Platform Presents is a space for rising star talent: actors, writers & directors, with a particular interest in female voices.
A brand new play written by Pulitzer Prize winner and Tony Award Winner Robert Schennkan (All The Way, Hacksaw Ridge - Academy Award nominated).
Building the Wall imagines a very near future where President Trump’s anti-immigration campaign rhetoric is turned into harrowing reality. Millions of undocumented immigrants are rounded up and detained, overflowing private prisons and incarceration camps. Now, a historian interviews the supervisor of a private prison as he awaits sentencing for carrying out the federal policy that has escalated into the unimaginable. This riveting and illuminating drama delivers a powerful warning and puts a human face on the inhuman, revealing how, when personal accountability is denied, what seems inconceivable becomes inevitable.
READING THE PART OF GLORIA
Zawe Ashton is an actor, writer and director. As an actor she is perhaps best known for roles on screen as Vod in Channel 4 comedy-drama Fresh Meat for which she was nominated for two British Comedy Awards and as Joyce Vincent in Carol Morley’s documentary-feature Dreams of a Life for which she was nominated for a BIFA for Most Promising Newcomer. Her other television credits include Not Safe for Work (Channel 4), Dr Who (BBC), Sherlock (BBC) Misfits (E4). Zawe can currently be seen as Omega in Guerilla (Sky Atlantic/Showtime).
Zawe’s film credits include Nocturnal Animals (Focus Features), Blitz (Lionsgate) and St Trinian’s 2: The Legend of Fritton’s Gold (Ealing Studios).
READING THE ROLE OF RICK
Jason Watkins is BAFTA winning and Olivier nominated actor. A much-loved face of British drama; he recently appeared as Solomon Coop in Taboo, Tim Ifield in Line of Duty and Mr Humphries in the tribute to Are You Being Served. He also plays Simon Harwood in W1A, Herrick in Being Human, Gavin in Trollied, and Gordon Shakespeare in the Nativity! film series. His lead role in two-part drama The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies won him the BAFTA TV Award for Best Actor of 2015.