Full Life of Galileo Casting Announced

We’re over the moon to announce the full casting for Life of Galileo directed by BAFTA winner Joe Wright. Brendan Cowell is joined by Ayesha Antoine, Jason Barnett, Billy Howle, Paul Hunter, Joshua James, Bettrys Jones, Alex Murdoch, Brian Pettifer, Anjana Vasan and Sarah Wright. Find out more about each cast member below.

Ayesha AntonieAyesha Antoine
returns to the Young Vic after appearing in trade.
Recent theatre credits: Dirty Great Love Story (Arts Theatre); The Suicide (National Theatre); Red Velvet (West End, Garrick Theatre), The Wolf in Snakeskin Shoes, The House That Will Not Stand (Tricycle Theatre); The Ghost Train (Royal Exchange), We Are Proud To Present A Presentation About The Herero (Bush Theatre), My Wonderful Day (Stephen Joseph Theatre, 59E59 Theaters and UK tour, for which she won a TMA Award for Best Supporting Performance in a Play and was Drama Desk Award nominated)
Film credits: Operation Gadgetman
TV credits: Pompidou, Bellamy’s People, Skins, Mouth To Mouth, Doctor Who, Parents of the Band, Bigger Better Brighter and Placebo.

jason Barnett

Jason Barnett returns to the Young Vic after appearing in About a Boy.
Recent theatre credits: Prime Time, Friday Night Sex, The Victorian in the Wall (Royal Court); Emil and the Detectives, Warhorse (National Theatre); Mogadishu (Lyric Hammersmith) and The Winter’s Tale, Pericles, Days Of Significance (Royal Shakespeare Company)
Film credits: London Road, Cinderella, Superbob, One Man And His Dog and The Sight
TV credits: Porridge, Bliss, Jonathan Creek, Josh, Agatha Raisin, Death In Paradise, The Javone Prince Show and Bad Education

Billy Howle
Billy Howle
makes his Young Vic debut in Life of Galileo.
Recent theatre credits: Long Day’s Journey Into Night, The Little Mermaid (Bristol Old Vic) and Ghosts (Brooklyn Academy of Music).
Film credits: On Chesil Beach, The Sense of an Ending and The Seagull
TV credits: The Witness for the Prosecution, Cider with Rosie, Glue, Vera and New Worlds

 

Paul Hunter returns to the Paul HunterYoung Vic following Animal
Farm, The Water Engine
and My Perfect Mind.
Recent theatre credits: The Little Match Girl, The Mystery Plays, Much Ado About Nothing (Shakespeare’s Globe); Gaslight (Northampton); Tartuffe (Birmingham Rep) and My Perfect Mind (Young Vic, Theatre Royal Plymouth and 59E59 Theaters, New York).
Film credits: Denial, This Beautiful Fantastic, Pan, Marvellous, Cinderella and Malificent
TV credits: Trinity, After You’ve Gone, Absolute Power and Tunnel of Love
Paul is also Artistic Director of Told by an Idiot.

Joshua JamesJoshua James makes his Young Vic debut in Life of Galileo.
Recent theatre credits: Platonov/The Seagull, Here We Go, Light Shining In Buckinghamshire, Treasure Island (National Theatre); The War Has Not Started Yet (Theatre Royal Plymouth); Fathers And Sons (Donmar Warehouse), Bringing Up The Bodies, Wolf Hall (Royal Shakespeare Company) and No Quarter (The Royal Court)
Film credits: Darkest Hour, Criminal and Summer in February
TV credits: Black Mirror, McMafia, Utopia, Whites, Silent Witness and IdBettrys Jonesentity

Bettrys Jones makes her debut at the Young Vic in Life of Galileo.
Recent theatre credits: The Little Match Girl (Shakespeare’s Globe); We Want You to Watch, Edward II (National Theatre), Praxis Makes Perfect (National Theatre of Wales, Berlin tour) and Sleeping Beauties (Sherman Theatre Cymru)
Film credits: Private Peaceful
TV credits: Doctors and Skins
Radio credits: Home Front, Emile Zola: Blood, Sex And Money, Blood and Milk, Just a Girl Final Call and The Corrections

Alex MurdochAlex Murdoch makes her debut at the Young Vic in Life of Galileo.
Recent theatre credits: Lifegame (The Cockpit), Everything by My Side (Southbank Centre, Adam’s Place, Latitude Festival), Around the World in 80 Days (Polka Theatre and UK tour), Animo (New Diorama Theatre and Latitude Festival) and Permission Improbable (Battersea Arts Centre), The Powercut Compendium (UK tour), The Irish Giant (Southwark Playhouse) and Made Up (Soho Theatre).
Alex is currently under commission as a writer at the Royal Shakespeare Company.

