Devised and Directed by Catherine Harvey
Online Friday, 28 January 2022 at 6:00pm to Friday, 25 February 2022 at midnight
“Passion has left its mark on this place...”
The online world premiere
The Finborough Theatre’s new digital initiative #FinboroughFrontier begins with a celebration of the vivid history and personalities of Earl’s Court featuring poetry, prose and music, filmed in and around the local area.
There’s a room for rent in the Earl’s Court area. With original features and a bohemian feel, the rent is reasonable and location ideal. Will you rent the room?
Walk with us in verse and song, guided by your future Landlady, and take in the spirit of Earl’s Court. Encounter its revolutionaries, poets, musicians and dancers. Its wartime and sporting heroes, inventors and romancers. Get to know your neighbours and their fetishes. And when day falls into night, witness our humanity – and the ghosts that haunt the place.
From the music hall to the coffee house, past and present collide as Rhyme & Reason trace the echoes left by those who lived, died or were buried in the Earl’s Court area. Those featured include children’s writers Mary Louisa Molesworth, and Beatrix Potter who was inspired by her walks in Brompton Cemetery to create some of her best-loved characters; Sir Henry Cole, founder of the V&A and Prince Albert’s right hand man in the creation of the 1851 Great Exhibition at the Crystal Palace; James Bohee, a Canadian banjo player of Caribbean descent who introduced Victorian audiences to black American music and tutored the future King Edward VII; John Wisden, the founder of Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack; music hall singer Charles Coborn; universal suffrage campaigner Emmeline Pankhurst; and poets Ivor Gurney, Jean Ingelow, who came close to becoming our first female Poet Laureate in 1896, and Henry Austin Dobson (commemorating the centenary of his death in 1922) – whose good friend Lewis Carroll often came round to visit…
During lockdown, our acclaimed #FinboroughForFree series released monthly free-to-view archive recordings and original online content including new plays, rediscoveries, a community festival, and the Finborough Forum, our invitation-only group for theatre creatives. Our online work saw us awarded London Pub Theatres’ Award for Pub Theatre of the Year 2020, and our web series Late Night Staring At High Res Pixels won London Pub Theatres Standing Ovation Award for Best Online Theatre 2021.
We strongly believe that online work is an exciting new complement to our work, and are anxious to explore this new medium, embracing anything that can be presented digitally including film, livestream, audio, and hybrid. We are especially keen to develop digital work to increase our international engagement, and also to ensure that our work is truly available for everyone, especially those who cannot easily access our auditorium.
From January 2022, we will be continuing our online work under a brand new name – #FinboroughFrontier, curated by Artistic Director Neil McPherson and Playwright-in-Residence Athena Stevens. All our online content will remain – as it was throughout lockdown – entirely free to view, and also be available in a subtitled version.
An Earl’s Court Miscellany will be available to watch FREE-TO-VIEW on the Finborough Theatre YouTube channel from Friday, 28 January 2022 at 6:00pm to Friday, 25 February 2022 at midnight, and showing concurrently with subtitles on Scenesaver.
About Actor, Writer and Director Catherine Harvey
Actor, writer and director Catherine Harvey is Artistic Director of Rhyme & Reason. Catherine directs and curates Rhyme & Reason’s shows, drawing on the work of both popular and less well-known poets, as well as music and song. As an actor, she has worked in venues including the Finborough Theatre, the Bush Theatre, Arcola Theatre, the Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond, and Clwyd Theatr Cymru. As a playwright, she has had work performed at venues including Bolton Octagon Theatre, the Bush Theatre, Arcola Theatre, Soho Theatre, the Old Red Lion Theatre, Theatre503, Morden Hall Park, the 24:7 Theatre Festival, Manchester, and Pleasance Edinburgh. As a director, she has worked on new writing at the Bush Theatre, Hampstead Theatre, Soho Theatre, The Cockpit, 24:7 Theatre Festival, Manchester, and Pleasance Edinburgh, as well as working with comedians who have performed at the Camden, Brighton, Melbourne and Edinburgh Festivals, and on national and international tours – including stand-ups Mary Bourke (Best of Irish, Time Out Critics Choice), Sajeela Kershi (Asian Woman of the Year - Arts and Media, The Times Top 6 Female Acts), Funny Women winner Suzy Bennett (Time Out Top 10 Acts to Watch) and Louise Mai Newberry aka ‘Precious Jade’ (WOW at South Bank Centre and Yellow Earth’s Dim Sum Nights). Catherine is also series producer of Radio 4’s long-running poetry series Tongue and Talk: The Dialect Poets (produced by Made in Manchester), which has travelled as far afield as Aberdeenshire, Northern Ireland, South Wales and the Forest of Dean, seeking out wonderful poetry written in local dialect. Tongue and Talk has frequently featured on Radio 4’s Pick of the Week and been chosen as pick of the day in a range of newspapers – including The Guardian, The Times and The Daily Mail – and even mentioned in the Manx Parliament, Tynwald.
