Parliament Square

by James Fritz
A Bush Theatre and Royal Exchange Theatre co-production
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London Premiere

How far would you go for what you believe in?

Kat gets up one morning, leaves her family behind and travels to London to carry out an act that will change her life and, she hopes, everyone else’s. For those it touches, their lives will never be the same. But what, in the end, are the real consequences of her actions?

Raw, disturbing and compassionate, James Fritz’s searingly powerful play forces a confrontation with some of the most urgent questions we face. What can one individual do to effect change? And where do we choose to draw the line between absolute commitment and dangerous obsession?

Parliament Square won the Judges’ Award in the 2015 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting and will be directed by Jude Christian whose credits include Lela and Co and Bodies both at the Royal Court.

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Seraphina Beh
Seraphina Beh plays Del. She recently appeared in the Bush Theatre and Royal Exchange Theatre’s production of Parliament Square. Her other theatre credits include: Pigeon EnglishRomeo & JulietDNA (National Youth Theatre), Cosmic Jives (Albany Theatre), Black Attack (Bush Theatre), My Beautiful City (Arcola Theatre), Jack And The Beanstalk (Lyric Hammersmith), OndistingRomeo & Juliet Et AlSkeen (Ovalhouse Theatre). Television credits include: Eastenders (BBC), Casualty (BBC), Game Face (Objective Productions), Live At The Electric (Avalon Television).
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Joanne Howarth
Joanne Howarth plays the Mum. She is making her first appearance for the Bush Theatre. She has previously appeared at the Royal Exchange Theatre in You Can’t Take It With You. Other theatre credits include: Nell Gwynn (ETT/Shakespeare’s Globe); King Lear (Old Vic); Much Ado About Nothing (Shakespeare’s Globe/tour); Goodnight Mr Tom (West End/tour); I Am a Camera (Southwark Playhouse); Bingo (Chichester Festival Theatre/Young Vic); The Comedy of Errors, Twelfth Night, Faust, The Alchemist, The Virtuoso, ’Tis Pity She’s a Whore (RSC); Hallelujah (Theatre503); Shadowmouth (Sheffield Crucible); After the Dance (OSC); The Firework Maker’s Daughter (Told by an Idiot); The Pull of Negative Gravity (Traverse/Off Broadway); Singer (Tricycle); Present Laughter (Bath tour); Who Goes There? (Dreamthinkspeak); East is East (Leicester Haymarket); Romeo and Juliet (Wolsey Ipswich). Film and television credits: Making Noise Quietly, Innocents, Spooks, Wallander, EastEnders, Waking the Dead, Doctors, Grange Hill.
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Kelly Hotten
Kelly Hotten plays the Physio, Colleague, Ticket Woman and Friend. She trained at Drama Centre London. She is making her first appearance for the Bush Theatre. She has previously appeared at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Our Town, The Night Watch, A Doll’s House and As You Like It. Other theatre credits include: Inkheart (HOME); The 39 Steps (Criterion, West End); Dial M For Murder (UK tour, Fiery Angel); Perfect Match (Watford Palace); Chavs (Lyric, Hammersmith); An Inspector Calls (UK tour, PW); The Duchess of Malfi, In Bed With Messalina, Edward II (Eyestrings); Macbeth (Cheek by Jowl); Theatre Café (Company of Angels/Unicorn); Hades (Theatre503); Playlist (Arcola); The Girl, The Oil Pipe and The Murder in the Forum (Tara Arts); Virgins (Vienna’s English Theatre). Television credits include: Doctors, WPC 56.
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Jamie Zubairi
Jamie Zubairi plays the Doctor, Announcer, Friend, Stranger and Taxi Driver. He is making his first appearance for the Royal Exchange Theatre and Bush Theatre. Other theatre credits include: Miss Meena and the Masala Queens (Watford Palace); The Letter (Wyndham’s); Other People’s Shoes (Barbican Plymouth); Burmese Days (Aya Theatre/53e53 New York); Wolf (Authentic Artist Collective, Edinburgh); Cheese (FanShen); A Doll’s House (Theatre of Europe); Counted? (LookLeft LookRight); Dogs (Ovalhouse/Yellow Earth). Television credits include: Silent Witness, Holby City, Cuckoo, Grange Hill, Cucumber. Film credit: Tides (actor & co-writer), Project Alcatraz. Radio credits include: Inspector Chen Mysteries (series regular), Lek & Mrs Miller. Theatre writing credits include: Unbroken Line, Expectations (Ovalhouse).
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Damola Adelaja
Damola Adelaja plays Tommy. He is making his first appearance at the Bush Theatre. He has previously appeared at the Royal Exchange Theatre in A Raisin in the Sun. Other theatre credits include: Our Country’s Good (St James Theatre/tour); Fixer (Ovalhouse); A Drop to Drink (Soho Theatre); Slave (Lowry); Junun Dementia (GBS Theatre); Ruined (Almeida); The Crossing (Hall For Cornwall/Theatre503). Television credits include: Berlin Station, EastEnders and Doctors. Film credits: The Huntsman, The Circus, Rag Tag.
Lois Chimimba
Lois Chimimba
Lois Chimimba plays the Voice and Jo. She is making her first appearance for the Royal Exchange Theatre and Bush Theatre. Other theatre credits include: Common (National Theatre); Peter Pan (National Theatre/Bristol Old Vic); Diary of a Mad Man (Traverse/Gate); Wonder.Land (National Theatre/Manchester International Theatre); Pitcairn (Out of Joint/Shakespeare’s Globe/Chichester); Nightingale and Chase (Stonecrabs). Television credits include: Trust Me, Radges, Fried, Holby City. Radio credits include: Homefront.
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Esther Smith
Esther Smith plays Kat. She is making her first appearance at the Bush Theatre. She has previously appeared at the Royal Exchange Theatre in The Author. Other theatre credits include: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Palace Theatre; original cast member); NSFW (Royal Court); The Honeyman (Derby Live); Carrot (Theatre503/Latitude Festival); Many Moons (Theatre503); Limbs (Present Tense) (nabokov); The Author (Royal Court/international tour); Romeo and Juliet (The Chocolate Factory); This Child (Southwark Playhouse). Television credits include: Uncle (series regular), Cuckoo (series regular), Ballot Monkeys, Black Mirror, Cockroaches, Flack, The Midnight Beast, The Smoke, Holby City, Skins Redux: Rise, Deadbeats, Misfits, Material Girl, Elephant (co-wrote & Bafta nominated).

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