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Two centuries of test match tension

Poster for touring show Testmatch

Bolton Octagon has announced its all-woman cast for the UK premiere of Kate Attwell's Testmatch (May 23-June 1), a story of cricketing power play spanning two centuries.

It's Lord’s in the present day for the Women’s Cricket World Cup, England versus India. There’s a rain delay and, stuck in the same locker room together, tensions between the teams mount.

Meanwhile in Calcutta in 1800, two British administrators encounter challenges on the field of play that threaten the entire regime...

The show is a co-production with English Touring Theatre and the Orange Tree Theatre, where the play opens on April 20.

Aiyana Bartlett will play India Two and Daanya in her UK debut. Her theatre credits include A Hundred Words for Snow (Gothenburg English Studio Theatre). She was also in TV drama Piglets.

Haylie Jones plays England Three and Two. Her theatre work includes Lear at Hope Mill Theatre and Shakespeare North Playhouse), Romeo and Juliet, Little Women, Stig of the Dump (Grosvenor Park Open Air theatre), and A Brew, A Terrace and the 184 (Oldham Coliseum). She has also been seen on TV in Blind Spot, Coronation Street and The Cup.

Tanya Katyal plays India Three and Abhi. Her theatre credits include The Empress (RSC) and for TV Eternally Confused and Eager For Love.

Bea Svistunenko will be England One and One. Her theatre credits include The Tempest (Shakespeare's Globe), Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet (Guildford Shakespeare Company) and A Very Expensive Poison (Old Vic). Her television credits include Litvinenko and Industry.

Mia Turner plays England Two and Memsahib, while Aarushi Ganju plays India one and Messenger.

Playwright Kate Attwell also writes for TV and is currently working on commissions for Manhattan Theatre Club and Playwright's Horizons, among others. Her work has been developed at Portland Centre Stage at the Armory, the Bushwick Starr and New York Theatre Workshop.

More info and tickets here             


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