Posted on 21 May 2019.

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By Oli Forsyth
Directed by Katie Pesskin

14 June – 20 July

Press night: Monday 24 June, 7.45pm

‘Just tennis all day, whenever you want. Not many 13 year olds have that, do they? They’re going to make you so good we won’t recognise you’

Hampstead Theatre today announces casting for the world premiere of Oli Forsyth’s breakthrough play Cash Cow. Directed by Katie Pesskin, this gripping new play is a blistering exploration of blind, parental ambition and the consequences of tough love. The cast includes Jonathan Livingstone as Ade, alongside Phoebe Pryce as Nina.

Creating a tennis champion costs a lot; it requires time, dedication and, most importantly, cash. Nina and Ade decide early on that their daughter is worth the investment. Imagine the return - prize money, world travel, endorsements and maybe their own tennis academy. Hell-bent on their child becoming Britain’s number 1, the pair are willing to sacrifice just about anything. If you want to reach the top spot in the game of tennis, love means nothing…

Jonathan Livingstone plays Ade. His theatre work includes After Edward; Edward II and Romeo and Juliet (all Shakespeare's Globe); Twelfth Night and Now we are here (both Young Vic); Machinal (Almeida); The Caretaker (Bristol Old Vic/Royal & Derngate); Our Country's Good and Treasure Island (both National Theatre); White Hot and Weak (Old Vic New Voices Festival); Superior Donuts (Southwark Playhouse); ‘Tis Pity She's a Whore (Cheek By Jowl); The Taming of the Shrew (RSC); 7 New Plays by Young Writers (Kids Company/National Theatre Studio); Pandora (Giant Theatre Company/Arcola); War Horse (National Theatre at New London Theatre); Pocket Comedy; Pocket dream; The Merchant of Venice and A Midsummer Night's Dream (all Propeller) and Ignition 2 (Royal Court Upstairs). His film and Television work includes Chewing Gum,Holby City, Still Life and The Witches.

Phoebe Pryce plays Nina. Her theatre work includes The Picture of Dorian Gray (UK tour); About Leo (Jermyn Street); A Passage to India (Park Theatre/UK tour); The Tenant of Wildfell (Octagon Theatre Bolton/Theatre Royal,  York); The Tempest (Shakespeare’s Globe); The Merchant of Venice (Shakespeare's Globe/World  tour) and Charlie’s Dark Angel (Drayton Arms Theatre). Her Film work includes The Complete Walk - The Merchant of Venice and Plus One. Her Radio work includes Pale Horse. Pheobe trained at RADA.

Oli Forsyth’s theatre work includes Such Filthy F*cks (Pleasance Edinburgh 2019); Kings and Happy Dave (both New Diorama Theatre); Cornernmen (UK Tour) and Tinderbox (Hen and Chickens Theatre). Oli is also artistic director of new writing company, Smoke & Oakum Theatre.  

Katie Pesskin directs her first production at Hampstead following her associate and assistant directing credits with Jude, I and You, Prism and Uncle Vanya (all Main Stage) and The Strange Death of John Doe (Downstairs). Her directing credits include Pickle Jar (Soho); Ken (Pleasance, Edinburgh Festival Fringe/The Bunker Theatre); NewsRevue 2017 (Pleasance, Edinburgh Festival Fringe/Canal Café Theatre); Sam Bailey: Live in the West End (Lyric); NewsRevue 2016 (Pleasance, Edinburgh Festival Fringe/Canal Café Theatre); British Musical Futures (St James); The New Musical Project (Leicester Square); The Last Five Years (Greenwich Theatre); 35MM: A Musical Exhibition (Greenwich Theatre/Bedlam Theatre, Edinburgh Festival Fringe); Macbeth (Bristol Museum & Art Gallery) and Dinner (Alma Tavern Theatre, Bristol). Theatre work as Associate/Assistant Director also includes Mrs Henderson Presents (Royal Alexandra Theatre, Toronto); All’s Well That Ends Well and She Stoops  to Conquer (both Changeling Theatre); Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens (King’s Head) and Two Gentlemen of Verona (Changeling Theatre).

Cash Cow runs Downstairs from 14 June - 20 July



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