Curtis Medley, Martha Furnival and Taro Bahar star in Tiny Room’s fresh new staging of Peter Mulligan’s acclaimed 2018 play LOOP, which launches an inaugural tour this week from Coventry’s Albany Theatre as part of the City of Culture 2021 celebrations.
It’s closing time at the local pub. It has been another day of the same for the barman Chris who needs an escape. The night is far from over, though, as he is visited by some of the pub’s regulars. All feeling like disappointments in their own lives, they embark on a lock-in of raised glasses and lowered expectations.
This raw, thought-provoking piece of new writing grapples with some heavy themes, including an honest exploration of male depression and suicide. The play debuted as part of the Camden Fringe Festival in 2018, with reviews calling it “conversational, intriguing and at times poetic”. It then transferred for a full run at London’s Lion & Unicorn Theatre in January 2019.
On tour, LOOP opens at Coventry’s Albany Theatre on 9 September 2021, before visiting Bristol’s Tobacco Factory on 6 November, Leicester’s Y Theatre on 10 November, and Brighton’s The Lantern Theatre on 16 November.
Taro Bahar is an English/Kurdish actor who trained at IDSA and the University of West London. He previously played the semi-reg ‘Adam Reynolds’ in BBC’s Doctors, ‘Aro’ in the feature film ‘Baghdad in my Shadow’ and ‘The Messenger’ in ‘’Antigone’ produced by the Exeter Northcott Theatre. Taro knows the pains of hospitality well and hopes to share that journey with you tonight! Enjoy.
Martha Furnival graduated from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in 2019 and appeared in ‘You and I – A New Musical’ at the Edinburgh Fringe. Other credits include: Macduff in ‘Macbeth’ (Young Shakespeare Company) ‘Lump’ (Dirty Protest / Paines Plough) and ‘Flip and Flops Big Adventure’ R&D (Soho Theatre). Martha also works as a Drama coach for young people. She runs a film school, directs productions, coaches young actors and she is currently working on her own film script.
Curtis Medley in an Actor and Singer/Songwriter from the Lake District and found his love for theatre at the Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal as part of their youth theatre group. He performed for 3 years with British Youth Music Theatre before successfully auditioning for The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama’s Acting- Musical Theatre Pathway, graduating in 2017. He’s since gone on to poke his fingers in many pies, performing in plays and musicals, voice acting for the BBC, Poetry, writing and has written and composed a musical for the Edinburgh Fringe. He is currently working as a lyricist for 2 more musicals.