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Mariah Gale & Felix Scott star in Gruesome Playground Injuries at Gate

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Mariah Gale and Felix Scott will star in the European premiere of Pulitzer Prize finalist Rajiv Joseph's Gruesome Playground Injuries at the Gate Theatre.

The production, which is directed by Leverhulme Bursary recipient Justin Audibert, opens on 24 January 2013 (previews from 22 January) and runs until 16 February.

When Kayleen and Doug meet in the nurse's office of their elementary school aged 8, she can't stop being sick and he's pedalled his bike off the roof. Over the course of the next 30 years an intense and unusual love story develops.

Mariah Gale plays Kayleen. Her recent theatre work includes Three Sisters, Vernon God Little (Young Vic), The Pitchfork Disney (Arcola Theatre), The Sea (Haymarket Theatre Royal), 'Tis Pity She's a Whore (Southwark Playhouse) and Twelfth Night (Open Air Theatre), for which she won the Ian Charleson Award. She has also worked extensively for the RSC, with credits including Silence (also Filter), Morte D'Arthur, The Comedy of Errors, Romeo and Juliet, As You Like It, Love's Labour's Lost and Hamlet.

Felix Scott plays Doug. His theatre credits include The Country Wife (Royal Exchange Theatre), The Under Room (Lyric Hammersmith), Dr Faustus (Shakespeare's Globe), The Maddening Rain (Old Red Lion, Soho Theatre and Broadway), Power and Politics (Tricycle Theatre), Sudden Loss of Dignity (Bush Theatre) and The Man Who Had All the Luck (Donmar Warehouse).

Rajiv Joseph's other plays include Bengal Tiger At The Baghdad Zoo, which premiered on Broadway in 2011 starring Robin Williams. Gruesome Playground Injuries had its world premiere in October 2009 at the Alley Theatre in Houston, Texas, with Selma Blair and Brad Fleischer. An off-Broadway production opened in January 2011.


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