Have you seen the cast for Weighed In Productions presents the first major revival of Sarah Daniels’ 1992 play Head-Rot Holiday? Sneak a peek at them in action during rehearsals at the So and So Arts Club ahead of their pre-Christmas season at the Hope Theatre. Time to get booking!
Head-Rot Holiday, directed by Weighed In Productions founder Will Maynard, runs at the Hope Theatre, in Islington, London, from 27 November to 22 December 2018, with a press night on 29 November. The three-hander will star Amy McAllister, Emily Tucker and Evlyne Oyedokun.
December 1991. In a secure hospital for the ‘criminally insane’, three women prepare for the Christmas disco. The parole board’s recipe for early release: put on a dress, wear some makeup… and dance with a rapist or killer of your choice. Ruth hears voices but distracts herself with karaoke.
Claudia defies the racist nurses and longs to see her children. Dee applies mascara for the first time and is paid a visit by an angel. Behind iron bars, the patients and nurses of Penwell Special Hospital ask: in such a topsy-turvy world, who are you to say that I’m insane?
Sarah Daniels‘ play was originally produced in 1992 at Battersea Arts Centre by Clean Break, a theatre company dedicated to telling hidden stories of imprisoned women. The incendiary play is credited with having lifted the lid on the horrors of these so-called ‘special hospitals’, helping to bring about their widespread closure. Three decades later, Weighed In Productions presents this first major revival at the height of another mental health crisis in women’s prisons.
To ensure that the topic is dealt with accurately and sensitively, Maynard and the Head-Rot Holiday team are working closely with Women in Prison – a charity which supports women affected by the criminal justice system and campaigns to significantly reduce the women’s prison population through investment in specialist community support services.
Head-rot Holiday runs from 27 November to 22 December 2018 at The Hope Theatre, 207 Upper Street, London N1 1RL. Performances are Tuesdays to Saturdays at 7.45pm. Tickets are priced £15 (concessions £12). CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!
Amy McAllister – Amy trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Theatre credits include Diamond (Bush Theatre and Underbelly), one-person show Scorch (Soho Theatre and International Tour) for which she won the Summerhall Best Actor Award; My Romantic History (Live Theatre), Hecuba (RSC); Harriet Martineau Dreams of Dancing, A Northern Odyssey and White Rabbit Red Rabbit (Live Theatre); Forever Yours, Mary Lou (Theatre Royal Bath); Shadow of a Gunman (Abbey/Lyric Theatre) and Sons Without Fathers (Arcola). Television/Film credits include Witless (BBC Comedy), Everything Beginning With (Wildbrain), Philomena (Pathe/BBC/Canal+); The Great Fire (ITV), Call The Midwife (BBC), and the forthcoming For Love Or Money (Family Dies). Amy is also a poet. Her debut collection Are You As Single As That Cream? is published by Burning Eye and she is the current Hammer & Tongue London Slam Champion.
Evlyne Oyedokun – Evlyne trained at RADA, graduating in 2016. Theatre credits include: Julius Caesar (Royal Shakespeare Company’s First Encounters Tour); The Cherry Orchard with Giles Croft (Nottingham Playhouse); Rosencrantz And Guildestern Are Dead with Daniel Radcliffe, Joshua Maguire and David Haig (The Old Vic); and, E15 (Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2016). Television/Film credits include Schadenfreude, feature film with Sir Ian McKellen (Justabout Productions); Haven, short film (Nice Productions); Gloria, short film selected for both Delta’s of Charlotte Foundation Legacy of Black Women Film Showcase and River Bend Film Festival 2017 (RADA).
Emily Tucker – Emily trained at Drama Centre London. Theatre credits include: Much Ado About Nothing (Watford Palace); Fortune’s Fool (Old Vic Theatre); A Warsaw Melody (Arcola); Suddenly Last Summer, Lady of the Lake, Fallen Angels (Theatre by the Lake); Shiver- The Tempest (National Theatre Studio); Twelfth Night, Henry V, King Lear, King Arthur (Guildford Shakespeare Company); The Man Who Pays the Piper, The Stepmother (Orange Tree Theatre); After the Ball (The Gatehouse); Trials of Oscar Wilde, Twelfth Night (RBL); Our Man in Havana (Frinton); As You Like It, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Iris Theatre); The Importance of Being Earnest (Courtyard Theatre). Television/Film credits include: Not Safe For Work (Channel 4); Heretiks, The Seasoning House (Sterling Pictures); Lady Macbeth (Artyfarty Ltd); Missed Conceptions(BFI FLare/LSFF); Hush (Shire Productions).