Exclusive Cast Announcement
TV & film star Celeste Dodwell joins cast of ‘In Other Words’,
In Other Words is a tender new play exploring the powerful effects of music on people with Alzheimer’s.
Dodwell, whose recent credits include ‘Call The Midwife’, ‘The Musketeers’ and Hollywood flick ‘Allied’ will star alongside Matthew Seager who also wrote the play, when ‘In Other Words’ runs at The Hope Theatre from 28th February to 18th March.
“We are extremely excited that Celeste Dodwell will be playing the role of Jane. She is a hugely talented performer, and it became clear after our first meeting that she connected beautifully with the character, subject matter and our play as a whole” Stephanie Withers, Off The Middle.
This intimate, humorous, and deeply moving love story, explores the effects of Alzheimer’s disease and the incredible power that music has in helping us to remember the past, connect to the present, and hope for the future. Brought to life by two actors, we are led through fifty years of Arthur (Seager) and Jane’s (Dodwell) relationship, jumping in and out of memories and experiencing, for brief moments, a failing mind as it loses its grip on reality. We will join Arthur and Jane, at the beginning, as they tell us their story.
The production is also working in partnership with two charities The Alzheimer’s Society and Playlist for Life who will, amongst other things, present at post show discussions.
Theatre credits include: Hay Fever (Duke of York’s Theatre/Theatre Royal Bath), The Crucible (Sydney Theatre Company), Three Sisters (Under The Wharf, STC), Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk (Belvoir Street Theatre), As You Like It (Shakespeare Co.) Theatre whilst training: The Kitchen Sink (Stephen Unwin), The Lightning Play (Iqbal Khan), Love and a Bottle (Max-Stafford Clark), The Revengers Tragedy (Paul Hill), Sweeney Todd (Caroline Lesley), Three Sisters (Peter James), Duchess of Malfi (Rodney Cottier), Design for Living (James Kerr), Some Explicit Polaroids (Jenny Lipman).
Film and Television: Allied (Paramount Pictures), Call The Midwife (BBC1), The Musketeers (BBC1), Downton Abbey (ITV), Careless Love (Spirited Films).
Matthew Seager is an actor, playwright and Co Founder of newly formed theatre company Off the Middle. He went to University in Leeds, before training at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland , graduating in 2014. Since graduating, he has performed at Hightide Theatre, The Albany Deptford, The Tron Theatre, The Traverse Theatre and The Cockpit Theatre. Most recently he has returned from an 11 month tour of the UK and Asia with Shakespeare company The HandleBards, performing Hamlet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He is also a member of Scottish company Blood of the Young.
Matthew was first inspired to write In Other Words after facilitating 10 weeks of sensory stimulation, reminiscence and music based workshops in a dementia care home in his last year at university. He wrote the first draft whilst training at drama school, and it was performed as part of On the Verge Festival at The Arches. He then wrote a practice based research thesis exploring Alzheimer’s and music within the context of the sufferers significant relationships. After being given the opportunity of a development residency at The Lyric Hammersmith as part of their Emerging Artists Award, Matthew set up Off the Middle, and In Other Words was programmed at The Hope Theatre.
‘In Other Words’ is at The Hope Theatre, London, from the 28th February – 18th March 2017. For tickets visit: http://www.thehopetheatre.com/productions/in-other-words/