The cast for Anthony Neilson’s new play Unreachable will include Amanda Drew, Tamara Lawrance, Jonjo O’Neill, Richard Pyros and Matt Smith. Rehearsals start on 16 May and the production runs from 2 July to 6 August 2016 in the Jerwood Theatre Downstairs. Press night is on Friday 8 July, 7pm.
Writer and director Anthony Neilson returns to the Royal Court with a new play that will be created in the rehearsal room. With Set Design by Royal Court Associate Designer Chloe Lamford, Costume Design by Fly Davis, Lighting Design by Chahine Yavroyan, Composition and Sound Design by Nick Powell
A film director on an obsessive quest to capture the perfect light.
Throughout rehearsals, online content based on ideas the company are experimenting with will be posted on unreachabletheplay.com, to build a collection of references that will offer audiences an insight into the process of devising work, and the themes and images that will shape the finished production. The first trailer has now been released. This is the first of a series of films created in collaboration with director Michael Hewson. Audiences are encouraged to check the site regularly or sign up to the Royal Court’s mailing list to receive updates.
Unreachable will be accompanied by a post-show conversation with writer and director Anthony Neilson and the cast to take place on 20 July as part of the Big Idea. Educational Insight Workshops will be available for any schools attending this production.
Anthony Neilson’s previous credits at the Royal Court include The Get Out, Narrative, Get Santa!, Relocated, The Wonderful World of Dissocia (winner Best Production in both the TMA and Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland), Heredity, The Lying Kind and The Censor, which won the Writers’ Guild and Time Out Award. His other work includes Edward Gant’s Amazing Feats of Loneliness (Headlong/Drum Theatre Plymouth), Stitching (The Traverse, Bush – Time Out Off West End Award) and Normal (Edinburgh Festival Fringe). His films include The Debt Collector and Deeper Still.
Amanda Drew’s previous credits at the Royal Court include Love and Information, The Stone, Faces in the Crowd, The Ugly One, Mr Kolpert and Enron (Royal Court/West End). Other theatre credits include The Father (Duke of York/Tour), Three Days in the Country, John Gabriel Borkman, Hove (National), The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time (National/West End), The Events (ATC/Tour), Illusions (ATC), A Streetcar Named Desire (Everyman Liverpool), Butley (Duchess), House of Games, Parlour Song, A Chain Play, Enemies, Dona Rosita the Spinster (Almeida), Otherwise Engaged (Criterion), Blithe Spirit (Bath Theatre Royal Tour), Play (BAC), 100 (Australia/Brazil Tour), Damages (Bush), Madame Bovary, Breakfast With Emma, The House of Bernarda Alba (Shared Experience), Eastward, Ho!, The Malcontent, The Roman Actor, Jubilee, Love in a Wood (RSC), Top Girls (New Vic), The School of Night (Chichester) and The Good Times Are Coming (Old Red Lion). Her film credits include Jerusalem, The Other Man and Mrs Dalloway. Television includes Broadchurch, The Passing Bells, New Tricks, Life of Crime, Southcliffe, Silent Witness, Switch, Midsomer Murders, Holby Blue, EastEnders, Golden Hour, The Bill and Men Behaving Badly. Awards include a Clarence Derwent Award for Eastward, Ho!
Tamara Lawrance will make her Royal Court debut with Unreachable. Other theatre credits include Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (National). Television includes Undercover.
Jonjo O’Neill’s previous credits for the Royal Court include The Get Out, Talkshow, Collaboration and The President Has Come To See You. His other theatre credits include Cymbeline, Richard III, Ahasverus, Romeo and Juliet, Morte D’Arthur, The Drunks, A Comedy of Errors, As You Like It, A New Way to Please You, Believe What You Will, Sejanus: His Fall, Speaking Like Magpies (RSC), Silence (RSC/Filter), Headcase (RSC/Soho),The Crucible (Manchester Royal Exchange), The Effect (National), King Lear (Liverpool Everyman/Young Vic), Someone Else’s Shoes (Soho), Faustus (Hampstead), Paradise Lost (Northampton Theatre Royal), A View from the Bridge (Birmingham Rep/West Yorkshire Playhouse), Murmuring Judges (Birmingham Rep), Observe the Sons of Ulster’ (Pleasance), Dolly West’s Kitchen (Haymarket), Half a Sixpence (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Translations (Watford Palace) and The Frogs (Nottingham Playhouse). His film credits include Dragonheart, Defiance and Fakers. Television includes Constance, The Fall, Fortitude, The Assett, Doctor Who, Bad Sugar, The History of Mr Polly, I Do, The Year London Blew Up, I Fought the Law, Bay College, Murphy’s Law, A Touch of Frost, Band of Brothers, Holby City and Thin Ice.
Richard Pyros’s previous Royal Court credits include Collaboration. Other theatre credits include The Wild Duck (Belvoir Theatre/Perth International Festival), Mother Courage and Her Children (Belvoir), Gross und Klein, Money Shots, The White Guard, Before/After, Leviathan, Comedy of Errors, Oresteia, Vs Macbeth, The Mysteries: Genesis, Accidental Death of an Anarchist, Woman in Mind (Sydney Theatre Company); The Good Person of Szechuan, On the Misconception of Oedipus, A View of Concrete, Hamlet (Malthouse, Melbourne), Inferno (Societas Raffaello Sanzio/Barbican); Titus Andronicus (Theory of Everything), Amada (The Arches Theatre), The Crumbtrail (Hebbel Am Ufer, Berlin), Hey Girl (Societas Raffaello Sanzio); Gilgamesh (Melbourne Festival/Barbican/Tour), (Miniaturists) Interval, At Sea (Arcola), Coyote Canyon (Lyric); Scenes of a Massacre (Camden People’s Theatre), Two Gentlemen of Verona (Bell Shakespeare), Hamlet (A Poor Theatre), Remembrance of Things Past (Melbourne Festival) and Romeo & Juliet (Wentworth Festival). His film credits includes Hamlet and Noise. His television credits includes Big Bite, and Stand Up Australia. Richard has directed two operas, Hansel and Gretel and Dido and Aeneas (Opera in Space/King’s Place). Awards include the Irene Mitchell Award for Acting (Victorian College of the Arts).
Matt Smith’s previous Royal Court credits include Fresh Kills, That Face (Royal Court/West End). Other theatre credits include American Psycho (Almeida), Swimming with Sharks (West End), On the Shore of the Wide World, Burn, Citizenship, Chatroom and The History Boys (National). His film credits include Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Patient Zero, Lost River and Womb.His television credits includes Doctor Who, The Crown, Christopher and His Kind, The Street, Party Animals and Bert & Dickie. Matt’s directing credits include Cargese (Sky Arts).