Cast announced for site-specific re-imagining of medieval poem of crisis

Banner: Michael Wagg (left) & Lateisha Davine Lovelace-Hanson (right)
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remiering at Ledbury Poetry Festival (30 June-1 July) before transferring to Shoreditch Town Hall (7-8 July), Fair Field re-imagines William Langland’s fourteenth century epic poem Piers Plowman through a cycle of performances written by Breach Theatre, Annette Brook, Francesca Millican-Slater and others.

A company of five actors has been cast for this groundbreaking production, playing a range of characters from Truth and Reason to the Seven Deadly Sins and the mysterious Piers the Plowman himself. Robin Berry has been cast as the dreamer, Will, whose journey the audience follows through a morally corrupt, medieval-inspired dreamscape.

Tickets for the live shows are on sale now, with some events already sold out or close to capacity.

 

Robin Berry

Robin Berry’s theatre credits include One Man Two Guvnors (National Theatre), Darknet (Potential Difference/Southwark Playhouse) & Dagestan (Penned in the Margins). He is currently touring the UK with a one-man show, Scorched. 

 

Lateisha Davine Lovelace-Hanson

Lateisha Davine Lovelace-Hanson joins the cast as Holy Church, Conscience and Pride. Her theatre credits include roles in His Dark Materials West Yorkshire Playhouse/ Birmingham Rep/ Blind Summit, new writing at Theatre 503 and forum theatre with Talawa. Lateisha is a spoken word artist and Creative Director of Hit the Ground theatre company.


 

Catherine Cusack

Catherine Cusack plays Lady Mede and the Priest of Truth. Her theatre credits include the award-winning Our Lady of Sligo by Sebastian Barry at the National Theatre and The Seagull (Headlong). Her screen credits include Doctor Who, Coronation Street and Finding Neverland. 

 

Michael Wagg

Michael Wagg plays False, Avarice and Satan. He has toured regularly with Theatre Alibi, and worked with Trestle Theatre, Hijinx Theatre, Birmingham Stage, Red Herring, Time Won’t Wait, Changeling Theatre, Sonia Friedman and Dash Arts, among others. He works regularly with site-specific company Teatro Vivo as an actor and writer, including on the forthcoming Twistov.



 

Michael Oku

Michael Oku plays the Pie-seller, Reason, Envy and Piers the Plowman. He began acting sporadically through his childhood before creating an online character in his teen years, referring to himself as “The O.J.M.O” – a cocky, self-absorbed American vlogger. From there, Oku began acting professionally and has since been part of various theatre productions, most notably, Blackta at the Young Vic and Calais at Barons Court Theatre.

 



Creatives

Writers: Annette Brook, Breach Theatre, Tom Chivers, Steve Ely, Nick Field, Francesca Millican-Slater & Ross Sutherland
Co-directors: Russell Bender & Tom Chivers
Production designer: Gary Campbell
Sound designer: Edward Lewis
Costume designers: Sonia Odedra & Maggie Campbell

Technical team

Stage manager: Ella Dixon
Production manager: Hannah Moore
Production assistant: James Trevelyan
Producer: Tom Chivers / Penned in the Margins





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