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    New York 1979.

    SAMO IS DEAD appears on buildings across lower Manhattan, as a teenage Jean-Michel Basquiat kills off his graffiti phenomenon and launches a fine art career. As Basquiat moves out of the streets and into the galleries of SoHo his new friend Keith Haring does likewise, having caught the art world's attention with his subway drawings. Together, they rapidly become international art superstars, befriending the legendary Andy Warhol in the process. The lives and work of all three artists become intertwined as they reach the highest highs, and discover what waits beyond them. A Thousand Miles of History is a moving and at times hilarious tale of love and loss, family and art, sex and commerce. SAMO LIVES. Buy tickets now
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    The Bussey Building (Theatre Local), 133 Rye Lane, London SE15 4ST www.clfartcafe.org

    Overground trains to Peckham Rye (Zone 2) leave from London Bridge and London Victoria.

    From the station, walk out of the exit and turn right down the small alleyway: you’ll pass a newsagent and a salon.

    Take the next left (Blenheim Grove) and you’ll find yourself walking towards the main road (Rye Lane).

    Even before you reach the main road you should see, directly ahead of you, a tunnel marked 133 Rye Lane, with a Theatre Local sign in red neon above it. This is the entrance to the Bussey Building! Walk down the tunnel, into the building and up to the first floor, where the Box Office and bar are located.

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    Performance Details:

    • Monday - Friday 7:45pm
    • Saturday 3:30 & 7:45pm

    Ticket Prices:

    • 4, 5, 6 March All Seats £10
    • 7 - 30 March £14; Concessions £10
    • Saturday matinees £12; Concessions £10


    • Phone: 0844 477 1000
    • In person from 1 hour prior to performance
  • Cast&Team"success is like Champagne. You drink Champagne." - David Salle

    Anna Sbokou ← back


    Lighting Designer

    Anna studied at the Bartlett UCL (MSc Light & Lighting) and at Goldsmiths (Theatre Production-PACE). Recent theatre productions include: Burmese Days (59E59 New York); Hound of the Baskervilles-Live Radio Theatre (Theatro Technis); La Chunga (Church St Theatre); Kafka vs Kafka & Project Snowflake (Brockley Jack Studio); HMS Pinafore (Kings Head Theatre); A Doll’s House (The Arcola & The Space); 9:21 to Shrub Hill (New Diorama Theatre); Angela Unbound (Leicester Square Theatre); Miss Julie (Greenwich Playhouse); Paul McCartney is Dead (Camden People’s Theatre & The Rag Factory); Black Chiffon & Hippolytus (White Bear Theatre);Resounding Tinkle & Shakespeare Inc (Rosemary Branch Theatre); Feathers (Etcetera Theatre)and others. Dance productions include: Birds for Revolution! 2011 (The Place) and she was the lead lighting designer for All City Dance Festival (The Shaw Theatre). Much loved site specific productions include: Kaspar by Peter Handke (Arch 6 Southwark Rail); Poe: Macabre Resurrections (St.Mary’s Church N16); Much ado about nothing & Othello (Lauderdale House Outdoors) and Summit Conference (Portland Place Mansion). In 2009 she was awarded Young Lighter of the Year by the Society of Light and Lighting. www.annasbokou.com

  • Cast&Team"success is like Champagne. You drink Champagne." - David Salle

    Harold Finley ← back


    Writer / Director

    Harold Finley began working in the theatre as an actor, appearing in several West End productions, and also at the Royal National Theatre. In 2001 he began writing and performing critically acclaimed solo shows which toured the UK, America and played sold-out seasons in London. He was the associate director for London New Play Festival’s The Very Nearly Love-Life of My Best Friend Paul at the Finborough Theatre, and the assistant casting director on the Academy Award Winning film, Glory. Harold directed the world premiere of Norris Church-Mailer’s play Go-See at the Actors Studio, New York, and he co-wrote and directed Faithless Bitches at the Courtyard Theatre, London and in 2009 he collaborated with Chris Goode for the Royal Opera House’s Glass Houses. Harold recently made a brief return to acting to appear in Sixty-Six Books, the inaugural production in the Bush Theatre’s new building. He is a member of Soho Theatre’s Writers programme The Hub and in 2008 he became a member of New York’s Lincoln Center Theatre Directors Lab.

