Fine Line Productions in association with Rough Fiction and Park Theatre present the World Premiere of

Distance

By Alex McSweeney

WRITER | ALEX MCSWEENEY
DIRECTOR | SIMON PITTMAN
DESIGNER | BETHANY WELLS
LIGHTING DESIGNER | DAN SAGGARS
SOUND DESIGNER | ALEXANDRA FAYE BRAITHWAITE
VIDEO DESIGNER | IAN WILLIAM GALLOWAY
PRODUCER | FINE LINE  
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER | ROUGH FICTION 
GENERAL MANAGER | CELIA DUGUA  
PRODUCTION MANAGER | JANE ARNOLD-FORSTER
STAGE MANAGER | KATE ECCLES


Alex McSweeney | Writer

Alex is an actor, playwright and director. 

His writing/directing credits include: Out Of The Cage (Park Theatre), A Hero Of Our Time (Rose Theatre Kingston) and Between Women (Hen and Chickens). His new play/collaboration, Crossing Borders/Fragments with Velina Hasu Houston premiered in June 2018 (Martin Massman Theatre, Los Angeles & Ryerson Theatre, Toronto). 

As an actor he has worked extensively across television, film, theatre and radio. Most recently Alex has appeared in Nyela’s DreamEndeavour and Call The Midwife,as well as regular collaborations with Steven Berkoff including On The Waterfront (Nottingham Playhouse and Theatre Royal Haymarket) and Oedipus (Liverpool Playhouse).  

Alex developed Distance on Park Theatre’s Script Accelerator in 2016.

 

Simon Pittman | Director

Simon is a theatre director and movement director. He co-directs the theatre company Rough Fiction and is Associate Director (Learn & Train) at Frantic Assembly. 

Direction includes: The Expected (Wilton’s Music Hall), Othello (National Youth Theatre / Frantic Assembly - The Ambassadors, West End), Not A Game for Boys (Library Theatre Manchester), His Wild Imaginings (LSO St Luke’s), The Last of The Lake (Brighton Dome & Tour).

As Associate: The Go-Between (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Floyd Collins (Southwark Playhouse), The Shawshank Redemption (Edinburgh Festival / Gaiety Theatre). 

Movement direction includes: The Comedy of Errors (Royal Shakespeare Company), The Box of Delights (Wilton's Music Hall), Out of The Cage (Park Theatre), The Kingdom (Soho Theatre), The White Bike (The Space), The Shawshank Redemption (Edinburgh Festival / Gaiety Theatre), Between Two Worlds (Sherman Theatre), Mixter Maxter, 99...100 (both National Theatre of Scotland). 

As Associate: The Go-Between (Apollo Theatre, West End), The Curious Incident of The Dog In The Night-time (Gielgud Theatre, West End), 365 (EIF / National Theatre of Scotland).

Simon trained on the Birkbeck Theatre Directing MFA, the NT Studio Director's Course, and as movement associate to Steven Hoggett and Scott Graham. He was resident director at The Library Theatre Manchester 2006/07.

  

Bethany Wells | Designer

Trained in architecture, Bethany is a performance designer working across dance, theatre and installation, with a particular interest in site-specific and devised performance. I see all design as a form of activism, and am interested in exploring what can be achieved politically and socially by the collective live experience of performance.

Bethany is an Associate Artist with Middle Child Theatre, Hull.

Recent work includes: Legacy (York Theatre Royal), TRUST (Gate Theatre), Party Skills for the End of the World (Nigel Barrett and Louise Mari), The Department of Distractions (Third Angel), All We Ever Wanted Was Everything (Middle Child), Cosmic Scallies (Graeae + Royal Exchange), We Were Told There Was Dancing (Royal Exchange Young Company), Removal Men (Yard Theatre), Dark Corners (Polar Bear), Seen and Not Heard (Complicite Creative Learning), The Desire Paths (Third Angel), The Factory (Royal Exchange Young Company), THE FUTURE (Company 3), Late Night Love (Eggs Collective), Live Art Dining (Live Art Bistro), Race Cards, (Selina Thompson), Correspondence (Old Red Lion), Partus (Third Angel), My Eyes Went Dark (Finborough Theatre), WINK (Theatre 503).

Bethany is currently working on, WARMTH, a wood-fired mobile sauna and performance space, commissioned by Compass Live Art and touring nationally.

 www.bethanywells.com | @preparedtobe

 

Dan Saggars | Lighting Designer 

Dan enjoys designing for a spectrum of live arts including theatre, opera and dance.

Design credits include: Eugene Onegin (MidWales Opera), How To Win Against History Tour 2017 (Young Vic, Seiriol Davies and Aine Flanagan Productions), Chocolate Cake and The Borrowers (Polka Theatre), Orfeo et Euridice and Alcina (Longborough Festival Opera), Sherlock Holmes and the Crimson Cobbles (The Theatre, Chipping Norton), Dad Dancing (Second Hand Dance and Battersea Arts Centre), Tidy Up (Peut-Être Theatre), Punts (Theatre503), Carry On Jaywick (Vaults Festival and touring), Laura Lindow’s Then Leap! (The Lowry, Manchester and rural touring), Echo_Narcissus (The Yard Theatre).

