Cast announced for gripping new Seamas Keenan Drama

Posted on: 29th April 2019

The suffering of refugees, the fear of the ‘other’, culture and the right to self-determination explored in new Playhouse production

Albino Parts By Seamas Keenan 

Tuesday 14 to Saturday 18 May 2019


The Playhouse has announced an exciting local and international cast for its latest production of Albino Parts, a powerful and gripping new commission by award winning writer Seamas Keenan. 

London based Theatre, Film and Television actor Natali Servat, who played the lead in acclaimed play Nazanin's Story (the Amnesty Award winning play about Iranian detainee Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe); co-founder of Face-to-Face Forum Theatre and Resettlement Support Worker for the Donegal Refugee Resettlement Programme Fadl Mustapha; and Mark Asante, whose credits include National Theatre, and BBC's 'Soft Border Patrol', have all been announced for the new commission.

Natali Servat’s recent credits include The Prince Story: Icon, Genius, Slave by ITV, the feature film Finding Fatimah by Icon, Of Our Own Making at Tara Theatre, and the powerful one woman show Little Did I Know performed at the Bread and Roses Theatre. She also played the lead in acclaimed play “Nazanin's Story”, the play about Iranian detainee Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe which was long-listed for the Amnesty International 2017 Freedom of Expression Award.

Fadl Mustapha is the co-founder of Face-to-Face Forum Theatre, a theatre experience based on Augusto Boal’s ‘Theatre of the Oppressed’, he co-facilitated and performed in a number of works that challenged social and community based issues. Fadl’s one-man play titled ‘Bassam’ toured for five years and has been performed to cross border communities, schools, and national theatres across Ireland and has travelled to the UK, France and the US.Fadl is a Resettlement Support Worker for the Donegal Refugee Resettlement Programme, to support Syrian and Iraqi families residing in County Donegal, Republic of Ireland.

Mark Asante has been acting professionally for over 25 years and during this time has had the privilege of working with some very talented actors on a great number of projects ranging from stage and screen to T.I.E and radio. Highlights include Films for the BBC, Film 4, and Pinewood studios and stage productions for the National Theatre, Queens Theatre, Lyric theatre and The Bridewell.

Mark's most recent TV credits include projects for the BBC including 'Counsel, 'Ups and Downs' and the acclaimed comedy series 'Soft Border Patrol'.

Natali Fadl and Mark will joined a cast of 24, which includes John Travers who recently played the role of Liam in the Playhouse production of Playcraft live in 2017 which was broadcast live worldwide, Pat Lynch (Over the Wire), and Andy Doherty (The Monk, The Bird and The Priest).

The Playhouse stage will be transformed into an immersive dystopia world of arbitrary border crossings, torture, and vast concentration camps for the productionby theaward winning writer of Over the Wireand Starmen). 

Directed by Kieran Griffiths, the powerful and gripping new drama will run from Tuesday 14 to Saturday 18 May.

“This production plunges us into a near dystopian future,  where the global issues we face now- the suffering of refugees, the fear of the ‘other’, the right to our own culture and self-determination- are tested in an extreme situation, where visitors or refugess are presumed terrorists, used as prostitutes and treated as slaves” Directed by Kieran Griffiths said.

“We’re also interested in exploring what this setting does to the individuals who implement the policies, who follow the rules of their political masters. Are they ordinary, decent folk, not too dissimilar to the rest of us?”

The Playhouse production of Albino Parts By Seamas Keenan will run at The Playhouse from Tuesday 14 to Saturday 18 May. Tickets range from £5 to £15 and are available HERE or from The Playhouse Box Office on (028)71268027.

 

 

   

 

Seamas Keenan, Writer

Seamas is a multi award winning writer from Derry. His screenplay for ‘Do Armed Robbers Have Love Affairs’ (co written with Ronan Bennett) was awarded Best Short Film at Noirin Film Festival 2002, and was nominated Best Regional Programme at Royal Television Society Awards 2003. He was awarded Emerging Fiction Award, Hennessy Literary awards 2003, and New Irish Writer of the Year, Hennessy Fiction Awards, 2003.

