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Cassie McFarlane first heard the story of Finch and Barrett from her mother and aunt who, like most Jamaicans of their time, were scandalised by Finch's relationship with a 'local gal'.
Cassie won the Evening Standard Most Promising New Actress award for her starring role in Burning an Illusion, a pioneering film of black British cinema.
Cherry Truluck returns to Jermyn Street Theatre, where her many award-winning designs include All That Fall and The Blinding Light.
"Who am I? A seller of dreams, of fantasies, a fairground freak. A film star!"
A bar in Jamaica.
The early 1960s.
When womanizing, hell-raising film star Peter Finch meets Eletha Barrett, a charismatic island girl, they both get more than they bargained for.
The relationship between Peter and Eletha scandalises Hollywood, and culminates in Finch's Oscar-winning performance in Network.
A battle between the 'isms and schisms', of race and prejudice, and the courage of love, Mad As Hell reveals for the first time how the backdrop to Finch's iconic performance was as fiery as the role he played.
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Performance days & times
Monday ‑ 7‑30pm
Tuesday ‑ 7‑30pm
Wednesday ‑ 7‑30pm
Thursday ‑ 7‑30pm
Friday ‑ 7‑30pm
Saturday ‑ 7‑30pm
Thursday - 3-30pm
Saturday - 3-30pm
100 tickets at £10 available for under-30s. Any performance until Tuesday 13 February. Bookable only by telephone - take proof of age to the performance.
Author: Cassie McFarlane and Adrian Hope
Director: Cassie McFarlane
Designer: Cherry Truluck
Production: Jermyn Street Theatre