The Old Man isn’t leaving, not for you, and not for anyone else. And certainly not for the ‘fire’ they say is headed straight for him. This is home. So go away. Then there’s a knock at the door.
Production Photos, Drayton Arms Theatre, November 14th, 2021
Photos by Amelia Oliva
Natalie Frijia, Playwright
Natalie Frijia is a writer, theatre maker, and circus stage manager. She has a PhD in drama and environmental studies at the University of Toronto's Graduate Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies, and the School of the Environment. She was also a member of Storefront Theatre’s inaugural Playwriting Unit. Her plays have been workshopped and presented at Ruby Slippers Advance Theatre Series, Summerworks Festival, Storefront Theatre, New Ideas Festival, Rhubarb Festival, and Fringe Festivals across Canada.
Ben Purkiss, Director
Ben first started directing at the University of East Anglia, where he studied English Literature & Drama. Whilst there, he was able to direct and act in numerous productions, whilst maintaining an excellent academic standard, which resulted in graduating with First Class Honours.
Since graduating, he has worked on numerous projects, ranging from fringe productions to larger scale community projects. Born and raised in London, Ben feels strongly about representing diverse voices in his work.
Ben's work is generally raw and gritty with a distinctly modern feel to it. He loves working with new writing and contemporary plays but also thrives on finding the continued relevance and importance of historical plays by bringing them into the 21st Century.
Zaquis Webb, Paul
Zaquis Riddick is an American actor and musician based in London. He graduated with an MFA in acting from East15 Acting School. As a musician, he specializes in acoustic and electric guitar. As of 2020 he is being represented by Emma Engers Associates.
Steve Bergman, Old Man
After graduating, Steve spent over 10 years in the profession, gaining experience in Rep, Touring Theatre, TV, Film and Radio. After a gap in his career, working in education and the therapeutic world, he returned fully to professional acting in 2015. Since then he had a guest role on BBC TV The Dumping Ground; lead roles in small film projects and sailor in Deborah Warner’s spectacular production of Billy Budd at the ROH. He has worked with Maura Campbell, US director and playwright at The Park Theatre playing Officer Donahue in Crosstalk. They then developed Massive, a collaborative piece where it was presented as a staged reading at The Playwrights Horizon Theatre, New York and an abridged version at Whipps Cross Hospital, Barts NHS Health Trust. He is excited to be involved in Not Going Nowhere.