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Casting announced for Beneath The Blue Rinse at Park Theatre

Beneath The Blue Rinse

Following their hugely successful production of Spiral last year, Veritas Theatre are returning to Park Theatre in collaboration with KEPOW! Theatre with their production of Beneath The Blue Rinse.

Described as a wickedly funny, high octane comedy about growing old passionately and disgracefully, it runs in Park90 from May 21 to June 15, 2019.

Beneath The Blue Rinse is directed by Glen Walford (Shirley Valentine, UK Tour) and stars Ian Redford, Marlene Sidaway and Kevin Tomlinson. The play was written by Tom Glover, who was selected as one of three winners of the 2018 BAFTA/Rocliffe New Writing Showcase Competition.

When unscrupulous, over-confident salesman Simon Sudgebury comes knocking on the door of the seemingly timid Flora Parkin, hoping to scare her into buying an expensive alarm system, little does he realise what he is about to let himself in for. For feisty, charismatic 75-year-old Flora and her gentle 72-year-old ‘toy boy’ lover George are not what they first appear!

Whilst being incredibly funny, this explosive play also quashes stereotypes surrounding senior citizens and questions how society views and treats the elderly.

Playwright Tom Glover said: “I hate little old ladies – the ones you see in dramas who are pottering, harmless cardigan-wearing biddies. I wanted to write a piece which challenged that cliché and packed a punch demonstrating that age is no barrier to radicalism and relevance.”

Marlene Sidaway, who plays the feisty Flora, is perhaps best known for playing the role of Maureen in Mum (Big Talk). Other recent credits include In The Long Run (ITLR Productions); Doc Martin (ITV); Doctors (BBC); Return To Haifa (Finborough Theatre); Talking Heads: A Cream Cracker Under The Settee (West Yorkshire Playhouse) and Kenny Morgan (Arcola Theatre).

Kevin Tomlinson plays confidence trickster, Simon. His theatre credits include: Spiral (Park Theatre); Seven Ages (Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough); On The Edge! (York Theatre Royal/UK tour); The Ragged Child (Royal and Derngate Theatre, Northampton); Whose Story Is It Anyway? (Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds); Flat 73 (Cheltenham Everyman Theatre); Maestro (Hackney Empire) and Godspell (Royal and Derngate Theatre, Northampton). Tomlinson also played Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream for BBC2 Open University.

The cast is completed by Ian Redford in the role of George, Flora’s 72-year-old ‘toy boy’ lover. Redford’s credits include Mary and Martha (Working Title Films); The Secret Theatre (Shakespeare’s Globe); Loot (Park Theatre); The Alchemist (RSC); The Seagull (Regent’s Park Theatre Open Air Theatre); Our Country’s Good (Out Of Joint Theatre Company); Love The Sinner (National Theatre); Six Degrees of Separation (Old Vic) and Romeo & Juliet (The Globe).

Beneath The Blue Rinse is suitable for ages 14+.

Tickets: Previews £14.50, Standard £18, Concessions £16.50, Child (under 16) £13, Park Up Scheme (May 21 – 28) £10, Groups – buy 10 tickets, get the 11th free. To book, call the box office on 020 7870 6876 or visit www.parktheatre.co.uk/.

Times: Monday to Saturday at 7.45pm, Thursday and Saturday matinees at 3.15pm.

Captioned Performance: Wednesday, June 12 at 7:45pm.

Also in Park90: the world premiere production of political satire Hell Yes I’m Tough Enough (April 24 to May 18, 2019).