The revival is the latest in a line of gender-blind theatre productions
Game Of Thrones star Hannah Murray says she will not “be going to the guys for tips” when she stars in an all-female version of hit play Posh.
The actress, who plays Gilly in the hit TV show, will appear in the new production of the play inspired by the antics of the over-privileged and badly behaved students in the Bullingdon Club which counts former PM David Cameron and Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson as alumni.
Laura Wade’s play, which debuted at the Royal Court Theatre in 2010 with a cast including fellow Game Of Thrones star Kit Harington and War And Peace actor James Norton, became a West End hit and was made into a film called The Riot Club.
Murray said: “I know a bunch of the guys that were in it as well as Kit.
“I worked with Josh O’Connor who is in the film version and I talked to him about it and how excited I am about doing it but I don’t think I’ll be going to the guys for tips or anything.”
The play, at Islington’s Pleasance Theatre, is the latest in a line of recent gender-blind productions including Glenda Jackson’s return to the stage as King Lear.
Murray said she was attracted to the part of Alistair because he had an “aggression and entitlement” rarely seen in characters written for women.
She said: “As soon as I started working on the text I felt so excited by how different it felt for me.
“This little voice deep inside me went ‘I want to do that and that’s not fair because they don’t write parts like that for women’.”
Posh is at the Pleasance Theatre, N7 from Wednesday March 29 until April 22.
Source: Evening Standard
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Hannah Murray, star of Game of Thrones and Skins to lead an all-female cast in a thrilling new production of Posh. Press night is Monday 3 April at 7.30pm.
OLD MONEY. NEW PROBLEMS. DIFFERENT GENDER.
Hannah Murray (Skins, Game of Thrones, Untitled Detroit Project) is to lead the cast for the world premiere of an all-female version of Posh. Full casting for the production has been announced today.
This thrilling new production, which will run at London’s Pleasance Theatre from 29th March, gives Laura Wade’s play a new, topical voice by allowing women to take centre stage in roles originally written for men. The production will be directed by Off West End Award winner Cressida Carré.
Darkly comic, and disgracefully entertaining, Laura Wade’s universally acclaimed Posh, burst to life at the Royal Court theatre in 2010 with a cast that featured future stars Kit Harrington and James Norton, before transferring to the West End. Receiving a fanfare of plaudits, Posh became a huge hit with critics and audience alike.
Now the riotous story of Oxford student dining club, a fictionalised version of the infamous Bullingdon Club, will be reinvented for the first time by a company of all-female actors.
In the private dining room of a gastro pub, 10 young bloods with cut-glass vowels and deep pockets are meeting, intent on restoring their right to rule. As members of an elite student dining society, they’re bunkering down for a wild night of debauchery, decadence and bloody good wine.
This thrilling new production has a topical voice. However, this isn’t just a jolly: these women are planning a revolution. Welcome to the Riot Club.
Posh was long-listed as Best New Play in the Evening Standard Awards and nominated Best New Play in the Whatsonstage Awards. It was filmed in 2014 for cinema release as The Riot Club, directed by Lone Scherfig and starring Max Irons, Sam Claflin, Freddie Fox and Douglas Booth.
Hannah Murray said: “I am so excited to be a part of this production, it’s a fascinating opportunity to explore and investigate the nature of privilege – a topic I feel there is an increasing urgency to examine and discuss. Working with an all-female ensemble cast is a brilliant opportunity to collaborate with a fantastic company of talented women, which is not something that happens often enough.”
Cressida Carré (Director) said: “I am so looking forward to exploring the play with this fantastic all-female cast. We are in a very exciting time in theatre where existing works are being turned on their head giving us so much more potential to play with and the reinvention of many are opening up our perceptions in so many ways. Gender equality, privilege and class are certainly topics which are prevalent today and it will be exciting to see what happens when these historically male characters are played by women.”
Laura Wade (Writer) said: “It’s always interesting to see a new cast take on Posh, but it’ll be fascinating to see what light an all-female company can throw on the play’s world of power and privilege. I’m often asked what Posh would have been like if there were women in the Riot Club instead of men. Perhaps now I get to find out.”