I mean, seriously, check my post count.
It's under an hour so why not have a burst of post Doctor Who cult-ch-yeughr before hitting the town. It'd mean a lot to us! We're off to Brighton and Camden after so... it should be sexy.
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PRESS RELEASE: SPRING 2008
‘WLTM = Bait & Switch’
Written by Joseph Ross-Williams
Directed by Derek Butcher
Performed by Rebecca Whittles and Jason Davies
-Saturday May 3 2008, 7.30pm
Richard Attenborough Centre, Leicester
Preview date – one night only.
'Uncompromising theatre' LEICESTER MERCURY (for ‘Penetrator’)
'Powerful stuff... really, really confrontational' BUXTON FRINGE REVIEW (for ‘Killer’)
Socialising, Cinema, Clubs...NSF, GSOH.
Provocative young theatre company WLTM open-minded audience to share intimate secrets.
Meet us in the park. Wear a carnation. Don’t be late.
Can't wait to see you.
A couple meet in a park through the personal ads in the local newspaper. She’s a college girl, barely an adult, who would rather just fade unnoticed into the background. Her demeanour is hardly altered by him, with his skittish, jittering faux confidence. She has her reasons. He has his.
It’s hard to give an account of yourself in under 25 words. It’s even harder to pluck up the courage to meet such a brief depiction alone one afternoon. With so much unsaid so far, and so much to learn, could they have finally found exactly what they’re looking for? Regret or fulfilment hangs on a knife-edge, but in the end, there can only be one victor…
Formed in summer 2006 by drama graduates Derek Butcher and Joseph Ross-Williams; das théatre aim to bring high quality, accessible theatre to smaller intimate venues and spaces with a generous mix of established revivals, new writing and involving outreach projects.
Since their inception, they have produced and performed a full production of Anthony Neilson’s ‘Penetrator’ as well as producing their first internally created piece ‘Killer’, both of which transferred to the Buxton Fringe Festival in 2007. In addition to their creative work, they have also assisted and consulted with Joe Orton’s ‘Ortonesque’ exhibition at Leicester’s New Walk Museum which attracted national coverage, and have appeared on the panel for the regional discussion group for artists ‘Café Culturel’ and for feedback for Speakeasy Theatre’s performance scratch night ‘Emergency’.
Following this firm foundation, the company looks to expand and grow for 2008, cementing their position as key players in Leicester's emerging performing arts scene and as cultural ambassadors to British fringe theatre.
Derek Butcher (Director) is co-director of das théatre and an experienced dramatist in his own right. He wrote and directed his debut short 'Killer' at Leicester's Emergency showcase and later at Buxton Fringe Festival, and has also directed Anthony Neilson's ‘The Night Before Christmas’. As a performer, his theatre credits include ‘Penetrator’ by Anthony Neilson, ‘Fat Men in Skirts’ by Nicky Silver and ‘Slaughter City’ by Naomi Wallace. Television includes ‘Touch Me, I'm Karen Taylor’ (BBC3) and documentaries for National Geographic and Discovery. He is currently working on his second play.
Joseph Ross-Williams (Writer) is co-director of das theatre. ‘WLTM = Bait and Switch’ is his first produced play and was written with East Midlands Theatre Writing Partnerships’ ‘Momentum’ under mentor Amanda Whittington (‘Be My Baby’, ‘Ladies’ Day’). His performance work includes ‘Penetrator’ by Anthony Neilson alongside director Derek Butcher, as well as a number of diverse roles in theatre, television and radio. In addition to his theatrical credits, he has also contributed ideas and spoken word for post rock band Her Name is Calla’s forthcoming ‘The Heritage’ EP.
Rebecca Whittles is an accomplished LAMDA accredited performer and director. Her varied performance credits range from contemporary provocative drama, such as 'Tender' by Martin Crimp and 'Shopping and Fucking' by Mark Ravenhill, to classical adaptations and Greek Melodrama. She has also turned her hand to directing classic modern plays such as 'A Taste of Honey' by Shelagh Delaney and 'Abigail's Party' by Mike Leigh. She has also appeared in a number of large scale variety and musical performances.
Jason Davies is an experienced actor, dancer and television presenter. Jason trained at RADA, and his theatre credits include Heathcliff in Emily Bronte's ‘Wuthering Heights’ at Edinburgh Fringe, Miguel Utrillo in ‘Lautrec-The Musical’ at London's Shaftesbury Theatre; and ‘The Corn is Green’ with Always Theatre Company. In television and film, he has acted in films ‘The Diary’ and ‘The Lost Kingdom’, and has also appeared in ITV's ‘Poirot’. He has also appeared as a dancer for a number of pop music promos, including Kylie Minogue's 'Can't Get You Out Of My Head'. As a presenter, he has worked on many live television quiz and gaming channels, and can currently be seen on Smartlive Casino (Sky Digital 851)
The Richard Attenborough Centre, Lancaster Road, Leicester, LE1 7HA.
Box Office: 0116 252 2455. Website: http://www.le.ac.uk/racentre
All tickets £5 (Special Concessionary preview rate)
For further information, contact the company directly on the details below. You can visit us on the web at http://www.dastheatre.co.uk, or join us on Facebook by searching 'das théatre'.
Telephone: 07849 169022