Tom Hughes leads stellar cast for prisoner drama, Ticking

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Tom Hughes, Niamh Cusack and Anthony Head headline BAFTA nominated writer and director Paul Andrew Williams debut stage play, Ticking, set to open at London’s Trafalgar Studios on October 6.

The play follows Simon (Tom Hughes), a young British man who is awaiting execution in a Chinese prison cell after being convicted of the murder of a local prostitute.

It’s his final visiting hour and his parents (Anthony Head and Niamh Cusack) are due to arrive. He’s a bag of nervous energy and his lawyer (David Michaels) still hasn’t got any news on his appeal. Even the British Prime Minister is calling for a pardon.

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As Simon and his parents wait breathlessly to see if his appeal will be successful, Simon must decide whether to confront the past with his father and expose a deeply hidden secret, or leave it buried and say his goodbyes.

Tense, punchy and unflinching, the audience is thrust into the world of the Baron family as they struggle with the knowledge that death by firing squad may be just around the corner.

Williams, who is known for his work on London To Brighton, Song For Marion and Murdered By My Boyfriend, will work with producer Melissa Wilkins on the gripping and powerful story.

Previews begin at Trafalgar Studio 2 on October 6, opening two days later.

It’s a top flight cast for this compelling play. Tom Hughes is known from stage and screen performances in The Game, About Time, Cemetery Junction, Silk and Page Eight; Niamh Cusack’s credits include The Rehearsal, Testament of Youth, Heatbeat, extensive work for the RSC and National Theatre including The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and Five Minutes Of Heaven; Anthony Head is credited with TV’s You, Me & Them, Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Merlin.

The cast also includes David Michaels (Heartbeat, Morse, and work with the RSC).

Ticking runs at Trafalgar Studio 2 from October 6-November 7.

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