 

Alexander Faye Braithwaite | Sound Designer

For Park Theatre: Happy to Help

Elsewhere: Talking Heads (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Toast (The Lowry & Traverse Edinburgh), GROTTY (The Bunker), Acceptance (Hampstead Downstairs); Grumpy Old Women IIII (UK Tour), Chicken Soup (Sheffield Crucible Studio); Dublin Carol (The Sherman); Kanye the First (Hightide Festival); Room (Theatre Royal Stratford East/National Theatre of Ireland); If I Was Queen (Almeida); Rudolph (West Yorkshire Playhouse); The Remains of Maisie Duggan (National Theatre of Ireland); Torch (New Diorama); Grumpy Old Women III (UK tour); The Tempest (Royal & Derngate); Simon Slack (Soho); Diary of a Madman (The Gate & Traverse, Edinburgh); The Rolling Stone (Orange Tree - Nominated For Off West End Award For “Best Sound Design”);  (Park Theatre); The Future (The Yard); My Beautiful Black Dog (Southbank Centre); Hamlet Is Dead. No Gravity (Arcola); Juicy & Delicious (Nuffield Theatre); Remote (Theatre Royal Plymouth); The Shelter (Riverside Studios) and Lonely Soldiers (Arts Theatre).

 

Ian William Galloway | Video Designer

Ian is a video designer & director working with all forms of video and projection for live performance. In theatre, recent work includes Mosquitoes (National Theatre), Singin' in The Rain, Gypsy, Elf: The Musical (West End), What Is The City But The People? (MIF), Schikaneder (Raimund Theatre, Vienna), Wendy & Peter Pan (Royal Shakespeare Company), The Absence of War, Spring Awakening, A Midsummer Night's Dream (Headlong), Dry Powder, Prism, Hapgood (Hampstead Theatre), Oh What A Lovely War (Theatre Royal Stratford East), Beautiful Burnout, Lovesong (Frantic Assembly), Macbeth, The Missing (National Theatre of Scotland), Amadeus (Chichester Festival Theatre), The Graduate, Enjoy (West Yorkshire Playhouse), The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning, Mother Courage and her Children (National Theatre Wales), Est-ce Que Tu Dors? (Festival d’Avignon / Complicite) The Tempest, The Lion In Winter (Theatre Royal Haymarket).

His work in opera includes La Fanciulla Del West (La Scala), Madame Butterfly (Glyndebourne), Hansel & Gretel (Opera North), Agrippina (Theatre an der Wien), The Marriage of Figaro (English National Opera), Eugene Onegin (ENO & Metropolitan Opera), Faust (Mariinsky Theatre), The Flying Dutchman (Scottish Opera), Juliette, Where the Wild Things Are (Bremer Oper), The Lion's Face, Seven Angels (The Opera Group), Hotel de Pekin (Nationale Reisopera), Sancta Susanna, Von Heute Auf Morgen (Opera de Lyon).

 

Fine Line Productions | Producer

Fine Line was founded in 2011 and predominately works with new writing. We produces theatre that challenges its audience, with most of our work having a strong political and social message at its heart.

Fine Line’s credits include: Moormaid (Arcola Theatre), Out Of The Cage (Park Theatre), When Did You Last See My Mother? (Trafalgar Studios), Execution Of Justice (Southwark Playhouse), and Even Stillness Breathes Softly Against A Brick Wall (Soho Theatre).

Fine Line is a recipient of the Stage One New Producers Bursary for 2014, 2015 and 2017, and is currently supported by English Touring Theatre talent development programme ETT Forge.

www.fine-line-productions.co.uk | @FineLineProd

 

Rough Fiction | Associate Producer

Founded by Simon Pittman and Phil Tattersall-King, Rough Fiction is a UK theatre company making work through cross-arts collaboration, working with a range of artists and co-producers. The company creates original productions that explore contemporary culture, with a focus on interdisciplinary collaboration and storytelling.

Productions include: The Expected (Wilton’s Music Hall), His Wild Imaginings (LSO St Luke’s), The Last of The Lake (Brighton Dome and Tour), Killing Alan (Underbelly Edinburgh), Hospitals and Other Buildings That Catch Fire (Underbelly & NSDF). The company also ran an Ensemble Laboratory between 2010 and 2014 first hosted by The Actors Centre London. The Lab ran weekly training and rehearsal sessions in London with over 40 ensemble members and produced a pop-up touring production of The Love of The Nightingale with a cast of 24.

Rough Fiction is supported by ETT Forge – English Touring Theatre’s talent development programme that champions UK touring, and was previously associate company at The Point, Eastleigh. Previous producing and funding partners have included Arts Council England, Brighton Dome and Festival, Newbury Corn Exchange, The Point Eastleigh, London Arts Orchestra, Barbican/Guildhall, Cockayne Grants for The Arts, and The London Community Foundation. www.roughfiction.com

 

Celia Dugua | General Manager 

Celia is a producer based in London, interested in developing new work. 

Producing credits include: Offie-Nominate Vincent River by Philip Ridley (Park Theatre), Dirty Little Machine by Miranda Huba, Rabbits by Joe Hampson (Park Theatre), Offie-Nominated Thérèse Raquin directed by Seb Harcombe (Southwark Playhouse), Happy to Help by Michael Ross (Park Theatre), The Cause by Jeremy James (Jermyn Street Theatre)

Associate credits include: Dirty Great Love Story (Arts Theatre - West End), Dinner with Friends directed by Tom Attenborough (Park Theatre), Electric (Big House Theatre, Rio Cinema).

General Management credits include: Jellyfish by Ben Weatherill (Bush Theatre), Vixen an immersive re-imagining of Janacek's classic, designed by Daisy Evans and Silent Opera, with support from the English National Opera.