Casting Revealed for West End Production of Eyes Closed, Ears Covered

Producers have announced casting for Alex Gwyther’s Eyes Closed, Ears Covered.

Generally speaking, the stage production will run at The Bunker from 6th to 30th September 2017.

Danny-Boy Hatchard will join Phoebe Thomas and Joe Idris-Roberts in this new play.

By and large, one in five children in the UK has been exposed to domestic violence; the said production explores the effects of traumatic events on mental health. In summary, it tells the brutal and heartfelt story of two teenage boys as they head to Brighton with a daring plan to relive a special day from four years ago.

In an interview, Danny-Boy Hatchard said, ‘Eyes Closed, Ears Covered explores [a person’s struggle with mental health], this time with a direct association to domestic violence, particularly in children. I believe as artists we can always afford to bring more awareness to such an important topic, and this show does just that.’

Directing this production is Derek Anderson. After studying at the North East College of Scotland, he graduated from Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. He then made his directing debut with Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street at the Twickenham Theatre.

About the cast of Eyes Closed, Ears Covered

Danny-Boy Hatchard is famous for his portrayal of Lee Carter in the BBC soap opera EastEnders. Aside from this, he also performed in Sacha Bennet’s feature film We Still Kill the Old Way and Jonathan Harvey’s acclaimed 20th-anniversary production of Beautiful Thing.

Danny-Boy Hatchard stars in Eyes Closed, Ears Covered, which opens at The Bunker this September.
Danny-Boy Hatchard stars in Eyes Closed, Ears Covered, which opens at The Bunker this September.

Meanwhile, Phoebe Thomas started getting recognition when she played Holly Curran on the TV series Night and Day from 2001 to 2003. In 2005, she went on to star in the soap opera Family Affairs. Phoebe’s other TV credits include Channel 4 comedy Teachers, BBC medical drama Holby City, and Death in Paradise.

Lastly, Joe Idris-Roberts graduated with a degree in Acting from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. His other stage credits include Forty Years OnThe Philanderer, and The History Boys.