A brand new play commissioned from local writer Sarah Curwen is set to appear at the egg theatre when the Theatre Royal’s Engage Company presents LOCKDOWN from Wednesday 10th to Saturday 13th September.

Lockdown - Alison Campbell and Danann McAleer - Engage at the egg - (ref1)

When three actors sign up for job which is shrouded in secrecy, they think they have the measure of it.  They are asked to sign a confidentiality clause at the outset and are aware that they will have no access to the outside world, remaining in ‘lockdown’ for the duration of the project.

Working with a director and overseen by a caretaker, the performers engage in a variety of drama exercises and rehearse for a specific scenario. But as the line between reality and make-believe starts to blur, paranoia seeps in, and the participants become more deeply involved than they ever imagined with potentially devastating consequences.    

This unnerving, new drama is Sarah Curwen’s first full length play, commissioned following Engage’s 2013 Playwriting Summer School. Sarah first became involved with the Theatre Royal Bath’s Engage Company when she participated in a verbatim theatre course in 2011, having completed an MA in Playwriting at Bath Spa University the previous year. She has since participated in four productions and five courses studying acting skills and production techniques with Engage. Sarah’s work was featured in Engage’s 2012 One-Act Play Festival.

Lockdown will be performed by a company of five, incorporating four professional actors and one Engage member, directed by Hannah Drake.  Bristol-based actors Philip Perry, Danann McAleer, Alison Campbell and Kirsty Cox first worked alongside writer Sarah Curwen to research and develop this new play for two days in January 2014.

Philip Perry and Kirsty Cox have most recently toured with Kilter Theatre Company performing in Last Post.  Kirsty recently received acclaim for her performance in David Lane’s one-woman show Stalin’s Daughter. Danann McAleer’s credits include performing with Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory, Roughhouse Theatre, Bristol Shakespeare Festival and Theatre Bristol. Alison Campbell has worked previously with Southwark Playhouse, Bristol’s Brewery Theatre and Tobacco Factory.

Bath-based Engage member Marc Bessant completes the cast. A graphic designer by day, Marc first worked with Engage at the start of this year participating in the Shakespeare Unplugged Festival 2014. 

LOCKDOWN appears at the egg theatre in Bath from Wednesday 10th September to Saturday 13th September.  Tickets are available from the Theatre Royal Bath Box Office on 01225 448844, the egg on 01225 823 409 and online at www.theatreroyal.org.uk