Photo Flash: First Look at A PUPIL at Park Theatre

Fringe First Award winning company Bear Trap Theatre are set to celebrate their eighth anniversary with a new play by Evening Standard Award nominated writer Jesse Briton. The World Premiere production of A Pupil will be performed at Park Theatre from 31st October - 24th November 2018.

Merging live classical music and new writing, A Pupil explores the relationship between an ex-professional violinist who was once hailed as a prodigy, and has now hit rock bottom, and a young aspiring musician. At its heart the play explores the ideologies surrounding friendship, music and success. The official press night will be on Monday 5th November at 7pm.

A Pupil stars Lucy Sheen, Flora Spencer-Longhurst, Melanie Marshall and Carolyn Backhouse and is directed by Jessica Daniels (Resident Director - Girl From The North Country and Director of Pinch Punch at The Old Vic), with live original compositions by Colin Sell (I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue, BBC Radio 4).

In a dilapidated North London bedsit, disgraced violinist Ye is preparing to end her life. The surprise arrival of Simona, an aspiring musician and wealthy heiress throws her plans into disarray. Together the pair embark on a series of lessons that will test the limits of friendship, music and success.

The role of Ye is played by Lucy Sheen. Training at Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama, Lucy was one of the first British-Chinese actresses to be accepted into a recognised UK adult drama school. Recent stage work has included Midsummer (RSC) and The Scar Test (Soho Theatre). Lucy's TV roles include being the first ever female British East Asian actress to appear in EastEnders (BBC), Julia Davis' black comedy Nighty Night and more recently Call The Midwife (ITV) and Casualty (BBC).

Ye's pupil, Simona, is played by Flora Spencer-Longhurst. Flora is best known for her role in CBBC series Leonardo. Other credits include Love's Labour's Won (also known as Much Ado About Nothing) and Love's Labour's Lost (both RSC), The Beggar's Opera (Open Air Theatre), Once (Phoenix Theatre) and The Bastard Executioner (FOX 21).

The cast is completed by Mary (Melanie Marshall), Ye's evangelical landlady, and Phyllida (Carolyn Backhouse), Ye's former college friend and current head of department and The Royal Conservatoire.

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