“Ageing thespian Richard is preparing to direct his first theatre class in a maximum security prison, assisted by his former-actress ex-wife Jane and an inexperienced social worker called Alice. When only two inmates turn up he decides to go ahead with the class nonetheless – and so begins a captivating and darkly comic exploration of life, within the walls”.
Alexis Michalik’s ‘Intra Muros’ makes it UK premiere at Park Theatre, London.
The play, which is Michalik’s most recent, opened in Paris in 2017, and is still running at La Pépinière Théâtre.
Full of Michalik’s trademark sharp wit and extraordinary method of storytelling, this meta-theatrical production, which questions our concept of time and its effect on the human spirit,has been translated for UK audiences by Pamela Hargreaves.
The production will star Ché Walker (who also directs) as Richard, the director within the play, Summer Strallen as Alice, Victor Gardener as Angel, Emma Pallant as Jane, Declan Perring as Kevin, and jazz artist and award-winning bassist Rio Kai as on-stage DJ and instrumentalist, who will provide live music and digital sound mixing.
‘Intra Muros’ is produced by Adam Blanshay Productions, in association with Park Theatre.
Author, actor and director Alexis Michalik’s previous writing credits include ‘Le Porteur d’Histoire’, which has run for over 1500 performances to date and played around the world, and ‘Le Cercle Des Illusionnistes’. For these two pieces, Michalik received the Beaumarchais du Figaro Prize, the Jeune Théâtre de l’Académie Française Award and two coveted Molière Awards.
Michalik wrote and directed ‘Edmond’ in 2016, for which he won five Molière Awards. Having just celebrated its 800th performance in Paris, and soon to be released as a feature film, a new production of ‘Edmond’ will make its UK premiere at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre from Friday 15th March until Saturday 30th March, before touring to York, Northampton, Cambridge and Richmond. Also produced by Adam Blanshay Productions, and directed by Roxana Silbert, the production is to star Freddie Fox, Josie Lawrence, Henry Goodman and Chizzy Akudolu.
Award-winning writer, director and actor Ché Walker made theatrical history with ‘The Frontline’ (2008), the first contemporary-set new play to be performed at Shakespeare’s Globe in London. His play ‘Klook’s Last Stand’ premiered at Park Theatre in 2014, before playing at the NAMT Festival in New York in 2017. His musical adaptation of ‘Been So Long’,which he also directed, premiered at the Young Vic, and his own feature film adaptation starring Michaela Coel and Arinzé Kene (bought by Netflix) opened last year’s BFI London Film Festival. Further writing credits include ‘Crazy Love’ (Paines Plough) and ‘Flesh Wound’ (Royal Court, winning both the George Devine Award and the Arts Council Writer of the Future Award 2003) which has been translated and produced world-wide.
‘Intra Muros’ will run at Park Theatre, London from 3rd April until 4th May.
“Now it’s your turn to act…”