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Alumni Update: Denise Gough, Luke Adamson, Dan Bottomley, Maia Kirkman-Richards and Beth Mullen

Alumni Update: Denise Gough, Luke Adamson, Dan Bottomley, Maia Kirkman-Richards and Beth Mullen

Denise Gough to star in Angels in America and new BBC drama Paula

Denise Gough headshotOur 2003 ALRA graduate and 'Best Actress' Olivier Award winner, Denise Gough has just landed herself the lead role in a new three-part BBC drama series, Paula.

Angels in America is the award winning 90’s drama by Tony Kushner and looks to be the hottest ticket in town. Denise plays Harper - on stage wife to Russell Tovey in this important revival at The National Theatre. Angels in America won numerous awards upon its release in 1993, including the Pulitzer prize for Drama, in recognition of its innovative use of language and ground breaking exploration of social issues.

Understandably, The National’s revival of Angel’s in America has been greatly anticipated. Gough’s continued engagement with work that addresses social issues and challenges audience engagement with these issues is reflective of ALRA’s commitments to diversity within our student base and our creative working practice.

Denise will star alongside Tom Hughes in this new revenge thriller written by Conor McPherson. The plot follows chemistry teacher, Paula's (Gough) dangerous romance with a ducker and diver (Hughes). Directed by Alex Holmes, the series will be filmed in Belfast and air on BBC Two.

After her magnificent win at the Laurence Olivier Awards for her performance in People, Places and Things - which saw her beat formidable competition Nicole Kidman - Denise's rising stardom clearly cannot be hindered.

Commenting on the new series, Denise states:

"I am so excited to work with McPherson again on this amazing project. He's written a script that I know all of us involved feel very privileged to be part of bringing to life. I can't wait to play her [Paula]".

Dan Bottomley and Luke Adamson create The House of Usher

Dan Bottomley headshotALRA graduates Dan Bottomley and Luke Adamson have written and created The House of Usher, a brand new gothic musical thriller. Dan and Luke graduated from ALRA's Three Year Acting BA (Hons) in 2012 and 2011 respectively.

Their new show was inspired by Edgar Allan Poe's The Fall of the House of Usher and utilises a brand new score and a small cast of exceptional actor-musicians. The production will run at the Hope Theatre from 18th October to 5th November, for ticket and booking details please visit the website.

Luke Adamson tours as Gerald Forbes in When We Are Married

luke adamsonLuke Adamson is also currently touring as Gerald Forbes in the Northern Broadsides production of When We Are Married, directed by the production company's Artistic Director and ALRA North patron, Barrie Rutter OBE.

This entertaining northern comedy follows three couples, married at the same time and day, who discover on their 25th wedding anniversary that are not actually married.

The production opened at York Theatre Royal on Friday, 9th September and has since received raving reviews, including four stars from The Stage, The Daily Express and The Reviews Hub.

When We Are Married remains on tour until Saturday, 10th December, for full details and tour dates visit the Northern Broadsides website.  

Maia Kirkman-Richards' in The Dream Factory

Maia Kirkman Richards headsWe witnessed Three Year Acting 2013 ALRA graduate, Maia Kirkman-Richards demonstrate her puppetry skills earlier this summer in Tyke the Play, a unique production which utilised puppetry to explore powerful themes like morality. Now Maia has shown off skills once again in The Dream Factory, a production from the House of Stray Cats of which she is the Artistic Director.

The Dream Factory is "a new sensory puppet show for curious children and dreamers of all ages". The plot follows the story of a young girl who loses her ability to dream only to embark on a magical adventure to discover where dreams are made.

The production will next show at Clapham Omnibus on 25th October, you can visit the website for booking information.

Beth Mullen writes and stars in her new show, Before Ariel

Beth Mullen headshotOur 2014 Three Year Acting alumna, Beth Mullen recently wrote, directed and performed in new show, Before Ariel. It follows the story of a girl who is struggling with life and relies on Disney cartoons for guidance, eventually deciding to reinvent herself as a cartoon character.

The show ran from 22nd - 24th September at the Bread and Roses Theatre in Clapham and will also have a two day run on 22nd - 23rd October for Clapham Fringe. For full details and ticket information, please visit the Clapham Fringe website.

We are always delighted to hear about and celebrate the projects and achievements of our talented Alumni.

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5 tickets for ALRA showcases | that's alumnights

At each Friday night performance of any ALRA show there will hold back 5 complimentary tickets for our ALRA graduates.

To find out the forthcoming shows, please see the ‘What’s on’ section of the website.

Alumnight tickets are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis; to book tickets please email info@alra.co.uk

Please note: ALRA still offer free tickets to all ALRA shows to alumni that are within their first year of graduation.

To learn more about ALRA’s graduate package please email dylan.stafford@alra.co.uk

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