With rehearsals now underway, we can bring you a bit more detail about some of the team of Run The Beast Down, our latest Made By The Marlowe production, which will premiere in The Marlowe Studio on Tuesday 24 January, prior to a transfer to London’s Finborough theatre.
The play tells the strange story of Charlie, a man on the edge who has recently lost his job. Suffering from insomnia, he then finds himself being haunted by an urban fox, as the story twists towards a neon-soaked showdown.
We’re very excited that the role of Charlie will be played by Ben Aldridge, who has most recently been seen in Our Girl on BBC 1 and BBC 3’s Fleabag. He’s previously appeared in The Devil’s Whore (Channel 4) and Lark Rise To Candleford, among others. On stage, he’s worked at such prestigious venues as the Almeida and Shakespeare’s Globe.
On stage alongside Ben will be musician Chris Bartholomew. He’ll be live DJ-ing the play’s soundscape at every performance, providing a powerful musical backdrop to the action on stage. Chris is a multi-talented man, as not only does he work as a sound designer and composer, he’s also DJ’ed at clubs like Egg and Pacha London. As you may have guessed, music plays a huge part in Run The Beast Down, and will be a key part of the audience experience.
Featuring in the play’s soundscape will be the music of Canterbury-based ANoR, a DJ and music producing duo (real names Andy and Fraser) with over twenty years experience between them. Under different aliases they have had releases on labels such as Noir Music, Hotfingers and Savoir Faire Musique to name but a few. They are regulars at many of London’s hottest events including ABODE and have three releases on Larry Cadge’s Smiley Fingers Records.
Bringing all of these elements of Run The Beast Down together will be director Hannah Price. Hannah is the co-founder (along with our co-producer Libby Brodie), of Theatre Uncut and is seen as being one of this country’s most exciting directors. She’s won – among other things – two Fringe First awards and the Spirit of the Fringe Award. She’s worked at the Donmar Warehouse, and recently directed Boa, starring Harriet Walter, at the Trafalgar Studios.
We hope you can join us for what promises to be a powerful theatrical experience, developed and premiered in our own city through ROAR!, our new writing programme.
Run The Beast Down: The Marlowe Studio Tuesday 24 to Saturday 28 January. Book here.