Pearl Chandra, Michael Shaeffer and More Join Hampstead Downstairs' GODCHILD; Cast Announced!
Hampstead Downstairs/The Peter Wolff Trust present GODCHILD by Deborah Bruce, directed by Michael Attenborough and designed by Francesca Ready, with lighting design by Oliver Fenwick and sound design by John Leonard. The show runs 31 October - 30 November 2013. Pearl Chandra, Michael Shaeffer and Chook Sibtain join Tracy-Ann Oberman in Deborah Bruce's dark comedy.
Lou likes to feel her life is carefree and without ties. But this comes to an abrupt halt when her 19 year old god-daughter Minnie moves in to take up a place at university. Minnie's arrival reveals Lou's life to be not as it seems. Her relationships are complicated, her neighbours are closing in on her, and the clock is ticking. What does it mean to be a grown up? Director turned writer Deborah Bruce explores the inescapable differences between feeling 19 and being 19.
An exciting new talent, Deborah's play The Distance has recently been nominated for The Susan Smith Blackburn Prize.
Hampstead Downstairs is delighted to welcome Hampstead Theatre's former Artistic Director Michael Attenborough for the first time. His most recent credits as Artistic Director of The Almeida Theatre include King Lear, Reasons to be Pretty and Measure for Measure.
Tracy-Ann Oberman makes her Hampstead Downstairs debut following the sell-out run of Old Money on the Main Stage earlier this year. Her most recent theatre credits include Boeing! Boeing! (Comedy Theatre) and Earthquakes in London (Headlong/National Theatre). Television includes Doctor Who, EastEnders and Monroe.
Having only graduated from RADA this year, Pearl Chandra has already appeared in Headlong's The Seagull and in Holby City.
Michael Shaeffer's many theatre roles include Friday Night Sex (Royal Court), Table and London Road (National Theatre), and All About My Mother (Old Vic). TV includes Luther, Black Mirror, Mrs Biggs, Parade's End and Game of Thrones. Film includes Broken (dir. Rufus Norris), Anna Karenina (dir. Joe Wright) and Trance (dir. Danny Boyle).
Chook Sibtain's theatre appearances include Othello, The Absence Of War, Murmuring Judges and The Wind In The Willows (National Theatre), Romeo and Juliet (RSC), A Midsummer Night's Dream (Shakespeare's Globe) and King Lear (Almeida). TV includes Hustle, Dr Who, Bad Girls, Footballer's Wives and Eastenders. Film includes VP (Take Cover Films) and Ghost Recon (Ridley Scott Films).
Hampstead Downstairs is an essential part of Hampstead Theatre and its programming. Under Artistic Director Edward Hall and Executive Producer Greg Ripley-Duggan this small studio space is used to nurture work-in-progress, and the shows are produced to the highest standard that their very small budgets allow. The work is presented free from commercial pressures and without 'official' critical assessment, but in front of a paying audience who influence the future of the work by offering feedback both in the theatre and on social media. The aim is to identify and develop plays which might have the potential to move to our Main Stage or to larger stages elsewhere.
Dates: 31 October - 30 November 2013
Times: Eves at 7.45pm. Sat Mats from 9 November at 3.15pm
Prices: £12. Concessions available at £10. First 5 performances all seats £5
Booking: Online: www.hampsteadtheatre.com Tel: 020 7722 9301 In person: Hampstead Theatre, Eton Avenue, Swiss Cottage, London NW3 3EU t: @Hamps_Theatre.