One Under - tour and casting

London theatre news: Tuesday 10 September 2019

Off-West End - Shows - Tours

Casting has been announced for Graeae Theatre Company and Theatre Royal Plymouth's production of Winsome Pinnock's new version of One Under - due in London at the Arcola Theatre from 10 to 21 December 2019.
One Under at Arcola Theatre

Image: Arcola Theatre

Casting has been announced for Graeae Theatre Company and Theatre Royal Plymouth's production of Winsome Pinnock's new version of One Under, directed by Amit Sharma and scheduled to visit Plymouth, Leicester, Ipswich, Leeds, Newcastle, Liverpool, Birmingham, Salisbury.

In the London area, the production will play at the Arcola Theatre from 10 to 21 December 2019.

Here's the trailer ...

The cast of disabled and non-disabled performers comprises:

Stanley J Browne (Romeo and Juliet - Globe Theatre, Chigger Foot Boys - National Theatre, Titus Andronicus - Arcola Theatre) as Cyrus

Reece Pantry (Casino Royale - Secret Cinema, The Heresy of Love - New Diorama Theatre) as Sonny

Shenagh Govan (War Crimes - national tour, Vera - ITV) as Nella

Clare-Louise English (Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director Hot Coals Theatre, The Light - Channel 4) as Christine, and

Evlyne Oyedoken (A Midsummer Night's Dream - Tobacco Factory Theatre, Julius Caesar- Royal Shakespeare Company, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead - Old Vic Theatre) as Zoe.

Cast of One Under

Cast (from left) Reece Pantry, Claire-Louise English

Evlyne Oyedoken, Stanley J Browne, Shenagh Govan

Commissioned by Ramps on The Moon, all performances will creatively integrate audio description and captioning.

The original version of One Under was staged in 2005 at the Tricycle Theatre (since renamed the Kiln Theatre).

This Graeae and Theatre Royal Plymouth production marks the two organisations' continued partnership following their award-winning production of Jack Thorne's The Solid Life of Sugar Water in 2015.

Theatre Royal Plymouth have also been one of the partner organisations on Graeae's Write to Play programme in 2019.

About the playwright

Winsome Pinnock was the recipient of the prestigious Alfred Fagon Award 2018 for her play Rockets and Blue Lights.

Most recently, a revival of her 1987 play Leave Taking played at the Bush Theatre to critical and commercial success.

Her other plays include The Winds of Change (Half Moon Theatre), Picture Palace (Women's Theatre Group), A Hero's Welcome (Women's Playhouse Trust at the Royal Court Theatre Upstairs), A Rock in Water (Royal Court Young People's Theatre at the Theatre Upstairs), Talking in Tongues (Royal Court Theatre Upstairs) and Mules (Clean Break Theatre Company).

Winsome has also written for radio and television.

About the director

Amit Sharma is Deputy Artistic Director at Birmingham Repertory Theatre.

He was previously Associate Director at Graeae, and Associate Artistic Director at the 2012 Cultural Olympiad.

His production for Graeae and Theatre Royal Plymouth, The Solid Life of Sugar Water, received unanimous four and five star reviews, won the Euan's Guide Most Accessible Show of the Fringe Award in 2015 and transferred to the National Theatre's Temporary Space in spring 2016.

Other directing credits for Graeae include Cosmic Scallies (Edinburgh Festival 2017 & The Studio, Royal Exchange), Aruna and the Raging Sun (part of the UK/INDIA Year of Culture) Prometheus Awakes and The Iron Man (UK Tour).

Amit leads on the Write to Play programme for Graeae.

About Graeae

Graeae is a force for change in world-class theatre - breaking down barriers, challenging preconceptions and boldly placing Deaf and disabled artists centre stage.

Artistically led by Jenny Sealey, Graeae's signature characteristic is the compelling creative integration of sign language and audio description, which engages brilliantly with both disabled and non- disabled audiences.

Championing accessibility and providing a platform for new generations of artists, Graeae leads the way in pioneering, trail-blazing theatre.

Recent productions and co-productions include This Is Not For You, Reasons to be Cheerful, The House of Bernarda Alba, Blood Wedding, The Iron Man and The Threepenny Opera.

Graeae are a National Portfolio Organisation of Arts Council England.

Tour dates and venues

Thursday 17 - Saturday 26 October

Theatre Royal Plymouth

Box office: 01752 267 222

Tuesday 29 - Wednesday 30 October

Curve Leicester

Box office: 0116 242 3595

Thursday 31 October - Friday 1 November

New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Box office: 01473 295 900

Tuesday 5 - Saturday 9 November

Leeds Playhouse

Box office: 0113 213 7700

Tuesday 12 - Wednesday 13 November

Live Theatre, Newcastle

Box office: 0191 232 1232

Thursday 14 - Friday 15 November

Unity Theatre, Liverpool

Box office: 0151 709 4988

Tuesday 19 - Saturday 23 November

Birmingham Repertory Theatre

Box office: 0121 236 4455

Wednesday 27 - Saturday 30 November

Salisbury Playhouse

Box office: 01722 320 333

Tuesday 10 - Saturday 21 December

Arcola Theatre, London

Box office: 0207 503 1646

(more details for this venue are given below)

Show listing information


Cyrus drives a Tube train.

Sonny jumps in front of it.

Desperate to arrive at the truth of what happened, Cyrus is brought to a troubling possibility: that all routes lead back to him.


Stanley J Browne as Cyrus

Reece Pantry as Sonny

Shenagh Govan as Nella

Clare-Louise English as Christine

Evlyne Oyedoken as Zoe


Author: Winsome Pinnock
Director: Amit Sharma
Designer: Amelia Jane Hankin
Lighting: Tanya Joelle Stephenson
Sound: Beth Duke
Movement: Angela Gasparetto
Production: A Graeae Theatre Company and Theatre Royal Plymouth production?commissioned by Ramps on the Moon, presented in association with Curve


Arcola Theatre
24 Ashwin Street
E8 3DL


From: Tuesday 10 December 2019

Closed: Saturday 21 December 2019



Best £22

Standard £19

Value £12


Best £27

Standard £24

Value £15

Restricted £10


Students / 26 and under - Value seats at £10 or 20% off Standard seats with Young Arcola.

65 and over - 20% off Standard and Value seats.

People in receipt of disability benefits - free companion with full-price Standard seat or 20% off Best, Standard and Value seats.

People in receipt of unemployment benefits - Value seats at £10 or 20% off Standard seats.

Theatre union members - 10% off Standard and Value seats


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