a play by Philip Holt
We all come from somewhere. Then we choose . . .
Can an assassin’s career end on a dance floor? Can you kill the one person you learned to call a friend? Is it betrayal or necessity? It’s a time of political turmoil. Old loyalties shift in the direction of new power. Scores will be settled.
The Peregrine follows Paul (Christopher Sherwood), a political fixer snatched as a child from poverty by his ‘svengali’ Memo (Sprague Theobald) and groomed in a life of privilege and violence. One step ahead of his own fate, Paul must confront his one-time guide, Theo (Jonathan McGarrity). A tango takes centre stage as Paul learns that the dance of time and memory will define his future when Sofia (Katie Buchholz) offers him a final explanation: “We all come from somewhere. Then we choose.” The last word goes to Paul’s tailor, Doroteo (Jackson Pentland), who is the only one left to observe the sweep of events that consumes the other characters.
The Peregrine is a new play by New York playwright Philip Holt, winner of the 2017 Stockwell Playhouse One-Act Festival bursary prize.
Katie Buchholz (Sofia)
Katie grew up in Oxfordshire. A 2017 finalist for the Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year, her early credits include ‘Jane Banks’ in Mary Poppins (Prince Edward Theatre), ‘Fredrika’ in A Little Night Music (Garrick Theatre), and ‘Melinda Loomis’ in Inherit the Wind (Old Vic). She graduated from RADA in 2017. Since leaving she has played Eddie in Father Brown (BBC), Dianne in ‘If we were Older’ (National Theatre) and is delighted to be taking part in ‘The Peregrine’.
Jonathan McGarrity (Theo)
Jonathan originally trained in law and tax accounting in Newcastle and Edinburgh before deciding to become an actor. After filming a number of short films and music videos and a brief appearance in Coronation Street he moved to London to study acting at ArtsEd, graduating in 2015. He’s since performed in the sell-out run of Fucking Men at The King’s Head Theatre in Islington and the UK No.1 Tour of The Full Monty. He was delighted to be back in Scotland earlier this year filming Outlander Season 4 and has kept up his love of Shakespeare in a site-specific tour of A Midsummer Night’s Dream playing Oberon (Butterfly Theatre Company) and playing Bassanio at The Cockpit Theatre in The Merchant of Venice with the innovative Shake-Scene Shakespeare, with whom he will be appearing in an entirely cue-scripted production of The Taming of the Shrew at The Tristan Bates Theatre in October. When he’s not acting he likes to sing and recently performed with Actors Rechoired at St Giles-in-the-Fields in Covent Garden.
Jackson Pentland (Doroteo)
Jackson trained at The Bristol Academy of Performing Arts after completing a degree in Drama at The University of Bristol. He is currently in the middle of an international tour with TNT Theatre of Romeo and Juliet playing Friar Lawrence/Tybalt and is pleased to fill his summer break returning to The Peregrine having been part of previous readings. Other Credits include: Twelfth Night (Olivia/Sir Andrew/Antonio),The Importance of Being Earnest (Lady Bracknell), The Hound of the Baskervilles (Dr. Watson), Much Ado About Nothing (Benedick/Borachio), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Bottom) Around the World in 80 Days (Passepartout) for DreamTeam Theatre, Anonymous Anonymous (George), Henry V (Montjoy), Danny the Champion of the World (Dad), The Wind in the WIllows (Toad), RENT! (Benny), and Peter Rabbit (Mrs Tiggywinkle), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Theseus/Oberon), and a one man version of A Christmas Carol. Jackson can also be seen as Percy in the Critical Role film series online.
Christopher Sherwood (Paul)
Christopher trained at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Theatre includes: For A Life (Shetler Studios, New York – Nominated Best Actor), Little Revolution (The Almeida), The Black Eye Club (Bread & Roses) Where Will We Live? (Southwark Playhouse, Camden People’s Theatre), Reprehensible Men – Part II (The Tristan Bates), Border Control (Theatre503, Norwich Arts Centre, Camden Roundhouse), Christmas (Theatre N16), Road (The Bridewell Theatre), Foxfinder, The Last of the Haussmans (Theatro Technis), Orpheus in The Underworld (Oxford Playhouse). Film: More Strange Than True, Our Little Haven, The Chain, Ergo, Starling Murmuration. TV: Tripped (E4), Conspiracy (Channel 5), Urban Myths (Sky), Trollied (Sky)
Sprague Theobald (Memo)
Sprague started his professional acting career at the age of eighteen with his debut in summer stock at renowned Hampton Playhouse in NH. From there, his work took him to Washington, D.C., The Kennedy Center, Boston, New York and ultimately Los Angeles. Along the way, he studied with Lee Strasberg, Patsy Rodenburg and The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. More recently Sprague’s acting can be seen in two upcoming independent films; “Is It A Crime” and “The Cabin or The Dissolution of a Midwestern Family in Two Scenes”. This past year Sprague’s work could also be seen on the CBS series “Law & Order”. In the mid-’90s, Sprague took a “part-time” job on a documentary. Twenty-five years and two Emmys Awards later, “The 25th Defense; End of An Era” & “The Other Side of The Ice”, Sprague recently returned to his first passion, acting, but not before setting some extraordinary exploration history. In 2009, he and a small crew found and successfully navigated the Arctic’s ship-killing Northwest Passage on a 57′ trawler. His Emmy Award-winning documentary, “The Other Side of The Ice”, was the result of this five-month trip through the high Arctic.
Fred Gray (Director and Producer)
Fred Gray is a director, writer, producer, stand up comedian, and actor. He graduated from RADA as an actor in 2011 where he also received the John Gielgud Award for Acting. He has spent the last four years with Mischief Theatre performing in Peter Pan Goes Wrong (Uk Tour) and The Play That Goes Wrong (Duchess Theatre, West End). Before this, he co-owned a theatre company called For We Are Many in Glasgow, directing, acting and producing three shows (Sh*t and Sugar, The Dream Life of Louise Michel and Rigmarole). Solo directing projects in Scotland include Sarah Kane’s Crave (G12 theatre), Harold Pinter’s Dumb Waiter (Gilmorehill Studios) and has assisted at the Traverse Theatre Edinburgh on Selma Dimitrijevic’s Game Theory. Since leaving RADA he has directed Not Just My Story at Theatre 503 as part of the Unbroken Festival and Joy Division as a director at RADA. Earlier this year he co-wrote, directed and produced his Beckettian play The Garden at the Tristan Bates Theatre to rave reviews: “this really is like Beckett but with humour and heart.” . . . “a gem of a piece of theatre both profound and amusing.”
Philip Holt (Writer and Producer)
Philip Holt is the winner of the 2017 Stockwell Playhouse One-Act Festival bursary prize for his play “Past Perfect”, which will be performed in New York this fall. Previous productions include “The Bull Ring,” “Dinner with Michelle,” and “Bullhorn Evangelist.” His most recent project is a sci-fi series: “Alien States of America.”
About Stockwell Playhouse
Stockwell Playhouse is a lively theatre and arts hub only ten minutes by public transport from the West End and the heart of central London. Building on the eight successful years of LOST Theatre, Stockwell Playhouse continues a tradition in producing professional and amateur work, integrating community classes and projects with professional touring work, co-productions and groundbreaking new writing. www.stockwellph.com