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Tony Award-winner Christopher Durang
Park Theatre
Adrian Richards
Meaghan Martin
Stefan Menaul
Kate Sumpter
Layo-Christina Akinlude
16 July - August 10 2019

World Premiere

Tell me - Do you find me funny or disturbing?

Photography by Ali Wright



"Bold, funny, and fearless"

                Stage Review


"Chilling . . . Meaghan Martin plays with a marvellous mix of ingratiation and panic"

Michael Billington, The Guardian

"A talented cast of versatile comic actors" Time Out

"Kate Sumpter impresses enormously" The Times

"Meaghan Martin - best known for film work - makes a strong stage debut'

The Stage


"Five stunning actors, magical lighting by Jai Morjaria, sharp direction by Lydia Parker"

Camden New Journal



Breaking the Fourth Wall




Hayley Sprout


Tony Award-winning playwright Christopher Durang explores the entertainment industry through biting satire and surreal comedy. At once a celebration of show business and a touching reflection on what it means to be an artist, we are offered snapshots of the eccentric and absurd.



Especially curated by 3 hearts canvas into a cohesive, stand-alone piece, the production includes the UK Premiere of some of Durang’s finest works, and is in itself a World Premiere.


With The Actor's Nightmare, we are so proud to have brought these 6 plays to the UK for the first time in what has been a World Premiere. We have paid all our artists and collaborators fairly for their work, in partnership with Equity. The majority of our cast were women. Our director was a woman. Our designer was a woman, our assistant designer was a woman, and our production manager a woman. Our show was seen by over 1700 people. We have raised over £400 for the National Autistic Society and increased awareness for their work. We have worked with love, generosity, and care for each other - this is what theatre is about. We've taken risks and created something bold and brave that has refuted what's hot and what's not trends - this is what 3hc is all about.

The Company 
In Rehearsals

Photography by Emy Davis


Stefan Menaul

Meaghan Martin


Kate Sumpter


Adrian Richards


Layo-Christina Akinlude

Layo-Christina Akinlude
Adrian Richards
Meaghan Martin

Training: Rose Bruford

Television: I May Destroy You (BBC/HBO), Temple (Sky), The End of the Fucking World (Channel 4/Netflix).

Theatre: The Taming of the Shrew (The Globe), The Cane (Bush), After the Dance (Theatre by the Lake), For All The Women Who Thought They Were Mad (Hackney Showroom).

Film: The Last Tree (BFI/Prodigal Films), Rocks (Fable Pictures/Sony Entertainment), Stealing Silver (Metal Box Ltd).

Training: Central

Theatre: The Suicide (National Theatre), Don Juan in Soho (Wyndham's Theatre), Noises Off! (Garrick Theatre), Wild Honey (Hampstead Theatre), The Winter's Tale (National Theatre), Eden (Hampstead Theatre), Der Rosenkavalier (Glyndebourne).

Training: LAMDA

Film: Camp Rock & Camp Rock 2 (Disney), Mean Girls 2 (Paramount), Safelight (Aloupis Productions), Geography Club (Enumerated Pictures), Dear Lemon Lima (Sanguine Film), The Good Mother (Lifetime).

Television: 10 Things I Hate About You (ABC Family), Awkward (MTV), House (HBO), Melissa & Joey (Disney Channel), Wendy (Alloy Entertainment), The Suite Life of Zac and Cody (Disney Channel), Close To Home (Lifetime).

Stefan Menaul

Training: Guildhall

Theatre: Tuesday's With Morrie (Vienna's English Theatre), Think of England (Vaults Festival), I Loved Lucy (Jermyn St Theatre), Dirty Dancing (West End).

Television: Berlin Station (FX) I Live With Models (Comedy Central).

Film: A Quiet Passion (Hurricane Films).

Kate Sumpter

Training: LAMDA

Television: The Little Drummer Girl (BBC).

Film: Tom Clancy's Without Remorse (Paramount Pictures).

Theatre: Henry VI (Seattle Shakespeare Company), The Satori Group Company Member, Measure for Measure (LAMDA, dir. Rebecca Frecknall).


Jai Morjaria
Lighting Design
Anna Driftmier
Set & Costume Design
Lydia Parker

Jai trained at RADA and won the 2016 Association of Lighting Designers ETC Award.


Recent designs include: 

Recent designs include Aesop’s Fables (Unicorn Theatre); Mapping Brent (Kiln Theatre); Mary’s Babies (Jermyn Street Theatre); Glory (Duke’s Theatre/Red Ladder); Cuzco (Theatre503); The Hoes (Hampstead Theatre); Losing Venice (Orange Tree Theatre); King Lear, Lorna Doone (Exmoor National Park); Sufi:Zen (Akademi Dance); Superhero: The Musical (NYMT); Kanye The First (HighTide); Bitched (Kali Theatre); A Lie of the Mind, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Southwark Playhouse); The Cunning Little Vixen (Arcola Theatre/The Opera Company); 46 Beacon (Trafalgar Studios with Rick Fisher); Out There on Fried Meat Ridge Road (White Bear Theatre/Trafalgar Studios 2); Acorn (Courtyard Theatre.  Off-West End Award nomination for Best Lighting); The Beggar’s Opera, Pains of Youth, Obama-ology (RADA).


