8 Dec 2012

V for Vendetta

Sinead Parker as Evey Hammond
Next month the Lass O'Gowrie in Manchester presents its annual Midwinter Lassfest - a packed month of eclectic live entertainment including adaptations of Coronation Street 1977, Withnail & I and Blade Runner, cutting edge drama such as Someone Who'll Watch Over Me, My Gay Best Friend and Strangers in Space, and classic plays such as Harvey.  Last year's festival saw the premiere of Scytheplays' version of The Ballad of Halo Jones, so we are delighted to announce that, in partnership with Lass O'Gowrie Productions, we will this year be producing a very appropriate follow-up - a new stage adaptation of one of the most acclaimed graphic novels of all time, Alan Moore and David Lloyd's V for Vendetta.

Originally begun in Warrior comic in 1982 and inspired by the civil unrest and constantly threatened global conflict of the time, V for Vendetta imagined a nightmarish near-future Britain as a totalitarian state in which, following a destabilising war, a fascist dictator has been allowed to rise to power.  The corrupt and savage government maintains control through terror and all-encompassing surveillance, targeting minorities and stamping out free thought.  But someone is determined that the voice of the people be heard again: a ghost of the atrocities committed by the regime; a man in a mask who will become notorious - known only as V.  And when an innocent young woman, Evey Hammond, stumbles into V's long-standing vendetta, she soon finds she is unsure who is the hero and who is the villain.

The story has been adapted into a thrilling full-length stage play by Sean Mason, known for his appearances in The Likely Lads, Porridge and Storm Mine, and who recently played the Glyph in the Leeds revival of The Ballad of Halo Jones (also returning to the Lass O'Gowrie during January).  Director Ross Kelly has assembled a brilliant cast including several other Halo veterans: Sinead Parker as Evey Hammond, Marlon Solomon as Eric Finch, Carly Tarett as Dr Delia Surridge, Leni Murphy as Rosemary Almond, and Paida Noel (the original production's Ludy) as Valerie.  Daniel Thackeray (Together in Electric Dreams) plays V, while Michael Whittaker (AfterWords) is Dominic Stone, Brian Gorman (Everyman: The Story of Patrick McGoohan - The Prisoner) is Peter Creedy, Victoria Tunnah (Harvey) is the Girl, and Stuart Hudson (The Likely Lads) is Bishop Harold Lilliman.

V (Daniel Thackeray)
Produced by Gareth Kavanagh, V for Vendetta will be performed at the Lass O'Gowrie on Tuesday 8th January 2013 (6.30pm and 9pm), Wednesday 9th (2.30pm and 6.30pm), Thursday 10th (6pm), Sunday 13th (8pm) and Sunday 27th (8pm).  Tickets will be £8 or £4 for the matinee on the 9th, and special price double-bill tickets will be available at £12 for those wishing to see both V and The Ballad of Halo Jones (which has a special one-of performance at 1pm) on Sunday 27th.  Online booking will shortly be available via WeGotTickets.

Midwinter Lassfest 2013 runs from 2nd January to 2nd February.