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FURY is a powerful new play set against the backdrop of a Peckham council flat. A darkly comic tragedy, FURY takes an unapologetic look at a young single mum society has forgotten. Tackling themes of motherhood, class, social culpability and the abuse of power, the production paints a contemporary picture of an ever-changing and increasingly gentrified landscape of London.
The finalist for Soho Theatre’s Verity Bargate Award for emerging playwrights and the winning script of Soho Theatre’s 2015 Young Writer’s Award, FURY was written by Soho Theatre’s Writer in Residence, Phoebe Eclair-Powell, as part of Soho Theatre’s Young Writers’ programme. Bringing together a cast of 5 exciting new talents making their Soho Theatre debut, alongside a new and experienced creative team, FURYwelcomes them all into the fold in the true Soho style of discovering, nurturing and developing its artists, both on and off stage.
In the leading roles of mother-of-two Sam and her upstairs neighbor, postgraduate student Tom, are Sarah Ridgeway and Alex Austin. Through their relationship we witness Sam’s loneliness, struggles with motherhood, and the abuses of power that perpetuate contemporary society.
Sarah Ridgeway’s theatre credits include Forget Me Not (Bush Theatre, 2015), Harrogate (HighTide, 2015) and The Cherry Orchard (Young Vic, 2014). Her TV credits include Holby City (BBC, 2015), The Making of a Lady (ITV, 2012) and Call the Midwife (Neal Street Productions, 2011). Alex Austin recently played Hench in the Royal Court’s critically acclaimed Yen (2016), as well as television credits including Sherlock (Hartswood Films, 2015), The Interceptor (BBC, 2014) and Musketeers (BBC, 2013).
Accompanying Sarah and Alex on stage is a chorus of three voices performed by Naana Agyei-Ampadu, Daniel Kendrick and Anita-Joy Uwajeh. In the role of Fury is Anita-Joy Uwajeh who has previously performed in Othello and Titus Andronicus (Smooth Faced Gentlemen, 2015) and Lucky Man (Carnival for Sky1). Naana Agyei-Ampadu plays the role of Woman, whose credits include The Oresteia(Shakespeare’s Globe, 2015), Made In Dagenham(Adelphi Theatre, 2014) and The Amen Corner(National Theatre, 2013), and Daniel Kendrick plays Man, with previous stage and television credits including So Here We Are (Royal Exchange/HighTide, 2015), Our Town (Almeida Theatre, 2014) and Call the Midwife (Neal Street Productions, 2016).
The creative team behind FURY includes Damsel Production’s co-founders, Artistic Director Hannah Hauer-King and Producer Kitty Wordsworth, who made their company debut in 2015 with the critically acclaimed production of Ruby Rae Spiegel’s Dry Landat Jermyn Street Theatre. FURY marks Hauer-King’s first major show at Soho Theatre following a residency as Associate Director in 2015. Completing the creative team is Set Designer Anna Reid, Lighting Designer Natasha Chivers and music and sound by Nathan Klein.