  • Cast&Team"success is like Champagne. You drink Champagne." - David Salle

    Annie Rowe ← back



    Annie Rowe trained as an actress at the NYT and RADA before starting a career in casting in 2007. In 2011 she gained Probabtionary Membership of the Casting Directors’ Guild of Great Britain. Theatre credits include: The Seagull (Southwark Playhouse) The Hotel Plays (Grange Hotel, Holborn) Skanky (Arcola), Bee Detective (Tin Bath Theatre Co), The Art Of Concealment (Jermyn Street), Fit and Proper People (Soho Theatre/ RSC), Mr Happiness, The Water Engine (Old Vic Tunnels), Wife To James Whelan (New Diorama), Love On the Dole (Finborough), Alice Through The Looking Glass, Around The World in 80 Days (The Egg at Theatre Royal Bath), Public Property (Trafalgar Studios). For Theatre503: Meat, Man In The Middle, The Swallowing Dark (with Liverpool Playhouse), Sold, The Consultant, The Biting Point, The Charming Man, Breed, Epic, Wild Horses, Porn – The Musical, This Much Is True, Manorhouse, The Tin Horizon. Short films include: The Heart Of Dicken Partridge, By Hook, Trailing Dirt, Modo and Mahu. Also corporate films, music videos, virals and commercials.

  • Cast&Team"success is like Champagne. You drink Champagne." - David Salle

    David Turpin ← back



    Dublin-born artist David Turpin is best known for his work in alternative music. His first album The Sweet Used-to-be, was among the best reviewed Irish débuts of 2008. Its follow-up, 2009’s Haunted!, was met with similar acclaim and yielded the radio hit ‘The Bone Dance’. His live work in support of his records includes appearances on tour with artists including Marc Almond and The Divine Comedy. His work for theatre includes two full-length scores for the internationally acclaimed Liz Roche Dance Company (formerly known as Rex Levitates) one of which, 2006’s Sweet Apollo, reinterpreted elements from Stravinsky’s 1928 ballet Apollo. He provided live scores for two dance theatre pieces by choreographer/dramatist Maurice Joseph Kelliher, Criminal Queers (2011) and Spectacular Failures (2012), and he appeared in both. His songs have been featured in films including Lotus Eaters (2010), and Stitches (2012), starring Ross Noble. Known for his work at the intersection of popular music and live art, Turpin has twice been invited to perform at Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane (the oldest gallery of modern and contemporary art in the world), most recently as the headline event of the gallery’s 2011 Culture Night programme. In September 2012, Turpin’s specially conceived “ritual concert” We Belong Dead was presented at Dublin’s premiere arts venue, the Project Arts Centre, as part of the 2012 ABSOLUT Fringe Festival. The sell-out show – which featured nine vocalists performing alongside live electronics – was one of the hits of the festival, and saw Turpin nominated for the Best Male Performer at the festival awards. Turpin is currently working on an album due for international release in 2013.

  • Cast&Team"success is like Champagne. You drink Champagne." - David Salle

    Tommy Lexen ← back

    Tommy Lexen has 8 years of professional experience from Set, Lighting and Projection Design in London, Stockholm, St Petersburg and Budapest. He is also working as a Writer and Director and is a founding member and the Artistic Director of BeFrank Theatre Company. Originally from Stockholm, he moved to London in 2010 to further develop his theatre skills at Central School of Speech and Drama. Tommy was recently awarded with the Andrew Sandrew’s Scholarship for young promising artists in Sweden 2012.
    DIRECTING/PROJECTION DESIGN CREDITS: ’Do we do the Right Thing?’, Half Moon Theatre, London (2012) ,’Invisible’, The Lanterns Studio Theatre, London (2012), ’Like Enemies of the State’, Pleasance Theatre, Islington, London (2011), ‘Inter:view’, New Studio, CSSD, London (2011)
    SET/LIGHTING DESIGN CREDITS: ‘Alt.Org’ at, Moderna Dansteatern (MDT), Stockholm (2011), ‘The Magnetic Fields’, The University of Dance and Circus, Stockholm (2009), ‘Musikalen 1956′, Oscarsteatern, Stockholm (2007), ‘Lethe’, MU Theatre, Budapest (2006), ‘Minus 48h’, Extrem Modern Dance Company, St Petersburg (2004)
  • Cast&Team"success is like Champagne. You drink Champagne." - David Salle

