An all Liverpool cast for premiere of Joe ward Munrow's Held at the Playhouse Studio

By Laura Davis on Jul 18, 12 12:05 PM in Theatre

PAULINE DANIELS, Alan Stocks and Ged McKenna will star in the Playhouse Studio's next premiere.

Held, the debut play by Joe ward Munrow, tells the tale of a mother and her two sons, the stories they tell, their memories and the stories those memories belie.


Pauline Daniels as Pat in Unprotected

Daniels, who will play the mother to Stocks and McKenna's brothers in Held, is renowned for her role in the award-winning Unprotected, which began at the Everyman in 2006 before touring to the Edinburgh Fringe where it won the Amnesty International Award. She has taken to the Playhouse stage numerous times, including memorable performances in Shirley Valentine and Breezeblock Park. Her other theatre credits include A Saint She Ain't (King's Head/Apollo Theatre) And The Beat Goes On (Liverpool Everyman), Misery (The Brindley, Runcorn).

She says: "I am delighted to be part of this beautifully written new piece of work which I know will stretch me once again as an actress, but I am most delighted about being 'home' at the Playhouse and am looking forward to the whole experience."

RADA-trained actor Alan Stocks was recently in A Streetcar Named Desire and Tartuffe at Liverpool Playhouse. He played the lead protagonist in Robert Farquhar's Dead Heavy Fantastic at the Everyman last year and is also well known for his regular appearances at Liverpool's Royal Court. His other theatre credits include The Two Gentlemen of Verona (RSC) and Twelfth Night (Lyric Hammersmith).

Completing the cast is actor, writer and director Ged McKenna who has worked for companies such as the National Theatre, Shared Experience, Cheek by Jowl and The Royal Court. He last appeared on the Playhouse stage in 2011 in Hull Truck's production of The Lady in the Van and was nominated as Best Actor in the 2008 MEN Awards for performance in Faith Healer at the Library Theatre, Manchester. McKenna's film credits include Shirley Valentine, Vanity Fair and Away Days.

Munrow developed Held during his time with the Young Everyman Playhouse's Young Writers scheme. The three-hander received a rehearsed reading at the annual Everyword Festival in 2011 - featuring McKenna in the role he will play in the full production. Held will follow The Swallowing Dark and The Match Box in making its world premiere in the Studio, a year after it reopened as part of the Playhouse Centenary celebrations in November 2011.

It will run from November 8 to December 1.

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