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Thursday 30 January 2020

New Brighton-Based Theatre Company Debuts With Play About Friendship Across The Decades

Ruby Tiger Productions – a new theatre company established by award-winning local director Claire Lewis – makes its debut at the Rialto Theatre, Brighton, this March with a revival of Amelia Bullmore's play Di and Viv and Rose. 

The play, which charts the lives of three women from their first meeting at university thirty years ago to the present day, is a truthful, funny and moving account of friendship and what happens when life doesn't work out quite as you thought it would. 
Claire Lewis, fresh from directing an award-winning tour of The Mill On The Floss last year, explains what drew her to the piece: 

"I fell in love with the play the moment I read it. It's laugh out loud funny but also incredibly moving, with three characters you can't help but root for. 

"I adored it so much that I decided to take the plunge and set up my own company to produce it."  
The three-hander, which features local actors Sophie Dearlove, Mandy Jane Jackson and Emmie Spencer in the titular roles, reflects Ruby Tiger's focus on producing small cast, character-driven plays that tell a story audiences will care about.  
Lewis adds: "I've directed many large-scale, technically-demanding ensemble productions over the years and will continue to do so. 

"My ambition for Ruby Tiger is to work with just a handful of the very best local actors on smaller scale, exceptional quality productions that put character and storytelling first.  

"Di and Viv and Rose fits that bill exactly. I can't wait to share it with Brighton audiences this March".  
Di and Viv and Rose opens at the Rialto Theatre, Dyke Road, Brighton, on 3rd March 2020 and runs until 8th March (no performance Friday 6th). Ticket price: £10.50/£12. For further details and tickets CLICK HERE.

by: Mike Cobley


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