The Finborough Theatre's Winter 2014/15 Season
The Finborough Theatre in West Brompton, west London has announced its Winter 2014/15 season which includes a mixture of original writing, European premieres and a musical. Artistic Director Neil McPherson continues the venue's artistic policy of vibrant new writing and unique rediscoveries, bringing a number of lost texts to the surface, as well as featuring original works.
The season begins with a production of Coolatully by Fiona Doyle, directed by David Mercatali, which runs at the venue from 28 October to 22 November 2014. This world premiere shines a light on modern rural Ireland, where suicide rates among young men are the fourth highest in the world, asking whether a generation can be saved. The play won the Papatango New Writing Prize 2014.
The production will run alongside the sixth consecutive year of Vibrant 2014 - A Festival of Finborough Playwrights between 2 and 20 November 2014, featuring fifteen staged readings of new works by fifteen UK and international playwrights, discovered, developed or championed by the Finborough Theatre.
This is followed by two premieres of political dramas. Silent Planet, a Cold War drama by first time playwright Eve Leigh, directed by Tom Mansfield, plays for four weeks from 25 November to 20 December 2014. It follows dissident writer Gavriil who is detained in a Soviet mental prison as a punishment for protesting against the government. His only escape is the prison library, a treasure store of banned literature available to the patients.
Obama-ology is the full-length European debut of African-American playwright Aurin Squire, which plays Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays between 30 November to 16 December 2014.
The season concludes in early 2015 with the European premiere of Jerry Herman's Broadway musical The Grand Tour which reunites director Thom Southerland with producer Danielle Tarento, following their previous collaborations on 'Titanic' and 'Mack & Mabel', which runs for an eight week season from 1 January to 21 February 2015.
This will play alongside the controversial new play by former Canadian Playwright-in-Residence at the Finborough Theatre, Colleen Murphy, Pig Girl, directed by Helen Donnelly, which will play Sunday and Monday evenings between 11 January and 16 February 2015.