Fault Lines: Full casting announced

Posted on 11 November 2013.

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Fault Lines: Full casting announced

Natalie Dew, Samuel James, Alex Lawther and Nichola McAuliffe play the staff of a small relief charity in Ali Taylor’s sharp new comedy, which gives the expression ‘having a disastrous Christmas’ a whole new meaning.

It’s 7.32am on Christmas Eve. Disasters Relief’s staff parties are legendary – but their aftermath cataclysmic. Nick and Abi wake amidst the carnage to breaking news: another massive earthquake has struck Pakistan.

Gathering their clothes – and dignity – the race with rivals Oxfam begins. Who can be the first to dispatch branded aid in full view of the world media? How far are they willing to go to be first? With the appalling spectre of last night’s antics hanging over everything, the day quickly escalates into a dizzying web of secrets and lies.

Ali Taylor’s play uncovers the reality of working in a modern charity and asks whether doing good is the same as being good. He makes his Hampstead debut after winning the Meyer Whitworth Award in 2008 for his first play Cotton Wool (Theatre503). Previous credits include Overspill (Soho Theatre) and Sticks and Stones (Polka Theatre).

Lisa Spirling returns to Hampstead Downstairs following I Know How I Feel About Eve earlier this year. She directed Ali Taylor’s award winning Cotton Wool, and previous credits include Michael Frayn’s Here (Rose Theatre, Kingston) and Hundreds & Thousands (Soho Theatre).

Lighting design is by Tim Mascall and sound is by Richard Hammarton.

Natalie Dew’s previous theatre appearances include Romeo and Juliet (National Theatre) Rough Cuts (Royal Court) and Arabian Nights (RSC). TV includes Lewis and Gavin and Stacey.

Samuel James’ stage roles include Abigail’s Party (UK tour), Decade (Headlong/ National Theatre), Twelfth Night and Women Beware Women (National Theatre). TV includes Company Pictures, EastEnders, Nazi Gospels and The Shadow Line. Film includes The Man On Her Mind and Running Late.

Since making his professional debut last year in South Downs (Chichester Festival Theatre/Harold Pinter Theatre), Alex Lawther has finished his A Levels and filmed Benjamin Britten: Peace and Conflict, X plus Y and The Imitation Game playing the Young Alan Turing.

Nichola McAuliffe’s many stage appearances include Maurice’s Jubilee, which she also wrote, and for which she won The Stage Best Actress Award (Edinburgh and UK Tour), A British Subject (Arts Theatre), The Lady in the Van (Hull Truck Theatre & UK Tour) and Hayfever (Rose Theatre). She won the Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actress for Kiss Me, Kate (RSC). TV includes Doctors, Doctor Who, My Family, Coronation Street and Surgical Spirit (7 Series). Film includes Cheri, Die Another Day, Plunkett & Maclean and Tomorrow Never Dies. She has written two novels for adults and one for children.

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