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Casting announced for The Gift of the Gab at the White Bear Theatre

Casting news

CASTING has been announced for the world premiere of The Gift of the Gab. Written and directed by Simon David Eden, it runs at the White Bear Theatre from Tuesday, May 15 to Saturday, June 9, 2018.

The line up includes Ross Boatman, Madalina Bellariu, Michael Roberts, Charlie Allen, Ivanhoe Norona, Harold Addo and Lewis Bruniges.

1979. The bitter Winter of Discontent. The whole nation is at war with itself, battling industrial strikes, severe unemployment, crippling inflation and fears over immigration and home-grown terrorism. But that’s not going to cramp the style of a den of thieves in Brighton. Unreconstructed, old-school grifters, they live by their wits and some very shady mores and morals.

But even they know the end of an era is nigh and their days are numbered, so each is after one last big score before the law and society’s shifting sands catch up to them. And if that score should happen to contain a priceless lost memoir and a beguiling young waitress from Naples, so much the better!

The Gift of the Gab is a satire that uses humour to expose the ignorance that fosters casual bigotry, and the fallout for any group or culture when greed drives individuals to put themselves before all others.

Born and raised in Brighton, Simon David Eden ditched a career in performance art and rock ‘n’ roll to study filmmaking at the Royal College of Art. Not a bad call as it happens, as he cut loose from the RCA with a MA Distinction, having produced a raft of award-winning student films, including La Boule (Dir: Simon Shore) winner of BAFTA Best Short Film in 1987.

Encouraged by the legendary film-maker Fred Zinnemann, he signed with ICM and pursued a career as a screenwriter. Commissions from numerous British television companies and Hollywood studios followed – including Warner Bros., Paramount Pictures and the BBC – and he wrote medical-science drama All Fall Down (for producer Jane Tranter at Carlton TV) which won Best Feature Length Drama at the Quebec International Film Festival.

In 2009, he was commissioned by Point Theatre to write an original stage play to mark and celebrate 100 years of aviation in Southampton (where the Spitfire was designed and built) and that experience reminded him how much he loved and missed creating work for live performance, and he began to focus on writing for the stage. In 2015, he also penned a fantasy novel, The Savage Kingdom, published in the UK by Simon & Schuster, and in translation in Brazil by Editora Planeta and Znak in Poland.

The Gift of the Gab is the first of a ‘Brighton Trilogy’, and other writing for the theatre includes: When the Saintz Go Marching In (Point Theatre), The Little Match Girl – book musical (Point Theatre/Yvonne Arnaud Theatre), The Albatross 3rd & Main (Emporium Theatre/Park90, Park Theatre, London).

Produced by Helena Michell, The Gift of the Gab has lighting and sound design by Chuma Emembolu, set design by Sim E Sigh and costume design by Devon Opp.

Tickets: £16 and £12 concessions including booking fee – available from the box office on 0333 012 4963 or online at

Times: Tuesday to Saturday at 7.30pm, Sunday at 4pm.

Also at the White Bear Theatre: The Old Room, written by William Stanton (April 24 to May 12, 2018).