Casting announced for Square Rounds


Friday 3 August 2018


Casting - London Fringe - Shows

The Finborough Theatre has announced the all-female ensemble cast for Tony Harrison's Square Rounds to be presented by Proud Haddock from 4 to 29 September 2018.
Square Rounds  at Finborough Theatre

Image: Finborough Theatre


This autumn, Proud Haddock will bring Tony Harrison's lyrical play Square Rounds to the Finborough Theatre for its first UK production in nearly 30 years since its rediscovery.


The show plays from 4 to 29 September 2018 and is directed by Jimmy Walters.


The all-female ensemble cast has now been announced and stars Gracy Goldman (Sense8, Netflix; Doctor Who, BBC1; Richard II, RSC), Letty Thomas (The Divide, The Old Vic; Mary Stuart, Almeida Theatre; The Beasts, The Lyric Hammersmith), Eva Feiler (Othello, RSC; The Merchant of Venice, RSC; Father Brown, BBC), Amy Marchant (A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Lyric Hammersmith; Shakespeare in Love, Noel Coward Theatre), Philippa Quinn (Control, Gielgud Theatre; Because We Want To, Rose Theatre; Writers Block, Battersea Arts Centre) and Rujenne Green (The Dog Beneath The Skin, Jermyn Street Theatre; Cookies, Theatre Royal Haymarket).


In the year that marks the centenary of the end of the First World War, this revival has never been more timely.


Based on true events, this highly original play explores the devastating impact of chemical warfare and weapons of mass destruction.


Performed entirely in verse, Square Rounds follows the lives of Fritz Haber, a German Jewish chemist, and American inventor Hudson Maxim, brother to Hiram Maxim - the inventor of the machine gun.


Through their experiences, this play will shine a light on the intricacies of escalating tensions between nations in the build up to the First World War.


Director Jimmy Walters comments ...


"We are delighted to be back taking on another Tony Harrison play, not least because it will be the first of two plays we are staging to mark the 100 year anniversary of the First World War.


The content of this play is so fascinating that we all cannot wait to begin rehearsals and explore these characters in even further detail."


Synopsis


"You were very naïve if you could ever believe

that warfare would stop with your gun

for chemist/engineer a brand new era

of invention in war's just begun."


Fritz Haber, a German Jewish chemist, has been ordered by the Kaiser to develop a deadly poison gas to help Germany win the First World War.


Despite the protestations of his wife, Haber hopes that his new invention will be an opportunity to escape his status as an outsider in German society.


Little does he know, however, that his invention will go on to be used to exterminate his own people in the Holocaust just 25 years later.


American inventor Hudson Maxim is concerned for his country and the frightening technological advances employed by America's new European enemies.


But he is also jealous of his brother Hiram - internationally famous for his invention of the machine gun - and deeply suspicious of his brother's cosy relationship with the European powers.


Based on true events and featuring an all-female cast, Square Rounds explores the devastating effects of technology, the personal demons of the inventors, and the escalating tensions between nations in the build up to war.


Presented in the year that marks the centenary of the end of the First World War, this play about war and the devastating impact of chemical warfare and weapons of mass destruction has never been more timely.


Cast


Eva Feiler - Justus Von Liebig

Gracy Goldman - Clara Immerwahr

Rujenne Green - Sir William Crookes

Amy Marchant - Hudson Maxim/Lady Nellie Crookes

Philippa Quinn - Fritz Haber

Letty Thomas - Hiram Maxim/Sweeper Mawes


Creatives


Author: Tony Harrison
Composer: Jeremy Warmsley
Director: Jimmy Walters
Designer: Daisy Blower
Musical direction: Adam Gerber
Lighting: Arnim Friess
Projections: Arnim Friess
Movement: Depi Gorgogianni
Production: Proud Haddock in association with Neil McPherson for the Finborough Theatre

Venue


Finborough Theatre
118 Finborough Road
London
SW10 9ED

Dates


From: Tuesday 4 September 2018

Closed: Saturday 29 September 2018

Tickets


Previews: £14

Standard:

Until 16 September 2018

£18

except Tuesday Evenings £16 all seats, and Friday and Saturday evenings £18 all seats.


From 18 September 2018

£20

except Tuesday Evenings £18 all seats, and Friday and Saturday evenings £20 all seats.

Concessions:

Until 16 September 2018

£16


£10 tickets for Under 30's for performances from Tuesday to Sunday of the first week when booked online only.


£14 tickets for residents of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea on Saturday, 11 August 2018 when booked online only.


From 18 September 2018

£18


Links


Show website
ActDrop full listing for Square Rounds
Tony Harrison - Wikipedia

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