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Faces in the Crowd - White Bear Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

UPSTANDING Productions is bringing the 10th anniversary production of Leo Butler’s raw and devastating Faces in the Crowd to the White Bear Theatre.

Examining the impact of 21st Century social and financial crises on the ordinary lives of a couple trying to make their way, it runs from March 13 to March 31, 2018.

When Dave moved south to London he left behind his family, wife Joanne and mounting financial woes in favour of a playground of riches, sex and shopping. Ten years on and Joanne wants payback…with interest.

Faces in the Crowd offers an insight into 21st century London and the debts we accrue in the wake of seeking out our ambitions.

Faces in the Crowd is directed by Law Ballard and performed by Bonnie Adair and Adam Bone.

Upstanding Productions’ aim is to make inclusive, accessible theatre and film that focuses on the unheard voices, stories and issues of marginalised groups; making the marginalized mainstream. Previous shows have enjoyed critical acclaim at Riverside Studios and Park Theatre as well as the recent sell-out production of Alan Ayckbourn’s Time of My Life at the Tabard Theatre.

Leo Butler was born in Sheffield in 1974. His work includes Made of Stone, Redundant, Lucky Dog (Royal Court); Heroes (National Theatre Education Tour); I’ll Be the Devil (RSC/Tricycle Theatre); The Early Bird (Queen’s Theatre, Belfast/Finborough Theatre); Juicy Fruits (Paines Plough/Traverse Theatre/Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester); Alison! A Rock Opera (co-composed with Daniel Persad – Royal Court/King’s Head Theatre/Spread Eagle Theatre); and Boy (Almeida Theatre).

Law Ballard’s directing work includes Upstanding Productions’ sell-out run of Alan Ayckbourn’s Time of My Life at The Tabard Theatre; Dahlia, which premiered at The Pleasance Theatre; the immersive piece Unresolved at Stratford Fringe; and in collaboration with Cultercated Theatre and Theatre Delicatessen, For Russia With Love.

Faces in the Crowd has set design by Mike Leopold and fight arranger is Dan Burman.

Tickets: £16, £12 concessions.

Times: Tuesday to Saturday at 7pm; Saturday matinees at 3pm.

Running Time: 95 minutes.

Also at the White Bear Theatre: the world premiere of The Ungrateful Biped, directed by Rupert Graves (until February 17) and The Lady With A Dog, Anton Chekhov’s bittersweet romantic comedy reimagined in the Jazz Age by Mark Giesser (February 20 to March 10, 2018).