    Mike Lees ← back



    Mike has designed the sets and costumes for more than 200 productions in London, the UK, Europe, America and the Middle East.  Recent designs include Gone (New Ambassadors, London & Tour) Mathilde (Vauldeville Theatre London & Edinburgh) Calendar Girls, Whistle Down The Wind and The Adventures Of Robin Hood (Regional Tours) What I Heard About Iraq (Arts Theatre London & Tour) Holding Hands at Paschendale (Lyric Belfast & London transfer) The Little Mermaid (National Theatre of Dubai & UAE Tour) the UK premier of Max Frisch’s Count Oederland (Arcola) Pete & Dud: Come Again! (Leicester Square Theatre & Tour) The Drowsy Chaperone (American Theatre London) Anansi (Southwark Playhouse) A Tale of Two Cities – the Musical (UK Tour directed by Paul Nicholas) Quality Street, A Day By The Sea, Myths & Hymns (Finborough Theatre) Fred Astaire : His Daughters Tribute (London Palladium), Kissing Sid James (Jermyn Street Theatre) Miss Julie (New Wolsey Ipswich & Swedish Tour) Anansi (Southwark Playhouse) The Visions Of Simone Machard (Hackney Empire) Making History (Riverside Studios).  Future productions include regional tours of Cinderella (USA).  www.mikeleesdesigns.com

  • Cast&Team"success is like Champagne. You drink Champagne." - David Salle

    Alice Jordan ← back

    Alice trained as a professional dancer at Laban before attending Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, graduating with an MA in Directing on the Advanced Theatre Programme. Alice works as a director, movement director and dancer in both theatre and film.
    Movement directing/choreography credits include ‘Breaking News‘ (National Theatre of Iceland, 2012), Award winning short film ‘Goodnight’ (2011), ‘The Time Capsule’ (New Wimbledon Theatre, 2012) and Assistant choreographer/director for Paul Harris on ‘Tommy’ the musical (Royal Academy of Music, 2011). Her own works include ‘Bury me’ (Bonnie Bird Theatre, Laban) and ‘Volunteers‘ for the Horseplay festival (Proud Galleries).
    Alice has performed as the dancer in the promotional film for Save the Children on the fund-raiser ‘The Ultimate Dance Challenge’, co-starring Arlene Phillips and was also a period dancer for the BBC’s adaptation of ‘Great Expectations’ on BBC 1 (2011).
  • Cast&Team"success is like Champagne. You drink Champagne." - David Salle

    Jamie Flockton ← back

    Sound Designer, Composer and Sound Engineer. Jamie is a graduate of Central School of Speech and Drama, he enjoys working in a collaborative ad devised manor, which gives him freedom to combine all aspects of his skill set. Recent Productions- 4,48 Psychosis/Elephant Man/Nights and the Circus @ the Space UK Edinburgh. www.jsound.co.uk

  • Cast&Team"success is like Champagne. You drink Champagne." - David Salle

    Adam Riches ← back

    Time Out Comedy Person of the Year and Foster’s Comedy Award winner Adam Riches is a writer-performer and actor who is currently developing material for BBC Three, Baby Cow and BBC Radio.
    His show BRING ME THE HEAD OF ADAM RICHES won Best Show at the 2011 Edinburgh Comedy Awards and gained 5 star reviews at the Pleasance Courtyard.

 Adam performed his 2011 award-winning Edinburgh show at the 2012 Montreal Just For Laughs Festival and also did a short run at the 2012 Edinburgh Fringe. He has just had a 6 part series, THE GUNS OF ADAM RICHES, commissioned by BBC Radio 4. 

In 2012, Adam had showcases in New York and Los Angeles in conjunction with CAA. He also had a sold-out five week run of his Edinburgh Comedy Award-winning show at the Soho Theatre in March 2012.

 In 2012, Adam was nominated for the Times Breakthrough Award at The South Bank Sky Arts Awards.
  • Cast&Team"success is like Champagne. You drink Champagne." - David Salle

