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World premier of Nanny heads to Theatre Royal Plymouth next month

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Press Contact: Natalie Thomas

25 January 2024

Folio Theatre Company has announced the full cast and creative team for the world première of Nanny co-written by Alana Ramsey (The Crown), Lizzie Stables (The Inbetweeners) and Jenny Rainsford (Fleabag) with songs by Matthew Floyd Jones. The show opens at Bristol Old Vic next week before playing on The Drum stage at Theatre Royal Plymouth on 27 and 28 February.

Jenny Rainsford directs her fellow co-writers Alana Ramsey and Lizzie Stables in this new comedy play with songs. With design by Cecilia Carey, lighting design by Johanne Jensen and sound design by Asaf Zohar.

She said to me this morning “everything you do fails’’ because I spent twenty minutes trying to work out how to fit her car seat.

She just sat there just going “fail, fail, fail, fail, fail” while I was scrabbling away on YouTube looking up how you fit the Maxi Cosi Pearl 360.. “Everything you do fails.” EVERYTHING? Who says that to someone? Who turns up to work and gets told that?!

 Yeah, that’s brutal. And she’s backed it up with evidence. 

Meet Lea and Amy. Below average nannies with bigger than average ambitions. 

Every week they take the kids they look after to a ‘Stay and Play’ class where they seize moments to plot the twists and turns of their real careers as a comedy double act.

Matthew Floyd Jones (Kathy & Stella Solve a Murder!) writes original music and songs for this world première of a poignant and funny new play about friendship, faltering, and staying true to yourself despite it all. Script and story by Alana Ramsey, Lizzie Stables and Jenny Rainsford.

Supported by Patric Grimwood, The Foyle Foundation, The Leche Trust and The Golsoncott Foundation. Development supported by Arts Council England and English Touring Theatre.

Co-writer Alana Ramsey plays Amy. Her theatre credits include A Christmas Carol, Young Marx (Bridge Theatre), Macbeth (National Theatre), The Importance of Being Earnest (Vaudeville Theatre), The Glass Menagerie (Duke of York’s Theatre), A Bright Room Called Day (Southwark Playhouse), and Unearthed (UK tour). Her television credits include House of The Dragon, The Crown, Alice and Jack, Blitz, Bulletproof and Silk; and for film, Between the Lights, Common People and Belle.

Co-writer Lizzie Stables plays Leanne. As an actor, her theatre credits include Out of Order, Not Now Darling (The Mill at Sonning), The Red Pill (RSC), and Reclaimed, Unearthed, Reel Life (UK tours). Her television credits include The Inbetweeners, Miranda, Kiri, The Long Call, Zoo Factor and Planet Sketch; and for film, The Big I Am, Ghost Ship and This is Intercourse. As a sketch comedy writer she regularly collaborates with The Exploding Heads, and is also writing a long form comedy for television. Lizzie is the Artistic Director of Folio Theatre Company which she founded in 2014.

Jenny Rainsford co-writes and directs. Her theatre credits include Ivy Tiller, The Tempest, Love for Love, Queen Anne (RSC), The Windsors: Endgame (Prince of Wales Theatre), Daddy (Almeida Theatre), Double Dealer (Orange Tree Theatre), The Rivals (Arcola Theatre), Microcosm (Soho Theatre), The Little Black Book (Park Theatre), No Quarter (Royal Court Theatre), The Seagull (Nuffield Theatre), Straight (Sheffield Theatres, Bush Theatre) and The Importance of Being Earnest (Rose Theatre Kingston). Her television credits include Fleabag (as series regular Boo), Death of A Farmer, The Smoke and Finding Joy; and for film, Such a Lovely Day, Persuasion, Higher Grounds, The Favourite, About Time, The Favourite and Prometheus.

Matthew Floyd Jones composes and is Musical Director. He is known as one half of successful musical comedy double act Frisky & Mannish, who have been headliners on the international comedy and variety circuits for over a decade. He is also the co-creator, composer, co-lyricist and musical director of Kathy & Stella Solve a Murder!. As a composer and lyricist, his theatre credits include A Super Happy Story (About Feeling Super Sad) (Edinburgh Festival Fringe, UK tour). As a director, his theatre credits include Tall, Dark and Anxious (Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Soho Theatre), Screwtopia!, The Big Screw (Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Adelaide Fringe, Southbank Centre); and as a writer/performer, his credits include Richard Carpenter is Close to You (Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Bloomsbury Theatre, UK tour), Psychodermabrasion (Jacksons Lane Theatre), and 2012: An Olympic Vaudeville (Greenwich Theatre).