In a little under a month, four professional actors and 18 young cast members from their Summer School will take to the stage for Theatre Royal’s own production of Louis Sachar’s multi-million bestselling novel Holes.
Stanley Yelnats is under a curse. A curse that began with his no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing-great-great-grandfather and has since followed generations of Yelnatses.
Now Stanley has been unjustly sent to a detention centre, Camp Green Lake, where the inmates build character by spending all day, every day digging holes exactly five feet wide and five feet deep. There is no lake at Camp Green Lake. But there are an awful lot of holes.
It doesn’t take long for Stanley to realise there’s more than character improvement going on at Camp Green Lake. They are digging holes because the warden is looking for something. But what could be buried under a dried-up lake?
Louis Sachar’s multi-million bestselling novel is adapted for the stage by the author himself in this inventive and darkly humorous tale of crime and punishment—and redemption.
Holes will be directed by Artistic Director Owen Calvert-Lyons and Creative Learning Manager Hayley Murrow.
Holes is part of the national curriculum for key stage 3 students in secondary schools so will appeal to older children and adults alike.
All four professional actors will cover multiple roles.
Kate Russell-Smith is the Warden, Kate Barlow, Madame Zeroni and Mother.
Kate trained at The Oxford School of Drama and has worked as an actor across Audio, TV, Film and Theatre for over 20 years. Kate’s theatre credits include : Harry Potter And The Cursed Child (West End), A Curmudgeon’s Guide To Round Robin Christmas Letters (The Hope Theatre, Offie nominated for Best Actress), Sex Cells (Riverside Studios), Unidentified Item In The Bagging Area (The Old Red Lion Theatre), Children Of A Lesser God (Salisbury Playhouse), The Wizard of Oz, Flathampton & What Makes Us Tick (Royal & Derngate Theatres, Northampton), Talking Heads – Bed Among The Lentils, Same Time Next Year, Cinderella & Sleeping Beauty (Theatre Royal Winchester).
TV & Film credits include: Shadow & Bone, Chloe, Emmerdale, Coconut, From Darkness, Silent Witness, Skins, The Reckoning, Frances Tuesday, The Taming Of The Shrew, Passer By, Second Generation, The Perfect Silence & Three Brothers (BAFTA nominated short film).
Kate is also co-writing a play about Dementia and has had her work performed at The Arcola Theatre.
Craig Painting is Mr Pendanski, Trout Walker and Father.
Craig trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in London & in his final year was awarded The Carlton Television Bursary from the Laurence Olivier Bursary Panel of the Society of London Theatre.
Theatre credits include: Oliver Twist (Leeds Playhouse & Ramps On The Moon), Captain Hook in Peter Pan (Courtyard Theatre, Hereford), The Massacre & ’Til We Meet In England (Lost Text/ Found Space, London), Soonchild (Red Earth Theatre, UK tour), Northern Irish Tour of Egg, ( CahootsNI), The Jungle Book & The Firework-Maker’s Daughter (Birmingham Stage Company at The Bloomsbury Theatre & UK Tour), Pinocchio (title role), Days of Hope & Pandora’s Box (MAC), Flathampton & What Makes Us Tick ( Royal & Derngate); & Macbeth (Kill Bill Shakespeare, UK Tour).
Recent TV includes: Rosamunde Pilcher adaptation, With Tea & Love. Film includes: Just Charlie (winner of the Edinburgh International Film Festival Audience Award 2017), A Closed Book, and The Mandrake Root.
Additionally, Craig delivers drama workshops to young people across the UK & is a
keen user of BSL, both professionally & socially.
David Tarkenter is Mr Sir, Sheriff, Judge and Myra’s Dad. David has performed extensively with the Mercury Theatre, Colchester as a member of their company.
Theatre includes: Four Quartets (Bath Theatre Royal/ UK Tour), Endgame (The Old Vic), The Best Man, Admissions (West End); The Red Barn (National Theatre); The Inn at Lydda, The Knight of the Burning Pestle (Shakespeare’s Globe); Hamlet (Shakespeare’s Globe/International tour); Absent Friends, The Winter’s Tale (Mercury Theatre); Our Country’s Good, Kiss of the Spiderwoman (Theatre by the Lake, Keswick); Canterbury Tales (Creation Theatre); The 39 Steps (Vienna’s English Theatre).
Television includes: 55 Degrees North, Falling, Lawless, Byker Grove, Micawber, Heartbeat. Film includes: County Lines, London Road, King of the Road. David won the TMA Award for Best New Play for Children and Young People (2000).
Fejiro Emasiobi is Sam, Police Officer, Attorney General and Clyde Livingstone.
Fejiro was born in Benin City Nigeria, and raised in Leyton, London. He spent a large part of his early teenage years with the Waltham Forest performing arts collective where he had the opportunity to nurture his hobby. He went on to train at The Guildford School of Acting. Credits whilst training Include: Earthquakes in London, Antigone, Road, Antony and Cleopatra, Little Eyolf, and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Stage Credits: I Am Because We Are (Contact Mcr), Life Growing Up (Chiva), All About Eve (West end), SYATO (The Octagon).
Holes is at the Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds from Friday 20 Aug to Sat 4 September. For more information or to book visit theatreroyal.org. Under 21 tickets all £10.50.
Watch the trailer here: