"The crowd are on their feet and in this moment I’m the only one that matters like in the world. There’s only me.
The National Anthem plays. I put my hand over my heart and-"
It’s Saturday night and while Darren and Perri work at Barry’s karaoke bar, Barryoke, Kelly and Linford ready themselves to step onto the stage and into the rest of their lives. Four intertwined monologues about love, British identity, the pursuit of recognition and... Karaoke.
"an exquisite and sensitive piece of new writing...Karaoke Play is a beautifully written, darkly comic character study of four damaged British people, brought to life by a pitch-perfect cast. I suspect it will haunt me for quite some time."
View From The Outside
"directed superbly by Lucy Grace McCann...Annie Jenkins’ impeccably acted Karaoke Play proves quietly devastating"
There Ought To Be Clowns
"pluck. theatre's production of Karaoke Play is an observant work about community, loneliness and working class life…it has the makings of a modern classic. A haunting look at the modern world and our inner demons."
View From The Cheap Seat
Philip Honeywell as Darren
Lucy Bromilow as Perri
Christopher Jenner-Cole as Linford
Jackie Pulford as Kelly
Directed by Lucy Grace McCann
Lucy is currently part of the Almeida's Resident Director pool. She studied at Warwick University and specialised in Shakespeare and the British Dramatic Tradition. Lucy’s latest premiere production, A Tinder Trilogy by Annie Jenkins, ran at Theatre503 after it was performed to sold-out audiences at the Camden Fringe Festival. Directorial collaborations with playwrights include Kelly Jones, Fergus Church and Georgina Burns on new short plays for events including Little Pieces of Gold. Lucy was previously Director in Residence at Magdalen College School, the Oxford Playhouse and Surbiton High School. Alongside directing, Lucy leads youth theatre sessions for JASSPA, having previously worked for the youth theatre teams at the Warwick Arts Centre and the Rose Theatre, Kingston.
Written by Annie Jenkins
Annie's first play, In Lipstick, received readings at the Arcola, Druid Theatre and in 2016 was shortlisted for the Theatre503 Award. It received a full production this January in the Main House at The Pleasance, directed by Alice Hamilton. In 2018 she co-wrote VOID which was produced at VAULT Festival by RIFT and Queen Mary University, winning a VAULT Innovation Award. She also wrote Funemployed which was screened at various festivals including the London Short Film Festival in 2017. A Tinder Trilogy will run at Theatre503 in June 2019 after a sell run at last year's Camden Fringe.
Produced by pluck. productions
pluck. productions was founded in 2014 by EJ Martin and Philip Honeywell with the aim of creating topical and nuanced work of quality from talented emerging writers, giving a professional platform to the marquee names of the future.
To date, pluck. have produced five full-scale shows and numerous new writing scratch nights. Their sell-out world premiere run of David K. Barnes' BIRTHDAY SUIT in 2017 was nominated for three OFFIES, including Best New Play. Their most recent production was ALKALINE by Stephanie Martin, another world premiere which had a critically acclaimed four-week run at the Park Theatre in 2018 and was nominated for a further two OFFIE awards.
Assistant Director - Jamie Woods
Lighting Designer - Charli Hurford
Sound Designer - James Hunter
Stage Manager - Ricky McFadden
KARAOKE PLAY has been developed especially for pluck., and they are delighted to be working with Lucy McCann to bring Annie Jenkins' clever, funny and heartbreaking work to The Bunker - indubitably one of the most exciting hubs of new writing in London.
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