Kennington’s White Bear Theatre kicks off its Christmas season with Curtain Call, Simon Bradbury’s new, darkly comic, play about lost love, alcoholism and stage fright.
Yes, they’re all out there; the theatre community royalty. The finest collection of personality disorders this side of a Freudian nightmare.
Stanley, once a respected classical actor, is now reduced to appearing in murder mysteries on seaside piers.
Found by a former lover who persuades him to appear as Gloucester in her production of King Lear, he is catapulted into the company of his estranged TV star friend who is playing the king.
Simon Bradbury’s hilarious and touching play is about the masks we wear and the dangers of wearing them all the time – how refusing to look at our real reflection, warts and all, can cost when it comes to love and what is truly meaningful.
Using the backstage world of theatre, and the eccentrics that inhabit it, the play fuses broad comedy with genuine pathos to render a story that is both funny and heart-wrenching.
This three-hander includes Bradbury in the cast and also features Heide Yates, a Canadian singer/actress making her UK debut, and Aran Bell, a veteran of theatre and stage.
Simon Bradbury is a playwright and actor. A UK national, he has recently returned from the US and Canada where he made his living in the classical theatre.
Most recently he has been seen as a physical actor in Cirque du Soleil. Simon recently won the 2017 Liverpool Hope Playwriting award, the UK’s second largest play-writing competition, for his comedy The Last Act of Love of JB Moliere.
Curtain Call is directed by Brian Croucher, a director/actor and a 45-year veteran of TV, film and theatre.
He has appeared on stage at the National Theatre, RSC, Royal Court and the West End. Having played many villains in film and TV, he is probably best known for his role as Jim Hills in EastEnders.
Curtain Call runs at the White Bear Theatre from November 29-December 16.