The stars of the screen & stage take to the Playhouse Theatre to read classic & contemporary poetry in aid of our playwright's prize.

Theatre

Playhouse Theatre, Northumberland Ave, London, WC2N 5DE

Time & Date

7:30pm on 20th January 2019

Director

Natalie Abrahami

Meet the cast

Tuppence has recently wrapped on the independent films CLIFTON HILLS, FISHERMAN’S FRIENDS andTHE LIE OF YOU. She will appear in the DOWNTON movie and has a notable role opposite Benedict Cumberbatch in THE CURRENT WAR. Other film credits include THE IMITATION GAME , JUPITER ASCENDING and SPOOKS. Recent television credits include DIANA AND I, ELECTRIC DREAMS, WAR AND PEACE, DICKENSIAN and Netflix series SENSE8.

Theatre includes: ANTHONY & CLEOPATRA, BARBER SHOP CHRONICLES (National Theatre), THE WAY OF THE WORLD, ST JOAN and THE VOTE (Donmar Warehouse), PIGS AND DOGS and THE CROSSING PLAYS (Royal Court Theatre), THE TEMPEST (The Globe), BARBARIANS (The Young Vic). Film includes: THE PERSONAL HISTORY OF DAVID COPPERFIELD, THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS, THE ISLE TV includes: SILENT WITNESS, A VERY ENGLISH SCANDAL, IN THE DARK, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, ORDINARY LIVES.

Paapa Essiedu is a British actor. He is known for his work in theatre, though he has also worked in film and television. He won the 2016 Ian Charleson Award for his title role in Hamlet and Edmund in King Lear, both at the Royal Shakespeare Company. Essiedu joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in 2012 to play Fenton in Phillip Breen's production of The Merry Wives of Windsor. Afterwards, he went to the National Theatre, playing Burgundy and understudying Edmund in Sam Mendes’ production of King Lear. When Sam Troughton lost his voice during a performance, Essiedu stepped in and played the role to critical acclaim.He has acted in Outside on the Street (Pleasance Theatre), Black Jesus (Finborough Theatre), Romeo and Juliet (Tobacco Factory), You For Me For You (Royal Court), and most recently the title role in Hamlet and Edmund in King Lear, both at the (Royal Shakespeare Company.

Juliet Stevenson CBE is an Olivier award-winning actress known for her career spanning theatre, film and television. Her film credits include Bend It Like Beckham (2002) and Truly Madly Deeply (1990). Juliet starred in Robert Icke’s 2017/2018 adaptation of Mary Stuart (Almeida & Duke of York’s Theatre) where she not only played the titular role, but also the role of Elizabeth I consecutively, swapping parts at the literal flip of a coin between herself and Lia Williams from performance to performance. Juliet’s versatility knows no bounds and she recently collaborated with both Ruby Wax and Deborah Frances-White on a series of new comedy sketches. Juliet is soon be seen on our screens in Riviera, Series Two, on Sky Atlantic.

Sebastian de Souza is an actor & writer. First appearing, aged 16, in the role of Matty Levan in Channel 4’s Bafta-Award Winning drama Skins.

Subsequently he has played leading roles in Neil Jordan’s Showtime-produced series, ‘The Borgias’, opposite Jeremy Irons & Holliday Grainger; ABC’s addiction drama ‘Recovery Road’; Ealing Studios coming-of-age drama ‘Kids In Love’, playing opposite Will Poulter, Jamie Blackley, Cara Delevingne & Gala Gordon.

Most recently, Sebastian can be seen in ‘Ophelia’, opposite Naomi Watts, Daisy Ridley and Clive Owen and as Sandro Botticelli in Netflix’s ‘Medici’, opposite Sean Bean.

Sebastian has written for the stage & screen. As well as co-writing ‘Kids In Love’, his writing credits include a new play, ‘Hammersmith & City’, which will open at the White City Studio Theatre in February 2019. ‘The Rolling Thunder Revue’ – a musical revue, designed to be his generation’s answer to ‘The Tube’– which will air on TV next year, with Sebastian hosting. Currently, Sebastian is finishing his first novel: the first in a series of YA novels.