 

Brian Pettifer makes his debut at the Young Vic in Life of Brian PettiferGalileo.
Recent theatre credits: Young Chekhov: Ivanov, Platonov (Chichester Festival Theatre & National Theatre); Yer Granny, The Missing (National Theatre of Scotland); Scenes Unseen, The Drawer Boy (Tron Theatre); Great Expectations (UK tour); The Fairy Queen (Glyndebourne and international tour) and The King of Scotland (Theatre Babel and winner of the Fringe First Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival).
Film credits: Darkest Hour, Whisky Galore!, The Legend Of Barney Thomson, Donkeys (winner of Best Feature Film at the British Academy Scotland Awards 2011) and Lassie
TV credits: Black Mirror, The Musketeers, Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell and The Field of Blood

VirginiaAnjana Vasan makes her Young Vic debut in Life of Galileo.
Recent theatre credits: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare’s Globe); Image of an Unknown Young Woman (Gate Theatre); Dara, Behind the Beautiful Forevers (National Theatre), Macbeth (Park Avenue Armory, New York City) and First Encounters: Taming of the Shrew (Royal Shakespeare Company)
Film credits: The Children Act, Cinderella and Jack Ryan
TV credits: Ill Behaviour, Black Mirror, Call the Midwife, Fresh Meat and Asia At War: Fighting For India: The Women Who Dared

 

Sarah Wright was born and brought up at the Little Angel Theatre, London and has worked
Sarah Wrigth extensively within physical and puppetry-based theatre ever since.
Puppet Direction and Consultation credits: Very Old Man with Enormous Wings, Cupid and Psyche, Angelo (Little Angel Theatre); The Empress, Tempest (Royal Shakespeare Company) and Brief Encounter, Red Shoes, Hansel and Gretel (UK tour).
As a performing Puppeteer credits: Venus and Adonis (Royal Shakespeare Company, Little Angel Theatre); Very Old Man with Enormous Wings, The Little Mermaid, Sleeping Beauty (Little Angel Theatre); The Tower, Planetarium Silo, Hotel (Silo Theatre Amsterdam) and Plucked, Hollow Men (Faulty Optic).
Music and Puppet work credits: The Soldiers Tale, Renard, Geneviève de Brabant, Faust, Philemon and Baucis, Potsdam, Satyagraha, research for Improbable Theatre, English National Opera, Welsh National Opera and Houston Grand Opera.

Life of Galileo directed by Joe Wright runs in the Main House at the Young Vic 6 May – 24 June. You can find more information and book tickets here

“The laundry bill must be incredible” – How DO our wardrobe team cope with #YVDream Mud?

The Young Vic costume department have been both complimented and commiserated with, by critics and audience members alike as to how they have to deal with our A Midsummer Night Dream mud every night. Especially those white pants…. come on! We talked to Head of Costume Catherine Kodicek about how this is done. 

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“Over the years we have been challenged by lots of productions when it comes to the laundry and maintenance of the costumes; oodles of blood from all kinds of injuries, bags of vomit made from soup and other food items, bottles of ink, water with brown dye in it which the actors fall in to, sticky champagne that gets sprayed over them, paint which they cover themselves in, make-up and even a food fight with trifle, but nothing has really compared to the mud in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Not since the *blood rain* in A View From The Bridge has every single item of costume come up completely covered and needing to be transformed back to its clean self.

The key to survival is to have doubles of as many of the costumes as possible so that they do not get washed every single day. Washing and drying can wear out even very robust fabrics. There will always be items from vintage shops and markets that you cannot buy a second version of so if possible make replicas of these. The more duplicates you have the fewer times each item will be washed and the longer they will look good. Some of the actors in the show have between 2 and 6 versions of their costumes.

