They have long arms and they can find me.


Devised by Lidless Theatre Company
 

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“Set guard over my mouth, O LORD; keep watch over the door of my lips.” Psalm 143:3

 

From the ruins of a rapidly redeveloping country, a religious revolution led by The Father has brought peace to a troubled place. But The Peace comes at a cost: the Department for Internal Security keeps a watchful hold on its citizens, people are disappearing, and no one knows who to trust. The Purge has begun. 

Meanwhile, Elijah has been abducted by The Arms on suspicion of being a Sodom. He’s a stranger in his own land, and he must decide who he is whilst trying to stay alive. 

Based on recent events in Chechnya, They Have Long Arms and They Can Find Me imagines a future Britain far from the one we know.

They Have Long Arms and They Can Find Me was first performed at the Katzpace in November 2017. The performances were accompanied by post show talks with the company and members of associated human rights organisations. This opened up a space for collaboration and feedback to booth further the piece and provide a space to discuss this very current issue. 

 
 
 

Cast and Creatives: 

 
Alex Harvey - Elijah   Alex trained at the Drama Centre in 2011, Identity School of Acting in 2015, and at Room One with James Kemp in 2016. In between training Alex has been involved professionally in both screen and stage, with recognition coming through the 2015 BIFA nominated short film 'Crack' directed by Peter King. Alex is currently writing a set of radio monologues and dramas for podium.me in association with 

Alex Harvey - Elijah

 

Alex trained at the Drama Centre in 2011, Identity School of Acting in 2015, and at Room One with James Kemp in 2016. In between training Alex has been involved professionally in both screen and stage, with recognition coming through the 2015 BIFA nominated short film 'Crack' directed by Peter King. Alex is currently writing a set of radio monologues and dramas for podium.me in association with 

Josh Horrocks - Solomon   Josh graduated from Arts Educational School London in 2015. He recently worked on a production of 'The Winter's Tale' by William Shakespeare, directed by Glenn Neath. Josh is extremely excited to be a part of Lidless Theatre, and is looking forward to creating bold and brave theatre.

Josh Horrocks - Solomon

 

Josh graduated from Arts Educational School London in 2015. He recently worked on a production of 'The Winter's Tale' by William Shakespeare, directed by Glenn Neath. Josh is extremely excited to be a part of Lidless Theatre, and is looking forward to creating bold and brave theatre.

Radina Drandova - Ada   Born in Bulgaria, graduated from the National Academy for Theatre and film Arts (NATFA) in Sofia (2009 - 2014). BA degree in Physical Theatre. Graduated from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (MA Acting for Screen) in 2015. Radina recently finished filming the World War 2 short film 'Pitfall' which won the 'Best of Fest' award at the Isle of Man Film Festival. You can also see Radina in the short film 'Dawn of the Deaf' which was in over 100 Film Festivals worldwide, including Sundance Film Festival.  Speaks Bulgarian, English and French and is also a professional singer (trained in Pop and Jazz singing in Bulgaria).  

Radina Drandova - Ada

 

Born in Bulgaria, graduated from the National Academy for Theatre and film Arts (NATFA) in Sofia (2009 - 2014). BA degree in Physical Theatre.

Graduated from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (MA Acting for Screen) in 2015.

Radina recently finished filming the World War 2 short film 'Pitfall' which won the 'Best of Fest' award at the Isle of Man Film Festival. You can also see Radina in the short film 'Dawn of the Deaf' which was in over 100 Film Festivals worldwide, including Sundance Film Festival.

 Speaks Bulgarian, English and French and is also a professional singer (trained in Pop and Jazz singing in Bulgaria).

 

Ben Woodhall - Pruka   Ben graduated from the Drama Centre on the BA course. He has since been working, predominantly in the theatre, most notably in a national tour of 'A View from the Bridge', dir. by Stephen Unwin. He has most recently appeared in the lead role of a sell out run of 'The Soul of Wittgenstein' at the Kings Head Theatre, for which he received 5 star reviews. Ben has also competed in 3 Monologue Slams, performing self penned pieces, one of which has been selected to be made into a short film, which he is shooting next month. He is represented by Carol Spencer at Brynmoor Associates.

