Full Cast Announced For World Stage Premiere Of HIGH RIDIN'
Em-Lou Productions today announces full casting of world première of James Hogan's High Ridin' at the King's Head Theatre. Peter Darney directs Linda Beckett (Ivy), Tom Michael Blyth (Stan) and Chicho Tche (Ronnie). The production opens at the King's Head Theatre on Thursday 6 September with previews from Tuesday 4 September and runs until Saturday 22 September.
"What did you do with the drugs?"
"Dumped'em in a field."
"Are you serious? The cows are jumpin' over the Moon, Mars and fuckin' Jupiter!"
Teenager Ronnie hitchhikes North to search for a job and a new start. Ex-bouncer Stan, just out of prison, gives him a lift. But not where Ronnie thought he was going.
Instead, Stan speeds off the motorway to a deserted house on the moors. But neither Ronnie nor Stan get what they were looking for...
An unlikely love story of two men who don't live likely lives.
James Hogan's plays include Peacefully in his Sleep (Gate Theatre), The Guest Room (Not the RSC Festival/Old Red Lion), Venetian Gold (Official Edinburgh Festival/Kings Head Theatre) and Ivy & Joan (The Print Room/Jermyn Street Theatre).
Linda Beckett plays Ivy. Her theatre credits include Blithe Spirit (The Brewhouse Theatre & Arts Centre), The Playboy of the Western World, She Stoops to Conquer (UK tour), Breezeblock Park (Derby Theatre), It's a Madhouse, A Taste of Honey, Cloud Nine, Our Day Out (Everyman Theatre Liverpool) and The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, (Phoenix Arts Theatre/Wyndham's Theatre). Her television credits include Play for Today, First of the Summer Wine; and for film, High Hopes and Secrets and Lies.
Tom Michael Blyth plays Stan. His theatre credits include Significant Other Inc (The Pensive Federation), The Mighty Oak Conqueror (One Festival), Hard Times (Oldham Coliseum Theatre) which he was nominated a Manchester Theatre Award, The Father (West End/UK tour) and The Duchess of Malfi (New Diorama Theatre).
Chicho Tche plays Ronnie. Love's Labour's Lost (RSC/Brighton Fringe) and Ninis Hair Salon (New Wimbledon Theatre); and for television he plays series regular Nick in School Hacks.
Peter Darney directs and writes. His credits include multi award winning 5 Guys Chillin' which he wrote and directed (King's Head Theatre/Soho Playhouse, New York, which won Edinburgh Festivals Best LGBT Play 2016 and the Doric Wilson Intercultural Dialogue Award at the Dublin International Gay Theatre Festival - published by Oberon Books), The Drag (Arcola Theatre), The Revengers Tragedy, Edward II, Arden of Faversham (The Rose Playhouse), Pinocchio (Sutton Theatres), Signal Failure (Soho Playhouse, New York/Edinburgh Festival Fringe), Frank Sent Me (King's Head Theatre/Edinburgh Festival Fringe/Theatre503), Githa (St James Theatre/York Theatre Royal), Tom's Midnight Garden (Orchard Deane Garden Theatre), 6 Degree's (Soho Theatre), Frank Sent Me (Soho Theatre, Best Play 2012 Writer's Avenue) and Beautiful Thing (Battersea Arts Centre).