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New play capturing the Essex spirit comes to Queens Theatre, Hornchurch

The cast are performing the show at Queens Theatre, Hornchurch

A new play that aims to capture the resilience of Essex residents is coming to Queens Theatre in Hornchurch.

Co-directed by Douglas Rintoul, ‘Misfits’ features four stories surrounding the lives of different characters living in the county.

The socially distance performed show can be watched online via a live-stream daily, between Thursday, 12 November and Sunday, 22 November.

A new service was previously implemented by the theatre to ensure that anyone who purchased a ticket could watch in a socially distanced audience, and if not, watch the live-stream at home.

Following the latest lockdown measures, the production is now solely live-streamed online.

The cast is Anne Odeke (Bartholomew Fair, The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Globe Theatre), who is also writing part of the piece, Gemma Salter (Cruel Intentions, The Assembly Rooms), Mona Goodwin (The Visit, National Theatre) and Thomas Coombes (Save Me, Sky TV).

Playwrights for the show are Anne Odeke, Guleraana Mir,  Kenny Emson and Sadie Hasler.

Actor, Thomas Coombes, from Southend said: “The writing is so good that I think anyone even not from Essex would get alot out of it.

“There’s alot of universal stuff in all these stories that we can relate to from pregnancy to a mid-life crisis.”

“We feel privileged to be able to work as actors again and theatre is obviously a part of the industry that’s really been up against it the most.

“It’s amazing to be back on a stage.”

Actress, Gemma Salter, from Dagenham tells Time 107.5: “I come from a single parent family so it really resonates with me, not just the Essex thing, but the working class element to this.

“I’m thoroughly enjoying it and loving the fact it’s so familiar.

Precautions have also been put in place during rehearsals to ensure they are Covid secure.

Gemma said: “In rehearsals, they (Queen’s) have done so much to make us feel comfortable in the building, it’s so safe. It’s spotless everywhere.

“Because it’s monologues, we are just in the room on our own; the rest of the cast aren’t often there.

“There’s partitions between directors and the stage managers so it’s very safe, although very odd at the same time.”

QTH Artistic Director, Douglas Rintoul says: “We’re incredibly proud to be commissioning and employing freelancers during this challenging time for this brand new joyous and celebratory play about the Essex experience.

“This sterling cast will take you on an epic and whirlwind journey through place and time, leaving you a little more in love with this misunderstood region.

“Enjoy it in the theatre or from the comfort of your sofa, the choice is yours.”

To book tickets for the live-stream performances, click here.

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