CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR WORLD PREMIERE OF
BY GARY SINYOR
A COMEDY OF BIBLICAL PROPORTIONS
Today (20 January 2016) Gary Sinyor announces casting for his play, NotMoses, which will begin previews at the Arts Theatre on 10 March 2016.
The cast includes Antonia Davies as Aviva, Dana Haqjoo as Pharaoh, Greg Barnett as NotMoses, Jasmine Hyde as the Princess, Joe Morrow as Feripoti, Thomas Nelstrop as Moses, Niv Petel as Rameses and Leon Stewart plays the Rabbi. Casting for the role Miriam will be announced shortly. Thirteen year old Izzy Lee from Barnet and twelve year old Theo Mackenzie from Kensington will alternate performing the voice of the Son of God.
NotMoses is Gary Sinyor’s first play, which he also directs. Designs are by Carla Goodman with lighting by Humphrey McDermott. Press Night will take place on 15 March with booking to 14 May 2016.
Set in Ancient Egypt, NotMoses is the story of a crying baby who is plucked from his basket by a Princess only to be dumped back in the Nile when she sees a nicer baby, Moses. NotMoses grows up a disgruntled slave whilst Prince Moses studies accountancy at Pharaoh’s court. When both men are forced to flee into the Sinai desert, they make kebabs on the burning bush before the Good Lord himself orders them to lead the Jews out of bondage and into a land full of cows and bees. Eventually, it’s the alluring Miriam – a woman! – who leads the Exodus. NotMoses is an important work that answers the question that has troubled mankind throughout the ages: Does oral sex constitute adultery? Destined to end up in a drawer in every hotel room in the world, there’s only one play in town where you can experience the wonder of the ten plagues (even if they are mainly offstage).
Antonia Davies’ (Aviva) theatre credits include The House of Bernarda Alba for the King’s Head Theatre, Still I See my Baby for Theatre 503, The Barrier for the Park Theatre, Gargolios 2.0, Gargolios and Throats for London Dry Opera Company, Lady Julie for the Finborough Theatre, A Midsummer Night’s Dream for the Oxford Shakespeare Festival, Macbeth for Kents Cavern and Lulu for Hen and Chickens Theatre. Her television credits include The Tunnel, The Wives Did It and A Touch of Cloth. Her film credits include Rancour, Hichestan, Meeting Place, The Lords of London, Premortem, A Hole with Two Ends, Tiggily Taggily, Gravitational and Personality Problem.
Dana Haqjoo’s (Pharaoh) is best known for his appearances on television in Citizen Khan and the Omid Djalili Show. His other television credits include Emmerdale, Coronation Street, The Bill and 15 Stories High. He has previously been seen on stage in Lucrezia for Pleasure for Pleasure on tour in Italy. On film his credits include United We Fall, Desert Dancer, Big Fat Gypsy Gangster, The Story Of _, In Your Dreams and Spivs.
Greg Barnett’s (NotMoses) theatre credits include These Trees are Made of Blood for Southwark Playhouse, Therese Raquin for the Park Theatre, The School for Scandal for Theatre Royal Bath, Swallows and Amazons at the Vaudeville Theatre, 20th Century Boy for the New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich, Brother Loves Travelling Salvation Show on tour in the UK, Pushing up Poppies for Theatre 503, Spend Spend Spend for the Watermill Theatre and on tour in the UK, Marry Me A Little for the Everyman Theatre, Zorro at the Garrick Theatre, White Liars for Etcetera Theatre, Peter Pan for Birmingham Rep, Twelfth Night for the Royal and Derngate Theatres, Sweeney Todd on tour in the UK and Fiddler on the Roof as Perchik at the Courtyard Theatre.
Jasmine Hyde (Princess) plays the role of Leonie Snell in BBC Radio 4’s long running radio drama The Archers. Her theatre credits include Statements After an Arrest Under the Immorality Act for Jermyn Street Theatre, A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Shakespeare’s Globe, Pericles for the Royal Shakespeare Company /Cardboard Citizens, The Coast of Utopia for the National Theatre, Gifts of War for the Riverside Theatre, Waters of the Moon for Salisbury Theatre, Singer for the Tricycle Theatre, The Rivals for Bath Theatre Royal and Charely’s Aunt for Northcott Theatre.
Joe Morrow’s (Feripoti) theatre credits include Seussical the Musical for the Arts Theatre, On the Razzle at the Litchfield Garrick Theatre, Uncle Eric’s Christmas Carol for the New Vic Theatre Newcastle, Halcyon Days at the Riverside Studios, The History Boys for Greenwich Theatre and RIP: The Musical for the King’s Head (which he also co-composed). On television his credits include All At Sea, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Don’t Tell the Bride. Morrow is one of London’s top cabaret compares in the guise of his alter ego Joe Morose and was shortlisted as Best Host, London Cabaret Awards 2015. He is resident at Cafe De Paris and Proud Cabaret.
Thomas Nelstrop’s (Moses) theatre credits include Romeo and Juliet for English Touring Theatre and Newsreview as part of the Edinburgh Festival where he has performed his Thomas Nelstrop: Great(ish) Hits. His television credits include The Impressions Show, Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps, Class Dismissed, Doctor Who, Little Howard’s Big Question and Doctors. His film credits include Chemical Wedding and Maria with Vincent.
Niv Petel who is making his West End debut in NotMoses originally trained in Israel and worked there for a number of years in theatre and also voiceovers. Patel is the Israeli voice for Hiccup in How to Train Your Dragon! Whilst at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts Patel played Vittorio Vidal in Sweet Charity, Charley Kringas in Merrily We Roll Along and the Preacher in Violet amongst other roles. Petel also performs his one man show, Knock Knock.
Leon Stewart’s (Rabbi) theatre credits include Goodnight Desdemonda and Work Life for Toucan Theatre Company, Still I Pray at the Barbican, The Colour of Justice for the Tricycle Theatre and Catalina for Untold Theatre. On television his credits include Little Miss Jocelyn, Mummy Forensics and The Bill.
After graduating from the National Film and Television School with BAFTA nominated The Unkindest Cut, award winning film-maker Gary Sinyor was commissioned by Python star Eric Idle to write Leon the Pig Farmer. Sinyor went on to win the Venice International Film Festival’s Critics Choice Award and the Evening Standard Award for Best Newcomer. Sinyor has written, directed or produced numerous feature films including United We Fall with Jack Donnelly, Retreat, In Your Dreams, Bob The Butler with Tom Green and Brooke Shields, The Bachelor with Renee Zellweger, Stiff Upper Lips with Peter Ustinov and Prunella Scales, Solitaire for 2 with Maryam D’Abo and Jason Isaacs as well as Leon The Pig Farmer with Brian Glover. Last year he directed and produced the improvised mockumentary United We Fall about a group of failed footballers. He has written The Unseen a unique psychological thriller and a US based high concept wedding comedy Something Blue.
NotMoses is produced in the West End by Magnet Productions Limited, with Julian Stoneman for MPSI Ltd.
Theatre: Arts Theatre, Great Newport Street, London WC2H 7JB
Dates: 10 March – 14 May 2016
Press night: 15 March 2016 at 7pm
Performances: Monday – Saturday at 7.30pm, Thursday and Saturday matinees at 2.30pm
No matinee on Thursday 12 May at 2.30pm
Replacement matinee Wednesday 11 May at 2.30pm
Prices: £19.50, £29.50, £39.50, £49.50, plus booking fee (no booking fee in person at Box Office).
Box Office: 0207 836 8463