The Tristan Bates Theatre has announced an Alexander Matthews season, running from 31 January to 24 March 2018. The theatre will present the debut of the playwright and philosopher’s two social dramas, Screaming Secrets and Glass Roots, which will have back-to-back runs.
Screaming Secrets, running 31 January to 24 February 2018, examines our need to be understood and appreciated.
What do we do when we’re faced with our own mortality? How do we tell our family and friends and what should we do with the time that’s left? These are the questions that face philosopher and free thinker Antonio as he discovers that he’s not as healthy as he thinks. Surrounded by his irascible father Alessandro, his dramatic sister Gina, flirty girlfriend Monika, drunken publisher Hugo and apologetic doctor Simon, Antonio has to make up his mind rapidly.
The cast for Screaming Secrets are Jack Gordon, Gregory Cox, Ilaria Ambrogi, Triana Terry, Theo Devaney and Ben Warwick. Meanwhile, Glass Roots, running 28 February to 24 March, looks at bullying, addressing the violent clash of ignorance, racism, class and jealousy and wonders at the outcome.
What happens when you are bullied and are powerless to fight back? Can you survive with your psychology intact or is the damage permanent? This is the terrible ordeal faced by Sadjit and Thila, owners of a popular Indian restaurant in east London when they are terrorised in their own place of work by racist thugs.
The cast for Glass Roots includes Victoria Broom, Mitchell Fisher, Natalie Perera, Sam Rix Kal Sabir and Ben Warwick. Both productions are directed by Evan Keele with designed by Nancy Surman.