Eleanor Bron returns to the stage after more than a decade to star in a harrowing story of child slavery and exploitation.
Forget Me Not, opening on December 11 at London’s Bush Theatre is a new play about the transport of British orphans to Australia in the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s.
The cast for the UK premiere of Tom Holloway’s drama includes Eleanor Bron, Russell Floyd, Sarah Ridgeway and Sargon Yelda.
The co-production, between the Bush and HighTide Festival Theatre, is directed by HighTide’s artistic director Steven Atkinson.
Under an agreement between the British and Australian Governments, between 1945 and 1968, over 3,000 British children were told they were orphans and sent to Australia on a promise of warmth, fresh air, abundant food and boundless opportunity.
Instead they arrived to deprived institutions where neglect and abuse were the norm.
Tom Holloway’s tender new play unearths a secret buried by time that, in turn, exposes a world of historical injustices currently in the limelight.
Eleanor Bron is well known for being the voice of Carol Tregorran in BBC Radio 4’s The Archers. Her major film credits include Ken Russell’s Women In Love, the children’s classic A Little Princess and the 2012 costume drama Hyde Park on Hudson.
On stage she has appeared in All About My Mother (Old Vic), The Miser, The White Devil, The Duchess of Malfi and The Cherry Orchard (all National Theatre).
Russell Floyd is best known to television viewers as Michael Rose in EastEnders and as D.C. Ken Drummond in The Bill.
Sarah Ridgeway is an RSC actress and has also appeared in A Taste of Honey (Salisbury Playhouse), Sucker Punch (The Royal Court), Twelfth Night (Regents Park Open Air Theatre) and The Cherry Orchard (The Young Vic and Harrogate for HighTide Festival Theatre).
Sargon Yelda’s credits include Light Shining in Buckinghamshire and Dara (National Theatre), Teh Internet is Serious Business (Royal Court), and Incognito (HighTide Festival Theatre/ Live Theatre/ Bush Theatre).
Forget Me No starts previews at Bush Theatre on Tuesday next week and runs until January 16.