Casting announced for Actually
Friday 17 May 2019
Casting - London West End - Premieres - Shows
Casting has been announced for the European premiere of Anna Ziegler's play Actually, due at Trafalgar Studios from 6 August 2019.
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Actually is Anna Ziegler's first play in London since Photograph 51, which starred Nicole Kidman, and won Best New Play and Best Actress at the WhatsOnStage Awards; and the Evening Standard award for Best Actress.
Actually will be at Trafalgar Studios from 6 to 31 August with Oscar Toeman directing.
Through conflicting accounts of a college hook up, Actually boldly delves into the messiest of grey areas and the intersectional complexities of race, religion and gender, controversially picking at our individual biases and internalised prejudices in 'he said, she said' cases of sexual consent.
Simon Manyonda (Tom) and Yasmin Paige (Amber)
The acting team comprises Yasmin Paige as Amber and Simon Manyonda taking on the role of Tom.
Ms Paige is best known for films Submarine and The Double (both directed by Richard Ayoade) and her lead roles in television's Pramface, The Sarah-Jane Adventures and Glue.
Her recent stage credits include Circle Mirror Transformation (Home MCR), and Ah Wilderness! (Young Vic).
Simon Manyonda appears in the BBC's upcoming His Dark Materials and featured in The Bay (ITV) as well as appearing opposite Sir Anthony Hopkins and Dame Emma Thompson in the BBC production of King Lear.
On stage, his recent credits includes Alys, Always (Bridge Theatre), The Way of the World (Donmar Warehouse), Barbershop Chronicles (National Theatre) and King Lear with Glenda Jackson (Old Vic).
Oscar Toeman directed the multi Offie-nominated After October at the Finborough Theatre.
He was Associate Director of the National Theatre's production of Oslo.
He was a recipient of an MGC futures bursary, a finalist for the RTST Sir Peter Hall Director Award in 2018, and is the runner up of this year's JMK Award.
Amber and Tom hook up at party at their elite American university, and spend the night together.
They agree on the drinking, they agree on the attraction, but what actually happened between them?
With wit and urgency, Actually investigates the highly charged topic of sexual consent, the complex intersection of race and gender politics, our crippling desire to fit in, and the three sides to every story.
Yasmin Paige - Amber
Simon Manyonda - Tom
Author: Anna Ziegler
From: Tuesday 6 August 2019
Closes: Saturday 31 August 2019
Standard: From £26
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