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Casting announced for Warheads at Park Theatre

Casting news

CASTING has been announced for Warheads. Written by Taz Skylar and Ross Berkeley Simpson, it runs at Park Theatre (Park90) from August 15 to September 7, 2019.

The line up includes Klariza Clayton (as Tena, Miles’ girlfriend), Joseph Connolly (Tembe, Miles’ girlfriend’s adopted brother and Miles’ arch rival), Sophie Couch (Phillipa, Miles’ inexperienced therapist), Craig Fairbrass (Deeks, Miles’ army captain), Hassan Najib (Mory, Miles’ best friend) and Taz Skylar (Miles Weppler), with spoken word from Suli Breaks.

Warheads, which is based on the story of writer and lead actor Taz Skylar’s best friend, shines a light on PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) in young soldiers.

Upon return from his first tour of Afghanistan, 19-year-old Miles Weppler isn’t quite himself. Noises don’t sound the same. People don’t look the same. Pizza doesn’t taste the same. The harder he tries to act normal, the harder it gets to be normal. And all his loved ones’ attempts to help him just keep making things worse.

Through the eyes of his therapist he’s just a lost boy. Through the eyes of his girlfriend he’s a stubborn and sometimes scary man. Through the eyes of his best friend, he’s paranoid. And through the not-so-best friend’s eyes, Weppler’s just a d*ck.

Warheads oscillates between multiple timelines, with the audience given a glimpse into Miles’ life before he signed up to the army and the man he becomes post-war, plus it gives an intimate view of what motivates a young man towards the military, and why he wants to stay at any cost.

The cast and production team are working closely with Eden Orfanos-Shoro, an art psychotherapist who has been conducting trauma informed expressive arts workshops. Eden, who has treated many PTSD sufferers, also acts as dramaturg on the production.

Writer and lead actor Taz Skylar said: “PTSD is always portrayed as a man’s illness. I wanted people to see how it affects boys and girls. Boys and girls that are old enough to go to war, but not old enough to play ‘Call Of Duty’. Boys and girls who are old enough to shoot guns, but not old enough to drink a beer. Boys like my best friend.”

Taz Skylar, who wrote the play, also plays the lead role of Miles Weppler. Skylar played Dawes in The Kill Team (Oscilloscope Pictures), directed by two-time Oscar nominated Dan Krauss. Other credits include Jason in Villain (Ascendant Films) opposite Craig Fairbrass, and The Deal (Electric Entertainment), both due to be released soon.

Warheads is directed by Toby Clarke, who has directed at the National Theatre Studios and Pleasance Theatre, and has worked extensively with the Donmar Warehouse and The Lyric Hammersmith. He is also the founder of ALT actor training.

Warheads is suitable for ages 13+.

Tickets: Previews £14.50, Standard £18, Concessions £16.50, Child (Under 16) £13, Park Up members (August 15 – 22) £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 evenings at 7.45pm, Thursday and Saturday matinees at 3.15pm.

Captioned Performance Tuesday, September 5 at 7.45pm.

Also in Park90: Tony Award-winning playwright Christopher Durang’s dark comedy The Actor’s Nightmare, starring Meaghan Martin (July 16 to August 10, 2019).