Cast announced for Low Level Panic

4 January 2017

The cast for the first major revival of Clare McIntyre’s Low Level Panic, directed by Chelsea Walker, is Sophie Melville, Katherine Pearce and Samantha Pearl.

Sophie Melville was nominated for the Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Actress 2016 for her solo performance in Iphigenia in Splott (Sherman/Edinburgh Fringe/National Theatre). Other theatre includes 2066 (Almeida); Blackbird (The Other Room, Cardiff); Insignificance, Under Milk Wood (Theatr Clwyd); Juliet in Romeo and Juliet (Sherman); and The Shape of Things, See How They Run, ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore (Theatre by the Lake). TV includes The Missing.

Katherine Pearce's theatre work includes Husbands and Sons (National Theatre/Royal Exchange); Stab in the Dark, A Series of Increasingly Impossible Acts, Glitterland, Chamber Piece, A Streetcar Named Desire and Woyzeck (Secret Theatre, Lyric Hammersmith); Port (National Theatre); and Round ‘Ere (Bush/Edinburgh Fringe)

Samantha Pearl's theatre work includes Tomorrow I Was Always a Lion (Belarus Free Theatre); Romeo and Juliet (Watermill, Newbury); Brave New World (Royal & Derngate, Northampton); Brendan at the Chelsea (Lyric Belfast/New York); and Clean (Oran Mor/Traverse). Films include Legend.

In this funny, timely and unapologetic play, three twenty-something women figure out how they really feel about sex, their bodies and each other.

With a vibrancy and stylistic freedom, Low Level Panic interrogates the effects of society’s objectification of women.

Clare McIntyre’s (1952-2009) Low Level Panic won the Samuel Beckett award when it premiered at the Royal Court in 1988, while her next play My Heart’s a Suitcase earned her the Evening Standard’s Most Promising Playwright Award.

Chelsea Walker, runner-up, JMK Award 2016, directs. She is part of The Old Vic 12. She has directed P’Yongyang by In-Sook Chappell and Chicken Dust by Ben Weatherill (Finborough); Klippies by Jessica Sian (Southwark Playhouse); Lean by Isley Lynn (Tristan Bates); and Occupied by Catriona Kerridge (BAC/Bush). She has assisted James MacDonald and Simon Godwin.

Low Level Panic previews from 16 Feb

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