Cast lined up for Graeae tour of new play Kerbs

Last Updated on 22 January 2022 by Showcall Editorial Team

Casting is set for Michael Southan’s new play, Kerbs, presented by Graeae Theatre Company and Belgrade Theatre Coventry

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Maya Coates, Jack Hunter and Rekha John-Cheriyan star in Kerbs

Casting has been announced for the touring production of new play Kerbs, “a love story with disabled people at its heart”.

The play, presented by Graeae Theatre Company and Belgrade Theatre Coventry, will feature Maya Coates as Lucy, Jack Hunter as David and Rekha John-Cheriyan as both Carol and Toni.

Written by Michael Southan, Kerbs follows Lucy and David who are trying to date. Escaping for the weekend to a caravan park in Somerset, they hope to find out if their spark will finally catch, or burn everything to the ground.

Southan said: “I’m delighted that Kerbs has found a home with Graeae at the Belgrade Theatre and thrilled that a love story with disabled people at its heart will be seen on stages across the country.”

It will have its world premiere at Belgrade Theatre in Coventry from 26 February to 5 March and then tour to Liverpool’s Unity Theatre from 9 to 12 March, Cast in Donaster from 16 to 18 March, the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough from 23 to 26 March, and the Drum Theatre in Plymouth from 30 March to 2 April. Press night will be in Coventry on 1 March.

It is directed by Nickie Miles-Wildin, co-artistic director and CEO of DaDa Fest, who has previously worked with Graeae which develops and champions theatre with D/deaf and disabled artists.

Miles-Wildin said: “I’m incredibly excited to be bringing Mike’s amazing script to the stage. Kerbs is a witty representation of what it’s like being a 20-something disabled person dating and carefully navigating your way through a relationship.”

The creative team also includes designer Amanda Mascarenhas, lighting and AV designer Josh Pharo, sound designer Charlotte Barber, and movement director Angela Gasparetto.

The production marks the beginning of Graeae’s 40th anniversary year and a return to Coventry where the company was conceived back in the early 1980s.

Kerbs will feature Graeae’s signature integrated creative captioning and audio description at every show. A digital version will also be made available for home-viewing at the end of the run.

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