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The Ugly One is a razor-sharp comedy about beauty, identity and doing what it takes to get to the top. This biting social satire follows Lette, a talented engineer, who is told that his face is too ugly to succeed and so undergoes extreme plastic surgery to make himself more beautiful. But he soon discovers that, maybe, there is such a thing as being too good looking.
“The Ugly One... is a metaphysical teaser and a theatrical dare”
MARIUS VoN MAYENBURG - author
Marius von Mayenburg is a playwright, translator, dramaturg, director and one of the most widely produced German playwrights. His plays receive regularly productions at the Schaubühne/Berlin, the Royal Court Theater/ London, and other major theaters around the world.
In 1992, Mayenburg began his studies in dramatic writing at the Academy of the Arts in Berlin. His first play Fireface (Feuergesicht), written in 1997, was an enormous success. It premiered at the Kammerspiele in Munich and was subsequently produced at the Kleist Theater in Frankfurt (Oder) and at the Deutsches Schauspielhaus Hamburg. Since then the play has been successfully produced worldwide and translated into many languages. For Fireface, Mayenburg received the Award for Emerging Playwrights “Kleistförderpreis für junge Dramatiker” and the prize of the Frankfurt Writer’s Foundation “Preis der Frankfurter Autorenstiftung”. Mayenburg’s oeuvre includes more than ten plays, all of them have been produced in Germany as well as worldwide. He is currently dramaturg and playwright in residence at the Schaubühne/Berlin.
The Ugly One was first produced in the UK by The Royal Court in 2007, directed by Ramin Grey.
ROY ALEXANDER WEISE - Director
Roy is the 19th annual winner of the James Menzies-Kitchin Award and directed his critically acclaimed, sell out production of The Mountaintop by Katori Hall at the Young Vic. He was the first runner-up of the JMK Award in 2014. Roy has previously worked at the Royal Court as the Trainee Director, at the Bush Theatre and Lyric Hammersmith as the BBC Theatre Fellow and at The Red Room as Associate Artist.
Roy’s current and forthcoming productions include Zero For The Young Dudes (Young & Talented in association with NT Connections) and Jekyll and Hyde (Ambassadors Theatre, National Youth Theatre of Great Britain). Previous theatre credits include The Mountaintop (Young Vic), Primetime (Royal Court Theatre) and Stone Face (Finborough Theatre).
Roy’s Assistant Director credits include Hangmen (Royal Court Theatre and West End), Escaped Alone (Royal Court, Brooklyn Academy of Music and UK Tour), X, For Me For You, Primetime 2015, Violence and Son, Who Cares, Liberian Girl (all Royal Court Theatre), Albion, We Are Proud to Present… (Bush Theatre) and The Serpent’s Tooth (Talawa / Almeida Theatre). For television, Roy was Trainee Director on Invisible (The Red Room/BalletBoyz/Channel 4).
LOREN ELSTEIN - Set & Costume Design
Loren trained at NIDA in Sydney where her design for Loot secured her the Australian Production Design Guild Award for Best Design and the William Fletcher Foundation Grant for Excellence in Design 2013.
Theatre and Opera: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (The Old Vic), The End of Longing (West End), Rent (UK tour), Primetime (Royal Court), Pia de Tolomei (English Touring Opera), Stoneface (Finborough), Wanderous Strange (RSC), A Room of Her Own with Mimbre Acrobats (Southbank Centre), The Water Palace (Tête à Tête Festival), Polymer (Udderbelly Festival), Loot (NIDA), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Theater Trier, Germany).
Video Art Direction: Magic FM, The Fatboy Slim Collection, McBusted’s Most Excellent Adventure tour. TV: The Man Who Almost Killed Himself (Summer Hall for Edinburgh Festival & BBC iPlayer)
Currently designing for: Terror (Lyric Hammersmith), Love’s Labour’s Lost, Musical (Hackney Empire-RAM) and Katerina Lady Macbeth (V&A)
AMY MAE - Lighting Design
Amy trained at RADA on the postgraduate Stage Electrics and Lighting Design course and has a degree in Stage Management and Performing Arts from the University of Winchester.
