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Royal Court Theatre Announces BODIES Cast

Lorna Brown, BrIan Ferguson, Philip Goldacre, Salma Hoque, Justine Mitchell and Hannah Rae have been cast in Vivienne Franzmann's Bodies directed by Jude Christian. It runs in the Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Upstairs 5 July 2017 - 12 August 2017 with press night on Tuesday 11 July 7pm.

With design by Gabriella Slade, lighting & video design by Joshua Pharo, sound design by Helen Skiera and film by Meghna Gupta.

"We should have brought a gift."

"We've brought a gift. It's called 22 thousand pounds."

Purchased from Russia. Developed in India. Delivered to the UK.

A global transaction over nine months that offers 'a lifetime of happiness' for all involved.

"What do you think will happen to a baby girl in India that nobody wants?"??

Vivienne Franzmann (Writer)

For the Royal Court: Pests (& Royal Exchange, Manchester/National tour), The Witness.

Other theatre includes: Mogadishu (Royal Exchange, Manchester/Lyric, Hammersmith/National tour), The Snow Queen (Bristol Old Vic).

Television includes: Coming Up, Lizard Girl.

Radio includes: Mogadishu, Ink Deep, The Witness.

Awards include: 2008 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting (Mogadishu); 2010 George Devine Award (Mogadishu); 2012 Pearson Bursary (The Witness); 2014 BAFTA (Lizard Girl).

Vivienne was born in London and was a teacher for thirteen years. Her first play, Mogadishu was nominated for an Evening Standard and an Olivier award.

Jude Christian (Director)

As director, for the Royal Court: Lela & Co.

As director, theatre includes: The Darkest Corners (Transform); The Path (Hightide); Blue (RWCMD); Split/Mixed (Summerhall); How Do You Eat An Elephant/Bwyta Eliffant, Sut Mae Gwneud Hynny Dwedwch? (National Youth Theatre of Wales); Happy, The Mushroom (Pentabus Young Writers' Festival); Punk Rock, Last Easter (RADA); I'd Rather Goya Robbed Me of My Sleep than Some Other Arsehole (Gate, Boom Arts); Balansera (Poole Lighthouse); Sonata Movements (Blue Elephant)

As writer/performer, theatre includes: Nanjing (The Yard)

Opera includes: ©alculated to Death (Tête-à-Tête Festival), Hidden in Plain Sight (Académie du Festival d'Aix-en-Provence)

As Associate Director, theatre includes: Shopping and Fucking, Aladdin (Lyric Hammersmith); Carmen Disruption (Almeida)

Jude is a Creative Associate at the Gate Theatre and an Associate Artist at The Yard Theatre and the Lyric Hammersmith

Lorna Brown (Oni)

For the Royal Court: Torn, Clybourne Park, 93.2FM.

Other theatre includes: Oresteia (Almeida/West End); Little Light (Orange Tree); Medea, Blurred Lines, Damned by Despair, The Cry of the Cricket (National); Crowning Glory, The Big Life, Da Boyz, Funny Black Women on the Edge, Shoot to Win, One Dance Will Do (Theatre Royal, Stratford East); Fear (Bush); Short Fuses (Bristol Old Vic); Once on this Island (Hackney Empire/National Tour); Things of Dry Hours (Royal Exchange, Manchester/Gate); Trade (RSC); The Hommage Behind (West End), Mass Carib (Tour); The Weave (Soho); Anasi Steals (Talawa); Up Against the Wall (Tricycle); Othello (New Vic); Zumbi (National Tour); Once on This Island (West End/Birmingham Rep).

Television includes: Chewing Gum, Holby City, True Love, Outnumbered, Catherine Tate, Doctors, The Bill, The Vivienne Vyle Show, The Ronnie Ancona Show, Much Ado About Nothing, French & Saunders, Family Business, Rough Treatment, Bad Girls, Casualty, Anna Lee.

Film includes: The Lady in the Van, Taking Stock, Les Miserables, World War Z, Gambit, Little Soldier.

BrIan Ferguson (Josh)

For the Royal Court Adler & Gibb.

Other theatre includes: A Number (Lyceum, Edinburgh); Oil (Almeida); Anything That Gives Off Light (& The TEAM), Rupture, Snuff (National Theatre of Scotland); The Broken Heart, The Changeling (Globe); Hamlet (Citizens, Glasgow); Threeway (Edinburgh Festival Fringe/Invisible Dot); The Game Show (Bush); The Aztec Trilogy, Richard III, Dunsinane, Shakespeare in a Suitcase (RSC); Money (Arches, Glasgow); Earthquakes in London (National); The Guard (Traverse); The Drawer Boy (Tron).

