Cast Announcement for A Song for Ella Grey

Five young actors (Grace Long, Jonathan Iceton, Olivia Onyehara, Amonik Melaco, and Beth Crame) stood in a line smiling and looking towards the photographer. Behind them is a wall of large grey stone. They are dressed casually.

Pilot Theatre, in association with Northern Stage and York Theatre Royal, is delighted to announce full casting for their forthcoming production of A Song for Ella Grey, Zoe Cooper’s new adaptation of David Almond’s (Skellig) award-winning novel, a contemporary retelling of the Orpheus myth directed by Esther Richardson.

A Song for Ella Grey’s cast will feature actress, writer and – to her 729.1k followers – celebrated Tik Tok performer Grace Long (Breeders, Sky One, which Grace is also on the writing staff for and the film Three Days Millionaire, Shush Films) as Ella Grey; Beth Crame (The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Northern Stage) as Angeline; Jonathan Iceton (Down the Lines, The Customs House) as Jay; Amonik Melaco (Singin’ In The Rain, Sadlers Wells and Heathers The Musical, The Other Place) as Sam and Olivia Onyehara (All’s Well That Ends Well, Royal Shakespeare Company and The 39 Steps, Stephen Joseph Theatre) as Claire.

Claire and her best friend, Ella Grey, are ordinary kids from ordinary families in an ordinary world. They and their friends fall in and out of love, play music and dance, stare at the stars, yearn for excitement, and have parties on the beautiful beaches of Northumberland.

One day a stranger, a musician called Orpheus, appears on the beach, and entrances them all, butparticularly Ella. It is a meeting that will change all their lives forever.

A Song for Ella Grey is a tale of modern friends and ancient forces, a tale told since the dawn of time and told again today. 

On the casting, Director and our Artistic Director Esther Richardson said.

I am absolutely thrilled to be working with this incredible team of actors. This was a long casting process, and we met many extraordinary performers through our open call in the summer. We are so grateful to everyone who threw their hat in the ring for the production and excited and honoured to be beginning the process of staging the show with such a wellspring of North Eastern talent.”

A Song for Ella Grey will open in 2024 at Northern Stage, Newcastle (2-15 February) then tours to York Theatre Royal (20-24 February), Theatre Peckham (27 February-2 March), Hull Truck Theatre (5-9 March) Liverpool Playhouse (13-16 March) and Yvonne Arnaud Guildford (19-23March).

Read more about A Song for Ella Grey

Opportunities: Stage management/technical teams

Pilot Theatre are looking to meet people who want to be part of our stage management/technical teams.  Our tours can last between 4 weeks and 6 months and we have a variety of lengths of contracts coming up over the next few years.  We know touring can be a hard option so we also want to meet people who may be concerned about the challenges of touring and see if we can help with more information.

We want to meet Company Managers, Stage Managers, DSMs, ASMs. We would also like to hear from Technical Stage Managers, Sound Technicians and Relighters. Please let us know if you would like to have a chat further about what we have coming up or simply send us your CV if you would be happy for us to contact you when we have specific positions available.

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