  • Before we let any actual costumes get muddy we did a wash test with some old clothes to see how washable the mud was- the answer was *not very washable on natural fibres*. On man made fabric such as polyester and nylon the mud comes out relatively easy. On natural fibres such as cotton and linen the fabric wants to hold the mud particles and so the mud is harder to get out.
  • Using the same method we used successfully on the Wardrobe staff doing the laundryblood rain did not help us. Every
    heavily soiled item needed rinsing or soaking, scrubbing then washing, rinsing and washing again before it was clean. In the end the magic ingredient to dislodge the mud particles was washing up liquid!!  (an old trick recommended by Upstage Theatrical Dry Cleaners who we use regularly for dry cleaning).
  • Every item still needed to be scrubbed and then washed, but the washing up liquid proved to be more successful that any of the oxy action or other *stain removal* products. We discovered that the cheaper the detergent the better, as it produces fewer bubbles and makes rinsing easier.
  • We found that drying the suit trousers first and brushing off the surface mud prior to surface washing gave the best results. Finally we also ran the whites through an ecological bleach to freshen them regularly and let the lighting do the rest.”

So there you have it. How to clean a entire company’s costumes every night post mud-roll.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream runs in the YV Main House until 1 April. For more information and to book, click here.

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11 Questions with the cast of The Bear / The Proposal – George Ikediashi

Returning to the Young Vic after Tobias and the Angel in 2006, you may also recognise George Ikediashi from  Threepenny Opera, Porgy & Bess or his fabulous cabaret character Le Gateau Chocolat. 11 Questions with George below… 

George Ikediashi in The Bear The Proposal at the Young Vic © Ellie Kurttz

George Ikediashi in The Bear / The Proposal at the Young Vic.     Photo: Ellie Kurttz 

1) Describe your stage presence in three emojis or words?

🦄💃🤡

2) What’s it been like working on a Young Vic Genesis show?

Thrilling, exciting and utterly exhausting. It was been a true collaborative effort with every moment spent mining Chekhov for his truth and Leo, mining the performers and themselves, for ours.

3) What is one thing you would like people to know about the gender-fierce*/gender queer community? 

To keep questioning and challenging your preconceptions. The fluidity might seem challenging and counter intuitive, in a world that championed and drilled in blue for boys and pink for girls but the rewards of embracing? Liberation.

In the words of en vogue “free your mind and the rest will follow”

4) What are you usually doing 10 minutes before a show begins?

Warming up, doing scales, and or finishing make up. Here though, I’m sat on stage in a cubby hole, waiting to come on as the audience are let in.

5) What is your favourite part of the rehearsal process?

The hope and the boundless ambition showcased and discussed excitedly in the first couple of days – you dive in, get lost, it gets hard, mushy, confusing… you check back and somehow, some of that ambition has materialised and evolved to an unfathomable and interesting place and you’re like – “ah, that what the work was for”

6) What did you want to be growing up?

A lawyer. Ha.

7) If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Um…. no. Making me Sophie’s Choice my food?  You’re ridiculous. Nope, not even hypothetically.

8) What was it that first got you interested in the theatre?

Life. Mine & others. “There is no greater agony that bearing an untold story inside you” – Maya Angelou

9) What’s your favourite play you’ve seen, read or worked on?

This changes so often as I feel it very important to facilitate your growth by consuming a lot of art. So my current answer’s Love at the National; the bleakest depiction of our social care problem. I don’t know when the tears came or when they stopped. It was deeply affecting and painfully human.

10) If you could be a superhero who would it be and why?

Easy. X-Men’s Phoenix; the hair, the costume, the powers. Most importantly though, the metaphor; to rise from the ashes. To embrace the idea that from mistakes, pain, suffering… something beautiful is born. We’re not perfect. You mightn’t succeed at first but learn, grow and rise again.

11) Would you rather have the hiccups for the rest of your life, or always feel like you have to sneeze but not be able to?

First the food question, now this? You’re ridiculous.

George stars in The Bear / The Proposal   which runs 15 – 25 Mar in the Young Vic’s Clare. Tickets for this production are all sold out but you are welcome to join our returns queues from an hour before each performance. Find more information on The Bear / The Proposal here

YV Blind Date – Alice & Max 💕 – “Very good date night play”

Blind date

Alice on Max:

What were you hoping for?

An evening of good company, and a way of meeting someone new outside my normal social circle that enjoys the theatre and the arts.

First impressions?

Max was approachable, friendly and made me feel at ease.

What did you drink in The Cut Bar and was it a good place for pre-theatre mingling?

