Jo Billingham Directs New Play – Have You Heard About Guy?
Forest Forge Theatre’s Education and Participation Officer, Jo Billingham, has been putting her many talents into practice by Directing a new play ‘Have You Heard About Guy?’ by One-Eared Dog Productions.
Using the wonderful theatre space at Forest Forge Theatre, Jo and cast members Carli Fish and Hannah Robinson have been rehearsing in the space ready for a sharing of the piece on Monday 21 January.
After the performance at Forest Forge Theatre the play travels up to London where it will be performed at Katzpace Theatre on the 27 & 28 January. You can then see it at Brighton Fringe from the 15 – 19 May.
Director Jo says, “It’s a well written piece, full of warmth and humour, but also the cold reality of being a woman in the industry. I’m thrilled to be working with two young women with lots of ideas, lots of passion, and lots to say!”
About the play – Have you heard about guy?
Set in the living room of their dingy London flat, Have You Heard About Guy? is the story of Frank and George, two struggling actresses living in a pre-#MeToo world. Francesca, or Frank, is the upper-class daughter of acting royalty who is trapped between her own inertia and her desire to make it on her own without relying on her family name. Georgia, or George, is the daughter of Mike the mechanic and Dawn who helps out at the local nursery. Passionate, hard-working, and driven, George will do anything it takes to make it as an actress – regardless of her own personal health and safety.
As they suffer through humiliating commercial auditions, sleazy industry professionals, empty bank accounts, family pressures, and the toll that jealousy and bitterness is taking on their own relationship, their straight white male middle-class drama school peer Guy is enjoying a meteoric rise to success.