Boundless Theatre presents the UK première of Natives, a new play by Glenn Waldron. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the company in rehearsal below!
Previously Company of Angels, Boundless Theatre produces exhilarating new theatre in the UK in conversation with Europe. Drummer directs Ella Purnell (A), Fionn Whitehead (B), and Manish Gandhi (C) in the production which opens at the Southwark Playhouse on 31 March, with previews from 29 March, and runs until 22 April.
“Where are the grown-ups to do something, where are the grown-ups in this story?” Three countries. Three teenagers. One average, life-altering day. A young man battles with feelings of love and violence. Another is stuck with the image of someone being pushed from a rooftop. And a girl must choose between her friends and her conscience. Natives is a rallying cry to a generation of unlikely heroes and celebrates coming of age online in a chaotic world.
We are pleased to share with you the poster for Ella’s upcoming movie Access All Areas which is due to hit cinemas in the summer …
A long, hot summer is coming to an end. Whispers of a comeback performance by the legendary artist Kurtz are all over town, and aspiring musician Heath is desperate to make it to the Isle of Sounds festival to see it. But Heath is going nowhere. While his friends are moving on and moving away, he’s stuck caring for his unpredictable Mom Libby, and scrubbing pans to support them both. Mia has no time for anybody, certainly not her increasingly unhinged father Mack, and least of all Heath, whose affections have been long unrequited. Since the death of her mom, her home has become a war zone. So Mia does what all teenagers do in that situation: she parties every night and refuses to come home. Something has to give. When Heath gets caught up Mia’s bid for freedom, it catapults them and their friends on a wild, spiritual road-trip across to the greatest show on earth. On arriving at the party island, the Mia and Natalie flirt their way to a set of VIP wristbands and leave their unfortunate male companions in the dust. Deserted by his friends, and with fifty thousand terrifyingly loud revelers standing between him and the comeback that might never happen, Heath goes in search of his hero Kurtz. But he should be careful what he looks for…because you never know what you may find. Over one unforgettable weekend, nothing will go to plan for Heath and his friends. But if they can survive the crowds, the toilets, the aerial acrobats, the chaos, the Swedish hipsters, the unwelcome appearance of maniacal parents, and an apocalyptic backstage encounter with a rock legend, then their lives will never be the same.
We have added x172 screencaps (sorry they’re not in HD) of Ella in the short film Candy (2011) you can also watch the video, here.
Red Carpet News TV interviews Ella on the red carpet at the 2017 Newport Beach Film Festival…
We have added x25 photos of Ella attending the Charles Finch & Chanel Pre-Bafta Party at Annabels private club on February 11, 2017 in London.
Ella attended the Newport Beach Film Festival Honours at Bulgari Hotel on February 9, 2017 in London. We have added x28 photos from the event, plus some portraits taken by photographer James Gorley.
Ella Purnell is set to star as a nameless teenager in a play about the internet age at Southwark Playhouse.
Ella said working with Margot Robbie and Keira Knightley made up for not going to drama school. The 20-year-old east Londoner has played younger versions of both the Hollywood stars and said they helped her “learn the craft”.
She is now about to put her lessons to good use on the stage, playing one of three nameless teenagers in Natives, at Southwark Playhouse, about young lives in the internet age.
With her film experience including portraying the younger version of Knightley’s character in 2010’s Never Let Me Go and the young Jane (Robbie’s role) in last year’s The Legend Of Tarzan, Purnell said she had no problem playing supporting roles to such “successful, amazing women”.
She said: “I love it, it is one of my favourite things. I never went to drama school and shadowing them is a great way to learn the craft.”
On filming The Legend Of Tarzan, Purnell said: “We had three days together and the way it worked was if she took three steps to the right I would have to take three steps to the right. You really start to see the thought that lies behind every word and every move.”
Natives, which opens next month, sees her playing a young woman obsessed with numbers who measures her life in calories and how many likes she gets for her posts online.
It is a subject Purnell, who has 213,000 followers on Instagram, says she can understand. She has used her online presence for everything from starting a debate about the UK prison system to asking her fans to commit three random acts of kindness a day.
She said: “I try to inspire people and start debates about things.”
Natives by Glenn Waldron is at Southwark Playhouse from March 29 to April 22.