Acting Company Announced for Tricyle Theatre's THE GREAT GAME: AFGHANISTAN
Sagar Arya, Daniel Betts, Paul Bhattacharjee, Lolita Chakrabarti, Michael Cochrane, Vincent Ebrahim, Nabil Elouahabi, Tom McKay, Danny Rahim, Jemma Redgrave, Jemima Rooper, Hugh Skinner, Ramon Tikaram and Rick Warden are announced as The Acting Company for the Tricycle Theatre's Afghan Festival, The Great Game: Afghanistan.
Directed by the Tricycle's Artistic Director Nicolas Kent and Theatre Director Indhu Rubasingham, assisted by Rachel Grunwald, the world premieres of the Afghan plays by Stephen Jeffreys, Ron Hutchinson, Amit Gupta, Joy Wilkinson, David Edgar, J.T Rogers, David Greig, Colin Teevan, Ben Ockrent, Abi Morgan, Richard Bean, Simon Stephens and Naomi Wallace will be presented in repertoire throughout the festival. Designs are by Pamela Howard and Miriam Nabarro, lighting is by James Farncombe, with sound by Tom Lishman.
Previews for The Great Game: Afghanistan begin on 17 April with a press day on 24 April and the season runs until 14 June 2009.
The Festival will explore Afghan culture and history through fifteen plays, a ten day film programme, Qawali Sham Sufi Group concert, ceramic and photographic exhibitions, discussion sessions, writers' talks and play readings (in conjunction with The National Theatre Studio).
Sagar Arya's theatre credits include A Fine Balance at Hampstead Theatre and Twelfth Night at the Albery Theatre. His screen credits include A Short Stay in Switzerland, Survivors and The Sarah Jane Adventures for the BBC.
Daniel Betts' stage credits include Much Ado About Nothing at the Sheffield Crucible, Little Women at the Duchess Theatre, Skylight at The National Theatre and Easter for the Royal Shakespeare Company. His television credits include The Fixer, Ultimate Force, Murphy's Law, William and Mary and on film he has been seen in Hunger and Tom's Midnight Garden.
Paul Bhattacharjee's previous Tricycle credits include Guantanamo and Fashion Robin. His other stage credits include A Disappearing Number for Theatre Complicite, Playing with Fire and The Malcontent for The National Theatre, Blood Wedding at The Almeida Theatre, Twelfth Night at the Albery Theatre, Hobson's Choice for the Young Vic and Edward III and The Island Princess for the Royal Shakespeare Company. His screen credits include EastEnders, Waking The Dead and Spooks. Bhattacharjee's film credits include White Teeth and Dirty Pretty Things.