The Trick

by Eve Leigh
Loose Tongue and HighTide in association with Bush Theatre present
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Of course you take me away from the world, and who cares…you’re the best reason I know to wake up.

Mira’s husband, Jonah, died seven months ago, but that doesn’t mean that either of them are ready to let him go.

For most of her life Jonah has been Mira’s reason to get out of bed in the morning. So when he does his final disappearing act, Mira can’t quite believe her eyes. She knows she should be moving on. And yet, Mira finds herself caring less and less about the world outside.

The Trick is a magic show about the parts of life we don’t talk about – the realities of getting older and coming to terms with loss. Ghosts, goldfish, mediums, and sleight-of-hand collide in this unpredictable exploration of ageing and grief by Eve Leigh (Stone Face, Silent Planet). This world premiere will be directed by award-winning Roy Alexander Weise (The Mountaintop, Nine Night).

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Production Sponsor: Lansons; Harold Hyam Wingate Foundation; The Sylvia Waddilove Foundation UK
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Cast

Ani Nelson
Ani Nelson
Ani Nelson plays Actor 2. Ani trained at Academy of Live and Recorded Arts (ALRA) Theatre includes: Abigail’s Party (Hull Truck Theatre); A Cratchit Christmas (Theatre 503); Underwater Love (Futures Theatre); The Revenger’s Tragedy (Rose Theatre Bankside); Game (Courtyard Theatre). Television includes: Roadkill (Channel 4). Film includes: Crooked House (Brilliant Films)
Sharlene Whyte
Sharlene Whyte
Sharlene Whyte plays Actor 3. Sharlene trained at RADA. Theatre includes: Matilda the Musical (Cambridge Theatre); As Good a Time As Any (Print Room); Wildefire (Hampstead Theatre); Nut (NationalTheatre); Treasure Island (Theatre Royal, Haymarket); Julius Caesar (Lyric Hammersmith); Born Bad (Hampstead); The Three Birds (Gate); Arabian Nights (Young Vic/ tour). Television includes: Home Alone 2, Casualty, Critical, Jonathan Creek: The Case of the Savant’s Thumb, Bevin Sadie J, Truckers, Run, Mightier Than the Sword, Spooks, The Undisclosed, Coronation Street, Doctors, Adanna Lawal in Waterloo Road, Silent Witness, Jenny Edwards in The Story of Tracy Beaker, Tinsel Town, My Hero, Burnside, As If, Other People’s Children. Film includes: Second Coming, Video, Second Nature, High Heels and Low Lifes.
Lachele Carl
Lachele Carl
Lachele Carl plays Mira. Lachele was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and graduated with a degree in Theatre from Point Park College. She lives and works in the UK. Theatre includes: A Streetcar named Desire at the Young Vic; Gods and Monsters at the Southwark Playhouse; Theatre Festival at Theatre 503; ObamAmerica; AlbansGardens, The Notebook of Trigorin, and with, The Chronic Love Dispensary;Life Mater and Penetration. Lachele appeared in the series of Doctor Who, Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Mysteries as the character Trinity Wells. Other television/film credits include: The Ambassadors, and the series The Honourable Woman; Modus2; Holby City; Deep State and most recently, Into The Badlands. Film credits include: Denial; Showdogs.
David Verrey
David Verrey
David Verrey plays Jonah. Theatre includes: Losing Venice (Orange Tree); Platonov, Ivanov (Chichester Festival Theatre and National Theatre); One Man Two Guvnors, The Recruiting Officer, The Madness of George III, The Coast of Utopia, England People Very Nice (National Theatre); Mirror Teeth (Finborough); The Years Between (Northampton); The Charming Man (Theatre503); Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night's Dream (ESC); Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Drums in the Night, Filumena (Manchester Library); Dead, Falstaff!, Dawn Made Myth, The 1985 Show, Shrivings (Edinburgh Festival); Accidental Death of an Anarchist (Contact); The Comedy of Errors (RSC); The Tempest (Rose); The White Devil (Pentameters); The Merchant of Venice, Fiddler on the Roof, And Then There Were None (Wolsey, Ipswich); Measure for Measure, Macbeth (Theatre Unlimited); Lock Up Your Daughters (Belgrade, Coventry); A Midsummer Night's Dream (New End). Television includes: The Long Song, Doctors, Holby City, The Game, Doctor Who, Ripper Street, Garrow's Law, Little Dorrit, Game of Thrones, Judge John Deed, Casanova, The Art of the Garden, Red Dwarf, Birds of a Feather,Law and Order UK, Future Tense:The Story Of H.G. Wells, Poirot, The Fear, Diamond Geezer II, Ultimate Force, Family Affairs, Paul Merton:The Series, The Bill, London's Burning, Kavanagh QC,Pieces of a Silver Lining, Masterworks, Dream Team, Knightmare,Lexx, Supply and Demand, The Musketeers. Films include: The Secret Garden, The Terrible Tale Of Henrietta Tate, Bridget Jones: Edge of Reason, Attack on Leningrad, Sixty-Six, Magwitch, Secret Weapon.

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@VinayPatel @DeiMcL @bushtheatre This is such lovely news
Deb Pugh
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16 Apr
This makes me so happy!!! More @VinayPatel is always a good thing - and having him mentoring others is certainly a… https://t.co/wCLWGnSlGW
Deirdre McLaughlin
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16 Apr
Grateful to @bushtheatre for giving me the exciting opportunity to work somewhere that isn't my flat https://t.co/COGWNNl3gB
Vinay Patel
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15 Apr
@benelombe @bushtheatre Such a great family to be a part of. Can't wait to be hanging out in the building!
Deirdre O'Halloran
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15 Apr
@bushtheatre @VinayPatel @helenmurraypix What wonderful news! Congratulations to all of you!
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15 Apr

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