The Bread & Roses Theatre presents
by debbie tucker green - directed by Tessa Hart
Listening through their thin walls, Amelia and Jason are drawn into the dark and compelling world of their mutual neighbour, Jo. Something very nasty is going on next door. Jason and Amelia know it, but do nothing.
Jason is increasingly addicted to eaves-dropping on Jo's abuse, meanwhile Amelia's frustration with Jo's predicament develops, as she tries to ignore the brutality on the other side of the wall.
Painting a harrowing image of domestic violence in an intimate, yet so distant environment, dirty butterfly confronts the audience with themes of voyeurism, power and guilt through lives that interlock but never connect.
Following 5 star reviewed productions of 'Miss Julie' in 2015 and 'Low Level Panic' in 2016, this year The Bread & Roses Theatre is putting on a revival of the debut play of Olivier-Award-winning playwright and BAFTA-Award-winning screenwriter debbie tucker green.
"a memorable and stunning theatre event" ★★★★★ - Remotegoat
"terrific performances" and "sharp direction" ★★★★½ - Arthur's Seat
"The intimate Bread and Roses Theatre is perfect for such challenging in-yer-face theatre" - The Stage
"a moving and unnerving piece" ★★★★ - ActDrop
Top Pick of the Month: "political and deeply human" ★★★★ - London Pub Theatres Magazine
"a strong production" - British Theatre Guide
"doesn’t let the tension dissipate for a moment" ★★★★ - Breaking The Fourth Wall
"I did enjoy Dirty Butterfly and will definitely think again" ★★★★ - LondonTheatre1
"fantastic production that is wonderfully entertaining and thought provoking" - Fairy Powered Production
Shortly before the show any remaining tickets will only be availble on the door.
Playwright - debbie tucker green
Theatre includes: a profoundly affectionate, passionate devotion to someone (-noun); hang; truth & reconciliation; random; stoning mary (Royal Court), nut (National); generations (Young Vic); trade (RSC/RSC at Soho); born bad (Hampstead); dirty butterfly (Soho).
Film and television includes: second coming, random.
Radio includes: lament, gone, random, handprint, freefall.
Directing includes: a profoundly affectionate, passionate devotion to someone (-noun), hang, nut, truth & reconciliation (theatre), second coming (feature film), random (film), lament, gone, random (radio).
Awards include: Radio Academy Arias Gold Award (lament); International Film Festival Rotterdam Big Screen Award (second coming); BAFTA for Best Single Drama (random); Black International Film Award for Best UK Film (random); OBIE Special Citation Award (born bad, New York Soho Rep. production); Olivier Award for Most Promising Newcomer (born bad).
Director - Tessa Hart
Tessa Hart is a director, producer, actress and playwright as well as the Artistic Director of The Bread & Roses Theatre and Goblin Baby Theatre Co. Directing credits include The Princess Monologues (The Space / Bread & Roses Theatre / Hen & Chickens Theatre), a new adaptation of Miss Julie (Bread & Roses Theatre), Darker The Night (Hen & Chickens Theatre / Etcetera Theatre), yearly V-Day benefit productions of The Vagina Monologues since 2013 (Bread & Roses Theatre / The Space / Rose Lipman Building), as well as monologues for Beyond the Canon (Artistic Directors of the Future / Royal Academy of Dramatic Art). Furthermore, Tessa has also directed short film The Big Day (Godiva Films), as well as many short plays and rehearsed readings, and she is an associate director of Little Pieces of Gold. www.TessaHart.com
Producer – Velenzia Spearpoint
Actress, director & producer Velenzia has over 10 years experience on the London fringe theatre scene both on and off stage. Among other creative pursuits she is co-founder of all-female theatre company Get Over It Productions, undertaking everything from designing to directing to playing the leading lady (or man)! Previous productions include Macbeth (The Roundhouse), Romeo and Juliet (Lion and Unicorn Theatre), The Taming of the Shrew (The Cockpit), The Vagina Monologues (Etcetera Theatre) and Low Level Panic (Bread & Roses Theatre).
Production Manager – Eleanor Rose
Graduating from Goldsmiths University in English and Drama, Eleanor has worked with a variety of arts organisations. She is currently Duty Managing at Canada Water Culture Space, alongside the Gate Theatre in Notting Hill and working at St John’s Smith Square’s Box Office. She has assisted on community productions with Omnibus, Sydenham Arts Festival and Sixteen Feet, venturing into stage-managing, teching and prop building. As well as managing performance spaces Eleanor enjoys reading and co-writing sketches. She is very excited to be returning to The Bread and Roses for her third in-house production.
