Pitlochry Festival Theatre and the Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh in association with Naked Productions have announced the casts for their three forthcoming Sound Stage plays.
From 30 April to 2 May 2021 Sound Stage will premiere Tennis Elbow, the new comedy from playwright and artist John Byrne, the creator of the BAFTA award-winning BBC television series Tutti Frutti and The Slab Boys Trilogy. The new play, which will be Byrne’s first for 13 years and is the follow up to his 1977 debut work Writer’s Cramp, is a bittersweet comedy about the life and work of a mischievous lost artist trying to make her way in the world.
Directed by Pitlochry Festival Theatre’s artistic director Elizabeth Newman, Tennis Elbow’s cast will feature Maureen Beattie, Brian Ferguson, Jessica Hardwick, Cherylee Houston, Anne Odeke, Sally Reid, Kirsty Stuart, Samuel West and Fiona Wood.
Playwright John Byrne said: “I’m thrilled to be working with so many wonderful actors on my play. I’ve worked closely with Elizabeth on the casting of Tennis Elbow. Maureen (Beattie) has very much been in my mind since I first conceived the play so I’m delighted she’s involved. Kirsty (Stuart) playing Pamela Crichton Capers will undoubtedly be a tour de force. She is wonderful. I’m very proud of the entire company. It has some fantastic cameo roles from great actors like Sam (West), as well as an opportunity for me to work with actors like Brian (Ferguson ) and Louise (Jameson) who I’ve admired for some time.
“What’s also wonderful is the process is introducing me to new actors like Anne (Odeke) and Cherylee (Houston) whilst giving me the opportunity to work with people again like Sally (Reid) and Jessica (Hardwick). It’s a real privilege to have such talent involved and I hope the audience enjoy our work.”
From 28-30 May, Caitlin Skinner will direct the premiere of Jaimini Jethwa’s Hindu Times, which tells the story of Hindu deities Vishnu and Brahma as they come back Dundee, to restore earth, reunite with Lakshmi, and bring back love, but end up getting right on it. The cast will feature Rehanna McDonald, Adam McNamara and Daniel Portman.
Playwright Jaimini Jethwa said:
“I’m excited to work with The Royal Lyceum and Pitlochry Festival Theatre, two leading companies with strong reputations for excellence and commitment to emerging talent. Developing my new play shows their continued dedication to artists especially in these times.
“I’m excited to showcase Hindu Times, which gives commentary and coincides with events in the world today, bringing the deities to Dundee, in the avatars of Dundee guys affectionately known as ‘minks’, Vishnu aka Vince and Brahma aka Barry, who come to save earth, bring balance, restore essence, spread divinity, and get Vishnu’s chick back, Lakshmi, who’s on her own mission, trapped inside a Dundee lassie Lakhi.”
In June, Isobel McArthur will direct The Mother Load by Lynda Radley. Three first-time mothers confront their expectations of pregnancy and parenthood in this funny and moving play about unlikely friendship and the messy realities of all our lives. Premiering from the 25-27 June, the cast will feature Nalini Chetty, Anna Russell-Martin, Wendy Seager and Rosalind Sydney.
Playwright Lynda Radley said: “It’s always a joy to connect with an audience but in these times this opportunity is especially treasured. The Sound Stage project asks us to listen to plays, not alone but together, in a live setting. That’s exciting, and I’m fascinated to find out how that feels. My hope for The Mother Load is that we’ll laugh together, tell and hear truths together, and be a little less judging of ourselves and each other.”
Sound Stage is a new audio digital theatre which will premiere eight new audio plays one each month starting in March 2021. The Sound Stage plays are:
- Angela by Mark Ravenhill – 26 March to 28 March 2021
- Tennis Elbow by John Byrne – 30 April to 2 May 2021
- Hindu Times by Jaimini Jethwa – 28 May to 30 May 2021
- The Mother Load by Lynda Radley – 25 June to 27 June 2021
- Black Diamonds and the Blue Brazil by Gary McNair – 23 July to 25 July 2021
- Sophia by Francis Poet – 27 August to 29 August 2021
- A New Play (Title TBC) by Timberlake Wertenbaker – 24 September to 26 September 2021
- A New Play (Title TBC) by Roy Williams – 29 October to 31 October 2021