We are a theatre company that enjoys producing thought provoking and exciting theatre. So, we are delighted and extremely proud to be able to bring another strong and intriguing drama to Milton Keynes.
In just over one week’s time our exceptional all woman cast will be performing the powerful and edgy play ‘Splendour’ by BAFTA award-winning playwright Abi Morgan. We will be at Stantonbury Theatre from 17-19 October at 7.30pm.
‘Splendour’ premiered at Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh as part of The Edinburgh Festival in 2000 to great acclaim. It received its long-awaited debut in London five years later.
The tense play highlights the fragility of power, secrets and suspicions; and gives us an insight into the minds of four very different women as their world turns.
Set against a background of a bloody revolution, we focus on four women waiting at a presidential residence for a dictator to arrive for a photo shoot by a renowned international photo-journalist, Kathryn. Everyone is affecting friendship and calm, but as the story unravels all is not as it seems. Will the dictator ever arrive? Will any one of them walk away alive?
Tickets are available now via the Stantonbury Theatre website
Our cast comprises of four local and highly talented actors:
Beverley Webster plays Micheleine - the Dictator’s wife.
Beverley trained at Drama Studio London before working professionally as an actress, mainly in the theatre in education sector, for ten years. She has been working with various local amateur and community groups in London and Northampton as a director, workshop leader, writer, mentor and actress. Most recently she has been directing the outdoor Shakespeare ‘Love’s Labours Lost’ for Masque Theatre; and performing in ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ with the Actors Company at the Royal and Derngate Theatre, Northampton.
Splendour marks her return to the professional stage. She is thrilled to be working with both Rosemary and Carly again after having played Mrs Linde in A Doll’s House for Pepper’s Ghost.
Lisa Stenhouse plays Genevieve - the informer and best friend to Micheleine.
Lisa has a great deal of experience on the theatre stage, having played Lady Macbeth in ‘Macbeth’; Hermione, in ‘The Winter’s Tale’; Lisa, in the touring production of ‘The Colours of Kenny Roach’, and the lead in ‘Hamlet’.
Lisa has worked with us before. Last year she played Kath in our production of 'Entertaining Mr Sloane'.
Carly Halse plays Kathryn - the international photo-journalist.
You may recognise Carly from the keynote speech she gave at our most recent project - ‘Taking the Stage - Women in Performing Arts’ at MK Gallery last month.
She has many credits to her name including theatre, musicals, short films, voiceovers, comedy and children’s TV presenting. She is also experienced in interactive theatre and new writing.
She has also performed with us in recent years as Nora in ‘A Doll’s House’ and Doris in ‘Austerity’.
Sarah Dyas plays Gilma - a translator working with Kathryn, with the ability to misinterpret.
Sarah is a fantastic actor and comedian, who you may have also seen at our ‘Taking the Stage’ festival. She performed a series of her original comedy sketches, alongside Carly Halse.
You may even recognise her from her recent features on 'The Lateish Show With Mo Gilligan' on Channel 4 and 'What iS Music Videos' on The BBC.
Or you may have seen her in one of our productions in 2016: Sam in 'Decorating Pavements'; Fran in 'What We Are Now' and Gina 1 in 'Sea Monkey Killers'.
The performance is directed by our Artistic Director, Rosemary Hill.
Rosemary has wide experience in directing ranging from Shakespeare, Ibsen and Chekov to more modern classics such as “Abigail’s Party” by Mike Leigh and of course plays by remarkable women playwrights such as Bryony Lavery, Caryl Churchill and Timberlake Wertenbaker. She has also directed new work and is passionate about creating more opportunities for women playwrights, directors and actors.
We are deep into rehearsals and we are looking forward to bringing this icy and powerful play to you next week. We hope you can join us.
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Tickets available now via the Stantonbury Theatre website