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Continuing their tradition of developing and showcasing emerging talent alongside established artists, ThickSkin is reunited with 21-year-old Brian Vernel who wowed Fringe audiences with his compelling performance as young offender ‘James’, the lead character in Blackout. As part of a cast of four, Brian takes centre stage again for The Static in the altogether different role of ‘Sparky.’ Blackout was Brian’s first professional production and the exposure was a catalyst for his career. He has since worked for the BBC, National Theatre of Scotland and is now training at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Brian is joined on stage by Edinburgh-born Nick Rhys (Leo Brodie from River City, BBC Scotland); Edinburgh-based Pauline Lockhart (Men Should Weep, NTS; TMA Award winner for Best Supporting Actress for An Experiment with an Airpump, Royal Exchange); and Glasgow-based, Samantha Foley, making her professional debut in The Static.
‘Vernel, in the central role, snapping from innocence to unhinged malevolence with just a tiny flicker of his jaw’★★★★ (The List on Blackout)
The Static is ThickSkin’s second production, and the first time the company has commissioned a playwright. The collaboration between Davey Anderson and ThickSkin builds on the success of the company’s 2010 Edinburgh debut – a visceral staging of Anderson’s Blackout. The company won the coveted Arches Brick Award, was shortlisted for the Holden Street Theatre Award and selected for Mervyn Stutter’s Pick of the Fringe. Blackout subsequently toured in the UK. The company is thrilled to announce this eagerly anticipated, heart-stopping new production. The Static will tour Scotland and England this autumn, immediately after its world premiere at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
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