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CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR IMMERSION THEATRE’S BRAND NEW TOURING PRODUCTION OF R. C. SHERRIFF’S WORLD WAR ONE MASTERPIECE JOURNEY’S END
Whitley Bay Playhouse
Thursday 20th October 2016
Thursday 20th October 2016
Immersion Theatre recently announced lead casting for their Autumn 2016 tour of R.C. Sherriff’s Journey’s End. Tom Grace (The Ilyiad, Labyrinth) will play Stanhope, and will be joined by Matt Ray Brown (1984, Ghosts) as Osborne and Rory Fairbairn (Madame X, Blackout) as Raleigh.
March1918. “The war to end all wars”.
Anxiety builds in Captain Stanhope’s claustrophobic dugout as the threat of an imminent German attack looms over the battalion. As final orders are received, Stanhope must stir his men to overcome the uncertainty of the unknown, make the ultimate sacrifice and prepare to “go over the top” in a truly heart wrenching climax.
Journey’s End is a harrowing insight into the humanity of the First World War based on R. C. Sherriff’s own experiences in the trenches. Utterly compelling, this award-winning classic masterfully brings the courage, valour, humour and inescapable tragedy of warfare to the stage.
TOM GRACE – STANHOPE
Tom trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts.
Theatre includes: The Iliad, Labyrinth (Almeida Theatre), Macbeth (Young Shakespeare Company), Arnika (Bridewell), Journey's End (Contexture Theatre), Every Man in his Humour (Sam Wanamaker Playhouse), Poilu and Tommy (Courtyard Theatre), The Broken Circle Breakdown (Karamel Club).
Film includes: The Visitation (Max Jourdan), Beneath a Neon Tide (Kill the Sunset Pictures), An Idle World (Bobbin Productions), Smiley and Drive-by Sunset (Fear Driven Films).
MATT RAY BROWN – OSBORNE
Matt trained at the London Centre for Theatre Studies.
Theatre includes: 1984 (Headlong - American Repertory Theater/Playhouse Theatre); Parkway Dreams (Eastern Angles); Ghosts (Trafalgar Studios); An Enemy of the People (Just Jones &); Sports Play (Just a Must); Casablanca (Future Cinema).
Film includes: Lost in the Shadows; Things of the Aimless Wanderer; Aviatrix; Brothers of War; Shelter; FIT; Angel.
Television: Murder Maps.
Matt is a fluent speaker of French and German, with credits in both languages, and is a regular voice for English in Foreign Language teaching/learning courses.
RORY FAIRBAIRN – RALEIGH
Rory trained at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and he is delighted to be working with Immersion Theatre for the first time. Theatre credits include: Madame X (Noel/Perissard, Brockley Jack Studio Theatre), Blackout (Newcomer, Hope Theatre), Jekyll & Hyde (Dr Henry Jekyll, Lion & Unicorn Theatre), Romeo & Juliet (Balthasar/Peter, Shooting Stars Theatre Company).
Immersion Theatre is an award-nominated touring company who is fast developing a reputation as a producer of top quality drama and family theatre. Established in 2010 by producers and STAGE ONE alumni, James Tobias and Rochelle Parry, they have played some of the country’s most prestigious theatres and playhouses, built up a notable portfolio of critically-acclaimed work, and developed a reputation for producing exciting, powerful and accessible theatre of a superb quality.
At present, Immersion Theatre are Associate Producers on LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (UK Tour) and Lead Producers on JOURNEY'S END (UK Tour), WIZARD OF OZ (UK Tour), ALICE IN WONDERLAND (UK Tour) and ROBIN HOOD (Civic Arts/Fisher Theatre).
Artistic director James Tobias said: "We are absolutely delighted to have acquired the rights to this incredible piece. Being such an admired and respected text, we appreciate the responsibility we have to do it justice as a mid-scale company looking to transition into the world of large-scale touring. That said, initial casting has been tremendously successful. We are using the costumes from the last West End production and are working to ensure that the quality of product provided is on a level with that of the last major revival. We are passionate about producing top quality theatre at accessible prices and we couldn't be happier to have the opportunity to do so with such a beautifully written and iconic First World War masterpiece"
“Immersion provides a masterclass for theatre companies looking to update these classic stories for new audiences.” Stage Review *****
“A visual spectacle” A Younger Theatre
“A big screen blockbuster for the small stage” One Stop Arts
1.30 pm performance: £9 – Schools (teachers go free), £14.50 public / £12 public conc.
7.30 pm performance: £18.50, £16.50 conc.
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