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The REBELS Season

WORLD PREMIERE

ABOUT LEO

BY ALICE ALLEMANO

DIRECTED BY MICHAEL OAKLEY
Set Designer Erika Paola Rodriguez Egas
Costume Designer Emily Stuart
Lighting Designer Amy Mae
Sound Designer Matt Eaton
Movement Director Cydney Uffindell-Phillips
Assistant
Director Susannah Bishop 

“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.

★★★★ The Guardian
Sensational … Exquisite … This gem of a play is as beautiful as it is profound.
S
usan Tracy gives a sensational performance as the older Carrington. She is strong-willed, passionate, impish and curmudgeonly by turns.
Erika Paola Rodriguez Egas’s stagecraft is also as imaginative as it is exquisite. 
This is Allemano’s first professionally produced full-length play and it showcases a writer of great promise.

★★★★ Broadway World
A visually engaging reflection on life, love, and art. 
About Leo certainly owns the correct spirit to set off the aptly named Rebels season.
★★★★  London Theatre 1
It is difficult to believe that this beautifully written, atmospheric play is the first one by playwright Alice Allemano. 
…a well-written, involving, witty piece of drama… 90 minutes well spent!

★★★★ Plays To See
Allemano is a new voice that I hope we hear loud and often.
Eleanor Wyld plays Eliza Prentice, the young journalist from Hackney so well that at times it really does feel as if two cultures are colliding.
Pryce brilliantly portrays Leonora’s struggle to emerge from beneath his considerable shadow and make her own art.

★★★★ IThankYouTheatre
With deft direction from Michael Oakley, Allemano’s play is superbly interpreted by a strong cast.
A tip of the hat too for Amy Mae, who’s lighting created some unexpected depth and mood… almost mystical…

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 (No Interval)

Show Times

Monday to Friday 7.30pm
Saturday 3.30pm/7.30pm

Tickets

Tickets £30.00
Please note that from Monday 17 September all tickets are full price.
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