Screaming Inside by Stephen Finlay


Argus Angel Winner 2012
Nominated Best New Play
 - New Writing South 2012

"The performance is spellbinding"
The Argus

"Stephen Finlay's Screaming Inside can be summed up by three words: Moving, riveting, and brutally honest, ok that's four but you get the idea. This was the highlight of my trip to Brighton, mainly because Shane Armstrong's performance as Stuart was simply spectacular."

"Screaming Inside is a piece of stand out writing with a phenomenal performance that really shouldn't be missed."

Outside he's plain old Stuart Pearce from the 4th floor, the Lone Ranger of the IT department. He is the invisible man, the one no-one notices.

"Just another day - everything chugging along like an over greased machine at the trailing edge of technology".

From the outside you would never know of his dark and violent past and the small boy with some very disturbing secrets."He must have had his eye on me from the beginning. Recognised the signs. The guilt. Seen the potential".

Inside things have changed, something has snapped and the world will soon find out, what it's like to be screaming inside.

"Let it be known that Stuart Pearce will not put up with being the butt of everyone's jokes. One foot out of line, a toe over the mark in the sand and he will crawl out from under his rock and wreak a savage revenge".

This powerful and compelling play about the cyclical nature of child abuse was a previous winner of the Independent Radio Production Drama Award. This is the world premier of the stage adaptation.

Previous Productions

21st - 23rd January 2013 - Tristan Bates Theatre, London
Part of First; A Season of Solo Performances

19th - 23rd May 2012 - The Basement, Brighton
Brighton Fringe Festival

Creative Team

  Writer   Stephen Finlay
  Director   Daniel Finlay
  Stuart Pierce
  Shane Armstrong
  Featuring the voices of:
  Frank Finlay
    James Coombes
    Cathy Finlay
  Design   Alex Evans
  Sound Design   Daniel Finlay
  Set Construction   Andrew Walker (Brighton)
  Jay Chappell (London)
  Stage Management   Justine Lartillot (Brighton)
  Producer   Janette Eddisford

Creative Team

Stephen Finlay was an actor and writer who trained as an artist at the Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts and then as an actor at the Central School of Speech and Drama. Film and television credits include; The Jokers, AD, What Is The Capital Of Madagascar? The Pleasure Principal, Return of the Soldier, Sons and Lovers, The Pickwick Papers, Coriolanus, Elizabeth Alone and The Bill.
In the theatre, Stephen appeared in Nicholas Nickleby for the RSC, An Ideal Husband, All My Sons, Hunting Stuart, Death Trap, The Promise, The White Scourge, The Will and many other plays. As a writer his first play, The Games Rule (co written with John Wheatley) was performed in the RSC Festival in Stratford-upon-Avon. Subsequent productions include the King's Head, The New Inn, The Waterman's Arts Centre, The Chelsea Centre, The Edinburgh Festival, and the Brighton Festival. The Games Rule has been performed as far away as Sydney, Australia.
Other plays include Richer in Spirit, The Ironing Board Man and Screaming Inside. The radio adaptation of Screaming Inside was Awarded the 1999 Independent Radio Drama Award and was broadcast with Stephen playing the lead role of Stuart Pearce. Other writing includes; Aftermath for Japanese television, The River - a film short and The Treehouse Gang - a children's TV adventure story.

Shane Armstrong Shane trained at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art, having read English and Drama at Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London. Theatre credits include: Davey Cochrane in Joseph Crilly's World premier of Kitty and Damnation at the Lion and Unicorn Theatre. The title role in Ibsen's Little Eyolf at the Riverside Studios and a Norwegian Tour. Silvius in As You Like It, and Montjoy in Henry V for the British Shakespeare Company on UK Tour. The Button Moulder in Peer Gynt for the Ibsen Stage Company. Gary in Transitions at the Croydon Warehouse, The Pastor in The Visit at the Courtyard Theatre and Broadband Luke in Tuesdays at the Albany.  Film work includes: Monostatos' Guard in Kenneth Branagh's The Magic Flute and Tuntstall in Billy the Kid and the Lincoln County Wars for Wilkinson Productions.

Frank Finlay received Academy Award, Golden Globe and BAFTA Award nominations for his performance as William Shakespeare's Iago in Stuart Burge's 1965 film of Laurence Olivier's staging of Othello. He also won the Best Actor Award at the San Sebastian International Film Festival.
He later essayed the definitive screen portrayal of Alexandre Dumas' musketeer Porthos in three movies for director Richard Lester: The Three Musketeers (1974), The Four Musketeers (1975) and The Return of the Musketeers (1989). Frank's many other films include The Longest Day; Tony Richardson's The Lonliness of the Long Distance Runner; Martin Ritt's The Molly Maguires; Bob Clark's Murder by Decree; Alan Bridges' The Return of the Soldier (for which he recieved a BAFTA Award nomination); Franco Zeffrelli's Sparrow; and Eric Styles' Dreaming of Joseph Lees; and most recently Roman Polanski's multi-award winning The Pianist and Norma Jewison's The Statement.
His similarly extensive television projects have earned him two BAFTA Awards, for his performances in The Death of Adolf Hitler (starring as Hitler, with Rex Firkin directing); The Adventures of Don Quixote (as Sancho Panza, opposite Rex Harrison, for director Alvin Rakoff); the ground breaking Bouquet of Barbed Wire and Another Bouquet; 84 Charing Cross Road; and recently the critically acclaimed series The Sins. Born in Farnworth, Lancashire, Finlay had already begun performing on stage when he earned the Sir James Knott Scholarship at London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA). Since then he has led theatre companies in London and on Broadway.
He was made a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in the 1984 New Year's Honours List, and was presented with his CBE by the Queen in February1984.

