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Casting announced for Every Day I Make Greatness Happen at Hampstead Theatre

Casting news

CASTING has been announced for the world premiere of Richard Molloy’s Every Day I Make Greatness Happen. Winner of the Nick Darke Award 2017, it runs at Hampstead Theatre Downstairs from September 26 (previews from September 13) to October 20, 2018.

The line up includes Sofia Barclay (as Alisha), Moe Bar-El (Kareem), Jon Foster (John), Susan Stanley (Miss Murphy) and Josh Zaré (Iman).

For the next six weeks, we meet here, in this room. Unless you are hospitalised, or deceased, or suffering some kind of catastrophic physical or emotional trauma, you need to be here.

It’s back to school with a bang for Alisha, Iman and Kareem – they all failed GCSE English and there are only six weeks until their resits. This is their last chance to continue Sixth Form, failure is not an option. It’s down to Miss Murphy to see the trio through.

But collectively, the students are unruly, she’s already snowed under with her other classes and the school is literally falling apart. Can she deliver when there’s just as much drama in the staffroom as there is in the classroom?

Directed by Alice Hamilton, co-Artistic Director with writer Barney Norris of Up In Arms Theatre Company, Every Day I Make Greatness Happen is a searingly witty exploration of a struggling system and the people inside it, on both sides of the desk, trying to make things work.

Sofia Barclay’s theatre work includes Mosquitoes (National Theatre); Future Conditional (The Old Vic); SYP (Soho Theatre); The Two Worlds of Charlie F (Haymarket/UK tour); Othello (Brockley Jack Theatre) and As You Like It (Lafayette Theatre NYC). Her screen work includes Defending the Guilty (TV); Sulphur and White and short films Misconduct; Avenue to Nowhere and Bistro Caprice (film).

Moe Bar-El’s theatre work includes Moormaid (Arcola Theatre); Punk Rock (Courtyard Theatre) and Awkward Silence (Sadler’s Wells). He has also appeared on television in Code 404; Snatch; Tyrant; Phoneshop and Black Mirror and in the films Zero and Austenland.

Jon Foster’s theatre work includes Othello (Shakespeare’s Globe); The Unknown Island, Idomeneus, Tenet, Trojan Women, Dream Story and Mud (all Gate Theatre); F*ck the Polar Bears (Bush Theatre); Buckets (Orange Tree Theatre); A New Way to Please You, Sejanus: His Fall, Speaking Like Magpies and Thomas More (all Royal Shakespeare Company) and Long Time Dead (Paines Plough). Screen work includes Prime Suspect 73; Fortitude; Da Vinci’s Demons; The Great Fire; New Tricks; Rev; Southcliffe; The Town and Mrs Biggs (TV); Alba; Tides and Nice Guy (film).

Susan Stanley’s theatre work includes Alligators (Hampstead Downstairs); Tomcat (Southwark Playhouse); F*ck the Polar Bears (Bush Theatre); Portia Coughlan (Old Red Lion, nominated Best Female Performance, OFFIES 2015); The Separation (Theatre503); Almost Maine (Park Theatre); The Separation (Project Arts Centre, Dublin); The Last Confessions of a Scallywag (The Mill at Sonning) and Bedbound (The Lion and Unicorn).

Stanley has also appeared on television in Fair City and in the films Hotel Amenities (winner of Best Actress, Malaga Film Festival 2013); Shadows in the Wind; This Chair is Not Me; The End of the Nine Till Five; Timelarks and Resurrecting the Streetwalker. She is co-founder of theatre company Pixilated.

Josh Zaré graduated from The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in July 2018. Every Day I Make Greatness Happen is his professional debut.

Read more about Hampstead Theatre Downstairs’ September 2018 to January 2019 Season.