THE WHISKY TASTER

by James Graham
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Due to popular demand, The Whisky Taster has been extended to play until Saturday 27th February

Barney and Nicola are advertising wonder kids. They win accounts with wit, charm and a secret weapon – Barney's ability to feel, smell and taste colours, and to translate these sensations into words.

Lately Barney has been finding things far too colourful and wishes his full throttle London life was more black and white, but Nicola is hell bent on winning accounts at all costs.

When the two hire an old Scottish Whisky Taster to help them with a new campaign, his strange wisdom slows the Londoners to a stop, just as the deadline looms.

A technicolour story about seeing things too clearly in a city that never stands still.

James Graham won the Catherine Johnson Award for the Best Play 2007 for Eden's Empire (Finborough). His previous plays include Little Madam and Sons of York at the Finborough, where he is Writer in Residence; Tory Boyz (Soho Theatre) and suddenlossofdignity.com (Bush).

Please be advised, this play contains real cigarettes

We've also got some very special FREE post-show events lined up on the following dates:

Monday 1st February – Synaesthesia Panel Discussion

What does it feel like to see colours when you hear music? Actually see the calendar year in front and behind you, or taste unrelated flavours when you hear different words? James Wannerton – President of the UK Synaesthesia Association – will be shedding some light on synaesthesia, a condition which affects Barney in The Whisky Taster. He will be joined by playwright James Graham and director James Grieve.

Monday 8th February – Playwrights respond to The Whisky Taster

In an evening in aid of the UK Synaesthesia Association, playwrights Ben Ockrent, Nick Payne, Mina Maisuria, Molly Davies and Frazer Flintham have each written a five minute play in response to The Whisky Taster.

Directed by Ant Stones, the five plays will each explore a different one of the five senses: sight, sound, touch, taste and smell.

Tuesday 16th February – Whisky Talk and Tasting

If you're a whisky fan, join us for this talk by the Scotch Malt Whisky Society. Includes an onstage tasting demonstration with James Graham and James Grieve, with a chance for audience members to take part in the sampling.

Monday 22nd February – A Q&A with The Whisky Taster cast

To mark the final week of The Whisky Taster, we're pleased to be holding a special post-show Q&A with members of the cast.

Events will take place at the end of the show and run for 30-40 minutes. Open to all Whisky Taster ticket holders. Subject to availability

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Kate O’Flynn

Theatre includes: House of Special Purpose (Chichester Festival Theatre); A Miracle (Royal Court); See How They Run; The Children's Hour (Manchester Royal Exchange).

Television includes: Kingdom; The Palace; Trial and Retribution; Heartbeat.

Film includes: Happy Go Lucky.

Simon Merrells

Theatre includes: On the Waterfront (Haymarket, West End); Comedy of Errors, Twelfth Night (RSC); Much Ado About Nothing (Liverpool Playhouse); The Life of Galileo, Sing Yer Heart Out for the Lads (National Theatre), Frankie & Johnny in the Clare de Lune (Nuffield Southampton); The Retirement of John Stevens (Lakeside Theatre, Nottingham); Romeo & Juilet (ESC).

Televison includes: Ashes to Ashes; Doctors; The Bill; Family Affairs; Mersey Beat; Heartbeat; London's Burning; The New Adventures of Robin Hood.

Film includes: The Wolfman; Invisible Eyes.

John Stahl

Theatre includes: Troilus and Cressida; The Frontline; We the People; Othello (Globe); Macbeth (Royal Exchange); Carthage Must Be Destroyed (Theatre Royal, Bath); Ghosts (Bristol Old Vic); Mary Stewart (National Theatre of Scotland); The Crucible; Tamar's Revenge; Dog in the Manager; Pedro; The Great Pretender (RSC); The Alice Trilogy; The Weir (Royal Court); Blue Eyes and Heels; Angels and Saints (Soho Theatre); Professor Bernhardi (Oxford Stage Company/ Dumbfounded Theatre); Bread and Butter; Sergeant Musgrave's Dance (Oxford Stage Company); Crave (Paines Plough); Hamlet (Belgrade Theatre, Coventry); The Real World; The Baby; Paddy's Market; Sleeping Beauty; Gamblers; Macbeth (Tron Theatre, Glasgow); Anna Weiss; Shining Souls; The Architect (Traverse Theatre); The Found Man (Traverse Theatre).

Television includes: Being Human; Beehive; Holby City; Rebus - The First Stone; Doctors; Murder Rooms; Glasgow Kiss.

Film includes: Loch Ness.

Chris Larkin

Theatre includes: The Lady from Debuque (Haymarket Theatre); His Dark Materials (National Theatre); Dark Corners (Theatre Royal Windsor); A Midsummer Night's Dream /Much Ado About Nothing (Regent's Park Open Air Theatre); When We Are Married (Chichester Festival/Savoy Theatre); Tess of the D'Urbervilles (Derby/Salisbury Playhouse); Getting On (West Yorkshire Playhouse); The Lucky Chance (Derby Playhouse); A Taste of Honey (Theatre Clwyd); Towards Zero (Redgrave Theatre); Taming of the Shrew (The Mercury Theatre).

Television includes: Marple: A Pocket Full of Rye; Doctor Who; Mysterious Island; Friends & Crocodiles; Rosemary & Thyme; Hitler: Rise of Evil; Shackleton (2002 BAFTA Winner: Drama Serial); Darwin; Roger Roger; Casualty; Highlander; Karaoke; Bliss; Frank Stubbs Promotes.

Film includes: Valkryie; After Thomas; Heroes & Villians; Master and Commander; Tea with Mussolini; Jane Eyre; Angels & Insects.

Samuel Barnett

Theatre includes: Dealer's Choice (Menier Chocolate Factory/West End); The History Boys (National Theatre, international tour and Broadway); When You Cure Me (Bush); His Dark Materials (National Theatre); The Marriage of Figaro (Manchester Royal Exchange); The Accrington Pals (Chicester).

Television includes: Miss Marple, Beautiful People (Series 1 & 2); Desperate Romantics; Crooked House; John Adams; Wilfred Owen; Alexander Hamilton; The Royal; Strange; The Inspector Lynley Mysteries; Coupling.

Film includes: Bright Star; The History Boys; Mrs Henderson Presents.

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