Inspired by the real-life political kidnapping of John McCarthy, Brian Keenan and Terry Waite in Lebanon, Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me traces the shifting relationships between three hostages – an Irishman, an Englishman and an American – held in a Middle Eastern jail. The three-hander premiered at north London’s Hampstead Theatre in 1992 before transferring to the West End and Broadway. The original cast were Stephen Rea as Irishman Edward, Alec McCowen as Englishman Michael and Hugh Quarshie as American Adam.
Though he was a member of the National Youth Music Theatre, prior to Festen, Miller, who plays the American, was best known for his screen roles in the likes of Trainspotting, Plunkett and Macleane, Mansfield Park, Complicity, Regeneration, Afterglow and Love, Honour and Obey.
Gillan, who plays the Irishman, has been seen on stage in Juno and the Paycock, The Patriot Game, Playboy of the Western World, Marvin’s Room, Mojo, The Caretaker and Platonov. On film and TV, his credits include The Lowdown, Mojo, Circle of Friends, Five Little Pigs, Lorna Doone and Queer as Folk. Currently starring in TV’s Shameless, Threlfall, who plays the Englishman, has amongst his myriad stage credits Nicholas Nickleby, Tartuffe, Blue/Orange and Skellig.
Irish playwright Frank McGuinness’ other plays include Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme, Dolly West's Kitchen, Carthaginians, The Baglady, Carthaginians, Gates of Gold and Mutabilitie.
This new production of Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me is directed by Oxford Stage Company artistic director Dominic Dromgoole and designed by Anthony Lamble. It’s presented in the West End by Background Productions.
- by Terri Paddock