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Casting announced for Masterpieces at the Finborough Theatre

Masterpieces

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

CASTING has been announced for Masterpieces, which runs at the Finborough Theatre for a four-week limited season – from Tuesday, April 24 to Saturday, May 19, 2018.

The line up includes Nicholas Cass-Beggs (as Clive/Prologue/Policeman/Teacher/Man in Tube Station/Judge), Olivia Darnley (Rowena), Sophie Doherty (Jennifer/Policewoman/Judge/Irene Wade), Edward Killingback (Trevor/Psychiatrist), Tessie Orange-Turner (Yvonne/Hilary) and Rob Ostlere (Ron/Man in Street/Man in Tube Station/Prosecutor).

Previously Posted: The first professional London production in 35 years of Sarah Daniels’ seminal feminist play, Masterpieces, runs at the Finborough Theatre for a four-week limited season – from Tuesday, April 24 to Saturday, May 19, 2018.

You are not at liberty to avenge the pornography industry in this country. We have the censorship laws for that.

Masterpieces opens on three couples – Rowena and Trevor, their friends Yvonne and Ron, and Rowena’s mother Jennifer and stepfather Clive – having dinner in a restaurant. They exchange sexist jokes to a variety of responses: some laugh uproariously, some uncomfortably, and one is deeply unhappy.

Masterpieces is the story of Rowena, and her journey from seeing a pornographic magazine for the first time, to a thwarted attempt to help an unhappy prostitute, from uncomfortable laughter, to radical and disgusted protest at female subjugation.

Masterpieces is passionate indictment of pornography, the objectification of women and those who condone violence against them.

Masterpieces was originally produced in 1983 at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, before transferring to the Royal Court Theatre where it won Sarah Daniels the London Theatre Critics’ Award for Most Promising Playwright. Extracts from the play were also performed at the National Theatre in a one-off platform performance in 1999 as one of their ’100 Most Significant Plays of the 20th Century’.

Playwright Sarah Daniels is an acclaimed writer whose work has been performed all over the world. Her plays include Ripen Our Darkness, The Devil’s Gateway, Byrthrite and Beside Herself (Royal Court Theatre) and Best Mates and Dust (National Theatre). In addition to her work for the stage and radio she has written extensively for television including EastEnders, Holby City and Grange Hill (which she wrote for twenty years).

Presented by Papercut Theatre and Joe Prentice in association with Neil McPherson for the Finborough Theatre, Masterpieces is directed by Verity Quinn (Just to Get Married, Finborough Theatre), with lighting by Jack Coleman, costume design by Leah Mulhern and sound by Domenico Menghini and Josh Robins.

Also at the Finborough Theatre: the European premiere of American playwright Bruce Graham’s White Guy on the Bus (until April 21) and the UK and English language premiere of Death of a Hunter (April 1 to April 17, 2018).