Cast and creatives for world premiere of Sad at Omnibus Theatre

Last Updated on 16 February 2022 by Showcall Editorial Team

Victoria Willing’s new play, Sad, is to have its world premiere at Omnibus Theatre in Clapham in London. Tickets on sale now

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Debra Baker as Gloria in Sad at Omnibus Theatre

Full cast and creatives have been announced for the world premiere of Victoria Willing’s new dark comedy, Sad, at Omnibus Theatre in London.

The show will feature Debra Baker as Gloria, a 70s wannabe punk and life-long Bowie fan who lives in a fantasy world in her attic, trying to escape the complex relationships that surround her.

She will be joined by Kevin N Golding as Graham, Lucas Hare as Daniel and Izabella Urbanowicz as Magda. Casting is by Jane Frisby.

Sad is directed by Omnibus Theatre’s artistic director, Marie McCarthy, and will run at the Clapham theatre from 5 to 30 April 2022.

The creative team also includes set and costume designer Alys Whitehead, lighting designer Alex Thomas, sound designer Joe Dines, video/projection designer Dan Light, movement and intimacy director Asha Jennings-Grant, assistant director Paloma Jacob-Duvernet, stage manager and set builder Matt Llewellyn Smith, assistant set builder Stephanie Nicholls and producer Felicity Paterson.

McCarthy said she was drawn to the bleak, funny, fantastical, contemporary and chaotic energy of this drama. “The characters Victoria creates are quite uncompromising. She’s a courageous writer and doesn’t shy away from difficult subjects and that’s what I love about her plays.

“There’s also a great deal of tenderness in this story and I hope audiences will relate to it and enjoy spending an hour or so in the company of these four wonderful and complex characters… in an attic.”

Willing added: “This play confronts the truthful, messy, contradictory reality of relationships that I don’t often see represented on stage.

“It’s also about challenging perceptions of women of a certain age, the unpreparedness of ageing and exploring submissiveness, dominance and power.”

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