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‘Mary Laws' newest play holds up a funhouse mirror to that most cherished of American institutions: the wholesome suburban family.’ LA Weekly

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‘A revelation… cuts to the quick with dark comedy & brutality… Laws’ brilliant script is a tour de force.’
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Blueberry Toast is a darkly comic play by the award-winning, Texan writer Mary Laws, exploring the dark underbelly of the American, middle-class, suburban dream in a harrowing descent from the mundane into the unexpected.

Blueberry Toast is directed by Soho Theatre’s Artistic Director Steve Marmion (Only the Brave, The One and Roller Diner) and stars Gala Gordon (Three Sisters, Young Vic, The Blinding Light, Jermyn Street Theatre and The Crown, Netflix); Gareth David-Lloyd (Three Women and a Piano Tuner, Hampstead Theatre, Oscar and Jim, HighTide and Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, Theatr Clwyd, as well as Torchwood, Holby City and Waterloo Road, BBC); Matt Barkley (Gangsta Granny, Birmingham Stage Company, Busters, Romeo & Juliet and The Crucible, Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts) and Adrianna Bertola (Matilda, Royal Shakespeare Company and Charlie & The Chocolate Factory, Theatre Royal Drury Lane, The Twilight Zone, Almeida Theatre, Call the Midwife and Casualty, BBC and the film Nativity 2 – Danger in the Manger).

The play’s UK premiere is the first collaboration between Platform Presents and Soho Theatre who share the vision for discovering, developing and producing new work.

‘Blueberry Toast is a challenging new American play about the search for the perfect family life. Funny, cutting and brutal, this surprising piece shows us what happens after you find your happily ever after.’ Steve Marmion, Soho Theatre Artistic Director

On a bright Sunday morning in suburban America, poetry school teacher Walt sits at the kitchen table grading assignments while his wife Barb offers to make him breakfast. Gradually, the couples’ regular Sunday morning breakfast spirals downwards into a ghastly charade while their children Jack and Jill stage a dark play of their own.

Mary Laws’ Blueberry Toast exposes the cruelty humans are often capable of and the descent from civility to savagery in the blink of an eye. The play reveals the darkness and unhappiness behind the veneer of the craved perfect marriage and the moment when it all crumbles down, shattering the innocence of children and presenting the potential horror of the adult world.

Meet The Cast

Gareth David-Lloyd

Playing the Role of 'Walt'

Theatre includes: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Theatr Clwyd), The Stick House (Raucous), Twelve Angry Men (Kenwright), Lyre, Oscar and Jim (High Tide Festival), Three Women and a Piano Tuner (Chichester/Hampstead Theatre), Twelfth Night (English Touring Theatre), After Agincourt, Before Nell (L&G Productions), The Threepenny Opera (National Youth Theatre).

Television and Film include: The Widow, Albert, Robin Hood: The Rebellion, Waterloo Road, Dark Signal, Holby City, Red Faction, Warehouse 13, Torchwood, Sherlock Holmes, Girl Number 9, A Very British Cover Up, Caerdydd, Doctor Who, Beethoven, The Bill, Rosemary and Thyme, Absolute Power, Casualty, Mine All Mine.

Gala Gordon

Playing the Role of 'Barb'

Gala Gordon is an English actress. After graduating from Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Gordon made her professional stage debut playing the lead role of Irina in Benedict Andrews’ production of Chekhov’s Three Sisters at the Young Vic. Television credits include: ITV series, ‘Endeavour,’ and playing the role of Christine Keeler in Netflix series, ‘The Crown.’ Feature film credits include: ‘Kids in Love’ and ‘White Island.’ She most recently played the role of Strindberg’s wife, Frida in Howard Brenton’s ‘The Blinding Light’ at The Jermyn Street Theatre. Gala is represented by 42 Management.

Adrianna Bertola

Playing the Role of 'Jill'

Training: Sylvia Young Theatre School, Arts Educational Schools London, LAMDA, member of The National Youth Theatre.

Theatre Includes: Markie/Lily/Tina/Little Girl in The Twilight Zone (The Almeida Theatre), Violet Beauregarde in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (original cast Theatre Royal, Drury Lane), Matilda in Matilda (original cast, RSC)
Young Cosette in Les Miserables (Queen’s Theatre), Gretl von Trapp in The Sound of Music (original cast, London Palladium), Brigitta von Trapp in The Sound of Music Anniversary Tour to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Film Includes: Nativity 2: Danger in the Manger.

Television Includes: Sharice in Casualty, Silent Witness, Hank Zipzer, Call the Midwife, Red or Black, Mr Eleven, The Erin Simpson Show, The Little House, The Harry & Paul Show, Doctors, Magic Grandad.

Recordings Include: Matilda, (original cast album recording), The Sound of Music (original cast album recording).

Other work includes: Mini Jessie J in the ‘Who’s Laughing Now’ music video, performed live at V Festival with Jessie J, various commercials including Littlewoods, Compare the Market, Hyundai, BT, Batchelors & various voice over work including Disney, MTV, & Microsoft.

Meet The Director

Steve Marmion

Steve is Artistic Director of Soho Theatre. Since joining Soho Theatre he has directed Bits of Me Are Falling Apart, First Love is the Revolution, Death of a Comedian (co-production with Lyric Belfast and Abbey Dublin), I Kiss Your Heart, The One, The Night Before Christmas, Address Unknown, Pastoral, The Boy Who Fell Into A Book, Utopia, Fit and Proper People, Mongrel Island and Realism. In March 2016 he directed the new musical Only the Brave (Wales Millennium Centre). In December 2015, he wrote and directed Aladdin at the Oxford Playhouse.

Prior to joining Soho Theatre, Steve directed Macbeth for Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre and Dick Whittington, Aladdin and Jack and the Beanstalk for the Lyric Hammersmith. In 2009 he directed the highly successful production of Edward Gant’s Amazing Feats of Loneliness for Headlong Theatre, which received rave reviews at Soho Theatre. In 2008 he had three critically praised successes with Vincent River in New York, the original Edinburgh production of Only the Brave and Metropolis in Bath. He also transferred Rupert Goold’s Macbeth onto Broadway. Steve was Assistant, then Associate Director, at the RSC over two years from 2006-07. In 2004 he directed several premieres for Sir Alan Ayckbourn at the Stephen Joseph Theatre and returned to direct the Christmas show in 2006. He has worked with the National Theatre, RSC, in the West End, on Broadway, at the Royal Court, Lyric Hammersmith, Theatre Royal Plymouth, Theatre Royal Bath, Watford Palace Theatre, Sherman Theatre Cardiff and Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Only the Brave (2008) was nominated for Best New Musical and Best New Music at the MTM: UK Awards, and his Madam Butterfly’s Child (2004) and Mad Margaret’s Revenge (2005) won the London One Act Theatre Festival.

Meet The Writer

Mary Laws

Mary Laws’ Blueberry Toast exposes the cruelty humans are often capable of and the descent from civility to savagery in the blink of an eye. The play reveals the darkness and unhappiness behind the veneer of the craved perfect marriage and the moment when it all crumbles down, shattering the innocence of children and presenting the potential horror of the adult world.

A Graduate from Yale School of Drama, Mary Laws now writes for AMC’s hugely successful TV series Preacher. She co-wrote the award-winning screenplay for The Neon Demon (2016) directed by Nicolas Winding Refn and starring Elle Fanning. Other plays include Bird Fire Fly, Wonderful, The Drive, What A Very Pretty Pageant!, Stand (an autumn play), The Trapeze Artist and This.