New Brighton-based theatre company is making its debut with revival of Di And Viv And Rose.
Ruby Tiger Productions, established by award-winning local director Claire Lewis, brings it production of Amelia Bullmore’s 2011 nostalgic play about friendship across the decades to the Rialto Theatre.
The work, which charts the lives of three women from their first meeting at university 30 years ago to the present day, is a truthful, funny and moving account of friendship and what happens when life doesn’t work out quite as you thought it would.
Lewis, fresh from directing an award-winning tour of The Mill On The Floss last year, explains what drew her to the piece: “I fell in love with the play the moment I read it. It’s laugh out loud funny but also incredibly moving, with three characters you can’t help but root for. I adored it so much that I decided to take the plunge and set up my own company to produce it”.
The three-hander, which features local actors Sophie Dearlove, Mandy Jane Jackson and Emmie Spencer in the titular roles, reflects Ruby Tiger’s focus on producing small cast, character-driven plays which tell a story audiences will care about.
Lewis says “I’ve directed many large-scale, technically-demanding ensemble productions over the years and will continue to do so. My ambition for Ruby Tiger is to work with just a handful of the very best local actors on smaller scale, exceptional quality productions that put character and storytelling first. Di and Viv and Rose fits that bill exactly. I can’t wait to share it with Brighton audiences this March”.
Ruby Tiger Productions revival of Amelia Bullmore’s Di and Viv and Rose comes to Brighton’s Rialto Theatre on Tues 3 – Sun 8 March 2020. Ticket price: £10.50/£12