Casting has been announced for ROARING TRADE by Steve Thompson (Dr Who, Sherlock, Upstairs Downstairs), directed by Alan Cohen, at Park Theatre from Wednesday 23 September – Saturday 24 October, with a press night on Wednesday 30 September.
Canary Wharf. As the curtain comes down on the recession, four wildly different bond traders put their limits to the test.
The coarse tactics of top dog Donny are challenged when young, bright Cambridge graduate Spoon arrives and fights to stake his claim in the bank. Savvy young Jess is wrapping clients around her little finger, but seasoned trader PJ lags behind as he struggles to paper over the cracks of a family life in suburbia.
In glass buildings that never sleep, what will it take to shatter the glass ceiling?
Nick Moran will star as ‘Donny’, alongside Michael McKell as ‘PJ’, Melissa Aston-Munslow as ‘Jess’, Timothy George as ‘Spoon’, Melanie Gutteridge as ‘Sandy’, and introducing William Nye as ‘Sean’.
Nick Moran is an actor, writer and director, best known to movie audiences for his lead role as ‘Eddy’ the card sharp in Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels and as ‘Scabior’ in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 and Part 2. He wrote and directed the award winning feature films The Kid and Telstar (an adaptation of his Olivier-nominated stage play). He has appeared in over 25 feature films and TV programs including ITV’s Mr Selfridge, BAFTA nominated The Wrong Man’s and The Great Train Robbery. He was most recently seen on stage in the sell out West End production of Twelve Angry Men.
Timothy George and Melissa Aston-Munslow co-founded STAMPTheatre in 2015, and Roaring Trade is the company’s debut show.
Timothy and Melissa commented, “STAMPTheatre sets out to combine experience with emerging talent. We produce theatre that explores the social expectations placed upon young adults in today’s fast-paced culture. STAMP’s founding members are young people with big ideas who hear the confusion of their contemporaries and the feelings of uncertainty for their futures. We are passionately committed to making theatre that is seen through their eyes.”
Michael McKell is perhaps best known for his three year starring role in Doctors as well as playing ‘DC Nick Henshall’ in Emmerdale, ‘D.I Trevor Hands’ in ITV’s Murder Investigation Team and Channel 4’s Totally Frank. On stage Michael has starred in Blood Brothers, the role of ‘Stoner’ in Ben Elton’s Tonight’s the Night and the Olivier winning Crazy for You. His film credits include Essex Boys with Sean Bean.
Timothy George trained at Mountview, and most recently appeared as ‘Benji’ in Positive at Park Theatre. Other theatre credits include The Woman in the Moon (Rose Playhouse), Briefs (Waterloo East Theatre), The Comedy of Oedipus (Lion & Unicorn Theatre), Medea (Guildhall Art Gallery), Fire Island (Charing Cross Theatre), Spring Awakening (Salford Arts Theatre) and The Shadow Master (King’s Head Theatre). Television includes Amundsen (BBC), The 11 O’Clock Show (Channel 4) and Persuasion (BBC).’
Melissa Aston-Munslow trained at RADA, and her theatre credits Include: Death of an Elephant (Landor Theatre/Barry Fantoni); Carroll Myth (Schmucks Theatre Productions); An Inspector Calls (TopBoxP Tour); Of Mice & Men (TopBoxP Tour); Macbeth (TopBoxP Tour); Shakespeare Unleashed-Renegade (Jerwood/Gari Jones); Sturdy Virgins (6footStories/Theatre Delicatessen). Film Credits Include: Reveal, featuring Lisa Dillon (BFI Short for B7 Media); Grizel (Pierre Blanc). Radio Credits Include: Martian Chronicles, featuring Derek Jacobi & Hayley Atwell (BBC Radio 4 Saturday Drama/B7 Media) Winner of a New York Radio Festival Award.
Melanie Gutteridge trained at Weber-Douglas and is best known for her role as ‘PC Emma Keane’ in ITV1’s The Bill. Other screen credits include the BBC drama Dalziel and Pascoe, The Vice with Ken Stott, Manchild, Warriors, Dream Team, the BBC comedy Fifteen Stories High and films Long Time Dead and Large for Film Four. Her theatre credits include Rebecca at the Liverpool Playhouse, Alone Together and Habeas Corpus.
16-year old William Nye has performed on stage at the National Theatre, the Donmar Warehouse and the Royal Opera House, and his TV credits include Blue Peter and Sadie Jones for the BBC.