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Addictive Beat

21 September - 7 October
written by Dawn King
directed by Rob Drummer

“Me and Robbi are in some filthy club, wasted. She’s heartbroken, I’m a mess, but tonight none of that matters. Sweat and tears glitter on our faces, drops flying as we dance…”

Music formed a close bond between childhood best friends and ‘insufferable muso twats’ Alex and Robbi. They always talked about being true to their creative impulses and not chasing money or fame. Now they’re all grown up, it’s not so simple. Their lives are way off track. 

 

When they make a beat that’s gloriously euphoric and wickedly addictive they know it could change their lives forever. But would being worshipped by millions quiet their demons? What is the high they are really chasing and is the come down worth it?

 

Addictive Beat is the brand new play from Dawn King (Trials, Donmar Warehouse), with original new music from DJ Anikdote and original score from Dom Coyote. The show is directed by Boundless’ Artistic Director Rob Drummer (for Boundless: Natives, Confidence, Radio Elusia).

 

The production is generously supported by Cockayne – Grants for the Arts and The London Community Foundation.

 

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Dates

21st September – 7 October 2022 (2pm & 8pm)

Previews: 21, 22 September

Press Night: 26 September

Matinees: 24 & 28 September, 5 October (2pm)

Captioned Performances: 28 September (2pm), 5 October (8pm)

Running Time

90 mins (TBC)

Venue

Dilston Gallery, Southwark Park

Southwark Park Rd, London, SE16 2DD

Nearest Underground: Bermondsey (Jubilee Line)

Nearest Overground: Surrey Quays (Overground)

Travelling by Bus: The 47 and 381 stop nearby

Tickets

Full Price: £17

Concessions & Seated Access Tickets: £15

Under 25: £12

Preview Tickets: £10

Content Guidance

Strong Language, Drug Use & Discussion of Mental Health Struggles

Access

If you have an access ticket, please email hello@boundlesstheatre.org ahead of your purchased performance, so that we can best understand any access requirements. You will have direct and bespoke contact with a member of the Boundless Theatre team to insure you are able to enjoy the performance fully.  

Although the performance is standing only, there will be a limited number of seats available for access bookers. If you are not able to stand due to your access needs, please email hello@boundlesstheatre.org and we shall ensure you are designated a seat for the performance.  

If you are a wheelchair user, please purchase an access ticket, and email hello@boundlesstheatre.org detailing your access needs.  

Covid-19 Guidance

We are operating in line with the UK government COVID-19 measures. If you test positive for COVID, or are symptomatic on the day of the performance, please do not attend. There will be contactless E-Tickets and the venue is cashless. There will also be regular hand sanitisation points around the venue

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★★★★ “Rich, rare and deeply unsettling.” Time Out - On Dawn King's Foxfinder
★★★★ Rob Drummer's smart production keeps things very simple and unfurls with the tension of a thriller in 90 minutes that gets right inside the confusions and emotional complexities of the teenage mind" The Guardian - on Natives directed by Rob Drummer
  "And when these punks sing, the show soars with an energy you could only dream of harnessing" The Guardian - on Parakeet by Boundless Theatre

Cast

Fionn Whitehead Actor

For Film & TV – Dunkirk, Warner Bros. Black Mirror, Netflix. The Duke, Pathe. The Children Act, BBC. For Theatre – The Picture of Dorian Gray, Lawrence Batley Theatre (online). Queers, The Old Vic Theatre. Natives, Southwark Playhouse.

Boadicea Ricketts Actor

For Film & TV – Call The Midwife, Grantchester. For Theatre – Bartholemew Fair, Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. She Ventures & He Wins, The Young Vic.  

Creatives

Rob Drummer Director

Rob joined Boundless Theatre in July 2016 as Artistic Director and become sole CEO in 2019.  Rob leads the organisation including commissioning new work and developing artists and projects as well as leading strategy for engaging young adults across the artistic programme.  Currently working with Arts Council England on the strategic development of the Impacts & Insights Toolkit, Rob is passionate about new ways to innovate around more audiences engaging with theatre and better understanding the impact of the arts on young adults specifically.

