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Theatre Royal Brighton brings us award-winning drama this September
This September, Theatre Royal Brighton Productions presents the stunning new drama Blue/Orange, starring Robert Bathurst, written by Joe Penhall and directed by Christopher Luscombe. This multi-award winning play was instantly recognised as a landmark event in its National Theatre debut, winning an Olivier Award, a Critics’ Circle Award and the Evening Standard Award for Best Play.
Blue/Orange is set in a psychiatric hospital, where Christopher, a young black man, is being held at the end of a 28-day section. He professes that the oranges he sees are blue, and is convinced that a notorious military dictator is his father. Bruce, a junior psychiatric doctor, feels there may be more to Christopher than has been diagnosed, and wants to do further tests. Robert, a senior consultant, wants to thrust him back into the community, claiming that he deserves his freedom. As the two psychiatrists’ disagreement unfolds, Christopher’s diagnosis appears secondary to their personal, ideological struggle, resulting in a riveting, compelling, and witty battle between freedom and ambition.
Robert Bathurst plays the senior consultant psychiatrist. This hugely popular actor’s screen roles include Sir Anthony Strallan in Downton Abbey, John le Mesurier in Hattie, Mr Weston in Emma, Mark Taylor in Joking Apart and David Marsden in Cold Feet.
Gerard McCarthy takes the role of Bruce, the junior psychiatric doctor. Gerard is probably best known as Kris Fisher in Channel 4′s Hollyoaks, a role which earned him a Best Newcomer nomination at the
British Soap Awards. He will soon be seen in Titanic: Blood & Steel alongside Sir Derek Jacobi, Chris Noth, Joely Richardson and Neve Campbell. Gerard has also recently completed filming a BBC thriller, The Fall, with Gillian Anderson, and Vikings with Gabriel Byrne.
Oliver Wilson plays Christopher. His previous theatre roles include Emperor and Galilean and All’s Well That Ends Well, and his television and film roles include Misfits, Hollyoaks, Casualty, Groove Town and Karmic Compensation.
Writer Joe Penhall’s most recent play, Birthday, opened earlier this year at the Royal Court to great critical acclaim, and director Christopher Luscombe’s inaugural production, Dandy Dick, was one of the highlights of the Theatre’s summer season. Blue/Orange is likewise set to impress. Don’t miss out on this fresh production of an exhilarating piece of contemporary theatre.
Theatre Royal Brighton, Thu 13 – Sat 22 September; Mon – Sat eves 7.45pm, Thu 20 Sep & Sat matinees 2.30pm, ticket prices £10–£29.50, Box Office 0844 871 7650 (bkg fee)