Friday 5 July 2019
CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR NATIONAL THEATRE WALES’
FOR ALL I CARE AHEAD OF PERFORMANCES IN CARDIFF AND EDINBURGH FESTIVAL FRINGE 2019
HINTERLAND AND KEEPING FAITH ACTOR HANNAH DANIEL IS CAST IN THIS ONE-WOMAN SHOW
● National Theatre Wales’ powerful monologue, For All I Care will be previewed in Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff this month before being performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this summer
● For All I Care, scripted by acclaimed Welsh playwright Alan Harris, explores one woman’s experience of mental health with distinctive wit and passion
Hinterland and Keeping Faith actress, Hannah Daniel, will make her Edinburgh Fringe debut this summer in National Theatre Wales’ production of For All I Care. Audiences in Wales can catch Edinburgh preview performances of the show in Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff, on 24 and 25 July 2019.
For All I Care is written by Alan Harris, whose previous highly acclaimed work presented at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe includes Sugar Baby and How My Light is Spent. The production is directed by lauded theatre director Jac Ifan Moore.
For All I Care is one of two productions from National Theatre Wales which will be staged at Edinburgh’s Summerhall throughout this year’s Edinburgh Festival. Cotton Fingers, written by Rachel Tresize, directed by Julia Thomas, starring Amy Molloy, will also run throughout the festival.
Kully Thiarai, Artistic Director at National Theatre Wales said “As we prepare for another exciting year at the Edinburgh Festival, we are delighted to announce that Hannah Daniel will be joining us for our production of For All I Care, one of five monologues created last year as part of NTW’s celebration of the NHS at 70. After a successful tour of Wales with The Stick Maker Tales, which featured Llion Williams, and a run of Cotton Fingers in Ireland, Northern Ireland and Cardiff, I am thrilled that audiences in Wales will now also have another opportunity to see For All I Care. This poignant and powerful piece by Alan Harris, will be performed in Chapter Arts Centre later this month before heading to Edinburgh to play alongside Cotton Fingers to an international audience.”
Ahead of her rehearsals for For All I Care, Hannah Daniel said “I feel extremely lucky to be working with National Theatre Wales on this project – Alan has written an incredibly heart-felt, funny piece that I can’t wait to get under the skin of under Jac’s direction. Essentially, it’s a story about human connection, care and kindness – which I think we could all do with a dose of these days! I love the Edinburgh Festival – I always leave buzzing with joy, so to be performing this year with NTW, is very exciting indeed.”
Fast moving, touching and funny, Harris’s script explores one woman’s experience of mental health as For All I Care sees two individuals meet in Tredegar – the birthplace of the National Health Service – amid interweaving, unexpected connections and collisions.
Talking about the play, writer Alan Harris says “There’s a need in society for answers right now; answers to why there has been, effectively, no government since the Brexit vote, why the Health Inspectorate recently felt the need to criticise the provision of beds for young people with mental health problems in Wales, the list of these “whys” could go on… One thing is for sure, the status quo isn’t providing any answers and that pushes people into radical actions. This is a play about the difficult and often impossible choices people are faced with every day. There are two very different central characters in For All I Care, both yearning for a connection despite the pressures they’re under. We need that connection right now, from character to character, actor to audience to the wider world.”
Clara and Nyri. Two very different women. Two complicated lives. Both having a very bad day.
Mental health nurse Nyri’s woken up hungover with a younger man. Meanwhile, Clara has developed a compulsive wink and can’t remember if she’s taken her meds.
Nyri needs to get to Ebbw Vale Hospital via Greggs, and Clara is dodging signs telling her – rather rudely – to kill herself, so she can get cracking with her shoplifting list for The Devil.
For All I Care and Cotton Fingers are two monologues from the ‘Love Letter to the NHS’, a series of monologues which premiered in July 2018 as part of the NHS70 Festival, National Theatre Wales celebration of the Service’s 70th birthday.
Whilst in Edinburgh, For All I Care will be presented as part of This is Wales – Edinburgh showcase. Whilst Cotton Fingers is presented as part of the British Council Edinburgh Showcase 2019.
National Theatre Wales returns to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this summer having previously visited with shows such as Dark Philosophers, Wonderman and The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning – a play about the American soldier convicted of releasing US state secrets to Wikileaks. The play was announced as the first winner of the James Tait Black Prize for drama at the festival.
For All I Care will be performed at Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff on 24 and 25 July 2019 at 7.30pm. Ticket prices are £12/£10. Tickets are now on sale via the Box Office – 029 2030 4400 / www.chapter.org
For All I Care will be performed in the Main Hall of Summerhall, Edinburgh from 31 July to 25 August (except Mondays) at 1.30pm
Cotton Fingers will be performed in the Main Hall of Summerhall, Edinburgh from 31 July to 25 August (except Mondays) at 12.15pm