Ben Woodhall - Pruka

 

Ben graduated from the Drama Centre on the BA course. He has since been working, predominantly in the theatre, most notably in a national tour of 'A View from the Bridge', dir. by Stephen Unwin. He has most recently appeared in the lead role of a sell out run of 'The Soul of Wittgenstein' at the Kings Head Theatre, for which he received 5 star reviews. Ben has also competed in 3 Monologue Slams, performing self penned pieces, one of which has been selected to be made into a short film, which he is shooting next month. He is represented by Carol Spencer at Brynmoor Associates.

James Downie - Matthew   James graduated from the 3 year Acting course at LAMDA in 2015. Since then, he has appeared on screen playing the lead in 'Shamas' and the award winning short film 'Pawns', both scheduled for release at the end of this year. 

James Downie - Matthew

 

James graduated from the 3 year Acting course at LAMDA in 2015. Since then, he has appeared on screen playing the lead in 'Shamas' and the award winning short film 'Pawns', both scheduled for release at the end of this year. 

julian Bailey - Jones - Joseph   Julian trained at LAMDA, and since graduating was one of the original members of Dalmatian Theatre Company, who have been performing critically acclaimed modern adaptations of Shakespeare for two years. Other credits include pilot series, Davros - The Teenage Years, and short film Outlaws to In-Laws.Julian is delighted to be joining Lidless Theatre for its first show.

julian Bailey - Jones - Joseph

 

Julian trained at LAMDA, and since graduating was one of the original members of Dalmatian Theatre Company, who have been performing critically acclaimed modern adaptations of Shakespeare for two years. Other credits include pilot series, Davros - The Teenage Years, and short film Outlaws to In-Laws.Julian is delighted to be joining Lidless Theatre for its first show.

Acushla-Tara Kupe - Myra Acushla-Tara Kupe has recently relocated to London after working professionally on stage and screen in New Zealand for the past 5 years. Her most notable credits in NZ include Catherine in A View from the Bridge, Annie Tupua in Kings of the Gym, Ilse in Spring Awakening, and Nancy in the indigenous sic-fi 2080. Since arriving and signing with Q Management, Kupe has appeared in Closer by Patrick Marber, filmed an episode for the new CBBC show Creeped Out, and recently performed as Benvolio in Mayhem Theatre’s Romeo & Juliet, ''a full-blooded account of the role by an actor who drew the eye whenever she was on stage ... performance of the evening’.  

Acushla-Tara Kupe - Myra

Acushla-Tara Kupe has recently relocated to London after working professionally on stage and screen in New Zealand for the past 5 years. Her most notable credits in NZ include Catherine in A View from the Bridge, Annie Tupua in Kings of the Gym, Ilse in Spring Awakening, and Nancy in the indigenous sic-fi 2080. Since arriving and signing with Q Management, Kupe has appeared in Closer by Patrick Marber, filmed an episode for the new CBBC show Creeped Out, and recently performed as Benvolio in Mayhem Theatre’s Romeo & Juliet, ''a full-blooded account of the role by an actor who drew the eye whenever she was on stage ... performance of the evening’.

 

Bebe Barry -Hannah: Bebe Barry  Here's the new bio: After training at LAMDA, Bebe has performed in several productions with Dalmatian Theatre Company, playing Borachio and Friar Francis in 'Much Ado About Nothing,' Laurain 'Chatroom' at the White Bear Theatre and Puck in 'A Midsummer Night's Dream.' She is a member of the National Youth Theatre and has recently founded Exploding Whale Theatre, writing and starring as Billie in their debut show 'Heroes' which debuted at Katzpace and has since gone on to sell out runs at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Bridge House SE20. This will be Bebe's second show with Lidless after playing Lil in 'The Wasteland.'   

