The Bread & Roses Theatre presents
by Lydia Rynne - directed by Velenzia Spearpoint
Top 3 of The Bread & Roses Playwriting Award 2016/2017
Pre-order playscript here!
★★★★1/2 - "deft direction" - Breaking the Fourth Wall | ★★★★ - "muti-layered and topically relevant" ActDrop.UK
★★★★ - " captivating" - London Pub Theatres | "Funny and heartbreaking" - theplaysthethinguk.com
"Lydia Rynne’s smart script evokes the mood(...)that trouble our time" - British Theatre Guide
"Success turns smart people crazy. Like smack, it’ll never be enough, only leave you gurning for more.”
Kyla was once a TV personality. Now she's the dress hanging on the arm of her celebrity popstar boyfriend. When her anti-establishment squatter brother pays her a surprise visit on the night of the biggest music award ceremony of the year, she is forced to confront the life, and lie, she's been living.
The Buzz is a dark comedy exploring the seduction of fame, overnight celebrity culture and the injustices we disregard in favour of our own success. The Bread & Roses Theatre is proud to present The Buzz as the final instalment of the 2016/17 Playwriting Award.
Praise for previous in-house productions by The Bread & Roses Theatre Company:
KYLA - Sassy Clyde trained in performance at East 15 Acting School. She has been an actress, comedienne and writer on the London circuit for 10 years taking solo and ensemble shows (both comedic and dramatic) to the Edinburgh, Camden and Brighton Fringes. She has worked with numerous reputable theatre companies across London and is a core member of Get Over It Productions, who continually produce highly rated shows year upon year. Sassy also has strong leanings in radio production and several years of commercial voice over experience under her belt. She is an Artistic Associate of the Bread and Roses Theatre.
JOSH - Andrew Umerah has toured around Britain and in Germany and appeared in the award winning Edinburgh Fringe production of 'Ragtime'. Since moving to London he has been in several shows including the 5 star reviewed 'Another Day' the well received 'Litterati' , 'dirty butterfly' with Bread and Roses and most recently 'Great Again’, a musical about Donald Trump supporters in this year's VAULT Festival. He has appeared in a fair few short films including 'Slap' 'Warden' and 'Jack' and was a regular in the web-series 'Reckless'. He looks forward to appearing in his fourth show with The Bread and Roses Theatre a place which he feels like is his 2nd home.
NATE - Gabriel Cagan graduated from LAMDA in 2017. Before training, Gabriel studied English at Cambridge. He recently made his professional stage debut in Jude Cole’s wartime drama Last Man Standing at Theatre N16. Past roles include Lee in True West by Sam Shepard, Henry Hobson in Hobson’s Choice by Harold Brighouse, Michael in Lean by Isley Lynn and Leo in 4000 Miles by Amy Herzog. A big Blackburn Rovers fan, Gabriel is especially pleased to play Lancashire boy Nate in The Buzz.
ANON - Hannah Duffy is an artistic associate and co-founder of the Bread and Roses Theatre. She graduated from the Manchester School of Theatre in 2016 where she received a BA(Hons) in Acting. Since then she has been working as an actor as well as stage managing some of the shows at the Bread and Roses. She is currently on the prestigious Writers Lab programme at the Soho Theatre.
Rebecca Pryle & Tessa Hart
Set & Costume Designer
Sound & Lighting Designer
We are still raising funds to build our set! For only an additional £8 donation when purchasing standard tickets (15 - 19 May 2018), our designer will put your name (or a name of your choice) on our GOLD DISCS featured on the set, as well as thank you in the show's official program!
But HURRY as there are only 5 discs available from 15th - 19th May!
Set Design by Sally Hardcastle
Tuesday 8th May at 7.30pm
Wednesday 9th May at 7.30pm
Thursday 10th May at 7.30pm
Friday 11th May at 7.30pm
Saturday 12th May at 7.30pm
Tuesday 15th May at 7.30pm
Wednesday 16th May at 7.30pm
Thursday 17th May at 7.30pm
Friday 18th May at 7.30pm
Saturday 19th May at 7.30pm
Tickets: £12 | Concessions: £10
Previews (8th & 9th May): £8
Running time: ~75 minutes
Adult themes & strong language. TW: references to rape.
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.