For Boundless, Rob has directed NATIVES by Glenn Waldron (2017), CONFIDENCE by Judy Upton (2018) and RADIO ELUSIA by Nina Segal (2020).

Before joining Boundless he was Associate Dramaturg at the Bush Theatre where for three and a half years he ran the Literary Department and was responsible for all playwriting work including the commissioning and development of new plays for production.  He has established partnerships with Playwrights of New York (PoNY), delivered projects with Kudos Film & Television and established a partnership with Drama Centre London and Oberon Books on the ‘Student Guide To Writing: Playwriting’.

Prior to joining the Bush Rob was the first Literary Manager for HighTide Festival Theatre where he supported the expansion of the festival, doubling the number of productions and before leaving the company directed Luke Barnes’ ‘Eisteddfod’ (Latitude), ‘Endless Poem’ (London 2012 Festival) and ‘Perish’ (HighTide & Public Theater, New York).

As a Dramaturg and Director Rob has worked with playwrights at theatres including The National Theatre, Hampstead Theatre, Bristol Old Vic, Contact, York Theatre Royal and Theatre503. Rob was one of the first recipients of an Artists’ International Development Fund from the Arts Council and British Council and spent time working in South Africa with playwrights and theatre makers at the Baxter and Market Theatres.

Rob is a Board Member for the Bermondsey Business Improvement District, where Boundless are proudly based.

rob@boundlesstheatre.org.uk

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Dawn King Writer

Dawn is an award-winning writer working in theatre, film, TV, VR and radio. She is currently writing THE TREES, a radical reinterpretation of The Cherry Orchard, for director Katie Mitchell at the DeutschesSchauspielhausHamburg and ADDICTIVE BEAT,a play for Boundless Theatre, UK, both planned for production in 2022.

She is also working on the feature film PIG CHILD for Delaval Film and the BFI and adapting her play FOXFINDER for the screen with Elation Pictures and the BFI. Her new play THE TRIALS will receive a German premiere at the DüsseldorferSchauspielhausin 2021 and a UK premiere in 2022, and was a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize.

Dawn’s previous work for the stage includes; FOXFINDER, originally produced by Papatango Theatre Company at The Finborough in 2011 and revived in a West End production at The Ambassadors in 2018; BRAVE NEW WORLD, CIPHERS and SALT.

She also co-created immersive dystopian rave DYSTOPIA987 for Manchester International Festival 2019 (a collaboration with Skepta.) For FOXFINDER, Dawn won the Royal National Theatre Foundation Playwright Award 2013, Papatango New Writing Competition2011 and Most Promising Playwright, Off West End awards 2012.

She was a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize 2012 and the James Tait Black drama prize 2012. Dawn’s short film THE KARMAN LINE won 17 awards including the BIFA for Best Short and was BAFTA nominated in 2014.

Dom Coyote Score Composer

Dom Coyote (EMT) is an award winning composer, songwriter and voice coach. He was a long term collaborator with internationally acclaimed theatre company Kneehigh and now creates scores for film, theatre and performance projects. His unusual blend of electronica, acoustic and vocal music has led him to international collaborations from South Africa to Berlin and create musical scores across an eclectic mix of art forms and genres.

Recent projects include the upcoming short by Adjani Salmon, Mai Jeruom (Film 4/BFI) The critically acclaimed Hamlet for Young Audiences (National Theatre), Everyman, adapted by Carol Ann Duffy (Miracle Theatre) and dance film The Neon Shadow, (Kneehigh, Tom Jackson Greaves) featured on BBC’s culture in Lockdown.

