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Beef

Wed 3rd – Mon 29th Aug 2011

NO UPCOMING PERFORMANCES

“I don’t know what you think is going to happen, it’s just a bit of rain”

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New Theatre

SUMMARY

“I don’t know what you think is going to happen, it’s just a bit of rain”

Rachel waits at home for her husband, Mark. She’s going to tell him that she’s leaving him. But severe flooding means Rachel isn’t going anywhere. Throughout the night strangers arrive in unusual and unexplained circumstances, seeking refuge from the storm. As tensions and water levels rise, Mark reveals a secret that will change their world forever.

This summer, Nottingham’s New Theatre presents Beef at the Edinburgh Fringe. The play focuses on Mark’s newfound responsibility and the challenge of convincing others of what he knows about the fate of mankind. But will they believe him?

The playwright’s sharp and perceptive characterisation comes alive as the strangers are forced to interact in surreal circumstances. Realistic and dynamic writing interwoven with devised ensemble work makes Beef a fresh, unique and inspiring new drama.

From the production team who took two shows to the National Student Drama Festival (NSDF) 2011, don’t miss your chance to witness student theatre at its best.

Performances - 3rd August – 29th August, (excluding the 15th), 15:45, C Soco, Studio 3 Chambers Street and Cowgate, Edinburgh, www.cthefestival.com, Box Office: 08452601234

Notes for Editors

Company - Founded in 1969, The New Theatre is one of the oldest entirely student-run theatres in the UK. The company aims to re-energise established pieces with fresh, innovative ideas, and to inspire and nurture new writing. Injected each September with a new lease of life in the form of eager, talented and creative individuals, it produces up to 20 diverse shows each year.

The company’s past successes at the Edinburgh Fringe include Crossing the Rubicon, 2008, a 5* reviewed show at C-venues; Only One Wing, 2010, winner of an NSDF and Methuen Drama Emerging Artists commendation for exceptional ensemble work; and The Retreat, 2010, which was billed by fringereview.com as one of the top 10 most highly recommended shows at Zoo Venues. Both 2010 productions were given 4* reviews by Broadway Baby.

Rose Williams, author of Beef - Rose is currently a final year English student at the University of Nottingham. She has completed modules in Creative Writing and Playwriting, with the intention of continuing the latter to a postgraduate level.

Liz Stevenson, director of Beef - Liz is a keen theatre director with a breadth of experience. Her first time direction, Road by Jim Cartwright, was voted by the company as ‘Best Production’ (March 2010). In July 2010, she solely funded and organised a public production of Martin Crimp’s The Country at the Blackburn Empire Theatre and her most recent production for The New Theatre, Orphans by Dennis Kelly, was selected for performance at NSDF 2011, while Liz was selected for the ensemble as an individual talent for directing.

Producer: Elizabeth Rose, on behalf of the New Theatre

Cast:

Mark – Will Randall

Rachel – Rose Eccleshare

Kate – Ellie Cawthorne

Adam – George Bancroft-Livingston

Sophia – Meg Salter/Rose Williams

Friday – Francesca Andrews

Seb – Max Benenson

Mike – Tim Watkins

Admission: £7.50(£6.50) – £9.50(£8.50)

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