About Rhyme & Reason
The poetry performance group Rhyme & Reason was co-founded by actors and poetry enthusiasts Catherine Harvey, Jonathan Cullen and Peter Kenny under the mentorship of the late Clive Swift to create bespoke live poetry events. The group’s rolling membership includes actors who have worked in the West End, Royal Shakespeare Company and National Theatre, as well as contributing to Arts programmes on Radio 3, 4 and the World Service. Catherine Harvey is the current Artistic Director, devising and directing their frequently sold-out shows, which the group have performed at venues as diverse as Dr Johnson’s House, the Poetry Café, St Mary’s Church, Bow, and the Tristan Bates Theatre. When Covid hit, Rhyme & Reason took their work online, with Zoom performances that have been watched as far afield as Newfoundland, Japan and the Isle of Man.
About Roguegunners Productions
Roguegunners Productions is a modern media company run by Johnny Blanchard and Erica Miller, concentrating on digital film, serials and theatre. Working with their own original material and work from other talented creators, they create unique experiences for the new age of film and theatre. Their recent sci-fi short Control has won many awards including New Fort International Film Festival – Best Female Director of a Short Film; Hodu International Film Festival – Best Film on Women Short Film, Best Sci-Fi Short Film, Best Director of an International Short Film; Indo French International Film Festival – Best Debut Filmmaker of a Short Film, Best Sci-Fi Short Film; Havelock International Film Festival – Best International Short Film, Best Mobile Short Film; and International Motion Picture Festival of India – Best International Sci-Fi Short and Best Director International Short Film. Their children’s film ScreenTime won Best Children’s Short Film at the International Motion Picture Festival of India. Recent theatre includes Shorties, a short play event, at Ramjam Records.
About Director of Photography and Assistant Director Erica Miller
Director of Photography and Assistant Director Erica Miller trained at the Young Vic and StoneCrabs Theatre. Theatre direction includes Stray Dogs (Bread and Roses Theatre and Brighton Fringe), Tell It Slant (Hope Theatre), The Lying Kind, Radiant Vermin and Shorties (Ramjam Records), Patience (Black Lives, Black Words at the Bush Theatre), Ashes of Roses and A Poison Tree (The Miniaturists at the Arcola Theatre), The Job and Treading Water (Pleasance Edinburgh) and Meat (Bush Bazaar at the Bush Theatre). Film direction includes A Night of Dogs, A Stepmother Speaks, A Door, A Coin In Somebody Else’s Pocket and two award-winning shorts, Control and ScreenTime. She is co-artistic director of Roguegunners Productions and Merry Spinsters Theatre Company.
Trained at Birmingham School of Speech and Drama.
Theatre includes Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth (Gateway Theatre, Chester), Into the Woods (Birmingham Hippodrome), The Magic Flute and The Green Wolf (Liverpool Playhouse), 23 Songs for a Madwoman and One Million Tiny Operas about Britain (Ensemble 10/10 and The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra), The Ballad of Baby Doe (Bridewell Theatre) and Girls’ Night Out (Warehouse Theatre).
Film includes The Ultimate Truth and Percy Lifar.
Television includes The Bill and Little Miss Jocelyn.
Radio includes The Hear and Now Show and Tongue and Talk: The Dialect Poets.
Trained at Drama Studio London, Laban Dance Centre and Hull University.
Theatre includes La Cage Aux Folles (Park Theatre), Handbagged (New Vic Theatre, Stoke), Penetration (Cockpit Theatre), Trevor Nunn’s productions of Cyrano de Bergerac (Chichester Festival Theatre) and Rock ‘n’ Roll (Royal Court Theatre and Duke of York’s Theatre), Poor Beck (Royal Shakespeare Company at The Other Place and Soho Theatre), Macbeth, King Lear (Royal Shakespeare Theatre and Albery Theatre), The Glass Menagerie (New Vic Theatre, Stoke, and Oldham Coliseum), Folk (National Theatre Studio), One of Those (Tristan Bates Theatre), Song of Lunch (The Tabernacle), Summer Begins (Southwark Playhouse), The Lesson (Arcola Theatre), Mercy Fine for Clean Break (Southwark Playhouse and National Tour), Romeo and Juliet (Northcott Theatre, Exeter), Mouth to Mouth (Royal Court Theatre and Albery Theatre), Still Life (London Play Festival), Two (British Council Tour, Brazil), Nascendo (Tricycle Theatre), Ben Hur (BAC), Horace, Katerina and The Cenci (Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith), Miss Julie (The Young Vic), Rick’s Bar Casablanca (Whitehall Theatre) and The Vanek Plays (Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith, and Prague).
