90 minutes with no interval
by Bea Roberts
Directed by Marcus Romer
Set Design by Olivia Jamieson
Costume & Video Design by Hazel McIntosh
Lighting & Video Design by Hugo Dodsworth
A dirty, expensive city; present day (ish). A peculiar pandemic is blossoming. NHS helplines are jammed with queries from the public about plants growing inside and outside of their bodies. Politicians are avoiding the bigger questions, vigilantes are fighting back at nature and a professor is in cahoots with a woodlouse – because, why not?!
Singing plants, menacing tree-kickers, armpit moss and useless executives collide in Bea Roberts’ timely, utopian eco-comedy, Loam. Directed by Marcus Romer, the graduating Professional Acting cohort from Bristol Old Vic Theatre School will present the production – originally commissioned in 2019 – on Bristol Old Vic’s main stage this July.
Please note there will be a BSL signed performance of this production on Sat 2 Jul at 7.30pm.
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Al, Husband Tom Atkinson
Woodlouse, Lover 2 Ajani Cabey
Chanel, Asda DJ Phoebe Cook
Becca, Bather Evie Hargreaves
Mrs Paulson, Sam, Caller 2 Rebecca Hyde
Dani Yann, Caller 3 Yazmin Kayani
Prof Wynn Patrick McAndrew
Del, Lover 1, Agitator 2 Shivam Pallana
Alex, News Anchor, Automated Voice Anna-Sophia Tutton
Agitator, Caller 4, Govt Minister Taylor Uttley
Heather, Caller 1 Monsikelah Ward
Writer Bea Roberts*
Director Marcus Romer*
Assistant Directors Yuxuan Liu & Ben Nash
Set Designer Olivia Jamieson
Costume and Projection Designer Hazel McIntosh
Lighting and Projection Designer Hugo Dodsworth
Movement Director Joêl Daniel†
Vocal Coach Rebecca Daltry
Production Manager Steve O’Brien†
Assistant Production Manager Joe Culpin
Production Supervisor Bryony Rutter†
Stage Manager/AV Programmer Frances Ashton
Deputy Stage Manager Rosie Maynard
Assistant Stage Manager Joe Collins, Elspeth Goodman, Christian Stuckey
Production LX Chris Davies
Lighting Operator Miranda Sellers
Sound Designer and Composer Hannah Bracegirdle
Sound and AV Operator Nancy Strahan
Prop Supervisor Meriel Pym†
Prop Makers Isabella Keating, Jess Way
Construction Managers Andy Scrivens† & Rhys Gillard*
Construction Assistants Adrianne Broadgate, Jocelyn Chen, Willow Digweed, Millie Edinburgh, Iona Hicks, Muir McFadden, Sally Strong
Costume Supervisor Saskia Bath
Costume Makers Lois Edmunds†, Ruth Ferns-Duncan, Charly Riddett, Angelica Robinson
Costume Assistants Bethany Boldero, Shanice Dacres, Elle Duncan, Gracie Green, Jo Kenney, Charly Riddett, Kim White, Arthur Wyatt
Dressers Bethany Boldero, Gracie Green, Charly Riddett
Hair and Make Up Designer Sophia Khan†
Scenic Artists Jo Browne*, Cliffe Thorne*, Tom Crossley-Thorne*, Jen Stoner*
With special thanks to Stephen Houghton at Vaccentre.net; Bristol’s local expert
in all aspects of vacuum cleaner repairs and servicing; and Ian Penny, Workshop
Coordinator at Bristol Old Vic.
* Visiting industry professional; † BOVTS staff; all other roles are fulfilled by students
on the Theatre School’s production and technical courses. To find out more about
training at BOVTS, please visit oldvic.ac.uk/course-finder.