Games by Henry Naylor
Gilded Balloon and Redbeard Theatre in assoc. with Holden Street Theatres present
1936, Berlin. When Jewish athlete Helene Mayer is selected for the Nazis’ Olympic Squad, she realises she is fighting for much more than gold.
Based on a true story, Games by Henry Naylor is a cautionary tale for our times. A multi-award-winning sell-out success, the show received an astonishing 14 five- and four-star reviews in Edinburgh. Brought to you by the team which has won over 30 of the world’s leading Fringe titles – including Overall Best Theatre in 2016, and the Overall Adelaide Critics’ Circle Awards in 2017 & 2018. Written by three-time Fringe First-winner Henry Naylor.
International Praise for Games by Henry Naylor
★★★★★ - Theatre London
★★★★★ - EdFest Magazine
★★★★★ - Voice Mag
★★★★★ - One4Review
★★★★1/2 - Kryztoff
★★★★ - British Theatre Guide
★★★★ - Daily Business Magazine
★★★★ - FEST Mag
★★★★ - Daily Mail
★★★★ - Fringe Guru
★★★★ - The Scotsman
"This two-hander is a gem" - Theatre Guide London
"Breathtaking and powerful, Henry Naylor’s Games is sharp, funny and poignant- a must see." - EdFest Mag
"A truly genius piece of writing" - Voice Mag
"[Games] amounts to great theatre and not to be missed by serious theatre-goers" - Kryztoff
"Naylor is able to deftly craft a tale that delves deep into themes of identity, nationality, politics, and questions whether we can ever really transcend the labels forced upon us by society" - Broadway Baby
"[The] performances, in combination with an inquisitive, thematically complex script, make this an impressively polished production with slick parallels to the resurrection of fascism today." - FEST Mag
Cast & Crew
Sophie Shad - "Helene Meyer"
Sophie worked professionally as a child, playing Little Cosette in the West End's 'Les Miserables', as well as a principal role in the BBC's Grange Hill. She went on to train at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, and has since worked in film, theatre and radio. As the Granddaughter of a Holocaust survivor, Sophie has always been passionate about telling meaningful stories from the past, and in recent years she wrote, produced, and acted in 'Kitty's Fortune' - a film that tells the story of Holocaust survivor Kitty Hart-Moxon's (OBE) first night in Auschwitz. The film was selected for BAFTA-qualifying film festivals, and has toured schools across the country with the aim of helping young people to connect with the atrocities from our past. She is a firm believer that we learn from our mistakes by ensuring that the past is never forgotten - and hopes that telling these stories through the means of film and theatre will be a cog in the wheel of working towards a more peaceful future. She is honoured to be playing the role of Helene Mayer in this production.
Tessie Orange-Turner - "Gretel Bergmann"
Tessie trained at Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama
Theatre includes Masterpieces (Finborough Theatre), All The Little Lights (Nottingham Playhouse and Arcola Theatre), Sket (Park Theatre), Blister (Gate Theatre), Bassett (Soho Theatre), No Border (Theatre503), The Wonderful World of Dissocia, You Can’t Take It With You, Relationshit, Thebans, Twelfth Night and A Chorus of Disapproval (Richard Burton Company).
Film includes You, Me and Him.
Television includes Casualty.
Henry Naylor - Writer
Henry Naylor is a multi-award-winning UK playwright, who has been described as ‘one of our best new playwrights’ in The Times,
‘one of our best new playwrights’ in The Evening Standard, and ‘one of the most thought-provoking playwrights of our times,’ in The Spectator. In the past 3½ years his plays have won, or been nominated for 34 international awards, including one of France’s most prestigious awards for the arts, the Globes De Cristal. In 2016, he joined J.K. Rowling in having written one of the 10 Best Plays Of The Year by The Times. He is one of only a handful of writers to have won the Fringe First three times, and has won four of the top five Fringe awards at the Edinburgh Fringe, including the Carol Tambor Best of Edinburgh Award. The one he hasn’t won - the Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award – he’s been nominated for three times. Three of his plays have had month long runs off-Broadway, and in 2017 alone there were over 300 public performances of his work, over five continents. His work has been translated into eight languages.
‘Naylor seems to have taken the mantle of writers like Athol Fugard: to make theater by telling the stories that matter.’ DC Theatre Scene (USA)
Louise Skaaning - Director
Louise spends her working life between London and her native Denmark. She first trained at Scenekunst Academiet at the age of 21 specializing in physical theatre. In 2010 Louise took part in a project that toured across Syria, Lebanon and Georgia – the project was in the style of forum theatre. After moving to London in 2011, Louise then furthered her training at the prestigious East 15 Acting School. This led onto many projects, including assistant director of Hiraeth at Soho Theatre in London, as well as her debut play Chlorine in 2014, about a young woman’s journey through psychosis and eventual recovery. More recently she has directed the acclaimed Flew the Coop at the new Diorama theatre. At the Adelaide Fringe in 2018, she began working with Naylor, when she co-directed the Overall Critics’ Circle Winner: Borders. Subsequently she went on to direct the previews and premiere of Games in Prague and in Edinburgh (where the show won the Innovation Award, the Voice award and was nominated for the Amnesty Freedom of Expression Award). At ease with both directing and acting, Louise is currently touring with a play in Denmark called Pudemin: a play aimed at younger audiences about confronting the fear of the unknown.
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Games by Henry Naylor
Duration: 60 mins
Dates: 12 Feb - 16 Mar
12 Feb; 16 Feb - 2 Mar; 5 - 9 Mar: 8:00pm
14 Feb; 12-16 Mar: 6:30pm
16 Feb; 23-24 Feb; 2 -3 Mar; 9-10 Mar; 16 Mar: 1:00pm
13 Feb: 12pm
13 & 14 Mar: 10:45am
Cheap Tuesday: $20.00
Companion Card holders welcome.
Venue: The Arch
HST are making every effort to make our performances accessible to all during the 2019 Adelaide Fringe. Accessible seating is available in The Arch.
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