Casting Announced for Little Revolution, Inspired by 2011 London Riots, at the Almeida Theatre
18 Jul 2014
Full casting has been announced for the world premiere of Alecky Blythe's Little Revolution, beginning performances Aug. 26 at London's Almeida Theatre prior to an official opening Sept. 3 for a run through Oct. 4.
The play, inspired by the 2011 London riots and directed by Joe Hill-Gibbins, will feature Ronni Ancona, Melanie Ash, Alecky Blythe, Bayo Gbadamosi, Lloyd Hutchinson, Rez Kempton, Barry McCarthy, Lucian Msamati, Clare Perkins, Michael Shaeffer, Imogen Stubbs and Rufus Wright. The company includes a community chorus of Islington and Hackney locals brought together by the Almeida Projects team.
As London was burning in the summer of 2011, Blythe took her Dictaphone to the streets. From the helicopters circling overhead to the burnt out buildings on the street, Little Revolution records the voices and stories of a community as the riots happened to their present-day aftermath. The production will be by Ian MacNeil, with costumes by Holly Waddington, lighting design by Guy Hoare and sound design by Paul Arditti.
Blythe's previous plays include Come Out Eli, The Girlfriend Experience, Do We Look Like Refugees and London Road, a musical co-authored with Adam Cork that was premiered at the National Theatre and has now been adapted for a film version.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.