MGC and Headlong announce the world première of James Graham’s new play Labour of Love, with Martin Freeman and Sarah Lancashire leading the company. The razor-sharp political comedy reunites James Graham and director Jeremy Herrin following their previous collaboration on Headlong’s This House, which was recently revived at the Garrick Theatre, following its earlier critically acclaimed run at the National Theatre. Labour of Love opens at the Noel Coward Theatre on 25 September, with previews from 15 September, and runs until 2 December.
Jeremy Herrin said “I'm delighted to be working on such a funny and politically insightful play as Labour of Love, and it’s a privilege to continue my creative relationship with James Graham. It’s a real testament to his writing that it has attracted two perfectly matched actors, both at the height of their powers, as Martin Freeman and Sarah Lancashire. I loved working with Michael at the Donmar, and I'm really looking forward to Headlong and MGC teaming up to bring the best in contemporary theatre to the West End this autumn.”
The present day. A residential street in South East London. The house where reclusive siblings Peppy and Daniel were born is now stuffed full of everything they have ever owned. This hoard, their eccentric appearance and rampant garden hedge, set them conspicuously apart from others on their road.
The House They Grew Up In is a tender, dark and funny look at a co-dependent relationship between a brother and a sister, and how they cope when the world bursts in on them. It explores how, in an age of anxiety, we live alongside those different to us.
Deborah Bruce’s first play was Godchild (Hampstead 2013); her second, The Distance, premiered at the Orange Tree Theatre and was revived there and in Sheffield in 2015 and nominated for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize.
Artistic Director of Headlong Jeremy Herrin returns to Chichester.
A co-production with Chichester Festival Theatre
We complete our first draft of staging early this week and return to the start of the play to anatomise each scene in detail. In parallel, understudy rehearsals are now in full swing. We have a brilliant session with fight directors, Rachel Bown-Williams and Ruth Cooper-Brown, who are briefed to stage several moments in the course of the play, including multiple stabbings, a shooting, a bludgeoning, a disembowelment, and a brawl involving a large rock. Rachel and Ruth are shown the action leading up to and beyond each moment of conflict and are given some context for the specific scene. They then collaborate with the actors, drawing on their natural instincts and honing the ideas presented into something safer and more effective in accordance with the tone we’re looking to achieve.
Headlong is delighted to announce that Chloe Mashiter has won Headlong’s Digital Artist Award.
Chloe will be working alongside the company’s creatives to design an audio game that explores our personal responsibility towards victims of conflict.
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