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FROZEN

THE PLAY

FROZEN

By Bryony Lavery
Park Theatre, 18 March-11 April 2015
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On April 17th 1980 my daughter, Rhona, walked out of my house to go to her Grandma’s. She never got there. She never came back. She was 10. For years after her disappearance, Nancy keeps hope alive by imagining her daughter growing up. Then a man is arrested and Rhona’s remains are found.
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Award winning dramatist Bryony Lavery has laid bare the horror of a child taken before their time. She places three characters – a grieving mother, a remorseless child killer and a psychiatrist – under the microscope and rewards us with a sense of understanding and release.
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A major play…thrilling, humane and timely – The Times
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The Blueprint Theatre Company present the first full London revival of Frozen since the National Theatre’s smash hit in 2002. Frozen won the TMA Best Play Award and was also produced on Broadway where it was nominated for 4 Tony awards. Directed by Ian Brown, formerly Artistic Director of West Yorkshire Playhouse.
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This play is like a time bomb ticking in the back of your head. A must see – The Independent

THE PHOTOGRAPHS

CAST & CREW

CAST

Agnetha – Helen Schlesinger
Nancy – Sally Grey
Ralph – Mark Rose
Guard – Liam Timms
 

CREW

Director – Ian Brown
Set & Costume Design – Jason Southgate
Lighting Design – Charlie Lucas
Sound Design – Gareth McLeod
Production Manager/Stage Manager – Vicki Heathcock
Assistant Stage Manager – TBC
Costume Supervisor – Laura Stanfield

WOMEN LAUGHING

THE PLAY

WOMEN LAUGHING

By Michael Wall
Old Red Lion Theatre, 2-27 November 2012
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Women Laughing received excellent reviews across the board (see tab above) and two OFFIE nominations – for best actor (Mark Rose) and best director (Teunkie Van der Sluijs). It took two years to be given the green light and we had only two months to raise the funds so success was all the sweeter when it came.
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“It’s not so bad if they’re just ill – that’s natural, but when there’s the mental thing as well, it’s sort of unpleasant, isn’t it?”
“It’s not so bad if they’re just ill – that’s natural, but when there’s the mental thing as well, it’s sort of unpleasant, isn’t it?”
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Michael Wall’s black comedy takes us from the garden of a house in suburban London to the grounds of a mental asylum, where two couples fight for their lives amidst the inner-city frustrations and aspirations of the 1980s.

THE PHOTOGRAPHS

CAST & CREW

CAST

Mark Rose
Sally Grey
Mark Sands
Holly Clark

CREW

Director – Teunkie van der Sluijs
Designer – Anne Gry Skovdal
Lighting Designer – Frans Friis
Stage Manager – Sophie Johnson
Assistant Director – Rachel Illingworth
Assistant Stage Manager – Kim van Berkel
Choreographer – Ria Whitton
Sound Designer – Emma Bertmark
Press by Prospero
Costume supplier – June & Joyce Vintage

EVERY TIME I THINK OF YOU

THE FILM

EVERY TIME I THINK OF YOU

Screen on the Green, Islington, 25 June 2012
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Every Time I Think of You is a film about 80s Islington, based on interviews with Islington residents and the traders of Chapel Market. It centres on an urban myth, perpetuated by locals, and harks back to a comparatively innocent era – before mobile phones and the Internet changed our lives forever.
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This year long project began with the Chinese whispers of a few teenagers and led to the unravelling of one of North London’s greatest mysteries: Who was and where is Toni Sling?
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The film premiered at Islington’s Screen on the Green on 25th June 2012 and can be viewed online (click button below).

BEHIND THE SCENES

CAST & CREW

CAST

Jason Awoyemi
Eleanor Benmore
Tracey Benmore
Mark Cairns
Darryl Clark
Hind Elhaj
Lee Foran
Mike Goodenough
Maya Heritage
Barb Jacobson
Tallulah Marsh
Britney O’Neil
Johnny Papworth
Sally Rose
Mark Sands
Tyrell Thomas
Jo Tonna
Dave Twydell