A G & T to calm my blind date nerves. The bar had a nice buzz about it and a relaxed atmosphere for a date.

What did you talk about before the show?

His job, which is fascinating, where we grew up and that someone he went to LAMDA with was in the play (a small world).
My job, and how I (try to) balance my social life and theatre/gig going schedule.
Pushing ourselves outside of our comfort zones.

Any awkward moments?

I was 5 minutes late due to a Citymapper fail (map reading is not my strong point). Sorry!
Oh and we almost forgot to take the selfie.

Describe him in 3 words.

Intriguing, smiley, a gentleman.

What did you think of #YVDream and was it a good date night play?

I’d thoroughly recommend it as a date night play, the humour and muddy mayhem worked well.

Rate the date using as many emojis as you like.

🎭😂👍🏻📷

Would you meet again? (Romantically/as friends/as theatre companions)

As theatre companions, we had lots to talk about and he’d been to some interesting productions I haven’t seen yet.

Max on Alice:

What were you hoping for?

Love! Crazy love!

First impressions?

Very good.

What did you drink in The Cut Bar and was it a good place for pre-theatre mingling?

Tonic water, great place to meet- atmosphere, music, lively people, good vibe.

What did you talk about before the show?

Our interests/work and theatre/shows we’d seen before.

Any awkward moments?

I don’t feel awkwardness on dates, it’s a waste of time.

Describe her in 3 words.

Articulate, pretty, chilled.

What did you think of #YVDream and was it a good date night play?

Very good date night play- for Shakespeare fans, which we were.

Rate the date using as many emojis as you like. 

👁📸🎉🌘🍈🍸🎼🎭

Would you meet again? (Romantically/as friends/as theatre companions)

No.

Max and Alice met at The Cut Bar & Restaurant before watching A Midsummer Night’s Dream, running at the Young Vic until 1 April. Find our more about the show here, or let us know if you want us to carry on with #YVBlindDate and would apply yourself: marketing@youngvic.org.

World premiere announced: Paul Mason’s Why It’s Kicking Off Everywhere

We are delighted to announce a new show Why It’s Kicking Off Everywhere by Paul Mason and directed by David Lan, which will be performed 28 – 30 March 2017 in the Young Vic’s Maria studio. Tickets are free and will be allocated by ballot. The show will be filmed and broadcast at a later date by BBC Television as part of Performance Live.

“What kind of revolution is this?”

The world premiere of a play about revolution.

This is the story of the networked generation. How did we get from the optimism of the Arab Spring and the Occupy Movement to Trump’s election and the dislocation of the present day?

Journalist Paul Mason teams up with Young Vic artistic director David Lan for this powerful and challenging new show based on Paul’s acclaimed book.

Performed by Paul Mason, Khalid Abdalla, Lara Sawalha and Sirine Saba in promenade with stunning video designs, the audience will interact with the company throughout the show.

Tickets for the limited run are one per person and available exclusively through our online ballot. More details below.

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The ‘How’, the Terms, and the Conditions:

  • Click through to our ballot form here to register for free tickets.
  • Fill out the required fields including which performance you would like to attend.
  • You must apply by 12pm Wednesday 22 March.
  • Winners will be contacted on Thursday 23 March by email.
  • If you don’t respond with confirmation by 12pm Friday 24 March your ticket will be assigned to another applicant.
  • If you are successful in getting a ticket, but are unable to attend the performance, the ticket is non transferable and will be assigned to another applicant.
  • You must bring photo identification with you that matches your name to the ballot entry.
  • Audience participation is a key part of the performance so please be prepared to have the company interact with you.
  • This performance is being filmed for the BBC. By ticking the filming permissions box on the ballot, you agree to be filmed for inclusion in the programme, and give all rights for use to the producers in perpetuity
  • The YV promises that you will not receive unsolicited mail by supplying your personal details.

 

11 Questions with the cast of The Bear / The Proposal – Rebecca Root

You may recognise her from Trans Scripts, The Danish Girl or Boy Meets Girl  amongst other things … It’s Rebecca Root’s 11 Questions on eating gin (eating?) and more below. 

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Rebecca Root 

1) Describe your stage presence in three emojis or words?

Spirited, unexpected, present.

2) What’s it been like working on a Young Vic Genesis show?

Hard work, exhilarating, enervating, joyful.

