Ruth Gemmell and Emma Paetz are to star in the premiere of No Place For A Woman at London’s Theatre503, it has been announced.
The wife of a prison camp commandant is throwing a party. She asks her husband for champagne. Instead he brings home a ballet dancer from the camp.
Set towards the end of the Second World War, Cordelia O’Neill’s play combines theatre with live music and dance to tell the extraordinary story of two women, seemingly worlds apart, who become inextricably entwined in their struggle to survive.
No Place For A Woman, starring Ruth Gemmell and Emma Paetz, with Elliott Rennie on cello, is directed by Kate Budgen
Ruth Gemmell has worked at the RSC (Midsummer Mischief, Midwinter, Regan in King Lear, Macbeth), National Theatre (CoramBoy), Bush Theatre (Sixty Six Books, Helter Skelter/Land of the Dead), Hampstead Theatre (Ancient Lights) and the Royal Court (The Weir).
Her recent TV roles include Octavia Putney in Penny Dreadful, two series of Home Fires and Jen Dugdale in two series of Utopia. Her films include Fever Pitch, and Good.
Emma Paetz is a recent graduate of Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She was in You’re Human Like the Rest of Them at the Finborough Theatre and the film Final Girl.
Elliott Rennie, who is composing the music for the production, was last seen in the West End in Shakespeare in Love and has recently performed in Pinocchio at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough.
No Place For A Woman is A Small Things Theatre production in association with Theatre503 and runs from May 3-27.