Rosemary Branch Theatre
Jamie Lee Pike
Jamie Lee's recent credit include: 'AmStarDam- The Movie' (nominated UK best feature film); 'Klepto' Southwark Playhouse; 'Linnen', Matt Linnen Music; 'Our House', Pimlico Opera; 'Title of Show' UK Premier (Assembly, Edinburgh Fringe); 'Mad About the Boy' (Leicester Square Theatre); 'The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee' (UK Tour); 'The Last Five Years' (Tabard Theatre); 'La Boheme' (Opera Up Close); Rent (The Bridewell Theatre)
Training: Royal Academy of Music: Musical Theatre MA, Cork School of Music: BMus
Credits: Sondheim Review (Dot), Carrie The Musical (Sue Snell), bare: A Pop Opera (Ivy), Disney's Broadway Hits at the Royal Albert Hall (Chorus), How to Succeed...Without Really Trying (Rosemary), Love's Labours Lost (Nathaniel), Into The Woods (Lucinda), Singin' in the Rain (Ensemble)
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Lori and Gwen are neighbours in the soon-to-be-demolished Carpenter's Estate.
They have lived here during the renovation of Stratford for the Olympic Games. Tonight is the night the games start and whilst the rest of the world will be focusing on the event, Lori and Gwen are home and incredibly alone.
Lori finds herself compensating for her loneliness by speaking aloud to the memory of her husband, who died twenty years previously. It is his birthday today and Lori finds herself reminiscing about their youth, their lives, their friends and ultimately, why she was left alone to live out the remainder of her life in such a cruel and unforgiving world.
Gwen on the other hand, finds herself unable to manage her bipolar mood swings which are exacerbated by her depression, lack of self-worth and suicidal tendencies. It's not all doom and gloom; she's lived with these for a long time since she ran away from home at a young age. She would usually half welcome them as old friends, but, having recently discovered she is pregnant - to a child she does not believe would love her - and her boyfriend Peter cheated on her... the mental health is starting to push her toward the ultimatum she has avoided for so long.
The two bare a striking contrast to the merriment just minutes away in the Olympic Stadium. They are suffering with loneliness and both unable to admit to themselves that all they need is a little company; the end of the play could lead to a wonderful symbiotic relationship between the two... or perhaps not.
They are just small faces close to being swallowed by a larger crowd who would sooner forget them.
More information about the script here.