Art & food fights. Marius von Mayenburg’s Plastic opens at Theatre Royal Bath

Steve John Shepherd in Plastic. Images Simon Annand

Marius von Mayenburg’s black comedy Plastic has opened the German Season at Theatre Royal Bath’s Ustinov Studio running throughout this spring.

The production stars Brenock O’Connor, Charlotte Randle, Steve John Shepherd, Jonathan Slinger and Ria Zmitrowicz. Plastic has been translated by Maja Zade and is directed by Olivier Award nominee Matthew Dunster.

Michael and Ulrike are on the brink. Michael is a doctor, with ambitions of heroic grandeur; Ulrike, his wife, is assistant to the infamous Serge Haulupa, a bizarre conceptual artist.

Vincent, their teenage son is hitting puberty with a vengeance – and a video camera and Jessica Schmitt is the new cleaner thrust in to clean up their mess.

Utter pandemonium ensues when Serge invites himself to Michael and Ulrike’s house to make art over dinner. The food fight is just the start of it…

Brenock O’Connor is best known for his role as Olly in Game of Thrones and Peter Cratchit in Dickensian. He also starred in the UK Tour of Oliver! as The Artful Dodger.

Charlotte Randle’s recent stage credits include Mary in Yerma (Young Vic), Medea (Almeida Theatre), Public Enemy (Young Vic) and Birdland (Royal Court). Television credits include Father Brown, The Trials of Jimmy Rose and Silent Witness.

Steve John Shepherd is best known for his role as Michael Moon in EastEnders. Theatre credits include The Good Canary (Rose Theatre Kingston), Bomber’s Moon (Trafalgar Studios) and Albion (Bush Theatre).

Jonathan Slinger was most recently seen as Willy Wonka in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Theatre Royal Drury Lane). Extensive credits for the RSC include the title role in Hamlet, Parolles in All’s Well That Ends Well and Prospero in The Tempest.

Ria Zmitrowicz’s notable television credits include Miss Ellis in ITV’s Mr Selfridge and Jodie in Channel 4’s Youngers. Theatre credits include X (Royal Court), Four Minutes Twelve Seconds (Trafalgar Studios) and The Crucible (Royal Exchange Theatre).

Marius von Mayenburg is a trail-blazer for contemporary European theatre. In 2007 his play The Ugly One, opened at the Royal Court to critical acclaim and, in 2015, Martyr ran at the Unicorn Theatre.

Plastic is the first production in The German Season at the Ustinov Studio, which will present the UK premieres of two acclaimed plays from celebrated German writers.

The season will conclude with Daniel Kehlmann’s The Mentor starring Academy Award-winner F. Murray Abraham. Directed by the Ustinov Studio’s Artistic Director Laurence Boswell and translated by Christopher Hampton the production will run from April 6 – May 6.

Plastic plays in the Ustinov Studio, Theatre Royal Bath, until March 25.

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