The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation Bridge Company, which features a cast of recent graduates from the BRIT School, comes to Southwark Playhouse next month with world premieres of musical The Sandman and drama What Was Left. Book your tickets to see these exciting new theatremakers in action now!
The pair of productions were commissioned by the company and tackle issues that lie at the heart of young people’s lives: mental health, sex and trauma. They run at Southwark Playhouse from 14 to 29 June 2019.
Written by Molly Taylor, What Was Left follows a year in the life of three siblings who are learning to survive in unknown territory, and struggling with trauma and mental health as the world around them is falling apart. It is directed by Matt Hassall.
Loosely based on the short story by E. T. A. Hoffmann, The Sandman, written by Harry Blake, features fierce fashion, jump scares, the supernatural and a bold contemporary score in the story of a nightmarish character from childhood who steals people’s eyes and stalks a talented young artist who is about to start university.
This is the second year that the company, supported by the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation, will have performed at Southwark Playhouse, following 2018’s Infinite Joy and Sticky. The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation Bridge Company is a unique training initiative made up of recent graduates from the south London school that provides vocational training in the performing arts, media, art, design and technology.
The cast for What Was Left features Amaia Aguinaga, Beth Wilmott, Daniel Pinto, Eden Rickson, Elle Slater, Frances Gillard, Harmony Nanton, Isobel Fairchild, Joe Garwood, Mason Clarke-Whale, Milo Couchman, Natasha Thurrell, Roseby Franklin-Denyer, Sera Mustafa and Tara Korda Kolar.
Brady Isaacs, Callum Edwards-Manning, Harrison Fennell, Holly Mowatt, Jessica Thompson, Jimmy Chambers, Kira McGovern, Lauren Price, Leah Musisi, Marie Beall, Matthew Paraskevas, Meg McGrady, Oliver Cartwright and Ruby Dollner star in The Sandman.
In addition to What Was Left and The Sandman, the summer season at Southwark Playhouse also includes musical The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, the UK premiere of Off-Broadway hit Afterglow and new musical Fiver.
What Was Left and The Sandman run at Southwark Playhouse, 77-85 Newington Causeway, London SE1 6BD from 14 to 29 June 2019 with performances Mondays to Saturdays 8pm, matinees Tuesdays and Saturdays 3.30pm. Tickets are priced £22. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!
About the creative teams
Molly Taylor is an award-winning playwright and theatre-maker. Her one-woman production Extinguished Things enjoyed a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe 2018 and won a Critics Circle Award at the Adelaide Fringe 2019. Last year she wrote Cacophony for the Almeida Theatre Young Company (19-25) which had a sell-out run in July 2018, and transferred to The Yard in February 2019.
Matt Hassall is a Resident Director at the Almeida Theatre and was the Young Company Director at the Royal Exchange Theatre from 2014 – 2018. As director his work includes: Mixtape, We Were Told There Was Dancing (Production of the Year nominee in the Manchester Evening News Awards) and The Factory (Manchester Theatre Award nominee) all at the Royal Exchange Theatre, The Ballad of Rudy (New Wolsey Theatre), Be/Longing (Hope Mill Theatre) and In My Bed (24:7 Theatre Festival – MTA nominee for Best Fringe Production).
Harry Blake is an award-winning composer and writer. He wrote the music for the current stage adaptation and UK tour of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin and earlier this year created music and sound for Wild East at the Young Vic. In 2017 he was appointed Cameron Mackintosh Resident Composer at West Yorkshire Playhouse. His musical Thor & Loki premiered at Edinburgh and HighTide festivals last year to rave reviews and sold out houses. His other credits include The March on Russia (Orange Tree Theatre); Blush (Soho Theatre and tour); Her Naked Skin, Night Must Fall, Hedda Gabler and Bike (Salisbury Playhouse); Septimus Bean, Jason and the Argonauts and The Snow Child (Unicorn Theatre).
Jennifer Fletcher trained in Dance Theatre at LABAN and has since worked as a Choreographer, Director and Theatre Maker in 0pera, theatre and film. She continues to direct productions for the two companies she co-founded (The Mostly Everything People and NOVA) that are presented internationally. Movement/Choreography credits include: Much Ado About Nothing & The Tempest (Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre); As Long as the Heart Beats (National Theatre Wales); Jason & The Argonauts (The Unicorn), Beggars Opera (Storyhouse).