BAFTA winner John Foster’s neo-noir stage thriller CHUMMY, which explores the mind of a serial killer in the moments before his first murder, receives its world premiere tonight (25 May 2017) at London’s White Bear Theatre, where it has a strictly limited season until 10 June 2017. Take a look behind the scenes with these first-look photos and videos…
Desperate to control himself, the mysterious psychopath ‘Chummy’ pleads with private investigator Jackie Straker to stop him killing in a gripping new stage play by BAFTA winner John Foster (Letters from a Killer, BBC’s Omnibus). A 21st century theatre-noir, CHUMMY is a thrilling story of addiction, obsession and the lack of support that drives people to act on their most secret desires.
Staging another genre-piece after their critically acclaimed sci-fi hit Stasis, Encompass Productions are producing neo-noir CHUMMY in its world premiere at the newly refurbished White Bear Theatre in Kennington, south London. In the cast are: Calum Speed as Chummy, Megan Pemberton as Jackie and Jessica Tomlinson as Lucy/Karen.
Director Alice Kornitzer brings a cinematic feel to the production – nodding strongly to the neo-noir genre rarely seen on stage for a unique exploration of this psychological thriller. She’s joined in the CHUMMY creative team by: Off West End Award-nominated set and costume designer Michael Leopold (recent credits include Hamlet at The Bussey Building and A Flea in Her Ear at the Tabard Theatre), composer Alex Burnett (most recently heard on Channel 4’s award-winning The Last Leg), and lighting designer Owen Pritchard-Smith (who has designed for numerous Brit and Grammy award-winning artists including Sam Smith and De La Soul).
Writer and academic John Foster is known for his BAFTA-winning BBC Omnibus on Raymond Chandler and Patrick Swayze-starring Letters from a Killer, as well as recent sellout play Shot at Dawn. He commented:
“I am very excited that Encompass is producing CHUMMY, a noir thriller for the stage. Encompass has always been adventurous in their productions with an interest in genre, cross-genre and cinematic ideas as well as theatrical innovation. CHUMMY puts the tropes of noir on stage where the power of theatre intensifies the experience of the hardboiled mean streets narrative.”
Artistic Director of Encompass Productions, Jonathan Woodhouse, added: “The process of bringing CHUMMY to life has been truly exhilarating; noir is rare genre on stage and we can’t wait to show audiences our stamp on it at the beautifully refurbished White Bear Theatre.”
CHUMMY continues at the White Bear Theatre until 10 June 2017.
Production photos of the CHUMMY cast Calum Speed, Megan Robertston and Jessica Tomlinson in action have just been released ahead of tonight’s press performance. All photos © Headshot Toby.
And here are the show’s official trailer plus a behind-the-scenes look at the show’s creative journey.