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In My Name

In My Name
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Creative Team

Director- Julia Stubbs
Designer- Georgia Lowe
Lighting designer- Richard Williamson
Sound designer- Damian Reynolds
Costumes- Vicky Povey
Stage Manager- Adam Tripp

Produced by Kevin Watt & Georgia Lowe

By Steven Hevey

Following a sell-out run at The Old Red Lion…

IN MY NAME
By Steven Hevey

TRAFALGAR STUDIO 2- Tuesday 1st July- Saturday 19th July

“THIS IS WHAT NEW WRITING SHOULD BE ABOUT!” The Stage

Starring JAMES ALEXANDROU, RAY PANTHAKI, KEVIN WATT & ADEEL AKHTAR

James Alexandrou, who made his name playing Martin Fowler in Eastenders, will be making his West End debut in this visceral and terrifying dark comedy by 2008 Paines Plough Future Perfect writer Steven Hevey.

“For the first time in my life today I didn’t feel alone.”

It’s not easy being optimistic in London but on the day after winning the bid for the Olympics the world felt a lot brighter. And then a bomb went off.
In My Name is a bold, dark and funny insight into the consequences of allowing life to pass you by because no matter how much you bury your head in the sand, the world has a funny way of forcing itself right through your front door.

CAST

Ray Panthaki made his film debut in the 1998 Brit-flick 'Tube Tales' alongside Bob Hoskins, Jude Law, Ray Winstone and Ewan McGregor. He then played Ali G's nemesis Hassan B in the cult box office hit 'Ali G Inda House'. His other credits include Danny Boyle's '28 Days Later' and the Olivier award winning play 'Where Do We Live' directed by Richard Wilson. Ray then went on to produce and star in the controversial hit movie 'Kidulthood'. Last year Ray was nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the TMA Theatre Awards for his performance in 'Gladiator Games'.

Kevin Watt attended ALRA where he represented the school for the Carleton Hobbs award. After graduating Kevin starred in several productions at The Broadway Studio Theatre including Renton in 'Trainspotting', Billy Bibbit in 'One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest'. He set up Yaller Skunk Theatre Company in 2007, shortly afterwards producing 'Someone Who'll Watch Over Me' and 'Neville's Island' both at The Broadway Studio Theatre and then transferred to Dubai.

Adeel Akhtar trained at The Actors Studio Drama School in New York. He has appeared in the TV dramas 'Law and Order' and 'Conviction' in the US and 'Brtiz' and Linda La Plantes 'Trial and Retribution' in the UK. Adeel starred in the short film 'The Pope's Face' which won the Audience Choice AAward at the Millbrook International 3-minute Film Festival. He recently worked alongside Guy Pearce in the upcoming feature film 'Traitor'.


Reviews

Critics Choice-Top Five Plays in London

'It's exactly the sort of fascinating fringe gem the Trafalgar Studios' smaller space was designed to accommodate'
'Extremely well acted...the garrulous and later utterly broken Panthaki and the grimly watchful Watt are both so good'
'This is a powerful reminder of that awful day three years ago, and marks Hevey and Stubbs out as talents worth watching'
Nick Curtis, Evening Standard

'Steven Hevey's In My Name, a ticking, short-fused bomb of a drama'
'Directed by Julia Stubbs, and acted with a bruising physicality rarely seen this side of an old Sam Shepard play'
'Acted with visceral intensity by its young cast'
'Brave and exciting'
Ben Brantley, New York Times

This play is a stylish small explosion'
'Hevey (writer) executes it with blackly comic panache'
'The performances in Julia Stubbs production are excellent'
Sam Marlowe, The Times
 
'Very well acted'
'Hevey certainly has strong ideas and plenty of talent'
'Julia Stubbs production captures the energy running through Heveys Script'
Claire Alfree, The Metro
 
'Far better than a night in any day'
'Finely tuned fly-on-the-wall performances'
'There's no doubt that this play is sharply written, with a keen ear for dialogue'
Roger Foss, WhatsOnStage
 
'Georgia Lowe's design like Heveys script is almost pitch perfect'
Society of London Theatre
 
'Paines Plough, The Royal Court, Soho Young Writers Programme-Steven Hevey has done all these and doesn't it show!
When a writer, with his debut full length play, comes up with something that is well-structured, with well-drawn characters, an engrossing plot and naturalistic dialogue that hides polemic when needs be, then we should all head off to the places listed above and pay homage at their doors'
'An intense play that has the audience scurrying back after the break'
'This is what new writing should be about'
'Kevin Watt gives a frighteningly intense performance as ex soldier Egg'
'As well as an engrossing plot and well-formulated dialogue, there are excellent performances'
Jeremy Austin, The Stage

James Alexandrou is louche, funny and rather loveable as Grim and Kevin Watt's performance vibrates like a coiled spring, but the performance of Ray Panthaki as Royal is charismatic and stunning. ****
Remote Goat

'The cast's acting talents really shine through...Panthaki goes from a ball of unstoppable energy to a dribbling sobbing mess and Adeel Akhtar's Zaeem flashes from baffled delivery man to a mocking ex-hostage'
'Hevey's dialogue is fresh although it can be intense, there is a humour here grounded in the truth of real-life characters'
Laura King, The Morning Star

'The performances are top-notch'
'Compelling and tightly focused'
'Kevin Watt is horribly convincing as a damaged nutcase unable to break free from his past. And Ray Panthaki, playing a needy, likeable drifter, has vast stores of charm and a natural comic grace'
Lloyd Evans, The Spectator

'The lack of morality and muddled sense of identity of young Brits comes powerfully across, thanks in no small part to a couple of knockout performances – from Kevin Watt as disturbed ex-soldier Egg who can't forget what he's seen and done whilst purportedly serving his country, and from Ray Panthaki's fast-talking, coke-snorting Royal'
Louise Kingsley, TNT Magazine

'Performances from the whole cast are near on perfect - punchy, funny, very physical and tragic in places'
'Georgia Lowe's set offers an understated visual treat that takes you straight back to student digs and offsets the action brilliantly'
'This is a fabulous night of theatre from everyone involved and a West End transfer thoroughly deserved'
Emma Youle, The Islington Gazette

 


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