3) What is one thing you would like people to know about the gender-fierce*/gender queer community? 

We’re just like you.

4) What are you usually doing 10 minutes before a show begins?

Doing final checks (props, make up etc); running through a scene in my head; reciting Shakespeare’s 29th Sonnet as a personal talisman.

5) What is your favourite part of the rehearsal process?

Coming off book for the first time. Like riding a bike without stabilisers.

6) What did you want to be growing up?

A female actor.

7) If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Gin. Wait, does that count? Sunday roast if not. Chicken, trimmings, the lot. And gin.

8) What was it that first got you interested in the theatre?

Doing the school nativity play when I was 4.

9) What’s your favourite play you’ve seen, read or worked on?

Hamlet.

10) If you could be a superhero who would it be and why?

Wonder Woman. Because of the pants.

11) Would you rather have the hiccups for the rest of your life, or always feel like you have to sneeze but not be able to?

Sneeze. There’s so much drama in the anticipation.

Rebecca stars in The Bear / The Proposal   which runs 15 – 25 Mar in the Young Vic’s Clare. Tickets for this production are all sold out but you are welcome to join our returns queues from an hour before each performance. Find more information on The Bear / The Proposal here

YV Blind Date – Zoe & Dan 💘 – “Catching sight of my terrible red wine lips in the mirror!”

Zoe and Dan

Zoe on Dan:

What were you hoping for?

An interesting person, a good laugh, and some good theatre.

First impressions?

Positive, felt quite at ease. Neither of us ran away, so that was good.

What did you drink in The Cut Bar and was it a good place for pre-theatre mingling?

We both went for wine, white for me. The Cut is great pre-show – lively, buzzing atmosphere.

What did you talk about before the show?

Mainly acting – we’re both actors, figures!

Any awkward moments?

Selfie-taking was a bit of an ordeal, not big on selfies in any context. Also, probably finding out he has my ex on Snapchat…

Describe him/her in 3 words.

Genuinely nice guy.

What did you think of #YVDream and was it a good date night play?

Definitely the darkest, dirtiest Dream I’ve seen. Good for discussion, probably not for romance.

Did you stay on after the show to discuss?

We did indeed, over a Midsummer-themed cocktail. Got a bit distracted by Ben Whishaw at the bar at one point.

If you could change one thing about the date, what would it be?

Nothing really, had a great time overall.

Rate the date using as many emojis as you like.

🍷+🎭+🍸+📸=👌

Would you meet again? (Romantically/as friends/as theatre companions)

Sure, he made a great theatre buddy.

 

Dan on Zoe:

What were you hoping for?

Spellbinding theatre and perhaps spellbinding company

First impressions?

She seemed pretty chilled at meeting a random stranger! Also lovely eyes.

What did you drink in The Cut Bar and was it a good place for pre-theatre mingling?

I had a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon and she had a glass of white. There’s a great atmosphere to the place whilst also feeling cozy and intimate, kudos to whoever designed the warm low lighting.

What did you talk about before the show?

As we’re both actors conversation inevitably circled towards that. The difficulties of the Edinburgh fringe. Post- drama school life.

Any awkward moments?

Conversation flowed pretty easy but I did feel embarrassed after catching sight of my terrible red wine lips in the bathroom mirror.

Describe her in 3 words.

Witty, intelligent, composed.

What did you think of #YVDream and was it a good date night play?

I enjoyed the bold choices that were made but it  is a very dark version of the play that doesn’t leave you optimistic about love and romance so maybe not! On the other hand all the mud on stage leaves you feeling a bit dirty so there is that….

Did you stay on after the show to discuss?

Yes, we grabbed a couple of cocktails in the bar upstairs. I’d recommend the Peckham Pelican.

If you could change one thing about the date, what would it be?

Would have chosen white instead of red wine.

Rate the date using as many emojis as you like. 

  🍷🍹🎟🦆🐜🐙🌷

Would you meet again? (Romantically/as friends/as theatre companions)

She’s the first person I’ve met whose even a more avid theatre goer than me. Would definitely meet again for theatre trips and speculating on how much washing the stage manager has to do.

Zoe and Dan met at The Cut Bar & Restaurant before watching A Midsummer Night’s Dream, running at the Young Vic until 1 April. Find our more about the show here, or let us know if you want us to carry on with #YVBlindDate and would apply yourself: marketing@youngvic.org.