Nottingham Playhouse will present the regional premiere of Laura Wade’s West End hit Posh in the run-up to the General Election next year as part of a ‘Power and Politics’ season of work. Directed by Susannah Tresilian, designed by Ellan Parry, and co-produced with Salisbury Playhouse, Posh will headline the theatre’s Spring 2015 Season alongside two new commissions, How to Breathe and Tony’s Last Tape.
Continuing the theatre’s 10-year collaboration with Shared Experience, Nottingham Playhouse will also present Mermaid, conceived, created and directed by Polly Teale – a bold re-telling of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic fairy tale.
Jonathan Harvey’s Beautiful Thing also comes to Nottingham Playhouse following its critically acclaimed London run last year. Nottingham Playhouse is co-producing Nikolai Foster’s celebrated revival with Leicester Curve and Tom O’Connell for QNQ Productions and stars multi-award winning actress Charlie Brooks (Janine Butcher in ‘EastEnders’).
Posh director Susannah Tresilian:
“When ‘Posh’ hit the stage at the Royal Court pre-the 2010 General Election, it sent shockwaves through London. We’re five years on now from its first production, and Britain looks a different place. I am thrilled to be directing this play at this time, pre-Election once more. What is great theatre if it isn’t to challenge, to question, to provoke and to entertain? I’m also delighted to be balancing out those testosterone levels, working with an extremely talented and exciting all-female creative team. Together we intend to send people home talking: about the play, about the boys, about the country, about the politics. I’ll be in the foyer – with a hard hat on.”
Nottingham Playhouse Artistic Director Giles Croft:
“Nottingham Playhouse has always been a crucible for emerging artists and new work, therefore I am very pleased that the forthcoming season is no exception to this. I am delighted that we are presenting as part of our ‘Power and Politics’ season two new commissions by Nottingham writers which examine two completely contrasting and vital stories. As British military activity in Afghanistan draws to a close, we shall be staging BBC Writersroom10 winner Mufaro Makubika’s ‘How to Beathe’; and playing alongside the regional premiere of ‘Posh’ we shall be reflecting on the legacy of one British politics most respected but divisive characters Tony Benn, in Andy Barrett’s new play ‘Tony’s Last Tape’.”
Mermaid director and Shared Experience Artistic Director Polly Teale:
“We are thrilled to be making this epic coming of age story with Nottingham where we will bring on board a chorus of young women to create the mermaid’s magical singing. After years of successful collaborations with the Playhouse it is especially exciting to be able to involve young people in the city with this unique project. Exploring themes of sexual awakening, love, loss and identity, together we will remake this love story for the twenty first century to remind everyone, young and old, of the overwhelming power of first love.”
by Laura Wade
Co-production with Salisbury Playhouse
Friday 13 February to Saturday 28 February 2015
How To Breathe
by Mufaro Makubika
Tuesday 17 February to Saturday 21 February 2015
Tony’s Last Tape
by Andy Barrett
Wednesday 25 February to Saturday 28 February 2015
by Polly Teale
Co-production with Shared Experience
Friday 13 March to Saturday 21 March 2015
by Jonathan Harvey
Co-production with Leicester Curve and Tom O’Connell for QNQ Productions
Tuesday 21 April to Saturday 9 May 2015