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Closer
by Patrick Marber

Dates 3, 4, 5, and 6 November 2004 @ 7.45pm. Tickets:
Venue: Putney Arts Theatre, Ravenna Road, Putney, London SW15 6AW (MAP)
Bookings:

CAST

Anna - Michelle Frances
Dan - Antony Law
Larry - Garth Wright
Alice - Catherine Allison

Doctors, Strippers, Diners and Gallery-goers - Charlotte Hastings, Eamonn Cummins, Victoria Kent

CREW

Directed by Tony de Vizio
Produced by Michael Hubbard

Stage Managed by Rachel Goldsmith, Tammy Mitchell
Set Design: Valerie Saint-Pierre
Visuals: Mad Brother Visions, Claire Simpson
Lighting: Sally McElhayer
Sound: Phil Matcham
Sound Operator: Tammy Mitchell

Costumes and Make-up: Susie Clare
Artwork: Harriet Russell
Photography: Gary Hawkins
Props, Furniture, Set Construction and Front of House by members of the company

With thanks to Richard Ings, Gary Hawkins, Tim and Ben @ Angels, Dudley @ St Gabs, Carmen Betteridge, Sarah Cottam, Alistair Macdonald, Rena McHardy, Marie Thackwell and all at Putney Arts Theatre, Matt Stringer and all at Wandsworth Arts, The Bridge Theatre Training Company, Mad Brother Visions.

CAST BIOGRAPHIES

Michelle Frances (Anna) trained at the City Lit. Her work includes Walking the Cyclone (White Bear Theatre); Jessie in Night Mother (Greenwich Playhouse); Muriel Tate in Plaza Suite; and more recently Merteuil in Les Liaisons Dangereuses (City Lit Rep Company). Television work includes Mile High for Sky One.

Catherine Allison (Alice) was a member of BAC’s Development Theatre Company - a resident training company dedicated to devising and performing innovative pieces of visual theatre. As well as working with directors such as Tom Morris, Cal McCrystal, Paul King and Phil Wilmott, other theatre credits include: Lavinia in Titus Andronicus (BAC – Time Out Critics Choice); Nurse Sweet in The National Health (New Arch Theatre); Supervacua in The Revenger’s Tragedy (New Arch Theatre) and Hamlet / Ophelia in Hamlet Machine (BAC). Catherine also undertakes regular voice-over work.

Antony Law (Dan) gained experience in theatre playing W Frank Wyman in Mack & Mabel; ensemble roles in My Fair Lady; Bela Zangler in Crazy for You; Francis in La Cage Aux Folles; and Frank Shultz in Showboat: - all at the Theatre Royal Lincoln. He had his first professional engagement for this theatre, as Jerry in Bouncers. Antony trained at The Bridge Theatre Training Company in London. Roles during training included Florizel in A Winter’s Tale, Jim in The Gut Girls and Organ Morgan and Mog Edwards in Under Milk Wood. On graduating Antony worked on the world premiere of Barry Keeffe’s Shadows on the Sun; Merlin at Riverside Studios; Sleeping Beauty (pantomime tour); Macbeth and Twelfth Night (Shakespeare Workshops Tour); Pulling (Edinburgh Festival - Cry Help Productions) and Brief Encounter (Middle Ground Theatre Company). His debut TV credit is in a BBC Stephen Poliakoff drama to be televised in 2005. He has had lead roles in short films and is keen to develop this area of his career.

Garth Wright (Larry) graduated from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) and toured with productions of Much Ado About Nothing, Twelfth Night and Richard III, and Waste by Harley Granville Barker (Greenwich Playhouse). He has worked with Steven Berkoff on a reading of a work in progress about the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising during World War Two, and has completed a number of short films. Television credits include Family Affairs (Five) and national broadcast commercials for Heinz, Virgin Atlantic and Sky Broadcasting.

PRODUCTION NOTES


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Patrick Marber's Closer explores the brutal anatomy of modern romance, where a quartet of strangers meet, fall in love, and become caught up in a web of sexual desire and betrayal.

Closer is set for the big screen as a Mike Nichols film starring Jude Law, Julia Roberts, Natalie Portman and Clive Owen.

"Closer has wired itself into the cultural vocabulary in a way that few plays have ever done." - The Observer

This production was staged as part of the Wandsworth Arts Festival.

PRODUCTION BIOGRAPHIES

Tony de Vizio (director) is a trained actor and director. His past theatre directing credits include; The Merchant of Venice, Romeo & Juliet, Oleana, Death of a Salesman, The Blues Brothers Story and Grease. His film productions include Our Pillow Talk and PowerPlay. He appeared at the Putney Arts Theatre earlier this year as Paul in Ayckbourn’s Absent Friends.

Michael Hubbard (producer) has produced Trainspotting (Putney Arts Theatre); Six Characters In Search Of An Author (London Oratory Arts Centre); Grease (Nuffield Theatre, Lancaster) and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (Nuffield Theatre, Lancaster). He will next produce Lorca’s Blood Wedding (Barons Court Theatre). His directing credits include Ravenhill's Some Explicit Polaroids (Putney Arts Theatre); Coward's Hay Fever (London Oratory Arts Centre) and Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Nuffield Theatre, Lancaster). He has also appeared on stage in Much Ado About Nothing, As You Like It and Whitemore's Pack Of Lies (all at Chelsea Theatre); The Crucible and Equus (both Nuffield Theatre, Lancaster) and Curiosity, a new play by Graham Smith (The Playroom, Lancaster).

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