Television includes: Trust Me, Kiss Me First, Line of Duty, Our World War, Taggart, River City, The Prayer, Doctors, Field of Blood.

Film includes: The Current War, Beats, Imagine That, King, Residue, Voices, The Woods.

Philip Goldacre (David)

Theatre includes: The Reappearance of Christ in the East End (White Bear); Broken Glass (National/West End/UK tour); Great Expectations (Birmingham Rep/Churchill, Bromley); Relatively Speaking (Edinburgh Festival Fringe/UK tour); West (Donmar); Othello (Shaw); St John's Gospel (Riding Lights/UK tour); Bruegel, Beryllium (Ragamuffin/International tour); Chicken Soup with Barley (New End), Cock Ups (Bridge Lane).

Television includes: The Canterbury Tales, The Bill, Victoria & Albert, Out of This World, Michael Winner's True Crimes, Brookside, Tucker's Luck, The Tripods.

Film includes: The Journey of AlFred Small, Boy & Wolf, Snowman, Tomb Raider: Ascension, Wednesday, The Vision.

Salma Hoque (Lakshmi)

Theatre includes: East is East (ATG/UK tour); Multitudes (Tricycle); Drawing the Line (Hampstead).

Television includes: Doctors, Fam, Holby City.

Justine Mitchell (Clem)

For the Royal Court: Gastronauts, The Stone.

Other theatre includes: The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, King Lear (Donmar); Wild Honey (Hampstead); The Plough & the Stars, Detroit, Children of the Sun, The White Guard, The Hour We Knew Nothing of Each Other, Philistines, The Coram Boy, The House of Bernada Alba, Night Season (National); For Services Rendered (Chichester Festival); Love for Love, Twelfth Night (RSC); Man - Three Plays by Tennessee Williams (Young Vic); The Rivals (Arcola); Mr Burns (Almeida); Nocturnal (Gate); Uncle Vanya (Young Vic); Boston Marriage, Hedda Gabler, Footfalls, Pride & Prejudice, Blithe Spirit, Bash (Gate, Dublin); Three Sisters, Aristocrats, Shape of Metal, She Stoops to Conquer, The House of Bernarda Alba, All My Sons (Abbey, Dublin); The Way of All Flesh (Bewley's Dublin); A Midsummer Night's Dream (Nottingham Playhouse); A Streetcar Named Desire, The Importance of Being Earnest, Hayfever, A Voyage Round My Father (Pitlochry); A Christmas Carol (Communicado); This Misanthrope (Borderline).

Television includes: The Suspicions of Mr Whicher, Harry & Paul, Amber, Afterlife, Doctors, Joyball, New Tricks, Psych Ward, Sleep with Me, The Painted Lady, Waking the Dead, Wild at Heart, Your Bad Self.

Film includes: The Stag, I Want Candy, A Cock & Bull Story, Imagine Me & You, Inside I'm Dancing, Citizen Verdict, The Honeymooners, Goldfish Memory, Conspiracy of Silence.

Radio includes: Regenerations, Seasons of Fear.

Hannah Rae (Daughter)

Theatre includes: Great Expectations (Rose, Kingston); A Midsummer Night's Dream (Stag, Sevenoaks); Limit to Your Love (Magic Beans); Romeo4Juliet (MB Productions).

Television includes: Broadchurch.

Film includes: Fighting with My Family, City of Tiny Lights.

Hannah is currently training at Central School of Speech and Drama.

Age Guidance 14+
Standard Tickets £25 (Mondays all seats £12, available from 9am online on the day of performance)
First Look Tickets** £15 - £20 (Wednesday 5 July - Friday 7 July)

Concessions* £5 off (available in advance for previews and all matinees)

Under 26s* £15 (available in advance for previews and all matinees)

Access £15 (plus a companion at the same rate)
*ID required. All discounts subject to availability.

**First Look Tickets
At the Royal Court no piece of work we premiere has ever been seen before and the first few performances in front of an audience are the final part of a long creative process that starts with the playwright. We need the audiences' feedback to complete this and have decided to open up the first three previews in a new way to make this an integral part of the process. As a result we will be inviting online feedback from audience members who attend First Look performances with the artistic team that may influence the final piece.

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