Ciphers

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An Out of Joint, Bush Theatre and Exeter Northcott Theatre co-production

“Most of what she told me about herself is a cover story. She is a British Intelligence Officer. How far would she go to get information out of me? The answer is, quite far”

A young woman is found dead. Her sister sets out to find out what happened, and stumbles into a world of secrets and subterfuge that makes her question who Justine really was. How well can you ever know someone who lies for a living?

Ciphers reunites rising star director Blanche McIntyre (widely acclaimed for her recent production of The Seagull for Headlong and Most Promising Newcomer, Critics’ Circle Awards 2012) with Dawn King (winner of the Royal National Theatre Foundation Playwright Award 2013) following their collaboration on Dawn’s much admired debut play Foxfinder (“a spell-binding dystopian parable” – Independent)

For Ciphers, the Bush joins forces with Out of Joint, one of the UK’s leading national and international touring theatre companies, and Exeter Northcott Theatre where the production premiered prior to a national tour in Autumn 2013.

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Bruce Alexander

Bruce Alexander’s theatre includes The White House Murder Case (Orange Tree Theatre), Plenty (Sheffield Crucible), Waste, The Tempest (Almeida Theatre), Life After Scandal (Hampstead Theatre), The Reporter, The History Boys, The Mandate (National Theatre), Pravda (Chichester Festival Theatre/Birmingham Rep), The Permanent Way (UK tour and Sydney), as well as extensive work for the RSC. Perhaps best known for his regular role as Inspector Mullett in A Touch of Frost, his other television work includes Love and Marriage, Coming Home, A Short Stay in Switzerland, New Tricks and The Innocents; and for film, Churchill at War, Dead, A Christmas Carol, Ladybird Ladybird, Nostradamus and Century.

Ronny Jhutti

Ronny Jhutti’s credits include Rafta Rafta (National Theatre), The People Next Door (Traverse Theatre), Romeo and Juliet (Southwark Playhouse), Moonshed (Manchester Royal Exchange), and Balti Kings and Untouchables (Tamasha). For television, his work includes Breathless, Vexed, Shameless, Survivors, Doctor Who, Banglatown Banquet and Ideal; and for film, Everywhere and Nowhere, Cash and Curry, Four Brothers and a Funeral and Bollywood Queen.

Gráinne Keenan

Gráinne Keenan’s theatre work includes Dancing at Lughnasa (Royal and Derngate Theatre), Scenes From an Execution (National Theatre), Playboy of the Western World (Old Vic), and The Thunderbolt and Alison’s House (Orange Tree Theatre). For television, her credits include Law and Order UK and Titanic; and for film, Half of a Yellow Sun and The Book of Love.

Shereen Martin

Shereen Martin’s theatre credits include The Only True History of Lizzie Finn (Southwark Playhouse), The Bomb (Tricycle Theatre), Model for Mankind (Cock Tavern), The Black Album, The Hour We Knew Nothing of Each Other (National Theatre) and Fallujah (The Old Truman Brewery). For television, her credits include Blitz and Lewis.

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