Casting has been announced for The View From Nowhere, a highly topical drama involving a scientific controversy which receives its world premiere in opening the new PARK90 season.
Presented by the same creative team behind the critically acclaimed Warehouse Of Dreams at Lion and Unicorn Theatre – written by Chuck Anderson and directed by Dan Phillips – the play stars Nina Toussaint-White (best known for roles in EastEnders and Emmerdale) as Rona, Mensah Bediako (The Bodyguard, One Man Two Guvnors) as Prez, Math Sams (Chimerica, Jane Eyre) as Dr Tom Pennington and Emma Mulkern (American Monster) as Sandy Jones.
The play follows brilliant biochemist Prez, whose experiments prove a leading herbicide is carcinogenic. He has an existential fight against entrenched interests on his hands – not helped by the fact that he dresses like David Bowie, and carries a chip on his shoulder as big as the sink estate he grew up on. In his heart he knows he’s right, but can he prove it?
The plot turns on the scientific fact that eight out of ten of us have minute traces of a potentially dangerous herbicide in our urine. This echoes concerns about glyphosate, an ingredient in Roundup, the leading weedkiller marketed by Monsanto, which is vital to worldwide food production. The European Commission is now considering scientific evidence on whether it is a carcinogenic agent. That decision is anticipated before the end of this year.
Writer and Producer Chuck Anderson has had his TV plays produced by CBS Television and MGM-TV, Hollywood. In the UK, he has authored fiction and non-fiction books. In 2014, his play, Warehouse Of Dreams, about running a UNHCR camp for Syrian refugees, won enthusiastic reviews at the Lion and Unicorn Theatre.
Director Dan Phillips’ credits include the Welsh premiere of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, the new musical Something Something Lazarus at The King’s Head Theatre, The Lonely Walk Home in Manchester and April in Paris in Germany.
The View From Nowhere plays from 27 June – 22 July, with tickets available through the venue’s website.
It follows the run of razor-sharp comedy The Ugly One in the intimate studio theatre.