11 Questions with the cast of See Me Now – Flynt

flyntFormer development executive Flynt (née Daniel Inglés, née Gabriel) was reborn in Paris in 2012 under the instruction of Madame Paula, a legendary Latina courtesan, following a slight misunderstanding near a towpath. After some time perfecting his craft amongst wealthy ladies around the continent, Flynt returned to his home town of London, where he had to relearn everything, because the English still don’t seem to know what they want. A bi-lingual, multi-instrumental, adventure-seeking polymath, Flynt lists his hobbies as mixing us the perfect pink gin, giving you foot rubs, and always remembering exactly where we left the car.

If you could only eat one ‘Penny Sweet’ for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Probably Jelly Beans. A least there’s variety.

What is one common misconception about the sex industry you would like to change?

There is nothing seedy or wrong about paying for sex, as long as your provider has made that decision for themselves. Though I appreciate that ‘decision’ in many contexts is a complicated issue, which is why these things need talking about, and not be buried under bizarre legislation or moral posturing.

What is one thing you would like people to know about sex work? 

It comes in more flavours than there are Jelly Beans. I didn’t appreciate that until I got to know my fellow cast members. We all appear to have found our respective niches and then worked the hell out of them for whatever reason, be that good or bad. But sex work does seem to be necessarily solitary. It sounds like a contradiction given the physical exchange of the job, but there you go. And yes, many of us care very much about our clients – the nice ones, anyway (so I guess that’s more than one thing).

Is this your first time working in theatre? What’s it been like?

I’ve worked in both television and publishing, but never theatre, which forces collaboration like no other. Your deadline is a live space, and the feedback from audiences is immediate, and unpredictable, and intoxicating.

Describe the See Me Now rehearsal room vibes in three words (or emojis).

“Shitload of doors” (You really need to see the show to understand this!)

What did you want to be growing up?

A writer, actor or director. Professionally speaking, I have accomplished the first two, and only one of those also involved having sex for money …

If days were 28 hours long, what would you do with the 4 extra hours?

I’d cook! I love to cook and I never have time. My beautiful fiancee is from the Brazilian state of Bahia. She produces the most fantastic quick food with cheap ingredients and a pressure cooker. I need to get back in the kitchen.

What’s your favourite song and why?

It changes all the time, but in the show I play the blues piano for Dee, another cast member. She’s a pleasure to accompany, has a phenomenal voice, and her tune is really catchy. We all go home humming it.

What’s your favourite play or movie you’ve ever seen? 

Macbeth, Jaws, The Book of Mormon, Glengarry Glen Ross, The Big Leboswki .. a lot of the usual suspects. But I remember having dreams after seeing The Cherry Orchard  as directed by Sam Mendes with Simon Russell Beale in about 2009, that really affected me. I have a BA in English Lit but Chekov was a bit lost on me until then. My guiltiest pleasure is And Then There Were None  by Agatha Christi, which I saw as a fourteen year old boy somewhere in Ontario, Canada. It still amazes me that she could employ such broadly wooden characterisation and murder almost her entire cast in quite silly ways over ninety minutes or so, yet modern audiences, myself included, remain credulous and hypnotised. Theatre magic.

If you could have one supernatural power which would you choose and why?

Flight. But only while invisible.

Do you think you will want to continue being involved in theatre after this production?

Yes , at least with the Young Vic. It is a remarkable place to work, a worthwhile place to think, and has a fine bar in which to make friends and people-watch. Should it not happen, I will cherish the memory.

Flynt stars in See Me Now  which runs 11 Feb – 4 Mar in the Young Vic’s Maria. 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 See Me Now here

Once in a Lifetime | Cast announcement

We are thrilled to let you know that Harry Enfield will play studio boss Herman Glogauer in Christopher Hart’s adaptation of Kaufman and Hart’s classic Hollywood comedy Once in a LifetimeEnfield is joined in the cast of Richard Jones’ production by John Marquez as George, Claudie Blakley as May and more!

