Park Theatre presents the World Premiere of
End Of The Pier
WRITER I DANNY ROBINS
DIRECTOR I HANNAH PRICE
DESIGNER I JAMES TURNER
LIGHTING DESIGNER I SALLY FERGUSON
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR I DENZEL WESTLEY-SANDERSON
SOUND DESIGNER I ELLA WHALSTRÖM
Production supported by Park Theatre Producers' Circle
Danny Robins I Writer
Danny Robins is a writer and broadcaster. He grew up in Newcastle and started performing stand-up comedy in pubs around the North-East aged 16. Since then, he has created and written a host of popular comedies for radio and television.
For BBC Radio 4: The Cold Swedish Winter (Series 4 coming Oct 2018), Rudy's Rare Records (co-created with Lenny Henry), The Museum of Everything (with Marcus Brigstocke and Dan Tetsell), Paperback Hell (with Dan Tetsell) and Danny Robins Music Therapy. His first radio drama, The Most Wanted Man in Sweden, was nominated for the Writers Guild's 2018 Tinniswood Award for Best Audio Drama Script.
For Television: Danny co-created the cult BBC2 series We Are History, the award-winning Young Dracula for CBBC and BBC1's Comedy Playhouse Monks. He’s written for a range of programmes, from sitcoms to panel shows and has written jokes for the likes of Joan Rivers, David Frost, Armando Iannucci, Dara O’Briain, Ronnie Barker, and even Basil Brush.
Danny is a Radio Academy Award-winning documentary-maker and the host of the podcast series Haunted. End of the Pier is his second play. His first, a stage adaptation of Rudy's Rare Records, starring Lenny Henry, played at Birmingham Rep and Hackney Empire.
Hannah Price I Director
Hannah is Co-Artistic Director and Founder of Theatre Uncut, the winner of two Fringe First awards, a Heralds Angel award and the Spirit of the Fringe Award. Writers for Theatre Uncut include Mark Ravenhill, David Greig, Jack Thorne, Lucy Kirkwood, Dennis Kelly, Laura Lomas, Anders Lustgarten, Clara Brennan, Stef Smith, Inua Ellams, Viv Franzmann, Neil LaBute, Caryl Churchill and more. She was Resident Assistant Director at the Donmar Warehouse in 2012-2013.
Theatre includes: Down and Out in Paris and London Live (Senate House), Again (Trafalgar Studios), Permanence (Tarragon Theatre, Toronto), Escape the Scaffold (Theatre 503 & The Other Room Theatre), Run the Beast Down (Marlowe Theatre/Finborough Theatre), 1984 Live (Senate House), Rainbow Class (Bush Theatre/ Assembly Rooms), TEST (Scala Theatre, Basel), The Dead Monkey (Park Theatre), Boa (Trafalgar Studios), Cello/Fragile (Yard Theatre), Call to Prayer (Southwark Playhouse), Bud Take the Wheel, I Feel a Song Coming On (Shaw Theatre and Edinburgh Festival), That Moment (King‘s Head Theatre and National Tour), In a Very Real Sense (Soho Theatre), Portmanteau (Arcola Theatre and BikeShed Theatre, Exeter), Loving Ophelia (Pleasance London). For Theatre Uncut, Hannah has directed Refugee (Teater Grob, Copenhagen), In Opposition (Paines Plough Roundabout), Knowledge is Power: Knowledge is Change (Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, and National Tour), Referendum Plays (Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh), TU Istanbul: Power and Protest (Dot Tiyatro, Istanbul International Theatre Festival and Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh), TU 2013: The Rise of the Right (The Young Vic) and The Cuts Plays (Southwark Playhouse, Soho Theatre, Latitude Festival and Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh).
Associate/ Assistant Director work: Good Canary (Rose Theatre Kingston), The Machine (Manchester International Festival & Park Avenue Armory, New York), Julius Caesar (Donmar Warehouse & St Anne’s Warehouse New York), Berenice, Philadelphia, Here I Come!, The Physicists, Making Noise Quietly, The Recruiting Officer (Donmar Warehouse), Ghost Story (Sky Arts Playhouse).
Television work: commercials for HEAD, Honda, Pizza Express, Tate Modern, Tesco, Mini, Sport Relief, Worcester Bosch, Emirates Airlines, Barclays. Editorial Assistant on Hanrahan (Channel 5)
Game Directing: As Performance Director, LEGO Ninjago Movie Video Game (TT Games), AAA Title (Ubisoft Toronto), Steep (Ubisoft), Warfare (my.com) The Division (additional direction- Ubi Massive), Dreadnought (Yager Development), various trailers for Side UK. Upcoming projects include three AAA games as yet unnannounced, including PerCap and MoCap projects.
James Turner I Designer
For Park Theatre: Toast
Designs include: Dan and Phil: Interactive Introverts, The Amazing Tour is Not on Fire (World Tours); Great Expectations (Malvern Theatre/UK Tour); Before The Party (Salisbury Playhouse); Home Truths (Cardboard Citizens); Educating Rita (Hull Truck); Toast (Park Theatre/59E59/National Tour); A Further Education, State Red (Hampstead Theatre); Brenda (HighTide Festival/The Yard); When We Were Women, buckets (Orange Tree); Blush (Underbelly); The Deep Blue Sea (Watermill); Cuddles (Ovalhouse/UK Tour/59E59); The Father (Trafalgar Studios 2); Donkey Heart, Mercury Fur (Old Red Lion/ Trafalgar Studios 2); The Hotel Plays (Langham Hotel); Why is the Sky Blue?, Our Ajax, I Am A Camera, Execution of Justice (Southwark Playhouse); MilkMilkLemonade (Oval House); Love and Information; Clybourne Park, In Arabia We’d All Be Kings (RADA); Dracula, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (LAMDA); Thrill Me (Charing Cross Theatre/Edinburgh Festival/UK Tour).
