Shannon Hayes will join the previously announced Niamh Cusack in the world premiere of Colin Teevan’s The Seven Pomegranate Seeds directed by Melly Still. This will be the second Rose Original production in Christopher Haydon’s inaugural season as Rose Theatre’s Artistic Director.
Shannon Hayes’s theatre credits include Raya at Hampstead Theatre, The Gift at Theatre Royal Stratford East, Conspiracy at Barrel Organ, The Ridiculous Darkness at Gate Theatre and Constellations at Experimental Theatre Club. Her television credits include Casualty (BBC 1), Ted Lasso (series 1 & 2, Apple TV), Years & Years (BBC 1), Cold Feet (ITV), Kiss Me First (E4), Vera (series 7, ITV) and Undercover (BBC 1).
Niamh Cusack is an Associate Artist at the Rose. She starred as Lenu in the premiere of My Brilliant Friend – Parts 1 & 2 at the Rose and when it transferred to the National Theatre.
The Seven Pomegranate Seeds runs at Rose Theatre from 4 to 20 November. Colin Teevan’s world premiere is directed and designed by Rose Associate Artist Melly Still (Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, My Brilliant Friend).
The Seven Pomegranate Seeds takes seven contemporary stories grounded in prominent, mythical origins. Persephone, Hypsipyle, Medea, Alcestis, Phaedra, Creusa and Demeter, the women of Euripides’ plays, are reimagined as people of today in an unexpected fusion of celebrity, inappropriate desires, historical police investigations and missing children. A severed maternal bond threads each story together, charting a journey through rage and redemption, towards a compelling conclusion.
The Seven Pomegranate Seeds is directed and designed by Melly Still. Original music and sound design is by Jon Nicholls and lighting design by Malcolm Rippeth while Amanda Ramasawmy is associate designer. Layla Madanat is assistant director. This is Madanat’s first placement as Rose Theatre’s 2021/2022 Peter Hall Emerging Artists Fellow.