Declan, a new play written and performed by Alistair Hall, is making its debut online to raise funds for The Actors Centre, during our period of closure due to the Covid-19 crisis. The streaming of the play (Friday 19 June – Sunday 28 June) precedes an on-stage run later this year at The Actors Centre’s John Thaw Studio.
Set in a Wiltshire suburb, Declan is a contemporary ghost story, exploring isolation, fear of the outside world and the distance between two friends. As Jimbo recalls the disappearance of his best friend Declan, he is plagued by ghosts of the past, present and future, and the boundaries between the real and imagined, the dead and the living, become blurred. With the scent of Declan thick in the air, this is a story of magic realism and total obsession.
This new production is directed by playwright, director and actor Alexis Gregory, following his 2020 residency at Soho Theatre, London for Sex/Crime and a UK tour of the critically acclaimed verbatim piece Riot Act. With videography by award-winning filmmaker Layke Anderson (Mankind and Dylan’s Room), the digital play is available to be streamed for ten days (19 – 28 June).
"It really is all about the audience with this play." 🎥 We're going behind-the-scenes on DECLAN with writer and actor @alistairhallyes and director @alexis.gregory ahead of the play's debut this Friday. 💻 From 7.30pm on 19 June, you will be able to stream DECLAN on our website until 28 June. Access to the play costs £3. Stay tuned to our socials for more behind-the-scenes videos coming this week! #DeclanThePlay #TheActorsCentre
The digital streaming of Declan raises funds for our #SupportTheActorsCentre appeal — a campaign backed notably by actress and activist Joanna Lumley OBE during the Covid-19 crisis. The play is programmed to make its on-stage debut at The Actors Centre later this year.
Alexis Gregory, director said, “Declan, with a great performance from the writer himself, Alistair Hall, is a wonderful piece that beautifully mixes fantasy and reality, truth and lies. At this challenging time for our industry and as we try to find new ways to share our stories, I am really excited to be directing this special digital version of Declan for streaming by The Actors Centre.”
Declan will be available to stream here from 7.30pm on 19 June.
About Alistair Hall
Alistair Hall is a 2019 graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA, MA Theatre Lab). Declan is his first play. Acting credits include Safe (Norwich Theatre Royal, directed by Alexis Gregory), Sardines (Drayton Arms Theatre) and Witness for the Prosecution (County Hall, West End).
About Alexis Gregory
Alexis Gregory is a London based playwright, performer, director and producer. His plays have been performed in theatres and a variety of alternative performance spaces and include his debut, the immersive Slap directed by Rikki Beadle-Blair MBE (Theatre Royal Stratford East; pop-up performances at Channel 4’s London HQ - the channel’s first ever onsite theatrical presentation; ‘Concrete’, a warehouse space in Shoreditch), Safe (Soho Theatre and London Theatre Workshop, directed by Robert Chevara; Reading Rep and Norwich Theatre Royal, directed by Alexis), Sex/Crime (alternative queer venue The Glory; Soho Theatre) and his self-performed solo verbatim piece Riot Act directed by Beadle-Blair (Duchess Theatre, West End; Arcola Theatre; King’s Head Theatre and two UK tours, most recently February 2020 for LGBT History Month. Additional writing includes Bright Skin Light (Theatre Royal Stratford East, workshop), short plays And Where There Once Were Two (Arcola Queer Collective; The Bunker) directed by Lynette Linton, Freak (Bush Theatre), Orlando, Judy Garland and the Fierce Children of the Light - In Response to the Orlando Attack (St James Theatre, Studio). Alexis’s plays are published by Bloomsbury Publishing and his work has been funded multiple times by Arts Council England.
About The Actors Centre
The Actors Centre Established in 1978, The Actors Centre is the UK’s leading professional development organisation, supporting actors and creative talent throughout their careers. Through an unrivalled programme of diverse workshops and masterclasses — led by distinguished practitioners from the worlds of theatre, film and television — The Actors Centre provides an essential space for artists to network, to share, to create, to thrive. We strive to programme an eclectic mix of original, evocative, diverse and challenging theatre that attracts a wide and varied audience.
At the core of our organisation is a commitment to supporting artists — offering opportunities to emerging, as well as established, artists and companies. Our flagship theatre space, the Tristan Bates Theatre, established in 1994, has become a celebrated off-West End venue, presenting high quality, four week plays and musicals. Our smaller space, the John Thaw Studio promotes work-in-progress and allows artists to receive vital feedback on work currently in development. The John Thaw Studio is also home to the John Thaw Initiative, with each season tailored towards supporting a particular demographic of artist, or a particular theme of work.
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