The critically acclaimed Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho is taking to the road this Summer on an exciting tour. The cast has just been confirmed for the Brighton and Dublin shows.
Back as the amazing Margaret Thatcher herself, Matt Tedford.
Matt Tedford is an actor and writer. He studied Drama at the University of East Anglia where he acted in numerous plays including Alfie, Angels in
America, Wyrd Sisters and Faust, and a regional tour of Noel Coward’s Private Lives. He co-wrote and starred in the critically acclaimed Margaret
Thatcher Queen of Soho for Theatre503’s Thatcherwrite Festival where his performance was called ‘incredible’ by So So Gay and ‘electric’ by A Younger Theatre. He now performs stand up comedy and cabaret as
Margaret Thatcher and is developing new projects with Jon Brittain. He is not a member of the Actors’ Studio.
Re-introducing Ed Yelland as Tine.
Ed Yelland is an actor who studied Drama at the University of East Anglia. Whilst there he performed in various productions including Sweeney Todd, The Pillow Man, Tales from the Vienna Woods and Dealer’s Choice. He has since appeared in the Steven Spielberg movie War Horse, worked with numerous fringe theatre companies throughout the UK and toured with A News Thought’s production of On the Line. He has also performed in every version of Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho to date.
AND welcoming Matt Milne as Hessel
Matt recently appeared in Tennessee Williams’ Green Eyes as part of The Hotel Plays at The Grange Hotel, Jon Brittain’s Everybody’s Doing It at the Arcola and the National Youth Theatre’s Orpheus and Eurydice at the Old Vic Tunnels. Other theatre includes: Cymbeline (Sewell Barn), Macbeth (Artrix). Film includes: Steven Spielberg’s War Horse and Warner Brothers’ Wrath of the Titans. Television: Downton Abbey
BOYZONE STAR KEITH DUFFY TO STAR IN A HANDFUL OF STARS
BY BILLY ROCHE
30 APRIL – 24 MAY 2014
Coronation Street actor and Boyzone star Keith Duffy is to tread the boards at the award-winning new writing venue Theatre503 in Battersea. Keith will play Stapler the Irish boxer, in Artistic Director Paul Robinson’s SECOND LOOK revival of Billy Roche’s 1988 play A HANDFUL OF STARS. The production will run here at Theatre503 (the smallest venue in the UK to receive an Olivier Award) from Wednesday 30 April until Saturday 24 May 2014.
First performed in 1988, Billy Roche’s A HANDFUL OF STARS is set in the Irish town of Wexford where ‘shot-gun’ weddings are outnumbered only by random acts of violence in the pool hall. The play was first presented as a stand alone in 1988, and then revived as part of the Wexford Trilogy at the Bush Theatre. The production is part of our SECOND LOOK series, introduced by Paul Robinson to give major productions to neglected modern classics.
Keith Duffy is a singer, actor, and a radio/television presenter. He is best known as a member of one of Ireland’s biggest boybands – Boyzone, which he joined in 1993. Since then the band has gone on to release twenty-one singles and seven albums, resulting in twenty five million record sales and hundreds of sold out live tours. He moved into acting in 2002 joining the UK’s biggest soap operas – CORONATION STREET, where he played lovable Rovers Return barman Ciaran.
A HANDFUL OF STARS marks Keith’s professional UK stage debut.
I wrote Dog Days because I was frustrated at the lack of roles for mature actresses. Apart from playing someone’s wife, mother, granny, nosey neighbour, hospital patient…or even worse and alarmingly more common…a ridiculous woman with whom the audience can laugh at rather than with…there is very little else out there to get ones teeth into. Born out of those alternatives came the desire to write a more complex role for an older woman and I wanted this to be in direct contrast to exploring the hopes and ambitions of a younger woman. Given the fact that there are so few roles for young black women and those that are written are fairly stereotypical, I wanted to write a naturally comic role for a young black actress and the character of Hayley allowed me to do that. Hayley is blissfully unaware of her effect on others and it is clear throughout her journey in the play that this optimistic and bright young woman will ultimately come out on top no matter what life throws at her. She is pregnant, she is madly in love, she is a survivor.
Cate in direct contrast to Hayley, thinks she has nothing left to live for and this contrast allowed me a lot of dramatic scope in exploring a crumbling marriage, empty nest syndrome and what it is like to look in the mirror and no longer like what you see. Not because the character of Cate, necessarily dislikes the lines and wrinkles she sees staring back at her, but because of where it places her in society. Her husband John can have a new life, a new beginning but for Cate in her fifties this is almost impossible.
Cate is a mature woman and Hayley is a black woman and very few women from those core groups are represented in the media and entertainment industry. It’s a different story for men an whilst I applaud the fact that there is no ‘sell by date for men’ I just want that equivalent for women.
We’re interesting …we have something to say …we are entertaining to listen to, to work with. all we want is to be represented in the media on an equal footing. Not a lot to ask is it?
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