The 5th Marquis of Anglesey burned brightly, briefly and transvestitely at the end of the 19th Century, blowing his family’s colossal fortune on diamond frocks, lilacdyed poodles and putting on simply amazing plays to which nobody came. After he died at 29, his family burned every record of him, and carried on as though he never was.
How to Win Against History is a hilarious, ripped up musical about expectations, manliness, disappointment and being totally fabulous. A frothy, glossy costume drama about the stories we tell to convince ourselves it’s all going well, and the moments we realise it’s not.
Writer/Composer/Performer: Seiriol Davies
Seiriol has made shows with Punchdrunk, You Need Me, Gideon Reeling and Beady Eye. With Caroline Horton & Co, he created and scored MESS (winner The Stage Award 2012, Argus Angel), and ISLANDS (Bush Theatre). He is half of the time-travelling punk music hall act UNDERBLING & VOW (“London’s premier retro-blitz granny rockers” – Time Out). He recently created the intense interactive robot adventure about mistakes and maths WE’RE STUCK (Shoreditch Town Hall) with One Tenth Human. He’s currently working on his second musical, SCROUNGERS – a rollicking tubthumper set in the weird anti-world of the Department for Work and Pensions – with Company of Angels and Ice & Fire; and is also working with Hattie Naylor on a sci-fi sitcom set in a future where men have become unnecessary and the galaxy is run by women. He is represented by Lily Williams at Curtis Brown.
Performer/Deviser: Matthew Blake
Mainstream theatre credits include; Larry Fortune/Mr Tuttle in THE DROWNED MAN: A HOLLYWOOD FABLE directed by Felix Barrett and Maxine Doyle (Punchdrunk/National Theatre), Matt in BANK ON IT directed by Sue Buckmaster (Theatre Rites/Barbican), Mr Winter in THE HOUSE WHERE WINTER LIVES directed by Peter Higgin (Punchdrunk), Momentologist in THE GOOD NEIGHBOUR directed by Sarah Golding (Battersea Arts Centre), M Gould in STARTY (Soho Theatre). Matthew is also a mainstream director and has also appeared in some very mainstream commercials, advertising mainstream products.
Performer/Deviser/Musical Director: Dylan Townley
Dylan is a composer, music director, improviser and performer. Credits include sell-out tours of Australia, Europe and the Edinburgh Fringe as musical maestro of long-form improvisation troupe Racing Minds; co-creator and multi-instrumentalist of acclaimed duo The Peablossom Cabaret; MD and cast member of Thumbelina UK tour with Dancing Brick; composer and MD of Jack Drum’s Entertainment with the Young Actors Company (Cambridge Junction, Bloomsbury Theatre London, Simpkins Lee Oxford); and cast member of Comedy of Errors which toured to Japan and around the UK. He trained and worked as a pianist throughout his teens, and then as an actor-improviser in the Oxford Imps, directing their USA Tour and a weekly residency in Oxford, UK. He is based in Oxford.
Director: Alex Swift
Alex Swift is a performer, director and theatre-maker. He trained at École Philippe Gaulier in Paris and his work has won Best Ensemble in the Stage Awards for Acting Excellence, The Bush Theatre Directing Award, The Vault Pick of the Festival Award and an Argus Angel. He is also Artistic Director of permanent red Theatre Company and an Associate Artist with Daedelus Theatre Company. Recent work includes Me and Mr C by Gary Kitching, Error 404 by Daniel Bye, Fat Man by Martin Bonger, Mess by Caroline Horton,Puffball by Caroline Williams, and I Told You This Would Happen by Kathryn Beaumont. He developed his solo show, Travesty, at Theatre in The Mill, Bradford and is currently developed Kieran Hurley’s An Injury after support from the Royal Court and ARC Stockton. He had also co-directed Kieran Hurley’s Heads Up which will be playing at Summerhall during the Edinburgh Fringe.
Dramaturg: Eve Leigh
Eve Leigh’s most recent play, Stone Face, was produced in May/June 2016 at the Finborough Theatre. It has been nominated for three Offies, including Best New Play. Previous work includes Silent Planet (Finborough), Plunder (Young Vic), Red Sky at Night (Bush Theatre), Rapture (Soho Theatre), and the interactive installations Your Future (Camden People’s Theatre, Hebbel Am Ufer, Ballhaus Ost, and Sophiensaele, Berlin), A Short and Boring Story (Camden People’s Theatre), and Something Else (Ovalhouse and Camden People’s Theatre). Dramaturgy includes How to Win Against History by Seiriol Davies (Ovalhouse and National Tour), Das Spiel by Philipp Oberlohr (Ovalhouse and International Tour) and The Climate Games (Berliner Festspiele and COP21, Paris). She trained at the Royal Court Young Writers’ Programme and Studio Group, and is currently under commission to the Royal Shakespeare Company and Young Vic Taking Part. Upcoming work includes The Curtain, also at the Young Vic, and a residency at Teatr Polski Bydgoszcz during their Festiwal Prapremier.
Set and Costume Designer: Verity Quinn
Verity is a theatre designer and maker with a background in visual theatre and puppetry, installation and site specific performance and has designed extensively on theatre for young audiences. Verity founded and co-ran the design-led theatre company, Left Luggage Theatre from 2007 – 2011 and she currently co-runs the visual theatre company Club Adelphi who are Associate Artists at ARC, Stockton. Verity trained at Nottingham Trent. Her design credits include: Septimus Bean and his Amazing Machine (Unicorn Theatre), Under the Rainbow (Polka Theatre); Big Wow (Half Moon Theatre & Justin Coe); Once Upon A Christmas (Unicorn Theatre); Holy Mackerel (Eastern Angles & Shanty Theatre Company); Beasty Baby (Polka Theatre & Theatre-Rites); Alpha Beta (Finborough Theatre); Free (Half Moon Theatre); The Fourth Wise Man, Seesaw, When I Think About the Universe I Laugh For No Reason and Dora (Unicorn Theatre); Blue Boy (New Writing North & Northern Stage); Apples (Northern Stage & Company of Angels); The Girls from Poppyfield Close (Live Theatre) and Heartbreak Soup (The Empty Space). She was nominated for for Best Set Design in Off West End Theatre Awards for Alpha Beta’
Lighting Designer: Dan Saggars
Dan studied at Middlesex University in Lighting Design and Technical Theatre. He designs many types of performance including theatre, opera and dance. Design credits include: Handel’s Alcina for Longborough Festival Opera, Bernarda Alba at The Cockpit Theatre, Echo_Narcissus at The Yard Theatre,The Lamellar Project at South Hill Park Studio and UK Touring for Alex Marshall Design, Vanity Fair at Middle Temple Hall, Jack and the Beanstalk at The Kenton Theatre, Henley-on- Thames, Only Forever at The Hope Theatre, Islington, Laura Lindow’s Then Leap! at The Lowry, Manchester and rural touring, Xerxes at Longborough Festival Opera. Upcoming projects include: O&Co’s production of The Three Musketeers at The Kenton Theatre, Henley. Dansaggars.com
Tour dates 2017 for England and Wales to be announced in near future. Keep an eye on our Twitter for live updates.
Tickets currently on sale for our December performances at the Young Vic Theatre.