★★★★ The Times
★★★★ The Scotsman
★★★★ The Stage
★★★★ British Theatre Guide
AVAILABLE NOW FOR TOUR BOOKING AFTER the EdinbuRgh Festival FRINGE 2017
SUGAR BABY BY ALAN HARRIS
AUGUST 2017, PRESENTED AS PART OF PAINES PLOUGH'S ROUNDABOUT @ SUMMERHALL PROGRAMME
Being a small-time drug dealer in Cardiff and living up to your family’s expectations is tough. Marc avoids his mum, disguises his cannabis plants with fake tomatoes at the allotment, and now has to bail his old man out of £6,000 owed to local loan shark Oggy. When he meets Lisa for the first time in years, things get even messier. Oggy wants Lisa. Lisa wants Marc. Marc wants to survive the day.
A one-man comedy from critically acclaimed writer Alan Harris (Paines Plough, National Theatre Wales) and award-winning Welsh company Dirty Protest.
Dirty Protest are joining the national theatre for new plays, Paines Plough in the Roundabout venue at Summerhall, in Edinburgh Festival 2017.
"There’s a real humanity to Last Christmas, a truth in the writing and playing that makes it one of the best things on the Fringe this year. Don’t miss it. ” ★★★★★ The Scotsman on Dirty Protest's 'Last Christmas', Edinburgh 2014
"A joyful, surprising tribute to love, hope, community and big ideas." ★★★★ Whats On Stage on Alan Harris' 'Love, Lies and Taxidermy', Edinburgh 2016
Cast: Alex Griffin-Griffiths
Writer: Alan Harris
Director: Catherine Paskell
Lighting Designer: Ace McCarron
Sound Design: Daniel Lawrence
Assistant Producer: Glesni Price-Jones
Stage Manager: Emily Butler
Marketing Consultant: Rhian Lewis
Press and PR: Catrin Rogers (The Corner Shop PR Wales)
ALEX GRIFFIN - GRIFFITHS
Alex trained at The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, and is an Associate Artist of Not Too Tame Theatre Company.
Recent theatre credits include: You’re Human Like the Rest of Them and Down Red Lane (Finborough Theatre), Ferrel (PLAY, The Vaults), Goosebumps Alive (The Vaults), The Mystae (Hampstead Downstairs), Electric Eden and Early Doors (NTT), Tuck Shop (NTT, The Roundabout @ Summerhall), Danny the Champion of the World (London Contemporary UK Tour), Tracy (The White Bear), Richard III in The Sam Wanamaker Festival (Shakespeare's Globe).
Other credits include: Stella (Tidy Productions, Sky One), The Great Unwashed (Mangoose Films), The Book Club (One Star or Less), Bucket (Mangoose Films), Midnight Miracle (Wolf Pack Productions).
Plays include: How My Light Is Spent (Royal Exchange, Manchester / Sherman Theatre / Theatre By the Lake, Bruntwood Judges’ Prize 2015), Love, Lies and Taxidermy (Paines Plough / Sherman / Theatr Clwyd), The Opportunity of Efficiency (New National Theatre Tokyo / National Theatre Wales), The Magic Toyshop (Invisible Ink / Theatr Iolo), The Future For Beginners (liveartshow / Wales Millennium Centre), A Good Night Out in the Valleys (National Theatre Wales), A Scythe of Time (New York Musical Theatre Festival), Cardboard Dad (Sherman), Orange (Sgript Cymru). He has also written radio plays for BBC Radio 4 and Radio 3.
Libretti include: Marsha: A Girl Who Does Bad Things (liveartshow / Arcola Grimeborn Festival), The Hidden Valley (Birdsong Opera / Welsh National Opera / Tête à Tête), The Journey (Welsh National Opera), Rhinegold, Manga Sister (both liveartshow / The Yard, London).
Catherine is Artistic Director of Dirty Protest and an independent performance director from Cardiff. Previous to this she was a founding Creative Associate of National Theatre Wales.
Catherine trained on the Theatre Directing MFA at Birkbeck, University of London and was resident director at Contact, Manchester and Octagon Theatre Bolton.
Directing credits include: a new production of Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice adapted into Portuguese, for the Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, Belo Horizonte (People’s Palace Projects/British Council), Parallel Lines (Dirty Protest, Chapter Cardiff and Tour), The Beach (Hide&Seek/National Theatre Wales), An Audience with Jeff Goldblum (The Junket Club/Edinburgh Festival Fringe), Top of the Hour (BBC Radio Wales), Drama Queen (Unity Theatre, Liverpool), White People (Theatre 503), Top Bunk (Oldham Coliseum), When the Lights Went Out (Tara Arts National Tour), Be the Hunter (Soho Theatre).
Catherine’s production of Parallel Lines for Dirty Protest won Best Production at the Theatre Critics of Wales Awards.
She is a Fellow of the Clore Leadership Programme and the RSA.
Ace McCarron has been a freelance lighting designer since leaving the Royal Court Theatre in 1988. He has enjoyed a long experience with Music Theatre Wales and with The Wrestling School, a company formed to produce the plays of Howard Barker. Most of Ace’s work is with contemporary theatre and opera and he has designed lighting for companies such as Paines Plough, Shared Experience, The Bush Theatre, The Traverse, The Tricycle, The Almeida, Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru, The Sherman, Scottish Opera, Muziektheater Transparant, Operastudio Vlaanderen, The Royal Opera House Garden Venture and many more. Along with composer Guy Harries, Ace won the inaugural ‘Flourish’ award for an adaptation of Marina Lewycka’s novel ‘Two Caravans’.
Dan was raised in Aberystwyth and went on to study Pop Music and Recording in Salford, graduating in 1992. He has lived in Cardiff since 2003 and has worked as a composer, musical director and sound designer with many Welsh theatre companies including National Theatre Wales (A Good Night Out in the Valleys, De Gabay, Mother Courage) and Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru (Y Storm, Y Negesydd, Y Fenyw Ddaeth o'r Môr), Sherman Cymru (Ho Ho Ho, Pinocchio, The Elves & the Shoemakers, The Princess & the Pea, The Emperor's New Clothes), Theatr Iolo, Taking Flight Theatre, Hijinx, Gagglebabble, West Yorkshire Playhouse and Dirty Protest.
Dan also runs his own recording studio in Cardiff, tutors young bands and continues to perform regularly with the traditional Welsh folk duo Olion Byw, and the Welsh / Galician collaboration band Maelog.
GLESNI PRICE - JONES
Glesni is a freelance producer working with many of the most exciting production companies in Wales. Previously, Glesni worked as a Stage and Production Manager with National Theatre Wales, Theatr Genedlaethol, yello brick, August 012, Neontopia and Sherman Theatre. Current projects include Enough Is Enough, Be Aware Productions (UK Tour ‘18) Of Mice and Men, August 012 (Chapter Arts Centre October ‘17) Robinson: The Other Island, Give It A Name (UK Tour '18/'19), Little Wolf, Lucid Theatre (Wales Tour).
Emily graduated from The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in 2015 and has since gone on to work with a number of Welsh and UK based companies such as National Theatre Wales, Torch Theatre, Wales Millennium Centre and Sherman Theatre. This is the second full-scale show that Emily has worked on with Dirty Protest and she is loving being back with the gang.
Supported by: Chapter and presented as part of Wales in Edinburgh with the Arts Council of Wales, Wales Arts International, Welsh Government, National Lottery and British Council Wales.
This production has been licensed by arrangement with The Agency (London) Ltd, 24 Pottery Lane, London W11 4LZ