George Warren in association with Park Theatre presents

Fishskin Trousers

By Elizabeth Kuti


Elizabeth Kuti I Writer

Elizabeth Kuti started her career as an actor in Irish theatre and her roles included the Colleen Bawn in The Colleen Bawn (Lyttelton, National Theatre and Abbey Theatre, Dublin).

Writing for theatre includes The Sugar Wife (Soho theatre, 2006; winner of the Susan Smith Blackburn Award 2006; Irish Times Best New Play Nomination); The Whisperers (Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, 1999 and Irish tour); The Six-Days World (attachment at National Theatre Studio; Finborough Theatre, London, 2007); Treehouses (winner of the Stewart Parker radio award; Peacock at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, 2000; Northcott Theatre Exeter, 2001). For the Miniaturists, short plays include: Time Spent on Trains (Southwark Playhouse); Eighty Miles (Southwark Playhouse); and Enter A Gentleman (Arcola Theatre and National Portrait Gallery, London).  

Most recently, Kuti has been Playwright-in-Residence at Hampton Court Palace (2015-6). In 2015 her collection of micro-dramas, TimePlays, were seen by 400,000 visitors at Hampton Court; and in 2016 the Palace staged Encounters from the Past (directed by Jo McInnes) and Elizabethan Christmas.

Other recent writing for theatre includes Cold Season in Calcutta (directed by Trilby James, reading at the Mercury Theatre, 2017); Blue Pencil  for Lamda (directed by Robert Price, long project 2017); United Incandescent, commissioned by the National Theatre (rehearsed reading at the Old Red Lion Theatre, London, in September 2015; and at the Vanburgh Theatre, London, in August 2014);  and Fishskin Trousers (which has received productions in London, Canada and Greece, 2013-15);

Recent radio drama includes Reader I Mended Him (BBC Radio 4, 2016); Sitters’ Stories (BBC Radio 4, 2015); Dear Mr Spectator (comedy-drama adaptation of Addison and Steele’s Spectator papers) - two series, broadcast on Woman’s Hour, Radio 4 in 2009 and 2010; May Child (starring Patricia Routledge) and The Glasswright (starring Tim McInerny) both Afternoon Plays for BBC Radio 4; and for BBC Radio 3, a 90 minute drama, Mr Fielding’s Scandal-Shop (broadcast Christmas Day, 2005, starring Ron Cook).

Elizabeth teaches drama and playwriting at the University of Essex; and is a long-term collaborator with director Robert Price with whom she founded Lubkinfinds Theatre.


Robert Price I Director

Robert Price currently works at Lamda in West London as a director and voice teacher having previously held the senior post in voice and text at Rada. He has also taught and directed at RCSSD, Arts Ed, East 15, The University of Essex, The Lir in Dublin, Trinity College Dublin and for BADA in Oxford.

Before working as a teacher Robert was an actor in Dublin playing with most of the country’s theatre companies including productions with Bedrock, Loose Canon, The Corn Exchange, Rough Magic, Fishamble, Second Age, The Abbey and Peacock Theatres and The Gate. He is Artistic Director of Lubkinfinds Theatre Company together with his wife Elizabeth Kuti (who he met whilst working on the Dublin Fringe) and together they have developed and produced several new plays, short plays and readings including: Fishskin Trousers, The Broken Token, Enter a Gentleman, Time Spent on Trains, Eighty Miles, United Incandescent and Blue Pencil (as a Lamda long project). Outside of his work with Lubkinfinds Robert has also directed new scripts by Glyn Maxwell, Philip Terry, Jonathan Lichenstein and Annecy Lax.


Matt Leventhall I Lighting Designer 

Matt is the Head of Production Lighting at RADA.

Recent credits include: Hamlet (Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company, Associate to Paul Pyant); The Terrible Infants (Wilton’s); Under The Market Roof (Junction 8 Theatre, Site specific) (Mercury Theatre, Colchester); Light (Barbican, Bristol Old Vic and European Tour); Barbarians (Young Vic); The Comedy About a Bank Robbery (Criterion, Associate LD); My Mother Never Said I Should (St James Theatre, Associate LD), This Much (Or an Act of Violence Against The Institution of Marriage (Soho Theatre); The Lizzie Play (GBS Theatre); All’s Well That Ends Well (GBS Theatre); The Collector (The Vaults Theatre); The Vaudevillans (Assembly); Moth (Hope Mill, Manchester); Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs 2: The Magic Cutlass (Pleasance and UK Tour); Hamlet is Dead: No Gravity (Arcola); Ant Street (Arcola); Lady Anna All At Sea (Park Theatre); Animals (Theatre 503, Associate LD); Tomcat (Southwark Playhouse, Associate LD); Scarlet (Southwark Playhouse); Islands (New Diorama, Underbelly); Divas (Rose Theatre Kingston, Pleasance); Poppies (Space); After Penelope (Gielgud Theatre); Pieces of Eight (Gielgud Theatre); A Christmas Carol (Old Red Lion); Bear (Old Red Lion): Random (Gielgud Theatre); Mrs Warren’s Profession (Gielgud Theatre); God’s Own Country (Zoo); Sikes and Nancy (Trafalgar Studios and UK Tour); Suffolk Stories (Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds); The Broken Token (Gielgud Theatre); Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (Secret Cinema, Site Specific); Yerma, Love For Love, High Society, In The Summer House (Vanbrugh Theatre, RADA); Have A Nice Life, But Not As We Know It, The Walworth Farce, Women of Troy, Land Without Words, The Cagebirds, Joseph K (LAMDA Linbury); Fishskin Trousers (Finborough); The Infant (Vivien Cox Theatre); Wild West End (Pleasance); Bed (Lakeside Arts Nottingham); Madame Butterfly (Leatherhead Theatre and UK Tour); Plug in the Lead, Mashup (Leicester Square Theatre); Fresher The Musical (Pleasance); The Songs of My Life (Garrick Theatre); TEDx London (The Roundhouse).  

Up Coming: The Secret Garden (Theatre by the Lake)

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Nancy Surman I Designer

Nancy has been involved with a wide variety of productions including No1 tours of Dad's Army and 'Allo 'Allo, an outdoor production of Animal Farm in an old prison yard and the world premiere of The Rinse Cycle for Unexpected Opera a shrunk adaptation of Wager's Ring Cycle set in a Launderette!

Nancy’s recent work includes: Muswell Hill and African Gothic (Park Theatre), My Children, My Africa! (Trafalgar Studios), They're Playing Our Song (Queen's Theatre, Hornchurch); The Daughter-in-Law and Dangerous Corner (New Vic Theatre, Stoke); and Can’t Pay? Won’t Pay! (Oldham Coliseum).

International work includes: a Far East tour of Noel Coward's Private Lives and Shakespeare's Much Ado about Nothing in Vienna.

Other productions include: designs for The Swing of Things (Stephan Joseph Theatre, Scarborough); A Stinging Sea (Glasgow Citizens Theatre); To Kill a Mockingbird, The Duchess of Malfi, The Rivals and The Winter’s Tale (Salisbury Playhouse); The Accrington Pals (Dukes Theatre, Lancaster); and Sondheim's Into the Woods - twice!

Nancy designed Maxim Gorky’s Barbarians (Salisbury Playhouse) for which she was nominated for the TMA best designer award 2003.