Posted on 14 August 2018.

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Richard Molloy’s Every Day I Make Greatness Happen, winner of the Nick Darke Award in 2017, will receive its world premiere Downstairs in September, and will star Sofia Barclay, Moe Bar-El, Jon Foster, Susan Stanley and Josh Zaré.


Hampstead Downstairs / Celia Atkin present


By Richard Molloy
Directed by Alice Hamilton

13 September – 20 October


‘For the next six weeks, we meet here, in this room. Unless you are hospitalised, or deceased, or suffering some kind of catastrophic physical or emotional trauma, you need to be here’

Hampstead Theatre presents the world premiere of Richard Molloy’s Every Day I Make Greatness Happen, winner of the Nick Darke Award 2017.

It’s back to school with a bang for Alisha, Iman and Kareem – they all failed GCSE English and there are only six weeks until their resits. This is their last chance to continue Sixth Form, failure is not an option. It’s down to Miss Murphy to see the trio through. But collectively, the students are unruly, she’s already snowed under with her other classes and the school is literally falling apart. Can she deliver when there’s just as much drama in the staffroom as there is in the classroom?

Directed by Alice Hamilton, this play is a searingly witty exploration of a struggling system and the people inside it, on both sides of the desk, trying to make things work.


Sofia Barclay plays Alisha. Theatre work includes Mosquitoes (National Theatre); Future Conditional (The Old Vic); SYP (Soho Theatre); The Two Worlds of Charlie F (Haymarket/UK tour); Othello (Brockley Jack Theatre) and As You Like It (Lafayette Theatre NYC). Television work includes Defending the Guilty. Film work includes Sulphur and White and short films Misconduct; Avenue to Nowhere and Bistro Caprice


Moe Bar-El plays Kareem. Moe trained at the Identity School of Acting in London. Theatre work includes Moormaid (Arcola); Punk Rock (Courtyard Theatre) and Awkward Silence (Sadler’s Wells). Television work includes Code 404; Snatch; Tyrant; Phoneshop and Black Mirror. Film work includes Zero and Austenland.


Jon Foster plays John. Theatre work includes Othello (Shakespeare’s Globe); The Unknown Island; Idomeneus; Tenet; Trojan Women; Dream Story and Mud (all Gate Theatre); F*ck the Polar Bears (Bush Theatre); Buckets (Orange Tree Theatre); A New Way to Please You; Sejanus: His Fall; Speaking Like Magpies and Thomas More (all Royal Shakespeare Company) and Long Time Dead (Paines Plough). Television work includes Prime Suspect 73; Fortitude; Da Vinci’s Demons; The Great Fire; New Tricks; Rev; Southcliffe; The Town and Mrs Biggs. Film work includes Alba; Tides and Nice Guy.


Susan Stanley plays Miss Murphy. Susan trained at LAMDA. Theatre work includes Alligators (Hampstead Downstairs); Tomcat (Southwark Playhouse); F*ck the Polar Bears (Bush); Portia Coughlan (Old Red Lion, nominated Best Female Performance, OFFIES 2015); The Separation (Theatre503); Almost Maine (Park Theatre); The Separation (Project Arts Centre, Dublin); The Last Confessions of a Scallywag (The Mill at Sonning) and Bedbound (The Lion and Unicorn). Television work includes Fair City. Film work includes Hotel Amenities (winner of Best Actress, Malaga Film Festival 2013); Shadows in the Wind; This Chair is Not Me; The End of the Nine Till Five; Timelarks and Resurrecting the Streetwalker. Susan is co-founder of theatre company Pixilated.


Josh Zaré plays Iman. Josh graduated from The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in July 2018. Every Day I Make Greatness Happen is his professional debut.


Richard Molloy’s Every Day I Make Greatness Happen won the Nick Darke Award 2017. His playwriting credits include The Separation (Project Arts Centre in Dublin/ Theatre503 - nominated for an Off West End Theatre Award for 'Best New Play') and O Do Not Love Too Long (Irish Theatre of Chicago at their New Irish Voices festival – winner of the New Works of Merit Playwriting Contest 2017 and shortlisted for the Liverpool Hope Playwriting Prize 2015 and the Kings Cross Award 2016). The opening scenes Someone's Gonna Break Your Heart, were performed at Flux Theatre's Emerge 2 showcase at the Tristan Bates Theatre in the West End July 2017.


Alice Hamilton is the co- Artistic Director with writer Barney Norris of Up In Arms Theatre Company. Her directing credits for the company include The March On Russia (Orange Tree Theatre); German Skerries (Orange Tree Theatre); Visitors (Arcola/ Bush / UK Tour); Eventide (Arcola / UK Tour); and While We’re Here (Bush Theatre). Other theatre includes Echo’s End (Salisbury Playhouse); Thirty Christmases (Supporting Wall); Anything That Flies (Jermyn Street); Orca and Orson’s Shadow (both Southwark Playhouse). She has been a staff director at the National Theatre, and has led development and dramaturgical projects at the Royal Court, the National Theatre, Salisbury Playhouse and High Tide.



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