Aisling Loftus to star alongside Vicky McClure in Touched

Friday 18th November 2016

We’re delighted to announce the initial casting for our 40th anniversary production of Stephen Lowe’s Touched, which runs from February 17 to March 4 2017.

Bafta Award winning star of This Is England, Line of Duty and Broadchurch, Nottingham born Vicky McClure takes her first major stage role as Sandra. Vicky will be joined by Screen International Star of Tomorrow and Nottingham Television Workshop alumni Aisling Loftus as Joan, who recently starred in the BBC’s War and Peace and will take on a key role in Jimmy McGovern’s upcoming Broken for the BBC. Sarah Beck Mather, who is best known for her work on ITV’s The Royal and Endeavour and stars in the forthcoming feature film Charismata, will play the role of Bridie.

Stephen Lowe’s Touched is a powerful and poignant World War II drama set during the 100 days between VE and VJ Day and centred on the lives of a family of working class Nottingham women.

Giles Croft – Nottingham Playhouse Artistic Director says
“Presenting the 40th anniversary of the best known play by Nottingham’s most important playwright is a wonderful way to start the year; but to present for the first time with authentic Nottingham voices is particularly exciting. Add to that the formidable talents of Vicky McClure and Aisling Loftus and this production will make an important statement about the cultural and creative life of the city.”

Vicky McClure won a Best Leading Actress BAFTA for her performance as Lol in This Is England 86. She was nominated again for the same role in This Is England 88 and finished the story last year with This Is England 90, which was the last chapter in the cult show. Originally learning her craft at the Nottingham Television Workshop, an acting school responsible for launching the careers of Jack O’Connell, Samantha Morton, Toby Kebbell and Joe Dempsie, she was discovered by Shane Meadows and starred in one of his earlier films A Room For Romeo Brass then was asked to join the This Is England family. Vicky has gone on to star in many highly acclaimed TV dramas. These have included the hit BBC2 crime thriller Line of Duty, she played a steely and driven journalist in the first series of Broadchurch, which was a record breaking drama for the channel; True Love directed by Dominic Savage co-starred David Tennant and she recently starred in her first period drama, a brilliant reimagining of Joseph Conrad’s The Secret Agent – a three-parter which also starred Toby Jones and Stephen Graham. Future projects include a ‘Hand That Rocks The Cradle’ style psychological thriller called The Replacement.

Screen International’s ‘Star of Tomorrow” Aisling Loftus has a wealth of experience in television, film and theatre. She is best known for portraying the key role of Sonya Rostova in the BBC’s adaptation of Tolstoy’s War and Peace and is also recognized for her role of Agnes Leclair in ITV’s EMMY award nominated Mr Selfridge. Aisling will star alongside Anna Friel and Sean Bean in Jimmy McGovern’s forthcoming new six-part BBC drama Broken. She has recently completed filming the independent feature Property of The State in which she plays the leading role of Anne Marie O’Donnell, a young woman who must deal with the devastating effects of having a murderer as a brother. Next year she will be seen on the big screen with Antonio Banderas and Olga Kurylenko in the feature film Salty. In addition to her numerous TV and film roles, her stage career has included The Old Vic’s acclaimed production of Michael Frayn’s Noises Off and Anya Reiss’s Spur of The Moment at The Royal Court.

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