It is a quite terrific play, one of the best I’ve read for a long time. A family saga up there with APOLOGIA and THE LAST OF THE HAUSSMANS - and even maybe AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY!
— Nick Hern
The Pennington family have not been in the same room for over 17 years.
But on the eve of William’s 75th birthday, all three generations gather with the aim of putting the past well and truly behind them. If only it were that simple.
And to make matters worse, they are running out of time - or rather William is - as the world that he has always known is steadily beginning to crumble around him.
THE GATHERED LEAVES is a moving, poignant and funny family drama that sees the weight of family history, of reputation, and of expectation, all descend on one family over Easter weekend in 1997.
Jane Asher began her career as an actress at the age of 5, and has starred in many iconic stage and screen productions, including the feature film ALFIE, the TV series of BRIDESHEAD REVISITED, and the stage version of FESTEN.
Jane's recent stage appearances include Claudia in a new adaptation of Penelope Lively's MOON TIGER at Bath Theatre Royal and on tour, and Lady Catherine De Bourgh in PRIDE AND PREJUDICE at the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre. Recent screen appearances include the feature film comedies DEATH AT A FUNERAL (directed by Frank Oz) and I GIVE IT A YEAR (Dan Mazer), and Stephen Poliakoff's DANCING ON THE EDGE.
Later this year she will work on the second series of Emma Reeves’ CBBC series EVE and she recently finished filming the movie BURN, BURN, BURN for Chanya Button and the NBC series CROSSING LINES.
Georgina Beedle’s recent theatre credits include Belle in GAME (Almeida Theatre), Alice (U/S) in PETER AND ALICE (Michael Grandage Company, West End), A GOOD BOY for the Young Cut and RESPONSIBLE OTHER (Workshop) for Made By Brick. Television credits include SILK and CASUALTY (both BBC), DOC MARTIN, VICIOUS and MIDSOMER MURDERS (all ITV). Films include OBSIDIAN (UFO Films) and PETROLEUM SPIRIT (Mirror Productions).
Clive Francis trained at RADA, and has worked extensively throughout his career in theatre, film and television.
He played Francis Poldark in the original BBC production of POLDARK, Major Hedges in Dennis Potter’s LIPSTICK ON YOUR COLLAR, and more recently in Mike Leigh’s MR TURNER. His recent theatre credits include ENRON (Coward Theatre) 84 CHARING CROSS ROAD (Salisbury Playhouse), THE MADNESS OF KING GEORGE (Apollo Theatre), and THARK (Park Theatre).
Alexander Hanson is a two-time Olivier Award nominee, and mainstay of London’s West End. His recent theatre credits include ACCOLADE (St James Theatre), SINGLE SPIES (Rose Theatre, Kingston) AN IDEAL HUSBAND (Vaudeville Theatre), UNCLE VANYA (Chichester Festival Theatre), A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC (West End and Broadway) and the title role in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s STEPHEN WARD (Aldwych Theatre).
Tom Hanson is a recent graduate from RADA. Roles whilst training include Tony Lumpkin in SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER (dir. Jonathan Miller), Mr Solares in IN THE SUMMER HOUSE (dir. Jonathan Cullen), Jerry in BETRAYAL (dir. Jonathan Moore) and Benedick in MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING (dir. Andrew Tidmarsh). Tom made his professional debut in the revival of POSH at Nottingham Playhouse.
Amber James trained at Guildhall. Roles whilst training include Nadia in BURNT BY THE SUN (dir. Joseph Blatchley), Maria in TWELFTH NIGHT (dir. Mike Alfreds), Medea in MEDEA (dir. Patsy Rodenburg), Celia in AS YOU LIKE IT (dir. Richard Goulding) and Eve Douglas in HER NAKED SKIN (dir. Christian Burgess). This is her professional debut.
Nick Sampson’s theatre credits include GREAT BRITAIN, OTHELLO, THE CAPTAIN OF KOPENICK, TIMON OF ATHENS, COLLABORATORS, HAMLET, LONDON ASSURANCE, HIS DARK MATERIALS, CYRANO DE BERGERAC, HENRY V, THE COAST OF UTOPIA, TARTUFFE, THE RELAPSE, THE WINTER'S TALE, THE MADNESS OF GEORGE III (all National Theatre), THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION in the West End, and KING CHARLES III (Almeida and West End). TV and film includes SILK, EASTENDERS, AN EDUCATION and THE MADNESS OF KING GEORGE.
