The all-female cast has been announced for Proud Haddock’s revival of Tony Harrison’s rarely seen World War One play Square Rounds. When it premiered at the National’s Olivier Theatre in 1992, it was performed by a 25-strong cast. It’s now brought to life by an ensemble cast of six in the 50-seat Finborough Theatre in September. Time to get booking!
Proud Haddock returns to London’s Finborough Theatre with Tony Harrison’s Square Rounds. Directed by Proud Haddock artistic director Jimmy Walters, the production runs from 4 to 29 September 2018, with a press night on 6 September. Full casting has now been announced.
Fritz Haber, a German Jewish chemist, has been ordered by the Kaiser to develop a deadly poison gas to help Germany win the First World War. Despite the protestations of his wife, Haber hopes that his new invention will be an opportunity to escape his status as an outsider in German society. Little does he know, however, that his invention will go on to be used to exterminate his own people in the Holocaust just 25 years later.
American inventor Hudson Maxim is concerned for his country and the frightening technological advances employed by America’s new European enemies. But he is also jealous of his brother Hiram – internationally famous for his invention of the machine gun – and deeply suspicious of his brother’s cosy relationship with the European powers.
Based on true events, Square Rounds explores the devastating effects of technology, the personal demons of the inventors, and the escalating tensions between nations in the build-up to war. The story about the devastating impact of chemical warfare and weapons of mass destruction has never been more timely.
When Tony Harrison directed the play’s premiere at the National’s Olivier in 1992/1993, the 25-strong, mixed-gender cast was led by Sara Kestelman, Maria Friedman, Jennifer Galloway, Sian Thomas, Gillian Barge and Paola Dionisotti.
Now, 26 years on at the Finborough, the full six-strong, all-female cast of up-and-coming stars are: Eva Feiler, Gracy Goldman, Rujenne Green, Amy Marchant, Philippa Quinn and Letty Thomas. The production has set and costumes by Daisy Blower, lighting by Arnim Friess, music by Jeremy Warmsley, musical direction by Adam Gerber, sound by Dinah Mullen and movement by Depi Gorgogianni.
This production of Square Rounds was commissioned by the Finborough to run as part of its TheGreatWar100 series. It returns Proud Haddock to the theatre, where they had previous hits with Tony Harrison’s The Trackers of Oxyrhynchus in 2017 and A Subject of Scandal and Concern.
Square Rounds runs from 4 to 29 September 2018 at the Finborough Theatre, 118 Finborough Rd, Kensington, London SW10 9ED. Performances are Tuesdays to Saturdays at 7.30pm, with Saturday and Sunday matinees at 3pm. Tickets are priced £10-20. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!
Eva Feiler (Justus Von Liebig) trained at Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Theatre includes A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Watermill Theatre, Newbury), The Dog Beneath the Skin (Jermyn Street Theatre), The Picture of Dorian Gray (Watermill Theatre, Newbury), Northanger Abbey (National Tour), Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth (Shakespeare 400 at Royal Festival Hall), Othello and The Merchant of Venice (Royal Shakespeare Company), See What I See (Oxford Playhouse), Eldorado (Arcola Theatre) and The Winter’s Tale (Crucible Theatre, Sheffield). Television includes Father Brown, Shakespeare Live! From the RSC, and Parkinson Masterclass: Simon Russell Beale. Radio includes Wild Honey, Believe It! and A Small Town Murder. Workshop includes Made in Britain.
Gracy Goldman (Clara Immerwahr) trained at Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Productions at the Finborough Theatre include Dream of the Dog and its subsequent transfer to Trafalgar Studios. Other theatre includes The State We’re In (Theatre503), Richard II (Royal Shakespeare Company and Barbican Theatre), Good People (English Theatre, Frankfurt), Invisible (Transport Theatre), Antony and Cleopatra (Liverpool Playhouse) and Great Expectations (New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme). Film includes The Plant, Mary and Victoria. Television includes Holby City, Doctors, Doctor Who, Sense8, Meet the Adebanjos, The Bill, Ruth Rendell Mysteries and Auf Eigene Gefahr. Radio includes Loveness And Me and Boniface And Me. Commercials include Sainsbury’s Christmas Ad: Dad to the Rescue.
Rujenne Green (Sir William Crookes) trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. Theatre includes The Dog Beneath The Skin (Jermyn Street Theatre) and Cookies (Theatre Royal Haymarket). Television includes The Halycon.
Amy Marchant (Hudson Maxim/Lady Nellie Crookes) trained at London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. Theatre includes A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith), Twelfth Night (Royal Shakespeare Company USA Tour), Shakespeare in Love (Noël Coward Theatre) and To Sir With Love (Touring Consortium Theatre Company). Film includes The Hippopotamus, Confection and Big Day. Television includes Doctors.
Philippa Quinn (Fritz Haber) trained at Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Productions at the Finborough Theatre include Just To Get Married. Other theatre includes Control (Gielgud Theatre), Because We Want To (Rose Theatre, Bankside), Pride and Prejudice and Bard on Board (National Tour), Writers Block (BAC), Random Acts of Kindness (Old Red Lion Theatre), Breathing Space (Courtyard Theatre) and Block 59 (Glastonbury Festival).
Letty Thomas (Hiram Maxim/Sweeper Mawes) trained at Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Theatre includes The Divide (The Old Vic), Mary Stuart (Almeida Theatre), Men (Arcola Theatre) and Seeing Double (Camden People’s Theatre). Film includes Uneatable. Workshop includes Scenes With Girls (Royal Court Theatre).
Playwright Tony Harrison was born in Leeds in 1937. He has written extensively for the National Theatre, New York Metropolitan Opera, BBC, Channel 4, the Royal Shakespeare Company, and for ancient spaces in Greece, Austria and Japan. His volumes of poetry include The Loiners (Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize), v. (Royal Television Society Award), The Gaze of the Gorgon (Whitbread Prize for Poetry) and Laureate’s Block. His film Black Daisies for the Bride won the Prix Italia, 1994. He was awarded the PEN/Pinter Prize 2009, the European Prize for Literature 2010 and the David Cohen Prize for Literature 2015.
Director Jimmy Walters returns to the Finborough Theatre following his acclaimed productions of Tony Harrison’s The Trackers of Oxyrhynchus and John Osborne’s A Subject of Scandal and Concern. Other direction includes The Dog Beneath The Skin (Jermyn Street Theatre), Mrs Orwell (Old Red Lion Theatre and Southwark Playhouse), Julius Caesar (Saatchi Gallery and Chelsea Theatre), Improbable Fiction (Courtyard Theatre), A Naughty Night With Noël Coward (Old Red Lion Theatre), Hamlet (United Arab Emirates Tour and Network Theatre), I the Jury (Hen and Chickens Theatre), Breaded Butler (Troubadour) and Dear Ray (Edinburgh Festival). Assistant Direction includes Young Shakespeare Company tours of Twelfth Night and Romeo and Juliet (Bloomsbury Theatre), Othello (Riverside Studios) and Knock Yourself Out (Courtyard Theatre).