American actor Andrew Burnap is currently playing Toby in Matthew Lopez's acclaimed The Inheritance, which debuted at the Young Vic and is now playing at the Noel Coward Theatre. Theatre credits include: The Legend of Georgia McBride (Geffen Playhouse);This Day Forward (Vineyard Theatre); Troilus and Cressida, King Lear (Public Theater/Delacorte); Caucasian Chalk Circle (Yale Repertory Theatre); Once Five Years Pass, Dental Society Midwinter Meeting (Williamstown Theatre Festival); and Two Gentlemen of Verona, Kiss Me Kate, Coriolanus, All’s Well That Ends Well (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company) Film credits include: A Star Is Born, Spare Room and The Chaperone

Training: Sylvia Young Theatre School, Arts Educational Schools London, LAMDA, member of The National Youth Theatre.

Theatre Includes: Markie/Lily/Tina/Little Girl in The Twilight Zone (The Almeida Theatre), Violet Beauregarde in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (original cast Theatre Royal, Drury Lane), Matilda in Matilda (original cast, RSC)

Young Cosette in Les Miserables (Queen’s Theatre), Gretl von Trapp in The Sound of Music (original cast, London Palladium), Brigitta von Trapp in The Sound of Music Anniversary Tour to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Film Includes: Nativity 2: Danger in the Manger.

Television Includes: Sharice in Casualty, Silent Witness, Hank Zipzer, Call the Midwife, Red or Black, Mr Eleven, The Erin Simpson Show, The Little House, The Harry & Paul Show, Doctors, Magic Grandad.

Recordings Include: Matilda, (original cast album recording), The Sound of Music (original cast album recording).

Other work includes: Mini Jessie J in the ‘Who’s Laughing Now’ music video, performed live at V Festival with Jessie J, various commercials including Littlewoods, Compare the Market, Hyundai, BT, Batchelors & various voice over work including Disney, MTV, & Microsoft.

Kyle can currently be seen on stage in the West End transfer of The Inheritance Part 1 & 2 at the Noël Coward Theatre after a sellout run at the Young Vic. THE INHERITANCE won Best Play at the Evening Standard Awards 2018 and Kyle was nominated for Best Actor. Previous stage credits include, HEDDA GABLER (National Theatre), EDWARD II (National Theatre), CYRANO (Broadway), THE GLASS MENAGERIE (Young Vic), THE GOVERNMENT INSPECTOR (Young Vic), and LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT, for which Kyle was nominated for Best Actor at the Olivier Awards 2013. TV credits: BREXIT, POLDARK, HOLLOW CROWN, AN INSPECTOR CALLS, YOU ME & THE APOCALYPSE & BAD EDUCATION. Kyle most recently starred alongside Anya Taylor Joy in feature film, MARROWBONE. He has previously starred in ‪THE KEEPING ROOM‬, ‪MONSTERS DARK CONTINENT‬, and ANNA KARENINA directed by Joe Wright. Kyle is the 2011 recipient of the Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Newcomer..

Ollie Feather is a poet and musician from South London. After having written music and lyrics for two award winning Edinburgh Fringe musicals and as frontman of blues outfit The 1945, he’s taken back to the stage this year with a new, music-backed spoken word project. With material based around growing up in the city and the ebb and flow of relationships that fall in and out of our lives, his rhythm driven verse and melodic choruses are winning over audiences across the city.

Jason Watkins is an English stage, film and television actor. He played the lead role in the two-part drama The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies, for which he won the BAFTA TV Award for Best Actor. He has also played William Herrick in Being Human, Gavin Strong in Trollied, Simon Harwood in W1A and Gordon Shakespeare in the film series Nativity. In 2017 Watkins played Solomon Coop, private secretary to the Prince Regent (later George IV), in the BBC One series Taboo. Also on BBC One, Watkins performed as Wilfred Lucas-Dockery, the governor of the prison in the third episode of the BBC's adaptation of Evelyn Waugh's novel Decline and Fall. He played Simon in the second series of ITV drama Safe House in 2017. In 2018 he played Roger in the BBC sitcom Hold the Sunset and Emlyn Hooson in the Russell T Daviesminiseries A Very English Scandal. Watkins is due to play Prime Minister Harold Wilson in the third series of Netflix drama The Crown and is providing the voice of Captain Orchis in the BBC adaptation of Watership Down.

