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20 Oct - 13 Nov
The Charming Man, Theatre 503, The Latchmere Pub, London
The Charming Man
The Charming Man
As Britain's new Coalition Government settles in, and the Opposition debates whether they chose the right brother, Theatre 503 launches a season of new plays that take a playful look at the workings of Parliament, with Garbiel Bisset-Smith's The Charming Man.

The Charming Man is a satire of modern British politics in Bisset-Smith's characteristic irreverent style. It's 2015 and British politics is a hot steaming mess. The Green Party could finally be in with a chance, but they need a fresh face to front the campaign. Enter Darren, a youth worker with integrity, ideals and a winning smile. But in a world of dirty tricks and dangerous egos, change always comes at a price. Gabriel Bisset-Smith's new play delivers sparkling political satire with comedy, colour and plenty of charm.

Gabriel Bisset-Smith's theatre credits include D.I.Y Utopia (Old Vic New Voices Arden Project); A Five Star Werewolf (York Theatre Royal); Guilty, Not Guilty (Drywrite/Latitude) Fight! Fight! Fight! and Playtime (Hampstead Theatre); Graceland (Old Vic 24 Hour Plays); Dreams Of A Brixton Butterfly Broker (New York Public Theatre); The Black Bono (BBC Radio 4); The Things Of Life (Resonance FM). He has also been on attachment at the Soho Theatre, the Royal Court and is a regular story contributor on Channel 4's Skins. His short film Thrush can be seen at the BFI from 10-14 November as part of the onedotzero_adventures in motion festival.

Paul Robinson is Joint Artistic Director of Theatre503 for whom he has directed Salt Meets Wound, They Have Oak Trees in North Carolina (503/Radio 4), The Lifesavers (TMA Award nomination) and Porn The Musical (Time Out Critics' Choice.) Other recent credits include the West End premiere of Athol Fugard's Hello and Goodbye (ETT/Trafalgar Studios) and Breakfast with Mugabe (Bath Theatre Royal.) He also directed Who Killed Mr Drum? (Riverside Studios), World's End (Pleasance / Trafalgar Studios) and the West End transfer of Tom Stoppard's Rock 'n' Roll.

The Charming Man is part of a new season of plays at Theatre503 that offer a light hearted perspective on contemporary British politics. The next play in the season is Coaliton, in which a group of 10 writers including Dominic Cavendish, Ella Hickson and Ben Ockrent will be thrown together with 10 artists from totally different disciplines including Rogue Nouveau, Bourgeois & Maurice and Ronnie Le Drew, to create new works.

Bisset-Smith says: "The Charming Man was born from an anger and frustration at how un-engaging and outdated our country's politics are and how we need to ask ourselves some serious questions about what it is we really want and need from our leaders."

Writer: Gabriel Bisset-Smith
Director: Paul Robinson
Designer: Libby Watson
Lighting Designer: Kevin Treacy
Sound and Music: Simon Slater

Cast: Sarah Berger, Christopher Brandon, Syrus Lowe, Simon Rivers, Sam Pamhilon, Kate Sissons & David Verrey

Time: 7.45pm / 5pm Sun
Address: Theatre 503, The Latchmere Pub, 503 Battersea Park Road, London SW11 3BW
Info: www.theatre503.com

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