_Tearing at the wounds of white working-class Britain revealing screams of abandonment.
This side of town. The first years of the millennium and Skef’s dad is back. Reliving his glory days on the terraces, he stands shoulder to shoulder with his son for the first time as they give it to the Asians. For Skef this isn’t about reliving bygone glory but reclaiming all that’s fast being stolen by the new insidious scourge all around. But, committed to battling this enemy within, he’s in danger of soiling the very thing he’s fighting for by violating the very thing he loves.
"It's not about the Scousers, or the Geordies or even the Irish anymore. It's not even about the Blacks or the Asians. It's a new age with a new threat and you don't even know it."
Skef | Jim English
Dean | Mark Cameron
Gerbil | Paige Round
Major | Dinita Gohil
Jim English Jim graduated from Rose Bruford in 2013 as their Spotlight Prize Nominee. Theatre work i ncludes Solid Air (Theatre Royal Plymouth), Death At Dawn (Cloud Nine Theatre Company), Pop Up Shakespeare (The Globe). TV/Film credits: Doctors (BBC), Gone (Electric Shadow Company). Jim is also a published playwright and his play The Words I Should Have Said To Phoebe Lewis is being produced at Hull Truck this summer.
Mark Cameron TV: Credits include: regular characters in Coronation Street, Steel River Blues, Emmerdale, Doctors and guest roles in Law and Order, Waterloo Road, Casualty, Holby City, Eastenders, The Roman Mysteries, Vincent, Mayo, The Royal, The Bill, Fifty Five Degrees North, Extreme Endurance, Brookside. Film credits include: D.I. Hackman in Scar Tissue (UK cinema release 2014), The Boss in The Boss, (2012 Reed Festival short film winner), Norman Hunter in The Damned United, Lord Pembroke in Casanova’s Love Letters, John in Tomo (Sundance Film Festival Winner) and Brooks in The Other Side. Theatre: Credits include: The DAFTAS Ceremony Host in Park Theatre Review (Park Theatre, London), Nurse Ottom in Sleeping Beauty (Park Theatre) Chancer in Mathematics of the Heart (Theatre 503 and winner of Brighton Fringe festival – Best Play), The Dame in Sleeping Beauty (Salisbury Playhouse), Tom in Life Imitates Art (Camden Peoples’ Theatre), Dorante in The Game of Love and Chance (National Tour), Alfredo in The Breakfast Soldiers (Contact Theatre, Manchester), Johan in The Bergman Project (Tristan Bates Theatre), Harcourt in The Country Wife (The Gatehouse), Scott in Blue Funk (Old Red Lion), Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew (Shakespeare in the Park), Romeo in Romeo and Juliet (Cannizaro Park), Robin Hood in Robin Hood (Swansea Grand), King Rat in The Pudding Pirates (Durham Gala Theatre). Radio: Daniel Chadwick, Home Front, BBC
Paige Round Paige trained at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Her first professional job was playing Helena in a site-specific immersive production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, directed by Sasha McMurray. Other credits include ensemble in Pink Floyd -The Wall workshop and The Messenger in Antigone at Belsize Park Festival. Credits whilst training include: Rizzo in Grease, Gertrude in Hamlet, Amy in Company, Masha in Three Sisters and Madame Gloumova in Too Clever By Half. Having spent Christmas at the Park Theatre playing Grenthel in the hugely successful Jack and the Beanstalk, Paige is delighted to be appearing in the world premiere of Hurling Rubble at the Moon.
Dinita Gohil made her TV debut in 1999 in the ITV drama, The Last Train then went on to study acting at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, graduating in 2013. Television credits include Doctors (BBC) and Communicate (Channel 4). She also appeared in the independent film One and presented the World Cup finals for Children’s ITV. Theatre credits include Tartuffe (Birmingham Rep Theatre 2013); After Juliet (Birmingham Hippodrome); Totally Over You (Nottingham Playhouse); La Escala Humana (U.de Chile) and Deadlock (Soho Theatre 2005). Dinita is set to appear in two highly anticipated films to be released towards the end of this year, Kill Your Friends (being released in September), and The Infiltrator, alongside Bryan Cranston, which is due to be released in 2016.
