The World Premiere of Gin For Breakfast, Jess Moore’s debut play, will open at the Tristan Bates Theatre in September.
The play follows childhood friends, Jen and Robbie, who are all grown-up now and galaxies away from where they imagined they would be. With their world-views set on a collision course, and their dreams imploding, Gin for Breakfast explores whether or not they can save themselves, and each other. And, when everything’s just star-stuff, does it matter?
Making his directorial debut is Ryan Gage whose acting credits include The Musketeers and The Hobbit series of films and, on stage, recently, The Miser, directed by Sean Foley. He is joined by Emmy-nominated Erica Hemminger, who will also make her London debut as lead designer. Miss Hemminger is Associate Designer to Derek McLane and has worked on Broadway productions and National and International Tours including Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.
Jess Moore studied ‘Advances in Scriptwriting’ led by Stephen Jeffreys at RADA, and the Academy recently commissioned a short film version of her play, Bitter Lemon, which was shown at the RADA Festival.
Tristan Bates Theatre showcases new writing and contemporary writing and is establishing its reputation as one of London’s most prestigious fringe venues.
The Production will partner with CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) on after-show talks and events around mental health.
Director, Adam Lenson has had a busy few weeks, with the brand new musical Superhero at Southwark Playhouse opening to critical acclaim and The Quentin Dentin Show arriving back on the London stage due to popular demand, this time at the Tristan Bates Theatre, writes Nicky Sweetland.
The latter has been Billed as the ‘Rocky Horror show for the new millennium and has continued to grow in popularity following a successful run at Edinburgh and at above the Arts in London. Adam tells me,
“It’s a really unique show. It’s unlike anything I’ve worked on before but I mean that in the best possible sense. It’s a mixture of very real topics but handled in a surreal way”
The Quentin Dentin Show follows a regular couple, which have become despondent with their dull life, but just when things take a turn for the worse a strange being from their radio pops out to save them.
“It’s about happiness and relationships, the noise of modern living, the oddness of being a human being but transposed with this heightened surreal energy, which I find enthralling and confusing in equal measure.” Adam explains, “It sounds crazy and it sounds like a really weird set up for a show, but it sort of makes sense when you’re watching it, I think.”
The satirical musical features a live rock band, with a soundtrack incorporating styles of music ranging from 50s and 60s doowap pastiche up to modern rock fusion and promises to give audiences a night of escapism.
“There’s a heightened juxtaposition of the real and the unreal, which musical theatre is really good at.”