London's Royal Court to Premiere New Plays by Anya Reiss and Penelope Skinner

News   London's Royal Court to Premiere New Plays by Anya Reiss and Penelope Skinner
The Royal Court will premiere the second play of Anya Reiss, a double award winner of most promising playwright awards from both the Critics' Circle and Evening Standard Theatre Awards for her debut play Spur of the Moment last year. The new play, called The Acid Test, will begin performances in the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs May 13, prior to an official opening May 23, for a run through June 11.

Reiss, a graduate of the Royal Court's Young Writers Programme, wrote Spur of the Moment when she was 17. In her new play, which is described in press materials as "an unruly new comedy asking if age equals maturity," Dana, Ruth and Jess down shots to console the heart-broken, to comfort the anxious and just pass the time. Kicked out from the family home, Jess's dad, Jim, invades the party with just as much recklessness as the girls. As the night passes and vodka bottles are emptied, Friday night in becomes high drama.

The play is directed by Simon Godwin (who has previously directed Nick Payne's Wanderlust at the Royal Court), designed by Paul Wills with lighting by Malcolm Rippeth.

The Royal Court has also announced that it will present the Royal Court debut of playwright Penelope Skinner, also a graduate of the Royal Court's writing programs, whose work elsewhere has included Eigengrau at the Bush and Greenland at the National, the latter co-written with Moira Buffini, Matt Charman and Jack Thorne. Her new play, The Village Bike, will begin performances June 24, prior to an official opening July 1, for a run through July 23. Described in press materials as a "provocative and darkly comic look at fantasy and romance," it revolves around Becky, who is pregnant and frustrated. But her husband is more interested in the baby manual than her new underwear so she turns to the porn stash under the bed. As the summer heats up, a brief encounter sends her speeding downhill towards reckless abandon.

It is directed by Joe Hill-Gibbins, whose Royal Court credits include The Girlfriend Experience, The Family Plays, Bliss and A Girl In A Car With A Man. He is deputy artistic director of the Young Vic Theatre, where has directed The Glass Menagerie, The Beauty Queen of Leenane and A Respectable Wedding.

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