TV credits include: Prince Philip in THE CROWN, THE TERROR, OUTLANDER, THE NIGHT MANAGER, GAME OF THRONES. Film credits include: KING LEAR, CARMILLA, UNDERWORLD, CASINO ROYALE. Theatre credits include: UNCLE VANYA, THE FEVER (Almeida), CHILDREN'S HOUR (West End), THE HUSH (National Theatre).

In 2012, she was nominated for the Milton Shulman Award for Outstanding Newcomer at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards for her performances in Eugene O'Neill's Desire Under the Elms at the Lyric Hammersmith and Nancy Harris's Our New Girl at the Bush Theatre. In January 2014 she was Julia in The Duchess of Malfi, the inaugural production at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, London. At the National Theatre, London, in September 2015 she presented an "electrifying" performance as a recovering substance user in Duncan Macmillan's People, Places and Things, directed by Jeremy Herrin. She reprised the role when the production transferred to the Wyndham's Theatre in March 2016, and subsequently won the Olivier Award for Best Actress. She returned to the National Theatre in April 2017 playing the role of Harper in Marianne Elliot's revival of Tony Kushner's play Angels in America, for which she won the 2018 Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. Gough then returned to People, Places & Things for its New York transfer. Gough returned to the role of Harper in the Broadway transfer of the National Theatre's production of Angels in America, alongside the majority of the London cast, in February 2018.

Credits include: Machinal (Almeida Theatre), Dead Funny (Vaudeville Theatre), Children’s Children (Almeida Theatre), Humans (Channel4/AMC), The Miniaturist (BBC), 24: Live Another Day (Sky), ‪The Inbetweeners 2‬ (Film4), Outnumbered (BBC), The White Queen (BBC). Emily trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. ‬

Her theatre credits include: The Writer for the Almeida, Queen Anne at the Theatre Royal Haymarket; Measure for Measure at the Young Vic; Indian Ink at Roundabout Theatre (New York); The Village Bike at the Royal Court; Three Sisters at the Lyric Hammersmith; King Lear and The Seagull for the RSC and Calico at the Duke of York’s Theatre. Her television work includes: The Miniaturist; Born to Kill; Churchill’s Secret; Legacy; The Hour; Crimson Petal and the White; Emma; Mary Bryant; Daniel Deronda; Perfect; Attachments and The Last of the Blonde Bombshells. For film, her credits include: Suffragette; Dominion; The Last Days on Mars; Having You; Junkhearts; One Day; Glorious 39; The Other Man; Atonement; Angel; Amazing Grace; Renaissance; Scoop; As You Like It; Inside I’m Dancing; Vanity Fair; Havana Nights; Nicholas Nickleby and I Capture the Castle. ‬

James Massiah is a poet & DJ from South London whose work explores ideas about sexuality mortality & ethics through performance writing & visual media. His latest project ‘Euthanasia Party/Twenty Seven’ is a series of poems about fate sex life & death from the perspective of a young determinist He has been commissioned to produce work for the BBC & the Guardian as well as featuring in campaigns for Selfridges Loewe & Nike. He has performed readings of his work at the Tate Modern the Courtauld & the Houses of Parliament & been profiled in Vogue Dazed i-D & GQ. ‬

John Standing is one of England's most respected stage, film and television actors. He has worked extensively on both the London and New York stages over the decades with leading parts in The Importance of Being Earnest, Ring Around the Moon, A Sense of Detachment by John Osborne, Private Lives, by Noël Coward's costarring with Maggie Smith and was nominated for an Olivier award for Close Of Play at the National Theatre. Amongst many other films he has featured in The Eagle has Landed, The Elephant Man, Walk Don't Run, Mrs Dalloway, A Good Woman, V for Vendetta and starred in Peter Greenaways Eight and a Half Women. Most recent television includes The Crown, King Lear and Patrick Melrose. ‬

Career highlights in film include Margaret Thatcher in the Oscar and Bafta award-winning THE IRON LADY, Countess Nordston in Joe Wright's ANNA KARENINA, TESTAMENT OF YOUTH, PRIVATE PEACEFUL , Doreena in THE HUNTSMAN WINTER'S WAR starring Charlize Theron, Jessica Chastain, Emily Blunt and Chris Hemsworth. Television credits include BLACK MIRROR on Netflix, UTOPIA and NO OFFENCE on C4, INSIDE No. 9 on BBC2 and HUNDERBY on Sky Arts.

