Heather

by Thomas Eccleshare
Dancing Brick and Paul Jellis in association with Tobacco Factory Theatres and the Bush Theatre
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A reclusive children’s writer becomes wildly successful. Her books are treasured across the country. But when a troubling narrative starts to unfold, we find ourselves asking: what matters more, the storyteller or the story?

Brilliantly imaginative and theatrically original, Heather is a short, sharp play about language, prejudice and the power of stories. The cast includes Ashley Gerlach and Charlotte Melia.

Thomas Eccleshare is the Verity Bargate Award-winning writer of Pastoral and the co-artistic director of Arches Brick Award winning company Dancing Brick.  Heather will be directed by Valentina Ceschi and designed by Lily Arnold.

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“will stay with you long after the curtain has fallen”
The Scotsman
“This is ferociously smart writing, slickly staged.”
The Stage
“leaves us questioning how much we really want to know about the authors we love”
British Theatre
“challenge audience assumptions about who gets to tell stories”
Time Out
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Cast

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Charlotte Melia
Charlotte Melia’s theatre credits include: Genesis (Soho Theatre/The Lowry), The Window (Bristol Old Vic), I and the Village (Theatre 503), Never So Good, Afterlife (National Theatre), High Street Odyssey (Inspector Sands/China Plate), The Wasp (Bristol Old Vic/New Wolsey), Helen (Tobacco Factory/Oran Mor), The Common (China Plate/Beaford Arts), Wired (Kings Head), A Moon For The Misbegotten (The Old Vic), Cartography (New Wolsey), Much Ado About Nothing (Ripley Castle/Sprite Productions), The Miniaturists (Arcola Theatre), Hamlet (ETT/New Ambassadors) TV and radio includes: Delayed Departures (Radio 4), The Lost Honour of Christopher Jeffries (ITV), Doctors (BBC1), The Art of Awkward Conversation (Notebook Films).
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Ashley Gerlach
Ashley Gerlach’s theatre credits include: Romeo and Juliet (National Theatre); Macbeth (National Theatre); You Forgot The Mince (Imagine If); The Events (GEST); All My Sons (Talawa Theatre Company); The Nutcracker (Unicorn Theatre); Dick Whittington (Theatre Royal Stratford East); Breaking Point (Acting Out Productions); Alice in the Walled Garden (Sixteen Feet); Borderline Vultures (The Lowry); The Legend of Captain Crow’s Teeth (Unicorn Theatre); Where the Flowers Grow (Warehouse Theatre); 7 New Plays by Young Writers (National Theatre Studio); Naked Soldiers (Warehouse Theatre); Herons (Falling Leaves). TV and film includes: The Midnight Beast (Warp Films for Channel 4); Up! (BBC); The Manny Norte Show (Hey Buddy Productions); Rock and Chips (BBC); The Bill (Talkback Thames); A Dangerous Way to Live; Requiem (Jaffa Films).

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