A COVID-19 RESPONSE PROJECT

RAPTORS- by Judy Upton

Post Brexit, with gridlock regularly occurring on the motorways of Kent from the M25 to Dover, a formerly disused Kent airport is preparing to step into the breach, providing both freight and passenger flights to Europe. In a play of inter-chiming monologues and dramatic, and eventually confrontational break out scenes, projection and recorded soundscapes, we meet rookie pilot Meena, making her first commercial passenger flight, while her family feud over Brexit, recovering gambling addict turned falconer Emerald, whose eagle is to keep the runway drone-free, Karla, an earnest young eco-warrior and drone expert, part of a protest movement planning to fly drones to disrupt the first flight out, and Sophie, a weather scientist and blogger flying to a climate change conference in the Netherlands on that first flight, whilst battling panic attacks and a fear of flying. The play is intended to be a drama with a thriller edge.

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Writer

Judy Upton

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Judy Upton is an award-winning playwright, screenwriter and author. Plays include: ASHES AND SAND, Royal Court; BRUISES, Royal Court; SLIDING WITH SUZANNE, Royal Court; TEAM SPIRIT, National Theatre; THE GIRLZ, Orange Tree; NOCTROPIA, Hampstead Theatre. She’s had seven plays on BBC Radio 4 including 'THE BULBUL WAS SINGING' a Drama Of The Week on BBC Radio 4 in August 2019.

Judy is currently writing short lockdown dramas. Her first 'SIGNED SEALED, DELIVERED' was produced in April 2020 by National E Theatr. https://youtu.be/zwie5MxGjd4 and a second 'URBAN FOXES' produced by Chalkroots Theatre Company is here: https://youtu.be/cubuHO8UIC0

Director

Chantell Walker

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Chantell is a theatre director based in greater Manchester. She studied as a young director at the Everyman & Playhouse theatres. Recently she was resident assistant director at the Royal Exchange Theatre with the regional directors scheme. Some of her credits include, Bottleneck, Liverpool Royal Court, Thorn, Oldham Coliseum and Eggs,Tristan Bates Theatre. Some Assistant director credits are, The Sum, Everyman & Playhouse, Rockets and Blue Lights, Royal Exchange Theatre

Actor

Playing Meena

Rebecca Yeo

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Rebecca Yeo is a Singaporean-born Chinese actress with a base in the UK and US. 

Film/TV credits: STRANGERS (ITV/Amazon), STAN AND OLLIE (Fable Pictures), DEAD END - DEAD MAN WALKING (Black Camel Pictures), FRIDAY NIGHT DINNER (Channel 4), PANIC (White Night Films), SIX FEET APART (Pollution Studios) STOCK (Sky Arts). 

Her awards include Best Actress award nomination for short film MOTHERHOOD. 

Audio credits: ALIENS III (Audible), Gone (Audible), Doctor Who (Big Finish) Shattered State (VR for Super Massive Games), Luo Bao Bei (Netflix), Unannounced AAA Title (SIDE, UK) amongst others.

Actor

Playing Emerald

Roisin McCusker

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Roisin McCusker has performed in theatres across the North including The Oldham Coliseum, The Lowry and The Dukes Theatre, Lancaster as well as performing in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with theatre company Death by Pie. Recently Roisin has been working with Hive North Theatre company, filming OutLoud in Lockdown to be released online soon. This is the first production Roisin has worked on with Just Some Theatre!

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Playing Karla

Amy Forrest

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Amy trained at Arts Ed, Second City and NYMT. She was scheduled to play Supporting Lead Ruth in Manor at The National Theatre, however due to Covid-19 this has been postponed. Her most recent credits include: Small Island (National Theatre and NT Live), Call the Midwife, Mold Riots (Theatr Clwyd) This Wide Night (GM Fringe), The ABBA Generation Show, (Canada tour) Coronation Street (Series Reg PC Hanley), Emmerdale and The Syndicate. Amy is part of the LGBTQ+ Equity Committee and an actor with a disability, she is also an advocate for DEAF AND DISABLED actors. Amy is part of ProFile Performers. Rep: Amy Ireson at Narrow Road.

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Playing Sophie

Anna-Marie Sullivan

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Anna-Marie is a British actress working in TV, Film and Theatre. She has worked with directors such as Fiona Shaw, Jonathan Kent & Katie Mitchell. Credits include Lake Erie - U.S, Close - Netflix Original, Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, Paramount Pictures. Don Pasquale - UK Tour, Cinema & DVD release, We are Klang - BBC, Consuming Passion - BBC4, Behind the Curtain - UK Tour, The Fairy Queen - Theater an der Wien, The Rape of Lucretia - Glyndebourne & UK Tour.

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