Gala Gordon is an English actress. After graduating from Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Gordon made her professional stage debut playing the lead role of Irina in Benedict Andrews’ production of Chekhov’s Three Sisters at the Young Vic. Television credits include: ITV series, ‘Endeavour,’ and playing the role of Christine Keeler in Netflix series, ‘The Crown.’ Feature film credits include: ‘Kids in Love’ and ‘White Island.’ She most recently played the role of Strindberg’s wife, Frida in Howard Brenton’s ‘The Blinding Light’ at The Jermyn Street Theatre. Gala is represented by 42 Management.

Danny graduated from Leeds University with a Physics with Astrophysics Degree. He then became an actor and has appeared in The History Boys and Jerusalem in the West End and Broadway. Other theatre includes; Three sisters at the Young Vic and shows with Headlong. He can currently be seen in Mike Leigh’s Peterloo and he has appeared in many other Tv shows and Films, including; Wasted, Game of Thrones, Pirates of the Caribbean, Informer, Poldark, The Inbetweeners, Utopia and is soon to be in Don’t forget the Driver written by and starring Toby Jones. Danny is a massive Huddersfield Town fan.

Harry has recently finished filming season 2 of Mr Mercedes (on amazon prime) and is currently filming The Crown. Film credits include: Fish Tank, Honeymoon, Brothers of the Head, The Lone Ranger , City of Ember, Control & Love You More (short). TV credits include: Mr Mercedes, Penny Dreadful & Recovery. Theatre credits include: Over There (Royal Court), Tribes (Royal Court) & Ghosts (West End).

Rhys Ifans is a gifted actor known for his enduring presence, his distinctive approach to comedy, and his ability to elegantly disappear into compelling and complex roles that are always memorable. Rhys is currently filming upcoming historical drama ‘Misbehavior,’ starring alongside Kiera Knightly and Keeley Hawes, due for release in 2020. Next up is Matthew Vaughn’s ‘Kingsman: The Great Game,’ currently in pre-production. Ifans recently completed filming season three of ‘Berlin Stations’ a TV spy series for Epix, shortly after the success of Patrick Marber’s newly directed adaptation of the timeless classic ‘Exit The King’ at the National Theatre. His compelling performance last year as Ebenezer Scrooge in ‘A Christmas Carol’ at the Old Vic Theatre and the fool in ‘King Lear’ at the National Theatre saw him receive four/five stars across the board. He starred in the Oliver Stone’s latest film ‘Snowden,’ alongside Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Shailene Woodley. James Bobin’s ‘Alice and Wonderland: Looking through the Glass’ (2016) opposite Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway and Helena Bonham Carter. 2014, Ifans starred in the National Theatre’s one man show ‘Protest Song’; the play received excellent reviews across the board from both audiences and critics. Rhys Ifans is perhaps the most commercially known for his scene-stealing performance in Roger Michell's ‘Notting Hill’ (1999) for this portrayal of Hugh Grant’s roommate ‘Spike,’ where he starred opposite Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant. Ifans received a BAFTA nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role. Additional credits include: ‘Dominion’ as ‘Dylan Thomas’ directed by Steven Bernstein, Kevin Allen’s ‘Under Milk Wood’ as ‘Captain Cat’ and ‘Len and Company,’ directed by Tim Godsall. Judd Apatow's ‘The Five---Year Engagement,’ opposite Jason Segel and Emily Blunt, independent film ‘Serena’ directed by Susanne Bier and also starring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper, Isabel Coixet’s ‘Another Me,’ Marc Webb’s ‘The Amazing Spiderman,’ ‘Anonymous,’ directed by Roland Emmerich; the closing chapter to the “Harry Potter” franchise, ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’; Noah Baumbach's dark comedy, ‘Greenberg’ with Ben Stiller; ‘The Boat that Rocked,’ starring Philip Seymour Hoffman; Shekhar Kapur's, ‘Elizabeth: The Golden Age;’ Peter Webber's ‘Hannibal Rising: Once Upon A Time in the Midlands’, directed by Shane Meadows; Michel Gondry's comedy drama, ‘Human Nature’, where he starred opposite Patricia Arquette,  Mike Figgis,' ‘Hotel; Lasse Hallström's ‘The Shipping News’; and Howard Deutch's comedy, ‘The Replacement’s’, where he starred alongside Keanu Reeves and Gene Hackman. On television, he played the role of Peter Cook in Terry Johnson's ‘Not Only But Always,’ for which he won the BAFTA for Best Actor. He also appeared in ‘Shakespeare Shorts’; ‘Trial and Retribution;’ ‘The Two Franks;’ ‘Judas and the Gimp;’ ‘Night Shift;’ ‘Spatz;’ ‘Burning Love’ and ‘Review.’ Rhys played the lead in Marc Evans' Sky Playhouse short ‘Gifted.’ On stage, Ifans starred at the Donmar Warehouse in Patrick Marber's ‘Don Juan’ in Soho, Robert Delamere's ‘Accidental Death of an Anarchist’ and Michael Sheen's ‘Bad Finger.’ He was seen at the National Theatre in Matthew Warchus' ‘Volpone’ and Roger Michell's, ‘Under Milk Wood;’ the Duke of York Theatre in Hettie MacDonald's ‘Beautiful Thing’ at the Royal Court Theatre in James MacDonald's ‘Thyesters’ and at the Royal Exchange in Braham Murray's Smoke and Ronald Harwood's ‘Poison Pen.’ His latest project The Parting Glass, alongside Melissa Leo, Edward Asner, Anna Paquin, Cynthia Nixon and Denis O’Hare; a drama about a family dealing with their sister’s death, just premiered at the Edinburgh International Film Festival August 2018.

