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 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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