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The REBELS Season

WORLD PREMIERE

ABOUT LEO

BY ALICE ALLEMANO

DIRECTED BY MICHAEL OAKLEY

“I have never, in my life, for one moment, been anyone’s muse. I was too busy rebelling against my family and learning to be an artist.”

Eliza Prentice – millennial, Londoner, wannabe journalist – has arrived in Mexico City on the Day of the Dead. She is armed with a Dictaphone, a taste for tequila, and a lot of questions. But the greatest living Mexican artist, Leonora Carrington, doesn’t give interviews. She won’t discuss her work. And she doesn’t talk about Max.

Alice Allemano’s entrancing play moves fluidly from modern Mexico to 1930s France, where the young Leo is involved in a notorious affair with the surrealist Max Ernst. An inspirational true story of art and freedom.

This is Alice Allemano’s first play. JMK Award-winning director Michael Oakley recently directed The Invisible (Bush Theatre) and The Life and Times of Fanny Hill (Bristol Old Vic).

Leonora Carrington (1917-2011) was an English-born Mexican artist and writer. She lived with Max Ernst, the leading surrealist artist of the time, in France in the 1930s. Her work has been exhibited at galleries all over the world, and major retrospectives have been held recently at Tate Liverpool and Pallant House, Chichester.

CAST:
Phoebe Pryce – (Leonora Carrington (Younger)
Susan Tracy – Leonora Carrington (Older)
Nigel Whitmey – Max Ernst
Eleanor Wyld – Eliza Prentice

Phoebe Pryce plays Leonora Carrington in her earlier years. Pryce joins us from A Passage To India (Royal & Derngate/Simple 8/Park Theatre) and her other credits include: The Tenant Of Wildfel Hall (Octagon Theatre Bolton/Theatre Royal York); The Merchant Of Venice (Shakespeare’s Globe/Lincoln Centre) and numerous credits at Shakespeare’s Globe.

Playing the elder version of Leonora Carrington is twice Olivier Award nominee: Susan Tracy. Tracy was nominated for Anna Christie and Three Sisters (RSC). She has continued to work extensively with the Royal Shakespeare Company and her most recent credits include: Cyril’s Success (Finborough Theatre) and A Day by the Sea (Southwark Playhouse).

Nigel Whitmey plays prolific surrealist Max Ernst after recently filming for The Crown Series 3 (TV). His other credits include: The Red Barn (Royal National Theatre); Other People (Royal Court Theatre) and Saving Private Ryan (Film).

Wannabe journalist Eliza Prentice is played by Eleanor Wyld, who has multiple credits with the Royal Shakespeare Company including Hamlet (RSC UK/US Tour), The Alchemist, Don Quixote and Doctor Faustus (RSC). You may also have spotted her on your screens in Misfits (TV), Black Mirror (TV) or Johnny English Reborn (Film).

Running time: Around 90 minutes

Show Times

Monday to Friday 7.30pm
Saturday 3.30pm/7.30pm

Tickets

Tickets £30.00
Under 30? 100 tickets at £10.00 are available for under-30s.
Bookable online or by telephone – please bring proof of age to the performance.
Preview Tickets 5—6 September £15.00
Concessions Available to over-60s, theatre unions, unwaged, access, students. £20.00
Please note that after Saturday 15 September all tickets are full price.
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