Cast announced for Mayfly

15 March 2018

Evelyn Hoskins, Simon Scardifield, Irfan Shamji and Niky Wardley will appear in the world premiere of Joe White’s debut play Mayfly, which previews from 19 April.

Directed by Guy Jones, the production is designed by Cécile Trémolières, the Lighting Designer is Christopher Nairne and Jon Ouin, who was a member of the band Stornoway, is Sound Designer and Composer. 

In a season of plays set outside the metropolis, this new drama looks at life in rural Shropshire as a family searches for new beginnings.

Joe White is a former member of the Orange Tree Writers Collective, an important part of the lifeblood of the OT. The Collective is an opportunity for a group of establishing writers to share skills, techniques and obsessions, and to fire up conversations and collaborations. It is run by the Orange Tree’s Literary Associate Guy Jones (who also directs Mayfly) alongside masterclasses from practitioners making work at the theatre.

“The mayfly hatches in the morning, mates in the afternoon, dies at night: a lot can happen in a day.”

Ben thinks they might be better off without him, but his wife Cat has read her stars: “Today a very special person will appear from out the blue.”

Their daughter Loops is getting ready for a date. It’s her first one, and she has everything crossed.

“People think that cos you’re from a small village, everyone will know you. But we can still go missing. Even out here.”

An ethereal family drama, Joe White’s debut play Mayfly explores rebirth in the aftermath of tragedy.

Joe White was the Channel 4 Playwright on Attachment at Pentabus Theatre Company and member of the Old Vic 12.

Guy Jones is Literary Associate at the Orange Tree and has been an Associate Artist of Company Three. His directing credits include Spokesong (Finborough Theatre).

Evelyn Hoskins’ (Loops) theatre includes: Bonnie & Clyde (The Other Palace); Mrs Henderson Presents (Royal Alexandra Theatre, Toronto); Hero’s Welcome (UK tour/59E59, New York); Carrie (Southwark Playhouse); This Is My Family (Sheffield Crucible/tour); The Secret Garden (Birmingham Rep); and Spring Awakening: The Musical (Lyric Hammersmith/West End).
TV includes Doctors, The Sound of Music Live, Kerry, Misfits, Casualty and Holby City.

Simon Scardifield’s (Ben) theatre includes The Cherry Orchard and The Lower Depths (Arcola); Citizen Puppet (Blind Summit, Winner of a Fringe First, Edinburgh Festival); The White Devil, Goodnight Children Everywhere, The Tempest, Twelfth Night (RSC); The Double (Theatre Royal Bath, nominated for a UK Theatre Award for Best Performance); The Real Thing (ETT/West Yorkshire Playhouse); Fewer Emergencies (The Print Room); Chekhov in Hell (Soho); 1984 (Blind Summit/BAC); and with Propeller, including performances at the Watermill, in the West End, New York and international tours: The Taming of the Shrew, Twelfth Night, The Winter’s Tale, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Rose Rage
TV includes Endeavour, What Remains, Twenty Twelve, Kingdom, Minder, Broken News, Time Gentleman Please, and Ever After. Films include High Heels and Low Lifes.

Irfan Shamji (Harry) recently graduated from RADA.  His theatre includes Hamlet (Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company). TV includes It’s Me Sugar and Informer. Films include Red Joan and Murder on the Orient Express

Niky Wardley’s (Cat) theatre includes Twelfth Night, A Small Family Business, and Much Ado About Nothing (National Theatre); The Catherine Tate Show Live (UK tour); The Same Deep Water As Me (Donmar); Bedroom Farce (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Making Waves (Stephen Joseph, Scarborough); The Three Sisters (Theatre Royal Bath); Our Country’s Good (Nuffield, Southampton); and A Servant to Two Masters (Young Vic/RSC/world tour).
TV includes Citizen Khan, Are You Being Served?, Catherine Tate’s Nan, Asylum, The Spa, Love and Marriage, In With the Flynns, Coronation Street, Little Crackers, Shameless, Life of Riley, All the Small Things, Parents of the Band, How Not to Live Your Life, Peep Show, Benidorm, My Family, and Love Soup. Films include Nativity 3, Hello You, The Affair of the Necklace and Really.

£15 previews of Mayfly start 19 April. £12 under 30s tickets are available for all performances.

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