 

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Harry Enfield by Charlie Carter

Harry Enfield is a BAFTA Award-winning writer, comedian, actor and director. His film credits include: Swallows and Amazons, Scottish Mussel, Acts of Godfrey, Churchill: The Hollywood Years and Tooth. His television credits include: The Windsors, Upstart Crow, Ruddy Hell! It’s Harry and Paul, for which he won a British Comedy Award and two BAFTA TV Awards, Bad Education, Psychobitches, Blandings, It’s Kevin, The Hunt For Tony Blair and Skins. His writing credits for television include: Saturday Night Live, Friday Night Live, Harry Enfield’s Television Programme, Harry Enfield And Chums, for which he won a Writers’ Guild of Great Britain Award and Smashy and Nicey: End Of An Era.

 

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Claudie Blakley by Scarlet Page

Claudie Blakley returns to the Young Vic after appearing in Love and Money.
Other theatre credits include: Rules for Living, Peter Pan, The Cherry Orchard, Attempts on Her Life (National Theatre); Macbeth, Lear (Sheffield Crucible), Chimerica (Almeida, West End), The Painkiller (Garrick Theatre), All’s Well That Ends Well (Royal Shakespeare Company), The Seagull (West Yorkshire Playhouse) and Kosher Harry (Royal Court Theatre).
Film
 credits include: Bright Star, Severance, Pride & Prejudice, The Cat’s Meow, Gosford Park and War Bride.
Television credits include: Larkrise To Candleford, Cranford, The Driver, Silent Witness, What Remains, The Night Watch and Marple.

 

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John Marquez by Wolf Marloh

John Marquez returns to the Young Vic following his appearances in Annie Get Your Gun and The Good Soul of Szechuan. His other theatre credits include: The Taming of the Shrew (Royal Shakespeare Company); Ding Dong the Wicked (Royal Court Theatre); The Emperor Jones, Market Boy (National Theatre); House of Games, The Hypochondriac (Almeida Theatre) and Privates on Parade (Noel Coward Theatre). His television credits include: Doc Martin, In the Club, Hotel Babylon, Death in Paradise and Suburban Shootout.

 

Daniel Abelson,  Okorie Chukwu, Lucy Cohu, Lizzy Connolly, Buffy Davis, Otto Farrant, Amy Griffiths and Amanda Lawrence will also join the company of Once In A Lifetime, with more wonderful talent to be named soon.

Once in a Lifetime by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman, adapted by Christopher Hart, is directed by Richard Jones and runs 24 November – 14 January 2017 in the Young Vic’s Main House. It is designed by Hyemi Shin with costumes by Nicky Gillibrand, light by Jon Clark, sound by Sarah Angliss and casting by Julia Horan CDG.

Find out more and book your tickets today.

 

trade | Cast announcement

The cast for trade are here! We are very excited to tell you that Ayesha Antoine and Jo Martin will make their Young Vic débuts, and we’ll be welcoming back Sharon Duncan-Brewster, in Bryony Shanahan’s production of trade by debbie tucker green.

 

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Ayesha Antoine by Anna Nightingale

AYESHA ANTOINE
Theatre credits include:The Suicide (National Theatre); Red Velvet ( Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company, Garrick Theatre); The Wolf in the Snakeskin Shoes, The House That Will Not Stand (Tricycle); The Ghost Train (Royal Exchange / Told By An Idiot); Venice Preserv’d (The Spectator’s Guild); We are Proud to Present… (Bush Theatre); Tartuffe (Birmingham Rep); Surprises and Absurd Person Singular (Stephen Joseph Theatre); Cinderella, Red Riding Hood, Madblud and Familyman (Theatre Royal Stratford East); and The Thirteen Midnight Challenges of Angelus Diablo (RSC).
Film credits include: Pompidou, Bellamy’s People, Skins, Mouth to Mouth and Doctor Who.
Television credits include: Operation Gadgetman.

 

 

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Sharon Duncan-Brewster by Bader Hower

SHARON DUNCAN-BREWSTER
Theatre credits include:
A Streetcar Named Desire (Manchester Royal Exchange); The Iphigenia Quartet, Yerma (The Gate Theatre); Swallow (Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Liverpool Everyman); Hope and Babies (Royal Court); The El Train (Hoxton Hall); A Few Man Friday’s (Riverside Studios) ; The Swan and There is a War (National Theatre); Tiger Country (Hampstead Theatre); Detaining Justice, Seize the Day and Category B, Let there be Love, Fabultion – Premiere Production and Playboys of the West Indies (Tricycle); The Horse Marines (Theatre Royal Plymouth); The Bacchae (National Theatre Scotland); Black Crows (Clean Break/Arcola Theatre); and Dirty Butterfly (Soho Theatre).
O
pera credits include: Gaddafi   (English National Opera).
Previous
 work at the Young Vic includes: A Season in the Congo.
Film credits include: Three and Out, A Blues for Nia (Short film) and The Child (Short film).
Television
 credits include: Unforgotten, Cuffs, Cucumber, The Mimic, The Bible, Top Boy, Doctor Who, EastEnders, Shoot the Messenger, Waking the Dead and Bad Girls.