Film includes My Dad’s Christmas Date, Miss Willoughby and the Haunted Bookshop, York Witches Society, The Protector and Cocktail.
Television includes Whitstable Pearl, Casualty, Midsomer Murders, Holby City, Doctors for which she was nominated for the British Soap Awards, Holby Blue, The Bill, Imogen’s Face and Bliss.
Theatre includes The Swallow, Going Down to Morocco and Atra Bilis (Cervantes Theatre), Hamlet, Thebes and The Robbers (New Diorama Theatre and Greenwich Theatre), Humble Boy (National Tour for London Classic Theatre), Fear and Misery of the Third Reich (Union Theatre), What’s Your Issue and Gone to Pot (Cockpit Theatre), St George’s Day (Park Theatre), Sleepers’ Diner (Arts Theatre), Absolution (Theatre503), Memory of Summer (Jermyn Street Theatre), Trash Christmas (Tristan Bates Theatre) and Lines (Rosemary Branch Theatre).
Film includes Excursion, Our Communist Life, Seven Lucky Gods and A Nightmare on your Street.
Television includes Killing Eve, Doctors, The Crown and PREMature.
Trained at Morley College and The Bridge Theatre Training Company.
Theatre includes The Emperor Jones (Gate Theatre and National Theatre), Where Will We Live (Camden People's Theatre), The Female Edit (Arts Theatre), Blood Rites (The Vaults) and Reach Out and Touch (Outbox Theatre Company).
Film includes Unlocked, Souljah, The Jesus Lady, Tough in Spandex and The Love Letter.
Television includes Lawless, Remembering Haiti and The Promise.
Trained at Central School of Speech and Drama.
Theatre includes Sankara (Cockpit Theatre), Passion of the American Rose (Soho Theatre), The Proposal and The Bear (White Bear Theatre), Every Night I Dream of Being Good (The Yard), SHORE (Riverside Studios), Un Chant d'Amour (Gate Theatre), Before I Sleep (Brighton Festival), A Christmas Carol (King’s Head Theatre), Hell Screen (Oval House), The Taming of the Shrew (European Tour for TNT Theatre) and The Wallace (Theatre Alba).
Film includes The Writers Group, Die With Me, Chosen, The Last Days of Jack Sheppard, Um Vegetariano ala Brasileira, Ken Russell’s A Kitten For Hitler, The Heavy, Khuda Ke Liye (In The Name Of God) and Guiana 1838 (Best Film - Belize International Film Festival).
Television includes The Towers, Charlie, Bedlam, Great Battles - The Battle of the Bulge, Turner - Simon Schama's Power of Art and Scandal in Bohemia.
Direction includes Up Venice Creek (Tristan Bates Theatre) and Dido and Aeneas (Steiner Theatre).
Productions for the Finborough Theatre include Quality Street, 17 and Unburied as part of Vibrant – A Festival of Finborough Playwrights.
Trained at Central School of Speech and Drama.
Theatre includes Sticks and Stones (Tristan Bates Theatre), Absent Friends, Humble Boy and Nightfall (National Tours for London Classic Theatre), The Purification of the Sacred Nymphs of Natterjack - Bush Bazaar and Geisha Girls - Bush Beano (Bush Theatre), New Views (National Theatre), Alison’s House and The Ring of Truth (Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond), XY (Papercut at Pleasance Edinburgh), My Balloon Beats Your Astronaut (Papatango at Tristan Bates Theatre), Les Enfants du Paradis (Arcola Theatre), An Ideal Husband (Clwyd Theatr Cymru), Pericles (Ludlow Festival), Deirdre of the Sorrows (Riverside Studios), Charley’s Aunt (Norwich Playhouse) and Erasmus Montanus (Greenwich Studio at BAC).
Film includes Oscar and Lucinda, Control, ScreenTime, Tuyen and Comedy Haemorrhage.
Television includes Murder on the Blackpool Express, Tommy and Tuppence - Partners in Crime, Holby City, Safe House, Restless, Emmerdale, Where the Heart Is, Casualty, Judge John Deed, A Wing and a Prayer and Red Dwarf.
Radio includes Tongue and Talk: The Dialect Poets, Pandemic 1918, Colomendy: A Rite of Passage, Witness: The Last Keeper of the Light, Poetry Please, Words and Music, The Verb, Night Waves, With Great Pleasure, Orchestra Paloma, Artists With Designs, 43 Years in the Third Form, Hans Christian Andersen, and Bangers and Mash.
