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That Awful Sound

A story of love, loss and family; of guilt and recovery written by Leah Gasson, winner of the 2019 Playwright’s Prize.


Leah Gasson

Supported By


Theatre Group


11th July 2019


Jessie Buckley

Jessie is an Irish singer and actress, who came in second place in the BBC talent show-themed television series I'd Do Anything, and subsequently played Anne Egermann in the West End revival of Stephen Sondheim's A Little Night Music. Most recently, Buckley played Lyudmilla Ignatenko in the HBO drama miniseries, Chernobyl.


Luke Treadaway

Luke has won an Olivier Award for Best Leading Actor for his performance as Christopher in the National Theatre's production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time in 2013. Theatre credits include: "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" (Harold Pinter Theatre); "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time," winner of the Best Actor Award, Olivier Awards, 2013.


Aimee Lou Wood

Aimee Lou Wood is an English actress who starred as Aimee Gibbs, a central character in the Netflix comedy series Sex Education, in 2019 alongside co-stars Asa Butterfield and Gillian Anderson. She most recently has been cast in Uncle Vanya starring Toby Jones and Richard Armitage directed by Ian Rickson.


Erin Doherty

She has recently finished playing the lead in THE DIVIDE for The Old Vic. Her performance described as ‘star-wattage, as bright as anything you’ll see elsewhere this year’ (Telegraph). Erin has appeared in the popular prime-time series CALL THE MIDWIFE and will also be playing Fabienne alongside an all-star cast in the new BBC adaptation of Victor Hugo’s LES MISERABLES later this year. Erin will be starring in season 3 of the Netflix original, THE CROWN, as Princess Anne.


Justin Martin

Justin is an award winning director working in theatre, film and television. He has worked throughout North America, Europe and Australasia. As Director: The Jungle (Young Vic/West End/St Ann’s Warehouse, New York/San Francisco); Low Level Panic (Galway Theatre Festival/Irish National Tour/Old Fitz Theatre, Sydney), Last Chance: A Plea for The Unaccompanied Children of Calais (Young Vic).

Justin has a long association with The Good Chance Theatre.


Leah Gasson

Leah Gasson is a Creative Writing graduate and freelance journalist who has been walking the Gin beat for the past three years. 

After studying drama and performing in various self-penned sixth form theatre productions, she discovered a knack for dialogue that followed her all the way to University, where she took to stage and screen writing with aplomb. That Awful Sound is her first full-length play. It is a story of love, loss and family; of guilt and recovery. She hopes it might save a life.


Karl Queensborough

Karl is a London-based actor, singer and writer whose credits include Hamilton (Victoria Palace), The Little Matchgirl (Shakespeare's Globe/Bristol Old Vic); Sylvia, Girl from the North Country (The Old Vic); Aladdin, Cinderella, Dick Whittington and Jack and the Beanstalk (Lyric Hammersmith); Morning (Lyric Hammersmith/Traverse Theatre); The Machine Stops (Theatre Royal York/Pilot Theatre);

Casting Director

Jessica Ronane

Jessica's career in casting began with Billy Elliot the Musical and a nationwide search to find potential Billy's. 

Subsequently Jessica has cast many projects in Theatre, Film, TV and Online - often specialising in searches for young and undiscovered talent. 


Haydn Gwynne

Theatre includes Lady Wishfort in The Way of the World (Donmar Warehouse); for the RSC, Volumnia in Coriolanus, Mrs Page in The Merry Wives of Windsor, Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Olivia in Twelfth Night. Films include Beauty and the Beast, Hunky Dory, These Foolish Things, Remember Me? Television includes The Windsors, The Midnight Gang, Urban Myths: The Trial of Joan Collins, Ripper Street, The C- Word, Sherlock.


Pearce Quigley

Pearce is probably best known as Russell in the Award-winning BBC comedy THE DETECTORISTS, written and directed by Mackenzie Crook. In a career spanning 30 years, on screen he has worked with noted directors Mike Leigh, Danny Boyle, Peter Weir, Clint Eastwood, Woody Allen and Terence Davies, and on stage he has worked with Ian Rickson, Simon Godwin, James Macdonald, Matthew Dunster, Howard Davies, Max Stafford-Clark and Stephen Daldry amongst many others.

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