Anna is a scenographer and production designer whose work extends across the USA and Europe. She holds an MA in Performance Design and Practise from Central Saint Martins, a Technical Theatre Diploma from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, and a BA in Classics and Theatre from Mount Holyoke College.

Theatre design includes: Middletown/In the Red and Brown Water (Columbia Stages); SCRAWW (Trebah Graden); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Rooke Theatre); Dolphins and Sharks (Finborough); Terezin (Playwrights Horizons); Paper Hearts (Upstairs at the Gatehouse); Trident Moon (Finborough); Radioman (Old Red Lion Theatre); Uncommon Women and Others (Rooke Theatre). Opera design includes: Die Fledermaus (Barnard); A Village Romeo and Juliet (New Sussex Opera); Dust Child (English Touring Opera); 7 Velvet Suites (BasicSpace); East O' the Sun West O' the Moon (Tête à Tête). Production design includes: Titan, Wake Up!, The Nude Model, November, Nation Down. 


Lydia, originally from New York, is artistic director of Over Here Theatre Company which produced ObamAmerica, (Theatre503), Our American Cousin and Dolphins and Sharks (Finborough Theatre) both of which she also directed.


Other work includes Our Children Will Be Next (Theatre503), Superman and Me (Canal Café), Something There That’s Missing (Edinburgh Festival) Skinhead (Brockley Jack Studio), A Big Fridge and Other Plays by James Fritz (Hen and Chickens), All I Need Is a F**k Buddy (Canal Café). She frequently directs for new writing company Little Pieces of Gold at Southwark Playhouse. Lydia is also a playwright and had had work produced in New York and in London at Southwark Playhouse, Arcola Theatre, Union Theatre, Old Red Lion and New Wimbledon Studio. She has previously written comedy for BBC Radio 4 with Maureen Oakeley and now writes and directs comedy music web series The Band Formerly Known As with her musician daughter Sabrina Parker.

Odinn Orn Hilmarsson
Sound Design
3 hearts canvas team & crew

Odinn is an Icelandic composer and sound designer based in London. Working predominantly in theatre, podcasts and as a music producer, he uses a combination of organic and digital sources and processing to create uniquely textured sounds. Recently Odinn has worked on The Trick by Eve Leigh, the immersive show Reflected (The Milo Wladek Co.), the Eastenders Podcast (BBC Sounds), The Zoe Ball Book Club (ITV and Cactus TV).

Josh York

Rebecca Hitchcox

Antony James

Em Davis

Keir Stewart

Rebecca Pitt

Michael Wharley

Talia Sanz

Sami Barqawi

Emma Martin

Ali Wright

Ben Wilberforce-Ritchie

Target Live

Jack Stevens

Meaghan Martin & Adrian Richards

Greta Landers & Roberta Liak

Marcus Lim & Pippa Higham

Stage Manager

Production Manager

Producer's Assistant

Rehearsal Photographer


Graphic Designer

Poster Photographer

Assistant Designer

Production Electrician

Marketing Manager

Production Photographer




Costume & Design Team

LX Crew

Build Crew

Press Night
Photography by Emy Davis

Guests included Adam Lenson (Director & Producer), Charlie Covell (Writer, The End of the Fucking World), Graham Seed (Actor), Nathan Clarke (Actor), Igor Memic (Writer), Titas Halder (Writer & Director), Georgie Davies (Agent at Conway van Gelder Grant), Marcus Marsh (Director), Ziggy Luz (Writer), Joseph Bader (Actor), Matthew Nikitow (Actor), Denise Silvey (Producer), and Julia Randall (Actor), Ben Wilberforce-Ritchie (Head of Fundraising), and Andrew Ritchie QC.

A very special thanks to

our 3 hearts canvas Patrons

Hadrian Beckett

Andrew Ritchie

Liz & Des Gunewardena

Marilyn & Tony Higginson

Sandy & Jim Helton

Joy & John Martin

3 hearts canvas supporters

Conor Lanphere

Amy Claridge

David Stubbs

Westin Ray

Seb Gemes

Colin Day

Melissa & Simon Peachy

Mary & Morgan Deare

Nick Apostolina

Karin Escombe-Wolhuter

Sue & Aris

Luke Jasztal

Linda Brown

Avi Nash

Elena Faverio

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Special thanks to Joanna Gemes, l'étrangère art gallery, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, the Young Vic, the Almeida Theatre, May Curtiss, and the deBonos.

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