 

Kieran Griffiths, Director

Kieran Griffiths is The Playhouse’s Director and Producer. Kieran joined our team in 2012 in preparation for Derry.Londonderry’s City of Culture year producing and directing 13 critically acclaimed productions in 2013. He has since gone on to implement The Playhouse’s legacy strategy, creating new work and touring important theatre around the island of Ireland. Kieran Produced and Directed Playcraft live in 2017 which was broadcast live worldwide, seen in all continents by an audience of 1 million people.

 

Natali Servat works across Theatre, Film and Television. Her recent credits include The Prince Story: Icon, Genius, Slave by ITV, the feature film Finding Fatimah by Icon, Of Our Own Making at Tara Theatre, and the powerful one woman show Little Did I Know performed at the Bread and Roses Theatre. She also played the lead in acclaimed play “Nazanin's Story”, the play about Iranian detainee Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe which was long-listed for the Amnesty International 2017 Freedom of Expression Award.

 

Fadl Mustapha is the co-founder of Face-to-Face Forum Theatre, a theatre experience based on Augusto Boal’s ‘Theatre of the Oppressed’, he co-facilitated and performed in a number of works that challenged social and community based issues. Fadl’s theatre experience on stage began in 2012 with a one-man play titled ‘Bassam’ initially produced by An Grianán Theatre, Letterkenny, the play toured for 5 years and has been performed to cross border communities, schools, universities/colleges and has been presented in a number of conferences, it has also toured to numerous national theatres across Ireland and has travelled to the UK, France and the US. Fadl played the role of ‘Jose’, the man from Cape Verde, in the 2014 An Grianán Theatre Production of ’Fiesta’.

Fadl currently holds the position of the ‘Resettlement Support Worker’ for the Donegal Refugee Resettlement Programme, to support Syrian and Iraqi families residing in County Donegal, Republic of Ireland.


John Travers began his acting career in 2003 with ' Aisling Walsh's ' multi award winning 'Song For a Raggy Boy' to which he won best actor at the Cherbourg film festival kick starting his career in film, television, radio and advertisements. He has appeared in 14 features and 14 short films (‘Everything in this Country Must’, Oscar nominated) in all working with some top flight directors including the late Lord Richard Attenborough in 'Closing the Ring' . His most recent work includes ' My Name is Emily' and Bafta nominated ' Good Vibrations ' with two short films coming soon 'Invisible' and 'Frankie'. John broke on to the Irish theatre scene in 2008 with Rosemary Jenkinsons' 'The Johnny Meister and the Stitch'. He has worked on countless theatre pieces including 'Basra Boy' (Grand Opera House), award winning 'Sign of the Whale' (Tinderbox) and 'I Never See The Prettiest Thing' , (Partisan Productions). Recent work includes the Northern Ireland tour of 'The Laughter & The Tears' playing the late and great Robin Williams (Tread the Boards) and the role of Liam in the Playhouse production of Playcraft live in 2017 which was broadcast live worldwide, seen in all continents by an audience of 1 million people.

 

Pat Lynch’s most recent theatre was the role of Felix in The Playhouse Production of ‘The Bog Couple’ by Liam Campbell at the MIllennium Forum in January 2019, and the Irish tour of 'Blinkered' for Sole Purpose and 'When The Bogside Spinster Met The Carndonagh Stud'. He also did voice-over for the IFTA nominated 'An Béal Bocht'.

Pat has performed extensively at The Playhouse, most recently in Walking To The Ark, and in the City of Culture year he topped and tailed The Playhouse programme with Seamas Keenan's critically acclaimed 'Over The Wire' and Jennifer Johnson's 'Three Monologues'. Other theatre includes 'Kings of The Kilburn High Road', 'Bouncers', 'Shoot The Crow ' and 'The Lonesome West'. T.V and film credits include Penance/Aithrí, Nostradamus, Gleann Ceo and several Westway Film Productions in the Seanchai series.


Andrew Doherty completed his HND at the North West Regional College before finishing his degree in Drama Studies at Queens University, Belfast.  His Playhouse performances include the 2013 production of ‘Over The Wire’ by Seamas Keenan, ‘Tillies’ by Patsy Durnin, ‘The Chemsex Monologues’ (2017), and most recently ‘The Bog Couple’ and ‘The Monk, The Bird and The Priest’ He attended the Lyrics drama studio in 2016.

 


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