Tramp presents the world premiere of
by Philip Ridley
A spaceship hurtles towards a black hole. A book-loving couple ﬂee a burning city. A bloodshot eye conjures up kisses and wild animals. The world premiere of Philip Ridley’s Angry is a menacing, magical, and darkly comedic collection of stories that vibrate with the lingering unease of our times.
Georgie Henley (The Chronicles of Narnia) will be joined by Olivier Award nominee Tyrone Huntley (Jesus Christ Superstar, Dreamgirls, Book of Mormon), to perform the series of six gender-neutral monologues on subjects as diverse as refugees, millennial anger, and interstellar travel.
Philip wrote the monologues to be gender-neutral, and Angry explores the difference between the same experience from a man and a women’s perspective. Both actors will learn all six monologues and both will perform every night, but who performs each monologue will alternate from night to night.
There are two versions of the show which alternate: “She follows Him” in which monologues 2, 4, and 6 are performed by the “Her” (and the others by “Him”) and “He follows Her” in which monologues 2, 4, and 6 are performed by “Him.”
The schedule is:
She follows him: Tuesday Matinee, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday Evening.
He follows her: Monday, Tuesday Evening, Thursday, Saturday Matinee.
Widely considered to be one of the greatest living British writers, Philip Ridley’s previous plays include The Fastest Clock in the Universe, Radiant Vermin, The Pitchfork Disney, Tender Napalm, Dark Vanilla Jungle, and Mercury Fur, as well as the screenplay for the 1990 ﬁlm The Krays.
Georgie Henley shot to worldwide fame aged eight when she was cast as the lead, Lucy Pevensie, in the Oscar-winning The Chronicles of Narnia series. She took time out of acting to study English at Cambridge before returning to star opposite Ella Purnell in indie ﬁlm “Access All Areas”. Angry is her professional stage debut.
Tyrone Huntley was nominated for an Olivier Award and a What’s On Stage Award in 2017 for his performance as Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar, and won the Evening Standard’s Emerging Talent Award the year before. He was in the original London cast of Book of Mormon, Dreamgirls, and Memphis. He will join Emma Hatton (Wicked, Evita) at the London Palladium as a special guest for her hotly-anticipated first solo show, and has been announced as a headline act at the What’s on Stage Awards Concert along side Janie Dee (Follies) and Alice Fearn (Wicked).
Director Max Lindsay makes his London debut with Angry, after having been a resident director at Nufﬁeld Southampton Theatres.
Tramp return to Southwark Playhouse after the success of their Ofﬁe-nominated immersive version of Confessional by Tennessee Williams.
Praise for previous Philip Ridley plays:
‘Ridley’s play is completely and dizzyingly of itself. The writing seethes and burns.…Seldom has sexual love been explored on stage with such ferocious honesty.’ — The Guardian (Tender Napalm)
‘Outstanding….Ridley at his imaginative best…his most moving and accessible adult play to date.’ — What’s On Stage (Shivered)
‘Thrilling… I left the theatre convinced that I’d seen a work of genius immaculately performed. Wonderful.’ — Arts Desk (The Pitchfork Disney)
‘Ridley pictures consumerism at its most insane and destructive. He’s on stingingly funny…ﬁerce… dazzling.’ — The Evening Standard (Radiant Vermin)
Jack Silver for Tramp
Following the shows on the 21st and 28th Feb, and 5th March, there will be free Q&A sessions with the company, chaired by Terri Paddock:
Wednesday 21st Feb: Writer Philip Ridley, director Max Lindsay, Georgie Henley, and Tyrone Huntley.
Wednesday 28th Feb: Director Max Lindsay, plus designer James Donnelly, lighting designer Cassie Mitchell, sound designer Jim Whitcher, and casting director Jane Frisby.
Monday 5th March: Philip Ridley, Max Lindsay, Georgie Henley, and Tyrone Huntley.
Philip Ridley Poetry Reading – Feb 26th
LOVESONGS FOR EXTINCT CREATURES
Philip Ridley’s performances of his own poetry have become something of a cult hit over the past few years. As a very special post show event, for only night only, he will read his sequence of poems, LOVESONGS FOR EXTINCT CREATURES. The poems chart the journey of a love affair; from wanting love through to the grief of losing that love. Book early. This is an experience not to be missed.
Running time: 40 mins.