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Vibrant! A Festival of Finborough Playwrights FIRST WEEK

6 October - 17 October - 9PM
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Albert Belz
Bekah Brunstetter
Nick Gill
James Graham
Michael Lesslie
Anders Lustgarten
Colleen Muldoon-Taylor
Colleen Murphy
Geoff Thompson
Simon Vinnicombe


Curated by Artistic Director Neil McPherson and the Finborough Theatre Literary Department, and produced by Lucy Jackson and Sarah Loader.

“It says a great deal about the systems and structures of new writing in UK theatres that [Sarah] Grochala's nugget of a play has been lying around for two years unproduced. At its best it reminds us of Pinter and Bond.”

Lyn Gardner, The Guardian on the Finborough Theatre’s world premiere production of Sarah Grochala’s S27, June 2009.

The Finborough Theatre presents a ten day season of ten new works for the stage by ten UK and international playwrights, discovered, developed or championed by the Finborough Theatre.

Despite remaining completely unfunded, the Finborough Theatre has an unparalleled track record of discovering new playwrights who go on to become leading voices in British theatre. Under Artistic Director Neil McPherson, it has discovered some of the UK’s most exciting new playwrights including Laura Wade, James Graham, Mike Bartlett, Sarah Grochala, Jack Thorne, Joy Wilkinson, Simon Vinnicombe, Alexandra Wood, Al Smith, Nicholas de Jongh and Anders Lustgarten. It is the only theatre without public funding to be awarded the prestigious Pearson Playwriting Award bursary (2000, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2009) as well as twice winning Pearson’s Catherine Johnson Award for Best Play written by a bursary holder.

The Finborough Theatre Literary Department was founded in 2005 and was originally run by Alexandra Wood who went on to write The Eleventh Capital at the Royal Court Theatre which won her the 2007 George Devine Award for Most Promising Playwright. Working closely with the Artistic Director, the Literary Department is now run by a vibrant young team, headed by Literary Associate Titas Halder, and Senior Reader director Eleanor Rhode.

Our Vibrant! Festival of Finborough Playwrights has been designed to introduce you to some of the fascinating voices we have nurtured, and we are particularly delighted to present some of the first plays of brand new writers in their 30s, 40s and 50s who continue to be neglected by other new writing organisations. Join us for ten days of ten new works by ten diverse vibrant new voices.
Tuesday, 6 October 2009

Death and the Kit-Kat (A Torture Comedy)

by Anders Lustgarten. Directed by Kate Wasserberg.

Cast includes: Leander Deeny. William McGeough. John Moraitis. Catherine Skinner.

British civil servant Robin Butler is on his first overseas assignment. Armed only with paperwork, he is sent to an American military facility to monitor the ethical practice of questioning detainees. He soon finds himself drawn into a farcical system of bureaucracy, hypocrisy and torture. Faced with an unnervingly jolly interrogator and psychologically troubled American military personnel, Butler is forced to question the integrity of both ‘the British way’ and his own moral strength.

Anders Lustgarten is currently the Pearson Playwright-in-Residence at the Finborough Theatre. His first two plays – The Insurgents (2007) and Enduring Freedom (2008) – both received their world premieres at the Finborough Theatre. He is also now on attachment at Soho Theatre and under commission from the Bolton Theatre, Octagon. Other work includes The Punishment Stories (shortlisted for the Verity Bargate Award in 2007), A Day at the Racists, and an adaptation of Slawomir Mrozek’s The Police (BAC 2007).

Director Kate Wasserberg was both a Resident Assistant Director and an Associate Director of the Finborough Theatre, and is now Director of New Plays at Clwyd Theatr Cymru where she has directed James Graham’s A History of Falling Things and The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams. Her Finborough Theatre productions include James Graham's Sons of York and Little Madam, and Rolf Hochhuth’s The Representative.

