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Digital Extension for the World Premiere of Gemma Lawrence's Sold-Out Sunnymead Court

Digital Extension for the World Premiere of Gemma Lawrence's Sold-Out Sunnymead Court

1 October 2020

Photo Credit: Jack Holden

Defibrillator, in association with The Actors Centre, today announces a digital extension for the world premiere of Gemma Lawrence’s sell-out, critically acclaimed new play Sunnymead Court. The playwright Gemma Lawrence plays Marie, and Remmie Milner plays Stella in this uplifting and heart-warming queer romance.

The production, generously supported by Arts Council England and which is currently playing to capacity at the Tristan Bates Theatre at The Actors Centre until 3 October, will be made available to stream on-demand here, from 10am on 5 October – 11.59pm on 11 October. Tickets for Sunnymead Court on-demand will be available from 10am on Monday 5 October and viewers will be able to watch the production at any point during this time period, with tickets priced at £8. 

Sunnymead Court, which was created with social distancing at its core has received rave reviews since opening on 22 September, with critics hailing it as a "sensational" piece of new writing that "needs to be seen", with "knockout" performances from Gemma Lawrence and Remmie Milner. The live performances are currently sold out however, from 1 - 3 October, the 7pm performances will be live-streamed, with the 8.30pm performances also streamed with captioning.

Tickets for the live-stream will be available to purchase here from 10am on Monday 5 October. 

Praise for Sunnymead Court:

"A fleet 45-minutes of wonderful creativity." 

"Intricately crafted ... sensational."
The Stage

"Another glimmer of light in this godawful year."
The Arts Desk

"A breath of fresh air ... needs to be seen."
A Younger Theatre

"Remind[s] us of the joys of love – and of live theatre."
The Guardian

"Sincere and funny."
Daily Mail

"A play for our times."
Theatre Vibe

About Sunnymead Court

Presented by Defibrillator in association with The Actors Centre

By Gemma Lawrence
Cast: Gemma Lawrence and Remmie Milner
Directed by James Hillier; Produced by Jack Holden

At The Actors Centre until 3 October 2020


"It’s been hot for days and now the air is heavy with the promise of something else. Thick. With something else."

From her balcony, Marie blasts out the same tune, every day at 11am. On hers, Stella tends to red geraniums bursting with colour and life.

Sometimes the hardest thing is to say hello.

After a chance encounter in a hailstorm, they start to embark on a new relationship conducted from the safety of their balconies. But when a flurry of miscommunication jeopardises their relationship, will they have the courage to make it work in a world that is changing faster than ever?

About the Creative Team

Gemma Lawrence is a writer and actor, and plays Marie. Previous writing includes straight vodka for Theatre503's Rapid Write Response, Ribbons performed at Bloom Theatre's SAPLINGS, and REWILD, performed at Omnibus Theatre and now being developed into a full-length piece as part of the London Playwrights 2020 programme. Homecoming was commissioned for The Space's Locked Down Looking Up season, and starred Patsy Ferran. As an actor, her theatre work includes Not Talking (Arcola Theatre), Five Plays: Nuclear (Young Vic), Wasted (Orange Tree Theatre), All My Sons (Hong Kong Arts Festival), The Tempest (Southwark Playhouse), As You Like It, Children of the Sun (National Theatre), Much Ado About Nothing (Shakespeare’s Globe), Gaslight (Salisbury Playhouse), Lee Harvey Oswald (Finborough Theatre), XY: Hopelessly Devoted To You (Theatre503), The Cherry Orchard (Bristol Tobacco Factory, Rose Theatre), Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Redgrave Theatre), The Wild Party (Bristol Tobacco Factory), and Rough Cuts: The Lion’s Mouth (Royal Court Theatre). Her television credits include Shakespeare and Hathaway, 18 – Clash of Futures, Luther, Misfits, 1066, Waking the Dead, Time of Your Life, Stir it Up, All About George, and Ahead of the Class. For film, her credits include Frail, A Bunch of Amateurs, and Enlightenment.


Remmie Milner plays Stella. For theatre, her work includes Coriolanus, Chicken Soup. (Sheffield Theatres), Terror (Lyric Hammersmith), To Kill a Mockingbird, The Winter’s Tale, #chipshopthemusical (Octagon Theatre, Bolton), Home Theatre (Theatre Royal Stratford East), I Started a Fire, Air Travel (Arcola Theatre), Melody Loses Her Mojo (Liverpool Playhouse), Contractions, Henry V (Trafalgar Studios) and Richard III (RSC Complete Works Festival). Her television work includes Save Me and Save Me Too (as series regular Daisy), A Christmas Carol, Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams: The Hood Maker, Whitechapel, Trollied and The Hour.


James Hillier established Defibrillator Theatre Company in 2011. His directing credits include, most recently Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell (site specific production at Norman’s Coach & Horses) , the world première of Mike Bartlett’s Not Talking (Arcola Theatre - OFFIE Nomination for Best Director),  A Lie of the Mind by Sam Shepard (Southwark Playhouse), Terry Johnson’s Insignificance at Langham Place, New York, the Premiere production of Tennessee Williams’ The Hotel Plays at the Grange Hotel in 2012 and The Langham, London in 2014. The Armour by Ben Ellis at The Langham in 2015 which won the Audience Experience Award at Le Miami Rebels, Doug Lucie’s Hard Feelings at the Finborough in 2013. He has directed a number of short films, including How To Make A Good First Impression Part 1 went on to win awards at Tribecca Film Festival and Cannes. He was due to direct the world première of Dexter Flanders at Theatre503 when the Covid-19 lockdown was enforced. He trained as an actor at RADA. In theatre he has worked in the West End and Broadway, and venues including the National Theatre, Almeida Theatre, Bush Theatre, Young Vic, Manchester Royal Exchange and Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh. For television, he was a series regular in season 1 and 2 of The Crown for NETFLIX.


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