Cast Announced for S27

Lifeboat and Widsith present S-27, The world premiere of a new play by Sarah Grochala.
Directed by Stephen Keyworth.

CAST ANNOUNCED for S-27, the winner of Amnesty International’s first Protect The Human Playwriting Competition, for a four week limited season at Finborough Theatre from 9 June – Saturday, 4 July. Press nights Thursday 11 and Friday 12 June.

CAST – BROOKE KINSELLA who made her TV debut at the age of 9,  and has continued to work extensively on stage, film and TV , Brooke is best remembered for her role as “Kelly Taylor” in EastEnders; PIPPA NIXON, who began her career in the children’s TV series  24 Seven, was in the 2007 Globe production of The  Merchant of Venice, for which she received an Ian Charleson Award Commendation; JACK PIERCE, whose many TV and film credits include the 2008 films Dummy, Clubbed and 2005 ‘s Shooting Dogs;  TOM REED who will be seen in two new films this year Life Goes On and Shadows in the Sun; AMELIA SABERWAL who appears in Hustle V and  played the lead in 2008 BAFTA nominated film Fused and  KATE WARD whose credits include Mrs Marchmont in the 2007 Manchester Royal Exchange production of An Ideal Husband.

Inspired by the events at the notorious S-21 prison in Cambodia and by the work of the photographer Nhem En, a young soldier responsible for taking the ID photos of thousands of people before they were tortured and killed by the Khmer Rouge. Playwright Sarah Grochala draws on prison records and interviews with both prisoners and Khmer Rouge cadres to create a startling and affecting drama.

 “S-27 is a compelling piece of theatre which Amnesty International awarded for its ability to illuminate the horrific crimes committed in Cambodia at that time, while informing and engaging the audience.  We are delighted that it is here at Finborough theatre and would encourage as many people as possible to see it.”  Amnesty International’s Events Producer, Sarah Ben-Tovim

An oppressive regime has rewritten history; there is no more family, no friends, and no lovers, only the state.  May is an idealist, fighting for a better world.  A good soldier, a perfectionist, she has sacrificed everything for this regime. Her reward is a job photographing prisoners before they are executed. As the enemy with both strange and familiar faces pass one by one before her unflinching lens, May’s convictions are dramatically called into question, and the daring possibility of once again dreaming of a life beyond these walls has shocking consequences.

On April 17th 1975 the Khmer Rouge captured Cambodia’s capital and began a four-year reign of genocide.. It is estimated that some 2 million Cambodians, a quarter of the population, died at the hands of the Khmer Rouge led by  Pol Pot. During this murderous period a secret torture and interrogation prison, codenamed S-21, operated from a former school, Tuol Sleng. Prisoners were tortured until they confessed to whatever crimes they were charged with, photographed and then executed. The prisoners’ photographs and confessions formed dossiers that were submitted to Khmer Rouge authorities as ‘proof’ that the ‘traitors’ had been eliminated. Of the 14,200 known people who were imprisoned at S-21, less than 20 are believed to have survived.

S-27 is the second production by Lifeboat Theatre, following Fanny and Faggot by Jack Thorne, which had a sell-out run at the Finborough Theatre in February 2007 and transferred to the Trafalgar Studios. Director Stephen Keyworth was winner of the Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Theatre Award 2002 for his production of his own play Dog Well Done

Playwright Sarah Grochala credits include Waiting For Romeo. Two pieces for Theatre 503 – Viable Alternatives (Theatre 503) and Covent. Sarah originally trained as an actress and played  the lead role in Little Women at the Duchess Theatre.

Director Stephen Keyworth credits  Fanny and Faggot,, Dog Well Done and  Zimbabwe Boy which went  to be performed at the National Theatre.  Artistic Director of 5065 Lift.

Finborough Theatre, The Finborough, 118 Finborough Road, London SW10 9ED
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Tuesday, 9 June – Saturday, 4 July 2009

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