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Casting announced for World's End at the King's Head Theatre

Patricia Potter

Casting news

CASTING has been announced for World’s End. Part of the King’s Head Theatre’s Queer Season, it runs from August 27 to September 21, 2019.

The line up includes Patricia Potter, Tom Milligan, Nikolaos Brahimllari and Mirlind Bega.

It’s November 1998 on the World’s End Estate in Chelsea. Energetic single mum Viv (Patricia Potter) has just moved in with her shy, troubled son Ben (Tom Milligan), eager to start afresh and escape economic precarity.

Next door, single father and painter-cum-security guard Ylli and his confident, yet enigmatic son Besnik are also negotiating their horizons, against the televised backdrop of catastrophe in their native Kosovo.

Each grappling with their own expectations, assumptions and responsibilities to family, neighbours and nation, emotions run high as Viv, Ben, Ylli and Besnik are thrown together.

As they move towards the new millennia, both parents are willing to fight for a better future for their children. Yet with all four of their isolated worlds coming into orbit, and Ben and Besnik growing ever closer over Nintendo 64 sessions, tentatively becoming more than friends, it becomes clear that they all imagine freedom very differently.

A subtle rumination on single parenthood, conflict, sexuality, videogames and the ways that trauma and oppression shape us, is a deceptively gentle and achingly tender portrait of lives lived in the heart of a metropolis, yet squarely on the world’s edges.

It is also an LGBT love story, told with immense pathos against a background of humanitarian tragedy… and The Legend of Zelda.

The play is the debut of emerging writer James Corley and is directed by Harry Mackrill, who was Associate Director at Kiln Theatre (2018-19) and is currently Associate on David Hare’s adaptation of Peer Gynt at the National Theatre. Mackrill was also Associate on the National’s production of Angels in America (2017). World’s End marks Mackrill’s return to the King’s Head Theatre, following 2016’s revival of Paul Boakye’s critically acclaimed play, Boy with Beer.

Patricia Potter (pictured top) is a stage and screen actor best known for the long running and well-loved role of Diane Lloyd in Holby City, alongside appearances in Brookside, New Tricks and Law & Order: UK. Her stage credits include The Colby Sisters of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania (Tricycle Theatre) and An Eligible Man (New End Theatre).

Potter said: “I’m so excited to be back in the theatre – especially with a piece of new writing which feels so relevant for today. World’s End offers an insightful look into four very different lives – I’m looking forward to getting into rehearsals with such a great team and sharing it with audiences.”

Tom Milligan

Tom Milligan (pictured right) trained at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and is best known for his portrayal of James Potter Jr, James Potter Sr and Cedric Diggory in the original West End production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. He also acted as an understudy for Albus Potter. His other theatre credits include Last of The Dragons (The English Theatre Company of Poland), Our House (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) and Brigadoon (National Theatre of Scotland).

Nikolaos Brahimllari is an Albanian actor, who starred in the BBC radio play called On Kosovo Fields (Tamasha theatre company). His film work includes The Rook (Lionsgate).

Mirlind Bega trained in professional dance and musical theatre at Bird College, graduating in 2018.

World’s End is designed by Rachel Stone, with lighting by Jai Morjaria, sound by Harry Linden Johnson and movement direction by Chi-San Howard.

Read more about the 2019 Queer Season

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