There’s a staggering amount of up-and-coming talent on display with the world premiere of “post-Weinstein, post-Spacey drama” Anomaly, now running at London’s Old Red Lion Theatre.
In the young Wild Child Productions company, there are no fewer than three debuts: for playwright Liv Warden for two of the three-hander’s actors, Alice Handoll and Katherine Samuelson. Even the “old hands”, co-star Natasha Cowley and director and producer Adam Small, both only left drama school in 2016.
But none of them has shied away from tackling the incredible contentious issues Anomaly raises – or, indeed, discussing them at length with me and the audience at the spirited Q&A after yesterday’s matinee.
In Anomaly, Handoll, Samuelson and Cowley play the three adult daughters of Philip Preston, a British film executive who, in Weinstein-like fashion, gets outed as a serial abuser. We never see the father onstage, but we witness at close hand the impact he has had on his daughters’ lives as they face the media after the allegations and fight to save the family dynasty.
Ideas of sisterhood, loyalty, consent and, perhaps, sociopathy are explored in the play, and we also discussed them at length. Watch the full Q&A below.
Anomaly runs from 8 January to 2 February 2019 at the Old Red Lion Theatre, 418 St John Street, London EC1V 4NJ. Performances are Tuesdays to Saturdays at 7.30pm, with Saturday and Sunday matinees at 3pm. Tickets are priced £17 (concessions £15). CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!
Pre-show tweet at @ORLTheatre. 70 minutes straight thru is perfect length for a Sun matinee, isn’t it?
— Terri Paddock (@TerriPaddock) January 13, 2019
Event photography by Peter Jones.