Boundless Theatre has revealed that YouTube star Tanya Burr will star in a major revival of Judy Upton’s Confidence at London’s Southwark Playhouse this spring. The production, directed by Boundless artistic director Rob Drummer, runs from 23 May to 16 June 2018, with a press night on 25 May.
Burr stars as Ella in Confidence, which was first performed in 1998 at Birmingham Repertory Theatre
Mixtapes, Argos catalogue Christmas lists, VHS. Crop tops, chokers, disposable cameras, Boundless Theatre is bringing the 90s back. As another summer season on the seafront gets underway Ella is turning up the heat in a high stakes game to get as far away as possible. Whilst Ruby keeps the café going and Dean mans the ice cream kiosk, Ella learns there’s no fast track to success.
The production is designed by Amelia Jane Hankin, with sound by Father. Director Rob Drummer comments:
“Rediscovering Judy’s play in the context of 2018 and looking at the legacy of 90s youth culture is an exciting prospect. In the hedonism of the 90s and the changing tide of political optimism did young people get what they want? For a new generation now, we want to see what has changed and why instilling confidence in young people to take up space and have a voice matters more than ever.”
Tanya Burr makes her professional stage debut as Ella. This year, she has starred in Go90’s Love and Cheese as part of the Love, Daily series. She has appeared in pilot series Making It and plays the lead in the forthcoming Disconnect – a short film. Burr is probably best know for her successful YouTube channel with its audience of three million and its associated merchandise lines.
Judy Upton is an award-winning playwright and her stage plays include Ashes and Sand, (George Devine Award), Bruises (Royal Court), Sunspots and People On The River, (Finborough), To Blusher With Love (Channel Theatre), Know Your Rights (Red Room at Battersea Arts Centre), Sliding With Suzanne (Royal Court/Out Of Joint), Team Spirit (National Theatre), The Girlz (Orange Tree), Gaby Goes Global (New Wimbledon Theatre), Flick To Kick (Cambridge Hotbed Festival), Noctropia (Hampstead Theatre) and Come To Where I’m From (Paines Plough).
Rob Drummer Prior to becoming artistic director of Boundless Theatre in July 2016 he was associate dramaturg at the Bush Theatre where he ran the Literary Department. He was also the first literary manager for the HighTide Festival Theatre. As a dramaturg and director he has worked with playwrights at theatres including the National Theatre, Hampstead Theatre, Bristol Old Vic, Contact, York Theatre Royal and Theatre503.