Leander Deeny appeared in The Representative at the Finborough Theatre. He trained at LAMDA. Other theatre includes Victory (Arcola Theatre), Present: Tense (Nabokov/Trafalgar Studios), The Merchant of Venice and Holding Fire! (Shakespeare’s Globe). Film credits include Atonement; William McGeough appeared in The Representative and Little Madam at the Finborough Theatre. Other theatre credits include Marat/Sade (Punchdrunk), The Treadmark On My Heart and Viable Alternatives (Theatre 503), Stars in the Morning Sky (Union Theatre), The Importance of Being Earnest (Colour House), Mistero Buffo (Thinktank, The Courtyard Hoxton); John Moraitis is currently appearing in A View From The Bridge (Duke of York’s Theatre). Other theatre includes Ramallah and Crocodile Seeking Refuge (Ice and Fire), Fragile! (Arcola Theatre). Film credits include Goodfellas, United 93, and A Bunch of Amateurs. Television credits include Law and Order, People Like Us and NY-LON. Radio credits include Empire of Liberty; Catherine Skinner appeared at the Finborough Theatre in Little Madam. Other theatre includes The Witches (Ambassadors Theatre Group), The Crucible (Royal Shakespeare Company), Forward, Transmissions and Under Carriage (Birmingham Rep). Television includes The Rotters Club, Housewife 49, The Scum Also Rises. Radio includes One Day and Daddy’s Girl.
Wednesday, 7 October 2009


by Simon Vinnicombe. Directed by Ben Kidd.

Cast includes: Geraldine Alexander. Marion Bailey. Martin Herdman. Jonathan Warde.

Peter is fast approaching his sixtieth birthday and has always been a loyal servant to his job and his family. But when his health starts to fail, he's forced to face the frustration and regret that he has kept buried for years. A beautiful and sensitive exploration of the lives of a group of fifty-somethings who must either accept their lot in life or find the courage to reach out into the unknown before it is too late.

Simon Vinnicombe is a Finborough Theatre Playwright-in-Residence. His first two plays – Year 10 (2005) and Cradle Me (2008) – both received their world premieres at the Finborough Theatre. Year 10 was named Time Out Critics’ Choice and subsequently transferred to the BAC and the Festival Premières second edition – a festival organised by the Théâtre National de Strasbourg and Le Maillon and as part of the Brittany International Theatre Festival in 2006. His other work has been produced at the Bush Theatre, Union Theatre, Southwark Playhouse, the Old Vic Theatre and on BBC Radio 4. Wisdom was part of a reading series at the Manhattan Theatre Club, New York City, last year and now receives its European premiere.

Director Ben Kidd was a Resident Assistant Director at the Finborough Theatre during 2008 and made his debut with an acclaimed revival of Nick Ward’s Apart From George. He has also assisted Carrie Cracknell on I Am Falling (Gate Theatre), Edward Dick on Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare’s Globe) and worked on the Young People’s Theatre scheme at BAC.

Geraldine Alexander’s credits include Pillars of the Community (National Theatre) State of Emergency (Gate Theatre), Fall (Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh), Titus Andronicus, The Tempest and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare’s Globe), A Streetcar Named Desire (Mercury Theatre, Colchester). TV credits include Extras, EastEnders, Casualty, Silent Witness, Coronation Street, Midsomer Murders; Marion Bailey’s credits include Cloud Nine (Old Vic Theatre), This is a Chair, Blest be the Tie and Incomplete and Random Acts of Kindness (Royal Court Theatre), Kindertransport, War and Peace and Mine (Shared Experience).Film credits include I’ll Be There and Vera Drake, and TV credits include Midsomer Murders, Persuasion and New Tricks; Martin Herdman’s credits include As You Like It and A Mad World, My Masters (Shakespeare’s Globe), Dear Brutus and A Midsumemr Night’s Dream (Nottingham Playhouse). Film credits include Stormbreaker and Revolver, TV credits include Silent Witness, EastEnders, Doctors, Grass, The Catherine Tate Show, Above Suspicion; Jonathan Warde’s appeared at the Finborough Theatre in Red Night. Other theatre includes Navy Pier (New Theatre Workshop), Salt Meets Wound (Theatre 503), A Alchemy of Flesh (Secret Life Theatre), The Rover (Looking Glass House), Ma Kelly’s Doorstep (Attic Theatre Company). His TV credits include Heartbeat, Silent Witness, Wire in the Blood
Thursday, 8 October 2009

Mirror Teeth

by Nick Gill. Directed by Kate Wasserberg.

