The Young Vic Theatre today releases the first cast artwork for Further than the Furthest Thing featuring Jenna Russell (Fun Home, Piaf), Cyril Nri (Trouble in Mind, The Barbershop Chronicles, The Bill) and Archie Madekwe (Midsommar, See) as rehearsals start this week. They are joined in the major revival by Gerald Kyd (The Seagull, Deep Blue Sea), and Kirsty Rider (The Sandman, The Doctor, Nora: A Doll’s House) with live vocals provided by Shapla Salique (No Boundaries).
Zinnie Harris’s (Macbeth (an undoing), This Restless House, How To Hold Your Breath) multi-award-winning play is directed by Genesis Fellow / Young Vic Associate Director Jennifer Tang (AI, Mountains: The Dreams of Lily Kwok) and runs in the Young Vic Main House from 9 March to 29 April with opening night for press on 16 March.
Based on real events on the island of Tristan da Cunha, the story follows a community haunted by its past and under threat from a modern world in crisis.
On a remote volcanic island in the middle of the Atlantic, the islanders of Tristan da Cunha have lived undisturbed for centuries, defying the swirling currents of modernity. Cut off and exposed to the elements, their survival has created a complex bind with their land. But when one of the inhabitants brings an outsider to the island, their way of life is changed forever.
Jennifer Tang’s visionary interpretation revisits this haunting play through a contemporary lens interrogating the climate emergency and globalisation.
The creative team is completed by Designer Soutra Gilmour, Lighting Designer Prema Mehta, Sound Designer George Dennis, Video Designer Ian William Galloway, Composer Ruth Chan, Movement Director Ingrid Mackinnon, Voice and Dialect Coach Victoria Woodward, Musical Director Michael Henry, Illusions Designer John Bulleid, and Casting Director Charlotte Sutton CDG.