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Back by popular demand after a sold-out run in 2019, Under the Radar is a dark comedy about gender, consent, power and violence.
Lee, a quick-witted reporter, sets out to write a career-making article on an eccentric inventor, Captain Martin Christensen, and the maiden voyage of his private submarine. The two set off and, before long, the confined space of the vessel becomes a darkly comic microcosm for the conflicts between gender, tradition and modernity. Under the radar these extremes play out, but only one of the passengers will make it back to shore.
Under the Radar looks to dissect unconscious bias and misogyny, especially relevant in the #MeToo era. Through a sharp, witty and macabre narrative lens, it examines our cultures and traditions and asks how connected they are to the foundations of prejudice.
Critics' Praise for Under the Radar
Offcomm Commendation for Short Run
Standing Ovation Award - Nomination 'for Jonathon Crewe’s macabre and comical exploration of
gender creating an innovative and groundbreaking piece of theatre'
London Pub Theatres - Rachel Overd (14th November 2019)
‘a rollercoaster of unexpected twists and turns...a staggering, shocking, exciting and ground-breaking piece of theatre...tight talented production - unlike any other...This really is a must-see show!’
Broadway World - Jonathan Marshall (14th November 2019)
‘a timely and relevant work in the wake of...#MeToo...and although unsettling, it's laced with a strong undercurrent of black humour...an intense and disquieting play that cleverly takes us in a series of unexpected directions.’
Theatre, Films and Art Reviews - Elaine Chapman (14th November 2019)
‘Emotionally fuelled and challenging to watch...a multi-layered and very complex play...does exactly what good theatre should do and makes you question what you have just watched.’
Within Her Words - Ingrid Felix (18th November 2019)
‘A complicated and interesting look at the double standards between men and women in modern society'
View from the Outside - Stephanie Ressort (14th November 2019)
‘‘Under the Radar’ doesn’t pull any punches, and has a lot to offer those who enjoy their comedy dark and their theatre provocative.’
Stagedoor - Ethan Taylor
'thought-provoking, humorous and harrowing two-hander that doesn’t pull its punches when tackling gender equality and privilege.'
Papatango New Writing Prize - Reader Feedback
‘compelling, chaotic and macabre play... skilfully interweaving witty dialogue and black humour with a sophisticated treatment of themes’
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Eleanor Hill is an East 15 graduate and winner of the Mandy Monologue Award 2019.
Theatre credits include Obsolete Tomfoolery 2018 (Etcetera Theatre), The Bacchae 2018 (Corbett Theatre);
Film credits include With you 2018 (London Film Academy) and The Car 2019 (Short Film by Shirley Marshall).
Praise for Under the Radar
'Eleanor Hill particularly shines in the darker, comic elements of the piece, and is downright brilliant in the final scenes... Nicholas Anscombe...succeeds in bringing [Martin] to life without going down the lazy road of caricature...his is a performance that grows and develops deeper dimensions over the course of the play. The power of this two-hander sits squarely on the shoulders of these two actors, and they totally deliver.' View from outside
'Hill delivers a first-rate performance...[Anscombe] is able to balance light and shade. His comic timing is effective, but he uses his skills to flick like a switch, and we never know quite what he's going to say or do' Broadway World
Nicholas Anscombe is an actor, physical performer and puppeteer. He trained at Rose Bruford College and recently completed filming and puppeteering on the new Sky series, The Third Day, starring Jude Law.
He played The Baron in 80 Days: A Real World Adventure (Underbelly Festival Southbank 2019). He won Best Supporting Actor for Elevator Blues (Thinc Films) and was nominated for Best Supporting Actor with Memory Man (Encounter Films).
Other credits include:
The Creature - Requiem (BBC/Netflix – New Pictures), Colonel Von Braun - Revenge of Robert (Amazon Prime - North Bank Entertainment, Sherlock Holmes & The Hound of the Baskervilles (Open Book Theatre), Sleepyhead (Little Angel Theatre).
Puppetry credits include:
TwirlyWoos (CBeebies), Newzoids (ITV), Sing For Your Life (Winner of Origins & Pick of the Week Awards at The Vaults festival), Boris & Sergey's Vaudevillian Adventure (Flabbergast Theatre).
WRITER AND DIRECTOR
Dr Jonathon Crewe is a writer and director for film, theatre and radio, whose work predominantly investigates forms of representation and socio-cultural hierarchies. His PhD examined media and political elite’s marginalisation of the white working-class and his subsequent radio and theatre play, Toy Soldier, looked at class in the military. His debut award winning* feature film, face2face, deals with the creation of self-identity through social-media - a Frankenstein for the digital age. (*Best Director at World Distribution Awards, USA and Alternative Film Festival, Canada). His latest film 'Last night, locked in... is an homage to neo-noir fimed during the 20-21 Covid lockdowns. It won Best Supporting Actor at the World Carnival Awards, Singapore and an Honorable Mention at the L.A. Neo-Noir Festival, USA.
Wan Yuan Teo is a suit in disguise. She is a career marketeer, currently heading up a few heritage brands in an established FMCG. She has been in the UK for 9 years, since her MBA at LBS.
Wan has always been fascinated by the creative, whether working on commercial ads or helping to found the radio station at her university. While her first theatre role was as a sheep in a remake of Ulysses in her youth, she has recently reignited her passion for the arts.
Wan combined her business acumen with her interest in the arts by producing her first theatre production, Under the Radar; followed by an acting and producing role in the soon-to-be released 'Last Night Locked In...