Set Designer – Jo Jones
Jo Jones is a graduate from the Arts University Bournemouth in Costume with Performance Design, winning the Scenography Design Prize. She has created set and costume design for Winchester Youth Theatre, Dorset Opera Company, Idle Hour Theatre and AsOne Theatre company. While also creating and producing her own performance pieces. She has also worked backstage in the Caribbean on-board a cruise ship, played a Gorilla in a Pantomime and dabbled in arts events, from Halloween at the Barbican to bunting at festivals! An enthusiastic individual who enjoys turning stories and characters of the imagination, from novels and scripts, into designs for the stage.
Sound and Lighting Designer – Rachel Sampley
Rachel Sampley is a London based lighting designer. She's very happy to be designing at the Bread and Roses again after working on their production of Low Level Panic last year. Her other credits include The Guild of Misrule's Great Gatsby (The Vaults), Scheherazade and 1001 Nights (Sadler's Wells), and We Live By The Sea (currently at Adelaide Fringe, previously at Off Broadway venue SoHo Playhouse and Pleasance Edinburgh). For more of her work please visit rachelsampley.com
Assistant Direcor - Laura Clifford
Laura is currently on the Emerging Director Program at The Bread & Roses Theatre. She is a director who enjoys working with new writing and with writers to develop their work. Laura graduated from Durham University in 2015 where she directed and produced shows with the Lion Theatre Company and Fountains Theatre Company. She is a member of the Young Vic Directors Programme and recently directed with the Theatre503 devising company. Laura is also a founding member of Segment Cinema and is currently in the process of directing her first short film 'Marmalade'. @Laura_Clifford
Company Voice Coach: Richard Ryder | Make-up Coach: Meghan Evely
Special Thanks to Alisa James, Doltice Grey-Clarke, Paul Macauley, Sara Andreini, Clapham Picture House, The Tanning Shop, Sass & Belle, Holistic Body Focus, Yoga Haven, Oncore, Jeffrey & The Bread & Roses Pub.
Amelia – Rachel Clarke
Rachel is an actress and playwright that has a real passion for performing and writing theatre that is poetic; emotive and that takes the audience on a journey by breaking the boundaries of literary forms. Rachel Studied Modern Drama Studies at Brunel University and then trained to become a Secondary School Drama teacher. Rachel is now working as an actress full time and continues to teach Drama on a part time basis. Rachel really enjoys teaching Drama and has written, directed, and produced many productions whilst working with young people over the past few years. Rachel recently performed at the Hackney Showrooms in a theatre production called Hatch with Talawa Theatre Company and performed a short piece of her own writing called Best Friends at the Ovalhouse Theatre which she plans to develop into a full length play. Rachel is currently rehearsing for a theatre performance called Queens of Sheba at Camden’s People’s Theatre. Rachel’s is very blessed and honoured to be a part of this production of dirty butterfly as debbie tucker-green is her favourite playwright and this has been one of her dreams.
Jo – Rebecca Pryle
Rebecca 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's latest acting credits include the eponymous lead role in 'Miss Julie,' 'Low Level Panic', 'The Vagina Monologues', 'Bloodletting' 'at the Clapham Fringe Festival, Age of Love' at the Camden Fringe Festival and a number of rehearsed readings. She has also produced and performed in nearly all 9 of BRTC’s new writing nights, The Platform.
Jason – Andy Umerah
After drama school Andy toured for 18 months around Britain and in Germany. He appeared in the award winning Edinburgh Fringe production of 'Ragtime' as Coalhouse Walker JNR. Since moving to London he has been in several shows including the 5 star reviewed 'Another Day' and the well received 'Litterati' in this years Vault Festival. He has appeared in a fair few short films including 'Slap' and was a regular in the web-series 'Reckless'. He looks forward to appearing in his third show with The Bread and Roses Theatre.
Presented by arrangement with The Agency (London) Ltd, 24 Pottery Lane, London W11 4LZ (firstname.lastname@example.org)
25th April to 13th May
Tuesday to Saturday at 7.30pm
Previews 25th & 26th April Opening Night Thursday 27th
Tickets: £12 | Concession: £10
Running Time: 70 minutes
This production contains adult themes and language. 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.