BY Stephen Sondheim and James LapineCast: Ashley Andrew, Dominic Meir, Catherine O’Reilly, Kristian Walker, Sohail Al-Mahri, Mollie Lambert, Ed Costello, Alan Wales, Jeff Hill, John Highton
Director- Alex Shepley
Musical Director- Peter Golding
Choreography- Laura-Ann Smith
Written by- Richard Cheshire and Robert Marsden
Produced by – Julia Barton and Robert Marsden
Mitchell Memorial Theatre
Broad Street, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, 2006
Director: Robert Marsden
Designer: Laura Clarkson
Musical Director: Jeremy Wootton
Choreographer: Beverley Edmunds
Featuring guest appearances from Andy and Louise (Signal 1) on film.
Reveal Theatre took audiences back to the Golden Age of Cinema, where silent movies are ousted for ‘talkies’. Can Dock Lockwood and Lina Lamont make that transition? With Kathy Seldon’s arrival as the new musical star, can Lina retain her jealousy? And can Don find true love?With unforgettable numbers such as Moses Supposes, You Stepped Out of A Dream, Make ‘em Laugh and the classic Singin’ in the Rain.
Cast: Philip Buck, Pam Jolley and Hellen Kirby
Dramaturg: Andrew Raffle
Designer: Laura Clarkson
Sound Designer: James Earls-Davis
Stage Manager: Emma Jayne Connelley
Graphic Designer: Helen Machin
Stiwt Theatre General Manager: Peter Read
‘This is a piece of theatre taken right into the heart of where it matters. Reveal Theatre Company’s new play about bullying is devised by the cast and plays to an audience of schoolchildren who have spent the morning discussing bullying in the abstract. Now they are confronted with bully and victim in the flesh.
It is a deceptively simple piece. There is Natalie the bully, pert, cool and full of attitude as she flicks her pony-tail. ‘There is Sara, the victim, plain and nice and untrendy. There is James, piggy in the middle. The subtle thing is how the audience at first visibly sides with the bully because she is clever and popular and can get cheap laughs. Shame follows then when the inevitable happens and bullying that begins with whispers and taunts ends in a shocking physical assault in the toilets.
‘They play it in the round with half a dozen tea chests for props, using a sequence of confrontational situations that show who is getting the upper hand. Replays of the events show the situation in a different light with a different perspective on bully and victim and witness, plus some oral evidence that can be quite chilling. Red lighting is used very effectively for violence in slow motion.
‘Yet it manages to be great fun too, teasing with all the traits and contemporary language and influences of the age group. The lessons are crystal clear, and the involvement of the children is total. Such exposed theatre is a very powerful tool.’
Pat Ashworth, The Stage, Thursday 28 October 2004
Chapterhouse (Merton Abbey Mills Fest 2003), July 2003
Director: Andrew Raffle
Cast: Suzanna Walters
Stage Manager: Helen Teasdale
In July 2003, Reveal made its second appearance on the London Fringe at The Merton Abbey Mills Fest with the contemporary classic one woman show, A Woman Alone. This was performed at Chapterhouse, the festival’s alternative venue, for four nights to sizeable audiences.
Written in the late 70’s, Rame and Fo’s 45 minute monologue presents the housewife who ‘has everything any woman could want’ but the right to be an individual. Alone, the woman evaluates all her roles in life as wife, mother, mistress, object of desire, unsalaried servant and of course, as a woman.
In style true to Rame and Fo, our protagonist’s journey is taken to extremes of laughter, fear, hatred, sorrow, hope and despair as she is catapulted to her new role of murderess by the end of this tragi-comic piece.
Cast: Dominic Meir, Posy Miller, Cara Sweeney
Choreographer: Linda Griffiths
Lighting Designer: Steve Robertson
Sound Designer: Kirsty Waine
Fight Director: Jean-Marc Perret
Evening Sentinel Review
John Godber’s classic classroom comedy was brought to the stage of the Stoke Repertory Theatre. Based on Godber’s own experiences as a teacher and Grange Hill scriptwriter, the play takes a hard-hitting (and at times hilarious) look at life in a modern comprehensive. There’s the new drama teacher, brimming with confidence, compared to the headmistress about to tackle her fifth Mikado. Add to the mix a deputy headteacher who rules with a rod of iron, it’s a sure fire recipe for conflict! ‘A mathematically sound trio of actors….providing a take on the subject of modern education, combining jaundiced hilarity, political awareness and lightning quick changes of character, gender and age.’
Cast: Dominic Meir, Cara Sweeney, Catherine O’Reilly
This controversial and award-winning play involves the storyline of a brother and sister’s night on the town.
Set in 1975, the play opens as Ralph, a student who drops out of university, unexpectedly turns up at his sister’s bedsit in Leicester.
The pair hit the town for a night, but after a series of practical jokes they develop a close and dangerous relationship.
‘Brilliant’ – Express and Star
Cast: Derek Parkes, Mark Lynch, Dominic Meir, Dominic Burgess, Craige Els, Richard Sutton, Angela Rose, Natalie Bawarshi, Catherine O’Reilly
Designer: Rebecca Mitchell
The evergreen comedy of romance and deception is set in an Oxford college in 1892. Charley, played by Richard Sutton, is an undergraduate who is expecting a visit from his Brazilian aunt. He and his friend Jack (Craige Els) hope she will act as a chaperone for their girlfriends Kitty (Natalie Bawarshi) and Amy (Catherine O’Reilly). When Donna Lucia cancels her visit, they persuade their vain friend Fancourt Babberley (Dominic Meir) to impersonate her. This he does so effectively that both Jack’s father (Mark Lynch) and Amy’s uncle (Derek Parkes) fall in love with the bogus aunt.
Matters are complicated further when the real aunt turns up!
‘Director Robert Marsden stages a confident, nicely paced production, powered by impressive performances. Craige Els and Richard Sutton play with panache. The role of Fancourt Babberley, the hapless toff, is a true test for any comedy actor. Mr Meir triumphantly steals the show…bouncing around the stage like Queen Victoria on steroids….
‘This is a hugely enjoyable performance.’ – Evening Sentinel
Etcetera Theatre, London, 2000
Director: Robert Marsden
Cast: Dominic Meir, Cara Sweeney
Cartwright’s sharp, quickfire evocation of English pub life was brought to life for the London Fringe.
The action takes place in one night, in a pub, in the North of England and charts the dysfunctional relationship of ‘Landlord’ and ‘Landlady’, presiding over a public house full of colourful, tragic and intriguing characters. There’s Mr Iger, henpecked by his Led Zeppelin-loving wife; Fred and Alice who met at the ‘centre’, who enjoy their films and their pints; and the Boy who just “wants his dad”.
First performed at the Bolton Octagon in 1989, the Sunday Times called the play a ‘brilliantly, surrealistically and comically poetic’ piece, and the Bolton Octagon production won the Manchester Evening Best New Play Award and transferred to the Young Vic in London