Theatre N16 has an exciting new production coming up, here’s the release and an exclusive interview with one of the stars of the show, Alex Reynolds:
Theatre N16 Hosts ‘HE(ART)’;
A New Production by Off-West End Award Nominated Creatives
Written by: Andrew Maddock
Directed by: Niall Phillips
At Theatre N16, 77 Bedford Hill, SW12 9HD
10th – 28th January 2017 (excl Sundays & Mondays)
PRESS NIGHT: 7.30pm Wednesday 11th January 2017
Duration: approx 65 minutes (No interval)
Alice just wants Rhys to help her pick a piece of art for their living room wall. And go to her family doctor to make sure the ‘Heart thingie’ he’s got is under control. But he won’t. Because he’s a Wembley Warrior. Kev’s just got out of prison, he’s not supposed to be, and he’s going to be in a lot of trouble when he’s found. But his sister Sam needs help to make sure mum gets the treatment the NHS won’t pay for. And they’ve all got their eye on the same painting.
A HE(ART)-warming new play, complete with an upbeat Motown soundtrack, about class and the lengths we are prepared to go for the ones we hold dearest. Bought to you by the creative team behind the 2016 critically acclaimed and Off-West End Award nominated IN/OUT (A Feeling) & the writer of the Off-West End Award nominated and acclaimed ‘The Me Plays’ & ‘The We Plays’.
Press on previous work:
★★★★★ ‘Just go and see!’ – Londontheatre1 for IN/OUT (A Feeling)
★★★★ ‘enthralling and urgent’ – The Stage for IN/OUT (A Feeling)
★★★★ ‘Maddock’s writing is intelligent, insightful and beautiful’ – Views from the Gods for The We Plays
★★★★ ‘incredibly touching’ – The Reviews Hub for The We Plays
Kev played by Shane Noone (Warde Street, King Lear at The National) | @snoone_1
Sam played by Flora Dawson
Alice played by Alex Reynolds (In/Out (A feeling) | @alexrey1302
Rhys played by Jack Gogarty | @jackgogarty
Written by: Andrew Maddock | @AndrewMaddock
Directed by: Niall Phillips | @Niallpxx
Produced by: Lonesome Schoolboy | @LonesomeSchoolB
Theatre N16: www.theatren16.co.uk | @theatreN16
Alex Reynolds from the cast tells Break A Leg more about the show:
Thanks for talking to Break A Leg, Alex. Tell me about HE(ART) and your character.
He(art) is a new play by Andrew Maddock. It follows the lives of four people, Kevin and Sam, Alice and Rhys, all of them trying to survive in their own way, all of them fighting for something that could ultimately make or break them. The play gives you a real insight into the complexity of relationships, and makes you question the lengths that people will go to in order to do what’s right, no matter what circumstances they find themselves in. I play Alice, a young woman who curates a high-end Art Gallery. She is passionate, intelligent and a real fighter. Alice is in love with Rhys, with whom she sadly doesn’t always see eye to eye…
What was your initial impression of the script?
Honestly? I loved it and knew I wanted to be a part of it. From scene to scene my first reading felt really personal, which is always a good sign. I laughed out loud, was also deeply moved and grew to care for all the characters – scripts on a first read don’t usually provoke that kind of reaction out of me. To put it simply, I’d do anything in an Andrew Maddock play. One line here or there, I’d be in. It feels great to be able to work on another one of his plays.
Was it easy to translate from page to stage?
It’s always challenging, but that process of ‘Page to Stage’ is the most exciting part of the job. You have ideas, pre-conceptions and all these things you want to explore and try once you get into that rehearsal room. Niall Phillips is a hands-on director. There isn’t too much time to think when you are at work. He encourages you to be in the moment, to always listen and be truthful. Safe to say, I’m learning a lot.
Did you have any ideas about what you wanted to bring to the role?
I don’t tend to think about what I could ‘bring’ to a role, I like to think that the character will bring stuff out of me. It’s about taking risks and doing things that scare you. There’s a lot about Alice I don’t yet have fully figured out, but the more I step into her shoes, the more I want to know her. I look for diversity within each role I take on; people are complex and flawed, but they can also be brilliant. Alice is all of this and more, so whatever it is I end up ‘bringing’, I just hope the audience see in her, all the wonderful things I did.
How does the space at Theatre N16 lend itself to the piece?
The Theatre N16 is an intimate space, with a strong artistic following – things like that, in my opinion, are what makes working on the Fringe pretty awesome. The off-West end is where some of the most exciting, provoking work is being staged, and the N16 is one of these pioneering venues – so yeah, a great place to be staging He(art).
What would you say to encourage people to buy a ticket?
Just come, trust me. I know it’s easy for me to say that, but I am first and foremost a theatre-fan and I adore new-writing. This is a play worth seeing.
HE(ART) runs at Theatre N16 in Balham from 10th – 28th January. Purchase tickets here: http://www.theatren16.co.uk/heart