Ed Littlewood Productions – presents SVETLANA

Assembly George Square Studios Studio Five 

31 July – 25 Aug (not 13 and 20) 22.35 – 60mins

The War oan Terror? Whit’s it f*****g like?!” A new kind of war requires a new kind of warrior – a woman, a Russian, a wee Glesca Hairy… Cold as ice, deadly as a cobra, common as muck! 

Story-telling and stand up with a little light killing on the side… Our Glaswegian heroine shares a typical day as a deep cover operative. 

Starring Nicola Jo Cully, Svetlana is a welcome tonic in troubled times. Written by Paul Matthews and directed by award-winner Laila Noble (The Bright Spark Award/ Theatre Uncut shortlist). 

On Ed Littlewood Productions:

This is the Gold Standard. We are honoured and privileged to be in the presence of giants at their gigantic best” –  **** British Theatre Guide on A Joke

It’s a warm-hearted, fun and pleasingly silly introduction to a serious topic – the rewriting of history”  ****  – The Stage on A Good Enough Girl?

A touching theatrical tribute” – **** The Herald

Enjoyable, involving and deceptively important production” –   AllEdinburghTheatre on A Good Enough Girl?

Fantastic! ****  –  LGBTQ Arts on One Jewish Boy

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Nicola Jo Cully (SVETLANA) – Nicola trained at Queen Margaret University College. 

Recent Theatre includes:Charlie Sonata(Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh), White Rabbit, Red Rabbit(Aurora Nova), The View from Castle Rock (Stellar Quines/Edinburgh International Book Festival), Too Many Penguins?(Frozen Charlotte).

Recent TV/Film includes:Doctors (BBC), Now I Am(Visible Fictions/Urbancroft Films).

Laila Noble (DIRECTOR) – Laila is an English born, Welsh bred, Scottish based Director, Producer and Playwright. She is the Artistic Director of her company, ClartyBurd, and recent directing work includes Moonlight on Leith (ClartyBurd), A Rom-Com (Pride Plays at the Traverse) and as the Associate Director for A Good Enough Girl (Scene Change Productions)Laila won the Scottish Arts’ Club ‘Bright Spark’award in 2018 and was named runner up for Theatre Uncut’s ‘Political Playwriting Award’this year. Laila graduated from Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, and was a recipient of both the directing and producing bursaries from the Federation of Scottish Theatre. 

Press on Laila Noble:

Inspiring”  – All Edinburgh Theatre on Moonlight on Leith

Top Pick of the Fringe– New Internationalist on Moonlight on Leith

Skilful directing” – The Skinny on A RomCom

It might just be genius”  –AllTheatreEdinburgh Theatre on The Raven

Paul H. Matthews – (Writer) graduated from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in 1983. Under his Equity name of Paul Morrow he has worked extensively in theatre throughout the UK. Television credits include “Winners and Losers”, “Taggart”, “Emmerdale” and the Bafta winning Screen Two production “The Long Roads”. He has featured in countless radio plays and is in much demand as a voice-over artist. In 2013 Paul wrote Preen Back Yer Lugs!, a satire on contemporary Scottish politics, which was a huge success at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, officially listed as one of the best twenty shows. It garnered five star reviews from The Sunday Herald, The List and The Daily Record, and was also described by The Oxford Times as “a masterpiece”. His most recent project is his podcast “The Heretic’s Forfeit”, written and presented under the pseudonym of retired Scottish thespian Sir Erskine Bridge. A tale of jealousy, murder and revenge spanning four centuries, it features William Shakespeare, Christopher Marlowe, a brief cameo from Krishnan Guru-Murthy, and a cat called Betty playing the xylophone. It is available on the Podbean platform in a series of easily digestible twenty- five minute episodes. 

Ed Littlewood Productions is currently producing One Jewish Boy for Trafalgar Studios 2020. They have recently toured It is Easy to be Dead (DreamTower Productions) and At Your Leisure – a Year of Young People festival with EventScotland.Other recent productions include: A Good Enough Girl? – a co-production with Greenwich Theatre, Heroine – Made in Scotland 2018, Handfast – a Nutshell Theatre and Byre Theatre co-production, and A Joke with Sylvester McCoy, Robert Picardo and John Bett. His production Hector successfully toured the UK with a London transfer and sell-out performances. www.edlittlewood.com   

Scene Change Productions – a charitable incorporated organisation (Charities Commission no.1180497) presenting innovative, high quality productions and learning and participation experiences. We collaborate with and commission performers, workshop leaders / artists and creatives worldwide who are leaders in the industry. SCP provides engaging experiences that challenge an audience’s preconceptions of arts participation and performance, working with like-minded partners to create challenging, commercial, didactic work raising England and Scotland’s local, national and international cultural profiles. www.scenechangeproductions.org