"Criminology 303"

By Rose Miller
Featuring Jilly Bond & Julian Gartside
Directed by Tommo Fowler

At the 2016 Edinburgh Festival Fringe at Venue 13:

6 - 27 August 2016 (not 8 or 15)
Tickets onsale from the Fringe online box office.

Preview performance at Bute Theatre, Cardiff:

27 July 2016

Professor Norma Bates, retired detective, lectures on past cases, but hostile technology is out to get her, forcing her to confront the one that remains unsolved. A story of betrayal and lost love – and a murder which refuses to give up its secret. Until tonight. Join her as she relives her encounter with the pivotal witness and the truth erupts.

Not your average ghost story by promising new writer, Rose Miller. With Jilly Bond 'sharp stage presence' (Katy Austen) and Julian Gartside.

Presented by Tangent Theatre Company. ‘Fluid, charismatic performers’ (The Guardian). ‘A first class cast’ (WhatsOnStage.com).

Jilly Bond (Professor Norma Bates) has recently appeared at Birmingham Rep as Janet in “Jump!” and at the Finborough as Fethiye Cetin in “I Wish to Die Singing”, which won the Studio Theatre Awards Best Play of 2015. Before that she was at the Lowry, Manchester, playing a gay alcoholic Funeral Director in “Transmissions”, and at the King’s Head, London, in “Foreplay”, the last play by Nobel Prize winner, Carl Djerassi. In recent years she’s also appeared at the National Theatre in “Island”, at West Yorkshire Playhouse in “Napoli” and played the title role in “The Most Gorgeous Lady Blessington” at the Wallace Collection, for Tangent Theatre. Her work in “Glasshouse” at the Tobacco Factory was described as ‘one of the production’s highlights’ having ‘admirable panache and a confident swagger … sharp, deliberate stage presence’.  For BBC Radio 4, she has been heard as Bridget in "The Archers", Susan Grantly in "The Barchester Chronicles" and most recently in Carl Prekopp’s production of “Saturday Night & Sunday Morning”. She is also an award-winning audiobook narrator and has been praised in The Observer, The Guardian and The Times.

Julian Gartside (The Laird) will be returning to the Edinburgh fringe after thirty years.  His last appearance was as Spartacus, with Compass Theatre Company.  He first performed on the Fringe with Red Shift as Bosola and Antonio in “The Duchess of Malfi”. He has also toured with the English Shakespeare Company in “The Merchant of Venice” and “Volpone“ and appeared in “Twelfth Night” for Kenneth Branagh’s Renaissance Theatre Company on both stage and screen.  He was a regular on TV, before changing career to be a Speech Therapist, and can still be seen in repeats of  series such as “Casualty”, “Poirot”, “Morse”, “Bergerac”, “Jeeves & Wooster” (with Fry & Laurie!) , “Rumpole” and “Piece of Cake”.  Julian’s film appearances include Henry V (again for Kenneth Branagh) and Stephen Poliakoff’s “Close My Eyes”.

Antonis Sideras (IT) Antonis Sideras has just graduated from Drama Studio London. Previously to drama school he trained professionally in Musical Theatre and Dance at Bird College. His credits while training include "Romeo and Juliet", "Love's Labour's Lost", "The Seagull", "The Provoked Wife", "Two" and more. At Bird College he took part in various Musicals and Dance performances. He is very excited to be making his professional debut at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in ''Criminology 303''.

Rose Miller (Writer) is a student at Pennsylvania State University where she is a part of the Schreyer Honors College and is studying classics, history, English, and international studies. She wrote this play as part of a course taken at the University of Westminster, where she studied during a semester abroad, under the helpful eye of Helen Eastman. The inspiration for the story came from a ghost tale she grew up hearing combined with her love of history and many years stuck in dreadfully boring lecture halls. She is absolutely blown away by having this performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Tommo Fowler (Director) is a freelance director and dramaturg. Recent work as director includes "Close to Home", "I Wish To Die Singing", "Obama-ology" (Finborough Theatre), "The Repast" (Theatre503) "PLAY #13" (VAULT Festival), "triptych" (Longfield Hall, Camberwell), "Towards a Standard Drop, Wet Dreams and Spring Mattresses" (Hackney Showrooms), "Monster Party" (Arcola Theatre), "Vesting Day" (Southwark Playhouse) and "The (Accidental) Execution of Alan Bishop" (Pleasance London). Forthcoming projects include "Mumburger" (Proud Archivist, Haggerston) and "Chibok" (Arcola Theatre). As assistant director, work includes "Harajuku Girls", "Sommer 14" (Finborough Theatre, as Resident Assistant Director), "Rainbow" (Edinburgh Fringe, winner of Fringe First) and "Mojo Mickybo" (Old Red Lion). He is a Reader at the Bush, Finborough and Theatre503, Project Manager for Living Pictures director training company, and was recently Resident Director at Westminster School.