Edinburgh Hit, Deep Cut, Heads to London's Tricycle

News   Edinburgh Hit, Deep Cut, Heads to London's Tricycle
The multiple award-winning Philip Ralph play Deep Cut — which uses original source material and powerful first-hand testimonies to tell the real-life story of Private Cheryl James, one of four young soldiers who died from gunshot wounds in unexplained circumstances between 1995 and 2002 — will transfer to London's Tricycle Theatre.

The production will begin performances March 10 prior to an official opening March 11 for a four-week season to April 4.

Produced by Sherman Cymru, Deep Cut was seen at last year's Edinburgh Fringe Festival at the Traverse Theatre, winning a Scotsman Fringe Fringe First, Herald Angel, the Amnesty Freedom of Expression Award and both Best Actress (Rhian Blythe) and Best Actor (Ciaran McIntyre) at the Stage Awards for Acting Excellence. It is directed by Mick Gordon.

Rights to the play have now been optioned by Michael Winterbottom and Andrew Eaton's company Revolution Films, and a screenplay is currently in development.

In a press statement, Tricycle artistic director Nicolas Kent said, "The Tricycle Theatre is delighted that we are premiering Deep Cut in London. The unanswered questions over the tragic deaths need a full public inquiry and this play forcibly makes that case. It is very much in the tradition of the political work that the Tricycle has espoused over the past twenty years."

Although The Blake Review, an independent review of the deaths, concluded that Cheryl probably committed suicide, her family continue to fight for a full public inquiry to gain answers from the people responsible for their daughter's care. The parents of the four soldiers have now re-launched their campaign for a full independent public inquiry, with an online petition (www.deepcutfamiliesfightforjustice.co.uk) gaining signatures quickly. Writer Philip Ralph was a writer on attachment at Soho Theatre in 2002, and his first play, Mr. Nobody, premiered there in 2003. His second play, Hitting Funny, was a one-man show produced by Volcano Theatre Company, which he performed himself and for which he was nominated Best Actor by the Stage Awards in Edinburgh 2005. In addition to his stage writing, he is a regular writer for the BBC daytime drama, "Doctors."

Director Mick Gordon is the artistic director of On Theatre and On Film and head of directing at E15 acting school. He was Trevor Nunn's associate director at the Royal National Theatre and was director of the National's Transformation Season. Previously he was artistic director of London's Gate Theatre.

To book tickets, contact the box office at 020 7328 1000 or visit www.tricycle.co.uk.

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