Katie trained at LAMDA. Recent theatre credits include MERCURY FUR (Old Red Lion, Trafalgar Studios) and SEASON'S GREETINGS (Royal National Theatre). Radio and television credits include EMMERDALE (Yorkshire Television), HOLBY CITY (BBC), NUNC DEMITTIS (BBC Radio 4) and A LITTLE TWIST OF DAHL (BBC Radio 4).
Anna Wilson-Jones’ theatre credits include KILL ME NOW (Park Theatre) LIFE AFTER GEORGE (Duchess Theatre), DANGEROUS CORNER (Garrick Theatre) and A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM (Bristol Old Vic). Television credits include THE LIFE & ADVENTURES OF NICK NICKLEBY, MIDSOMER MURDERS, SWITCH, LEWIS, BLACK MIRROR, PHONE SHOP, DCI BANKS, LAW & ORDER, THE NIGHT WATCH, MISFITS, COME RAIN OR COME SHINE, HOTEL BABYLON, ASHES TO ASHES, TIME OF YOUR LIFE, SUGAR RUSH, AFTERLIFE, MIDSOMER MURDERS, HEX, NY-LON, THE VICE, AS IF, MONARCH OF THE GLEN, INSPECTOR MORSE, SPACED and WONDERFUL YOU. Films include TAKE DOWN, THE SILENT TREATMENT, GLADIATRESS, THE MOTHER and MRS. CALDICOT’S CABBAGE WAR.
Hamish Brewster was a drama scholar at St Edwards School in Oxfordshire and whilst there had the opportunity to play a variety of roles including Romeo in ROMEO AND JULIET, David Girschfeld in RUBENSTEIN KISS and Robert Preston in THE CLEARING. He is a member of the NYT where he appeared in SLICK. This is Hamish’s professional debut and he is thrilled to be part of this amazing cast.
Oliver Buckner is a recent graduate of Guildford School of Acting. The Gathered Leaves marks his first professional engagement. After this, he can be seen playing Edek in the UK tour of THE SILVER SWORD.
Antony is currently starring in The Woman in Black at the Fortune Theatre. He trained at LAMDA and has spent the past 15 years working as an actor in regional theatres, national and international touring and in the West End.
His directing and assistant directing credits include SWEENEY TODD, KISS OF THE SPIDERWOMAN (C venues, Edinburgh fringe), SWEET CHARITY (Bloomsbury Theatre), THE VICE, STATE OF AFFAIRS (The Stag Theatre, Sevenoaks), EFFIE’S BURNING (Soho Theatre), FRANNY (Landor Theatre) VANITY FAIR, TRUMPETS AND RASPBERRIES (Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh, dir. Tony Cowney).
His acting credits include YES, PRIME MINISTER (British Theatre Playhouse international tour); BEDROOM FARCE (Oldham Coliseum and Harrogate); SPRINGS ETERNAL (Orange Tree Theatre); WOMAN IN BLACK (West end, UK and international Tour); TAKING STEPS (Oldham Coliseum); CARRIE’S WAR (No.1 UK Tour); CIDER WITH ROSIE, MERCHANT OF VENICE (Theatre Royal Bury-St-Edmunds & Tour); VOYAGE ROUND MY FATHER (New Vic); SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES (National Theatre of Scotland); THE GLASS MENAGERIE, MRS WARREN’S PROFESSION (Lyceum Theatre); TREASURE ISLAND (Belgrade Theatre, Coventry); HAMLET (Bloomsbury Theatre); GREAT EXPECTATIONS (Unicorn Theatre); THE BALTIMORE WALTZ (Caird co./ Floodtide); LES MISERABLES (West End). Television credits include: DERREN BROWN: APOCALYPSE (Channel 4); THE LANDLADY, KEVIN AND CO, KEVIN’S COUSINS (BBC) and THE BILL (Carlton).
Andrew studied English and Drama at Royal Holloway, University of London, and acting at Webber Douglas Academy.
His first play, COLOURINGS, was produced at Old Red Lion, Islington – and he was chosen by Time Out magazine as one of their “Tips For The Top” in their annual culture review.