Cast includes: Lorna Beckett. Leander Deeny. Jonathan Roberts. Catherine Skinner.

James and Jane are married, middle-aged and middle-class. They live in one of the larger cities in our country. She is a housewife, he sells guns and they are both afraid of ethnic youths who wear hoods and carry knives. All is well in the Jones household, until their sexually frustrated eighteen year old daughter Jane brings home her new boyfriend, Kwese Abalo… A hilarious, surreal, and disturbing examination of the truths behind political correctness and middle-class morality.

Nick Gill won the inaugural Lost Theatre 5 Minute Festival and the Peggy Ramsay Foundation Award for his play Broken Earth And Dead Blue Sky (2008). His other works include Heaven (shortlisted for the Royal Court Young Writers’ Festival 2007), Funeralesque, Something I Wrote in A Hurry, Fiji Land (shortlisted for the Amnesty International ‘Protect the Human’ Award), This is Never Going To Work and Spiderhead.

Lorna Beckett trained at LAMDA. Theatre includes Time and the Conways (National Theatre), Duet for One (Almeida Theatre), A Stab in the Dark, Avocado, Stephen and the Sexy Partridge (Osip); Leander Deeny appeared in The Representative at the Finborough Theatre. He trained at LAMDA. Other theatre includes Victory (Arcola Theatre), Present: Tense (Nabokov/Trafalgar Studios), The Merchant of Venice and Holding Fire! (Shakespeare’s Globe). Film credits include Atonement; Jonathan Roberts’s credits include Bloggers; Real Internet Diaries (Connected Theatre), An Evening of Flanders and Swann (MRM Productions), Hedda Gabler (Wheelhouse Theatre Company). Television includes The Bill, The Chase and Tony Blair Rock Star; Catherine Skinner appeared at the Finborough Theatre in Little Madam. Other theatre includes The Witches (Ambassadors Theatre Group), The Crucible (Royal Shakespeare Company), Forward, Transmissions and Under Carriage (Birmingham Rep). Television includes The Rotters Club, Housewife 49, The Scum Also Rises. Radio includes One Day and Daddy’s Girl.
Friday, 9 October 2009

Three Sacks Full of Hats

by Geoff Thompson. Directed by Nick Bagnall.

Cast includes: Louise Bush. Craig Conway. Ronnie Fox.

Eddie is an alcoholic. But the rest of the family won’t admit that he has a problem. After all, they’ve worked all their lives for a drink. Eddie’s brother Mick left his family behind years ago, but when he returns, a decade’s worth of bitterness and hurt shatter the careful silence as Mick forces his family to confront the addictions lying at the very heart of their home – whilst he faces up to the shame he feels for the people he loves the most. A dark, hard-hitting, assault on the senses by a remarkable new playwright.

Geoff Thompson was born in Coventry in 1960 and worked as a night club bouncer for nearly a decade. His first book Watch My Back was on The Sunday Times Bestsellers List in both hardback and paperback. From 1997-2000, Geoff was a columnist and Contributing Editor at Men’s Fitness magazine, published several articles in titles such as GQ, FHM and The Times, and was also voted the number one self defence author in the world by Black Belt Magazine USA. Geoff’s first short film, Bouncer, starring Ray Winstone and Paddy Considine, was screened at over thirty international festivals. His second short film Brown Paper Bag won a BAFTA in 2004. His first play was a monologue, Doorman, which was produced at the Drum Theatre Plymouth in 2003 and subsequently on national tour. Three Hats … is Geoff’s first full stage play.