Dom is co-director of WorkYourVoice Studio, an Estill Master Trainer and lectures in voice at London Southbank University. He is also the Artistic Director of Bristol based Coyote Collective. The company have created three major music/theatre projects to date – The Raun Tree (commissioned by Battersea Arts Centre and Leeds Playhouse), Songs for the End of the World, (Winner of the Origins award for outstanding achievement at Vault Festival, London), and his solo piece, We Can Time Travel (commissioned by Shoreditch Town Hall). They are currently developing a new project working with leading scientists and contemporary classical musicians, supported by Bristol Old Vic.

Dom is represented by United Agents and a full C.V. can be found on their website.

Jess Bernberg Lighting Designer
Jess is a graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and currently makes theatre around the UK. Environmental sustainability and collaboration is at the core of Jess’s work.  Jess is a member of the Association of Lighting Designers and was a founding member of the Sustainability Working Group.

Jess was nominated for a 2021 Offie award for Best Lighting Design for Overflow at the Bush Theatre, long-listed for a 2018 Offie award for Best Lighting Design for FCUK’D at the Bunker, won the Association of Lighting Designer’s Francis Reid Award in 2017, and was the 2018 Laboratory Associate Lighting Designer at Nuffield Southampton Theatres.

To see examples of Jess’s previous work, please click here.

Jess is represented by Dan Usztan at United Agents.

jessbernberglighting.co.uk

Anikdote Composer

Listen to Anikdote’s music on Spotify here.

Listen to Anikdote’s music on Soundcloud here.

Ira Mandela Siobhan Movement Director

Film/TV: Barbie, Heyday/Warner Bros, Mission impossible 7, paramount.  Theatre: Equus, Stratford East, My Brilliant Friend, The National Theatre.

Kit Draper Design Associate

Kit Draper is a recent graduate from the University of York, where she studied Theatre: Writing, Directing and Performance, and found interest in costume design when working on a variety of shows during their degree. Addictive Beat will be her first professional show.

Maja Lach Stage Manager

Maja Lach is a freelance stage manager and migrant based in London. Originally from Poland, she had never lived this close to the sea before and has been consistently cold since 2018. She is interested in accessible theatre, focusing on disability, neurodiversity and immigrant issues. Her recent credits include “How Disabled Are You?” at the Park Theatre, “Diary of a Somebody” at the Seven Dials Playhouse, and “Transit” at the Cockpit, produced as part of Voila! Europe. She wants to amplify queer, migrant and minority voices in theatre, starting with her own. And PS – it’s pronounced “My-ah.”

Rob O’Neil Production Manager

A creative and technical production manager with over 25 years’ experience in music, film, theatre & live events, Robert has produced independent features, short films, TV pilots and live theatre, comedy, corporate media and large-scale music events, ranging from small clubs and venues to private parties and festivals such as the Cannes Film festival, The Monaco Grand Prix & the Guards Polo, working with musicians & DJ’s including Mark Ronson, Michael Kiwanuka, Groove Armada & Sting. 

Peter Buffery Sound Engineer & Operator

His primary disciplines are sound and music. However, a curious creative, he’s ever expanding his skill set, broadening his scope of knowledge, and strengthening his collaborative practice. Guildhall School’s MA in Collaborative Theatre Production and Design was the perfect match, providing an infrastructure for Peter to build on the technical skills he had gained from live sound engineering in Brighton from 2016 to 2018. 

Since graduating from Guildhall School in 2019, he has released two solo albums and composed soundtracks for circus companies Gorilla Circus, Brainfools and Tête-bêche Trio as well as working for Kneehigh, Battersea Arts Centre, multi story theatre, Dan Bye, Edifice Dance Theatre, Simon Pope and Beaford in various other capacities. 

Ariane Nixon Production Electrician & Programmer

Ariane graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in 2018 and has since worked with a wide range of companies and organisations such as Artichoke, RashDash and Sadler’s Wells. Ariane’s previous credits include Production Electrician for Trainers at Gate Theatre, Programmer for 10 Nights at Bush Theatre and lead Lighting Technician on Jony Easterby’s For The Birds in Durham Botanic Gardens as part of Lumiere 2019.