PUBLIC PROPERTY – A New Dark Comedy!

Tara Wilkinson on behalf of WHIPPET PRODUCTIONS Presents The World Premiere of PUBLIC PROPERTY.

Nigel Harman stars alongside Robert Daws and Steven Webb in Public Property, the darkly comic tale of a newsreader engaged in a fierce powerplay with his publicist as the paparazzi bay at the door.

When popular news man Geoffrey Hammond is caught by photographers in a rather compromising position, he leaves it up to his publicist Larry (who knows all his client’s dirtiest secrets) to spin him out of what seems to be an impossible situation.  As the media wait, hungry for the statement on the sex scandal of the century, the two struggle with conscience and imagination and the question looms – is all publicity good publicity?

NIGEL HARMAN, (Larry) is nationally known for playing the charismatic character Dennis Rickman in EASTENDERS, a role for which he won numerous awards, he has most recently been seen on TV as Sam in HOTEL BABYLON. Since leaving EastEnders, he starred as Sky Masterson in GUYS & DOLLS at the Piccadilly Theatre, Kerry Max Cooke in THE EXONERATED at Riverside Studios and appeared in Harold Pinter’ play THE CARETAKER at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield.

ROBERT DAWS  (Geoffrey) is a very familiar face on television.  His television credits include Dr. Gordon Ormerod in THE ROYAL, Tuppy Glossop in JEEVES AND WOOSTER and Roger Dervish, the pompous cricket captain in OUTSIDE EDGE. Film credits include ARTHURS DYKE, a comedy about three middle-aged men walking Offa’s Dyke path in Wales. Recent theatre work includes his own one-man show, SUMMONED BY BETJEMAN about the life and work of Sir John Betjeman.

STEVEN WEBB (Jamie) has been performing in theatre, television and film since the age of eight. He took over the lead role in OLIVER! At The London Palladium at age 10. His most notable work includes appearing as Posner in the second casting of Alan Bennet’s THE HISTORY BOYS, THE LONG ROAD (Soho Theatre) S**T MIX (Trafalgar Studios) and LICK CREEK at Southwark Playhouse for which he was nominated for a Most Outstanding Newcomer Award by the Evening Standard. He appeared as a child dancer along side Michael Jackson during the 1996 Brit Awards; getting knocked off stage and cracking a rib when Jarvis Cocker came on.

Public Property is written by Sam Peter Jackson, directed by Hanna Berrigan, produced by Tara Wilkinson, designed by Helen Goddard, lighting design by Emma Chapman and sound design by Steve Mayo,

SAM PETER JACKSON’s first play MINOR IRRITATIONS was the first play to be supported by the Pleasance Theatre’s Charlie Hartill Special Reserve Fund and subsequently premiered at the Edinburgh Festival in 2005. It transferred to the White Bear Theatre and was selected for the Dublin International Gay Theatre Festival, where it was nominated for 3 awards, including the 2006 Oscar Wilde Award for Writing. Sam is an active member of The Factory, an innovative new theatre company. In October he also begins filming The Battle of the Boogie, a documentary about his father, for the Channel 4 First Cut series

Director HANNA BERRIGAN has established a strong reputation as a director of both new writing and revivals. In addition to directing her own work she has worked as an associate on The 39 Steps at the Criterion and assisted on shows at The National Theatre, The Royal Court and for the RSC.

TARA WILKINSON is a producer at The Bush Theatre, a Creative Associate of nabokov and Associate Producer for Forward Theatre Project and Liquid Theatre.  Whippet Productions is a young theatre production company whose foundation is to promote new writing, whose aim it is to give writers’ their full scale professional productions at early stages in their career.  Recent productions include Natural Selection at Theatre 503 and Many Roads To Paradise at Finborough Theatre.

The Previews will begin at Trafalgar Studio 2 from Tuesday 10 November (running until Saturday 5 December) .