Blasting onto the stage in its National Theatre debut, BLUE/ORANGE was instantly recognised as a landmark event, winning an Olivier Award, a Critics' Circle Award and the Evening Standard Award for Best Play. Joe Penhall’s most recent play, Birthday, opened earlier this year at the Royal Court to great critical acclaim.
BLUE/ORANGE is set in a psychiatric hospital, where Christopher, a young black man, is at the end of a 28 day section. He states that the oranges he sees are blue and is convinced that a notorious military dictator is his father. Bruce, a junior psychiatric doctor, feels there may be more to Christopher than has been diagnosed and wants to do further tests. Robert, a senior consultant, wants to thrust him back into the community, as he deserves his freedom.
As the two psychiatrists’ disagreement unfolds, Christopher’sdiagnosis appears secondary to their personal, ideological struggle resulting in a riveting, compelling and witty battle of freedom and ambition.
Robert Bathurst plays the consultant psychiatrist. The hugely popular actor’s screen roles include Sir Anthony Strallan in Downton Abbey, John le Mesurier in Hattie, Mr Weston in Emma, Mark Taylor in Joking Apart and David Marsden in Cold Feet.
Gerard McCarthy takes the role of Bruce. Gerard is probably best known as Kris Fisher in Channel 4's Hollyoaks, a role which earned him a Best Newcomer nomination at the British Soap Awards. He will soon be seen in Titanic: Blood & Steel alongside Sir Derek Jacobi, Chris Noth, Joely Richardson and Neve Campbell. Gerard has also recently completed filming a BBC thriller, The Fall, with Gillian Anderson and Vikings with Gabriel Byrne.
Oliver Wilson plays Christopher. His previous Theatre roles include Emperor and Galilean and Alls Well That Ends Well National Theatre. His television and film roles include Misfits, Hollyoaks, Casualty, Groove Town and Karmic Compensation.
Theatre Royal Brighton Theatre Productions Group is a partnership between Ambassador Theatre group (ATG) and Brighton Theatre Royal and was launched in 2011 under the Artistic Direction of Christopher Luscombe, with Maria Aitken and Philip Franks as inaugural associates. Each production will open at Theatre Royal Brighton, before going on a nationwide tour, followed by a West End transfer. The inaugural production, DANDY DICK, was one of the highlights of the Theatre’s summer season.
Published 7th September 2012
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