NEWS: Cast Announced for Fast at the Park Theatre

The production will play at the theatre from the 15th October.

Casting for Kate Valentine’s production of Fast has been announced and is set to include: Caroline Lawrie (Peaky Blinders, BBC; An Ideal Husband, The Old Vic; The Master Builder,Theatre Royal Haymarket), Jordon Stevens (Harlots, ITV and Hulu; Call the Midwife, BBC; Phantom Thread), Natasha Cowley (Othelllo, Shakespeare’s Globe; Connections 2018, National
Theatre; War and Peace, BBC Radio 4) and Daniel Norford (Small Island, National Theatre; Disney’s The Lion King, UK and international tour; Rocky Shock, Wardrobe Theatre).

In a chilling parallel to our modern world of influencers peddling protein shakes and diet pills, Fast is the true story of ‘Dr’ Linda Hazzard who advocated a fasting cure that gripped the press and divided a nation. Complex, beguiling and utterly driven, was Hazzard vilified as a woman in a man’s world or were there darker forces at play?

Kate Barton’s play was shortlisted for the 2018 Best New Play 2018 by New Writing South and is a dark thriller examining the lengths that people go to for an ambition or cure.

Talking about the play director Kate Valentine said: “Hooked on Internet influencers, we now risk trusting people who peddle pills and potions and can lose sight of the perils to our health when adopting extreme regimes. Fast depicts a remarkable woman who uses her powers of persuasion to lure patients, desperate for any miracle cure. Laced with suspense and psychological drama, Fast explores the true crime of a woman determined to prove herself to a world challenging her methodologies.”

Fast will play at the Park Theatre from the 15th October until the 9th November.

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