 

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Jo Martin by Marylin Kingwill

JO MARTIN
Theatre credits include:
The Rolling Stone (Orange Tree); The Westbridge (The Royal Court); Everything Must Go (Soho Theatre); Family Man, Ready or Not, Funny Black Women on the Edge and Eldarado (Theatre Royal Stratford East); Frontline (Shakespeare’s Globe); Noughts and Crosses, Don Carlos and Oronooko (RSC); Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands (Dende Collective/ Lyric  Hammersmith); and Coyote on a Fence  (Royal Exchange, Manchester/Duchess Theatre).
Film
 credits include: A Hundred Streets, Dragonfly, Chalet Girls, 4 3 2 1, Batman Begins and Jolly Boys Last Stand.
Television credits include: Still Open all Hours, Together, EastEnders, Emmerdale, Hollyoaks, Casualty, Top Boy, Wizards vs. Aliens, Holby City, The Culshaw and Stephenson Show and Katy Brand Big Arse Show.

 

GENESIS FOUNDATION

Established by John Studzinski 15 years ago, the Genesis Foundation works in partnership with the leaders of prestigious UK arts organisations such as the Royal Court, The Sixteen, Welsh National Opera and the Young Vic. Its largest funding commitment is to programmes that support directors, playwrights and musicians in the early stages of their professional lives.

In addition it awards scholarships to exceptional student actors at LAMDA and commissions stimulating new works, from choral compositions to light installations.

In 2015 the Genesis Foundation launched its first partnership outside the UK, funding residencies for playwrights at New York’s Signature Theatre.

Bryony Shanahan is the seventh recipient of the Genesis Future Directors Award, following Ola Ince (2016), Rikki Henry (2015), Finn Beames (2014), Tinuke Craig (2014), Matthew Xia (2013) and Ben Kidd (2012).

trade by debbie tucker green is directed by Bryony Shanahan and runs 16 – 26 November in the Young Vic’s Claire. Find out more and book your tickets today.  

11 Questions with the cast of Yerma – Maureen Beattie

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Maureen Beattie in Yerma. Photo by Johan Persson.

Maureen is currently staring in Yerma at the Young Vic. She plays Helen in Simon Stone’s adaptation of Lorca’s classic. Here are her answers to our 11 questions:

Can you describe your character in Yerma  in three words?

A terrible mother.

What’s it been like working with Simon Stone?

Bliss.

How did you find the rehearsal process in comparison to other productions you’ve been in?

Unlike anything I’ve ever experienced before.

What are you usually doing 10 minutes before the show begins?

Finishing off my make-up.

What is your favourite play (seen, read or worked on)?

Medea, in a version by Liz Lochhead after Euripides. I was Medea.

What is your favourite midnight snack?

Fried egg sandwich.

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

I was always a show off! Also, my father was a variety artiste.

Where is your favourite place in the world?

The Island of Bute, in the Clyde Estuary.

Who is your ultimate hero, and what would you say to them if you ever met them?

My darling brother, who has battled mental illness for decades and yet remains a kind and courteous man.

If you could have been born in any era, which would it be and why?

I’m pretty happy with now.

If you could have any one supernatural power which would you choose and why?

I’d like to be able to de-materialize and re-materialize anywhere in the world at will.

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11 Questions with the cast of Yerma – Charlotte Randle

Charlotte Randle (Mary) in Yerma at the Young Vic. Photo by Johan Persson

Charlotte Randle as Mary in Yerma. Photo by Johan Persson.

 

Charlotte is currently playing Mary in Simon Stone’s adaptation of Lorca’s classic, Yerma. Here are her answers to our 11 questions:

Can you describe your character in Yerma  in three words?

Daughter. Sister. Mother.

