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Wolves At The Window
On from 27 May 2008 till 21 Jun 2008
Arcola Theatre
by Toby Davies, after Saki
Genre(s): New Writing, Drama, Comedy

About: Wolves At The Window

Ten of Saki’s best known flippant fables of Edwardian irreverence are brought together in an episodic comedy by Mitchell and Webb writer Toby Davies. How does a satirist from the turn of the 20th century compare at the dawn of the 21st? Wolves at the Window will create a ghoulish, comically grotesque, unexpected world of characters no less potent, controversial or devilishly un-PC today than they were one hundred years ago.

Saki, aka Hector Hugh Munroe (1870 – 1916), is considered a master of the short story form, and a hilarious but macabre satirist of society’s follies that surrounded him, cutting into the heart of English society to expose our vanities, neuroses and hang ups, crossing polite company with the wild life and death struggles of nature. His was a post-Victorian world of privilege, luxury, and affectation combined with his near jingoistic preoccupation with the state of England, its values and Empire, often the subject of blackest humour.

Gus Brown regularly appears in BBC 2’s That Mitchell and Webb Look and is known principally as fifty per cent of live sketch duo Laurence and Gus. He has appeared in a wide number of TV comedies including Green Wing, Paul Whitehouse’s Happiness, The All New Harry Hill Show and Broken News. Theatre credits include Headlong’s Dr. Faustus.

Anna Francolini recently appeared in Into the Woods at the Royal Opera House and was nominated for an Olivier Award for her role in Caroline, Or Change (2007).

Sarah Moyle appeared in the Extras Christmas Special (BBC2) and Daddy Cool at the Shaftesbury Theatre as well as numerous roles for Alan Ayckbourn at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough.

Toby Davies wrote the new musical Spittin’ Distance which ran at the Stephen Joseph theatre in 2005 before being chosen for development at the RNT Studio. He is currently working on That Mitchell and Webb Look (BBC2).

Thomas Hescott’s theatre includes: as a director, The British Ambassador’s Belly Dancer (Arcola and West End), Anatol (Arcola), Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth and Twelfth Night (Southwark Playhouse), Reunion (Bridewell), Our Thing (Gate), Easter Bites (NYT at the Lowry), Pulling Together (Theatre 503) and a rehearsed reading of Middleton's Anything for a Quiet Life (Shakespeare's Globe). Thomas was also staff director on the original award-winning run of The History Boys (RNT) and associate director on The Wizard of Oz (West Yorkshire Playhouse).

Cast: Anna Francolini, Jeremy Booth, Gus Brown and Sarah Moyle.

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