After the critically acclaimed run of Birthday Suit at the Old Red Lion Theatre in 2017, pluck.productions are bringing their latest show to the Park Theatre this July. Alkaline is a play about faith, friendship and fear. Where does our duty lie? And do we ever dare to be different? Time to get booking!
Offie-nominated director Sarah Meadows helms the world premiere of Stephanie Martin‘s new play Alkaline. Produced by pluck. productions in association with the Park Theatre, it will run from 10 July to 4 August 2018, with a press night on Friday 13 July.
‘People love being in control, don’t you think? But you can’t control something you don’t understand.’
Alkaline tells the story of Sophie and Sarah, who have been best friends forever. Both women are newly engaged and want to celebrate. But Sarah’s new fiance, Ali, has some even more big news – Sarah has recently converted to Islam.
One hot summer evening the two couples have a get-together. Sophie is desperate to meet Ali and even more desperate to rescue her drifting friendship with Sarah. Sophie also wants to ask Sarah if she’ll take off her hijab for Sophie’s wedding – a headscarf ‘just won’t quite go’ with the other bridesmaids, and Sophie likes things to match. It’s all going well (ish) until an uninvited guest arrives with some news that turns the evening – and the couples’ lives – upside down.
In Meadows’ production, EJ Martin and Claire Cartwright play Sophie and Sarah and are joined in the cast by Nitin Kundra (Ali), Reena Lalbihari and Alan Mahon.
About pluck. productions
pluck. make theatre because they got tired of waiting for other people to do it for them and tired of waiting for the phone to ring. They decided to take matters into their own hands. To stop making excuses and start making work. So one plucky actress rang one plucky actor, and pluck. was formed. To date, pluck. have produced four full-scale shows and numerous new writing nights. Their most recent project was David K Barnes‘ Birthday Suit, which had a critically acclaimed run at the Old Red Lion in 2017 and was nominated for three Offie awards, including Best New Play.
Alkaline runs 10 July to 4 August 2018 at the Park Theatre, Clifton Terrace, Finsbury Park, London N4. Performances are Tuesdays to Saturdays at 7.45pm, with Thursday and Saturday matinees at 3.15pm. Tickets are priced £10-£14.50. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!
Sarah Meadows (director) – Sarah is an award‐winning director and has worked across the UK, Europe and the USA. Sarah began her career in Manchester and worked as Assistant to the Executive Producer and Artistic Director John McGrath (National Theatre Wales, Manchester International Festival) at Contact Theatre. Sarah has worked and trained with directors such as John McGrath, Mike Alfreds, John Burgess and Stephen Unwin.
Recent credits include: THE FEAR OF FEAR by Stephanie Ridings, Warwick Arts Theatre/UK tour; Assistant Director, THE REAL THING by Tom Stoppard, directed by Stephen Unwin, large scale UK tour (including Cambridge Arts Theatre, The Rose Kingston, Bath Theatre Royal); SUMMER IN LONDON, by Rikki Beadle Blair, Theatre Royal Stratford East; THE TEXAS TAXMAN (musical comedy), Luke Courtier, The Arcola, VAULT Festival & RADA festival; Sarah is co-Artistic Director of Longsight Theatre Company.
Stephanie Martin (writer) – Stephanie’s debut play Joy premiered in the studio at Theatre Royal Stratford East and is currently in development as a feature film. She also wrote Juniper and Jules which was performed at Theatre503.
Claire Cartwright (Sarah) – Claire is a returning Park Theatre actress whose theatre credits include What Would Quentin Do? (Black Lives, Black Words, Bush Theatre), The Mousetrap (West End), A Christmas Carol (Pleasance Theatre), Macbeth (UK Tour/Pleasance Theatre), Thark (Park Theatre), The Pitmen Painters (National Tour and West End), and Henna Night (Pleasance Theatre).
Nitin Kundra (Ali) – Nitin’s extensive theatre credits includeToo Clever By Half (Royal Exchange Manchester/Told By an Idiot), 66 Books (Bush Theatre), The Swan (National Theatre), There Is A War (National Theatre), Make Me A Martyr (Finborough), Facts on the Ground (Live Theatre) and The Black Album (National Theatre), with television credits including Count Arthur Strong (BBC), Boy Meets Girl (Tiger Aspect), EastEnders (BBC), Edge of Heaven (ITV), Silent Witness (BBC) Celebrity Juice (Talkback Thames), Coronation Street (ITV), Emmerdale (ITV), Doctors (BBC) and Casualty (BBC).
Reena Lalbihari (Aleesha) – Reena’s theatre credits include Faustus (Headlong), Madame de Sade (Donmar Warehouse), One Night Fran (Hen and Chickens), Dubailand (Finborough) and Pole Factor (Vaults Festival), television includes Day of the Triffids (BBC); EastEnders (BBC) and The Bill (Talkback Thames).
Alan Mahon (Nick) – Alan’s theatre credits include If We Got Some More Cocaine I Could Show You How I Love You (Old Red Lion), Hamlet (Tobacco Factory), King Lear (Helix, Dublin), The Waste Ground Party (The Abbey Theatre, Dublin), Into the Woods (The Lir) and Twelfth Knight (The Lir Academy).
EJ Martin (Sophie) – EJ’s credits include Joy (Theatre Royal Stratford East), Boxed (The Vaults), Birthday Suit (Old Red Lion), A Room with a View (Theatre Royal Bath and UK Tour), The Last Tycoon (The Arts Theatre) and In Lipstick (The Arcola).