James Coombes was Born, Newport, South Wales. Trained at The Birmingham School of Speech and Drama and has been a professional actor for 30 years. He has worked extensively in theatre, film and tv. Work includes seasons at major theatres across the country including seasons at Chichester festival, Bristol Old Vic, Young Vic, Pitlochry, Sgrypt Cymru in Cardiff, Southampton, Birmingham, Ludlow Festival, Scarborough with Alan Ayckbourn amongst many others, and musicals such as A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM, LOVE OFF THE SHELF, CARMEN NEGRA, and GOOD FUN By Victoria Wood. He has worked extensively in TV and film, including: THE COUNTRY DIARY OF AN EDWARDIAN LADY, ROBIN OF SHERWOOD, BUGS, HOWARDS WAY, POIROT, SHERLOCK HOLMES, WILLIAM TELL, Canadian sci-fi series: STARHUNTER, BOON, DOCTORS, HOLBY CITY, THE BILL, MY FAMILY, DR. WHO, A VOTE FOR HITLER, MCCREADY AND DAUGHTER, HARPUR AND ILES and most recently a 15 part series for BBC - DINOSAPIEN. Films include: KING DAVID with Richard Gere, MONARCH, MURDER WITH MIRRORS with Bette Davis, NAPOLEON AND JOSEPHINE, and A KNIGHT IN CAMELOT with Whoopi Goldberg playing Lancelot. He has also worked in the corporate sector as a presenter for many major organisations including McKinsey Management Consultants, Cisco Systems, Nokia, Ford, Vauxhall and has for the last few years been the presenter for BT online. He is also a veteran of many major TV commercials over the years including Boddingtons for which he won a BAFTA award, and was the iconic Milk Tray man in the eighties.

Cathy Finlay worked extensively in Theatre, Film and TV prior to becoming an NCT antenatal tutor. As an actress she toured nationally and internationally with the Royal Shakespeare Company in Much Ado About Nothing and Cyrano. She also toured India for seven weeks in Julius Caesar directed by John Dexter. Other theatre includes; The Promise, Child and Black Coffee. TV and Film; The Bill, London Embassy and Return of The Soldier.

Alex Evans is a freelance TV & film designer and art director. Alex has just designed a feature length film 'Looking for Jacob',  as well as tutoring film students in production design at The Met Film School, based at Ealing Studios, London. Alex is always on the look out for new design challenges to fulfill her creative ambitions. Alex has designed and art directed drama productions for adults and children. Most recently Alex has designed two episodes and art directed twenty-four episodes of 'Scoop', the number one show on CBBC. Broadcast magazine called the show 'the jewel in the crown of the CBBC'

Alex has designed and art directed productions for the past sixteen  years. Productions made by and for the BBC, CBBC, ITV, Channel 4, Tiger Aspect, Zenith TV and The Movie Ltd. Programmes include - Casualty, Holby City, Teachers, Scoop, The Giblet Boys among others. Alex has also designed, directed and devised experiential theatrical productions in unusual venues including multi-storey car parks and a steam train railway, also at the ICA London. The productions won the Brighton Festival award for the most original contribution to the festival, as well as funding from The Arts Council, Gulbenkian Foundation and Royal Court Theatre. When Alex is not working she lives with her partner and their collie dog  in the rural village of Purton, Gloucestershire.

Daniel Finlay started work backstage in the West End at the age of 15 and later gained his degree in Visual & Performing Arts in 1987 from the University of Brighton. Since then he has worked extensively as an actor and his stage work includes: CAMILLE (Old Red Lion), A LESSON TO FORGIVE (Man in the Moon), JOSEPH J JOSEPH (Latchmere), The UK tour of BEYOND REASONABLE DOUBT; Giorgio Joyce in SIMPLES OF THE MOON at the Lyric, Hammersmith and Dr Harry Trench opposite Lisa Harrow in WIDOWERS' HOUSES. Film and TV credits includes: IN THE SECRET STATE, THE BILL, SHERLOCK HOLMES, LONDON'S BURNING, WHAT'S THE CAPITAL OF MADAGASCAR, and TRIP. Daniel has directed many professional productions, recent work includes TRUNKS for BTC at the Old Ship Hotel, Brighton and the site specific LOSE THE PLOT on the Volks Railway for Arts Agenda. He has directed over 25 full scale student productions. He was an associate producer of Tandem Theatre, whose critically acclaimed productions include: DANNY AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA, PVT WARS and THE GAMES RULE, in Edinburgh, London and on tour. Daniel is an Artistic Director of The Brighton Theatre Collective and has twice been the adjudicator for the Brighton & Hove Arts Council annual Drama Competition. A seasoned workshop leader, Daniel has coached performers in both the private and corporate sectors as well as lecturing in Performing Arts at various schools and colleges including City College, Brighton and Hove where he was Head of Performing Arts and Media.

Janette Eddisford has worked extensively as a director, writer and producer of theatre for the last twenty five years. She also works as a voiceover artist and actor in television, film, theatre, radio and in the corporate training sector. Janette has been a workshop leader and tutor for many years - both in mainstream education and in other contexts such as prisons, rehabilitation and probation programmes and youth work. She ran the Warren, a Hull based Community Arts/Welfare Centre from 1982 -1985 and ran the Nightingale Theatre, Brighton's premier fringe theatre venue, from 1987 - 1991. Janette was a co-founder and member of several touring/producing companies including The shameless Hussies, Footprint Theatre, Alarmist Theatre and Interact, a children's company. She studied Drama at Hull University, MA in Performing Arts at Middlesex University and Post Graduate Diploma in TEFL/Applied Linguistics at Brighton University and is currently studying an MA Dramatic Writing at Sussex University