The Bread & Roses Theatre presents
The Black Eye Club
A black comedy by Phil Charles - directed by Tessa Hart
Winner of The Bread & Roses Playwriting Award 2016/2017
"Funny, moving, powerful new play" ★★★★★ - Remotegoat
"offers a lot of hope and [leaves] its audience with a renewed sense of wonder at the human spirit" ★★★★★ - Breaking the Fourth Wall
"Full of mellow humour and tasty conflict of character" ★★★★ & Top Pick of the Month - LPT Magazine
When life throws you punches... drink, sing, survive!
When a gay man fleeing an abusive partner is turned away from a women-only refuge, one of the residents sneaks him into her room. The initially clashing characters, the shy Dave and the gabby Zoe, begin to bond over their shared traumatic experiences. But will they be able to keep him hidden from the eagle-eyed security guard? And will they be able to instill enough confidence in each other to be given the strength to leave their violent partners for good?
The Black Eye Club by Phil Charles was selected anonymously out of over 450 submissions as the winner of The Bread & Roses Playwriting Award following three reading rounds. The award was open for submissions last summer/autumn and called for full length plays with at least 50% material that are female, non-binary or gender neutral roles, from UK based playwrights. The premiere of the winning play is being staged for the theatre's third anniversary in November 2017, directed by the Artistic Director.
Phil Charles was propelled to write The Black Eye Club after witnessing cuts to council budgets and their disastrous impact on services for those affected by domestic abuse, many refuges are forced to shut down or taken over by non-specialist providers.
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“thought provoking, enraging, sad, happy and funny all at the same time” - The View from the Circle
The Black Eye Club
DAVE - Christopher Sherwood trained at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Theatre includes: Little Revolution (The Almeida), Where Will We Live? (Southwark Playhouse, Camden People's Theatre), Reprehensible Men - Part II (The Tristan Bates), Border Control (Theatre503, Norwich Arts Centre, Camden Roundhouse), Christmas (Theatre N16), Road (The Bridewell Theatre), Foxfinder, The Last of the Haussmans (Theatro Technis), Orpheus in The Underworld (Oxford Playhouse), Salome (Barons Court Theatre). Film: More Strange Than True, Our Little Haven, The Chain, Ergo, Starling Murmuration. TV: Tripped (E4), Conspiracy (Channel 5)
ZOE - Rebecca Pryle is an actress and creative producer. She graduated with a BA Hons in Drama before training as an actress at the Maggie Flanigan Studio in New York on a two year Meisner Conservatory program. After completing her training she returned home to London where she went on to co-found The Bread and Roses Theatre and Company as well as the Improv group 4Play, which has performed around the country, including performances at the Glastonbury Festival. Rebecca has appeared in all three of BRTC's full length in house production, including 'Miss Julie' as Miss Julie, 'Low Level Panic' and Dirty Butterfly. Furthermore, she has has performed in The Vagina Monologues, Age of Love at the Camden Fringe Festival, numerous new writing nights, rehearsed readings as well as working on short films and voice-overs.
SHARON - Cathryn Sherman’s credits include Swing Nun/Understudy Sister Berthe in a national tour of the Sound Of Music. Ensemble/Understudy, and playing, Madame Thenardier “Les Miserables” Palace Theatre London, and choir in the 10th and 25th Anniversary Concerts. Backing singing for Lesley Garrett’s “Travelling Light” tour. Mama Meisner in Stephen Sondheim’s “Roadshow”, Union Theatre Southwark. Plays include Ibsen’s “A Dolls House”, Barons Court Theatre. “Bloodletting”, Bread and Roses Theatre, “84 Charing Cross Road”, and “Shakespeare’s Fools and Horses”. Television includes “Eastenders”, and the drama documentary “The Great Plague”. Cathryn is also a Voiceover Artist and has performed in cabaret.
1st to 18th November
Tue-Sat at 7.30pm
Post-show Q&A with the team and charity Respect on 9th November (free to attend for anyone with tickets to the show that night)
Tickets: £12 | Concessions: £10
Previs: £8 (1st & 2nd November)
Running Time: 70 minutes
18+. Strong language, themes of domestic violence and partial nudity. Ticket purchases are non refundable. Concession prices apply to students; under 18s; pensioners; those on disability and unemployment benefits; Equity, BECTU & SDUK members; Portico Places cardholders. As a young venue we are still upgrading and developing the space, any additional donations are much appreciated and will be used towards improving the theatre even further and keeping the venue going in the long-term.
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