After its critically acclaimed debut success last autumn with threesome comedy Mouldy Grapes, Break the ‘Verse returns to London’s White Bear Theatre this month with the premiere of co-founder Monty Jones’ new black comedy Schrödinger’s Dog, inspired on his own experience with depression. Full casting – including Jones and co-founder Ellie Sparrow – is now announced.
Schrödinger’s Dog, a darkly comic look at the epidemic of male suicide with an LGBTQ+ slant, runs at the White Bear Theatre from 23 October to 3 November 2018, directed by Dom Riley.
Hugo wants to kill himself. Well, that’s not true. He doesn’t really want to die, he just doesn’t want to exist anymore. It’s complicated. Well, it was complicated, then he accidentally kidnapped a pizza delivery boy and now things are really complicated. Schrödinger’s Dog follows a man on the edge as he’s slowly forced to take seven people hostage who all have the potential to save or destroy him.
Schrödinger’s Dog is an anarchic, dark comedy exploring the difficulty of seeking help in a world where men aren’t supposed to cry and millions are stuck on waiting lists.
Author Monty Jones leads the nine-strong cast. He’s joined by Lindsay-Anne Barnes, Aaron Phinehas Peters, Lynne Jefferies, Dominic Weatherill, Rowena Bentley, Ella Hunter-Clark, Luke Francis and Break the ‘Verse co-founder Ellie Sparrow, who also produces. The production is designed by Lia Water, with sound by Ben Riley. Isabella Vayone is stage manager.
Schrödinger’s Dog runs 23 October to 3 November 2018 at the White Bear Theatre, 138 Kennington Park Road, London SE11 4JD. Performances run Tuesdays to Saturdays at 7.30pm with a Saturday matinee at 2.30pm. Tickets are £13 (concessions £10). CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!
About Break the ‘Verse
Break the ‘Verse are a new writing theatre company co-founded by recent East 15 graduates Ellie Sparrow and Monty Jones in a wine-fuelled stupor two years ago, created with the idea of ‘telling stories that don’t get told’ in as anarchic a fashion as possible. Mouldy Grapes, their Arts Council-funded debut, premiered at the White Bear Theatre in September 2017. MyTheatreMates blogger Ian Foster (aka Ought to Be Clowns) described the “assured production” as “a sparklingly witty debut for this young company” with others remarking “on the evidence of this show this won’t be the last we hear from Break the ‘Verse – indeed I am interested to see what comes next…”
Monty Jones: Quirky & Foppish. RP Accent. Theatre includes: CODE 2021 (Secret Studio Lab), The Importance of Being Earnest, Measure For Measure & As Is (Courtyard Summer Repertory), Victorian & Gay (Hope Theatre). TV includes: Murdered By My Boyfriend (BBC3).
Lindsey-Anne Barnes: Trained at Richmond Drama School. Bubby & Engaging, Welsh. Theatre includes: Accrington Pals (Hampton Hill Playhouse). TV includes: Holby City (BBC), Suspects (ITV).
Aaron Phinehas Peters: Trained at Middlesex University. Open & Characterful London Native. Theatre includes: How to Hold Your Breath (Royal Court), Tribe (London Theatre Workshop).
Lynne Jefferies: Trained on Contemporary Theatre course at East 15. Gritty & Quirky Scotswoman. Theatre includes: Crystal Me (Barbican), Mudlarks (Wimbledon College of Art), Rabbit Heart (Shambles Theatre).
Dominic Weatherill: New Graduate of Drama Centre. Classic Leading Man hailing from Yorkshire. Theatre includes: Sundown Town (Tristan Bates).
Rowena Bentley: Trained at Drama Studio. Authoritative & Mesmerizing. Theatre includes: CODE 2021, Hamlet (Secret Studio Lab), American Blues (Pentameters Theatre). TV includes: Informer (BBC1). Film includes: Winterskin, Escape From Cannibal Farm, The House of Violent Desire (Dark Temple Motion pictures).
Ella Hunter-Clark: Trained at East 15 Acting School. Powerful & Fiery, Winner of Prunella Scales Speech Award 2017. Theatre includes: Leaf (New Diorama), The Drowning Girls (Drayton Arms), Ann Bonny and Mary Reed (Queens Theatre).
Luke Francis: Trained at East 15 Acting School. Nuanced & Characterful Wirralite. Theatre includes: No Show (Arcola), Bedroom Farce, Private Lives, Perfect Wedding (Sheringham Little Theatre Summer repertory), News Revue (Canal Café Theatre).
Ellie Sparrow: Trained at East 15 Acting School. Eccentric & Punchy Mancunian. Theatre includes: Slipstream (The Fly Pit), Mouldy Grapes (The White Bear). TV includes: Murder Maps (Netflix).