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Soho Theatre presents the world premiere of
Super High Resolution
Written by Nathan Ellis, Directed by Blanche McIntyre
From 27 October to 3 December 2022
Press Night: Wednesday 2 November at 7.30pm
‘I like being a doctor but I’m slowly growing to hate the sight of sick people.’
Blanche McIntyre directs Nathan Ellis’ Verity Bargate Award shortlisted Super High Resolution – a fast paced, darkly funny play about being a doctor in the NHS and the limits of anyone’s ability to care for other people.
The cast includes: JASMINE BLACKBOROW, CATHERINE CUSACK, HAYLEY CARMICHAEL, LJ JOHNSON and LEWIS SHEPHERD.
Being a doctor is a really good job and you get to save lives and help people, so Anna is determined not to quit. But when her patient runs out on her, and her personal life starts to spiral, she’s not sure how much more she can take.
Set in the high-pressure environment of an NHS hospital, Super High Resolution explores the demands of empathy among those in caring professions across a public sector pushed to its limits. It questions to what extent it is possible to empathise relentlessly before burning out, the impact on one’s personal life, and what happens when that ability begins to falter.
Nathan Ellis, playwright: ‘I am so excited to be working with Blanche and such a strong team to bring Super High Resolution to the stage. Soho Theatre has really championed the play and I’m delighted audiences will meet it at such a vibrant and welcoming place. Unlike anything I’ve written before, I felt a real urgency to write the play. It was provoked by seeing up-close the emotional impact on those working in the NHS. I was interested in how we care for other people and the expectations we set for ourselves. Ultimately it’s about good people trying their best and still coming up short, which is something I think we all wrestle with, whatever our profession.’
Super High Resolution was shortlisted for Soho Theatre’s Character 7-sponsored Verity Bargate Award in 2020 – one of seven plays from nearly 1500 submitted selected by a judging panel that included Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Russell T Davies, Laura Wade and Lolita Chakrabarti. He is a playwright and screenwriter based in Berlin and London. His previous plays include include Offie-Nominated work.txt (Soho Theatre, Summerhall) and No One Is Coming to Save You (Pleasance, New Diorama) – ‘a blazing debut’ (The Stage).
NOTES TO EDITORS:
Venue: Soho Theatre, 21 Dean Street, London W1D 3NE
Dates: 27 October – 3 December 2022
Times: Mon – Sat at 7.30pm + matinees at 2.30pm on Sat 5, 12, 19, 26 Nov, 3 Dec / Thurs 10, 17, 24 Nov, 1 Dec
Tickets: from £12
Box office: 020 7478 0100 / sohotheatre.com
Audio described performance: Tue 22 Nov at 7.30pm, touch tour at 6.15pm, described by Miranda Yates
Captioned performance: Wed 23 Nov at 7.30pm, captioned by Alex Romeo
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Nathan Ellis – Writer
Blanche McIntyre – Director
Andrew D Edwards – Set and Costume Designer
Prema Mehta – Lighting Designer
Gregory Clarke – Sound Designer
Nathan Ellis – writer
Nathan was a member of the Royal Court Invitation Writers’ Supergroup 2018-19 led by Alice Birch and Ali McDowall. He is a current member of the BBC WritersRoom Drama Room 2021-22. In 2020 his play Super High Resolution was Shortlisted for the Verity Bargate Award. It will be performed at the Soho Theatre in 2022 directed by Blanche McIntyre and at Staatstheater Kassel in 2023. His play work.txt (a play without actors) received five stars in the Guardian and was Offie-Nominated in 2022. It was also invited to the Caravan International Showcase 2022 and will go on an international tour in 2023. His first play No One Is Coming to Save You (‘a blazing debut’ The Stage) was invited to Incoming Festival 2019 and toured nationally. He is developing TV projects with Balloon, Archery Pictures, UFA Fiction, and Tall Story Pictures, and is writing a feature for Calamity Films with Renée Zellweger attached. He is based between London and Berlin.