    Joseph Mydell ← back

    Joseph trained at New York University’s School of the Arts.
    Television credits include Trial and Retribution LPP/ITV, Doctors (BBC) Born With Two Mothers (Windfall Films) Dinotopia (Hallmark ), The Bill (Thames ), Space Precinct (Space Productions), Chancer (Central), TECX (Central), The March on Europe (BBC), Miss Marple (Inspector Weston) (BBC), The Care of Time (Lampeter)(Anglia), Bergerac (John Tetteh)(BBC) Boon (Central), Defrosting the Fridge (Eddie)(BBC), A Shadow on the Sun (Kibii)(CBS), Two Worlds (CBS), In Transit (BBC), The Displaced Person (HTV/PBS) and many episodes of The Doctors (US Television).
    Among Joseph’s film credits are Mammut and Manderlay.
    Joseph’s extensive list of theatre credits includes Prospero in The Tempest (Regents Park), Barabas in The Jew of Malta (Hall for Cornwall), Gloucester in King Lear (Shakespeare’s Globe), Dogsborough in The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (Lyric, Hammersmith), Cardinal Gantin inThe Last Confession (Haymarket + Tour), Santiago in Anna in the Tropics (Hampstead), Edmond (National), Ageus in Medea (USA/Paris), Dale in After the Gods (Hampstead Theatre), Duke Frederick/Corin in As You Like It (Royal Exchange), Ludie in Tobaccoland (Royal Exchange), Four (Royal Court), Alice’s Adventures Underground (National Theatre), Declan Donnellan’s Angels in America for which he received an Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, The Treatment (Royal Court), Duke in As You Like It, Trigorin in The Seagull, Ossip in The Government Inspector (all Crucible, Sheffield), Lucie in The Boys Next Door (Assembly Rooms), Galileo in The Life of Galileo (Contact Theatre), In The Talking Dark (Royal Exchange), Master Harold and The Boys (Contact Theatre) (Nominee: Best Actor Manchester Evening News), The Great White Hope (Tricycle Theatre), The Price of Experience (Traverse Theatre), Lyrics of the Hearthside One Man Show (National Theatre, Two American tours; Germany, Denmark), Jelly Roll Soul (Edinburgh Festival – Fringe First Award & Best One Man’s Show Award). R.S.C. credits include Julius Caesar (Casca), Pericles (Gower),The Winter’s Tale (Camillo), Breakfast With Mugabe (Mugabe), As You Like It (Jacques), The Prisoner’s Dilemma (Patterson), Twelfth Night (Antonio), The Mysteries (Satan), Everyman (Title Role), They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? (Cal Holliday), The Great White Hope (The Pastor), The Two Noble Kinsmen (Executioner/Bavian), Flight (Albert), Worlds Apart (Borras) and Macbeth (Bloody Sergeant/Scottish Doctor).
    Numerous radio recordings including: “Breakfast With Mugabe” (playing the title role), “Tender is the Night”, “The Clothes of Nakedness”, “The Mysteries” (based on the RSC production), “The Slave Trade”, “Together”, “Life as a Slave” and “Ira Alridge”.
  • Cast&Team"success is like Champagne. You drink Champagne." - David Salle

    Michael Walters ← back

    Michael is a recent graduate of RADA. He’s appeared at the Donmar Warehouse in ANNA CHRISTIE and will be next seen in Richard Curtis’ film ABOUT TIME. 

  • Cast&Team"success is like Champagne. You drink Champagne." - David Salle

    Simon Ginty ← back

    Simon recently graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a Masters in Russian Studies and English literature. While in his final year he played Mozart in Peter Shaffer’s Amadeus with the Edinburgh University Theatre Company, which toured to the National Student Drama Festival at which he received the Spotlight Award for Best Actor, 2011. He has performed extensively at the Edinburgh Fringe, notably in Ella Hickson’s first two plays, Eight (winner: Fringe First and the Carol Tambor Award, 2008) andPrecious Little Talent, for which he won the NSDF Spotlight Award for Best Actor and was nominated by the Stage for Best Actor, 2009. Since graduating, Simon has played Tranio in The Southwalk Playhouse’s Taming of the Shrew and has embarked on a career on screen; he recently finished filming for BBC One’s upcoming period Drama, The White Queen.

  • Cast&Team"success is like Champagne. You drink Champagne." - David Salle

    Lisa Caruccio Came ← back

    Lisa trained at Tisch School of The Arts, New York. Theatre includes: Richard III (RADA Studios and Tour), Rocket To The Moon (National Theatre), Oleanna (Mountview), Saturn Returns (Finborough Theatre), The Fever Chart (Trafalgar Studios and York Theatre Royal), Dark Tales (Bridewell Theatre and Tour), The Woodsman (Old Red Lion), The Six Wives of Timothy Leary (Riverside Studios and Pleasance, Edinburgh), The Dybbuk (King’s Head Theatre), Time of The Tortoise (Theatre 503), Camel Station (Theatre Museum and Tour). New York theatre includes: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Lion Theatre, Theatre Row), The Winter’s Tale (Lion Theatre, Theatre Row), The Tempest (Looking Glass Theatre). Film includes: SprawlersThat Samba Thing. Radio includes: Seeing In The Dark, The Hamam Bride (both for the BBC World Service).

