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About the Show

Personal Enemy – never before performed in its entirety and written with Anthony Creighton, with whom Osborne later collaborated on The Epitaph of George Dillon - is a sharp interrogation of small-town thinking and the tyranny of familial ‘love’. Set in the early 1950s in Langley Springs, USA, the play follows Mrs Constant, a mother and a pillar of the community, as her allegiance to her Country and her God is tested by her allegiance to her sons. Both the Constant boys are accused of being ‘communists’ and ‘homosexuals’, both put themselves in mortal danger for their beliefs and both ask for forgiveness and love from their mother.

Playing at the Brits Off Broadway Festival at 59E59 Theaters, New York, in November 2010.

Originating at the White Bear Theatre (London, UK) from 17th June to 11th July 2010.

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Cast and Creative

Mrs Constant: Karen Lewis
Mr Constant: Tony Turner
Caryl Kessler: Joanne King
Sam Kessler: Mark Oosterveen
Arnie Constant: Peter Clapp
Mrs Slifer; Genevieve Allenbury
Ward Perry / The Investigator / Reverend Merrick: Steven Clarke

Director: David Aula
Original Music Composition: Luke Rosier
Producers: Hanna Osmolska, James Baggaley and Ollie Jordan
Set Designer: Anna Hourriere
Lighting Designer: James Baggaley

London Run: June-July 2010

Mr Constant: James Callum

Sound Designer: Ed Lewis
Costume: Namiko Mitoma

Assistant Designer: Georgia de Grey
Accent Coach: Lauren Swann
Publicity Designer: Rebecca Pitt
Assistant Producer: Eleanor McAlister-Dilks

Stage Manager: Becky Russell
Production Manager: Allan Ramsey

Cast Biographies

Karen Lewis

Theatre: Cyrano de Bergerac (Bristol Old Vic), Be My Baby (Soho Theatre), Dead Funny (Northampton), Breaking Bread (Royal Court), Flight into Egypt, Dreyfuss (Hampstead), Northanger Abbey (Greenwich), Broken Glass (NT/Duke of York’s), Fashion (Tricycle), The Widowing of Mrs Holroyd, A Love Match, The Typists, Arms and the Man, An Early Life, Claw, The Real Inspector Hound, Bedroom Farce (Leicester Haymarket), Do Not Disturb (Birmingham Rep), A Month In The Country, Some Of My Best Friends Are Husbands, Educating Rita, How The Other Half Loves, Once A Catholic (Watford Palace), Rosencrantz And Gildenstern Are Dead (Young Vic), Macbeth (National Tour), A Lily In Little India, Events In The Upper Room (Derby), The Circle (Haymarket), Monsier Perrichon’s Travels, The Canturbury Tales, Noah (Chichester Festival).

Television: Judge John Deed, The Genius of Beethoven, My Dad’s The Prime Minister, The Bill, The Master Storyteller (Winner of the RTS Awards 2003), A Line In The Sand, Search, Casualty, Disaster Atlantic, A Touch Of Frost, Resnick, Grange Hill, Kelly Monteith, Shine on Harvey Moon, The Cost of Loving.

Film: Closing The Ring, Shadowlands, Euphoric Scale, Chaplin, Let Him Have It, Plenty, The Unorganised Manager, Hero.

Radio: The H File, The Lady Vanishes, Shelley.


James Callum

James has been an actor since 1998 after graduating from Webber Douglas Academy. Favourite theatre roles include Charles Condomine in Blythe Spirit, Jack Worthing in The Importance of being Ernest, Det. Sgt. Trotter in The Mousetrap, and The Husband in La Rhonde. James also played the lead in the film The Shadow (2009) and will appear in the short A Desert Song.


Joanne King

Training: The Gaiety School of Acting, Dublin.

Theatre credits include Ophelia in Hamlet (The Cork Opera House, Cork); What the Dead Want and Elysian Juniors (The Project, Dublin);Honour in The Playboy of the Western World with Yew Tree Theatre Company (Andrew’s Lane Theatre, Dublin) ;The Carolling Corcorans (The Ark,Dublin); Hermia in A Midsummer Night's Dream (The Pavilion Theatre, Dublin)

Most recent television roles are Lady Rochford in US TV series The Tudors for Showtime (series 2, 3 & 4); Nancy in Massive (BBC); Brandi in Shameless (Channel4). Other TV credits include series regular Cyd in Casualty (BBC);Trial and Retribution directed by Gillies McKinnon (ITV); The Omid Jhalili Show (BBC); Fair City (RTE), The Fortunes directed by Tom Poole (RTE pilot); The Exile Files (Creedo Productions for TG4)

Film includes Amy in The Wonderful Story of Kelvin Kind (Fastnet Films, best short - Celtic Film Festival); Boy Eats Girl directed by Stephen Bradley (Element Films).

Joanne is delighted to be performing with Fallout Theatre at The White Bear for the first time.


