Double bill includes world première of Killer and revival of The Pitchfork Disney

Today Shoreditch Town Hall announces an immersive double-bill of Philip Ridley plays, including the world première of Killer and a new production of Ridley’s contemporary classic The Pitchfork Disney, his first stage play which premièred in 1991. The productions will both be directed by Jamie Lloyd and run in ‘The Ditch’ basement spaces of Shoreditch Town Hall in spring 2017. 

The Pitchfork Disney, starring George Blagden (TV credits include the leading role of King Louis XIV in Canal+ / BBC2’s Versailles and Athelstan in the History Channel’s hit Vikings), Tom Rhys Harries (theatre credits include Hotel at the National Theatre and MOJO at the Harold Pinter), Hayley Squires (recently seen as Katie in Ken Loach’s Palme D’Or winning film I, Daniel Blake) and Seun Shote (Salome, directed by Jamie Lloyd for Headlong and Play Mas at Orange Tree Theatre), opens on 2 February. Killer, a series of monologues starring John MacMillan (recently seen in Yerma at the Young Vic, Jamie Lloyd’s production of The Homecoming at Trafalgar Studios and the BBC’s Silk) opens on 27 February, with the two productions playing in rep from 28 February. 

Jamie Lloyd said today: “Philip Ridley is a maverick iconoclast of British culture, whose work includes plays, screenplays, novels, music, performance art, painting, photography and more. His innovative output has been a major influence on my own practice, and I am fascinated to explore the depth of his work via his first play alongside, and in the context of, his most recent theatre piece. The Ditch at Shoreditch Town Hall is one of the most atmospheric spaces in the country - the perfect environment in which to delve deep into Ridley's imagination with these two projects, together with a raft of special events to be announced at a later date.”

Shoreditch Town Hall presents
The Pitchfork Disney
By Philip Ridley

Directed by Jamie Lloyd; Designed by Soutra Gilmour; Lighting by Richard Howell
Sound by Ben & Max Ringham and George Dennis; Composition by Ben & Max Ringham
Casting by Charlotte Sutton

Cast: George Blagden, Tom Rhys Harries, Seun Shote and Hayley Squires

27 January – 18 March
Press night: Thursday 2 February at 7pm

You know why the ghost train is so popular? Because there are no ghosts. Once you’ve learnt that you can make a fortune.

Presley and Haley have bolted their East London home against the terrors of the world. Since their parents died ten years ago, they have found comfort in chocolate, medication and fantasies of nuclear apocalypse. But, one night, Presley sees a beautiful stranger on the street outside. And while Haley sleeps, he lets their worst nightmare in.

Claustrophobic, comic and deeply unsettling, Philip Ridley’s seminal masterpiece played a revolutionary role in changing the face of British theatre when it premiered in 1991 to critical acclaim and controversy. Its exploration of ‘a climate of fear’, living in ‘alternate worlds’ and persistent thrum of sexual anxiety has continued to act as a tuning fork for the zeitgeist - a play whose relevance is forever in the now.

Step into Shoreditch Town Hall’s atmospheric basement spaces and experience this unique, immersive revival of Ridley’s debut play deep in the eerie underbelly of East London.

Shoreditch Town Hall presents
The world première of
By Philip Ridley

Directed by Jamie Lloyd; Designed by Soutra Gilmour
Sound by Ben & Max Ringham and George Dennis; Composition by Ben & Max Ringham
Casting by Charlotte Sutton

Cast: John MacMillan

22 February – 8 April
Press night: Thursday 27 February at 7pm

A killer! That’s what I am. And if I’m not very much mistaken...You could be too!

A loner finds an albino ostrich that can perform miracles. A teenager stumbles on a mysterious doorway leading to a Jurassic world. A one-legged surfer grows a new limb. Killer is a magical and, at times, menacing anthology of stories told in the recesses of the dark...

Employing binaural sound, director Jamie Lloyd takes you on an intimate journey within the bowels of Shoreditch Town Hall and the depths of your psyche. In this world première production, Philip Ridley's darkly comic collection of new monologues shiver with the anxiety of our age.

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