Genevieve O'Reilly is an Irish actress known for her work in the Star Wars franchise as Mon Mothma, having portrayed the character in Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith and Rogue One, as well as her voice role as Moira in Overwatch. O'Reilly was cast as the understudy in director Gale Edwards' production of The White Devil a week after graduating from drama school. She went on to appear in Edwards' Sydney Theatre Company production of The Way of the World. Other theatre credits include The Weir by Conor McPherson, at the Gate Theatre, Dublin, and Richard II at the Old Vic. Recent parts at the Royal National Theatre have been in new play, Mike Bartlett's 13, and as Helena, wife to Andrew Scott's emperor Julian in the 2011 production of Ibsen's epic Emperor and Galilean. In July 2012, O'Reilly performed in George Bernard Shaw's The Doctor's Dilemma. In 2015 she played Kathryn in Splendour by Abi Morgan at the Donmar Warehouse. In 2017, she played Mary Carney in The Ferryman, first at the Royal Court Theatre and later at the Gielgud Theatre in the West End of London.

Jade Anouka most recently starred as Margaret of Anjou in Jeanie O’Hare’s production of QUEEN MARGARET at The Royal Exchange. This followed a run at the Hampstead Theatre in the title role THE PHLEBOTOMIST. Earlier this year she starred alongside Adrian Lester and John Simm in ITV’s turbulent three-part drama, TRAUMA. She will return to ITV in January in CLEANING UP starring alongside Sheridan Smith. She will soon be seen in feature film FISHERMAN’S FRIENDS and Idris Elba’s new Netflix comedy TURN UP CHARLIE. Her impressive theatre credits include; COVER MY TRACKS at The Old Vic, CHEF at Edinburgh Fringe & Soho Theatre, for which she was awarded The Stage Award for Acting Excellence. As well as receiving an Ian Charleson Award Commendation for her performance in HAMLET at Shakespeare's Globe. Jade starred in various iterations of the Donmar Warehouse’s all-female Shakespeare Trilogy, playing the roles of ‘Ariel’ in THE TEMPEST, ‘Mark Anthony’ in JULIUS CAESAR and ‘Hotspur’ in HENRY IV. The productions were directed by Phyllida Lloyd and Jade was widely lauded for her performances, receiving an Ian Charleson Award Commendation for her performance in JULIUS CAESAR.

