HELFER PRODUCTIONS in association with THE SCRIPT READERS presents... THE OLD ROOM
The Old Room was inspired by the documentary film Citizenfour, which shows us why Edward Snowden made the decision to blow the whistle on US and UK government surveillance. With recent news developments surrounding Cambridge Analytica, it is clear that data harvesting by major corporations and governments poses a huge risk to our safety and privacy as citizens.
The Old Room is a bar where people meet, sometimes by accident. It’s also a memory of a place in Prague where Sam used to go when he worked at the British Embassy; a place where there was desire, betrayal and a honey trap. Now Sam works in cyber security helping to fend off attacks on people like 4C, a political lobbying organisation.
We've managed to raise over half of the money for the costs of mounting the show. However, we are working with dedicated creatives who are putting a vast amount of time and energy into the project. From the page to production, and design and direction, there are 10 people working on The Old Room. It is important that everyone is paid an equal wage which represents their hard work and time dedicated to the project. We've got a few incentives to offer, including a cyber-security check and free tickets to see the show.
A sketch of the set design by Natalia Alvarez
William Stanton (Writer) writes for BBC radio drama and the stage. Work includes Foul Tide (King's Cross Award Winner, Courtyard Hoxton) Power (The Bike Shed Exeter and Canal Cafe), Glory (Bike Shed Exeter). He has had rehearsed readings of new work at 503, The Actors’ Centre, Exeter Northcott and Park Theatre. This play was developed with The Script Readers, through public readings and workshop discussions.
"I sent a script to The Script Readers, who decided to given the play a development reading, which led to rewrites, then a rehearsed reading by the Script Readers, which led to more rewrites and finally this first production at the White Bear Theatre."
Martin Harvey (Director) graduated from RADA and worked as an actor with Theatr Clwyd, then as a director there and at the Exeter Northcott, Newcastle, Stoke, Frankfurt and London. He also teaches in the Exeter University drama department.
Shenagh Govan (Producer) is an actor. She founded the Script Readers in 2008, developing new writing for theatre at Theatre Royal, Stratford East. As an actor she has worked extensively in theatre, TV, film and radio since graduating from Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. www.thescriptreaders.co.uk
Natalia Alvarez (Designer) is a recent graduate of Wimbledon College of Arts, where she studied Theatre Design. She has designed work at The Gate, Shoreditch Town Hall, The Wilde, Oxo Tower and Winchester Theatre Royal.
Charlotte Evans (Assistant Director) is a graduate of the Exeter University drama department and is beginning her career as a director.
WHITE BEAR THEATRE
Kennington Park Road
Press night Thursday 26th April
Tuesday to Saturdays at 7.30 pm
Sundays matinee 4.00 pm
Tickets £16 (£12 concessions)
No booking fee for online bookings