Introducing Fallen Angel, a dark, disturbing new play

Beat. Beat. Beat. Do you believe in faeries? Beat. Beat. Beat. Meet Angel, he does, but not the type that play at the end of your garden. Beat. Beat. Beat. The faeries he has encountered are far more sinister, dark and manipulative. Beat. Beat. Beat. And he should know, they’ve tortured him for the last 500 years.

Award-winning Edinburgh playwright and director Liam Rudden is to premiere his first new play in three years at the 2017 Brighton Fringe.

Fallen Angel, described as a “disturbing new supernatural thriller”, will debut at St Andrew’s Church, Waterloo Street, Hove, next May.

Inspired by the age-old legend The Faerie Boy of Leith, Fallen Angel stars dancer Chris O’Mara in his stage acting debut and is a LRStageworks & Aramoc Co production in association with Sweet Venues.

AAA Edinburgh is an official media partner of Fallen Angel – and you can get all the latest news on the play right here.

“Fallen Angel is a piece I have been working on for three years now,” says Rudden, whose last Brighton Fringe-launched play, Thief, won the Brighton Fringe Best Theatrical production Award and later played Edinburgh and New York’s Broadway.

Rudden adds, “Like Sailor, the protagonist in Thief, Angel is a dark creation and never quite what he appears. The piece is a supernatural thriller… or is it?

“I always knew I wanted a dancer to play the role, but a dancer who could act. When Chris and I met on the set of the film Miser’s Dream earlier this year, I knew I had found the person to bring Angel to life.”

Dancer-come-actor O’Mara, who will shortly be seen in the films Kingdom: Fall of Illandrieal and Miser’s Dream, admits he is fascinated to see who Angel becomes during the rehearsal process and performances.

The 24-year-old says, “The dark, grittiness of the character is enticing, but it’s the evolution of Angel and his story that draws me to this role.

“I welcome challenges, which has allowed Liam to create a unique character that is almost a version of myself from a parallel universe.

“It’s a provocative concept. It’s not every day you get to play the way Angel does… and get away with it. Not only get away with it, but have an audience silently begging for more, whilst praying you’ll stop.

“That’s a dangerously exciting place for an actor… causing an audience to squirm with both pleasure and disgust.”

JD Henshaw, artistic director of Sweet Venues, says, “We are as proud as we are excited to be bringing Fallen Angel to premier at Brighton Fringe.

“The opportunity to help produce new work from the Brighton award-winning team behind Thief allows us to promote the core strengths of debuting new theatre at England’s largest arts festival – strong writing, challenging performance, and the joy of working with a company that embodies the ethos of fringe theatre.

“We look forward to introducing our audiences to Angel and his world.”

Fallen Angel, will premiere from 5-13 May (not 11) 2017, at 8pm nightly.

Tickets go on sale from early in 2017

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