Nina Raine
Nina Raine

2019 Finalist

Stories

Synopsis: How do you have a baby when you are 39 and single? What happens between Once upon a time, and Happily ever after? Anna is about to find out. This is a play about the stories we tell ourselves to get through life itself.

Cast Breakdown:  The play can be performed with a minimum of seven actors – or more, if desired. Doubling is a goal, rather than a drawback. The doubling can be allocated as suits the casting types. It helps to cast men of three ages (young, middle and older) and the same with the women (a girl, two middle-aged, one older).
On its premiere the play was performed by a cast of seven, doubling as follows:
MALE, 50s: DAD, PAUL
MALE,  30s: FELIX, TOM, LACHLAN, DANNY, CORIN, RUPERT
MALE, 20s: JOE, PETE, JAMES
FEMALE, LATE 30s: ANNA
FEMALE, 50s/60s: MOTHER, COUNSELLOR, NATASHA
FEMALE, 30s/40s: JULIE, BETH
LITTLE GIRL

Set/Costume Requirements: Minimal. If possible only one prop per scene – a laptop – a banana – a bike….and as many scenes to be done on their feet as possible. Costume – the doubling should not be achieved primarily by costume changes but simply by different physicalities.

Agent: St John Donald at United Agents, jjones@unitedagents.co.uk

Play Service: Published by Nick Hern Books

Bio: Nina began her career as a trainee director at the Royal Court under the Regional Young Theatre Director Scheme. Theatre writing credits include: Stories (National Theatre), Consent (National Theatre, transferring to the Harold Pinter Theatre), Tribes (Royal Court Theatre/Barrow Street Theatre NY: Drama Desk Award, Olivier Award Best New Play nomination), Tiger Country (Hampstead Theatre), The Drunks (RSC: Adaptation) and Rabbit (Evening Standard and Critic’s Circle Awards for most promising playwright). Theatre directing credits include: Stories (National Theatre), Donkey Heart (Old Red Lion/Trafalgar Studios) Longing (Hampstead Theatre); Jumpy (Royal Court/Duke of York’s Theatre); Tiger Country (Hampstead Theatre); Shades (Royal Court Theatre Upstairs – Critic’s Circle and Evening Standard Awards for Most Promising Newcomer); Rabbit (Old Red Lion/Trafalgar Studios/Brits off Broadway Festival); Unprotected (Liverpool Everyman/Traverse Theatre – Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award and TMA Best Director Award); Vermillion Dream (Salisbury Playhouse); Eskimo Sisters (Southwark Playhouse). Television credits include: Mistresses (The Finale. Radio Credits include: Alan Howard Reads