The Unspoken at Barons Court Theatre
Monday 6 August 2018
Jody Medland's play about classism, The Unspoken, is heading to Barons Court theatre for a 2 week run from 10 September 2018.
Image: Pen Works Media
The Unspoken is a play that explores the knock-on effects of classism in Britain through the eyes of Jimmy, an aging coal miner in Northern England.
The show runs at Barons Court Theatre from 10 to 22 September 2018.
Jody Medland's play started life as an experimental piece back in 2003, but was never finished until Actor Awareness - a London-based group who are dedicated to ensuring equality and diversity in the world of casting - set the theme of "class" in a writing contest, which prompted Jody to revisit the script.
Mr Medland says ...
"When I first started The Unspoken, I didn't completely understand the point I was trying to make.
But when the theme of 'class' came up, I understood that it should tackle the imbalances that exist in our society, and how this can sometimes lead people to do unspeakable things, even to those they love."
The play was shortlisted by Actor Awareness, and later chosen to be part of their summer festival at Barons Court Theatre.
It was first performed on 24th July and had such an impact that venue manager Christian Deal immediately offered Jody a two-week run.
"I've been in theatre a very long time," said Christian.
"But something about this play was so deeply original that I just fell in love with it.
It's based on horrendous truths, and it holds the power to make people laugh and cry.
The audience reaction alone was enough to justify an extended run."
The play is also being published by Pen Works Media, and will be released on the day of its first performance - Monday 10th September 2018.
Books can be bought and pre-ordered from the Pen Works Media website, or from any good bookstore.
Northern England, 1972.
When the miners' strike threatens a state of emergency, a seemingly abusive coal miner fools his blind daughter into thinking they live a life of luxury.
However, his unorthodox methods serve as a device to protect her when he succumbs to a fatal disease.
Maggie, played by Hannah Tarrington
Jimmy, played by Eric Whiting (to be confirmed)
Father Alderton and Dr. Rose, played by Elliot Blagden
Author: Jody Medland
Composer: Elliott Daniels
Director: Jody Medland
Production: Jody Medland, Pen Works Media
28a Comeragh Road
From: Monday 10 September 2018
Closes: Saturday 22 September 2018
ActDrop full listing for The Unspoken