Cast Announced For Things I Know To Be True at Chester’s Storyhouse

Things I Know to Be True


  • Casting Announced For 2017 Uk Tour of Frantic Assembly’s Critically Acclaimed Hit Play Things I Know To Be True


  • Written by Andrew Bovell And Co-Directed by Scott Graham And Geordie Brookman

  • Matthew Barker and Kirsty Oswald To Return to The Production, Alongside New Cast Members Cate Hamer, Seline Hizli, John Mcardle And Arthur Wilson




Full casting has been announced for Frantic Assembly and State Theatre Company South Australia’s critically acclaimed Things I Know To Be True ahead of its visit to Storyhouse in Chester from 7 November 2017.

Original UK cast members, Matthew Barker and Kirsty Oswald, return to reprise their roles as Mark and Rosie respectively. Joining them in the company will be Chester born Cate Hamer as Fran, Seline Hizli as Pip, John McArdle as Bob and Arthur Wilson as Ben.

As beautifully touching as it is funny and bold, Andrew Bovell’s Things I Know To Be True tells the story of a family and marriage through the eyes of four grown siblings struggling to define themselves beyond their parents’ love and expectations.

Featuring Frantic Assembly’s celebrated physicality, and co-directed by Frantic Assembly’s Tony and Olivier Award nominated Artistic Director Scott Graham and State Theatre Company’s Artistic Director Geordie Brookman, Things I Know To Be True is a complex and intense study of the mechanics of a family that is both poetic and brutally frank.

Matthew Barker reprises the role of Mark from the 2016 UK tour of Things I Know To Be True. Matthew trained at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. His theatre work includes Sweet Bird of Youth (Chichester Festival Theatre), Good People (Hampstead Theatre & Noel Coward Theatre) and Much Ado About Nothing (Derby LIVE). For the National Theatre he has appeared in Husbands and Sons, NT50, 13, Emperor & Galilean, Hamlet and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (also Gielgud Theatre). His work on television includes The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies, Doctors, EastEnders, Jericho: The Killing of Johnny Swan and No Angels.

Cate Hamer plays Fran. With extensive credits across stage and television, her theatre work include Machinal (National Theatre), The Love of the Nightingale, Mary & Lizzie, The Tempest (RSC), Dona Rosita, The Tower, Volpone (Almeida Theatre), A Midsummer Night's Dream (Shakespeare's Globe Tour), A Bed Amongst the Lentils (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Indian Ink (Salisbury Playhouse), Scenes From An Execution (Hackney Empire Studio), A Christmas Carol and Crime and Punishment (Glasgow Citizens) amongst many others. Her television credits include Eastenders, Holby City, The Town, Doctors, The Bill, Coronation Street, When I'm 64, Casualty, Inspector Lynley and Without Motive.

Seline Hizli plays Pip. Seline trained at RADA. Perhaps best known for playing Margaret in ITV’s Grantchester, her other television credits include Land Girls, Appropriate Adult, Call the Midwife, Luther and Mum. Seline’s theatre credits include One Night in NovemberBlood Wedding (Royal & Derngate), The House of Bernarda Alba (Almeida Theatre), Jumpy (Royal Court & Duke of York’s Theatre), The Republic of Happiness (Royal Court), Dirty Butterfly (Young Vic) and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Playhouse Theatre).

John McArdle plays Bob. With credits across stage and screen from the past 37 years, John is known best for his work on telelvision, including the roles of Billy Corkhill in Brookside and Ronnie Hale in Emmerdale. Other screen credits include Mersey Beat, New Tricks, Waterloo Road, Prime Suspect 5, Waking the Dead, Law and Order UK, Vera, Casualty and Holby City amongst others. His extensive theatre credits include Lennon (Liverpool Everyman), Our Country’s Good (Liverpool Playhouse), The Crucible (Sheffield Crucible), Brassed Off (York Theatre Royal & UK Tour), The Arbour (National Theatre), with film credits including There’s Only One Jimmy Grimble, Charlie Noades R.I.P, Through My Eyes and The Rochdale Pioneers. For BBC Radio 4, his work includes A Clockwork Orange, The Spire, King of the Hill, and Stockport, So Good They Named It Once. John has also written and published his autobiography titled You Never Said Goodbye.

Kirsty Oswald plays Rosie. Her previous work with Frantic Assembly has included Desdemona in Othello and last year’s production of Things I Know to Be True (UK Tour). Other theatre credits include The Father (Duke of York’s Theatre), The Judas Kiss (Hampstead Theatre & Duke of York’s Theatre), The Winter’s Tale (Sheffield Crucible) and We Are Proud To Present… (Bush Theatre). Her television credits include The Coroner, Beowulf, Ripper Street, Holby City and Doctors, and film credits include Gutterdammerung, A Little Chaos and Dirty Weekend. She has also worked extensively across BBC Radio. Training at Rose Bruford, she won the prestigious Highly Commended Award at the Spotlight Prize.

Arthur Wilson plays Ben. His theatre work includes Man and Superman (National Theatre), Richard II (Shakespeare’s Globe), Home – Edinburgh (National Theatre of Scotland), Peter Pan (Kensington Gardens, 02 & US Tour), Persuasion (Manchester Royal Exchange), The Crunch (Look Left Look Right), Project Space (Secret Cinema) and The Borrowers (Citizens Theatre). His television credits include Call The Midwife, Law and Order, 20 Anything, The Academy and Sea of Souls.



Things I Know To Be True

7 – 11 November

Chester Storyhouse

Hunter St, Chester CH1 2AR

01244 409113


Tickets: From £16.50 (Dynamic Pricing: Book early to guarantee cheapest and best seats)


Running time approx 2 hours, including an interval

Contains strong language

Suitable for ages 14+

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