AS YE SOW By Stewart Pringle, directed by Tom Richards, plays previews at The Pleasance Dome for Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Aug 1-3, and continues Aug 4-27 (no show on the 13th), 2012. All performances play at 12 p.m.
As Ye Sow received universal critical acclaim as one of four short plays in Theatre of the Damned’s Revenge of the Grand Guignol (2011); this all new version expands and exploits the themes of dementia and unreliable memory to develop a world of fear, guilt and supernatural horror. A modern ghost story which blends the traditions of M R James with 21st century technological horror, As Ye Sow is a moving, blackly comic and often terrifying new drama.
Clifford moulders away in a home for the elderly, with visits from his daughter his only point of contact with the outside world. The television is on the blink, the staff are interfering and his favourite son is too busy to call. When his daughter announces her plans to sell off part of the family farm, dangerous memories are excavated, tormenting Clifford with a secret he had hoped was long buried in the past.
As Ye Sow is developed by acclaimed horror theatre company Theatre of the Damned in collaboration with Bare Bawds productions, and features the cast of the 2010 Edinburgh Festival Fringe hit Bright is the Ring of Words.
Stewart Pringle : Writer. Theatre Credits include: as Writer and Director Revenge of the Grand Guignol (Courtyard Theatre), Grand Guignol (Etcetera Theatre), Robin Hood and the Golden Arrow (C Venues) as Director A Kiss Goodnight/Crime in a Madhouse (Etcetera), Top Gun (C Venues), Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (Merton College Gardens), A Clockwork Orange (OFS Theatre)
Tom Richards: Director. For Theatre of the Damned: Revenge of the Grand Guignol (Courtyard), Grand Guignol (Etcetera), A Kiss Goodnight/Crime in a Madhouse (Etcetera). For Carte Blanche: Plays for the Poor Theatre (Perm Europa International Festival). For the Collapsible Theatre Company: Edward II (Old Fire Station, Oxford), Xenu is Loose (C), Robin Hood and the Golden Arrow (C), A Night at the Grand Guignol (Old Fire Station), Top Gun (Burton Taylor Studio, Oxford, and C), The Tragedy of Richard, Duke of York (Burton Taylor and C), The Ghosts May Laugh (Burton Taylor and Greyfriars Kirk House), The Love of the Nightingale (Burton Taylor). For the Oxford Revue: Funny Guy (Burton Taylor), An Evening with the Oxford Revue (O'Reilly Theatre, Oxford).
John Garfield-Roberts: Actor. Theatre credits include: Baby Face/Butch in The Great Gatsby (Wilton’s Music Hall), Dick Whittington (Halle Productions), Bright is the Ring of Words (The Pleasance/Wilton’s Music Hall), Nothing to Hide, An Evening with Gary Lineker (Altru Drama), Captain Hook in Pan A Musical, Loot, (Laughingmonsta Theatre), Two, Blue Remembered Hills (Bare Bawds), Lenny in Of Mice and Men (International Tour), Stags and Hens, Dogg’s Hamlet Cahoots Macbeth, (Aspects Theatre), Love of a Nightingale, Caucasian Chalk Circle, Transitions (Chester Gateway Theatre), Three Musketeers (UK Tour – Off The Ground) TV & Film Includes: The Bill (ITV), Shameless (Channel 4), Hollyoaks (Lime Pictures), Coronation Street (ITV), Lookin’ for Lucky (Albino Injun)
Jeffrey Mayhew: Actor. Theatre credits include: The Priest in The Great Gatsby (Wilton’s Music Hall), As Ye Sow (Theatre of the Damned), A Midsummer Night’s Dream & Twelfth Night (Practical Productions), Oedipus (Battersea Arts Centre), Project Unrest – The Battle of Algiers (Secret Cinema), Bright is the Ring of Words (The Pleasance/Wilton’s Music Hall), Two, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Nell Gwyn (Bare Bawds), Swift (Assembly Rooms), Cyril’s Little Moments of Weakness & Strength (The Pleasance) Film Includes: Exit (Strange Dog Productions), Lingering (Adam Newns Films), The Signal House (Sam & Sam Films) Deep Breathing Exercises (Nash Productions) Commercial Work include: Strictly Come Dancing (BBC), Entangled (Duracell). Jeffrey can also be seen in the music videos for The Hurts All I Want for Christmas and Shea Rafferty’s The Story Unfolds.
Scarlet Sweeney: Actor. Theatre Includes: 7 Year Itch (Barbican Theatre), The House of Bernarda Alba (Almeida Theatre), Le Justes performed/co-directed (Performed in French at The Cockpit Theatre), As Ye Sow/ Blind Women / Crime in a Madhouse/ The Art of Death (Theatre of the Damned), We Are Scorned (Bloomsbury Theatre), You Me Bum Bum Train (Barbican Bite Season), Mariana Pineda (Arcola Theatre), All Together Now (The Barbican), In Camera (Rosemary Branch), Jocasta (Chelsea Arts Theatre), Coffee Cigarettes & Paranoia (Kings Head Theatre), Champagne (Barons Court Theatre). Films Include: Kate (Contra Image), Where is Harry (Invisible Colour) The Mirror (Imece Films), War Against Gang Rape (Eyes Wide Open Productions), One Friend (Jalonen Brothers), A Smaller Sound A Bigger Crowd (Ian Giles), Desire (Carbonark Ltd).
Stephanie Walls: Actor. Theatre credits include The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), Miriam in One O’Clock From The House, Andrea in The Exam, Penelope in Pygmalion Galatea, Woman in Tissue, Mrs Drudge in The Real Inspector Hound, Millie in Gosforth’s Fete, Feste in Twelfth Night and Shirley in Shirley Valentine.
AS YE SOW plays Edinburgh Festival's Venue 23, The Pleasance Dome Jackdome Bristo Square Edinburgh. Call 0131 556 6550 or visit www.pleasance.co.uk/edinburgh/events/as-ye-sow for more information.