The Yard Theatre presents
Written by: Pamela Carter
Directed by: Jay Miller
Designed by Alex Lowde with lighting by Martin Langthorne, sound by Josh Grigg and music composition and arrangement by Manni Dee.
Tuesday 27 October – Saturday 21 November 2015
PRESS NIGHT: FRIDAY 30 OCTOBER AT 8PM
When there’s nothing to do, make war.
Jay Miller directs Pamela Carter’s blistering new play Lines, an urgent and timely study exposing the consequences of peace and the violence inherent in us all.
We meet our young lads as civilians and watch them transform into soldiers. They finish their training and are unleashed into an unknown peacetime. But what do soldiers do when there’s no one to fight?
2015 will be the first year the British Army won’t be at war for over a century. This is a play made in response to that prospect.
The Yard’s Artistic Director Jay Miller (The Mikvah Project) and writer Pamela Carter (Skåne, Confessions of a Justified Sinner) have been speaking with retired soldiers, children who want to join the army, and soldiers currently serving our country. After the sold-out successes of The Mikvah Project and Beyond Caring (National Theatre), the third in-house show at The Yard will incorporate an explosive techno score, angelic choral singing and four young men all desperate to be a hero.
The cast is Tony Clay (Locke), Ncuti Gatwa (Valentine), Tom Gill (Perk), and Robbie O’Neill (Mackay). Lines is the accommodation in our barracks, where our soldiers sleep. It is where they clean their laundry, their weapons and their bodies.
Pamela Carter’s writing credits include the acclaimed Paul Bright’s Confessions of a Justified Sinner, which recently enjoyed a successful revival as part of the Edinburgh International Festival. Other plays are An Argument About Sex and Slope, Skåne (Hampstead Theatre Downstairs) – winner of the New Writing Commission at the Berliner Festspiele Stückemarkt 2012); Wildlife for Magnetic North Theatre Company (2011); What We Know (directed by Pamela in a co-production with Traverse Theatre in 2010).
Jay Miller founded The Yard in 2011 in collaboration with Practice Architecture and a dedicated team of volunteers. The Yard was built to offer opportunities for artists to make contemporary theatre in a new space, in a new part of town. In 2013 Jay was named by The Guardian as one of the most influential people working in culture today. He also won the British Council Creative Entrepreneur Award 2013, part of the hclub 100. As part of this he travelled to Brazil in April 2013 with the British Council to expand his international network, learn and share ideas. Jay’s directing credits include The Mikvah Project, a new play by Josh Azouz, which received outstanding reviews.
The Yard Theatre
Unit 2A Queen’s Yard
White Post Lane
London E9 5EN
Performances and Tickets
27, 28, 29 October at 8pm. Previews: £12.50/10 conc.
30, 31 October at 8pm £15/12.50 conc.
2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 November at 8pm. £15/12.50 conc.
9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 November at 8pm. £15/12.50 conc.
16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21 November at 8pm. £15/12.50 conc.
Buy tickets online: http://www.theyardtheatre.co.uk/event/lines
Tony Clay – Locke
Tony graduated from Arts Educational School of Acting in 2013. He joins the cast of Lines following his “scorching” stage debut in Albion (Bush Theatre). His television work includes Foyle’s War; and for film, The Second Coming and An Ordinary Life.
Ncuti Gatwa – Valentine
Ncuti was one of this year’s nominees for the Ian Charleson Award for his performance as Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet at Home, Manchester. Recent stage work also includes 946 (Kneehigh) and Shakespeare in Love (Duke of York’s Theatre).
Tom Gill – Perk
Tom’s stage work includes Buckets (Orange Tree Theatre), Dunsinane (RSC/National Theatre of Scotland) and ZigZag ZigZag (Manchester International Festival). Film credits include Eden Lake. As a spoken word artist Tom was recently commissioned by Channel 4.
Robbie O’Neill – Mackay
Robbie’s stage work includes Club 44 (Soho Theatre), Shakespeare’s Pericles (Redgrave Theatre) and The Last Days of Mankind (Bristol Old Vic). His television work includes Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell and Father Brown.