Casting has been announced for the world premiere of Philip Ridley’s housing crisis comedy Radiant Vermin.
Radiant Vermin will play 27th Feb – 7th March, Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol, and 10th March – 12th April, Soho Theatre, London.
The show will star Gemma Whelan and Sean Verey as the young couple at the centre of the play, alongside Amanda Daniels.
All three have previously collaborated with Ridley. Most recently, Gemma Whelan won national acclaim and a Stage Acting Award nomination for her role in Ridley’s Fringe First winner Dark Vanilla Jungle (Edinburgh Fringe / Soho Theatre / UK Tour, 2013-14). Gemma’s other credits include One Man, Two Guvnors in the West End, recent BBC One period drama Mapp & Lucia and a cult following for her role as ‘Yara Greyjoy’ in HBO/Sky TV drama Game of Thrones.
Sean Verey is best known as ‘Jamie’, the lead in BBC Three’s successful sitcom Pramface. He also starred in the 2010 professional premiere of Ridley’s political drama Moonfleece (Riverside Studios / UK Tour). Completing casting for the three-hander is Amanda Daniels, whose stage work includes several shows with the RSC and the premiere of Ridley’s play Shivered (Southwark Playhouse, 2012).
Radiant Vermin is a wickedly comic satire about a young couple offered a way out of the housing crisis, and just how far they’re prepared to go to get the home they’ve always wanted. It reunites Ridley with the team behind recent hits Tender Napalm and Dark Vanilla Jungle, with Evening Standard Award nominated director David Mercatali (Anders Lustgarten’s Black Jesus, Finborough; Dalton Trumbo’s Johnny Got His Gun, Southwark Playhouse; Alice Birch’s Little Light, Orange Tree) and designer William Reynolds. It is produced by Metal Rabbit and Supporting Wall.