Old Vic New Voices presents the US/UK Exchange, a celebration of transatlantic collaboration that introduces the very best emerging talent from London and New York, creating a thrilling international dialogue.

The US/UK Exchange 2009 featured a series of dynamic workshops and events from Mon 21st - Fri 25th September, including the rehearsed readings of two new plays selected from over thirty scripts submitted by writers in both the US and the UK. Following the selection of these scripts, a director from the UK and one from the US were selected to take part, and were paired with the writers to prepare for the exchange week - for which the US-based writer and director wold be flown to London to participate.

In addition to the rehearsed readings, events were arranged to allow for wider engagement with the project - Old Vic New Voices Club and Associate members were invited to panel discussion and workshop events with a particular focus on the differences and similarities between working in London and New York. Members were also invited to attend the readings themselves, along with a select group of invited industry representatives.

The US/UK Exchange is The Old Vic's annual celebration of transatlantic collaboration giving artists from our emerging talent programs in New York (the "New Voices Network") and London (the "New Voices Club") the chance to develop their careers through workshops, masterclasses and readings with the best British and American practitioners. For more information, see the Old Vic website.

The USUK Exchange is hosted in partnership with The Public Theater and is supported by generous gifts from The Laura Pels International Foundation, The Embassy of the United States London, The Noel Coward Foundation, Bernice Chitnis and other individual supporters of The Old Vic.

Time Warner is the lead sponsor of the New Voices Club.

The New Voices Club has also received generous contributions from The Marina Kleinwort Charitable Trust, The Mackintosh Foundation and The Idlewild Trust.

The New Voices Network programming is made possible by leadership gifts from Emily and Len Blavatnik and The Bloomingdale's Fund of the Macy's Foundation with additional support from The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation.

The US/UK Exchange 2009

The Old Vic, in association with The Public Theater, present
The US/UK Exchange 2009
Mon 21st - Fri 25th September 2009


Written by Kenneth Emson (UK)
Directed by Sherri Eden Barber (US)


Joseph Graham - Matt Addis
Karen Graham - Michelle Bonnard
Lawrence Marks - Adrian Lukis
Michael Miller - Simon Darwen
Ishmael/Max Graham - Jai Rajani
Hoody/Danny - Gethin Anthony
Dwayne/Marcus - Michael Quartey

Performance Dates:

Thu 24th September 2009


Written by Jordan Seavey (US)
Directed by Sam Brown (UK)


Whittemore Walter - Nicholas Day
Joe Vargas - Raza Jaffrey
Katherine Velik - Gemma Jones
Denise Ng - Sian Hutchinson
Ronnie Principe - Joshua McCord
Jason Malone - Calum Callaghan
Shell Marino/Sylvia Hamilton/Doug Principe/Tine Turner/Edward R. Murrow/Catherine the Great/Ellen DeGeneres - Katherine Kingsley

Performance Dates:

Fri 25th September 2009

Production Credits

For the US/UK Exchange

Artistic Associate: Ari Edelson

Producer - London Leg: Dan Baker

Casting Consultant: Charlie Westenra

For The Old Vic

Head of Old Vic New Voices: Steve Winter

Manager, American Associates and the New Voices Network: Rachael Stevens

New Voices Club Manager: Alexander Ferris

New Voices & Ideas Tap Education Officer: Shaka Bunsie

New Voices Education Projects: Bryony Roberts

New Voices Intern: Sophie Kirk