Flinch The Play: UK Tour

by Sounds Like Thunder in London, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 19th February 2020 we successfully raised £2,260 with 25 supporters in 28 days

We're raising funds to take Flinch - a critically-acclaimed new comedy about gender and relationships - to regional theatres across the U.K.

by Sounds Like Thunder in London, England, United Kingdom

“A promising debut play that gets under the skin of troubled relationships” - Michael Billington, The Guardian

★★★★   The Reviews Hub

★★★★    Theatre T

★★★★    London Theatre 1

★★★★  The Upcoming 

After a critically acclaimed run at London's Old Red Lion Theatre, Flinch is hitting the road. We're bringing the show to regional destinations across the U.K., but we need your help to get us there!

YVONNE ARNAUD, GUILDFORD

UPSTAIRS AT THE WESTERN, LEICESTER

BRADFORD PLAYHOUSE STUDIO, BRADFORD

OXFORD PLAYHOUSE BT STUDIO, OXFORD

The Play 

"WHEN I MICROWAVE FOOD, I HAVE TO LOOK AT THE FLOOR, I CAN’T WATCH THE NUMBERS TICKING DOWN. ANOTHER FORTY SECONDS CLOSER TO DEATH. AND, WORSE, FAILURE."

Jess is an actor, or will be, as soon as she hears back from her latest audition. Mark works in the City, a trader who feels he’s never really been ‘pick of the bunch’. The pair are a little under-ripe, but definitely fine almost some of the time, until the night they have an experience that threatens to peel away everything they thought they knew. This slip-up probes the extent to which we are accountable for our instincts – and why some things make us go bananas.

With searing honesty and laughter throughout, Flinch takes an unabashed look at emasculation, failure and the struggle for intimacy. 

"In this sparkling new play, a young couple struggle to reconcile their love for each other with the pressure of the gender politics that shape their responses." - Juliet Stevenson, CBE

Reviews

“Light on its feet and appealingly playful” - Ava Wong Davies, The Stage

“Freshness is its winning asset” - Stephen Bates, The Reviews Hub

“Hemingford has given the kitchen sink drama a refreshing contemporary spin” - Matthew Cleverly, TheatreT

“Poignant and intelligent” - Sophia Moss, The Upcoming

Where Your Money Will Go

  • Transport and Touring Accommodation 
  • Cast and Creative Fees
  • Press, Publicity, Advertising
  • Providing workshops, Q&As, and other activities which will engage with local audiences throughout the tour

A touring production costs in the region of £20,000 to stage so your contributions will be combined with grants we have applied for, private investments, and the company's money in order to enable us to bring this story to the stage.

We are committed to total transparency so if you would like a full copy of our budget please don't hesitate to email. 

The Creative Team

Rosalind Brody - Director                                                       

Rosalind Brody is a theatre-maker and dramaturg from London. She graduated from the University of Oxford (BA 2015, MSt 2016), where she specialised in Shakespeare and his contemporaries. Shortly after, she co-founded her theatre company, Sounds Like Thunder, which is dedicated to challenging audience expectations through new storytelling forms. With the company, she co-created and co-directed a new work of verbatim theatre, Kidding, premiering at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2018 to 5* reviews and a sell-out run. Since then, Rosalind has worked with The Guilty Feminist, directing and adapting sketches for their shows at the Edinburgh Playhouse and the Royal Albert Hall. As Assistant Director: Monogamy (Park Theatre and UK tour) and Rothschild and Sons (Park Theatre), Blindness (National Theatre workshop with Simon Stephens).

Emma Hemingford - Writer and Actor                                   

Emma Hemingford is represented by Middleweek Newton. She studied English at Oxford University (2016) and trained as an actor at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts (2018). As a writer she has won the Kenneth Tynan Theatre Critic Prize for her play reviews, and was awarded a Peter Kirk Scholarship for long-form journalism. Flinch is her first play. As an actor, Emma has worked extensively in theatre; recently playing Alex in the 5* sell-out Edinburgh show Kidding, which will transfer to London in 2020. She has also played Miranda in The Three Inch Fool’s National Tour of The Tempest, and Titania in the Thelma Holt/OUDS International Tour of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which travelled from The West End to Japan.

Joseph Reed - Actor

Joseph Reed is a graduate of LAMDA (2017) where he studied for three years and appeared in roles such as Vindicci in The Revengers Tragedy and Platonov in Wild Honey. He also undertook workshops with Katie Mitchell and with Royal Holloway University. Recent acting credits include: 2017/19 tours and West End run of The Wipers Times, productions for 7Digital and for The Augustine Institute. As Assistant Director: People You May Know (New Wolsey Theatre). As a fight choreographer, Joseph has been teaching at LAMDA. He is based in London, and is represented by Mia Thomson Associates.

Laura Aiton - Producer

Laura is a producer and theatre maker based in London. She recently completed the MA in Creative Producing at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and has produced work all over the UK. Recent projects include FemFringe at the Vaults and MAGDALENE at Battersea Arts Centre. She is passionate about working with companies that champion female-led work, and working with young people to realise their creative potential.

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£50 or more

£50 Reward

Exclusive updates on the show's progress, including rehearsal snaps and video diaries from the tour.

£100 or more

£100 reward

A signed poster, plus exclusive updates on the show's progress, including rehearsal snaps and video diaries from the tour.

£200 or more

£200 Reward

VIP tickets to any night (including London preview) of the tour, plus a signed poster, and exclusive updates on the show's progress.

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