News Release: 14 August 2018
Casting announced for the premiere of Sir Walter’s Women
Just over 400 years ago, the dashing Elizabethan hero, explorer and poet, Sir Walter Ralegh was convicted of treason in The Great Hall in Winchester. He was beheaded on the 29th October 1618.
Winchester-based 2TimeTheatre is delighted to announce the casting for its new production, Sir Walter's Women, written by Rachel O’Neill and directed by Alice Kornitzer, which re-imagines scenes from the life of this charismatic adventurer in the 400 year anniversary of his death. It will be staged in The Great Hall as part of Winchester Heritage Open Days, the UK’s largest festival of history and culture.
Adam Kotz plays the part of Ralegh. His films include The Last King of Scotland and Peter Greenaway’s Nightwatching. TV includes Father Brown, The Hollow Crown, Silent Witness, Midsomer Murders and Survivors. Theatre work includes roes at the National Theatre, RSC and Cheek By Jowl, and most recently as Pastor Manders in Ghosts at the Trafalgar Studios. He is an experienced voiceover artist and works regularly in Radio Drama.
Jilly Bond is Elizabeth I. Jilly was most recently seen in Winchester in 2TimeTheatre’s production of Meeting Miss Austen. Other recent theatre appearances include being part of the Read Not Dead season at the Globe Theatre; playing a Russian survivor of the Siege of Leningrad at the Soho Theatre, Imaginationship and I Wish to Die Singing at the Finborough, Othello and Mrs Warren’s Profession at the English Theatre of Hamburg. She has recorded over 100 radio plays and short stories for the BBC (most recently for Radio Solent in their new play festival) and has appeared in The Archers.
Liz Garland plays the part of Bess Throckmorton. Liz trained at The Birmingham School of Acting and her theatre credits include Birdsong (Birdsong Productions & Original Theatre Company/National Tour), Gangsta Granny (Birmingham Stage Company/West End & National Tour), and Julia in The Ghost Train, Jo in Murder With Love and Captain Henrietta in Secondary Cause of Death (Talking Scarlet/National Tour). TV and Radio credits include Down to Earth (BBC), Milkshake Mums Campaign (Channel 5) and Josh Howie’s Losing It (Radio 4).
Courtlye Musick will provide music of the period.
The production has been made possible with the kind and generous support of Winchester- based solicitors and mediators, Shenton’s, Hampshire County Council, Cllr Dominic Hiscock and Winchester City Council’s Cultural Innovation Grant.
Performance dates and times:
19.00 – Friday 14 September
18.00 and 20.00 – Saturday 15 September
The Great Hall, Winchester, SO23 8UJ
Free admission. Tickets can be reserved in advance here: https://www.winchesterheritageopendays.org/events/2018/9/14/sir-walters-women
For more information and headshots, please contact Rachel O‘Neill, firstname.lastname@example.org, 07821879094.
2TimeTheatre's performance arm was launched in October 2013 with a theatre production of Young Jane, short plays based on the early writings of a young Jane Austen and adapted by Cecily O'Neill. Young Jane is the first publication from 2TimeTheatre (September 2016), followed by Drinking with Dorothy. Meeting Miss Austen, the second collection of plays based on the Juvenilia, was published May 2017 and performed as part of the Winchester Festival in July 2017. Other productions include Jane Austen and The Waterman (2017) and An Honest Soldier (2018). 2TimeTheatre is co-producing new musical Lucky Petra written by Christopher Ash and Carl Miller. www.2timetheatre.com