Jeremy Herrin directs the World Premiere of Matthew Dunster's Children's Children running at the Almeida from tonight, 17 May – 30 June 2012. Designs are by Robert Innes Hopkins with lighting by Neil Austin and sound by Ian Dickinson.
The cast comprises Emily Berrington (Effie), Beth Cordingly (Louisa), Darrell D'Silva (Michael), Trevor Fox (Gordon), John MacMillan (Castro) and Sally Rogers (Sally).
Michael and Gordon have been best friends since acting college. Now, 20 years later, Michael is Mr Saturday Night TV but failing actor Gordon is struggling with enormous debts. Meanwhile Gordon's daughter Effie couldn't care less about her Dad's problems – she is far more interested in the film that her cool boyfriend is making and setting up an ecologically sound clothing label. When Gordon asks Michael to lend him a large sum of money it sets in motion a series of events that reveal irreparable cracks in the characters' relationships.
Emily Berrington (Effie) is in her final year at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where her credits include Hamlet, A Woman of No Importance and The Seagull. She is currently filming Michael Winterbottom's King of Soho alongside Anna Friel and Steve Coogan.
Beth Cordingly (Louisa) has appeared most recently in A Round Heeled Woman at the Aldwych, Once Bitten for the Orange Tree Theatre, Semi Monde at the Lyric and both the theatre production (Menier Chocolate Factory) and film adaptation of Breakfast With Jonny Wilkinson (Funnyman Films). Her other film and television credits include Two Men Went To War, How TV Ruined Your Life, Merlin and Secret Diary of a Call Girl.
Darrell D'Silva (Michael) was part of the Royal Shakespeare Company ensemble between 2009-11 during which time he played Mark Anthony in both Anthony and Cleopatra and Julius Caesar. His other theatre credits include The Lying Kind for the Royal Court and RoyAl Hunt of the Sun and The Rose Tattoo for The National Theatre. His television credits include Trial and Retribution, Criminal Justice and Spooks and his film credits include Dirty Pretty Things and Closer to the Moon.
Trevor Fox (Gordon) has previously worked with Jeremy Herrin in Toast, Two's Company and NE1 for Live Theatre Company. His other theatre credits include The Pitmen Painters for The National Theatre, on Broadway and at the Duchess Theatre, The Cherry Orchard for Oxford Stage Company and Billy Elliot The Musical at the Victoria Palace Theatre. His television credits include Diamond Geezer, Northern Lights and Doctors and on film his credits include Billy Elliot, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason and Sub Zero.
John MacMillan (Castro) was nominated for the Ian Charleson award for his roles in Hamlet at the Donmar Warehouse and Macbeth at the Royal Exchange Theatre. He was last at the Almeida in The Last Days of Judas Iscariot and was previously seen in Cheek by Jowl's production of Cymbeline. His television credits include Silk, Hustle and Sherlock. His film credits include The Dark Knight Rises, Hanna and Heartless.