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Josie Lawrence is The Boss of It All in streamed Lars von Trier stage adaptation

01 September 2020

The cult classic Lars von Trier film, The Boss of It All, has been adapted for a specially staged streamed version by theatre company New Perspectives, with Josie Lawrence playing the title character. The office comedy drama was originally presented at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2013 to widespread critical acclaim before transferring to Soho Theatre.  In 2020 the office setting has now become a remote working set up, with the action taking place via a series of Zoom meetings. Josie will lead a cast of seven performing live from their homes, and will be joined each night by a different comedian guest cameo from around the globe.

For years the boss of an IT company has tricked his staff into believing he is simply another co-worker. So when he needs a 'real' boss to help close the deal of a lifetime, he hires an actor to play the role. What could possibly go wrong? Marking one of Lars von Trier's rare forays into comedy, this distinctive and eccentric exploration of office politics has been rewritten for the stage by Jack McNamara following its hit premiere seven years ago. The play has since been performed around the world.

Josie Lawrence stars as Kristina (gender flipped from the original Kristoffer in the film), the out-of-work actor hired to play the boss of the company. She is best known as a regular guest on Whose Line Is It Anyway?, as well as Manda Best in EastEnders and recent role of Agnes Nutter in Good Omens. The eight-strong cast also includes Ross Armstrong (Chernobyl, Mr Selfridge), award-winning UK-based Japanese comedian Yuriko Kotani and a special guest cameo from a different comedian for each performance.

Josie Lawrence said, "Really excited to be working with one of my favourite directors Jack McNamara again. Love this adaption and can't wait to get started. It's live theatre streamed from our homes to yours. Hope you can join us."

New Perspectives Artistic Director Jack McNamara said, "The Boss of it All is a comedy about dodgy leadership, work instability and the artifice of daily life. So it is little surprise that the play has gained an entirely fresh resonance in the time we find ourselves in today. Rewriting it for zoom brought out a clear political centre that was almost unnoticeable six years ago. It's hard today not to recognise a story about finding ourselves in the hands of leaders whose conviction goes no deeper than the script they are holding.

The Boss of It All is a New Perspectives and Soho Theatre co-production in association with Derby QUAD.

 
Cast:
Kristina Josie Lawrence
Ravn Ross Armstrong
PA David Alade
Gorm Angela Bain
Lise Rachel Summers
Mette Yuriko Kotani
Spencer Jamie de Courcey 
The Voice Tone Haldrup Lorenzen

Creative Team:
Director Jack McNamara
Design Consultant Lily Arnold
Digital Consultancy TECH:SQUAD
Digital Producer Darius Powell          
Technical Delivery Officer Adam Crowther
Stage Manager Oran O'Neill
 
Live-streamed Performances
Friday 18 September at 8pm
Saturday 19 September at 4pm and 8pm
Sunday 20 September at 4pm and 8pm

Tickets from £8 - £15 | sohotheatre.com

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New Perspectives is an East Midlands' based touring theatre company, specialising in bringing new work to rural and community audiences. Through an annual programme of original adaptations, rare revivals and new writing, we aim to bring live theatre that is diverse, affordable and accessible into the heart of wide-ranging communities, as well as to regional, national and international venues.  
Our productions are testament to the fact that rural theatre is as relevant, challenging and vital as theatre made for any other environment. Our participatory projects, career defining training and mentoring opportunities for emerging regional talent and rural touring scheme Northants Touring Arts makes tangible difference to people where they live.

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