Dancing Brick and Paul Jellis in association with Tobacco Factory Theatres and the Bush Theatre presents
by Thomas Eccleshare
directed by Valentina Ceschi
designed by Lily Arnold
Cast includes – Ashley Gerlach and Charlotte Melia.
Bush Theatre 31 Oct – 18 Nov 2017
Press Night 2 Nov at 7pm
A reclusive children’s writer becomes wildly successful. Her books are treasured across the country. But when a troubling narrative starts to unfold, we find ourselves asking; what matters more, the storyteller or the story? Brilliantly imaginative and theatrically original, Heather is a short, sharp play about language, prejudice and the power of stories.
In three acts, the play explores the two character’s relationships to the books and to each other, forcing them to question their own responsibility and motivation. Each act takes the performers into a different mode of communication, forcing the audience to engage with the different ways in which the text is manipulated, mediated and interpreted.
In a world of fake news, now is the perfect time to question, challenge and interrogate the idea of authorship, objectivity and whether a text can exist in isolation.
Thomas Eccleshare is a writer, performer and theatre maker who trained at the Jacques Lecoq School. He is the co-artistic director of award-winning visual theatre company Dancing Brick, with whom he has toured nationally and internationally. As a playwright he has won the Verity Bargate Award, the Catherine Johnson Award and been nominated for an Off West End Award for most promising playwright. He writes regularly for TV and film and last year was the recipient of the inaugural JJ BAFTA Screenwriting Bursary. He is currently on attachment at the Royal Court.
Valentina Ceschi is a director and theatre maker who trained at the Jacques Lecoq School in Paris. She is co-artistic director of Dancing Brick with whom she has toured nationally and internationally since 2008 (her latest production of the Snow Child commissioned by the Unicorn Theatre will transfer to the Lincoln Centre in New York in 2017). She is associate director for OperaUpClose for whom she will be directing their production of the Magic Flute in a new version by Glyn Maxwell at Soho Theatre in 2017.
Lily Arnold’s design credits for productions include Snow In Midsummer, The Jew of Malta, King Lear, The Taming of The Shrew and The Rape of Lucrece (all RSC), Broken Biscuits (Paines Plough), Forget Me Not (Bush Theatre), The Solid Life Of Sugar Water (Graeae/NT), Beached (Marlowe Studios/Soho Theatre), The Edge of our Bodies, Gruesome Playground Injuries (both Gate Theatre), The Sugar Coated Bullets of the Bourgeoisie, Peddling, So Here We Are (all HighTide), Minotaur (Polka Theatre), Yellow Face, World Enough and Time (all Park Theatre), The Boss of It All (Assembly Roxy/Soho Theatre), A Season in the Congo, The Scottsboro Boys(Young Vic, Clare Space), Happy New (Trafalgar Studios), Ahasverus (Hampstead Downstairs), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Cambridge Arts Theatre) and Room (Theatre Royal Stratford East).
Ashley Gerlcah’s theatre credits include Romeo and Juliet (National Theatre), Macbeth (National Theatre), You Forgot The Mince (Imagine If), The Events (GEST), All My Sons (Talawa Theatre Company), The Nutcracker (Unicorn Theatre), Dick Whittington (Theatre Royal Stratford East), Breaking Point (Acting Out Productions), Alice in the Walled Garden (Sixteen Feet), Borderline Vultures (The Lowry), The Legend of Captain Crow’s Teeth (Unicorn Theatre), Where the Flowers Grow (Warehouse Theatre), 7 New Plays by Young Writers (National Theatre Studio), Naked Soldiers (Warehouse Theatre) and Herons (Falling Leaves). TV and film includes The Midnight Beast (Warp Films for Channel 4), Up! (BBC), The Manny Norte Show (Hey Buddy Productions), Rock and Chips (BBC), The Bill (Talkback Thames), A Dangerous Way to Live andRequiem (Jaffa Films).
Charlotte Melia’s theatre credits include Genesis (Soho Theatre/The Lowry), The Window (Bristol Old Vic), I and the Village (Theatre 503), Never So Good, Afterlife (National Theatre), High Street Odyssey (Inspector Sands/China Plate), The Wasp (Bristol Old Vic/New Wolsey), Helen (Tobacco Factory/Oran Mor), The Common (China Plate/Beaford Arts), Wired (Kings Head), A Moon For The Misbegotten (The Old Vic),Cartography (New Wolsey), Much Ado About Nothing (Ripley Castle/Sprite Productions), The Miniaturists (Arcola Theatre), Hamlet (ETT/New Ambassadors) TV and radio includes Delayed Departures (Radio 4), The Lost Honour of Christopher Jeffries (ITV), Doctors (BBC1) and The Art of Awkward Conversation (Notebook Films).