Tom has always dreamt of being a successful actor; and now, after years of disappointment, he is finally presented with his golden opportunity...
And an impossible decision to make.
Set amongst the 2017 #MeToo movement, VELVET explores the complex realities of harassment within the industry and how far a person is willing to go in order to achieve their dreams. But with most riding the wave of change, will Tom’s opportunity slip through his fingers?
work.Theatre are an internationally produced theatre company specialising in new writing. work.Theatre's first full-length production 'Circa' premièred at the Theater de Meervaart, Amsterdam in January 2016 as part of Festival Contact. Circa then transferred to The Vaults Theatre in June 2016 . Our second production, Gifted premiered at The Pleasance, Islington as part of their inaugral season of the ’Downstairs’ Theatre in May 2018. Later the same year Tom Ratcliffe's VELVET ran at The Pleasance Courtyard as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The run was highly successful, resulting in multiple 5 star reviews and the play winning the 'Outstanding Monologue' accolade in Theatre Weekly's 'Best of the Fest'.
Tom Ratcliffe, Writer and Actor:
Writing credits include: VELVET (Pleasance Courtyard), Gifted (Pleasance Theatre) & Circa (Theater de Meervaart, Amsterdam and The Vaults Theatre). Tom was shortlisted for the Old Vic 12 in 2016 and longlisted for the Verity Bargate & Papatango awards in 2017. Short plays have included runs at Theatre503, Old Red Lion Theatre & St James Theatre.
Acting credits include: VELVET (Pleasance Courtyard), Sket (Park Theatre), 5 Guys Chillin' (Kings Head Theatre / Assembley Roxy) & Wars of the Roses (Rose Theatre Kingston). Film credits include Once Upon a Time in London (Gateway Films).
Andrew Twyman, Director:
VELVET (Pleasance Courtyard), Deserts (HighTide / Latitude Festival), Kanye the First (HighTide), Odd Shaped Balls (Old Red Lion, Don’t Smoke in Bed (Finborough Theatre), Te Karakia (Finborough Theatre – part of Vibrant Festival).Credits as associate include: Sugar Coated Bullets of the Bourgeoisie (HighTide / Arcola Theatre).
Jenna Fincken, Co-producer:
Jenna has been part of the work.Theatre team since our inaugural showing of Circa at the Theater de Meervaart in 2016. Jenna has co-produced Gifted (Pleasance Theatre) and VELVET (Pleasance Courtyard) in that time.
Jack Weir, Lighting Designer:
The Funeral Director (Papatango), Dust (Trafalgar Studios / Soho Theatre), The Plague (Arcola Theatre), Rain Man (Theatre Royal Windsor & UK Tour), Rothschild and Sons (Park Theatre), Hanna (Arcola Theatre), Georges Marvellous Medicine (Leicester Curve & Tour), Talk Radio (Old Red Lion), Summer in London (Theatre Royal Stratford East), Judy (Arts Theatre West End), Talk Radio (Old Red Lion), Assata Taught Me (Gate Theatre), The Boys in the Band (Vaudeville Theatre)
Callum Wyles, Sound Designer:
VELVET (Pleasance Courtyard), No one is Coming to Save You (This Noise), The Immigrant (Chris Michael), Romeo and Juliet (South Hill Park), Boom (Theatre503), Beauty and the Beast (South Hill Park), Combat Veteran Players Present: Richard III (RS
WINNER - 'Outstanding Monologue' in Theatre Weekly's 'Best of the Fest' Edinburgh Fringe 2018
★★★★★ - Theatre Weekly
"Sharply observed... engaging and important"
★★★★ - The Stage
★★★★ - The Scotsman
"Subtle, brutal and necessary"
★★★★ - The List
"A bravura performance"
★★★★★ - Bouquets & Brickbats
★★★★1/2 - Edinburgh Culture Review
★★★★ - Edinburgh49
★★★★ - Edfringe Review