Phoebe Fox graduated from RADA in 2010. Her TV credits include ‘Curfew' for Sky One, ‘NW’, ‘Life in Squares’, ‘The Hollow Crown’, ‘Close to The Enemy’ and ‘Poet in New York’ for the BBC and ‘Black Mirror’ for Channel 4. Film credits include ‘The Aeronauts’, ‘Intrigue:Samaria’, ‘Blue Iguana’, ‘Eye in the Sky’, ‘Warbook’ and ‘Woman in Black: Angel of Death’. Her Theatre credits are ‘Twelfth Night’ and ’There is a War’ (The National Theatre) ‘View From The Bridge’ (Young Vic/West End/Broadway) 'Sixty-Six Books' (Bush Theatre) 'The Acid Test’ (Royal Court) ‘King Lear’ (Almeida) 'As you like it’ (The Rose Theatre) and 'Month in The Country' (Chichester Festival Theatre).

Born in Scotland and trained at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Dougray Scott landed his first TV role in ITV’s SOLDIER SOLDIER. Soon afterwards he took to the stage for Tim Fleming’s WALLACE and the 2000 Donmar premiere of TO THE GREEN FIELDS BEYOND, directed by Sam Mendes.

Scott has appeared in the NBC series HEIST, ABC’s DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES, and the BBC miniseries adaptation of cult classic novel THE DAY OF THE TRIFFIDS. In 2016, he wrapped filming on Discovery Channel miniseries HARLEY & THE DAVIDSONS and FEAR THE WALKING DEAD for AMC.

More recently, Scott has appeared in Sony Picture’s SNATCH and as Sir Percival Glyde in a television adaptation of Wilkie Collins’ THE WOMAN IN WHITE. 2019 will see Scott take up roles in the feature films SULPHUR & WHITE and Neasa Hardiman’s thriller, SEA FEVER.

Scott’s film career has included roles in EVER AFTER opposite Drew Barrymore and DEEP IMPACT with Robert Duvall, Tea Leoni and Vanessa Redgrave. He also starred in MY WEEK WITH MARILYN opposite Michelle Williams, UNITED opposite Jack O’Connell, HITMAN, directed by Xavier Gens, ENIGMA opposite Kate Winslet and MISSION IMPOSSIBLE II opposite Tom Cruise. Most recently, he has starred in TAKEN 3 with Liam Neeson and Forest Whitaker, and he will soon be seen in Lakeshore’s VATICAN TAPES, opposite Michael Pena and Djimon Honsou, as well as the independent feature TIGER HOUSE opposite Kaya Scodelario and Ed Skrein.

Jaime Winstone was born in Camden, London. Film roles include: Kidulthood, Made in Dagenham, Tom Raider, Love Rosie & Powder Room. TV roles include: Babs, Dead Set, After Hours, Torvill and Dean & Mad Dogs. Stage roles include: Sex with a Stranger & The Fastest Clock in the Universe.

George MacKay recently finished filming Justin Kurzel’s TRUE HISTORY OF THE KELLY GANG, in which he played Ned. Film includes: How I Live Now, For Those In Peril, Sunshine On Leith, Bypass, Pride, Captain Fantastic, The Secret Of Marrowbone, Where Hands Touch, Been So Long, Ophelia, A Guide To Second Date Sex, Nuclear, True History Of The Kelly Gang. TV includes: The Outcast and 11.22.63. Theatre includes: The Cement Garden, Ah, Wilderness!, The Caretaker.

