With rehearsals for Touched now underway, we’re excited to share who will be joining Vicky McClure and Aisling Loftus in the cast. The play is set Sneinton and with writer Stephen Lowe and each cast member being from Nottingham, this truly authentic 40th anniversary production celebrates the best of local talent.
Vicky, who is best known for Line of Duty and her BAFTA award-winning role as Lol in This is England, takes her first major stage role as Sandra. Aisling, who recently starred in the BBC’s War and Peace, plays her sister Joan. Their half sister Betty is played by Chole Harris, who has had roles in BBC dramas such as Call the Midwife and The Village.
Mam is played by Elizabeth Rider, who’s extensive list of television and theatre credits include Doctor Foster, Midsomer Murders, Waking the Dead and Henry IV for the RSC.
Joining them are Esther Coles (Code of a Killer, Peak Practice and The Girlfriend Experience at the Royal Court Theatre /Young Vic) as neighbour Mary and Luke Gell as foreman Keith. Luke is best known for his role as Tim in Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps and last took to the Nottingham Playhouse stage in Diary of a Football Nobody, which was also directed Matt Aston.
Sarah Beck Mather takes on the role of family friend Bridie and has starred in television series such as Black Mirror, The Royal and Merlin. Harry the Chef will be played by Ian Kirkby. Ian has worked extensively at the Mercury Theatre, Colchester, including productions of Arsenic and Old Lace and Richard III, and appeared in many guises during his long run on the BBC’s children show Dick & Dom in da Bungalow.
Johnny is played by George Boden (Jamie Johnson on CBBC and Love and Marriage). George, like fellow cast members Vicky, Aisling, Chloe and Luke, trained at Nottingham Television Workshop.
Completing the cast are Isobel Gilbert, Eve McLaughlin and Kaiya Withey, who share the role of Joan’s eight year old daughter Pauline.
Touched runs at Nottingham Playhouse from Fri 17 Feb – Sat 4 Mar.