Biting Block Theatre return to London with Catching Up, their “gripping piece of new theatre”, after a sell-out success at the Edinburgh Fringe. The one-act play, written and performed by Octavia Gilmore and Emily Schofield, has been newly reworked for its London premiere at Theatre N16, where it headlines the theatre’s opening season at its new home. Read our interview with Octavia and Emily here.
Catching Up, directed by Cat Robey, runs at Theatre N16 for a strictly limited season in May, with performances 15 to 17, 21 to 23 May 2018, and a press night on 16 May.
They’ve held each other’s hair back in club toilets, squeezed each other’s back spots and shared their deepest secrets. Becka and Flo know everything about each other… at least they think they do. When their catch up takes an unexpected turn, they discover that their lives are more entangled than they could have ever imagined. Shocking revelations spark betrayal, manipulation and sinister revenge.
Through the unravelling of this friendship, Catching Up explores what it means to be female in the 21st century and asks: can a woman ever have it all?
Director Cat Robey is Associate Artist of award-winning companies Fat Rascal Ltd and Ransack Theatre, 2016 graduate of the Birkbeck MFA in Theatre Directing and was Resident Assistant Director at HOME in Manchester 2015-16. Her directing credits include shows at Pleasance, RADA, Arts Theatre, Park Theatre, Tristan Bates, Leicester Square and many more. Cat is a reader for the Bruntwood Prize and teaches at, and is on the interview panel for, the MFA in Theatre Directing at Birkbeck.
Catching Up is one of the headline offerings in the first season at Theatre N16’s new home at north London arts complex Styx. The fringe venue, led by Jamie Eastlake, had to leave its last home, at the Bedford Pub in Balham, late last year when the premises were redeveloped.
Commenting on Catching Up, Jamie Eastlake said:
“We are ecstatic to have an array of brand new female-led work as part of our opening season in Tottenham Hale.”
About Biting Block
Emily Schofield and Octavia Gilmore are actors and theatre-makers. In 2016, having just graduated from ArtsEd, they formed Biting Block Theatre with the aim to tell stories of dynamic but flawed female characters grappling with the issues that women face today. For their inaugural production, they co-wrote Catching Up, which they performed as a part of Edinburgh’s PBH Free Fringe for two weeks and now bring to London.
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— Biting Block Theatre (@BitingBlock) April 19, 2018