What’s it been like working with Simon Stone?

Joyful.

How did you find the rehearsal process in comparison to other productions you’ve been in?

Unprecedented. Minimal. Relaxed and fairly bar based!

What are you usually doing 10 minutes before the show begins?

Phoning my son.

What is your favourite play (seen, read or worked on)?

King Lear. I studied it for A levels, have seen 10 productions and was in it here with Pete Postlethwaite.

What is your favourite midnight snack?

Taramasalata scooped up with ready salted Hula-Hoops, from the corner shop on the way home.

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

My parents taking me as a kid.

Where is your favourite place in the world?

London.

Who is your ultimate hero, and what would you say to them if you ever met them?

All the doctors, nurses and volunteers doing humanitarian work in war zones and the refugee camps. I would say thank you.

If you could have been born in any era, which would it be and why?

I think I’d have enjoyed the 1920’s quite a lot! If I had money…

If you could have any one supernatural power which would you choose and why?

The ability to go back in time and change the outcome of the Brexit referendum!

 

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11 Questions with the cast of Yerma – Thalissa Teixeira

Thalissa Teixeira (Des) in Yerma at the Young Vic. Photo by Johan Persson

Thalissa Teixeira as Des in Yerma. Photo by Johan Persson.

Thalissa is currently staring in Yerma at the Young Vic. She plays Des in Simon Stone’s adaptation of Lorca’s classic. Here are her answers to our 11 questions:

Can you describe your character in Yerma  in three words?

Plenty.Of.Time

What’s it been like working with Simon Stone?

What work?

How did you find the rehearsal process in comparison to other productions you’ve been in?

It never felt like a rehearsal. 4 weeks went by and suddenly we had a play.

What are you usually doing 10 minutes before the show begins?

Looking for a baby to play with.

What is your favourite play (seen, read or worked on)?

Pomona at the Royal Welsh College/The Gate. It was initially written for our year before getting published and transferred.

What is your favourite midnight snack?

I’m usually asleep by then. And if not, I’m awake till 4 – which means a full on donna dinner. (Lamb, obviously)

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

All things. Even the things I hate. But mostly the things I don’t understand.

Where is your favourite place in the world?

Whenever all my mates are at that time. Hopefully on a beach.

Who is your ultimate hero, and what would you say to them if you ever met them?

The 20 plus land activists whom have been killed in Brazil so far this year due to conflicts over logging and agribusiness. I would thank them for their work and say I hope one day minds change.

If you could have been born in any era, which would it be and why?

Ancient Egypt – for the architecture.

If you could have any one supernatural power which would you choose and why?

To speak every language in the world. Or to be able to be in two places  at once … speaking different languages.

 

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TBT on our favourite Hunter | Six things you might know already about Kathryn Hunter but are still pretty interesting

Kathryn Hunter is back performing in another fantastic collaboration with Walter Meierjohann, and Colin Teevan; The Emperor. Joined by Temesgen Zeleke, Kathryn Hunter will be on stage at the Young Vic 3 – 24 September. Kathryn has been praised as “an astonishing shape-shifting performer who can play just about  anything”so we thought we’d match that and offer you six astonishing facts about her that you may already know, but even if you do you’ll enjoy being reminded and the emojis anyway…

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Kathryn Hunter in rehearsal for The Emperor. Photo by Sarah Leech

💁 Kathryn played the Dursley’s neighbour Mrs Areballa Figg in the film version of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.  [Spolier alert] Practically saved the Chosen One’s life, didn’t she!

💅 Not only has she acted in multiple productions at the Young Vic, including The Valley of Astonishment, Kafka’s Monkey and Fragments, but she’s also written and directed one; My Perfect Mind.

😎 Kathryn was the first British female to play King Lear professionally.

👸 She was awarded the Laurence Olivier Theatre Award in 1991 for Best Actress for her performance in The Visit, at the Royal National Theatre.

💯 Kathryn trained at RADA where she is now an associate, and regularly directs student productions.

💃 She was born in New York to Greek parents but raised in Britain. How’s that for a theatre culture tri-factor.

Find out more about The Emperor at yv.org and watch our first look at rehearsals on youtube.

* Michael Billington on Kathryn Hunter in Cyrano de Bergerac (Southwark Playhouse, 2016)