Nav Sidhu (How I Live Now, The Kumars, Gangs of Tooting Broadway), Penny Layden (RSC, National Theatre, Call the Midwife), Samuel James (Birds of a Feather, National Theatre’s Twelfth Night, Bryony Lavery’s Stockholm), Sean Michael Verey (Pramface, Radiant Vermin, Tonight with Donny Styxx) and Sophie Wu (Fresh Meat, Kick Ass, Black Mirror) will star in James Graham’s Sketching, playing at Wilton’s Music Hall from 26 September to 27 October 2018, with a press night on 2 October.
This uniquely multi-authored play has been written by Olivier award-winning playwright Graham, in collaboration with eight emerging writers. Graham and director Thomas Hescott sought new voices from an open application process, where emerging talents – particularly those currently underrepresented in the industry – could submit exciting and innovative story and character ideas.
Writers Aaron Douglas, Chloe Mi Lin Ewart, Alan Gordon, Adam Hughes, Ella Langley, Himanshu Ojha, Sumerah Srivastav and Naomi Westerman were picked and have been collaborating with Graham and Hescott on the final script, in which the cast members will play multiple characters each night.
Twenty-four hours in the life of London. Drag queens, squatters, jewellers and thieves overlap in a tale of one city. The rebellious daughter of a keycutter is about to unlock some of the capital’s most forbidden doors, a physicist’s faith in facts is shaken by a stranger on the tube, and a surprise discovery in the Victorian sewers will unravel the life of a refugee forgotten by the city.
James Graham said:
“To be able to find eight emerging voices from across the UK and work together, alongside my own stories, to create a brand-new show for this gorgeous old Victorian Music Hall has been such a creative joy. I look forward to taking an audience on a real journey into hidden parts of this city…”
Sketches by Boz (1836) was Charles Dickens’ first novel (published under the pen-name ‘Boz’). The book is a richly varied collection of observations and fantasies about London and the people who inhabited it in the 19th century, in honest and visionary descriptions of everyday life and people. The title of Graham’s play pays homage to the Dickens novel.