The Collector Reviews 2016
THE TIMES ****
Short, sharp and shocking.
Vivid writing…the performances have a piercing focus
BRITISH THEATRE GUIDE
A thought-provoking piece of work that manages to explore complex political issues in a direct and clear-eyed manner.
The cycle of brutality continues and The Collector will not let us forget it.
Intense, challenging political theatre that brings bleak insight and fierce intelligence to matters of such complexity.
A YOUNGER THEATRE
Grips you from start to finish.
Autumn 2016 UK Tour & Greenwich Theatre 2017
Directed by Michael Cabot
Lighting by Andy Grange
Production Shots - Sheila Burnett
Production Stage Manager - Holly Curtis
Foster - Olivia Beardsley
Kasprowicz - William Reay
Zoya - Anna Riding
Olivia Beardsley - Foster
Training: Drama Studio London 2016. Olivia is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Music (Bachelor of Music - Music Theatre Performance).
Theatre: The Trojan Women, The Beau Defeated, As You Like It, Romeo & Juliet, Three Sisters, The Memory of Water, Handbag, The White Cat (All Drama Studio London), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Centennial Park Open Air - Sydney), Charcoal Creek (Merrigong Theatre Company), Dusty - The Original Pop Diva, A Chorus Line, Promises Promises, Shakers (Australian Institute of Music).
Film: The Babadook (Causeway Films).
The Collector will be Olivia’s professional debut here in the UK.
William Reay - Kasprowicz
William trained at Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art.
Theatre Credits include: Flare Path (Original Theatre Company), The Collector (Arcola Theatre & Edinburgh Festival), Royal Hunt of the Sun & Yonadab - Shaffer Celebration Readings (Chichester), King Lear (Chichester and BAM New York), Richard III (Changeling Theatre Company), As You Like It (Iris Theatre Company), Macbeth (Drayton Theatre), Henry IV- Parts 1&2 (Peter Hall Company, Theatre Royal Bath), Double Falsehood (The Union/Charing Cross Theatre), The Tempest (Lord Chamberlains Men), A Village Life & The Last Snow Rider (Northumberland Theatre Company), Cooking with Elvis (Upstairs at the Gatehouse), Macbeth & The Tempest (Young Shakespeare Company), As You Like It & Henry V (British Shakespeare Company).
Film and Television Credits: Input = Output, Turning Point, Sweet Swan of Avon, Urban Legends.
William also has experience as an improviser in London and has been working with Keith Johnstone for the last 10 years.
Anna Riding - Zoya
Anna graduated from Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in 2015. In her final year she was chosen to represent the school in the Sam Wanamaker Festival at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.
Theatre credits include: The Genie of Samarkand (Tara Arts), The Heresy of Love (Bristol Old Vic), The Bare Project (Sheffield Theatres), Caravan, Crap Dad (West Yorkshire Playhouse), The Grand Gesture (Tobacco Factory), After Sunset (Opera North) and Hansel and Gretel (Wakefield Theatre Royal).
Television work includes: The ‘A’ Word (BBC), Waterloo Road (BBC) and The Royal Today (ITV).
From 1 December 2016, Anna Riding's professional name will be Shireen Farkhoy.
The Collector by Henry Naylor
2003. Mazrat Prison, Iraq. Previously one of Saddam’s most notorious torture houses, where more than 10,000 people died, it is now under Allied command.
Nassir works here, translating for the American interrogators. He’s local, pro-Western, determined to bring liberal values to his country and is about to get married to Zoya, his sweetheart. But when he is recognized by Faisal, a new prisoner and psychotic supporter of the old regime, his life becomes a living hell…
The Collector is a compelling tale of murder, evil and betrayal set in occupied Iraq and born out of Henry Naylor's own experiences of a visit to Bagram Airbase in 2003. Relevant, political theatre, it was one of the most highly-acclaimed shows at the 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, winning a prestigious Fringe First Award. Following a sold-out run at London’s Arcola Theatre, it now embarks on a National Tour.