Sarah Hadland and Dean Lennox Kelly feature among the ensemble cast of a new comedy by award-winning playwright Michael Wynne in which three couples attempt to get away from the stresses and dilemmas of modern life on a camping trip. CANVAS, directed by Angus Jackson, plays tonight, 18 May– 16 June at the Minerva Theatre, Chichester.
Canvas is a razor-sharp comedy which shines an incisive, witty light on middle-class preoccupations with parenting, the environment and mod cons. Three couples in search of a rural idyll find themselves in adjacent tents in the Welsh countryside. Justine and Alan need to get away from it all, but are reluctant to explain what they're escaping from. Bridget and Rory are seasoned campers with domestic issues. Alistair and Amanda seem to live upwardly mobile lives in which everything is under control, but is everything what it seems?
Sarah Hadland plays Bridget. She is perhaps best known through her role in the award-winning BBC comedy Miranda, in which she plays the best friend of the central character. Her theatre credits include Décor Without Production (Royal Court Theatre), The Vegemite Tales (Riverside Studios) and the West End production of Grease. Radio credits include That Mitchell & Webb Sound and Miranda Hart's Joke Shop.
Dean Lennox Kelly plays Alan. He has numerous screen credits, including Kev Ball in the popular Channel 4 comedy drama series Shameless, the role of William Shakespeare in Doctor Who, Married, Single, Other, Sorted and Cranford. Theatre credits include This Happy Breed (Theatre Royal Bath) and Oh! What a Lovely War for The National Theatre.
Hattie Ladbury plays Amanda. She has just finished The Seven Year Itch for Salisbury Playhouse. Other theatre credits include A Midsummer Night's Dream, Macbeth and Lady Be Good (all for the Open Air Theatre Regent's Park), After Mrs Rochester (UK tour and West End) and Tess of the D'Urbervilles (RSC).
Elliot Levey plays Rory. His recent theatre credits include the West End production of Much Ado About Nothing alongside Catherine Tate and David Tennant, Danton's Death, The Habit of Art, All's Well That Ends Well, England People Very Nice, Henry IV Parts I & II and His Dark Materials (all for The National Theatre) and The Comedy of Errors (RSC).
Oliver Milburn plays Alistair. His theatre credits include Lulu (Almeida Theatre), The Day I Stood Still and John Gabriel Borkman (both for The National Theatre). His screen credits include the television drama series' Mistresses and Scott and Bailey.
Lucy Montgomery plays Justine. Her television credits include Bellamy's People, Tittybangbang, The IT Crowd and The Armstrong and Miller Show. Theatre credits include the West End production of Jerusalem and Lucy Montgomery Live. Radio credits include Lucy Montgomery's Variety Pack and Down the Line.
Lisa Palfrey plays Bronwyn. Her theatre credits include Ingredient X and Under the Blue Sky (both for The Royal Court Theatre), Festen (The Almeida Theatre and West End), The Iceman Cometh (The Almeida Theatre), Cardiff East and Under Milk Wood (both for The National Theatre). Screen credits include the Welsh soap opera Pobol y Cwm and the film Maybe Baby.