Daughter

INK spills into London with Daughter by Bill Cashmore. This newly developed drama won best new play at the INK Festival 2016. 

 

With sell out shows and a fantastic 4* review the INK SPILL transfer couldn’t have gone better.

Daughter… has been developed from an award-winning short play at this year’s INK Festival, which showcases short scripts for film, radio and stage from writers with an East Anglian connection. Directed by Julia Sowerbutts, Bill Cashmore’s play is a funny and heart-warming portrayal of a father-daughter relationship, but with a twist in the tale…

Two men meet on a park bench during their lunch break. One’s a new dad of just 11 days to baby Phoebe, finding his feet in a strange world of nappies and sleep deprivation. The other is older and a collector of random facts, who seizes the opportunity to impart a few pearls of wisdom. Over the following weeks, the two begin to become friends, meeting regularly at the same spot to chat about fatherhood and babies – but one of them has a secret that might just change everything.

“Condensed into just 55 minutes, Daughter packs quite a punch. This is a play about family and the importance of appreciating every second we have with the people we love – but it also reflects on the nature of memory and those “flashbulb moments” that stay with us forever, for better or worse. A powerful piece of theatre, both enjoyable and haunting, Daughter is well worth a visit.”

Review by Liz Dyer
London Theatre 1

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Andrew Murton – Dad

Andrew’s recent career highlights include the part of Oz in the feature film ABOVE THE CLOUDS with Third Light Films (due for release next year), Pete in LOADED (Harrogate Theatre) and Guildernstern in ROZENCRANTZ AND GUILDERNSTERN ARE DEAD (Upstairs at the Gatehouse). Further stage credits: Therapist in FOUND WANTING (Theatre 503), Doug in COVERAGE  (Riot Act/ Courtyard Theatre), Eugene Dorn in THE MISBEGOTTEN HOPE OF THE DIRTY BIRD (Riot Act/ Courtyard Theatre), Falstaff in MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR, Timon in TIMON OF ATHENS (Cambridge Shakespeare Festival), Alfred Lovetown in IS SHE HIS WIFE? OR SOMETHING SINGULAR (Kings College London/Charles Dickens Museum), John Shakespeare in SHAKESPEARE’S SISTER (Theatre Royal Haymarket), Jason in BEHIND CLOSED DOORS (AlterEgo/touring), Charles Dickens in LITTLE NELL (Theatro Technis), Landlord/all male characters in TWO (Theatro Technis), Freddie Page in THE DEEP BLUE SEA (Bridewell Theatre), Clov in ENDGAME (Bridewell Theatre). For TV and Film: LET ME GO (Axiom Films), Norman in FORECAST (Academy Films), Husband in BEHIND CLOSED DOORS (ITV Tonight programme).

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Jen Greenwood – Kitty

Jennifer trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. She is currently touring the U.K. & Hong Kong & Singapore as Stick Lady Love in Scamp Theatre’s ‘Stick Man’. Other theatre credits include: Laura in The Male, Gaz (Arcola Theatre), Kitty in Daughter, Alex in Biggest Fear (INK new writing Festival) Celia in As You Like It, Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Stafford Festival Shakespeare), Morgana Grimm in Sleeping Beauty (Wilde Theatre, South Hill Park), Fairy Nuff in Jack & the Beanstalk (Swindon Wyvern), The Night Queen in The Night Queen (Belgrade Theatre, Coventry), Greta Bretagne in News Feed (HighTide Festival), The Young Woman in Knives In Hens (Greenwich Theatre), Kate Mundy in Dancing At Lughnasa (Tobacco Factory), Lady MacDuff in Macbeth (Redgrave Theatre) Gloria in Oh! What A Super-Injunction (Old Vic New Voices: 24 Hour Plays), Teacher in Health Wealth (Old Vic New Voices). She is also co-founder and one third of the comedy cabaret group Three Little Maids.

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Joe Sowerbutts – Phoebe’s Dad

Joe Sowerbutts trained at Leeds University and Mountview. Television work includes; BBC: Casualty, The Lost Prince, Goodbye Mr Chips, Inspector Lynley. ITV: Doc Martin, The Turn of the Screw. Film includes: Late Shift (World’s 1st interactive film), Ghostnets Best Actor MBFT award, I Capture the Castle, Parallel Lines. Theatre includes: Dr Carter Biggest Fear, Man 14 Mouthfuls for INK new writing Festival. Peter Carter A Matter of Life and Death The Cut. Brandon Rope and Moritz Spring Awakening Brockley Jack. Oedipus Oedipus Rex Courtyard Theatre. Louis The King and I London Palladium. Radio includes: Rodger Swallows and Amazons BBC Radio 4.

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Julia Sowerbutts – Director

Julia Sowerbutts segued from professional actress to director when she moved to Suffolk fifteen years ago. She trained at Durham University, The Drama Studio, London and at UEA where she gained a distinction in a Theatre Directing MA. For INK she has directed Steam, The Other Woman, Biggest Fear, Powerhouse, Write into War, Daughter and Beached. The latter won Velvet Trumpet’s 2015 new comedy award at Southwark Playhouse. Julia also helped develop and directed Role Play for High Tide 2016 and in November she directed a full length Daughter for The Pleasance Theatre, London. Other recent productions include: Happy Families Tangled Lives and Julia’s adaptation of A Matter of Life and Death for her theatre company Sanderlings, Sunshine on Leith, A Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time, Henry IV Part 1, Travesties, A Christmas Carol, Ajax, Ann Boleyn, Pack of Lies, Wind in the Willows and Letters from Aldeburgh.

Denis King – Music

Denis King began his musical career at the age of 6 as a bango-playing singer at children’s matinee. By the age of 13 he was part of one of the most successful pop groups of the 50s and 60s, The King brothers. His break as a TV composer was in 111972 with Black beauty (Ivor Novello Award) and has created themes and incidental music for over 200 television series including Lovejoy. Stage musicals include: Privates on parade (Ivor Novello Award), A Saint she Ain’t, Steeping out the musical, Bashville, Worzel Gummidge, Lost Empires, Wind in the Willows, Treasure Island, Baby on Board, Whenever, Orbin – Champion of champions and Awakening beauty. Denis recently published his memoirs, KEY CHANGES.

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Bill Cashmore – Writer

Bill began his career writing and performing with the Cambridge Footlights and then went on to write comedy for Newsrevue, Gimme Five (ITV), FLIP (BBC) and his own two man show, Bill and Andy (with Andy Powrie). He has written numerous plays including What’s in a Name?, Amber, Trip of a Lifetime (published by French’s), A Breed Apart, Unaccommodated, Amy is Four, Seating Plan, Bride or Groom?, New Year’s Resolutions and Past Lives. His plays have been performed all over the world and on consecutive nights Seating Plan was seen by the wife of the Egyptian Ambassador and the President of Romania. He has also written four pantomimes and writes about style and travel for The Spectator and The Sunday Telegraph. Daughter won best play at Ink Festival 2016.

Photography; Niki Gkogkaki