Trained at Birmingham Theatre School.
Theatre includes Tale of Two Cities (National Tour), The Net (Tristan Bates Theatre) and The Coast - Seal Hugging (Theatre N16).
Television includes Nurses Who Kill and Square.
Productions at the Finborough Theatre include the Jermyn Street Theatre transfer of the Finborough Theatre production of The White Carnation.
Trained at Central School of Speech and Drama.
Theatre includes The Three Ages of Yeats and The Dead (Coronet Theatre), The Rivals and Coyote Ugly (Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester), An Inspector Calls (Garrick Theatre), Love in Idleness (Apollo Theatre) and Bodies (Southwark Playhouse).
Film includes Mission Impossible, Carrington, Mothers Milk, Final Portrait and Warning.
Television includes A Dance to the Music of Time, Law and Order, Lucan, Lewis, Wallander, Poirot, Doll and Em, Victoria, Patrick Melrose, Women on the Verge and The Pursuit of Love.
She is a winner of the Carleton Hobbs Award for Radio Drama.
Peter G. Pearson
Theatre includes Their Finest Hour (South Hill Park Studio Theatre), The Tempest, Measure for Measure, A Chorus of Disapproval, Pravda and Dr Faustus (Wilde Theatre, Bracknell), Regulation 18B: No Free Man… (National Tour), Blue Stockings, Racing Demon, My Boy Jack, Taking Sides and The Hothouse (Wokingham Theatre) and Marking Time (Man in the Moon Theatre).
Film includes A Universe Apart, Off the Coast and Professional Foul.
Radio includes Poetry Please, Word of Mouth and Macbeth.
Trained at East 15 Acting School.
Theatre includes Tis Pity She’s A Whore (Cheek by Jowl at Theatre Space), Nana (Shared Experience at Mermaid Theatre), Electra (Chichester Festival Theatre and Donmar Warehouse), Katarina and The Cenci (Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith) and Ken Campbell’s Old King Cole (Southwark Playhouse).
Film includes Shadowlands, The Young Indiana Jones and Half Moon Street.
Television includes The Bill, The Jury, Cold Comfort Farm, The Moving Finger, Miss Marple, Loose End, Blind Justice, Iphigenia at Aulis, Futures, The Borgias and Frankenstein’s Baby.
Trained at Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Theatre includes Be Prepared (Wandsworth Festival, Spirit of the Fringe Award, and Edinburgh Festival), Didn’t Die (National Tour), Infinite Riches (Old Red Lion Theatre), The Borrowers, Puff the Magic Dragon, Playing from the Heart (Polka Theatre and National Tour), Maria Stuart (Union Theatre), The Importance of Being Earnest (Upstairs at the Gatehouse) and The Last Threads (Scottish Tour).
Film includes Man Dancin’.
Television includes Topsy and Tim, Playdays, Rides 2, The Josie Lawrence Show and The Paul Merton Show.
Radio includes Poetry Please.
Lesley is a prolific songwriter and performs her own song ‘Neighbours’ in An Earl’s Court Miscellany.
Trained at Elliott-Clarke.
Theatre includes Tell It How It Was and Powder Room (Artezium Studio Theatre, Luton), Accidently On Purpose (Oxford Street Theatre), Wartime Tales (Southbank Centre), The Bard and Daughters of Albion (Neptune Theatre, Liverpool), Alice in Wonderland and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Gateway Theatre, Chester).
Film includes The Empty Mirror, Pop Songs, Wonderwoman and Love Letters.
Trained at University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.
Theatre includes Annie (National Tour), Fiddler on the Roof (Theatre Royal, Plymouth), Fat Pig (Haymarket Theatre, Leicester), Songs from the Front (Donmar Warehouse), 42nd Street (Theatre Royal Drury Lane), Me Myself and I and Entertaining Mr. Sloane (Everyman Theatre, Liverpool), The House of Bernarda Alba (Clwyd Theatr Cymru), Miss Julie (Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith), The Beautiful Game (Drayton Arms Theatre), Where the River Meets the Sea (Bridewell Theatre), Wirework (Tristan Bates Theatre) and An Evening with Mitzi Wildebeest (National and European Tour).
Television includes Blue Pastures, The Bill, Thieftakers, Sins on Saturday, A Very Open Prison, Would the Real Judy Garland Please, Mitzi Wildebeest and The Last Hours of Rue McClanahan.
Elaine is Artistic Director of the audio production company Voice Business whose radio plays include Portrait of Doom in the Young Poland Exhibition at the William Morris Gallery.
Online Friday, 28 January 2022 at 6:00pm to Friday, 25 February 2022 at midnight
Booking information to follow soon.
Tickets and Times
Approximately 1 hour and 10 minutes.