Stuffed Horse Theatre

Stuffed Horse is a new theatre company, presenting our first show: In a Forest Dark and Deep by Neil LaBute as part of Greater Manchester Fringe 5-10 July 2016 at Salford Arts Theatre.

In a Forest Dark and Deep

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Who we are…

Simon Atherton (Bobby, In a Forest Dark and Deep)

Simon Atherton

Simon is an actor and storyteller, based in Sheffield.

As an actor his theatre credits include: Sheffield Mysteries; Alice; Enemy of the People; Confessions of a City – all at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield; Confusions; Kick in the Baubles; Gasping; Christmas Carol; Dumb Waiter; Much Ado About Nothing – all at the Lantern Theatre, Sheffield.  His film credits include: We’re Here For A Good Time, Not a Long Time; The Leopard; Stonecraven.

As a storyteller, Simon has appeared three times at the Buxton Festival Fringe with Freefall Theatre, with performances of A Certain Small Hotel, The Devil Take the Hindmost and A Curse at the Gates of the Wind. He hosts and performs stories regularly at the National Trust’s ‘Tales & Tunes’ events at the Penny Pot Cafe, Edale, in the Peak District.

Melanie Crawley (Betty in In a Forest Dark and Deep)

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Melanie Crawley

Melanie is an actor and set designer, based in Sheffield.

Her theatre credits include: Lubov Ranyavskaya, The Cherry Orchard; Rosemary/Bernice/Emma Pearce/Doreen, Confusions; Flora, A Slight Ache; Miss Pole, Cranford at Christmas and The Porter / Siward, Macbeth all at DGP, Lantern Theatre, Sheffield and The Sheffield Mysteries, Sheffield Theatres, Crucible Theatre, Sheffield

She appears in short films: as The Queen in L’Histoire des Armes de la Princess (2016) and as Barbara in This One Family (2016), she was a contributor to the 2005 documentary X-rated for Channel 5

As a set designer she undertook set and costume design for Foolish Mortals, Lantern Theatre, 2016, set and costume for Summit Arts for their prison projects at HMP Strangeways and HMP Wolds and production design for the short film Dancing in the Ruins, starring Lemm Sissay.

David Chafer (Director, In a Forest Dark and Deep)

David Chafer

David is an actor, producer and director from Sheffield.

In 2015 he co-founded The Melting Shop theatre company which won Arts Council support to tour a new play Striking Dilemmas – three stories marking 30 years since the end of the Miners Strike – to studio and community venues across the North of England. Other directing credits include: Gasping, The Counsellor – Lantern Theatre, Sheffield.

As an actor his theatre credits include: Striking Dilemmas for The Melting Shop; All Things Considered, Esk Valley Theatre; The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde and The Importance of Being Earnest, Theatre Mill, York; September in the Rain, national tour; The Daughter-in-Law, Crucible Theatre, Sheffield; Opus Hatch He Wants to Friend You, Open Minds/tour; Bill, Front Door/Lantern Theatre, Sheffield. TV: Hollyoaks, Emmerdale; Scott & Bailey; Film: Nowhere From Here, In Debt, Wasted Words, Waiting for the Man. Corporate: John Fretwell, Experience Barnsley Museum. Radio: On Stage with Shirley Bassey, Cornucopia Radio.

About the play and its author.

In a Forest Dark and Deep had its world premiere on March 14, 2011 at the Vaudeville Theatre, London, produced by Anna Waterhouse, Nica Burns, Max Weitzenhoffer, Jay Harris, Josephine Genetay, Charles Diamond.

This is the first professional production of the play in the UK since its West End premiere.

LaBute’s plays have been Tony and Olivier Award nominated and staged throughout the world.  They include bash: latter-day plays, The Shape of Things, The Mercy Seat, The Distance From Here, Autobahn, Fat Pig, Some Girl(s), This Is How It Goes, Wrecks, Filthy Talk for Troubled Times, In a Dark Dark House, reasons to be pretty (Tony Award nominated for Best Play), The Break of Noon, In A Forest, Dark And Deep, Reasons to Be Happy and MCC’s 2014 premiere The Money Shot. In spring 2015, another new work, The Way We Get By, premiered at the Second Stage Theatre. LaBute is also the author of Seconds of Pleasure, a collection of short fiction which was published by Grove Atlantic.

Reasons to be Happy premiered March 17 – April 23 at The Hampstead Theatre, London

Neil LaBute burst onto the filmmaking scene at the 1997 Sundance Film Festival with his feature debut, In the Company of Men.  The film went on to win the Filmmaker Trophy at the festival, as well as the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best First Feature.  In addition to Sundance, it screened at the Cannes, Edinburgh, and Deauville Film Festivals and won two Independent Spirit Awards.

Following on the success of In the Company of Men, LaBute continued to push boundaries on screen and stage and has established himself as a leading playwright and film & television writer/director.  Among his films are Your Friends and Neighbors, Nurse Betty, The Shape of Things, Lakeview Terrace, Some Velvet Morning, and Dirty Weekend.  In television, he has created two series for DirecTV, ten x ten, a collection of monologues, and  Billy & Billie, a half-hour comedy starring Adam Brody.  LaBute is currently serving as showrunner on the new SyFy series Van Helsing, scheduled to debut in late 2016.