With ongoing support from BBC Introducing and listed as one of ELLE’s ‘100 Most Inspiring Women’, the electro-pop singer, songwriter and 4 x UK Beatboxing champion has kicked off 2018 to to a great start. Following the release of her debut EP “Savage Grace" in 2017 (grabbing tastemaker acclaim from THE405, WONDERLAND and CLASH Magazine among others), Grace was nominated for "Best Female Solo Act" and "Best Songwriter" at the Unsigned Music Awards alongside Ray Blk and Jorja Smith. Her track “Just For Tonight” was selected for the highly competitive spot on "Fresh on The Net Faves". She was selected from over 5,000 entries to compete in the Isle of Wight "New Blood” Quarter-Finals alongside 40 other live acts. Her first single of the year ‘Headlights’ was made track of the day on CLASH music, followed by a premiere on "The Line Of Best Fit" with her cover of The Cardigans 1998 classic "My Favourite Game". She celebrated the launch of her follow up EP "Control Freak" with a packed show at the Sebright Arms shortly followed by a RedBull Live Session and an "Introducing feature" in the Metro. Grace performed at a string of festivals this summer including Beatherder, Shambala, Latitude and Fieldview. She also managed to find the time to squeeze in a TEDx talk at the Royal Festival Hall in front of 2,000 people and has just had her latest single “Running Under Water” play-listed on Radio 1 as BBC Introducing Track Of The Week. She is currently in the studio working towards her debut album. .

Iwan Rheon is best known for his role as Ramsay Snow in the HBO series GAME OF THRONES, which won him a nomination for the 2016 SAG Awards, and for his role as Simon Bellamy in the E4 series MISFITS. In 2016, Game of Thrones won the Outstanding Drama Series Primetime Emmy Award. Iwan’s first stage part came in EIGHT MILES HIGH in 2008 at the Royal Court Theatre in Liverpool. Following this he starred in the west end musical SPRING AWAKENING winning him the Best Supporting Actor in a Musical award at the 2010 Olivier Awards. 2017 saw Iwan star in Sky Atlantic’s thriller RIVIERA alongside Adrian Lester and Julia Stiles, as well as Adolf Hitler in the Sky Arts’ URBAN MYTHS, alongside Rupert Grint. Iwan was also seen in Marvel’s ABC drama INHUMANS. Last year, Iwan starred in HURRICANE, a WW2 drama based on an ace Canadian flight lieutenant who headed the Royal Air Force 303 squadron of Hawker Hurricane fighter planes flown by Polish pilots during the Battle of Britain. He also starred in FOXFINDER at the Ambassador’s Theatre. It was recently announced that Iwan will be joining the cast of BERLIN, I LOVE YOU. The film features short stories of romance set in the German capital. Iwan will play ‘Greg’ in the episode titled Embassy. Iwan joins an ensemble cast that includes Helen Mirren, Keira Knightley, Orlando Bloom and Sophie Turner. This year, Iwan will be seen playing the Mötley Crüe’s guitarist, Mick Mars, in THE DIRT, alongside Douglas Booth. The film is an adaptation of the of the book The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band, which was written by the Mötley Crüe members. Iwan’s other projects include CAERDYDD,COMING UP, GRANDMA'S HOUSE., GIRL, UNDER MILK WOOD, VICIOUS,RESISTANCE, WILD BILL, CHARLOTTE’S SONG, THE RISE (WASTELAND), THE BACK OF BEYOND, SUM1 and ABERFAN: THE GREEN HOLLOW.

Meet the director

Natalie Abrahami was Artistic Director of the Gate Theatre, Notting Hill for five years before joining the Young Vic as Genesis Fellow and Associate Director. She has also been Associate Artist at the Nuffield Theatre and at Hull Truck. Natalie is a recipient of the James Menzies-Kitchin Award for Directors.

Natalie's work for theatre and opera includes: The Meeting (Chichester Festival Theatre), Machinal (Almeida), Wings, Happy Days, After Miss Julie and Ah, Wilderness! (Young Vic); Queen Anne (Royal Shakespeare Company and Theatre Royal Haymarket); How the Whale Became and Other Tales (Linbury Studio, Royal Opera House); The Eleventh Capital (Royal Court); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Headlong); Pericles (Regent's Park Open Air Theatre); Yerma (Hull Truck); Play and Not I (Battersea Arts Centre).

Natalie's productions at the Gate Theatre include Vanya and The Kreutzer Sonata (which later transferred to La MaMa, New York).

Her film credits include Mayday, The Roof and Life’s a Pitch.