Plawright | Avaes Mohammad
Director | Jez Bond
Producer | JJ Almond (For Park Theatre)
Set and Costume Designer | Rhys Jarman
Projection Designer | Victor Craven
Lighting Designer | Joules McCready
Sound Designer | Jaydev Mistry
Fight Directors | Rachel Bown-Williams and Ruth Cooper-Brown of RC-ANNIE Ltd
Assistant Director | John Ward
Company Stage Manager | Sophie Sierra
Assistant Stage Manager | Jess Bishop
Assistant Stage Manager | Dan Miller
Casting Directors | Lucy Jenkins CDG and Sooki McShane CDG
Avaes Mohammad was born in Blackburn, Northern England. It was whilst completing his Chemistry Doctorate at Manchester University that he found his voice as a poet, playwright and performer. Inspired by or even in spite of the Asian riots of 2001 and the events of 11th September, Avaes committed his work to being an instrument of social reform and shared experience.
Artist-Alchemist, Avaes has since performed his poetry on stages across the UK, Denmark, India, Pakistan and South Africa. Appearing extensively on Radio, his poem Bhopal was commissioned by BBC Radio 4, going on to win an Amnesty International Media Award.
In 2003, Avaes expanded into playwriting and has since been commissioned by BBC Radio and several theatre companies across the UK with his plays Bhopal (2003), In God We Trust (2005), The Student (2007), Shadow Companion (2008), Crystal Kisses (2010/2011), Fields of Grey (2012) and Of Another World (2014).
Committed to the evolving landscape of British Arts, Avaes has directed the British South Asian Theatre Memories Project in partnership with the Foundation of Indian Performing Arts (FIPA) and SOAS, archiving the collective journeys of British South Asian Theatre through the narratives of its practitioners.
Avaes Mohammad is currently Associate Artist with Red Ladder Theatre Company, Fellow of the Muslim Institute and Trustee of the Bhopal Medical Appeal.
Jez Bond graduated Hull University with a BA Honours in Drama and was awarded the Channel 4 Theatre Director Bursary, under which he trained at Watford Palace Theatre. Jez is Artistic Director of Park Theatre – which he founded.
As a director his credits include Jack and The Beanstalk, Sleeping Beauty (both which he co-wrote) and Adult Supervision (all for Park Theatre), The Fame Game (Tour of Austria), Sleeping Beauty (Salisbury Playhouse), Oliver! (starring Rowan Atkinson, Oxford), I Have Been Here Before (Watford Palace Theatre), The Twits (Tour of Switzerland), Misconceptions (Hong Kong Arts Centre), Big Boys (Croydon Warehouse), Shot of Genius (Leicester Square), Canaries Sometimes Sing (Kings Head & France) and A Season in South Africa (Old Vic). As a dramaturge he has worked with writers at Soho Theatre, Theatre Royal Stratford East, Royal Court and Young Vic.
Rhys Jarman was one of the winners of the 2007 Linbury Biennial Prize, for his designs of Varjak Paw for the Opera Group. New work includes Institute for Gecko and Adriano in Syria for The Classical Opera Company.
Recent theatre work includes You Have Been Upgraded for Unlimited at the Science museum, Kicking and Screaming for Tangled Feet, The Nutcracker with The Nuffield Theatre directed by Blanche McIntyre, Holes written by Tom Basden and Threeway written by DC Jackson both directed by Philip Breen.
Recent outdoor work includes Burntwater and One Million for Tangled Feet and The Greenwich and Docklands International Festival and Cycle Song, an opera for the 2012 Cultural Olympiad.
Recent work for opera includes The Fairy Queen for Temple Music foundation, Hot House (Royal Opera House Education, main stage); The Barber of Seville (ETO); Ludd and Isis (Royal Opera House Education); The Sleeper (WNO MAX) and The Bear (with the Jeanette Parker Young Artists Programme in the Linbury Studio Theatre).
Theatre projects include Missing and Number 5 (Gecko Theatre); Diary of a Nobody (Royal & Derngate Theatre); Money The Game Show, Mission to Mars and The Moon, The Moon (Unlimited Theatre); Romeo and Juliet (Night Light Theatre); Time for the Goodlooking Boy with Iqbal Khan and The Country with Simon Godwin.
Designs for television include set designs for Peter Pan and A Christmas Carol for CBeebies, series 5 of Dr Who and Young, Autistic and Stagestruck, for Channel 4.
Victor Craven's projection designs for theatre includes Dylan Thomas Gala Centenary Concert (Queen Elizabeth Hall; SouthBank Centre); Sleeping Beauty (Park Theatre); Titanic (Southwark Playhouse); These Shining Lives (Park Theatre); Enron, On Religion and Calendar Girls (Bridewell Theatre); The Beekeeper (The Space); The Cause (Old Vic New Voices) and Frankenstein (Shunt Vaults).
