NEWS: Casting Announced For Upcoming Production of Sunnymead Court

The production will play as part of the Arcola Theatre’s Today I’m Wiser outdoor festival from the 1st to the 4th July before embarking on a UK tour.

(c)Lidia Crisafulli

Following its run at the Tristan Bates Theatre last year, Gemma Lawrence’s Sunnymead Court will return to London to be performed at the Arcola Theatre before touring to Dukes Lancaster, Theatr Clwyd and the
Ustinov Studio, Bath from the 5th to the 10th July.

It has been confirmed that writer Gemma Lawrence (As You Like It, Not Talking, Luther) and Sasha Frost (His Dark Materials, Our Country’s Good, The Lightning Child) will bring the production to life when it returns to the stage next month.

From her balcony, Marie blasts out the same tune, every day at 11am. On hers, Stella tends to
red geraniums bursting with colour and life. Two tower blocks facing each other. Two women
who are looking for something more. After a chance encounter in a hailstorm, they start to
embark on a new relationship conducted from the safety of their balconies. But when a flurry of
miscommunication jeopardises their relationship, will they have the courage to make it work in a
world that is changing faster than ever?

Directed by James Hillier, Sunnymead Court is presented by Defibrillator in association with
The Actors Centre. The creative team for the production includes: lighting and video by Will Monks, sound by Max Pappenheim, movement by Chi San Howard, producer Jack Holden, assistant direction by Ewa Dina, stage manager Anna Townley and casting by Annie Rowe.

Talking about the news, Writer and performer, Gemma Lawrence said: “Inspired by the swell of community spirit in
the first UK lockdown, Sunnymead Court is a celebration of the small, seemingly insignificant moments of human connection that might, in another time, have passed us by. As we start to try and process the last year, I’m thrilled we’re bringing this uplifting queer romance back to the stage. It speaks to the isolation of lockdown while also offering audiences some much-needed hope and humour. Most importantly, it has some absolutely banging tunes.”

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