Casting has been confirmed for Park Theatre’s World Premiere dark drama, The Weatherman. Written by Eugene O’Hare and examining the no go lines people will cross when it’s too dangerous to run away, the production will star Mark Hadfield, Niamh James, Alec Newman, Cyril Nri and David Schaal.
Beezer and O’Rourke live on the fringes of society in a dingy London flat, struggling to make ends meet. Despite living life at the bottom of the heap, the savage banter of their dysfunctional relationship keeps the pair afloat.
When their dodgy landlord, Dollar, makes them a ‘business’ proposition, O’Rourke finds himself selling out for the cost of a few months’ rent. The price? Take care of a mystery special package. Just for a few months. Easy job. Easy money. As the weight of a heavy conscience becomes too much to bear, the outlook for tomorrow becomes increasingly dark, with a storm brewing on the horizon.
Eugene O’Hare’s first play in Park Theatre’s 2019 season shines a light on complicity, and its intriguing web of secrets and lies woven behind closed doors.
Mark Hadfield plays Beezer. Theatre credits include: Tamburlaine (Swan Theatre), Road (Royal Court), The Libertine (Bath/ Theatre Royal Haymarket), Richard III (Almeida), The Painkiller (Garrick Theatre), Made in Dagenham (Adelphi Theatre), Jeeves and Wooster: Perfect Nonsense (Duke of York’s Theatre), Singing in the Rain (Palace Theatre) and Uncle Vanya (Vaudeville Theatre). His screen credits include: Outlander, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, A Cock and Bull Story and Wallander.
Niamh James (Mara) makes her professional debut at Park Theatre, having trained at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Her credits whilst training include: Lost Empires and A Permanent State of Emergency.
Alec Newman plays O’Rourke. Screen credits include: Strike Back, Call The Midwife, Outlander, Him, The Last Kingdom, Greyhawk, Waterloo Road, Angel, and Dune. His stage credits include: Uncle Vanya (Hampstead Theatre), The Motherf**ker With The Hat (National Theatre), Alligators (Hampstead Downstairs), King Lear (Donmar Warehouse), Danton’s Death (National Theatre) and These Shining Lives (Park Theatre).
Cyril Nri plays Turkey. Theatre credits include The Barbershop Chronicles (National Theatre), Hamlet (RSC), Our Country’s Good (National Theatre), The Absence of War (Headlong Theatre), Julius Caesar (RSC/West End), The Observer (National Theatre) and Oxford St (Royal Court). His television credits include Noughts and Crosses (Mammoth Screen) and The Bill (Thames).
David Schaal plays Dollar. Screen credits include: The Inbetweeners (Bwark Productions), Pirates! In An Adventure With Scientists! (Aardman), The Inbetweeners Movie (Bwark Productions), The Office (BBC Television), Victoria (Netflix), Frontier (Netflix), The Midnight Beast (E4), Mr. Nobody (Pathe), Ashes To Ashes (Kudos), The IT Crowd (Talkback), Hustle (BBC Television) and Kidulthood (Stealth Films). David returns to Park Theatre having starred in the 2017 black comedy Rabbits.
Please note that this play contains distressing scenes and themes of abuse that may be triggering for some. Not suitable for children.
This production is supported by Park Theatre’s Producers’ Circle.
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