Posted on 20 November 2019.

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The tyler sisters

BY alexandra wood
DIRECTED BY abigail graham
13 december – 7 january 2020

'Got here last? This isn’t summer camp, I didn’t get here late, I wasn’t born.'

Hampstead Theatre today announces casting for the world premiere of Alexandra Wood’s The Tyler Sisters. Directed by Abigail Graham, this innovative new play explores the deep and unruly waters of sisterhood. The cast will include Caroline Faber as Maddy, Angela Griffin as Katrina and Bryony Hannah as Gail.

Three women, forty years, one ever-evolving bond. The Tyler Sisters is a funny, heartening exploration of time, and the unassuming moments that make up our lives. The Tyler Sisters is inspired by Nicholas Nixon’s iconic photo series of The Brown Sisters.

Caroline Faber plays Maddy. Theatre work includes Network; The Heiress (National Theatre); Luna Gale and Tender (both Hampstead Theatre); The Taming of the Shrew: The Malcontent, Edward III and Keepers of the Flame (all RSC); Romeo and Juliet and Paradise Lost (both Headlong); King Lear (Young Vic); Anahera and Hangover Square (both Finborough); My Mother Said I Never Should (The Other Palace); Piaf (Bolton Octagon); Life For Beginners (Theatre503); Last Easter and The Norman Conquests (both Birmingham Rep); Dangerous Corner (Garrick); The Mill on the Floss (Shared Experience); The Colonel Bird (Gate); Top Girls, The End of the Affair, The Merchant of Venice and After Miss Julie (all Salisbury Playhouse) and Cavalcade (Sadler’s Wells). Television work includes Berlin Station; EastEnders; Merlin; Dis/Connected; Foyle's War; Casualty; Midsomer Murders; A Good Murder; The Bill; Holby City; My Spy Family; Comedy Nation and Gamesmaster. 

Angela Griffin plays Katrina. Theatre work includes Building the Wall (Park Theatre); The Captive Queen (Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, Shakespeare’s Globe); Stepping Out (Theatre Royal, Bath); Breeders (St James’); One Man, Two Guvnors (Theatre Royal Haymarket) and Gertrude’s Secret (Leeds Grand Theatre). Film work includes Last Chance Harvey. Television work includes White Lines; Harlots; Wild Bill; Turn Up Charlie; The Detail; Midsomer Murders; Ordinary Lies; Brief Encounters; Lewis (2 Series); The Dumping Ground; Mount Pleasant (2 Series); Hustle; Boy Meets Girl; Waterloo Road; Open Wide; Down To Earth; Cutting It; Babyfather; Waking the Dead; Holby City and Coronation Street (Winner of the International Television Award for Best Newcomer).           

Bryony Hannah plays Gail. Bryony trained at RADA. Theatre work includes Bartholomew Fair and The Merry Wives of Windsor (both Shakespeare’s Globe); Foxfinder (West End); Blurred Lines (National Theatre); The Children's Hour (West End - Olivier Award Nomination Best Supporting Actress); Earthquakes in London (National Theatre); Breathing Irregular (Gate); Every Good Boy Deserves Favour (National Theatre); The Winter's Tale (Headlong); War Horse (National Theatre); Pillowman (National Theatre Tour) and The Crucible (Sheffield Crucible). Film work includes Jupiter Ascending and Cemetery Junction. Television work includes Porters; Call the Midwife (Series 1 to 6); Unforgotten 2; Dead Boss; Above Suspicion – Silent Scream and Reversals.

Alexandra Wood’s plays include Never Vera Blue (Futures Theatre); The Human Ear (Paines Plough); Ages (Old Vic New Voices); A translation of Manfred Karge’s Man to Man (Wales Millennium Centre and Edinburgh Fringe); Merit (Plymouth Drum); The Initiate (Paines Plough - winner of a Scotsman Fringe First Award); The Empty Quarter (Hampstead Downstairs); An adaptation of Jung Chang’s Wild Swans (Young Vic/ART); The Centre (Islington Community Theatre); Unbroken (Gate); The Eleventh Capital (Royal Court) and the radio play Twelve Years (BBC Radio 4). Short plays include Invitation Interrupted (Donmar/Fly the Flag); The Driving Rage (Paines Plough/National Trust); Pope’s Grotto (Paines Plough/Come to Where I’m From) and My Name Is Tania Head (part of Decade/Headlong). Alexandra Wood is a winner of the George Devine Award and was playwright-in-residence at Paines Plough in 2013.

Abigail Graham is a freelance theatre director. From 2013-2017 she was Artistic Director of OpenWorks Theatre. She is the Director of the Lyric Hammersmith Ensemble 2019/2020. Theatre work as a Director includes Linda (RADA); 31 Hours (The Bunker); Dogville (Rose Bruford); Death of a Salesman (Royal and Derngate/UK tour); And Now: The World! (OpenWorks, UK tour); Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made (Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh); Debris (OpenWorks, Southwark Playhouse); Molly Sweeney (Print Room/Lyric Belfast/Northern Ireland tour); Blue Heaven (Finborough) and The Boy and The Dog Who Walked to the Moon (Pleasance, Edinburgh). Theatre work as an Associate Director includes Great Expectations (Bristol Old Vic); Death and the Maiden (West End); Ruined (Almeida); The Glass Menagerie (Young Vic); Enron, Wallenstein and Separate Tables (all Chichester Festival Theatre). Abigail has also directed community and education projects for The Young Vic, the National Youth Theatre, Clean Break and the Almeida.

The Tyler Sisters runs Downstairs from 13 December - 18 January


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