9th - 10th July 2022
David Armstrong Production
Performed by Neil Summerville & Barbara Cunningham
Harry is a career villain. East End born and bred and proud of it. A great story-teller with the gift of the gab. But as he takes us through some of his memories and some of the key moments in his life and career, a question starts to emerge – who is Harry really?
This play contains content which may make it unsuitable for under-16s. The closing moments contain full male nudity.
David Armstrong, playwright
David Armstrong recently retired from the Metropolitan Police having served 31 years. He has always had a passion for writing and has written many plays and short films. He has worked with Barbara and Neil on many occasions. They starred in his successful trilogy of plays ' The Bench' which was performed in London and Liverpool, gaining 4 star reviews. He is happy to be working with them again on his new production Blah, which was successfully showcased in Liverpool before transferring here to The White Bear. He has many new plays ready to be cast and looks forward to them being performed at the White Bear.
Neil Summerville, Harry
Neil trained at ArtsEd, London. Varied credits include creating Everybody Elsie in Big Baby (Royal Exchange, Manchester/Theatre Centre), Bitter Fruit (Trestle Theatre), Margaret Down Under (Eastern Angles Company), The Ministry Of Pleasure (Latchmere 503), Dr Archibald McIndoe in Remodelled Lives (Greenwich Playhouse), Ruth in Cosi and Robert Poley/Ned Alleyn in Dead Shepherd both at The White Bear Theatre, Kennington. The narrator, Casanova, reflecting on his past adventures in Casanova’s Conquest, an operatic pastiche at King’s Place and Felix in Big Brother Blitzkrieg at The King’s Head Theatre. Three monologues, “Trivial Dispute”, “Confession” and “Denial” (Brighton Fringe 2022), “For Queen and Country” a one-man play about the true story of Denis Rake, gay man, spy and drag queen (Leicester Square Theatre, King’s Head Theatre), which will also run at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Music videos for Young Guns, Honeyblood and Zibra, all available to view on Youtube, plus an MTV promo with Geordie Shore’s Gaz Beadle. TV: Hitler: The Rise and Fall (More4/Channel 4), Kevin Wallin, an American meth-dealing, cross-dressing priest for Sinister Ministers, Collared! (Discovery ID).
FILM: Kingsman: The Golden Circle (Marv Films/20th Century Fox), Sauna The Dead, (Peccadillo Pictures ‘Boys On Film’ series), Edge Of Extinction (HundyGilbertMedia), Skeletons (Richard Hunter)
Barbara Cunningham, Betty
Barbara grew up in Newcastle upon Tyne and moved to London as a student, first at The University of London and then at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she specialised in voice. Barbara started her performing career as a singer, working as a member of the ensemble with The Academy of St Martin’s in the Field and The Monteverdi Choir. As a soloist, Barbara has performed throughout the UK, especially in oratorio and early opera, for example as both Belinda and Dido and different productions of ‘Dido and Aeneas’. A highlight of Barbara’s singing career was the opportunity to work with the Flamenco guitarist, Paco Pena, in his ‘Missa Flamenca’, written for a mixture of Flamenco musicians and those with a classical background. A few years ago, Barbara made the decision to focus on acting. Theatre credits include Sylvia, an overbearing religious mentor in ‘Remember’ at The Cockpit, in which Broadwayworld.com reviewed her performance as ‘brilliant’, Mrs Shelley, the head teacher, in the new musical ‘The Frankenstein Teacher’ as part of the Herne Hill Festival, and roles in ‘The Bench’
TV: Mrs Oliphaunt in ‘Life After Life’ (BBC)
Film: ‘Hello, Au Revoir’, Sharknado V, First Time Buyers (Crunchy Leaf Productions), ‘Thirsty are the Damned’ (David Armstrong Productions).
Barbara also appears as Denise in the second series of the Bafta-nominated interactive detective series, Dead Man’s Phone.