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Tointon stars in child disappearance drama

Published 14 September 2009

Former Hollyoaks actress Hannah Tointon will open opposite Skins actress April Pearson in a new drama exploring the ongoing effects of the disappearance of an 11-year-old girl later this week.

Negative Space, which opens at Hampstead’s New End theatre on 17 September, is set 10 years after Callie vanished and examines how, a decade later, her parents and sister are still tormented by grief, guilt and unanswered questions.

The new play, written by Rachel Sternberg and Jemma Wayne, uses a series of fantasies to show how each member of the family has had their existence warped and twisted by the devastating loss of a daughter and sister.

Tointon, who plays Callie’s sister Samantha, is the younger sister of EastEnders actress Kara and played Katy Fox in C4 youth soap opera Hollyoaks, winning the Most Spectacular Scene award at the 2008 British Soap Awards.

Pearson, who plays Callie, also found fame in C4’s youth programming, starring in two series of teen drama Skins. Since leaving the award-winning series, she has appeared in school-set comic horror Tormented.

The cast is completed by Laurence Olivier Award-winner Suzan Sylvester, former EastEnders and The Bill regular Russell Floyd and Jamie Harding, who has appeared in films including United 93 and Resident Evil.

Missing People, a charity which aims to help missing children, vulnerable adults and families left in limbo is being supported by Negative Space.

Alison Cowan, Director of Fundraising and Marketing at Missing People commented: “Missing People hope that this production both raises awareness and generates funds to keep the search alive for the 210,000 people that go missing every year. The charity supports over 1,000 families who, like the family in this story, have been left behind in limbo following a disappearance.”



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