She won the Knight of Illumination Award in 2015 in the musicals category for Sweeney Todd.
Recent Credits include; Babettes Feast (The Print Room), Start Swimming (Young Vic Theatre), Wordsworth (Theatre By The Lake), Sweeney Todd (Harringtons Pie and Mash Shop, West End & New York), Living With The Lights On (Young Vic Theatre), The Lounge UK Tour (China Plate & Inspector Sands), Paradise Of The Assassins (Tara Theatre), Knife Edge (Pond Restaurant, Dalston), Miniaturists 55 (Arcola Theatre), Prize Fights, Henry V (Royal Academy of Dramatic Art), Orphans (Southwark Playhouse), Macbeth (Italia Conti), I'm Not Here Right Now (Paines Plough's Roundabout & Soho Theatre), Liola (New Diorama Theatre), Children In Uniform, Punk Rock (Tristan Bates Theatre), The Three Sisters (Cockpit Theatre), Cat Couture (Music Video), Pool, The Guts Girls (Brockley Jack Theatre), The Legacy (The Place).
Programming Credits Include: Tannhauser (Longborough Festival Opera), Robin Hood (Stratford East Theatre Royal), Lela & Co (The Royal Court),Dirty Butterfly (The Young Vic), Red Forest (The Young Vic)
Re-lighting Credits Include: White Christmas (Pitlochry Festival Theatre).
GILES THOMAS - Sound Design
Current and forthcoming projects include: Death of a Salesman (Royal and Derngate), DYL (Old Red Lion), Disco Pigs (Trafalgar Studios), Wait Until Dark (UK Tour).
Composer & Sound Design credits include: How My Light Is Spent (Royal Exchange), Othello (Tobacco Factory, Bristol), Wish List, Yen (Royal Exchange & Royal Court), Contractions (Sheffield Theatres), Correspondence (Old Red Lion), I See You (Royal Court), Pomona (National Theatre, Royal Exchange Theatre & Orange Tree Theatre), Sparks (Old Red Lion), The Titanic Orchestra, This Will End Badly, Allie (Edinburgh); Little Malcolm And His Struggle Against The Eunuchs (Southwark Playhouse), Outside Mullingar (Theatre Royal Bath), Back Down (Birmingham Rep), Wolf From The Door, Primetime, Mint, Pigeons, Death Tax, The President Has Come To See You (Royal Court), Lie With Me (Talawa), The Sound Of Yellow (Young Vic), Take A Deep Breath and Breathe, The Street (Oval House Theatre), Stop Kiss (Leicester Square Theatre).
Sound Design credits include: A Dark Night In Dalston (Park Theatre), What Shadows (Birmingham Rep), They Drink It In The Congo (Almeida), The Sugar-Coated Bullets Of The Bourgeoise (Arcola, HighTide Festival), Decades (The Brit School for Performing Arts), The Snow Queen (Southampton Nuffield & Northampton Royal & Derngate), Orson's Shadow (Southwark Playhouse), Defect (Arts Ed), Betrayal (I Fagiolini, UK Tour), A Harlem Dream (Young Vic), Khandan (Birmingham Rep, Royal Court), Superior Donuts (Southwark Playhouse), Three Men In A Boat (Original Theatre Company, UK Tour), King John (Union Theatre), It's About Time (Nabokov Theatre Company, Hampstead Theatre), Shoot/Get Treasure/Repeat (Royal Court, Gate Theatre, Out of Joint, Paines Plough, National Theatre), House Of Agnes (Paines Plough).
Associate Sound Designer on: Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (National Theatre), Henry IV (Donmar Warehouse & tour), Henry V (Michael Grandage Company, West End), 1984 (West End, UK Tour).
