Musical stars Rebecca Trehearn and Saskia Strallen along with Rona Morrison, Mark Carroll and Jamie Wilkes have been cast in the UK premiere of Marielle Heller’s page-to-stage play The Diary of a Teenage Girl, which runs at London’s Southwark Playhouse from 1 to 25 March 2017, with a press night on 25 March.
Based on Phoebe Gloeckner’s acclaimed graphic novel, which was also made into a major film in 2015, The Diary of a Teenage Girl recounts the coming-of-age adventures of Minnie Goetze, a San Francisco teenager growing up in the counterculture haze of the 1970s.
Lonely and artistic, Minnie chronicles her trials through expressive drawings and painfully honest missives confided to a tape recorder. One fateful evening alone with her mother’s boyfriend, Minnie is confronted with her burgeoning sexuality for the first time, and suddenly this precocious teen is in way over her head.
Based on the critically acclaimed graphic novel by Gloeckner, which was later turned into a major award-winning motion picture film starring Bel Powley, Alexander Skarsgård and Kristen Wiig, Marielle Heller’s explosive play is a sharp, funny and provocative account of one girl’s sexual and artistic awakening, without judgment.
The Diary of a Teenage Girl is directed by Alexander Parker and designed by Andrew Riley, with lighting by David Howe and sound by James Nicholson. It’s produced by Atomicus Entertainment and Jack Maple.
Rona Morison plays Minnie. Recently at Southwark Playhouse she starred in Orca. She has just finished filming Ready Player One, directed by Steven Spielberg which will be released in 2018. Other theatre credits include Julie (Northern Stage), The Crucible (Bristol Old Vic), Buckets (Orange Tree), Scuttlers (Manchester Royal Excahnge), The James Plays (National Theatre), To Kill a Mockingbird (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), The Second Mrs Tanqueray (Rose Theatre.
Rebecca Trehearn plays Charlotte (Minnie’s mother). She trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. Theatre includes The Night Before Christmas (Salisbury Playhouse), A Little of What You Fancy (Salisbury Playhouse), Floyd Collins (Wilton’s Music Hall), Show Boat (New London Theatre/Crucible Theatre, Sheffield), City Of Angels (Donmar Warehouse), Dogfight (Southwark Playhouse), Ghost (UK National Tour), Bernarda Alba (Union Theatre). Recording includes film soundtracks for Into The Woods, The Da Vinci Code and Mamma Mia! Rebecca can also be heard as Rosalia on the 50th Anniversary recording of West Side Story, on the Love Story original cast recording and as Abby on Bobby Cronin’s The Concrete Jungle studio cast recording.
Saskia Strallen plays Kimmie. Her theatre credits include Oklahoma!, Fame, Scrooge, 9 to 5 The Musical (National Tour), Miss Atomic Bomb (St. James Theatre), Street of Dreams (MEN Arena), The Best Little Whore House in Texas, Dames at Sea, Bells are Ringing (Union Theatre), Billy Elliott (Victoria Palace), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Scrooge (Palladium), Jesus Christ Superstar (UK tour), Whistle Down the Wind, Annie (New Victoria Theatre) and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (New Wimbledon Theatre).
Mark Carroll plays Pascal. He trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Theatre includes The Threepenny Opera (National Theatre), Memphis the Musical, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Marguerite, Jesus Christ Superstar, Oliver!, Miss Saigon (West End). Television includes Doctor Who.
Jamie Wilkes plays Monroe. He trained at LAMDA. Theatre includes The Two Noble Kinsmen, The Rover, Oppenheimer, Shoemaker’s Holiday, Wendy & Peter Pan (all RSC), The Comedy of Errors, Titus Andronicus (Shakespeare’s Globe), Howl’s Moving Castle, The Boy James, Lorca is Dead, Atrium, Tartuffe (all Southwark Playhouse), The Beggar’s Opera, Macbeth (York Theatre Royal), Dracula (Edinburgh International Festival), Metamorphosis (NSDF Spotlight Award for Best Actor). Television includes Mr Selfridge and Downton Abbey.