Cast announced for “The Gift of the Gab”

Cast announced for “The Gift of the Gab” a world premiere at White Bear Theatre 

Warning: This satire contains nuts … politically incorrect industrial strength language and loon pants!

1979. The bitter Winter of Discontent. The whole nation is at war with itself, battling industrial strikes, severe unemployment, crippling inflation and fears over immigration and home-grown terrorism. But that’s not going to cramp the style of a den of thieves in Brighton. Unreconstructed, old-school grifters, they live by their wits and some very shady mores and morals. But even they know the end of an era is nigh and their days are numbered, so each is after one last big score before the law and society’s shifting sands catch up to them. And if that score should happen to contain a priceless lost memoir and a beguiling young waitress from Naples, so much the better!

The Gift of the Gab, written and directed by Simon David Eden, is a satire that uses humour to expose the ignorance that fosters casual bigotry, and the fallout for any group or culture when greed drives individuals to put themselves before all others.

It will get its world premiere at the White Bear, Kennington from Tuesday 15 May to Saturday 9 June.


Ross Boatman is best known on TV as Derek in Mum, his stage credits include Great Britain (National Theatre in the West End) and Dealers Choice (Menier Chocolate Factory/Trafalgar Studios).

Madalina Bellariu was Elena in HBO’s The Young Pope and Marianne in Suicide Platoon.

Michael Roberts appeared in the West End as Mr Paravicini in The Mousetrap, Lucky, Waiting for Godot (Arcola Theatre), Cole, The White House Murder Case (Orange Tree).

Charlie Allen was Ricky ‘Spider’ Rano in Simon David Eden’s acclaimed The Albatross 3rd & Main and Seth Gekko in From Dusk Till Dawn
(The Kings Head Theatre).

Ivanhoe Norona was Island King in the acclaimed Netflix series The Crown, and Michael in Childhood Memories (Finborough Theatre).

Harold Addo was Nkrumah in Womb (Black Lives, Black Words) at Bush Theatre and  Jim Hawkins in Treasure Island (Iris Theatre).

Lewis Bruniges is a recent LAMDA graduate and former member of the National Youth Theatre.


written and directed by
Simon David Eden

White Bear Theatre
138 Kennington Park Road

Tuesday 15 May to
Saturday 9 June

Tuesday – Saturday at 7.30pm
Sunday at 4pm

£16 and £12 concs inc booking fee




Box Office: 0333 012 4963 (Local rate)

10% off food with every ticket sold

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