LOUISE RHOADES-BROWN - PROJECTION Design
Louise is a highly skilled Video & Projection Designer. She trained at Ravensbourne College. Her work can be seen across the UK and internationally.
Recent Theatre, Live Events, and Corporate work includes: Bugsy Malone (Leicester Curve), The Trial of Jane Fonda (The Park), Ray Mears Tales Of Endurance (UK Tour), An Evening With Ray Mears (UK Tour), Box Of Photographs (Polka Theatre), Legally Blonde (Leicester Curve); Chwalfa (Pontio), Monster In The Maze (The Barbican), Fugee & Wasted (Southwark Playhouse), Gods & Monsters (Southwark Playhouse); The Prodigals (The Belgrade, Coventry), Fallujah (The Cockpit, London), The Handyman (UK Tour), 1936 (Lilian Baylis Theatre, London), Romeo & Juliet (Headlong, National Tour), Opera Holland Park (Corporate Party), Queen With Adam Lambert (World Tour 2014), Gravity Levity (Research Project), Josh Groban’s Straight To You Tour (Multi Arena USA Tour), Procter & Gamble’s Hairworld (Paris), Versus Versace Spring/Summer 16 (Content Manager), Nokia, Internal Communications (Internal Web Videos), Promax (Conference & Awards Graphics), The Hate Game (Holocaust Memorial Day).
As Associate: The End Of Longing (The Playhouse), Alice’s Adventures In Underground (Waterloo Vaults), Building Mapping (Islington Square Festival Of Culture), Lord Attenborough Tribute (The University Of Sussex), Merchant Of Venice (The Almedia), Flashmob (UK Tour), The Waterbabies (Ed Curtis), The Flying Dutchman (English National Opera, London), Raymond Gubby’s Aida (The Royal Albert Hall), Pippin (The Mernier Chocolate Factory), Reasons To Be Cheerful (Graeae And The New Wolsey Theatre).
JENNI JACKSON - MOVEMENT DIRECTOR
Jennifer trained at East 15 and is a movement director and actor.
Movement direction includes: The Mountaintop (The Young Vic), Death of a Salesman (Royal & Derngate), Phone Home (Shoreditch Town Hall), Why The Whales Came (Southbank Centre), Wuthering Heights (Workshop- Manchester Royal Exchange), Stone Face (Finborough Theatre), Debris (Southwark Playhouse/Openworks Theatre), Macbeth (Sam Wanamaker Playhouse), Silent Planet (Finborough), Pericles (Berwaldhallen), Subterranean Sepoys (New Diorama), The Future (The Yard), Other-Please Specify, Atoms (Company Three), Takeover 2017 (Tricycle Theatre). Jennifer was the assistant movement director on the Paines Plough Roundabout season 2014 (Fringe First Winners), and is an associate artist with OpenWorks Theatre & Upstart Theatre.
As a performer Jennifer has worked with the NT, NT Studio, BAC, Bath Theatre Royal, Royal & Derngate Theatre, Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, Theatre 503, Arcola, Openworks Theatre, Derby Theatre, The Yard, The Harold Pinter Theatre (West End), Bervaldhallen (Stockholm), Lucas Theatre (Savannah, USA), Pearl Theatre (New York).
SHANNON MARTIN - STAGE MANAGER
Graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2014 studying Stage and Costume Management.
Some production credits include: The Diary of a Teenage Girl (Southwark Playhouse), Go Between (Taking Part Project- Young Vic Theatre) and The Mountaintop (Young Vic Theatre), La Traviata (West Green House Opera), The Infiltrator (Pinewood Studios), Bastille Day (Greenwich), Dead Sheep (Park Theatre), Rachel (Finborough Theatre), and Downton Abbey - Season 4 (Ealing Studios).
Shannon is delighted to be working with Roy again and to be back at The Park Theatre.
ARTHUR CARRINGTON - Casting Director
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