Theatre503 and FallOut Theatre to Present MEAT, Beginning June 5
Written by Royal Court Theatre's Young Writers graduate, Jimmy Osborne, MEAT will preview at Theatre503 from 5 June with press night on 7 June. Directed by FallOut Theatre's David Aula, this brand new play is set in the industrial heartland of the North of England. MEAT is a brand new play about vigilanteeism, community and the nature of justice in a world where the rule of law can appear a distant truth.
After intervening in a local gang fight, factory worker Vincent finds himself in the middle of an enraged town, and must choose whether to face the consequences of his actions or protect his family from the reaction of the local community.
MEAT stars Graham Turner (Film: Little Voice; Theatre: Rhinoceros/The Arsonists, Royal Court Theatre, Alice, Sheffield Theatres), Tracy Brabin (Television: Coronation Street; Theatre: The Long Road at The Curve, Leicester), Charlotte Whitaker (Theatre: Smoking in the Boys Room, Theatre503; Sonnet Walk, Shakespeare's Globe) and Ian Weichardt (Birmingham School of Acting).
This is the first full length play from Jimmy Osborne, a Wakefield born writer and script reader. While on the Young Writers Programme at The Royal Court Theatre he rehearsed readings of two of his plays, Ripples and Windows. Jimmy was a member of the Crossing the Borders international writing project and a writer in residence at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital where he contributed to the Under the Skin drama project. His Short play, This is Jack, Leave a Message, Alright? recently won the national BBC Writersroom competition and has been performed at the Etcetera Theatre, London. His most recent short play, Transmission, was performed as part of Little Pieces of Love at the Southwark Playhouse earlier this year.
MEAT is directed by David Aula, whose last production for FallOut Theatre, the lost John Osborne play Personal Enemy, transferred to the Brits Off Broadway Festival in New York after a successful run in London in June 2010. David has completed the Director's Course at the NT Studio and is currently working on a stage adaptation of Ian McEwan's The Cement Garden following a rehearsed reading at the NT Studio in December 2011.
This is a co-production with Theatre503 and FallOut Theatre. Theatre503 is one of London's foremost new writing theatres, based above the Latchmere Pub in Battersea, South West London. Currently under the joint Artistic Directorship of Tim Roseman and Paul Robinson, this small fringe theatre produces fearless, irreverent and provocative new plays that receive national and international acclaim. Recent productions include The Swallowing Dark by Lizzie Nunnery and The Girl in the Yellow Dress by Craig Higginson.
FallOut Theatre was formed in 2007, and MEAT is its sixth production, following performances of Dennis Kelly's After the End, The Pillowman by Martin McDonagh, the world premiere of Torben Betts' Mummies and Daddies and the lost John Osborne play Personal Enemy. The company seeks to play with the drama of conflict to expose a hidden truth.