45North and Ellie Keel Productions have announced the cast for the brand-new audio project – Written on the Waves. Comprising nine world premières, the casting across the pieces includes Rebecca Banatvala, Seraphina Beh, Hannah Bristow, Jonathan Case, Sharon D. Clarke, Nicola Coughlan, Mary Higgins, Amber James, Liam Jeavons, Daisy Lewis, Olivia Marcus, Ken Nwosu, Katherine Parkinson, Ell Potter and Boadicea Ricketts. Also announced, Adjoa Andoh will direct Lettie Precious’ Nina Simone’s Four Negro Women, as part of the project.
The second in the series to be released, on 24 September 2020, will be Rafaella Marcus’ debut play for audio, The You Play: small acts with Rebecca Banatvala, Jonathan Case, Amber James, Daisy Lewis, Ken Nwosu, Katherine Parkinson and Boadicea Ricketts.
The season will continue throughout the remainder of 2020 with Lem N Ginge: The Princess of Kakos released on 5 October. Writers and directors of the piece, Ell Potter and Mary Higgins will also star in this four-part feminist, queer, comedy-quest narrative, alongside Olivier Award-winning Sharon D. Clarke.
A Passion Play by Margaret Perry sees Hannah Bristow and Nicola Coughlan take to the airwaves. Directed by Jessica Lazar, it will be available from 26 October.
The first in the series, and currently live, is Loss and Hope – a trilogy by Luke Barnes, Tife Kusoro and Rafaella Marcus. Starring Liam Jeavons in This is a Man, Olivia Marcus in The Gift and We Have Sinned starring Seraphina Beh. Further casting for the first season will be announced shortly.
Embracing the opportunities lockdown has presented with enhanced technology and communication, the first season will also include a special international commission – encouraging a more global way of working through finding new ways of collaborating transatlantically. This project and a final commission to complete the first season will be announced shortly.
Amber James’s recent credits include Snowflake (Kiln Theatre), Vassa (Almeida Theatre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), Troilus And Cressida, Titus Andronicus, Antony And Cleopatra (RSC) and A Streetcar Named Desire (English Touring Theatre). Her television credits include Ransom.
Boadicea Ricketts’ theatre credits include Bartholomew Fair, The Merry Wives of Windsor (Shakespeare’s Globe), Thor And Loki (Assembly Roxy) Tonight at 8.30 (Jermyn Street Theatre) and East (The King’s Head).
Daisy Lewis’ theatre credits include The Way of The World (Sheffield Theatres), Seven Jewish Children, The Westbridge, The Good Family (Royal Court Theatre), Playlist (Arcola Theatre) and Three Sisters On Hope Street (Hampstead Theatre). For television, her credits include Downton Abbey, Churchill’s Secret and The Lady Vanishes.
Jonathan Case is a recent graduate of LAMDA. His professional theatre credits include Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Palace Theatre).
Katherine Parkinson’s recent theatre credits include Shoe Lady, Cock, The Seagull (Royal Court Theatre), Uncle Vanya (Theatre Royal Bath), Home I’m Darling (Theatr Clwyd, National Theatre, Duke Of York’s Theatre, UK tour), Dead Funny (Vaudeville Theatre), Before The Party, The Lightning Play (Almeida Theatre), Absent Friends(Harold Pinter Theatre), 66 Books (Bush Theatre), The School For Scandal (Barbican Theatre) and Frame 312 (Donmar Warehouse). For television, her credits include The IT Crowd, Humans, Defending The Guilty and Inside Number 9.
Ken Nwosu has recently starred as the lead in the ITV drama, Sticks and Stones. For theatre, his credits include Three Sisters, An Octoroon, As You Like It (National Theatre), Boundless as The Sea, The Alchemist, Othello, The Merchant Of Venice, The White Devil, The Roaring Girl (RSC), True Or False (Arcola Theatre) and Magenta Clouds (Theatre503). Further television credits include The Letter For The King, Killing Eve, Upstart Crow and Catastrophe.
Rebecca Banatvala’s theatre credits include Horrible Christmas (Birmingham Stage Company), My Mother Said I Never Should (London Classic Theatre), The Secret Seven, The Beggar’s Opera (Storyhouse, Chester), Alice In Wonderland (Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre), Relative Values (Harold Pinter Theatre) and Variation On A Theme (Finborough Theatre). For television, her credits include Long Forgotten Fields and D-Effects.
Hannah Bristow’s theatre credits include Kindertransport (Queens Theatre Hornchurch), Jane Eyre (National Theatre), Who Cares (The Lowry), The Trojan Women (Bristol Old Vic), Romeo and Juliet (Southwark Playhouse), The Alchemist, Alice In Wonderland (Arcola Theatre) and A Little Night Music, The Producers, The Lesson (Oxford Playhouse).
Nicola Coughlan recent theatre credits include The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (Donmar Warehouse) and Jess and Joe Forever (The Old Vic). She will appear in the forthcoming Netflix series Bridgerton. Further television credits include Derry Girls and Harlots.
Ell Potter devised and stars in Lem N Ginge: The Princess of Kakos. She graduated from LAMDA and while studying, she was named Audible’s ‘Breakout Star’ of 2019, recording their bestselling Thriller of the Year, Winter Dark; and was shortlisted for the Alan Bates Award. She is also a prizewinner in the BBC Carleton Hobbs Bursary Award. Her credits include HOTTER and FITTER (Soho Theatre), The Unwelcome and The Country Girls (BBC Radio Drama).
Mary Higgins devised and stars in Lem N Ginge: The Princess of Kakos. Her previous theatre credits include HOTTER and FITTER (Soho Theatre), Callisto: A Queer Epic(Arcola Theatre) and Suddenly Last Summer (Oxford Playhouse). Her screen credits include Misbehaviour (Left Bank Pictures), Traitors (Channel 4), and The English Game for Netflix.
Sharon D Clarke’s theatre work includes her Olivier Award-winning performance in Caroline, or Change at Chichester Festival Theatre, Hampstead Theatre and Playhouse Theatre. Further theatre credits include Death of a Salesman (Piccadilly Theatre and Young Vic), Blues in the Night Sky (Kiln Theatre) The Life (Southwark Playhouse), Pigs and Dogs (Royal Court Theatre), Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, An Oak Tree, Everyman, Amen Corner, Guys and Dolls (National Theatre), Romeo and Juliet (Rose Theatre Kingston), Porgy and Bess (Regent’s Park Open Air Theate). Her television work includes Holby City – as series regular Lola Griffin, Informer, Doctor Who, The Forge, Unforgotten, Death in Paradise, New Tricks, Psychobitches and The Shadow Line. For film her credits include, Untitled Girls Film, Rocketman, Tau, Sugarhouse, Secret Society, Beautiful People, Broken Glass and Tumble Down.
Liam Jeavons’ credits include The Comedy About a Bank Robbery (Criterion Theatre), The 39 Steps (Lyric Theatre Belfast) and Primetime (Royal Court Theatre).
Olivia Marcus’ credits include Lord of The Flies (Theatr Clwyd) and Nobody (The Other Room).
Seraphina Beh’s theatre credits include Cosmic Jives (Albany Theatre), Black Attack, Leave Taking and Parliament Square (Bush Theatre), My Beautiful City (Arcola Theatre), Jack and The Beanstalk (Lyric Hammersmith) and Romeo & Juliet Et Al, Skeen (Ovalhouse Theatre).