Casting and dates for Sunnymead Court at Arcola and on tour

Last Updated on 15 June 2021 by Showcall Editorial Team

Gemma Lawrence’s Sunnymead Court will run at London’s Arcola Theatre before going to The Dukes Lancaster, Theatr Clwyd in Mold and Bath’s Ustinov Studio

Sunnymead Court
Remmie Milner and Gemma Lawrence in the 2020 production of Sunnymead Court. Photo: Lidia Crisafulli

Casting and dates have been confirmed for Gemma Lawrence’s Sunnymead Court which will open at London’s Arcola Theatre before touring to Lancaster, Mold and Bath.

Sasha Frost has been cast alongside Lawrence in this queer romance about connection and isolation, in which two women get to know each other from the safety of their balconies in tower blocks facing each other.

The play enjoyed a critically acclaimed, sell-out run at Tristan Bates Theatre at The Actors Centre in London in 2020, and has been brought back by theatre company Defibrillator in association with The Actors Centre.

It will run at the Arcola Theatre in north London as part of its outdoor festival, Today I’m Wiser, from 1 to 4 July 2021, with press night on 2 July. It will then tour to The Dukes Lancaster on 5 July, Theatr Clwyd in Mold on 5 July and the Ustinov Studio in Bath on 10 July.

Lawrence said: “Inspired by the swell of community spirit in the first UK lockdown, Sunnymead Court is a celebration of the small, seemingly insignificant moments of human connection that might, in another time, have passed us by.

“As we start to try and process the last year, I’m thrilled we’re bringing this uplifting queer romance back to the stage. It speaks to the isolation of lockdown while also offering audiences some much-needed hope and humour. Most importantly, it has some absolutely banging tunes.”

It is directed by James Hillier and produced by Jack Holden, with lighting and video by Will Monks, sound by Max Pappenheim and movement by Chi San Howard. The team also includes assistant director Ewa Dina, stage manager Anna Townley and casting director Annie Rowe.

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