Joseph Marcell and Christopher Fairbank will star as Byron and Ames in the long-awaited UK premiere of Sam Shepard’s play, Ages of The Moon, which comes to The Vaults, in London this October.
On a hot summer’s night, deep in the American wilderness, Byron and Ames are reunited by mutual desolation.
By the fading light of an eclipsing moon, the pair reflect on love and life over a bottle of whiskey – and as old rivalries flare, their 40-year friendship is put to the test at the barrel of a gun.
Ages of The Moon premiered in Dublin in 2009, starring Stephen Rea and Sean McGinley, and then transferred to New York the following year, with several subsequent productions in North America and Canada.
This new production, directed by Alexander Lass, marks its UK premiere.
Alexander Lass said: “Byron and Ames provoke as much as they entertain.
“Two men in their mid-sixties, suffering literal and metaphorical heartache, they crave to be heard and known.
“Through their rambling recollections, coarse observations and raunchy humour, we are taken on journey where fact merges with fiction, beginning with youthful optimism and ending with mournful nostalgia.
“They philosophise about sex, marriage, betrayal, loneliness, death, country western music, horse-racing, and astronomy.
” Like Estragon and Vladimir, or Hirst and Spooner in No Man’s Land, Byron and Ames amuse us with their homespun conversation, disturb us with their despair all the while knocking back glass after glass of ‘the great malt which wounds’.
“The more they drink, the less we feel we can trust anything they say. Icannot wait to direct this play.
“I am drawn to the humanity, comedy, universality, and understated showmanship of Sam’s poetic words, and I am thrilled to be collaborating with Joe and Chris, two incredible actors who will bring Ames and Byron vividly to life”.
Christopher Fairbank has a long and distinguished screen career, with films including Lady Macbeth, Aliens III, Zefferelli’s Hamlet, Besson’s The Fifth Element, Burton’s Batman and Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy.
Well known for his role as Moxey in iconic eighties series Auf Wiedersehen, Pet, his extensive television credits include, most recently, Taboo, Granchester, Wolf Hall and Wallander.
Joseph Marcell has extensive theatrical credits. He has appeared in multiple productions at Shakespeare’s Globe and the RSC; plus lead roles in numerous August Wilson productions in London & Washington DC.
But Joseph is best known, on television, for the hugely successful NBC series The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
Ages of The Moon runs in The Vaults, from October 17 – November 24.