Special Relationship Productions in association with Anita Creed Productions and Park Theatre presents the UK Premiere of
There or Here
WRITER I JENNIFER MAISEL
DIRECTOR I VIK SIVALINGAM
DESIGNER I VICKY SWEATMAN
LIGHTING DESIGNER I ROBBIE BUTLER
SOUND DESIGN I NICOLA CHANG
Jennifer Maisel - Writer
Jennifer’s The Last Seder premiered Off-Broadway with Gaby Hoffmann and Greg Mullavey after productions around the country and abroad. Her Sundance-developed Out of Orbit was awarded an Ensemble Studio Theatre/Alfred P Sloan rewrite commission for plays about science and technology, made the 2016 Kilroy List and won both the Stanley Award and the Woodward Newman Award for Drama. It will premiere at Williamston Theatre and be produced at Bloomington Playwrights Project in 2018. There or Here was named a PEN West Literary Award finalist after its New York premiere with Hypothetical Theatre company. Her @thespeedofJake, also a PEN West Literary finalist, premiered in Los Angeles with Playwrights’ Arena. She developed her newest play,Eight Nights, with the Berkshire Playwrights Lab. Jennifer has written movies for major networks and independent features and recently sold a pilot to Super Deluxe with MomentumTV. Jennifer is one of five writers invited into the prestigious Humanitas 2018 PlayLA workshop.
Vik Sivalingam - Director
Vik trained on the Arts Council/ Birkbeck, University of London MFA in Theatre Directing. Following this he became Director in Training at the New Wolsey Theatre from September 2005 to July 2006 and later in his career was the Resident Assistant Director at the Royal Shakespeare Company from 2008- 2011. He has worked in theatres all over the UK including the Almeida, the Old Vic, the Royal Court, Tricycle Theatre, Southwark Playhouse, Sheffield Crucible, the New Wolsey Theatre and Headlong Theatre. He holds a PG Award in Teaching Shakespeare (RSC/ Warwick University) and has worked extensively at drama schools including LAMDA, Rose Bruford College, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Birmingham School of Acting, Arts Educational Schools, East 15 Acting School and WacArts.
Vicky Sweatman - Designer
Vicky studied Theatre design at Croydon Art College which led her to designing jobs including Arabian Nights (The Royal Exchange), Caucasian Chalk Circle (The Lowry) and a National dance tour for Sakoba. Vicky has designed many fringe productions across London and Edinburgh, most recently Drunken City (Tabard Theatre) and The Fable (Cockpit Theatre). Vicky also works in live events and TV.
Robbie Butler - Lighting Design
Robbie trained at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. He has twice been nominated for an Off West End Award for Best Lighting Design and was the winner of the 2015 ETC Award from the Association of Lighting Designers. More at www.robbiebutlerdesigns.com
Selected designs include: The Wind In The Willows (The Cube, Corby); The Passing of the Third Floor Back; Windows; Just To Get Married; Incident at Vichy; Caste; Run The Beast Down; Dubailand; Don’t Smoke In Bed (Finborough Theatre, London); The Enchanted Pig (Jackson’s Lane Theatre, London); Mother Courage and Her Children (Southwark Playhouse, London); The Provoked Wife (The Hope Theatre, London); Curtain’d Sleep (Entita Theatre Company, Twickenham); Boom (Theatre 503, London); Mumburger; Odd Shaped Balls (Old Red Lion Theatre, London); 1984:Live (Senate House, UCL); Jekyll and Hyde (Pleasance Theatre, London); Dracula (The Warren, MainStage); Poppies The Musical (The Space Theatre, London).
Technical work includes: Girl From The North Country; Woyzeck; Rosencratz and Guildenstern are Dead; No's Knife; Groundhog Day The Musical; Dr Seuss’s The Lorax (The Old Vic Theatre, London); Cirque Du Soleil’s Amaluna (International Big-Top Tour).
Nicola Chang - Sound Design
Nicola is a London-based musician hailing from Hong Kong. Aside from writing music and creating soundscapes for films, television, theatre, trailers and documentaries, she is also a cast member of STOMP! West End and a freelance percussionist. Theatre sound design credits include Beauty and the Beast (King's Head), The Community (Lion and Unicorn/Stockwell Playhouse), Thirty-Three (Leicester Square Theatre), Fire Burn (Brighton Fringe Festival) and The Den (Swan Wharf Studios). As a film/trailer composer, she has worked on projects across the U.K., U.S., China and India. In December 2017, she will be conducting the Notting Hill Film Orchestra playing her original score to the Perfect Dinner, accompanied by a live screening of the film. She can be found wandering about in North London parks resting her ears every now and then.
Anita Creed - Associate Producer
Anita is British born and bred with a first generation South Asian father and an Australian mother. She has a business background in Project Management coupled with a more recent acting career. Her experience in these two areas spurred her to set up her own theatre company and in marrying both acting and business she has a unique understanding of the attributes required both on and off stage to produce a happy and successful show.
As Producer, work includes The Provoked Wife (The Hope Theatre), Footprints on the Moon (the Finborough Theatre), Incident at Vichy (the Finborough Theatre and subsequent transfer to the King’s Head Theatre) and The Fellowship (Hen & Chickens). As Associate Producer: Vanities: The Musical (Trafalgar Studios 2).
Special Relationship Productions
Special Relationship Productions was created by a Brit and an American dedicated to bringing exciting, refreshing and often overlooked plays from off-Broadway to off-West End, and vice versa. The company’s goals are to not only bring UK and US cultural awareness to the other sides of the pond through the medium of theatre, but also to find work that can attract new audiences and encourage both colour- and gender-blind casting where possible. The company strives to find work that features underrepresented demographics and casts and hires talent in line with this, flipping race and gender where possible. Our inaugural production was Pultizer Prize finalist play Yellow Face, starring Kevin Shen, by Tony Award-winning playwright David Henry Hwang. This production opened the Park90 space in 2013 and subsequently transferred to the Temporary Theatre at the National Theatre the following year.