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Cast announced for We'll Live and Die in These Towns

Posted on 24 August 2018

Ahead of its world premiere production 29 September-20 October, we’re thrilled to reveal full casting for our forthcoming musical drama, We’ll Live and Die in These Towns.

Taking The Enemy’s number one debut album as its soundtrack, We’ll Live and Die in These Towns sees the band’s former frontman, Tom Clarke, make his theatrical debut as the production’s Musical Director. Penned by Coventry playwright Geoff Thompson , it tells the story of Argy – a young musician who suffers a crisis of confidence just hours before a major homecoming gig.

Leading the cast as the anxiety-plagued Argy will be Tom Milner, best known for his roles as Paul Langley and Ben Eddon in TV dramas Waterloo Road and Holby City. Tom also appeared in Series 5 of The Voice UK, securing a place on #TeamRicky with his rendition of Rixton’s “Wait On Me”.

Joining him is Steven Serlin, who doubles up as band manager, The Ambassador, and Owl, a down-at-heel figure from Argy’s past. An experienced musical theatre performer, Steven has recently appeared in Oklahoma at Grange Park Opera House, The Wild Party at The Other Palace, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at Theatre Royal Drury Lane. TV credits include Inspector Poirot, Casualty and Frank Stubbs Promotes.

Playing Argy’s brother, Bill, will be Quinn Patrick, whose stage credits include Arsenic and Old Lace for Kenny Wax Productions, Mr Mushnik in Little Shop of Horrors and Chief O’Reilly in Bananaman The Musial. TV credits include Without Motive, Casualty, Lenny Henry’s Danny and the Human Zoo and Jimmy McGovern’s Moving On, as well as the BAFTA winning children’s TV shows Grandpa In My Pocket and global hit HaHa Hairies.

Known to UK audiences for her role as Julie Martin in Neighbours (1992-94), Julie Mullins will play Bill’s wife, Hips. Stage credits include Body to Diet For (Etcetera and Lando Theatres) The Expat Wives (Singapore and Hong Kong), Miranda in Return to the Forbidden Planet (Australian Tour), Sonia Walsk in They’re Playing Our Song (Asian & Middle Eastern Tour) and As You Like It and Much Ado About Nothing (The Acting Factory, Sydney). Recently, Julie has played to sell out performances of her one-woman show All The Girls You Are at The Pheasantry in London. She is also a published author, having written for both children and adults.

Taking on the parts of Argy’s bandmates and friends will be recent graduates Andy Burse (Yudi/Sammy), Meg Forgan (Kusi/ Megan), and Molly Grace Cutler (Shelly), as well as Adam Sopp (Matt/ Danny), whose TV credits include Grange Hill, Call The Midwife and Stan Lee’s Lucky Man, and whose stage credits include Sunny Afternoon, The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips and All Quiet on the Western Front.

Completing the cast is Mark Turnbull as a busker Argy encounters in the city. Mark has enjoyed starring roles in a range of musicals, including Jean Valjean in Les Miserables (Palace Theatre), Frank ‘n’ Furter in The Rocky Horror Show (Piccadilly Theatre), and Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar (European tour).

Playwright Geoff Thompson said: “I can say without fear of exaggeration that the auditions were some of the most inspirational moments of my life. We saw veteran performers and kids just out of acting school: they all lit up the room. I’m so happy that we’ve secured our number one choices for each role.”

Helmed by our Artistic Director Hamish Glen and designed by regular Belgrade collaborator Patrick Connellan, We’ll Live and Die in These Towns is one of a series of Belgrade productions bearing witness to local stories as Coventry prepares for its year as City of Culture in 2021.

We’ll Live and Die in These Towns makes its world premiere at the Belgrade Theatre 29 September – 20 October. Tickets are available to book now.