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The Park Theatre in Finsbury Park, north London, has celebrated its second birthday by announcing its full 2015 season. Artistic Director Jez Bond today announced a new season of work, including eight new writing world premieres alongside a number of exciting revivals.
The Park 200 season includes:
Hurling Rubble at the Sun
Park Theatre and Red Ladder Theatre Company present the world premiere of this double bill by Avaes Mohammad, running in rep with Hurling Rubble at the Moon, from 14 May to 6 June 2015, with an official opening on 15 May 2015.
This double bill is directed by Rod Dixon and Jez Bond, and features Mark Cameron (Dean), Nicola Duffett (Mary), Jim English (Skef), Dinita Gohil (Major), Bharti Patel (Mrs Malik), Paige Round (Gerbil) and Ragevan Vasan.
"Opening in the aftermath of the ‘election of a generation,’ these two connecting stories tell of an anger and resentment in working class Britain that won’t be quelled by posturing politicians. Set in Blackburn, in the initial years from September 11th 2001, these two plays tell two halves of the same story of frustration and radicalisation, Hurling Rubble at the Sun seen through the eyes of the British Asian community, Hurling Rubble at the Moon from those of the white working class."
An Audience With Jimmy Saville
A new drama written by Jonathan Maitland, starring Alistair McGowan, which runs from 10 June to 11 July, with an official opening on 11 June 2015.
"The story of how one man used fame, intimidation and manipulation to fool the very institutions we trust. Drawing extensively on material from genuine interviews, transcripts and TV shows, this is the first play to explore the most shocking sex scandal of our time: how Sir Jimmy Savile "groomed the nation."
The Gathered Leaves
Written by Andrew Keatley and directed by Antony Eden, a family drama that sees the weight of family history, of reputation, and of expectation, all descend on one family over Easter weekend in 1997. Runs from 15 July to 15 August 2015, with an official opening on 16 July 2015.
"The Pennington family have not been in the same room for over 17 years. But on the eve of William’s 75th birthday, all three generations gather with the aim of putting the past well and truly behind them. If only it were that simple. And to make matters worse, they are running out of time - or rather William is - as the world that he has always known is steadily beginning to crumble around him."
Lady Anna: All At Sea
A new play by Craig Baxter inspired by the work of Anthony Trollope. Directed by Colin Blumenau with designs by Libby Watson. Runs from 19 August to 19 September with an official opening on 20 August 2015.
" A very British scandal involving fraud, bigamy, a disputed title, a legal case, madness and, ultimately, attempted murder. An extraordinary set of circumstances finds Lady Anna, a woman of aristocratic birth, in love with a radical tailor’s son. The weight of the Victorian establishment closes its ranks against the match. So Anna must choose between her family, her class and everything she has ever known or settle for love, destitution and disgrace."
Written by Steve Thompson, directed by Alan Cohen, running from 23 Sep to 24 Oct 2015, with an official opening on 25 Sep 2015.
"Canary Wharf. As the curtain comes down on the recession, four wildly different bond traders put their limits to the test. The coarse tactics of big swinging dick, Donny, are challenged when a younger fresher new arrival fights to stake a claim in the bank. With Jess wrapping clients around her little finger, bright Cambridge grad Spoon has to catch up fast. Struggling to paper over the cracks of a family life in suburbia, seasoned trader PJ lags behind. In glass buildings that never sleep, is there a glass ceiling and what will it take for it to shatter?"
Dinner With Friends
The Pulitzer Prize winning play by Donald Margulies, directed by Tom Attenborough which runs from 27 October to 28 November 2015.
"Dinner with Friends is a portrayal of relationships that explores our dependency on our friends as well as our loved ones. Follow Beth, Tom, Karen and Gabe, whose lives, once inextricably linked, start to come undone."
The third chapter in The Chronicles of Waa featuring Book, Music & Lyrics by Jez Bond & Mark Cameron runs over the festive season from 3 December to 2 January 2016, with an official opening on 7 December 2015.
"With original music and bonkers comedy, there’s plenty of fun, magic and surprise in store for all. So step inside, grab a herbal bishop and experience the wonderful world of Waa. After all, the princess needs you; she can’t wait to escape from her tower."
Productions in the venue's studio space, Park90, include:
The Dead Monkey (9 June – 4 July 2015)
Positive (9 July – 1 August 2015)
Crossing Jerusalem (04 - 29 August 2015)
Hatched 'N' Dispatched (1 – 26 September 2015)
Dark Tourism (29 September – 24 October 2015)
Grounded (27 October – 21 November 2015)
The Knight from Nowhere / The Bells (24 November – 19 December 2015)
Tickets for all productions are now on sale.