Mark Oosterveen

Mark graduated from Drama Studio, London in July 2008. Since then he has appeared in Romeo and Juliet (Pacific Playhouse), Mary Goes First (Orange Tree Theatre), Muhmah at the 2009 HighTide Festival and the UK debut of Pythonesque (Edinburgh Underbelly and BBC Radio 4).

He has also appeared in the BFI award-winning short film Not So Perfect World, Carey Young's art installation Uncertain Contract (Thomas Dane Gallery and international tour), the HMRC Love Your Computer advertising campaign, the upcoming Alan Butterworth feature film The Drummond Will, and has recently completed recording a series of radio plays for the Bunbury Banter Theatre Company.


Peter Clapp

Peter is a graduate of St Peter’s College, Oxford University where he played, among others, Acres in The Rivals, Colonel Redfearn in Look Back in Anger and Cimbranos in Fuente Ovejuna (All Oxford Playhouse). Since graduating he has played Prince Escalus in Romeo and Juliet (International Tour), Cluff in Fighting (Brockley Jack), Thurio in a reading of Two Gentlemen of Verona (The Rose, Kingston), Poggio in Tis Pity She’s a Whore (White Bear), Ensemble inc. Fred/Young Scrooge in A Christmas Carol (Brockley Jack), Phipps/Vicomte de Nanjac in An Ideal Husband (Greenwich Playhouse), Chris in Notes on a Lasagne (Brockley Jack), Ensemble in Blood Wedding (Southwark Playhouse) and has recently workshopped a production of Macbeth for Arches Award winning director Stuart Murdoch (Jerwood Space).

Short Films include: Rockabilly Rebel (Met Film School), Cure for the Hiccups (Highly Unlikely Productions) and Face It (TW Productions).


Genevieve Allenbury

Training: Genevieve trained at The Elmhurst Ballet School and The Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama.

Theatre credits include: Lucy Rabbit to David Suchet’s Moley in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Toad of Toad Hall; Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Clodesuida in Thor, With Angels; Sylvia Morgan in Privates on Parade; Olivia in Twelfth Night; Esther in The Price; Mrs. Prentice in What The Butler Saw and Sarah in Table Manners. Genevieve tours globally with a two-hander on the life and times of Oscar Wilde called Wilde At Heart and received acclaim for her performance in the one woman show by Dario Fo called A Mother – Questions of Terrorism and Retribution at the Battersea Arts Centre. She has appeared for the last two consecutive years as Fairy Godmother in Cinderella and Mrs. Make-it-Up in Sleeping Beauty – both Pantomimes for Stages Theatre in Houston, Texas were she was partly instrumental in bringing the unknown art-form to our American cousins!

TV includes: 24Seven; appearing as Anne-Marie in Coronation St.; going “undercover” twice in Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway to pull wool over the eyes of Lemar and Paul Burrell; Dr. Barbara Chisholm and later Isadora Bennett in Doctors; Matron Welder in Chucklevision; Trudy Manning in Emmerdale; Mrs. Stavrou in the British adaptation of the long-running American series, Law and Order and Atalanta Baglioni in the celebrated dramatised documentary, Raphael – A Mortal God for the BBC.

Films include King David with Richard Gere (Dir. Bruce Beresford) The Two Mrs. Grenvilles with Anne Margaret (Dir. John Erman); Buster with Phil Collins (Dir. David Green) and Columbus – The Discovery with Catherine Zeta Jones (Dir. John Glen).

Radio/Voice-Over work includes recordings of T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land & The Four Quartets; for the Open University, Cleopatra (Anthony and Cleopatra); Cordelia (King Lear); Hermione/Perdita (The Winter’s Tale); and Ophelia (Hamlet); for BBC Radio, Naomi in Fugitive Pieces and for film on Calendar Girls (Dir. Nigel Cole) Love Actually (Dir. Richard Curtis) Perfume (Dir. Tom Tykwer) Agora (Dir.Alejandro Amenábar) and Robin Hood (Dir. Ridley Scott)

Genevieve is married to screenwriter, Michael Walker, and they are both humble and doting servants to their cats, Wimbo Wa Dini and Malaika (Swahili for ‘Song for God’ and ‘Angel)!


Steven Clarke

Steven is proud to be working with Fallout Theatre for the first time. He is a graduate of the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and since then has made his lead debuts on both Stage and TV, playing the roles of Billy in Deadly Murder (Sonning Mill Theatre) and Lord Victor Hervey in Prime Time Channel Four's The Real Pink Panther. Steven can currently be seen in Clive Barker's new horror feature film Dread, directed by Anthony Di Blasi, which has recently premiered in the United States.



Personal Enemy
by John Osborne

4 - 28 November 2010
Brits Off Broadway Festival
59E59 Theaters, New York, New York, USA

Following the success of the London run of the 'lost' John Osborne play Personal Enemy, we are pleased to announce that the show will be transferring to the Brits Off Broadway Festival in New York in November 2010.

Personal Enemy is one of two Osborne plays censored and lost for over half a century by the Lord Chamberlain’s office, but found in the British Library last year.