Work as Associate Designer includes: A View from the Bridge (Young Vic/Wyndham’s/Goodman Theatre, Chicago); Rome Season (Royal Shakespeare Company); Antigone (Barbican).
Sally Ferguson I Lighting Designer
For Park Theatre: Building The Wall
Theatre credits include: To See The Invisible (Snape Maltings); Richard III (Perth Theatre); Again (Trafalger Studios); Aladdin (Watford Palace Theatre); While We’re Here (Up In Arms); Educating Rita (Queen's Theatre Hornechurch); The Two Boroughs Project (Young Vic); Sweet Charity (Royal Exchange); Jess and Joe Forever (Orange Tree/Farnham Maltings); We Wait In Joyful Hope; And Then Come The Nightjars; Many Moons (Theatre503); Shiver (Watford Palace Theatre); Medea (Platform Theatre); The Sleeping Beauties (Sherman Cymru); As You Like It; Floyd Collins (Southwark Playhouse); Lost In Yonkers (Watford Palace Theatre); Hag; Microcosm; The Girl With The Iron Claws (Soho Theatre); Slowly (Riverside Studios); The Imagination Museum (UK Tour); Cosi Fan Tutti (Village Underground); The Devils Festival (Print Room); The Marriage of Figaro (Wiltons Music Hall/Musique Cordial); The Wonder! A Woman Keeps A Secret (BAC); Saraband (Jermyn Street Theatre); Trying (Finborough Theatre); Little Me (Bloomsbury Theatre/NYT); Fiddler on the Roof (The Bridewell NYT); Shoot/Get Treasure/Repeat & Eschara (Northcott Exeter); Christie in Love; African Gothic (The White Bear); Whisper (The Place/Lindbury Studio, ROH); The Edge of Words; The Drowner (The Place).
Ella Wahlström I Sound Designer
Ella is a London-based Sound Designer and trained at Rose Bruford. She’s an original sound operator of Complicite’s The Encounter the Co-Sound Designer of Robert Wilson and Mikhail Baryshnikov’s Letter to a Man and the Sound Designer of Esa-Pekka Salonen’s cello concerto.
Theatre Sound Design credits include: Jellyfish (The Bush), Trying it On (UK tour), This Restless State (The Oval House), Of Kith and Kin (Sheffield Crucible and The Bush), Peter Pan Goes Wrong (London West End and National Tour), The Life (English Theatre Frankfurt), The Ballad of Robin Hood, A Study in Scarlet, Klippies and In Lambeth (Southwark Playhouse), The Bunker Trilogy, The Frontier Trilogy, The Capone Trilogy and Sirenia (Edinburgh Fringe and international touring), Chicken Dust (Finborough Theatre), Titus Andronicus (Arcola), Theatre Uncut (Theatre Uncut, Young Vic), The Revenger’s Tragedy and Henry V (Old Red Lion Theatre). As Associate Sound Designer: Othello (Frantic Assembly), JOHN (DV8), The Cripple of Inishmaan (Michael Grandage Company).
Denzel Westley-Sanderson I Assistant Director
Denzel Westley-Sanderson trained in Theatre Directing at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in 2017. He previously gained his First Class honours degree in Theatre and Professional Practice from Coventry University. Since finishing his training Denzel went on to be the Creative Assistant on the revival of Jesus Christ Superstar at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre in 2017. Denzel is currently on the Resident Directors pool at the Almeida Theatre.
Directing credits include: Tiger Mum (Theatre 503); Much Ado About Nothing (Mountview); Saturday (Karamel Culb); The Chairs (Custard factory).
André Vincent I Stand Up Comedy Coach
André describes himself as a professional show-off. He started performing at a very early age as a boy chorister, but when his voice broke he chose not to follow his grandmother into the world of opera. Instead, he decided to copy his great-grandfather by entering the variety world, turning his hand to acting, circus clowning, improvisation, street performing and eventually stand-up comedy.
His stand-up has taken from the Comedy festivals of Montreal to Melbourne, telling jokes on countless TV shows and panel games and writing silliness for every late night British talk shows. Surprisingly, some people must like it as he has won a BAFTA, an American Independent Film Award, Time Out Comedian of the Year and also Loaded Funniest Joke of the Year, which he is probably most proud of.
Kurt Barling I Script Consultant
Kurt Barling is a Professor of Journalism at Middlesex University. He is an award-winning investigative journalist and documentary-maker who built a reputation working at the BBC from 1989 until 2015 with a USP of covering alternative narratives in the mainstream media. Kurt’s interest in theatre started in 1980 when he joined the National Youth Theatre.
Kurt gained a first class degree in Languages and Politics before graduating with a Masters and PhD from the London School of Economics where he began his career as an expert in International Relations.
He worked across News and Current Affairs for 25 years from, Assignment and The Money Programme to Today and Newsnight. He was the Special Correspondent for BBC London News from 2001-2014. Kurt is author of 4 books including the latest Darkness over Germany published in Germany, the UK and the US. In 2015 the book described by the Times as an "eloquent polemic" in The R Word: Racism and a revelatory book on the security services role in sheltering Abu Hamza from scrutiny in the early noughties.
He has brought the world of professional practice directly into the curriculum at Middlesex and has led on transforming the journalism provision into a dynamic practice-led experience making students digital savvy and newsroom ready on graduation.
Kurt’s research interests include the importance of AI to the future of journalism and sits on the advisory board of Silicon Valley start-up Knowherenews.com delivering ‘the most unbiased news in the world’ using ‘bleeding-edge’ AI/Machine Learning technology.
Special thanks to Tharik Hussain for his guidance on Bangladeshi culture. https://www.tharikhussain.co.uk/