Other plays include GO TO YOUR GOD LIKE A SOLDIER (OId Vic Tunnels, London and Underbelly, Edinburgh), CARE (The Bush), WHY DON’T WE MULTIPLY? and WEAPON OF CHOICE (Theatre 503), and ALLIGATORS – which he wrote on attachment at the Royal Court, London in 2013. His first feature film, FOR GRACE, was filmed in March and April of this year.
Paul trained in theatre electrics at City of Westminster College, and currently lectures At the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, specialising in lighting design, Production lighting, technical and production management.
Credits include: YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU and THE REVENGER’S TRAGEDY (Southwark Playhouse, London), GATES OF GOLD (Trafalgar Studios, West End), LIFE ON THE STAIRS (Stratford Rex, London), THE GIGLI CONCERT (Finborough Theatre, London and Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh), BORN AND DEAD (Glory House, London).
Ellie is currently casting HANDBAGGED (UK tour).
Other credits as Casting Director include: ARCADIA (ETT – UK Tour), TOLD LOOK YOUNGER (Jermyn Street Theatre), ELDORADO (Arcola Theatre), TAPE (Trafalgar Studios), BLUE REMEMBERED HILLS, PLAYHOUSE CREATURES and FRED'S DINER (Chichester Festival Theatre), FOUR NIGHTS IN KNARESBOROUGH (Southwark Playhouse); FINGS AIN’T WOT THEY USED T’BE and BERNARDA ALBA (Union Theatre); THIS IS HOW IT GOES and A CHRISTMAS CAROL (King’s Head), MUCH (Cock Tavern), BRIGHT LIGHTS BIG CITY (Hoxton Hall), BURIED CHILD, THE DROWSY CHAPERONE and BUDDY: THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY (Upstairs at the Gatehouse).
As Casting Associate for the Ambassador Theatre Group: THE RULING CLASS, EAST IS EAST, RICHARD III, THE PRIDE, THE HOTHOUSE and MACBETH (all Jamie Lloyd Productions, Trafalgar Studios), WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN (Playhouse Theatre), PASSION PLAY (Duke of York Theatre), DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS (Savoy Theatre & UK Tour), SPAMALOT (Playhouse Theatre and 2015 UK tour), THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW, TONIGHT’S THE NIGHT, ANNIE GET YOUR GUN, BLUE/ORANGE (all UK Tours).
As Casting Assistant: Films - PIMP (Triple S Films) and LEGACY (Black Camel Productions). TV - COME RAIN COME SHINE (ITV), HATTIE (BBC 2), OFF THE HOOK (BBC 3) and WHEN BORIS MET DAVE (Ch4).
Credits include: LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (Royal Exchange, Manchester); BREEDERS (St James Theatre); SHIVER, LOST IN YONKERS (Watford Palace Theatre); CIPHERS (Bush Theatre/Out Of Joint); 1001 NIGHTS (Unicorn Theatre/Transport Theatre); LIAR LIAR (Unicorn Theatre); GIRL IN THE YELLOW DRESS (Salisbury Playhouse); MICROCOSM (Soho Theatre); DANCES OF DEATH (Gate Theatre); THE FANTASIST’S WALTZ (York Theatre Royal); STOCKWELL (Tricycle Theatre); CARTHAGE, FOXFINDER, THE BOFORS GUN, TRYING (Finborough Theatre); THE ONLY TRUE HISTORY OF LIZZIE FINN, FLOYD COLLINS (Southwark Playhouse); THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO (Wilton’s Music Hall); THE LIFE OF STUFF, DESOLATE HEAVEN, THREADS, MANY MOONS (Theatre503); THE HOTEL PLAYS (Grange Hotel); ST. JOHN’S NIGHT, SARABAND (Jermyn Street Theatre); PIRATES, PINAFORE (Buxton Opera House); MATTERS OF LIFE AND DEATH (Contemporary Dance UK Tour); IOLANTHE, THE WAY THROUGH THE WOODS (Pleasance Theatre, London); THE FAERIE QUEEN (Lilian Baylis, Sadler’s Wells); THE WONDER (BAC). James created STORY WHORES. He is an associate of Forward Theatre Project and one third of paper/scissors/stone.