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TAPE by Stephen Belber

Creative Team

Director - Julia Stubbs
Designer - Gabriela Restelli
Lighting Designer - Richard Williamson
Sound Designer - Damian Reynolds


Tara Carrozza
Mark Curtis
Kevin Watt



Yaller Skunk Theatre Company Present...


By Stephen Belber

The Old Red Lion, London

624 April 2010
Tues - Sat @ 7.30pm
Sundays @ 4pm

TAPE reunites Yaller Skunk with Julia Stubbs, the director of their West End hit In My Name by Steven Hevey.

''...you can't ever really destroy your past, and you also can't crawl back inside it''

Vince can't let go of the past. And now he wants to record it. He hasn't seen his ex-girlfriend and best friend for ten years since graduation. He deals drugs but thinks only of that night years ago. Tonight he’s going to find the truth and make them all face it.

In a pressure filled society and with peers ever pressing our social buttons, how quickly can young people today end up in situations that they are unable to escape from, or how many have already been caught in similar events and perceive them as normal?

TAPE explores the possibility of revisiting your past in order to shape your future.

STEPHEN BELBER was born in Washington DC. He moved to New York City at the age of twenty-five and was accepted on the playwriting programme at The Julliard School. It was here he produced his first multipart play Stone Cold Lyricism. In 2000 he was the winner of the fringe NYC Overall Excellence Award for Drifting Elegant. In the same year, the Actors Theatre of Louisville produced his next project Tape at the Humana Festival of New American Plays. In 2001 Belber wrote the screenplay for the film adaptation which was directed by Richard Linklater. He followed this up as an associate writer on the Laramie Project, a play and later a film in response to Matthew Shepard’s fatal beating in Laramie, Wyoming. Belber’s other plays include, The Match, The Death of Frank, Mel and Gene and Stabbing.

JULIA STUBBS trained as an actor at Manchester Polytechnic School of Theatre. Directing credits so far include the world premieres of Thin Toes by Laura Stevens (Pleasance, Islington), Remembering You Like Something I'd Forgotten by Louise Bulcher (National Arts Festival, Grahamstown, South Africa), a revival of It's a Girl by John Burrows (B-FIT: Bucharest Festival of International Theatre) and In My Name by Steven Hevey (Trafalgar Studios)


'The cosy Red Lion Theatre is the perfect backdrop for Julia Stubbs's highly polished production of Tape'
'a good production bringing the comedy and drama to life successfully'
'Kevin Watt (Vin) and Mark Curtis (Jon) create a tangibly tense atmosphere into which steps Tara Carrozza's Amy in an impressive combination of charisma and vulnerability...Watt's performance sparkles with depth and realism'
Beth Eyre, Remote Goat

'The production crams Tape's big themes - can people change? does true forgiveness exist, and if people can change sufficiently, do we need it to? - into the intimate space that is the Old Red Lion, with explosive results'
Matt Boothman, British Theatre Guide

'Yaller Skunk have a reputation for idiosyncratic drama that gets the synapses snapping'
'Julia Stubbs' direction sees the tit for tat banter skipping along'
'Tara Carrozza as Amy expertly avoids melodrama. The defining moment of the play comes with Kevin Watt's monologue on love and lost friendship in the closing scenes'
Emma Youle, Islington Gazette

'A dark waster-comedy, 'Tape' drips with the dregs of the American dream'
Matt Trueman, Time Out


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