Will Adamsdale and Fraser Ayres Star in Sheffield's STUART: A LIFE BACKWARDS, Beg. Tonight
Sheffield Theatres and HighTide Festival Theatres present the world première production of Alexander Masters' Stuart: A Life Backwards, written by Jack Thorne. Will Adamsdale will play the role of Alexander and Fraser Ayres will play the eponymous role of Stuart.
Completing the company are John Cummins (The Hour) playing Gavvy, Mike Goodenough (Monkey, West Yorkshire Playhouse) playing Fat Frank, Steve and Boyfriend, Sophie Russell (You Can't Take It With You, Told By An Idiot, Royal Exchange, Manchester) playing Alexander's girlfriend Flora, and Kirsty Woodward(The Way of the World) playing Karen.
Will Adamsdale was most recently seen at the Royal Court in The Victorian in the Wall, which he wrote. Will was also the recipient of the 2004 Perrier Comedy Award for his performance in Jackson's Way, which he also wrote.
Fraser Ayres is best known for his role of Clint in BBC's hit comedy The Smoking Room. Fraser also won the 2004 Time Out Best Off-West End Performance for his role in The People Next Door.
Stuart Shorter is a chaotic, violent, motormouth homeless man from Cambridge. Alexander Masters is a reserved, bookish member of the educated middle-classes. Double BAFTA award-winner Jack Thorne's (Skins, This is England '86) new adaptation tells the story of an unlikely friendship and of Stuart's entire life - told 'backwards'.
Stuart: A Life Backwards comes to the Studio Theatre from tonight, 11 September - Saturday 28 September, following its world premiére at the Underbelly's new Topside venue at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and tour to the Watford Palace Theatre.
This is a Sheffield Theatres and HighTide Festival Theatre co-production, in association with Watford Palace Theatre, Dumbfounded Theatre, Underbelly andEscalator East to Edinburgh. The play was originally commissioned by Royal & Derngate, Northampton.
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Stuart: A Life Backwards is a novel set in Cambridge that investigates the life of Stuart Shorter, a man who had been repeatedly abused and failed by society and the state throughout his life. He became a unique, attractive, but dangerous adult, who did much to campaign on the issue of homelessness. Alexander knew Stuart, and the novel is a chronicle of their relationship as a prism to Alexander exploring Stuart's life. The book was shortlisted for the Whitbread Book Awards in 2005, and the 2006 Hawthornden Prize.
Jack Thorne is a double BAFTA award-winning playwright and screenwriter, best known for his TV shows Skins, Cast-offs, This is England '86 and The Fades. Jack's theatre work includes winning a Fringe First for Bunny (Edinburgh & Tour) and Mydidae (Soho & Trafalgar) He most recently adapted Duerrenmatt's The Physicists for the Donmar in 2012. He also won Best Newcomer at the London Film Festival 2009 for his first film The Scouting Book For Boys.
Director Mark Rosenblatt, Associate Director at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, has directed for Oxford Stage Company, Shakespeare's Globe, Royal & Derngate, Northampton, the Tricycle, The National Theatre and the Watermill and designer Jon Bausor recently designed the Opening Ceremony of the Paralympic Games 2012 and is an associate at the RSC. The play was originally commissioned by Royal & Derngate, Northampton.