Blanche McIntyre – director
Theatre includes: All’s Well That Ends Well, Titus Andronicus, The Two Noble Kinsmen (all RSC); The House of Shades, Hymn, The Writer (all Almeida); Botticelli in the Fire (Hampstead Theatre); Tartuffe (National Theatre); The Norman Conquests (Chichester Festival Theatre); Noises Off (Nottingham Playhouse); Welcome Home, Captain Fox! (both Donmar Warehouse); The Oresteia (HOME, Manchester); Measure for Measure, Bartholomew Fair; The Winter’s Tale, As You Like It, The Comedy of Errors (all Shakespeare’s Globe); Arcadia (English Touring Theatre); Women in Power, Tonight at 8:30, The Nutcracker (all Nuffield Southampton Theatres); Ciphers (Out of Joint/ Bush Theatre/ Exeter Northcott); The Birthday Party (Royal Exchange Theatre); The Seagull (Headlong/ Nuffield Southampton Theatres/ Derby Theatre); Accolade, Foxfinder (both Finborough Theatre). Opera includes: Tosca and The Marriage of Figaro (both ETO).
Jasmine Blackborow – cast (Anna)
Jasmine will soon be seen starring as the Princess of Lamballe in Marie Antoinette, an eight-part drama created and written by Deborah Davis for CAPA Drama, Banijay Studios France, the BBC and CANAL+.
Other recent credits include Marie in Shadow & Bone for Netflix, independent feature films School’s Out Forever for Rebellion Productions, Art Of Love to be released on Netflix Autumn 22 and the BAFTA nominated short Aamir.
Previous recent theatre credits include The Breach directed by Sarah Frankcom at Hampstead Theatre.
Hayley Carmichael – cast (Janet)
Hayley Carmichael co-founded theare company Told By An Idiot and has appeared in many of their productions, as well as working with the National Theatre, Complicité and Kneehigh. TV includes Call The Midwife, Witness for the Prosecution and Les Misérables.
Catherine Cusack – cast (Meredith)
Theatre includes: Spring Awakening (Almeida); The Tempest, Much Ado About Nothing, Swallows & Amazons (Storyhouse, Chester); The Shadow Factory (Nuffield, Southampton); Judith: A Parting from the Body (Arcola); Fair Field (Penned in the Margin/Shoreditch Town Hall); Out of This World (Macrobert Arts Centre/Tour); Villette (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Dancing at Lughnasa, How Many Miles to Babylon?, The Crucible (Lyric, Belfast); The Seagull (Headlong Tour); All That Fall (Jermyn Street Theatre and New York); Bingo (Chichester Festival Theatre/revived Young Vic); The Two Character Play (Jermyn Street Theatre/Provincetown, USA); The Early Bird, The Gigli Concert (Finborough); What Fatima Did (Hampstead); Fragile, Factory Girls (Arcola); Uncle Vanya (Wilton’s); Mary Stuart (National Theatre of Scotland); The Venetian Twins (Watermill); Bronte, The Mill on the Floss (Shared Experience); Blood Red Saffron Yellow (Drum, Plymouth); Our Lady of Sligo (NT/Out of Joint); Measure for Measure (ETT); Prayers of Sherkin (Old Vic); Mrs Warren’s Profession (Lyric Hammersmith); Phaedra’s Love (Gate); The Glass Menagerie (Bolton).
Television includes: Endeavour, Hollyoaks, The Last Days of Anne Boleyn, Doctors, Jonathan Creek, Ballykissangel, The Bill, Cadfael, Coronation Street, Dr. Who
Film includes: Finding Neverland, Conspiracy of Silence, Boxed, The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne
Radio: A regular on Poetry Please (BBC Radio 4), other Radio includes: The Raft of the Medusa, Hinterland, The Christmas Mysteries, The Girl at the Lion D’Or, Fragile, Cooking for Michael Collins
LJ Johnson – cast (Sammy)
LJ trained at Arts Educational School (3 year BA Hons).
Most recently she filmed Midsomer Murders (ITV) and previous to that played roles in He Said She Said (Synergy Theatre Company), Leather Boys workshop (Turbine Theatre) and Doctors (BBC).
Theatre whilst at Drama School included: Pax in Sonny, Moira/Donny/Spot in Pravda, Blanche du Bois in A Streetcar Named Desire, and Bradley Manning in The Radicalisation Of Bradley Manning.
Lewis Shepherd – cast (David)
Super High Resolution is Lewis’s debut.
Recently graduated from Rose Bruford, Lewis is a facilitator and creative leader for National Youth Theatre of Great Britain and the founder of the arts collective Incept Collective.