CREW

Director – Carlo Ortu
Assistant Director – Gustavo Restrepo Marin
Director of Photography – Andrew Fleming
Sound Recordist – Owen Spencer
Editor – Simon Sharp
Colourist – Craig Coole
Sound Engineer – Stefan Davis
Screenplay – Sally Rose
Additonal Dialogue – Mark Rose and Luke Reilly
Assistant Production and Research –
Hind Elhaj, Ida Jensen, Britney O’Neill, Luke Reilly, Gustavo Restrepo Marin, Maya Salata and Tyrell Stewart
2nd Unit Camera – Jonathan L Flint, Thom Flint, Craig Narcisse

MUSIC

Pine Strangely by Ben Block at Boisounds (featuring Him on vocals)
Everytime, The Time is Now and You Saved Me Once by Steve James Johnson
Excecutive Producer – Mark Rose

DON'T YOU FORGET ABOUT ME

EXHIBITION

DON'T YOU FORGET ABOUT ME

Designed by Archmongers
Islington Libraries, January-March 2012
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The Eighties – before mobile phones and the internet; a time of riots, strikes and the Rubik’s Cube. Don’t You Forget About Me was an exhibition of local photography, offering a unique snapshot of life in Islington during this vibrant and defining decade. The exhibition was shown for two months at Islington Local History Centre and Islington Central Library.
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Part of a yearlong project, including Every Time I Think of You, a film to be shown on Monday 25th June 2012 at Screen on the Green on Upper Street, Islington, based on reminiscences and interviews with local people and looking at the Eighties.
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Project managed by Mark Sands

THE PHOTOGRAPHS

THIS STORY OF YOURS

THE PLAY

THIS STORY OF YOURS

By John Hopkins
Old Red Lion Theatre, 31 October-24 December 2011
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Detective Sergeant Johnson has been on the force 20 years, and he’s seen too much. When another young girl is brutally attacked on her way home from school, a suspect is picked up and brought in for questioning. Against orders, Johnson decides to interrogate Baxter alone, and this time he wants answers…
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BAFTA-winning writer John Hopkins’ rarely performed thriller is a dark and gripping tale of the moral disintegration of a failed police officer. It was our first full length production and enjoyed a successful three week run at Islington’s Old Red Lion Theatre in the winter of 2010, marking the 40th anniversary of the play’s publication. The issues highlighted in the play – police corruption, domestic violence and the abduction of children – are as relevant now as they were in 1969. Hopkins later wrote the screenplay for the film adaptation, The Offence, starring Sean Connery.

THE PHOTOGRAPHS

CAST & CREW

CAST

Johnson – Mark Rose
Maureen – Sally Grey
Cartwright – Edmund Dehn
Baxter – Mark Sands

CREW

Director – Anthony Biggs
Assistant Director – Cecily Boys
Stage Manager – Carolina Artegiani
Design – Cherry Truluck
Lighting – Phil Hewitt
Sound – Laurence J Horstman
Set Build – Olly Hill
Publicity Design – Simon Crinks

EVERY NOW AND THEN

THE PLAY

EVERY NOW & THEN

By Sally Rose & Mark Sands
Islington Assembly Halls, March 2010
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It’s Christmas 2010, 40 years since the Blitz and 80 year old Frank Roberts didn’t expect to spend his Advent with teenagers Alia, Sumaya and Michelle working their community service in his back garden. The girls are equally unimpressed but, despite being taunted by the bad boys, once they get going, they find various ways to amuse themselves – one of which is dipping into a forbidden treasure chest of secrets; secrets which take us back to war-torn Islington 1940, when Community Service was a very different thing indeed…
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Over six weeks we held interviews with the elderly members of the Peel Institute. The aim was to encourage people to recollect personal stories and share their experiences of living in Islington and Kings Cross. We gathered a rich, varied overview of life in the area over the past 70 years with particular emphasis on the impact of the Second World War. This resource material formed the basis of a script developed with students from the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson school. We are currently rehearsing with young people from the Young Actors Theatre and professional actors to be performed for the opening of the Assembly Hall on Friday 5th March. The action of the play takes place both in modern day and 1940 giving a unique perspective on life in the area now and during the Second World War. This project particularly aims to mark the 70th anniversary of the start of the war and recognize the experiences of local residents living through that era.

THE REHEARSALS

CAST & CREW

CAST

David McGillivray
Simone Stewart
Megan Power Rice
Vivian Oparah
Hannah Lee
Sally Rose
Hayden Thomas
Hamzir Amir
James Wootton
Brittany O’Neill
Sam Rankin
Mark Sands

CREW

Director – Mark Rose
Writers – Sally Rose and Mark Sands