Victor has collaborated with world leading orchestras to create Projection Designs for live concert performance, including Candide, West Side Story, Romeo and Juliet, Pétrouchka, The Firebird, Short Ride in a Fast Machine, The Unanswered Question and The Fairy’s Kiss (London Symphony Orchestra); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment); The Planets (Orchestra Philharmonique du Luxembourg) and Carnival of the Animals (Scottish Ensemble).
Joules McCready's Lighting Designer credits include Ken Campbell’s History of Comedy: Part one – ventriloquism, The Menu (National Theatre); Oliver! (Oxford); I Have Been Here Before (Palace Theatre Watford); Risk Everything (Old Red Lion); Canaries Sometimes Sing (Old Red Lion & King’s Head); Hyperlinx (Citizen’s Glasgow, Pleasance Dome and Tricycle); Wild Raspberries (Citizen’s Glasgow and Pleasance Dome); Adult Supervision, Sleeping Beauty, The Man Who Shot Liberty Vallance and The Vertical Hour (Park Theatre).
Julian also lights and designs art installations including several large scale projects on the sides of hills using natural materials combined with lighting.
As Chief Electrician at the National Theatre until 2011, Julian has headed up the lighting departments in all three theatres and toured numerous productions across the world. Re-lights include Elmina’s Kitchen, Closer, Private Lives, Betrayal, Mike Leigh’s 2000 Years, Antony Sher’s Primo and Katie Mitchell’s The Waves.
As a freelancer he worked on the London 2012 Olympics as well as a number of arts festivals and corporate events – and has consulted on the technical installations at theatres both in the UK and abroad, including Park Theatre.
Julian is a professional member of the Association of Lighting Design.
Jaydev Mistry is an award-winning composer, guitarist, percussionist and music technologist who has collaborated with artists such as Nitin Sawhney (session 72 Contact Theatre).
The Kaliphz and The Timeless Love Orchestra and performed in national and international venues which include The Pompidou Centre Paris, The Bridge Water Hall, The Royal Exchange Theatre, and The Hackney Empire, to name but a few.
Jaydev has also designed sound composed music for many theatrical production for companies such as Red Ladder Theatre Company, Contact Theatre, Aajkal Theatre.
Jaydev was also awarded the prestigious 2005 Amnesty International Media award in collaboration with Avaes Mohammad for the development and composition of the BBC Radio 4 documentary drama Bhopal.
RC-ANNIE Ltd, established in 2005 by Rachel Bown-Williams and Ruth Cooper-Brown, is the UK’s leading Dramatic Violence Company, choreographing action for Theatre and Film.
Theatre credits include Way Up Stream (Chichester Festival Theatre); King John (Royal and Derngate and Shakespeare’s Globe); The Famous Victories of Henry V (RSC); Animals (Theatre503); Playing for Time and Blasted (Sheffield Crucible); Blasted (The Other Room); Operation Magic Carpet (Polka Theatre); The Merchant of Venice, King Charles III (Almeida Theatre); Girl Fights (RSC); Peter Pan (Polka Theatre); Kill Johnny Glendenning (Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh); The James Plays (National Theatre Scotland, Edinburgh International Festival/National Theatre of Great Britain); Garw (Theatr Bara Caws); Bakersfield Mist (Sonia Friedman Productions); Y Negesydd (Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru); MOJO (Sonia Friedman Productions); Once a Catholic (Tricycle Theatre); Aristocrats (Clwyd Theatr Cymru); Bracken Moor (Shared Experience/The Tricycle Theatre); Salt, Root and Roe (Clwyd Theatr Cymru); Paper Dolls and Red Velvet (The Tricycle Theatre); Snow Queen (Trestle Theatre) and Dunsinane (National Theatre Scotland and RSC).
Film credits include Genesis (WSG FilmGenesis Ltd); Arthur and Merlin (Myrrdin Ltd); Howl (Silver Bullet Films); Cryptic (Next Level Films); Down dog (Apropos Productions); Suspension of Disbelief (Content Film); The Seasoning House (Sterling Pictures); City Slacker (Tornado Films); Cheerful Weather for the Wedding (Yellow knife); Deviation (Silver Leaf pictures) and iLL Manors (Microwave).
John Ward is an Associate Director for Red Ladder and Artistic Director of DumbWise, which is an Actor Musician Theatre Company.
As a Director his credits include Nicobobinus (UK Tour) which he adapted, Faust (UK Tour); The MatchGirls (Wilton’s Music Hall); Twisted Christmas (Liverpool Playhouse Studio) and Faust (Greenwich Theatre).
