Written and directed by Lily Bevan, Celebrity Night at Cafe Red will run at the Trafalgar Studios 2 from 20 September to 6 October 2012.
Celebrity Night at Café Red is being co-produced by Osip Theatre and Lucy Pattison, with assistant direction from Hamish MacDougall, lighting design by Christopher Nairne, sound design by Emma Laxton, set design by Giuseppe Belli and costume design by Emma Belli. The press night is on 21 September at 7pm.
The full cast for Celebrity Night at Café Red is Dominic Burdess (Maitre D’), Alys Metcalf (Waitress) Mike Wozniak (Roly), Jeany Spark (Lucy), Lorna Beckett (Lizzy), Victoria Lloyd (Brianca), James Rastall (Ben), Sarah Lambie (Sabine), Leo Staar (Harry) and Lily Bevan (Hillary).
Saturday Night at Café Red, the frenchest chain restaurant in town, with plastic onions, checked tablecloths and rustic provencal paraphernalia to prove it. But this is a night of change, of fresh ideas – visiting Celebrity Chef Extraordinaire Roly Ryan is in the kitchen whisking up trouble. How can he know his diners havealso brought their own unusual ingredients to the table?
An evening of love, awkwardness, danger and mime. This tasty black comedy will surprise and delight. Bon Appetit!
The play features a hilarious and talented ensemble cast of eight actors and two Le Coq trained physical performers.
Lily Bevan (Hillary) is a writer, director and performer. She is Artistic Director of Osip Theatre and has previously written Stephen & The Sexy Partridge at Trafalgar Studios, Avocado at the King’s Head Theatre, and A Stab In The Dark at Latitude Theatre Festival. Lily has also directed Miss Lilly Gets Boned Or The Loss of All Elephant Elders at The Finborough. Lily writes for The Huffington Post, and is currently developing projects for The Kings Head Theatre, BBC Radio 4 and Working Title. She is also working withwriter/actress Emma Thompson developing a new screenplay.
Dominic Burdess’ (Maitre D’) stage credits include Ivan in Delirium at Theatre O, Abbey Dublin & the Barbican, Gepetto in Pinocchio at Theatre Royal, Northampton, Nano the Dwarf in Volpone at Manchester Royal Exchange, Jonathan in Arsenic and Old Lace at Derby Playhouse,Charlie Chaplin in Charlie, Proteus and Walter Howell in Signals of Distress, The Flying Machine, Soho Rep NYC. His TV credits include Dead Ringers and My Dad’s the PM, both for the BBC. Other theatre includes directing After Mikuyu for Bilimankwe Arts at Oval House, clown consultant on Ayckbourn's Drowning on Dry Land at Salisbury Playhouse, and devising/development work with the Young Vic, The Penny Dreadfuls, the Verbatim Symposium 2006, Jamworks, Company F.Z, and Cirque du Soleil. He is currently working on two shows with Theatre O at the National Theatre Studio and the Young Vic. As Artistic Director of Blow Up Theatre, Dominic co-created the Total Theatre Award-winning clown duo The Illusion Brothers and Somebody to Love, a mask play which touredinternationally and was filmed at the Young Vic and released on DVD by EMI/Parlophone. He also co-wrote, directed and performed in the film TheMourners, which won Best Screenplay at the San Francisco Short Film Festival 2003 and is now co-writing a full-length play, 1564.
Alys Metcalf’s (Waitress) stage credits include working with Pimlico Opera Company in Les Miserables, The Journey with Viscera Theatre Company, and Oranges on the Brighton Line at Old Vic Tunnels. Alys is co-founder of Viscera Theatre Company.
Mike Wozniak (Roly) is an award-winning comedian, writer and performer. Mike’s comedy awards include Best New Show Award for The Golden Lizard, at the Leicester Comedy Festival, Time Out New Act of the Year and Amused Moose Laugh Off Winner. Mike’s stage credits include The Golden Lizard and Mike Wozniak, One Man Show at Soho Theatre, Comedy Rush at the Shaftesbury Theatre and Egg and Spoon at the Edinburgh Festival. Mike’s screen credits include Man Down, Saturday Staff, How TV Ruined Your Life and The Late List.
Jeany Spark’s (Lucy) theatre credits include Waste at the Almeida Theatre, Twelfth Night at Theatre Royal, Norwich, Moscow Live for High Tide, and A Voyage Round My Father for Salisbury Playhouse. Her TV credits include Wallander, A Touch Of Cloth, Black Mirror, Sherlock, Death In Paradise, Law and Order: UK, Hattie, Tess of the D'Urbervilles and Lewis.
Lorna Beckett’s (Lizzy) stage credits include Miss Lilly Gets Boned Or The Loss of All Elephant Elders, Avocado, Stephen and the Sexy Partridge and A Stab in the Dark (all for Osip Theatre), Olivia in Twelfth Night and Masters Are You Mad? at Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre, Chester and Honey in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? at Sheffield Crucible. Her screen credits include Resurrecting the Streetwalker, The Tell Tale Heart and MI High.
Victoria Lloyd’s (Brianca) stage credits include Michael Attenborough's production of Filumena at The Almeida Theatre with Sam Spiro, Love's Labour's Lost for Lamb House, Mine for The Finborough, Measure for Measure at The Almeida Theatre and Fool for Love at the George Bernard Shaw Theatre.
James Rastall’s (Ben) screen credits include Marchlands, Vera and Prisoners' Wives. This Autumn James will be appearing in ITV2 comedy Switch, opposite Phoebe Fox and Caroline Quentin.
Sarah Lambie (Sabine) studied English at Cambridge University and Acting at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, graduating in 2010. She also has a diploma in classicalsinging from the ABRSM. Most recently, Sarah has played Cecily in The Importance of Being Earnest at English Theatre, Frankfurt, Valentine in Twelfth Night, and Coraline in Masters are you Mad? At Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre, Chester, she also plays the Maitre D’ in a troupe of improvising comedy waiters. Her choral singing in the past two years has seen her performing in the Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, and Kings College Chapel, Cambridge, whilst she sings regularly with her own jazz duo/trio/quartet all over South East England. Sarah is also the Editor of Teaching Drama Magazine and Editorial Assistant of Classical Music Magazine.
Leo Staar’s (Harry) theatre credits include After The Dance and Hamlet at The National Theatre and Much Ado About Nothing at the Wyndham's Theatre. His screen credits include Dancing on the Edge and Dark Matters.