Hampstead Premieres Two Terror Plays in Rep, 5 MayDate: 30 March 2005
Hampstead Theatre will premiere two new plays from emerging writers that explore the anxiety of living in a climate of terror. Dennis Kelly’s Osama the Hero and Jane Bodie’s A Single Act, both directed by Hampstead artistic director Anthony Clark and performed by a five-strong ensemble*, will run in repertory from 5 May to 11 June 2005.
Osama the Hero, which opens to the press on 9 May 2005, explores what happens when an individual thinks outside of convention in a society made anxious by the threat of terrorist activity. Teenaged Gary unintentionally provokes those around him in his school and on the estate where he lives. When a violent act unsettles the community, Gary becomes the scapegoat.
In A Single Act, which has its press night on 16 May 2005, four people are unharmed but still effected by a recent terrorist act in their city. Photographer Neil is alone in resisting the inevitable return to normality.
The cast for the two plays are Tom Brooke, Christine Bottomley, Ian Dunn and Rachel Sanders, *as well as Michael Mears, who will appear only in Kelly’s play. Both productions are designed by Patrick Connellan and lit by James Farncombe.
- by Terri Paddock