Artistic Director Paul Robinson will direct Theatre503's first Second Look production, a revival of Simon Donald's Evening Standard Award-winning play The Life of Stuff. A perfectly preserved comic snapshot of Edinburgh's underworld, Simon Donald's play premiered at the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh before transferring the Donmar Warehouse in 1993. The Life of Stuff will run at Theatre503, above the Latchmere Pub in Battersea between 10 April and 4 May.
"Because I don't have any clothes on, do I? And you can't batter somebody in your underpants."
The Life of Stuff is a comic fly-on-the-wall snapshot of eight lives careering out of control. Small-time crook and aspirant pharmaceutical entrepreneur Willie Dobie's best-laid plans unravel when human nature takes its predictably unpredictable course.
Second Look at Theatre503 is a new strand of programming revisiting neglected hit plays of the last 30 years. The Life of Stuff designed by Theatre503's Associate Designer James Perkins. James' recent credits include Desolate Heaven (Theatre503), The Only History of Lizzie Finn and Floyd Collins (Southwark Playhouse) and The Girl in the Yellow Dress (Theatre503 and Salisbury Playhouse).
Simon Donald is an award-winning writer for stage and screen, whose play The Life of Stuff earned him both the Evening Standard Most Promising Playwright Award and the London Critics Award for Best New Play when it was produced at the Traverse Theatre in 1993. It also received an Oliver Award Nomination for best new comedy. In 2006, Simon wrote the television thriller Low Winter Sun, which starred Mark Strong and won the RTS Award for Best Drama Serial, as well as being nominated for a host of other awards. He has since gone on to write on the critically acclaimed mini-series, Wallander, as well as developing his own six-parter, The Deep, with Tiger Aspect and the BBC.
Paul Robinson has been Joint-Artistic Director of the 60 seat new-writing venue in Battersea since 2006, before becoming sole Artistic Director in 2012. Theatre503 has built a strong reputation for staging plays by first time writers, launching the careers of playwrights such as Dennis Kelly and Alice Birch. In 2009 it became the smallest venue in the UK to receive an Olivier Award for Katori Hall's The Mountaintop, which successfully transferred to the West End and Broadway.