Young Pretender

2 - 3 September 2011

nabokov, Escalator East to Edinburgh and Hull Truck in association with Watford Palace Theatre and Mercury Theatre Colchester present

Young Pretender

by E V Crowe

A young rebel. A brutal victory. A devastating defeat. Aged 25, the charismatic Bonnie Prince Charlie laid claim to the thrones of England, Scotland and Ireland in a series of stunning military victories. By the time he was 26, his dreams lay in ruins and he was fleeing for his life. Amidst the chaos of war, the Young Pretender is forced to decide how far he is willing to go for the cause.

E V Crowe (Kin, Royal Court, 2010) brings the brilliant but flawed Prince to vivid life in this fast-paced new play, taking an irreverentlook at Britain’s rebellious past against the backdrop of the world’s rebellious present. Watford Palace Creative Associate nabokov is an internationally acclaimed new writing company. Previous collaborations include Bunny (Fringe First winner), the critically acclaimed 2nd May 1997 and Is Everyone Ok?

Friday's show will be followed by musical entertainment from Emma Garrett iin our Green Room Bar.




60 mins

In our Green Room Bar:
Free post-show entertainment from Emma Garrett, Fri 2 Sep

Friday's show will be followed by musical entertainment from Emma Garrett iin our Green Room Bar.

Described as 'Dramatic Folk', Emma Garrett creates a unique and powerful atmosphere with moving and elegant songs. This Singer/Songwriter with Ukulele, Mandolin and Guitar, has an eclectic set of influences leading to a bold collection with a Kate Bush and Annie Lennox twist.


E V Crowe

E V Crowe has an MA in Creative Writing from UEA. She was a member of the Royal Court Theatre YWP 2005, and ‘Commissioned Writers Group 2009/2011’. Has been on attachment to the Royal Court Theatre, Summer 2007; National Theatre Studio, Summer 2010 and 2011. Previous work includes, Kin (royal Court theatre, 2010), ROTOR (Siobhan Davies Studios, 2010), Doris Day (Clean Break at Soho theatre, 2010) A Just Act (Clean Break, 2009), Number 1 and Community Hall (Bush Theatre, Wraparound response and Election short); One Runs the Other Doesn’t (Royal Court Rough Cuts, 2010).

She is currently developing a new play for the Schauspiel Theatre, Frankfurt through the National Theatre Studio.


Joe Murphy

Joe is the Artistic Director of nabokov.

Theatre as Director includes: The Boy on the Swing (Arcola theatre); Bunny (Edinburgh Fringe Festival and national tour); The Right Thing (Liverpool Everyman/Election Special); New Short Plays by Jack thorne, James Graham, Joel Horwood and Penelope Skinner (the Bush); Service, Building Site (Arcola Theatre/Miniaturists); After, Come on Over (tristan Bates); The Things That Never Grew in the Garden (Hampstead Start night); Normal (Cockpit); Julius Caesar, Esme-Tales (Edinburgh Fringe Festival) and South Pacific (Northcott).

Theatre as Associate Director includes: Punk Rock (Lyric Hammersmith and tour); The Laws of War (Royal Court). Theatre as resident Director includes: Ghost Stories (Duke of York’s, West End). Theatre as Assistant Director includes: Much Ado About Nothing (Shakespeare’s Globe theatre); The Priory (royal Court); 2nd May 1997 (the Bush Theatre/Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester); Fixer (high tide Festival); Purgatory (Arcola Theatre); Girls and Dolls (Old Red Lion) and He Said... (the Bush Theatre).


Joanna Scotcher

Joanna completed a graduate design apprenticeship with the Royal Shakespeare Company. She received the ‘Best Set Designer’ award at the 2011 Whatsonstage Awards for her site specific design of The Railway Children at the abandoned Eurostar terminal at Waterloo Station, London.

As well as the theatrical stage, her work has specialised in promenade and site responsive design, spaces from the epic to the intimate. Design credits include; Blowing (Fanshen, UK Tour); The Caravan (the Royal Court Theatre); Counted? and The Roundhouse History (the Roundhouse, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Latitude Festival); Economy (BAC); Platform (the Old Vic Tunnels); The Railway Children (Waterloo); Inches Apart (Old Vic: New Voices Award at theatre503); Cardboard Dad (Sherman Cymru); Wagstaffe (Mercury Theatre); Paradise (Sheffield Crucible Theatres), The Spidermen (National Theatre, Cottesloe). Joanna is committed to producing exciting new design for performance.


