UNEARTHED / THE GIFT

UNEARTHED

written and directed by Theresa Heskins

Sat 20 June – Sat 25 July

The first play in this double-bill is an archaeological ‘whodunnit’ by New Vic Artistic Director, Theresa Heskins. Fresh from the critically-acclaimed Around the World in Eighty Days and The Borrowers, her latest play tells the story of the Staffordshire Hoard since its discovery in 2009.

A documentary-drama in the New Vic tradition, we hear the words of the metal detectorist who found an astonishing hoard of gold in a Staffordshire field, of the archaeologists who excavated it, the historians, conservationists and experts who try to unravel its meanings.

How was the Hoard hidden? Who by? And why? It’s an historical thriller, a crime-scene looking for a solution. We know how it ends. Now we must piece together the beginning. An archaeological 'whodunnit'.

Unearthed Cast

Suzanne Ahmet - Jen
Romayne Andrews - Tony
Jemma Churchill - Deb
Crystal Condie - Caroline
David Crellin - Jim
Elizabeth Elvin - Cathy
Paula James - US Presenter
David Kirkbride - Barry
Gwawr Loader - Phoenix
Perry Moore - Chris
Adam Morris - Michael
David Nellist - Terry
Bryonie Pritchard - Tree
David Semark - Paul
Johnson Willis - Hector

´┐╝THE GIFT

by Jemma Kennedy 
directed by Gemma Fairlie

Sat 20 June – Sat 25 July

The second play in this double-bill is an epic of romance and adventure from playwright and novelist Jemma kennedy. In the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Mercia, a kingly gift sparks a deadly struggle for the future.

When the warriors return victorious from battle, they bring with them a great gift – gold, stripped from the weapons of their defeated enemies. They plan to use the treasure to build a new way of life and to gain the favour of their king.

But the women think the price is too high, and are determined to hold on to the world they know. And, when the argument turns murderous, each must choose their own fate, risking all they have for freedom and for love.

 Playwright Jemma Kennedy adapted The Prince And The Pauper for the Unicorn Theatre, wrote Don't Feed The Animals for National Theatre Connections 2013 and has two screenplays in development.  Her novel Skywalking is published by Penguin / Viking.
 

The Gift Cast

Suzanne Ahmet - Freya
Romayne Andrews - Teon
Jemma Churchill - Wilda
Crystal Condie - Lora
David Crellin - Cerdic
Paula James - Rowena
David Kirkbride - Beorn
Gwawr Loader - Cain
Bryonie Pritchard - Moira
David Semark - Alden
Johnson Willis - Dudda