Bebe Barry -Hannah: Bebe Barry 

Here's the new bio: After training at LAMDA, Bebe has performed in several productions with Dalmatian Theatre Company, playing Borachio and Friar Francis in 'Much Ado About Nothing,' Laurain 'Chatroom' at the White Bear Theatre and Puck in 'A Midsummer Night's Dream.' She is a member of the National Youth Theatre and has recently founded Exploding Whale Theatre, writing and starring as Billie in their debut show 'Heroes' which debuted at Katzpace and has since gone on to sell out runs at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Bridge House SE20. This will be Bebe's second show with Lidless after playing Lil in 'The Wasteland.' 

 

Max HArrison - Director  Max Graduated from the 3 year BA acting course at LAMDA in 2015. Since then, he has appeared as Dom in "Mount Pleasant" on Sky1, and as Victor in the film "Anti-positional". He is a member of NYT and has performed in two sellout performances at the Edinburgh Fringe. In December he co-wrote and directed Lidless Theatre's debut production of "The Wasteland". This year he directed "Heroes" in London and at the Ed Fringe, a sell out run which is now transferring back to London, at the Bridge House. 

Max HArrison - Director 

Max Graduated from the 3 year BA acting course at LAMDA in 2015. Since then, he has appeared as Dom in "Mount Pleasant" on Sky1, and as Victor in the film "Anti-positional". He is a member of NYT and has performed in two sellout performances at the Edinburgh Fringe. In December he co-wrote and directed Lidless Theatre's debut production of "The Wasteland". This year he directed "Heroes" in London and at the Ed Fringe, a sell out run which is now transferring back to London, at the Bridge House. 

Greg Birks - Assistant Director    After graduating from LAMDA, Greg founded 'Dalmatian Theatre' for which he is Artistic Director. Credits for the company include: Benedick in "Much Ado About Nothing" and Jim in "Chatroom". Greg is also a comedy writer & improviser and has appeared in two runs of the long-running comedy show "NewsRevue", playing characters from Donald Trump to Jeremy Hunt. His improvising credits include: "Music Box", "Newsical" and "Will Shakespeare's ImproMusical".

Greg Birks - Assistant Director 

 

After graduating from LAMDA, Greg founded 'Dalmatian Theatre' for which he is Artistic Director. Credits for the company include: Benedick in "Much Ado About Nothing" and Jim in "Chatroom". Greg is also a comedy writer & improviser and has appeared in two runs of the long-running comedy show "NewsRevue", playing characters from Donald Trump to Jeremy Hunt. His improvising credits include: "Music Box", "Newsical" and "Will Shakespeare's ImproMusical".

Kitty Hinchcliffe - Designer After studying Performance Design and Practice at Central St Martins Collage of Art and Design. Kitty has been working in Theatre, Film and Contemporary Dance. Last year she completed her first feature film as Production Designer on Marcus Warren's 'Snapshot' and was proud to collaborate with companies such as Jethro Compton, Falling Pennies and Ciemulator Dance Theatre. For full credits and portfolio please go to:  www.kittyhinchcliffe.com  

Kitty Hinchcliffe - Designer

After studying Performance Design and Practice at Central St Martins Collage of Art and Design. Kitty has been working in Theatre, Film and Contemporary Dance. Last year she completed her first feature film as Production Designer on Marcus Warren's 'Snapshot' and was proud to collaborate with companies such as Jethro Compton, Falling Pennies and Ciemulator Dance Theatre. For full credits and portfolio please go to: 

www.kittyhinchcliffe.com

 

Maya Ellis - Producer  Maya studied English Literature at the University of York. Since graduating she has been working with new writing and socially conscious art at The Finborough Theatre, The Arcola and Clean Break. This year she produced Hatch It Theatre's critically acclaimed "Whalebone" in London and Ed Fringe.

Maya Ellis - Producer 

Maya studied English Literature at the University of York. Since graduating she has been working with new writing and socially conscious art at The Finborough Theatre, The Arcola and Clean Break. This year she produced Hatch It Theatre's critically acclaimed "Whalebone" in London and Ed Fringe.