A brand new play written by Ben Worth.
Directed by Lotte Ruth Johnson
performed by Sarah Rickman and Caitlin Lavagna.
When two women cross paths, they cannot begin to imagine how their very different lives could have so many similarities.
A journey from Edinburgh to London takes them much, much further in an exchange that is heart wrenching, hilarious, ridiculous, enraging and beautiful.
Come and meet these wonderful, and very flawed, women.
After the success of the online rehearsed reading in January 2021, Open Return is back for a fully rehearsed performance, streamed as part of Brighton Fringe Festival!
28th, 29th, 30th May 2021
Ticket on sale soon!
Trigger warnings: This show has references to domestic violence, terrorism and sexual acts. It is not suitable for viewers under the age of 14.
Caitlin is an exciting new Actor Musician graduate from Rose Bruford College.
Her credits whilst training include Regan in KING LEAR, Kate Arms/Fly Pitcher in MARKET BOY, Joe in SAM AND JOE – A NEW MUSICAL, Jenny O’Malley in TEDDY, Kelly in SHUT UP AND DRIVE and Ilse in SPRING AWAKENING.
Caitlin is a talented vocalist and multi-instrumentalist. She is looking forward to reading 'Open Return' alongside the wonderful Sarah Rickman and is grateful for the opportunity to flex her acting muscles during this testing time.
Sarah can soon be seen in the film Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris.
She has appeared on stage at many venues including The Bunker, The Royal Court, and The Oval House, took part in the New York International Fringe and been directed by, amongst others, Katie Mitchell, Dexter Fletcher, Or Benezra-Segal, Anastasia Bruce-Jones and Sean Hollands.
She is really excited to be working on Ben Worth’s new play Open Return with Caitlin Lavagna and Lotte Ruth Johnson.
Lotte Ruth Johnson
Director and Producer
With a focus on politically and socially engaged theatre, Lotte has worked as associate director of Blink Theatre, since directing the debut production The Collector in 2014. Since then Lotte has directed numerous pieces for Blink including Mr Kolpert 2016 and the regular short-play series, Response, for emerging and under-represented artists at The Old Red Lion Theatre. Most recently, Lotte directed the full length solo piece Quarry, leading to her role as Artistic Director in July 2018.
In addition to directing, Lotte is an experience acting coach and founder of The Actors Cove. Lotte is thrilled to be directing this brilliant new play by Ben Worth with such a great cast.
Writer and Producer
Ben started writing in 2012 co-writing Action Transport theatres ‘12 Miles From Nowhere’. The play was nominated for the writers guild Best Play.
He went on to be one of four writers selected for ’503 Futures’ new writer initiative for up and coming writers with 503 Theatre.
Bens full length produced plays include ‘Criminal Behaviour’( The White Bear Theatre) Office Politics (Theatre 503) and ‘The Long Road to Mrs Macintyre’s’ (Edinburgh Festival)
His shorts plays have been performed at theatres including Southwark Playhouse, The Park Theatre and The Old Red Lion.
Ben has recently completed his new play ‘Heaven under a dirty sky’ about the refugee crisis.
He is absolutely delighted to be working with Blink Theatre and the wonderful actors on this live rehearsed reading of ‘Open Return’.