Casting Announced for World Premiere of “Version 2.0”

TRACEY PICKUP and TIMOTHY ATKINSON to star in new play by Kashyap Raja, “Version 2.0

Issues of female consent and robotics are thrown together in this timely new piece challenging the superficiality of modern society, opening at the Leicester Square Theatre in February 2018, directed by Kevin Michael Reed.

“a moving display of superb acting”

A Younger Theatre on Kevin Michael Reed’s Shadows

Kash (Timothy Atkinson), a playwright, is obsessively in love with his childhood friend Karen (Tracey Pickup). Kash silently expresses his love for Karen by writing plays for her and she returns his admiration by acting in them. Their enduring friendship falls apart when Karen rejects Kash, infuriating him to such an extent that he refuses to see her again. After the rejection, he isolates himself from everyone and gradually falls into a depression.

A robotic society offers Kash an opportunity to live with a humanoid companion, and in return that society wants him to introduce their robots to the world via the means of theatre. Kash accepts the invitation and creates a robot that looks exactly like Karen. He prepares a new show with the humanoid look-alike of Karen and presents her in front of a live audience.

Exploring the effect of social media culture on real human relationships, and asking whether a robot replace a true human and face to face relationships. Version 2.0 comments on and highlights the effects of social media on the nature of relationships.

Director Kevin Michael Reed says “We seem to think we know people just by being “friends” with them on Facebook, but those idealized worlds presented are not truth. When placed in the wrong hands, those worlds are dangerous.”

Timothy Atkinson trained at the National Youth Theatre and Birmingham School of Acting, graduating with a 1st in 2016. While still in training, he appeared in Doctors with the BBC and performed at the Odry Szinpad in Budapest when one of his third year shows, The Street of Crocodiles, was taken there by Kolectiv Theatre. Tim appeared in the 2016 season at the Cambridge Shakespeare Festival and has since been touring and performing in the UK on a wide variety of different projects. Last year marked his first European tour with the award winning TNT Theatre Company. He is an accomplished musician, having played in a number of different shows and successfully written scores for productions as well. He finished 2017 touring with Theatrical Niche in a Comedia del’Arte adaptation of Lady Windermere’s Fan.

Tracey Pickup‘s most recent role was playing the tenacious Alice in Noel Coward’s ‘The Better Half’, for which she received incredible reviews. She studied under the intensive Meisner Technique in New York, receiving her Masters at the accredited East 15 Acting School in London. She excels in characters on both ends of the spectrum, from deadpan and rambunctious comedy to Shakespeare – her favourite being when she got to get her teeth into Lady Macbeth(!). She continues to build on her screen work, whilst also working on TV commercials, such as an ident for Santander with Jessica Ennis, and particularly enjoyed her Macmillan Cancer Cake Sale advert in which she got to eat much cake!

Kevin Michael Reed, director, is an award-winning, internationally published fashion photographer, producer and director from New York City, currently living in London. He produced the critically acclaimed productions of Reese Thompson’s WHORE: A Kid’s Play and Joy Donze: 13 & Not Pregnant at the 2017 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and Shadows in London in 2017.

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