Can’t Stand Up for Falling Down by Doncaster playwright Richard Cameron will play at Sheffield’s Lantern to Saturday October 27.
This is the first production to be directed by West End and Broadway director Ruth Carney as Artistic Director for the venue.
Can’t Stand Up for Falling Down is a delicate, moving play that illustrates the harrowing effects of one man’s brutality upon three women who find themselves bound together. Set in a small South Yorkshire town, the drama unfolds through the interwoven narratives of Lynette, Jodie and Ruby. The private confidences of these three young women illustrate their experiences as victims of the bullying and abusive Royce combining to create a powerful image of quiet trauma.
Ruth Carney said today “I’m absolutely thrilled to start my first production as Artistic Director with a play written by a South Yorkshire Playwright. Can’t Stand Up for Falling Down promises to be a fantastic event, with this incredible company of women, exploring some of Richard Cameron’s best writing. This is a deeply affecting play, highlighting and exploring the oppression of women and will raise some interesting discussions for our audiences. We’re proud and excited to present, alongside Samantha Robinson’s return to the Lantern, Carla Harrison-Hodge’s and Laura Hobson professional stage debut.”
Ruth Carney directs. Carney recently worked as Associate Director with award winning director Matthew Warchus on Ghost the Musical both on the West End and Broadway. Her previous experience with Warchus as Associate Director has included Lord of the Rings and Our House - the Madness Musical. Prior to Ghost she was Associate Director at Sheffield Theatres. While at Sheffield Ruth directed the critically acclaimed Sisters by Stephanie Street, (a verbatim play about British Muslim Women), Confessions of a City and Suitcase City. She also helped to develop Forge a festival of new work showcasing plays from writers such as Leo Butler, Mike Bartlett and Richard Cameron. Her other credits include Touched, Latitude (Oxford Playhouse), A Model Girl(Greenwich Theatre), the UK Professional Premiere of The Laramie Project (Sound Theatre London) and the world premiere of The Lemon Princess by Rachael Mcgill from an original idea by Ruth at The West Yorkshire Playhouse. She has a BA (hons) from the University of Sheffield and an MA in Theatre Directing from the Russian Theatre Academy, Moscow and Middlesex University, London. Ruth was also a participant on the Directors course at the National Theatre. She is the Director and founder of the Carney Academy of Performing Arts based at the Lantern Theatre Sheffield and is also the Artistic Director of the Lantern Theatre.
Richard Cameron writes for theatre, television and radio, and won the inaugural Dennis Potter Award in 1997 for his television play Stone, Scissors, Paper, and the Mental Health in Media Award for his radio play, The Kon Tiki 2 Expedition. Richard has written a number of critically acclaimed stage plays, including Can’t Stand Up For Falling Down, which won a Fringe First and The Independent Theatre Award, andThe Glee Club for The Bush Theatre, which transferred to the West End before a national tour and was adapted as a radio play for Radio 4. He has also won The Sunday Times Playwriting Award three times and was the Thames Television Writer in Residence at The West Yorkshire Playhouse. Most of Richard’s work is set in South Yorkshire, where he lives, but now and again he ventures out. Great Balls of Fire, the story of Jerry Lee Lewis, was produced for Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, and transferred to the West End. He has also written an episode of Midsomer Murders and in 2011 Richard adapted Silas Marner for the Radio 4 classic serial.
Laura Hobson plays Ruby. Her theatre credits include Aunty Jenny, The Earthquakes in London and Clybourne Park (The Richard Burton Company) Death of a Salesman, A View from the Bridge, Twelfth Night and A Winter’s Tale (Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama). Laura studied at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and is orignally from Rotherham, this will be her professional stage debut.
Carla Harrison-Hodge plays Jodie. Her theatre credits include Comedy of Errors, Love Love Love, Blood Wedding and Bedbound at London School of Dramatic Art. This will be her professional stage debut. Samantha Robinson who also stars in the production taught Carla at the London School of Dramatic Art.
Samantha Robinson returns to the Lantern Theatre to play Lynette. She returns after starring in the critically acclaimed production of Order at the Lantern early this year. Her other theatre credits include The Phoenix of Madrid (Theatre Royal Bath), Dead, Heavy, Fantastic (Liverpool Everyman), I Can Sing A Rainbow (Sheffield Theatres), The Tempest, where she was Miranda to Pete Postlethwaite’s Prospero (Royal Exchange Manchester), The Three Musketeers (Bristol Old Vic), The Lemon Princess (West Yorkshire Playhouse) and Untouchable (The Bush Theatre).
Tickets for Can’t Stand Up for Falling Down are priced at £10 and can be purchased at the Box Office on 0114 255 1776 or online at Lantern Theatre