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Casting announced for Sam Steiner’s You Stupid Darkness! at Southwark Playhouse

Casting news

PAINES Plough have announced casting for the transfer of Sam Steiner’s You Stupid Darkness! to Southwark Playhouse. A co-production with Theatre Royal Plymouth where it opened earlier this year, it runs from January 16 to February 22, 2020.

An urgent play about the struggle for optimism and community amid the chaos of a collapsing world, the production is directed by former Paines Plough co-Artistic Director James Grieve and the cast includes Andrew Finnigan, Jenni Maitland, Lydia Larson and Andy Rush.

I just think it’s, you know, important to look at the good things that are happening as well.

Everything’s been falling apart for a while now. In a cramped, crumbling office four volunteers spend a few hours every Tuesday night on the phone to strangers telling them everything is going to be ok. As the outside world disintegrates around them, Frances, Joey, Angie and Jon teeter on the edge of their own personal catastrophes. Their hopes and fears become entangled as they try, desperately, to connect with the callers and with each other.

Andrew Finnigan will reprise his role as Joey. His theatre credits include: Broken Biscuits (Live Theatre/Paines Plough/UK tour); Drip (Hull City of Culture/Boundless Theatre/Tour); My Uncle Freddie, Wormtown (The Customs House, South Shields) and Great North Run for BBC Radio 4.

Jenni Maitland’s theatre credits includes: Emilia (Vaudeville Theatre, West End/Shakespeare’s Globe); By Jeeves (Landor Theatre); Guys and Dolls (Cambridge Arts Theatre); The Rivals (Southwark Playhouse); Hobson’s Choice (Chichester Festival Theatre UK Tour); A Chorus of Disapproval (The Mill At Sonning); Northanger Abbey (York Theatre Royal/Salisbury Playhouse/UK Tour); In Extremis (Shakespeare’s Globe); Coram Boy (National Theatre); Plastic Jesus (The Old Vic); House and Garden, Fen, Sharp Relief (Salisbury Playhouse); and Amadeus (York Theatre Royal).

Lydia Larson will reprise her role as Angie. Her theatre credits include: Finding Fassbender (Pleasance, Edinburgh), Skin A Cat (UK tour, Bunker and Vault, Offie shortlisted: Best Actress), Brutal Cessation (Assembly), We Have Fallen (Underbelly), The After-Dinner Joke and Springs Eternal (Orange Tree), Persuasion (Salisbury Playhouse), Pride and Prejudice (Theatre Royal Bath/UK Tour), 24 Hour Plays (The Old Vic), and Arcadia (SFP).

Andy Rush’ theatre credits include: The Here and This and Now (Southwark Playhouse/Theatre Royal Plymouth); I Got My Superpowers For My Birthday (Paines Plough/Half Moon Production); Love Lies and Taxidermy (Paines Plough/Clwyd Theatr Cymru/Sherman Cymru); Growth (Paines Plough); Tipping the Velvet (Lyric Hammersmith); Jumpers For Goalposts (Paines Plough); Hello Goodbye (Hampstead Theatre); and The Kitchen Sink (Bush Theatre).

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