Thu 15th - Sat 17th Feb
Beyond the Blue is an essential new play for adults written by children in response to the refugee crisis. How much do our children actually notice about the world they're growing up in? Do we give them enough credit or just dismiss their ideas because they're children...?
The result is a story that’s not only entertaining and magical but also incredibly relevant to one of our most complex contemporary issues.
Toyland is at war. Refusing to succumb to the reign of the Evil Queen and her army, four toys embark on a quest for a new home. From a sea-monster border-guard to the Gingerbread Mayor of Sweetie-Land, the toys meet smugglers and strange creatures on their journey as they search for a place of peace and belonging.
Beyond the Blue is about overcoming your fears and finding a light of hope in a world that’s crumbling around us. It looks at one of the most urgent issues of our time – the displacement of so many children – through the eyes of children. It celebrates diversity, friendship, and using your imagination to overcome difficulties, and is for the whole family.
Original concept commissioned by Omnibus Theatre.
Beyond the Blue is part of Gerry's STRONGER THAN FEAR FESTIVAL. Click here to see other events in the festival programme. #StrongerThanFear
Venue: Gerry's Studio
Age Guidance: 7+
Harold Addo - Teddy
Harold trained at East 15 Acting School on the 3-year acting course and graduated with the class of 2016.
Professional Credits include: Might Never Happen (UK Tour),Ella Enchanted (Edinburgh Fringe), The 49 (Theatre N16), Waiting for Godot (Site specific), Womb (Bush Theatre), Treasure Island (Iris Theatre), Cloud Tectonics (Corbett Theatre), 4.48 Psychosis (Etcetera Theatre).
Recent Stage credits at East 15 include: Beyond Therapy, The Priory (Tristan Bates); Welcome To Thebes; Macbeth; As You Like It; Three Sisters; Jesus Hopped The`A` Train (Corbett Theatre)
Television credits include: PREMature (Community channel)
Feature film includes: Urban Decay
Fay Summerfield - Tiger
Fay trained at East 15 Acting School, on the BA Acting course and graduated in 2016.
She's been involved with Beyond the Blue for a while now and says she's loved seeing it grow and develop into the show it is today! She's performed in new writing, short films and music videos, and toured with the National Youth Theatre of Wales and Great Britain.
On the side of acting, she's built her own photography business, working in fashion, events and headshots. Check her out here: www.faysummerfield.com/photography
Helena McColl - Owl
Helena trained at Drama Centre London where she was in a number of productions such as Mary Barnes, The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Hedda, Tartuffe, The Country Girl, The Cherry Orchard, and As You Like It playing Orlando. She has also worked at the Camden People’s Theatre, the Rag Factory and Theatre 503.
Theo Toksvig-Stewart - Monkey
Theo trained at Drama Centre London.
He made his professional stage debut in the English Touring Theatre's production of Silver Lining and his television debut in EastEnders.
Theo also plays the lead in the upcoming short film The Painting.