Sherman Theatre has announced casting and the full creative team for a new version of Brad Birch’s adaptation of Ibsen’s An Enemy of The People (30 April – 16 May), which will be the first production that Joe Murphy will direct as Artistic Director of Sherman Theatre.
The casting for An Enemy of the People brings together exceptional Welsh talent. Nia Roberts returns to Sherman Theatre following her performance as Juliana Tesman in Hedda Gabler to play scientist Rhiannon Powell. Audiences may have also recently seen Nia on Netflix’s The Crown, BBC One’s Keeping Faith, Hinterland and Bang. Joining Nia are Oliver Ryan (Everything Must Go, Sherman Theatre; BBC Wales/ S4C’s Hinterland) playing Rhiannon’s brother Mick Powell, and Mali Ann Rees (Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru’s Y Cylch Sialc and Craith/Hidden for S4C / BBC) who will play her daughter Hannah Powell-Morris. Further casting will be announced in the coming weeks.
Alongside these outstanding Welsh actors, Sherman Theatre has announced a superb creative team joining Joe Murphy which includes Designer Elin Steele (Woof, Sherman Theatre; Llyfr Glas Nebo, Cwmni Frân Wen), Lighting Designer Joseff Fletcher (Hedda Gabler and The Taming of the Shrew, Sherman Theatre), Composer and Sound Designer Lucy Rivers (Alice in Wonderland, Sherman Theatre; Double Vision Festival of Voice / Gagglebabble), and Sound Design Associate Dan Lawrence (The Emperor’s New Clothes / Dillad Newydd yr Ymerawdwr, The Princess and the Pea / Y Dywysoges A’r Bysen Fechan Fach, Sherman Theatre). Lucy Casson has returned to Sherman Theatre as Casting Director following her work on Hedda Gabler.
An Enemy of the People marks the first production Joe Murphy will direct as part of his inaugural season as Artistic Director of Sherman Theatre. Previously Joe was Associate Director at Soho Theatre from 2012 to 2016 and was Associate Director at The Old Vic.
Brad Birch has revisited his 2016 adaptation of Ibsen’s original, setting the play in the South Wales Valleys to create a gripping drama for the post-truth era. Rhiannon Powell is a brilliant scientist, who has returned to her Valleys hometown to run a new spa resort which will revive its fortunes. When she discovers the famous spring waters are poisoned she is prepared to speak the truth, no matter the cost. But is she right? Might she be in the wrong? In trying to save her town, could she in fact destroy it?
Joe Murphy said “I am absolutely thrilled to be announcing such an exciting cast and creative team for An Enemy of the People. This talented team will bring something unique to this gripping play. Brad Birch is writing a taut, moving and thought-provoking script that I think will fire up both the hearts and the minds of our audiences. It has been so inspiring to watch him tackle this play head on and bring it crashing in to 21st Century Wales.”
Brad Birch said “It’s an absolute honour to be returning to the Sherman, and with a play so close to my heart. I’m excited to work with Joe, a director I have followed and admired for many years. I think this is such an exciting time for the Sherman and it’s a privilege to be a part of it.”