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22 & 23 may

7:45pm

Happenings

£16/£13

writer

John Berry

director

Matt Turpin

show info
cast
production team

Jane is dangerously bored. Her boyfriend Jo is more into his gamer score than her current existential crisis. Apparently, her best friend Fran’s latest spiritual awakening came courtesy of a hairdryer in the bathtub... but that’s definitely a step too far for Jane. How far will Jane go? Because when her value is measured in ‘likes’ and ‘clicks’, who is she if nothing ever happens?

Happenings is a pitch-black comedy which quickly descends into an uncomfortably close viewing of three thirty somethings, who were promised the world and are now feeling distinctly short changed. Set in a seaside town under cliffs where the wretched come to end their struggles, it’s hard to evaluate how bad things really are for you, when you live under the shadow of a famed suicide spot. Things aren’t great, but they’re all ok…right?

Fran claims to have found a higher state of consciousness from it all and Joe is happy enough burying his head in the sand. It’s Jane that can’t breathe. The monotony, the boredom, the lack of something to tweet about; life doesn’t seem this dull for anyone else.

She needs something to happen... Otherwise what’s the point?

Latecomers may not be admitted. Please arrive in good time for the start time of 7:45pm.
Under 18s are not permitted into the theatre for this performance. 
No re-admittance once the performance has commenced. Refunds and exchanges are not available.

Fran

Zo Biba-Leonard

Zo has performed since the age of 12. In addition to her acting, she is a Stage Manager, Teacher, Director, Singer and Stage Photographer. She only very rarely regrets becoming a bank clerk. Experienced in a wide range of parts from musicals to modern theatre, her most treasured in 'Audrey' in 'Blue Remembered Hills' and 'Julia' in 'The Birds', for George Lassos the Moon Theatre. She has been fortunate to have trained and worked professionally with wonderful companies, such as Glyndebourne, The R.S.C., E15, The BBC, Channel 4 and multiple touring companies. She has held a yearly residency with the 'Summer Theatre Company' with the National Trust at the Ellen Terry Barn Theatre for over a decade, playing almost all of Shakespeare's ladies and many classical roles. Zo is a co-founder of Not Your Muse Theatre Company.

Jane

Grace Collett

Having been exposed to the theatre from a young age, Grace has worked extensively in both acting and theatre roles. Having a speaking role Punchdrunk's Crash of the Elysium shortly before leaving college and going on to working with the likes of Brighton Fringe Spiegeltent, Edinburgh Fringe Festival venues over the next few years. During 2016 Grace played the title role in A.R.Gurneys 'Sylvia' directed by Matt Turpin for the Stables Theatre and shortly after gained a place at the National Youth Theatre in it's 60th Year! In 2020, Grace graduated from Falmouth University with a BA Hons in Acting, sadly with no graduation show but did manage to squeeze a feature in Milo Gore's 'Green Eyes' music video! This is Grace's first public performance since graduating and is thrilled to be working with Not Your Muse Theatre Company!

Joe

Tom Hobart

Tom studied at the British Institute for Modern Music - focussing on contemporary composition and performance. After graduating he returned to the theatrical scene with a view to combine his previous theatrical experience with his musical skills. Most previous roles to date include The Winterling by Jezz Butterworth in Brighton - “I’m never going to do star jumps and press ups whilst smoking a cigarette ever again.” Quoted after the final performance of the run.
Tom has also appeared in a handful of student-led film projects and will be making his debut in the feature film High Water which is due for release later this year.
Tom is honored to be joining the production in his hometown when the performance begins its run at The Hope theatre.

Neil/Chaplain

Neil Russell

Neil began writing, directing and acting 25 years ago and has recently completed the 10 week theatre and screen acting training, run by Printers Playhouse in Eastbourne. He started with the St Barnabus Players in Ealing, appearing regularly in plays, comedy revues and pantomimes. He is a founding member of the Printers Players in Eastbourne. His most recent acting credits are for 'Antonio', in the touring production of 'Twelfth Night', by the Dicker Players, and 'The Beast' in 'Beauty and the Beast' for Printers Playhouse.

writer

John Berry

director

Matt Turpin

producer

Not Your Muse Theatre Company

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