TREMers in association with Dréim Productions are producing the 21st anniversary production of Philip Ridley's The Fastest Clock in The Universe in London. The play will run from 5 - 30 November at one of London's most prestigious venues, The Old Red Lion Theatre in Islington.
All too often, the cast and creatives are left out of the payment runs in creative projects. Because we want to offer everyone who contributes to this show the financial respect they deserve as industry professionals, our budget is higher than many other fringe productions.
Who We Are
TREMers was set up in 2011 with an aim of bringing bold, creative, cross- genre theatre to London. To create something, however large or small is a wonderful thing. To excite and to inspire successfully, is contagious. TREMers is managed and produced by Robin Rayner who has been working in theatre for the last 6 years, on stage and behind the scenes. His has most recently been working on Beautiful Thing in the West End and Our Friends, The Enemy which is preparing for a national UK tour in 2014.
Dréim Productions: Dréim. To Aspire. To take a vision and create a reality. Dréim is a brand new theatre company looking to take the aspirational, new or undiscovered talent that abounds in the country today and create inspirational productions. Dréim's artistic director is Shinead Byrne. Shinead trained at Arts Educational Schools and has enjoyed a successful career within theatre, television and film.
Both companies are working unfunded and unpaid for the duration of this project.
A strange room in the East End of London, Cougar Glass, a narcissistic 30 year old is once again celebrating his '19th Birthday' in order to seduce an unwitting young schoolboy. We find Cougar half naked under a tanning lamp, surrounded by stuffed birds and feeling increasingly tense. The party preparations are under way and everything has been planned to the last detail. Surely nothing can go wrong? After all, there's the specially made birthday cake, the specially written cards, the specially chosen guest of honor and a very very sharp knife... Shocking and hilarious, The Fastest Clock In The Universe delves into the dark underworld of today's youth culture.
The Fastest Clock In The Universe was first performed in 1992 at The Hampstead Theatre starring a then unknown Jude Law as Foxtrot Darling and Con O'Neil as Cougar Glass. It caused a sensation, winning The Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Newcomer to the stage and a Meyer Whitworth Prize. The play is now regarded as a contemporary classic with this production now celebrating its 21st Anniversary.
The cast features Dyllan Lewellyn as Foxtrot Darling. Dylan has most recently been seen on Channel 4's Hollyoaks and Holby City for the BBC.
Ian Houghton as Captain Tock. Ian has just finished acting at the West End's Geilgud Theatre alongside Helen Mirren in The Audience.
Joshua Blake as Cougar Glass. Joshua trained at London's Guildhall School of Music and Drama before completing a year in War Horse in the West End.
Nancy Sullivan as Sherbert Gravel. Nancy has enjoyed an exciting career playing roles such as Eponine in Les Miserables and Chloe in Never Forget but was most recently seen in Beautiful Thing at the Arts Theatre.
Ania Marson as Cheetah Bee. Ania began acting over 40 years ago and has worked at the BBC and the Royal Court on numerous occassions.
We are very lucky to have such a talented cast for this production and have budgeted to pay weekly expenses of £100 to each cast member. This is more than the majority of fringe companies would pay for a production of this size, although we would ofcourse love to pay everyone much more.
The Fastest Clock in the Universe is written by Philip Ridley and directed by Tom O'Brien. Design is by Emily Harwood with lighting design by Derek Anderson and sound design by Alexandra Faye Braithwaite. The fight director is Bret Yount and the assistant director is Amy Ewbank.
Philip Ridley is one of Britain's most highly acclaimed playwrights having written The Pitchfork Disney, Mercury Fur, Leaves of Glass, Tender Napalm amongst others. His work also includes the recent Edinburgh smash hit 'Dark Vanilla Jungle' starring Gemma Whelan. Philip is heavily involved in this production and is supporting us at every level.
What We Would Like You To Fund
We would like your help to raise money towards the hire of our rehearsal space, design costs and sourcing materials for our set.
The vast majority of this project has been self-funded. A strong part of our company ethos is the ability to pay everyone involved in all of our ventures. All too often, the cast and creatives are left out of the payment runs in creative projects. Because we want to offer everyone who contributes to this show the financial respect they deserve as industry professionals, our budget is higher than many other fringe productions. We think that this makes The Fastest Clock in the Universe all the more worthy a cause. We hope that you will agree and help us create the best production we possibly can.
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