His Assisting credits include Dead Heavy Fantastic (Liverpool Everyman); Big Society!’ (Leeds City Varieties); Carmen (Leicester Square); Lawrence of Arabia (Alexandra Palace – Secret Cinema) and The Misanthrope (Theatre Royal Drum).
He trained at Rose Bruford College, graduating in 2008. John is also an Artistic Associate for Greenwich Theatre and teaches Actor Musicianship at Rose Bruford and Mountview Academy.
Sophie Sierra trained in Professional Stage Management at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.
Theatre credits include Abyss (Arcola Theatre); We Can Make You Happy (Vault Festival 2015); Jack and The Beanstalk (Park Theatre); The Backstage Tour (The Hoxton, Holborn); The Nightmares of Carlos Fuentes (Arcola Theatre); Invisible Dot in The West End (Duchess Theatre) and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (Vault Festival 2014).
Other credits include Dirty Dancing, The West End Story (Piccadilly Theatre); Laura Marling, Brazil, The Shawshank Redemption and Prometheus (Secret Cinema); Rapunzel (Towngate Theatre); Love on Trial (Ovalhouse); Directors Cuts’ (Trafalgar Studios); Future Cinema Takeover (Wilderness Festival); Events Whilst Guarding the Bofors Gun (Finborough Theatre); Mogadishu, Winterlong (Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester) and Bedlam (Shakespeare’s Globe).
Jessica Bishop trained in Costume Construction at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.
Her theatre credits include Once a Catholic (The Tricycle Theatre); Sleeping Jack Whittington (Stratford Circus); We Will Rock You (Dominion Theatre); No Barriers with Barriers, Face Front (Rowans Bowling Alley); Peter Pan and the Designers of the Caribbean (Bloomsbury Theatre); Jack and the Beanstalk (Park Theatre); Multitudes (The Tricycle Theatre) and After Electra (The Tricycle Theatre).
Dan Miller is a graduate of the Stage Management and Technical Theatre course at LAMDA.
Dan’s theatre credits include Stage Manager for Terra Nova (LAMDA); Chief Electrician for Twelfth Night and The Merry Wives of Windsor (LAMDA); Production Manager for How To Disappear Completely and Never Be Found and Europe (LAMDA); Deputy Stage Manager for Festen (LAMDA); Assistant Stage Manager for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Opening & Closing Ceremonies (London 2012 Ceremonies); Assistant Stage Manager for The Pantomime Adventures of Peter Pan (Derby LIVE); Assistant Stage Manager for DiCC Whittington (Derby LIVE); Assistant Stage Manager for My Favourite Year (The London School of Musical Theatre); Assistant Stage Manager for Neville’s Island (Chichester Festival Theatre); Company Stage Manager for Trinity Laban’s Third Year Musical Theatre Showcase (Trinity Laban); Deputy Stage Manager for Mad Dogs and an Englishman (Derby LIVE); Production Stage Manager for The Vertical Hour (Oliver Taheri Productions) and Technical Assistant Stage Manager for Don Giovanni (Diva Opera).
This is Dan’s sixth production for Park Theatre having previously been Deputy Stage Manager for These Shining Lives, Assistant Stage Manager for both Daytona and Stroke of Luck and Company Stage Manager for Sleeping Beauty and Intimate Apparel. This is also Dan’s second production for Red Ladder Theatre Company having previously been Stage Manager for the London run and National tour of Nicobobinus.
As well as his love for music technology, he also designs and builds instruments and has a particular interest in augmenting electric guitars with sensor technology.
Hurling Rubble… is the name given to an overarching theatre project, co-produced by Park Theatre (London) and Red Ladder Touring Theatre Company (Leeds). Comprising two new play commissions, a programme of community outreach work and a series of debates, exploring extremism and its impact in Britain today.
The two complementary plays that sit at the heart of the project explore our nation's most critically contemporary subjects through a nuanced, rounded lens by committing to the human stories at the heart of extremist ideologies that are followed by some in our British Muslim and White communities.
Playwright Avaes Mohammad, born in Blackburn and now living in Finsbury Park describes the two plays:
"Set in the same post-industrial town, each world is attributed its own play, sharing characters that bleed from one story into the next. Hurling Rubble at the Sun and Hurling Rubble at the Moon work together to not only deliver needed understanding of these worlds and their causes, but also to highlight the symbiotic, conjoined dependencies existing between them."
The plays open at Park Theatre on 13 May and run through to 16 June.