Lighting Designer
Jack Knowles 

Jack trained at Central School of Speech and Drama. Recent lighting design credits include: Victoria (Arts Ed); The Boy on the Swing (Arcola theatre); Imperial Fizz (Assembly rooms, Edinburgh); Room (tron theatre); One Thousand Paper Cranes (Imaginate Festival); My Name Is Sue (Soho theatre & UK tour); If That’s All There Is (UK & International tour); Red Sea Fish (59E59, new York); Hanging By a Thread (UK tour); Love’s Labyrinth (opera restor’d); The Dragon of Wantley (Potsdam Schloss theater); A Guest for Dinner (Arts Depot).

Associate/Assistant credits include: Die Wellen (Waves, Shauspielhaus Koeln); 5 Guys Named Moe (trSE); Something in the Air (Galeri); Al Gran Sole (Salzburg Festival); Chodzenie to Siberia (30 Bird); Origins (Pentaus); After Dido (Young Vic) ...Sisters (the Gate Theatre).

Sound Designer
Edward Lewis


Assistant Director
Kirsty Patrick Ward 

Directing credits include: The Baron (Old Vic: New Voices/ Winner of time Warner ignite: 4); Present: Tense (Nabokov/ Watford Palace Theatre); Take Heart (Writers rapid response/ theatre503); People Like Us (Old Vic: New Voices/Vineyard Theatre, New York); Life Support (Catapulting Cocoon/York Theatre Royal); The Return (The Best of Love Bites/Southwark Playhouse); The Sock (Nabokov/Watford Palace theatre). Assistant Director includes: The Boy On The Swing (Arcola Theatre); Bunny (Fringe First Winner/Nabokov/Underbelly Edinburgh Festival 2010/regional tour 2011); 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover (Bush Theatre).

Kirsty was selected to be part of the Old Vic: New Voices TS Eliot US/UK Exchange 2011 and was shortlisted for the JMK Young Directors Award 2011.

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Rebecca Elise - Flora / Katie

Rebecca trained at East 15 Acting School. On graduating she was chosen by the Old Vic Theatre to form a small collective of actors in the first year of their Pld Vic : New Voices Company.

Recent theatre work includes: All Female roles/Eric in Baltimire by Sandy nelson (Oran Mor, Glasgow);

Sophie Bruce in Bear on a Chain by Sue Glover (Oran Mor, Glasgow); Sarah in Meeting Matthew by Clive King and Hilary Brooks (Oran Mor, Glasgow); Doris in Apeneck Sweeney (Arches theatre, Glasgow) and various new work at the Traverse Theatre, Old Red Lion Theatre and theatre503 at the Latchmere, London.

Film work includes: Bulb (Scottish BAFTA Award Winner for new talent Scottish Screen/UK Film Council/GMAC); Hysteria (Scottish Screen); Players (Scottish Screen).

Recent radio work includes: Realm of the census (BBC Radio 4) and The Penalty (BBC Radio Scotland)

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Chris Starkie - Donald

Theatre credits include: Black Watch (National Theatre of Scotland & international tour); Peter Pan (National Theatre of Scotland); Knives in Hens (BAC); Borough Market (Edinburgh Festival); Last Train to Nibroc (Orange Tree Theatre); De Montfort (Orange Tree Theatre); Macbeth (English Theatre Company); Gladiator Games (English Theatre Company); The Knave in Grain (Shakespeare’s Globe theatre); Baghdad Wedding (Soho Theatre).

Television credits include: Walter’s War (BBC 4).

Film credits include: liVE! (Essential Cinema).

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Paul Woodson - Charlie

Paul trained at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he received the Gold Medal Award. He previously worked with nabakov, performing at the Latitude Festival in the musical It’s About Time. Other theatre credits include: Merry Wives of Windsor (Globe Theatre, US and UK tour); Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and tour); As You Like It, We that are left (Watford Palace theatre); Three Sisters (Lyric Theatre Hammersmith) and Twelfth Night (Tricycle Theatre).

Television credits include: Day Of the Triffids and the forthcoming ITV drama Eternal Law.

"A witty take on politics and power that buzzes with contemporary relevance"

The Independent
 Read the full review here


"Contemporary sheen to a familiar character... script laced with pockets of humour"

★ ★ ★ ★

The Metro


"Jack Thorne confirms his position as a powerful voice for Britain's youth with this new original play."

The Independent (Bunny, 2010)

Fri 2 Sep Free post-show entertainment in our Green Room Bar

Fri 2 Sep Free post-show Q&A in the auditorium

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