Director Nick Bagnall most recently directed Entertaining Mr. Sloane (Trafalgar Studios). Other theatre includes Burning Cars (Hampstead Theatre), The Electric Hills (Liverpool Everyman) and Mongoose (The Assembly Rooms Edinburgh). Nick has created and led acting and directing workshops for the Royal Shakespeare Company, National Theatre, Liverpool Playhouse, Birmingham Repertory Theatre and West Yorkshire Playhouse. He is founding director of Sweetheart Productions.

Louise Bush appeared at the Finborough Theatre in Captain Oates’ Left Sock. Other theatre includes Ridiculusmus (Royal Court Theatre), London Calling (Theatre of Discontent), A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Richard III (Shakespeare’s Globe), Demons and Dybbuks (Young Vic). TV credits include Casualty, The Bill and Meet Pursuit Delange. Craig Conway’s credits include Romeo and Juliet and Peer Gynt (National Theatre), Macbeth and East (Leicester Haymarket), 1984, A Clockwork Orange and Animal Farm (Northern Stage). TV credits include Our Friends in the North, Hollyoaks and The Hogfather. Film credits include Dog Soldiers, Vera Drake, multi-award-winning The Descent and Doomsday. Ronnie Fox’s film credits include Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Pink, Clubbed and Brown Paper Bag. TV credits include Prime Suspect, Casualty and All in the Game.
Saturday, 10 October 2009


By Bekah Brunstetter. Directed by Blanche McIntyre.

Green is a darkly comic and sometimes surreal look at the mind of an American soldier in the Iraq war. Clint left his life as a young university acting student to sign up to go to war in Iraq, and returns home to find a country he doesn’t recognise. The play questions the American political response to the current war, what motivates young people to join the military, and what happens to soldiers as a result of the extreme conditions of modern warfare.

Bekah Brunstetter is a New York based playwright who received her UK debut at the Finborough Theatre earlier this year with Oohrah! which is also currently being produced at the Atlantic Theater Company, New York City. She also co-wrote Avocado, recently seen at the King's Head Theatre. Bekah won the Samuel French New York Short Play Festival in 2008 with her play F*cking Art and in 2006 with Sick. She is currently Playwright-in-Residence at Ars Nova in New York City. Green was a finalist in the Alliance Theater's Kendeda Competition, a national finalist in the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, and a semi-finalist at the O'Neill Theatre Conference 2007.

Director Blanche McIntyre is the first recipient of the Leverhulme Directors’ Bursary, and is currently Director in Residence at the National Theatre Studio and the Finborough Theatre. Directing includes Bulgakov’s The Master And Margarita (Greenwich Playhouse), Three Hours After Marriage (Union Theatre), Wuthering Heights (National Tour), The Revenger’s Tragedy (BAC), Birds (Southwark Playhouse), Doctor Faustus, The Devil Is An Ass, The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde As Told To An Inmate Of Broadmoor Asylum (White Bear Theatre), and Lost Hearts, The Invention of Love and Cressida (Edinburgh Festival). She will direct Bulgakov’s Moliere or The League of Hypocrites at the Finborough Theatre in December 2009.


Tuesday 6 October - Saturday 17 Octuber 2009

Tuesday to Saturday evenings at 9.00pm

Tickets £3 ALL SEATS

Box Office: 0844 847 1652

Tuesday, 6 October 2009 – Death and the Kit-Kat (A Torture Comedy) by Anders Lustgarten.
Wednesday, 7 October 2009 – Wisdom by Simon Vinnicombe.
Thursday, 8 October 2009 – Mirror Teeth by Nick Gill.
Friday, 9 October 2009 – Three Sacks Full of Hats by Geoff Thompson.
Saturday, 10 October 2009 – Green by Bekah Brunstetter.
Tuesday, 13 October 2009 – The December Man/L’homme de décembre by Colleen Murphy.
Wednesday, 14 October 2009 – Awhi Tapu by Albert Belz.
Thursday, 15 October 2009 – Driven by Colleen Muldoon-Taylor.
Friday, 16 October 2009 – Face Up/Face Down by Michael Lesslie.
Saturday, 17 October 2009 – A New Play by James Graham.

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