  • Cast&Team"success is like Champagne. You drink Champagne." - David Salle

    Michael Palmer ← back

    Michael trained at Webber Douglas Academy, London, and play credits include Shylock in The Merchant of Venice, and Malvolio in Twelfth Night, both productions touring the USA with Actors From the London Stage; A Doll’s House, Cambridge;  Taming of the Shrew, Oxford; title role in Volpone at Wilton’s Music Hall, London; The Country Wife at the Bridewell Theatre, London;  City Wives Confederacy, Greenwich; Hamlet, King Lear both for Compass Theatre Company;  Gamblers at BAC;  Musicals include the national tour of  FootlooseThe Wedding SingerSing-along-a-Abba all of which toured nationally; also Company at Palace theatre Westcliffe.
    On television Michael recently filmed How Not to Live Your Life for BBC and appeared as Ice Cream chef Gordon Ramshorn in CBBC’s Bear Behaving Badly; also Waking the Dead; Casualty; Wish Me Luck for LWT.
  • Cast&Team"success is like Champagne. You drink Champagne." - David Salle

    Miles Mitchell ← back


    Character 2

    Miles trained at Rose Bruford drama school. His theatre credits include: Neighbours (High Tide Festival); Last Man on the Heygate (The Lyric Hammersmith); The Globe Mysteries (Shakespeare’s Globe); Forever Young (The Young Vic); The Waiting Room (The Institute del Theater -Barcelona); The Specimen (The Drill Hall); The Light of Love (The Unicorn) and Oedipage (The Shunt Vaults). His theatre credits whilst in training include: The Love of a Nightingale, The Cherry Orchard, The Maids, Europe and Iphigeneia in Tauris. His film credits include As You Like It. His radio credits include These Are The Times (BBC).

  • Cast&Team"success is like Champagne. You drink Champagne." - David Salle

    James Kermack ← back


    Character 1

    Two UK Tours of Nick Hornbys one man show Fever Pitch, Toad in David Seidlers Saving Toad (Pleasance), Off West Award nomination in 2012 for Best Actor as Nathan Detroit in Guys & Dolls and Dick Christie in Woody Allens Play It Again Sam (Both for Ovation). George in Of Mice and Men(National Tour), John Proctor in The Crucible (Wateryard), Jeff in Eric Bogosians Suburbia (Pentameters Theatre), Old Vic New Voices 24 Hour Plays (Old Vic), Eric ‘Rubberlegs’ Devene in A Slice of Saturday Night(Edinburgh Festival), Mr Smee in Peter Pan (Sutton Theatre),  Manor(Soho Theatre & Tristan Bates), Playlist (Arcola Theatre), Newsrevue (Canal Café Theatre), Sir Peter Halls production of Pygmalion (Old Vic/ Theatre Royal Bath), 1 in 5(Young Vic and Hampstead Theatre), For nce I Was (Old Vic US/UK Exchange), Tosca (Royal Albert Hall), Romeo & Juliet (Pacific Playhouse), Kind Hearts and Coronets (National Tour), sketch show Cock of the Walk (Old Red Lion), Murder With Love and many others in a weekly repertory season (Wolverhampton Grand), Daedalus 800 (Pleasance Theatre) and The Theatre Ashes (Iron Bark) at Latitude Festival 2011, Not Another Musical (Look Left Look Right) at Latitude Festival 2012.  Film and TV credits include: Sgt Jake Brodie in feature film The Lost (Thamesgate Films – 2013), AIR: A Rockumentary (Nothin Or Double Flms – 2013), Hitman in Hitman (Visions Television Channel), Private Steven ‘Moose’ Kelly in Private Jenkins Is (MOD/ Two Four Productions), Private Stan Wilkinson in Chocolate Girl (Cinetop Films), Sgt. Achor Brodie in Knuckledust (Nothin Or Double Films), The Kingdom and the Beast (Rose Cottage Films), Soldier in the Armed Forces award winning Don’t Bottle It Up campaign (BDA Creative), Soldier in music video for Young Rebel Sets single Lions Mouth(Footpath Films), Allan Klein in The Rolling Stones 69(Miceli Films), Policeman #1 in Rojin (Poisson Rouge), Sketch show What For ? (Hat Trick productions), The Kumars (Sky), Zack Zubar (Cartoon Network) andExtreme Theatre (Artsworld and BBC).
     James also co-runs multi award nominated film production company Nothin or Double Films www.nothinordoublefilms.com.
  • Cast&Team"success is like Champagne. You drink Champagne." - David Salle

    Emmanuel Imani ← back

    Emmanuel Imani trained at the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts (3 years BA),  he recently graduated and is making his theatrical debut in A Thousand Miles of History. Film and TV credits include The Past Came calling – African feature film.

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