World premiere of Ashley – Theatre at the Tabard, 1 – 5 November

Image above: Cast and production crew of Ashley – Theatre at the Tabard, L to R: Freya Alderson, Tony Traxler (playwright/director), Ant Foran, Edward Anderson, Elena Ferrari, and seated in front row: Angela McHale; photograph Shelly Waldman 

Based on a true story of a Catholic priest and a young gay man who went missing

Theatre at the Tabard is presenting a world premiere next week (1 – 5 November) by American playwright and Chiswick local, Tony Traxler.

Ashley is described as: ‘A darkly comic story about family, loss, religion… and office politics’. The play is based on a true story of a Catholic priest and a young gay man who went missing, Tony told me, in his home town in the United States.

“He went missing from this town in Ohio and we never heard anything more about him” said Tony.

The story is told from the perspective of an older woman who has dementia and in her demented state she lets slip the ‘true’ story of what happened to him.

“I used to be a hairdresser in New York” Tony told The Chsiwick Calendar “and I would hear all these stories. The way I’ve told it, it’s quite cheerful, until some quite ghastly discoveries are made and it becomes a nightmare.”

He has assembled some first class actors for the premiere. Angela McHale, best known for her ongoing work with Catherine Tate and Lee Mack, has appeared in Grange Hill, Eastenders, Coronation Street, Doctors and many other British TV productions.

Elena Ferrari made her UK debut with Opera North as Musetta in Phyllida Lloyd’s production of La Bohème (1995), and went on to perform Fiordiligi in Cosi fan tutte, Violetta in La Traviata and Miss Wordsworth in Albert Herring (2002) with the Company.

She has performed widely with English National Opera, English Touring Opera, Grange Park Opera and Opera Holland Park. She played Nettie in Rogers and Hammerstein’s musical Carousel at the Barbican.

Get tickets to see Ashley through Theatre at the Tabard’s website: Tickets

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