Adam Blanshay Productions in association with Park Theatre present the UK Premiere of
RICHARD I CHÉ WALKER
ALICE I SUMMER STRALLEN
ANGEL I VICTOR GARDENER
JANE I EMMA PALLANT
KEVIN I DECLAN PERRING
DJ I RIO KAI
Ché Walker’s writing includes Been So Long (1998), Flesh Wound (Royal Court, winner of both George Devine Award, Arts Council Writer of the Future Award 2003). Both ‘Been So Long’ and ‘Flesh Wound’ have been translated and produced world- wide. ‘Crazy Love’- featuring former student Phoebe Waller- Bridge- for Paines Plough Theatre was the winner of the Blanche Marvin Award in 2007.
In 2008, Che made theatrical history with ‘The Frontline’,the first contemporary-set new play to be performed at Shakespeare’s Globe in London. His musical adaptation of ‘Been So Long’ premiered at the Young Vic and has just been adapted into a feature film which has been bought by Netflix and will open the London Film Festival in October 2018.
Other writing includes ‘The 8th’ - in collaboration with UK rock musician Paul Heaton, ‘Lovesong’ in collaboration with UK Soul legend Omar MBE- both of which toured the entire UK. ‘The Lightning Child’ (2013) made history as the first musical at Shakespeare’s Globe. 'Klook’s Last Stand’ premiered at Park Theatre 2014 before playing at the NAMT fest in New York in 2017.’ Klook’ has been performed in Horizon Theatre Atlanta, Red Mountain Theatre Birmingham Alabama in 2018, Minnesota and is soon to be seen at Zach Theatre, Austin, Texas. ‘The Etienne Sisters’ played Theatre Royal Stratford East in 2015, and is under option for a TV Serial adaptation.
He currently has three screenplays under option in his native UK. His short film ‘ My Old Flame’ was directed by Academy Award Winner Asif Kapadia and screened on Channel 4 UK. Ché has written and directed four short films which have won two awards and fifteen film festival selections worldwide to date.
As director- thirty one professional theatre credits both in US and London. As actor- forty professional TV and film credits, fifteen professional theatre credits.
Ché has taught at Stella Adler since 2015. Before that, he was Guest Teacher and Audition Panel at Royal Academy of Dramatic Art since 2004, and taught acting at the Weekend Arts College for twenty years.
Television and Film includes: Five-A-Side (Emerald Films), Casualty (BBC), The Land Girls (BBC), Hotel Babylon (Carnival Fims), Beyond The Sea directed by Kevin Spacey and Hollyoaks (Lime Pictures).
Theatre includes Young Frankenstein (Garrick Theatre), Hysteria (London Classics Theatre Tour), A Damsel In Distress (Chichester Festival Theatre), Ultimate Broadway (Shanghai Culture Square Theatre), Flying Into Daylight (Live Theatrem Newcastle), Life Of The Party (Menier Chocolate Factory), Top Hat (Aldwych Theatre and National Tour), Olivier Nominatrion - 2013 Best Actress in a Musical. Love Never Dies (Adelphi Theatre), 2011 Olivier Nomination for Best Performance in a Supporting Role in a Musical, Company (Queens Theatre), Paradise Moscow (Opera North), The Sound of Music (London Palladium), The Drowsy Chaperone (Novello Theatre), 2008 Olivier Nomination Best Actress in a Musical, Dick Whittington (Barbican Theatre), The Boyfriend (Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park), 2007 Olivier Nomination for Best Supporting Role in a Musical, A Midsummer Night's Dream (Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park), Guys and Dolls (Piccadilly Theatre), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (London Palladium), Cats (New London Theatre and National Tour), Fosse (European Tour), Anything Goes (Grange Park Opera), Scrooge (Dominion Theatre), and The Sound of Music (Sadler's Wells).
Director Credits: Associate Director/Musical Staging Romance Romance (Above the Stag)
Recordings include: Young Frankenstein (Original London Cast Album), Top Hat (Original Cast Album), and Love Never Dies (Original Concept Album).
