Taking place at The Old Library, Colchester (formerly Memoirs Restaurant and Cocktail Bar) the Mercury are thrilled to present Borders by Henry Naylor from Thursday 19 to Saturday 28 March 2020.
Starring as Nameless is Lyna Dubarry, an award-winning actress and writer Lyna recently won “Best Actress” and “Best Drama Short” at the Independent Shorts Awards (Los Angeles) for her short film Métèque, she previously appeared in Bed Peace: The Battle of Yohn and Joko (The Cockpit Theatre) and Snowbird (Rosemary Branch Theatre).
Playing Sebastian is Alexander Forsyth, an Offie-nominated actor whose recent stage credits include Wasted (Orange Tree Theatre), BU21 (Trafalgar Studios) and No Villain (Trafalgar Studios) and feature film credits include Love.Wedding.Repeat (Notorious Pictures) and War Machine (Plan B).
Borders will be directed by the Mercury’s Creative Director, Ryan McBryde, whose previous Mercury credits include Cinderella and Oliver! at the theatre’s winter 2019 home Mercury at Abbey Field, and Pieces of String and Moll Flanders. The play will be designed by David Thomas with lighting designed by Ben Wills, sound designed by Finn Todd and costumes designed by Chantelle Cox.
Written by multi-award winning writer Henry Naylor, Borders, inspired by personal encounters with Syrian refugees, is an urgent, moving and occasionally hilarious commentary on one of the great crises of our time. Through two alternating monologues, this two-hander play tells the stories of a jobbing British press photographer and a rebellious Syrian graffiti artist, whose paths are destined to cross from across the Mediterranean.
Borders was one of the biggest hits of the Edinburgh Festival 2017 selling out its entire run and accumulating an astonishing 19 five and four-star reviews, as well as the Carol Tambor Best of Edinburgh Award. Naylor, who is perhaps best known as Lead Writer on ITV’s Headcases and Spitting Image, as well as BBC Radio 4’s Dead Ringers, has now been described as ‘one of our best new playwrights’ by The Times and the Evening Standard, and ‘one of the finest British writers on contemporary events’ in Theatre Extra.
Tickets are on sale now and can be booked by clicking here, calling 01206 573948 or by dropping in to the Mercury Tickets box office in Red Lion Yard.