Usually lurking behind the scenes, trying to control public perceptions of their client, publicists stand centre stage in new satire Cuttings, which plays the Hope Theatre in June. Time to book your tickets!
Written by Ollie George Clark, the play, which is shortlisted for the Liverpool Hope Comedy Playwriting Prize 2018/19, runs from 4 to 22 June 2019. It’s run at The Hope Theatre follows a successful rehearsed reading at Theatre 503 in January 2019.
YouTuber turned actor Arthur Moses wins an Olivier Award, and moments later goes on to drunkenly deliver the most offensive, outrageous and profanity laden speech in the ceremony’s history. His publicists Gracelyn, Ruchi and Danica have quite a morning ahead of them.
They’ll need to apologise on his behalf all whilst fielding calls, defusing social media, stamping out print, handling the talent, licking SOLT’s wounds and if Arthur could stop posting on Instagram for a second that would be great.
Cuttings takes a satirical look at public perceptions, fandom and fame, and what it means to be sorry in the 21st Century.
The trio of publicists in Cuttings are played by Natasha Patel, who was recently seen in Lancastrians at Junction 8 Theatre, and Joan Potter and Maisie Preston who both returns to The Hope Theatre having given Offie Award-nominated performances in The Lesson and Little Echoes.
Cuttings is directed by Rob Ellis, Artistic Director of Relish Theatre. He previously directed productions including Time and Tide at Park Theatre, Bluebird at Katzspace and The 39 Steps at Upstairs at the Gatehouse. He created Relish Theatre to present work that would appeal to a non-theatregoing audience and showcase the work of regional talent. Previous Relish Theatre productions include A Matter of Life and Debt and Unicorn, which received four-star reviews when it ran at Theatre N16.
Playwright Clark trained at the Almeida Theatre’s Writing Group. His other work includes Coconuts (Lyric Hammersmith), Warm and Chewy (Old Red Lion Theatre), The Strictly Curse (Southwark Playhouse) and Hold For Three Seconds (Edinburgh Fringe).
Clark’s comedy about staying PC while in PR plays at The Hope Theatre this spring alongside a pair of other plays concerned, in one way or another, with the entertainment industry. Sexy Lamp (26-27 May) is a one-woman comedy shedding some light on the ridiculousness of the industry, while The Censor (25 June-13 July), staged by RoundPeg Theatre, is Anthony Neilson‘s controversial play in which a female pornographer comes face to face with a censor.
Meet the cast
Natasha Patel was most recently seen on stage in Lancastrians (Junction 8 Theatre). Her past theatrical credits include Remember/Jukebox (Rifco Arts) and Mitridate Re Di Ponto (Royal Opera House). Her film credits include the upcoming Aladdin (Disney), A Grown Woman (Delivery Film LTD) and Walking On Sunshine (Vertigo Films). Her television credits include Doctor Who and Uncle (BBC).
Joan Potter returns to The Hope Theatre following her OFFIE nominated role for The Lesson. Her other theatre credits include Time and Tide (Script Accelerator, Park Theatre), The Balcony (Bread and Roses Theatre), The Tempest (Bread and Roses Theatre, Etcetera Theatre, OSO Arts Centre), The Taming of the Shrew (Etcetera Theatre, Cockpit Theatre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth, A Doll’s House and The Positive Hour (Grange Theatre).
Maisie Preston returns to The Hope Theatre following her most recent performance in Little Echoes for which she was nominated for an OFFIE for Female performance in a play. Her previous stage credits include The Accidental Death of an Anarchist (The OSO) and To See Ourselves (Sliding Tackle Company). Maisie has also recorded the audio series The Gnats and filmed the short film Wolf Among Sheep.