Mr Kolpert

Wed 3rd – Mon 29th Aug 2011


“The evening starts convivially until the couple reveal that the body of Mr Kolpert from accounts is lying in the trunk”





The New Symposium Productions


It was just another dinner party with friends, or so Edith and Bastian thought but little did they know of the surprise “entertainment” chaos theorist Ralf and his sociopathic girlfriend Sarah had in store for them. The evening starts convivially until the couple reveal that the body of Mr Kolpert from accounts is lying in the trunk in the middle of the room. Treated initially as an awkward joke, the revelation soon sinks in and the evening can never return to what it was. Suspicion mounts, questions are asked, decisions are taken and the party descends into the most bizarre chaos.

With influences from Alfred Hitchcock, Edward Albee and Quentin Tarantino, Mr Kolpert is one of many groundbreaking scripts to emerge from The Royal Court, the world's powerhouse of new writing. Guaranteed to keep you guessing until the very end, this hilariously anarchic black comedy will leave you gasping for breath and scratching your head.

“Comedy doesn't come much blacker or better than this. David Gieselmann's brilliant piece, translated by David Tushingham and opening the Royal Court's international playwrights season, not only satirises the appetite for violence that fuels a lot of modern film and theatre, but also, in a curious way, fulfils it.” Michael Billington on the English premiere at the Royal Court, directed by Richard Wilson

Cast List:

Timothy Allsop (Bastian), Oliver Lavery (Ralf), Roseanna Franscona (Sarah), Francesca Wilding (Edith), Philip de Winter Shaw Shaw (Pizza Man: ex. 9th/13th), James Corrigan (Pizza Man: 9th/13th).

Timothy Allsop trained at Guildhall, and is currently playing Wilbur Wright in The Wright Brothers for the Oxford Playhouse. He has recently acted in productions for the Oxford Playhouse, the Guildford Shakespeare Company, The Manchester Library Theatre and Shakespeare’s Globe. Oliver Lavery graduated from Drama Studio London last year, and played Richard III in the Wanamaker Festival at Shakespeare’s Globe. Since leaving, he has performed for Theatre Delicatessen, at the White Bear, the Camden Peoples Theatre and the Rose Bankside. Roseanna Franscona has most recently performed in Antigone at the Southwark Playhouse, and at the Old Red Lion, Latitude and the Oxford Playhouse. Her film credits include Timer, Looking for Marilyn and In Passing. In the autumn she will embark on the 2 year course at LAMDA. Francesca Wilding trained at Drama Studio London and graduated last year. Since then, her credits include a UK tour of Breakfast with Emma and Mary Rose. She previously appeared at the Fringe in Strindberg’s The Father, and has recently been working on a number of short films (including The End for Film4). Philip de Winter Shaw trained on the Foundation Course at the Oxford School of Drama, and has worked for the BBC and the RSC. James Corrigan has just completed a degree at Oxford University, and will be training at LAMDA in the autumn. Whilst at Oxford, he played (amongst others) and Odysseus in The Odyssey, Stanley in A Streetcar Named Desire. He is a member of Oneohone Theatre Company, and will also be performing with them at C, as well as in Mojo by Jez Butterworth at Zoo.

Production Team:

Director – Will Maynard

Producer – David Dowling

Production Manager – Calum Docherty

Designer – Rachel Beaconsfield Press

Executive Producer – Giacomo Sain

Will Maynard trained on the Acting Foundation Course at the Oxford School of Drama and discovered his passion for directing at Oxford University from which he graduated last year. This is Will’s first fringe project following university where he staged (among others) Dennis Kelly's Debris, Don Carlos at the Oxford Playhouse, The Spanish Tragedy, Othello and two projects at last year's Edinburgh Fringe: Jez Butterworth's The Night Heron and David Egan's Pork. He is a co-founder of The New Symposium Productions, an associate artist of Avanti Theatre Company and an associate director of The Nouveau Guignol.

He was assistant director on Tom Littler's production of Murder In The Cathedral for the Oxford Playhouse and education director on a double-bill of Mamet plays by former Donmar Warehouse Assistant Director in Residence, Abbey Wright. He was also assistant director for Matthew Parker’s production of Mary Rose and has directed several short plays at the Old Red Lion and the Courtyard Theatre as associate director of The Nouveau Guignol.

Admission: £8.50(£7.50) – £10.50(£9.50)

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