fault Lines at the White Bear Theatre. Credits while training include Albatross by Isley Lynn, Love and Information by Caryl Churchill, Measure for Measure by William Shakespeare.

Bernie – Louise Nicholls

Louise is an actor, director, and musician. Recent theatre work includes performances at the Bloomsbury Festival, Northern Stage, Alphabetti Theatre, and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Directorial and music composition work includes Much Ado About Nothing, various interactive murder mysteries, and pantomimes in the North East. She has recently completed an evening course at RCSSD.

Jim – Max Brennan

Max is an actor and model. He is signed with Named Models agency, and has acted in two professional productions, as well as starring in a filmed production of ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ at the Sunderland Empire, raising money for Acting for Others, during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Prison Guard / Brian – Chris Moore

Chris graduated from the Oxford School of Drama in September 2021 and has since worked with Olivier Award nominated director Kristine Landon- Smith (East is East) twice, including playing Oedipus.
For more information about the venue and our COVID-19 Health and Safety policy, please see our your-visit page.
 18-26 NOV | 7.30pm
26 NOV | 3pm

no show on Monday 21st

26 NOV evening show will open with a reading of a new Irish play by Conor O'Hara
18-26 NOV 
Running time: 60 mins
Interval: n/a

26th NOV | 7.30pm 
 Play reading: STARVED STATE
Interval: 15min 

Recommended for ages 14+ 

Warnings sexual references
Tickets (All unreserved)

General Admission £20

Concession £16

Tenner £10 

Access for All £16
Note: Please contact boxoffice@theplaygroundtheatre.london for your complementary ticket for a carer.

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