Run The Beast Down: Meet The Team


Ben Aldridge as Charlie

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.

Behind the beast 


Recently, we introduced you to our latest home-grown production, Run The Beast Down. Here we speak to our co-producer, Libby Brodie, to find out more about this exciting new play.

“I would say to expect the unexpected. I don’t want to give anything away, but I can say it’s unlike anything anyone will have seen at The Marlowe before. Or will have perhaps seen before anywhere,” says Libby of Run The Beast Down, which will be performed in The Marlowe Studio in January.

Although she doesn’t want to spoil any surprises, she is prepared to tell us a bit more to whet our appetites: “One of the major things about the show is the fact that a musical soundscape is being created for the production, this is actually going to be DJ-ed live on stage, while the actor is performing. So it sort of creates a gig-theatre hybrid piece, that kind of dynamic. It’s very exhilarating. It’s very interesting seeing how the words work with the music. What’s being created is truly original and truly unique.”

It sounds like the perfect fit for Libby, who left her job with a large commercial theatre producer, in order to: “challenge myself and do different types of theatre,” and to work on things that are, “different and new and outside of the box”. She was attracted to this particular play: “Firstly because of the writing. Titas Halder’s script is fantastic. It gave me goose bumps reading it. It’s almost like poetry itself, and it’s totally thrilling, and also quite funny, and also the end – obviously I’m not going to give anything away – but, wow! Working with The Marlowe is exciting as well. I’d taken shows to The Marlowe before, in the main auditorium, in my old job, and it’s a really gorgeous theatre. I thought it would be excellent to work with such a respected and renowned regional theatre and I was quite drawn to what The Marlowe are doing with developing new work.”

Libby got involved with this production through Hannah Price, the play’s director, with whom she founded Theatre Uncut in 2011. Libby says: “I was looking for productions that excited me and interested me, something that I would enjoy getting my teeth into, and she sent me the script, and I thought it was fantastic, and very different to what I’d been doing in the commercial world. I thought it was intriguing.”

Intriguing it certainly is… We’ll be bringing you more about Run The Beast Down in the coming weeks, so watch this space!

Run The Beast Down: The Marlowe Studio, Tuesday 24-Saturday 28 January. Book here.