Summer is a proud member of the actors union Equity
Theatre includes: But It Still Goes On (Finborough Theatre), Fog (Finborough Theatre), Enjoy (Theatre Royal, Bath), Journey's End (Mercury Theatre, Colchester), Bollywood Jane (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Miss Julie (Mercury Theatre, Colchester), A Midsummer Night's Dream (Mercury Theatre, Colchester), Of Mice and Men (Mercury Theatre, Colchester), The Resistable Rise of Arturo Ui (Mercury Theatre, Colchester), Twelfth Night (Mercury Theatre, Colchester), Road (Mercury Theatre, Colchester), To Kill A Mocking Bird (Mercury Theatre, Colchester), Macbeth in Macbeth (Mercury Theatre, Colchester), Way of the World (Wilton's Music Hall), the one man show Doorman (Theatre Royal, Plymouth), Mick in The Caretaker (Mercury Theatre, Colchester).
Recent television includes: Les Miserables, Press, Holby, Endeavour V, Eastenders (4 eps), series regular Rick Spencer in Hollyoaks, series regular in Mr Selfridge II.
Film includes: Misbehaviour, Farming, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, The Fast and the Furious 6 and The Numbers Station.
THEATRE INCLUDES: A Christmas Carol (RSC); Lava (Nottingham Playhouse); William Wordsworth (ETT/Theatre by the Lake); Wind in the Willows (Rose Theatre, Kingston); Much Ado About Nothing, As You Like It, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Romeo and Juliet, Comedy of Errors, Macbeth (Shakespeare's Globe); It Just Stopped, Alison's House (Orange Tree); Bell, Book and Candle, Bleak House, Great Expectations, Romeo and Juliet (New Vic); The Cherry Orchard, His Dark Materials, Katherine Desouza (Birmingham Rep), The Dog in the Manger, The House of Desires, Pedro the Great Pretender (RSC & West End); Tamar's Revenge, Henry IV Parts I and II, As You Like It, Laughter in the Dark (RSC, Stratford); On Golden Pond, The Herbal Bed (Salisbury Playhouse); The House of Bernarda Alba (Belgrade Theatre); Cymbeline (Regent's Park); Top Girls (Watford Palace); Precious Bane (Pentabus).
TELEVISION INCLUDES: Casualty, Father Brown, Holby City, Doctors.
RADIO INCLUDES: Something Understood, Messages to a Submariner, The Daughter of the Air.
CONCERTS INCLUDE: WW1 Centenary: Fauré Requiem (City of London Sinfonia); If This Is A Man (Royal Festival Hall); Shostakovich's Hamlet (City of London Sinfonia); Midsummer Night's Dream (LPO - Royal Festival Hall); A Song of Good and Evil (Stockholm Berwaldhallen); Shakespeare Songs (London Jazz Festival, Sam Wanamaker Playhouse)
Training: Central School of Speech & Drama
Credits include: ‘Sam' in Sam, The Good Person (Bunker Theatre); ‘Joe’ in Our Boys (Q Productions); ‘Charles’ in Early Birds (Q Productions); ‘Miles’ in The Curator (Luton Culture); ‘Lussurioso’ in The Revenger’s Tragedy (Nottingham Playhouse); ‘Al’ in Screens (Theatre503); ‘Rico’ in Shawshank Redemption (UK Tour); ‘Romeo’ in Aftershakes (Oxford Playhouse); ‘Martin’ in Belfast Boy (Arcola Theatre); ‘Demetrius & Snug’ in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Tooting Arts)
Award winning bassist Rio Kai is a prolific fixture in the London Jazz scene, playing in such
bands as SEED Ensemble and Nerija, as well as hosting a jazz night at Grow, Hackney for
several years which has garnered an esteemed following. A recent winner
of the best jazz newcomer of the year award with Nerija, Rio’s playing style includes
foundations of Jazz coupled with energetic rhythmical phrases, and blistering lines, as well
as bowed works.